Have you ever held an officials position in HiH? If so, how many terms? Yes, I have. I've held various positions since my first term here.
How much availability do you have in an average week for performing mod duties? I have lots of free time in my school schedule, and since I'm only taking minor subjects next term, I won't have much schoolwork to fill that free time up. :) I'm online every weekday for around five to six hours.
Are you or have you been a member of the Order? Yes, I'd been a member of the Order a few terms.
What role do you think the Order has in the HiH community? The Order is there for three main duties: to provide fresh, new, activities that foster House Unity, to promote Hogwarts Is Home and gather new members, and to provide support to the Moderators of the community when needed. The Order is here to boost morale, to encourage activity, and to foster camaraderie. *is cheesy*
What are some activities/assignments you would like to see The Order do? The routine activities will stay, like those monthly promotion drives. I'd also like to continue Jess' Lottery, and maybe a modified Philosopher's Stone hunt. I'm also thinking of reviving the Werewolves game from Term XIII (I think), since it's another good way to promote inter-house relations. I'm also thinking of another epic community-wide activity that has to do with the canon Order's job (you know, anti-Voldemort stuff), so we may have a mock Wizarding War in store for us soon if I get this position.
How would you handle a conflict/dispute about an assignment or points? I'd always, always abide with the general rules of HiH. I'll try to get the parties in conflict to sort it out among themselves first, with my moderation, at which I apply the rules if either proves that the other is in the wrong. If the rules are fuzzy or absent in these particular cases, I'd have to decide which of the parties is erring, and, depending on the gravity of the matter, issue warnings and/or deduct points and/or impose a knut fine.
Why are you interested in being the mod for this community? First off, I really love modding for anything at HiH, and so I grabbed the opportunity to apply for this. Second, I'd like to make sure that the Order continues to do its job properly, since it been doing really really well for the past few terms.
Have you ever held an officials position in HiH? If so, how many terms? yes, 1 term, club leader 2+
How much availability do you have in an average week for performing mod duties? a lot! I am online/at the computer most of my waking hours
Are you or have you been a member of the Order? yes
What role do you think the Order has in the HiH community? To promote unity and friendship.
What are some activities/assignments you would like to see The Order do?
The previous mod thought of a carvinal for all hih members, I would like to carry this idea out.
Graphics challenges for new promotional graphics.
Writing challenges for promotional use
Order related trivia and puzzles
How would you handle a conflict/dispute about an assignment or points? That depends on who is involved and what it is about. In general I think most conflicts can be solved simply by talking. My first step is always going to be finding out both sides of the story and getting the parties involved to talk it out. If they aren't able to talk it out on their own then I would step in and mediate. There are several online messengers that can be used to have as close to a face-to-face discussion online as possible. If the conflict won't/can't be solved I would then contact the main mods, but only if I couldn't handle it.
Why are you interested in being the mod for this community? It is a great community and I want to help keep it active and providing fun and points for members
Have you ever held an officials position in HiH? If so, how many terms? No, I haven't held an officials position so far.
How much availability do you have in an average week for performing mod duties? I spend several hours online every day, most of it on livejournal activities, so I have a lot of time on my hands to perform mod duties.
Are you or have you been a member of the Order? Yes, I am currently a member of the Order.
What role do you think the Order has in the HiH community? I am honestly not 100% sure what role it has had in the past, but the way I see the Order, it should generally have two main functions.
a)Behind the scenes work to ensure everything is running smoothly (in cooperation with the hih mod, or subcomm mods when applicable), making suggestions for improvement, or just helping out when someone's needed. An example for this would be the changes made to diagon this term, suggested by the Order, implemented/put into effect by the respective mods, or also community promotion in regular intervals.
b)Community-wide activities to spice things up and to hopefully build some sense of community and (especially in light of house-related drama that seems to go down every now and then) unity. Examples would be the guess who this member is activity from earlier this term, and of course the hunt for the Philosopher's Stone.
What are some activities/assignments you would like to see The Order do? In regards to a) of the above answer, I'd like to build up a support system for mods, so if for various real life reasons a mod needed help temporarily, they could 'request' an order member to assist them by tallying points, posting results or reminders, etc. (Admittedly not my idea, but a suggestion I really liked.)
I'd also like to gather some input about areas/subcomms people have issues with, to see if positive changes can be made. (This would of course have to be in cooperation with the hih mods and the mods of whatever comm we are talking about. Not trying to step on anyone's toes.)
Concerning b) my goal would be to host a couple of socialising activities, possibly in the offtopic comm, not for points, but for getting to know other members outside the house rivalries and such. Team activities just for fun, something like friday fives, things like that. Maybe on a regular schedule, maybe not, depending on how much interest the order members have in hosting things like that. Not so much house unity things (because there's the house unity mod for that), but general social posts.
Also regarding b) activities along the lines of the stone hunt, I've been thinking about something following the storyline of CoS, and the idea of a Quidditch World Cup and/or Triwizard Tournament has been floating around in my head for a while now.
There's also an assignment that's already been planned for next term before I joined the Order, I'd like to see that come to life as well, it's a bit of a mix of a) and b).
How would you handle a conflict/dispute about an assignment or points? Try to look at both sides, hear the other party out, and explain my decision with links back to rules whenever possible. Stay as level-headed and polite as possible, most disputes online come from misunderstandings and jumping to conclusions.
Why are you interested in being the mod for this community? I like mod work of the more behind the scenes variety. I'm more interested in making things run smoothly than strictly providing creative input. I also think the Order has great potential to really help the people running HiH, once it has a clearly defined role and position within the community. I'd have prefered to do these things under Jess's lead, but since she won't be able to be Order Mod next term, I'm willing to give it a try. I do have a bunch of ideas, and the time and dedication to have them come to life.
Have you ever held an officials position in HiH? If so, how many terms? No, I have not, but I do own a flourish shop and I’m an active member of the Quidditch team.
How much availability do you have in an average week for performing mod duties? I have at least four or five hours a day. I go to college, but my workload is light (I’m only taking 12 hours). Also, I’m very committed to HiH, so I make I would make my mod duties one of my top priorities, just after school work.
Are you or have you been a member of the Order? I am not and have not, but I am willing to learn!
What role do you think the Order has in the HiH community? The Order is responsible for keeping the community thriving and active. This naturally includes promotion and hosting community wide activities. By bringing in new members through promotion, like the lottery, and hosting activities like the stone challenge, the order is a way to bring HiH together and focused on the spirit of fun and community, rather than simply on points earning. Overall, I think the Order should help HiH to attract new members and keep the old members interested in any way it can.
What are some activities/assignments you would like to see The Order do? I spoke to the previous moderator about a carnival idea that she had. I would like to follow through with that idea. The carnival would include activities such as a silent auction, a raffle, and carnival games. These activities would all be focused on the value of a knut rather than points earning. Also, the items sold in the silent auction would be aquired through donation, which would allow for positive involvement from both those donating and receiving. I would also like to host another community acitivity like the Stone Challenge. I would try to make it easier to get involved in than the Stone Challenge was, but I would keep the idea of inter-house teams. The teams would be a way for people of other houses to get to know one another and also make for an interesting structure for the competition. I would like to hold weekly or bi-weekly brain storming sessions with the Order members I order to come up with the best ways to serve the community.
How would you handle a conflict/dispute about an assignment or points? If it was a dispute about points, I would first double check my work in adding points totals and then discuss the issue with the involved parties. If I ever made a mistake about something, I would quickly fix it and acknowledge my error. If I found that I had been correct, I would politely explain my math and tell them that the points would stay. If there was a conflict about an assignment, I would attempt to sort it out as quickly as possible in a manner that is fair to everyone. I would be as discreet as possible if the dispute had any possibility of becoming any sort of drama.
Why are you interested in being the mod for this community? I’m interested in being the mod of this community because I see it as a great way to get involved and serve HiH to the best of my abilities. I like the idea that the Order is a generally self-directed entity and that I could make as much of it as I am able. I feel that I would be good for this position because I’m not a person who likes to cause problems or go on power trips. Instead, I think I would channel my creativity into the position and attempt to make the Order as useful to the community as possible.
Also, off to deposit knuts and grant officials access to the system in a moment!
Voting ends in 48 hours.