So this might come a bit as a surprise for some of you and some might have expected something along those lines already.
It's no secret that we have somewhat of a problem right now. A clear lack of attendance makes it hard or us to stay active in ensuring (bi-)weekly missions. In the admin team we have a little discussion for the past couple of days and we want you guys to hear the concerns raised and most importantly !comment! on them.
The main issue we see is a general lack of interest. People seem to feel forced to join missions and therefore either don't join at all and feel the need to come up with excuses why they don't join (we have that now and we had that in the past) or they join but seem not interested in the activity at all. We wanted to provide our member a fun environment with a little bit of meaning to it. That means: While we have fun not as a clan but a group of friends we also follow somewhat of a narrative. That kinda came out of my head since I like telling a story with what you do (so blame me for it ;)).
However, while our switch to a new concept (PMC style missions create by a Zeus rather than small scale combat disguised as a large scale operation with MCC) seemed like the right way we don't think it held up to the initial "hype". In the beginning, the whole Zeus concept seemed to be fresh and exciting and now people seem to care less and less.
I mean sure, it becomes a standard quickly but what else is to expect?
We get the feeling of a general disinterest in with some people due to multiple factors.
It looks like people don't feel the need to inform themselves anymore. That results in some joining a mission without a clue what the idea is or even which mods are needed. The Forum - be it generally obsolete for talking - has always been the number one source of information when it comes to the server, the missions or the mods.
This leads us to think what we do is not appreciated. Of course we don't expect you to praise us for what we do but showing interest and the will to inform yourself shows us that you care. A donation to the server, an offer to maybe try something new or giving us active input on your wishes helps us not feeling like our member take things for granted.
At this moment we have strong concerns in the admin staff that things might not work out anymore. We hate to do that but if things don't change: STAF might not exist anymore - soon.
You all know that we work hard for this community. We build it up for over 5 years now and we had a great time in the past. We always had issues like these but in the recent month they became bigger and bigger.
We have two choices:
- We change something
- We end things
We want EVERYONE to comment on this post, be it directly here in this thread or via a PM to one of us (the PM will be distributed to all admin/mod member though). We want to hear from you, what is good, what is bad, why are we in this state or how can we get out of it. We especially want to hear those people that might have been absent from missions or that generally feel addressed in this post.
We know we have some people that, despite the here mentioned issues, have a great time with us currently and I can't emphasize this enough: Thanks for the support.
When commenting, don't hold back. Tell us what you really think. If you think we fucked up at a point, tell us...only this way things can be changed!