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Ranking system rant

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Since the launch, I have been confused about the ranking system in our community. Now, after consideration, I decided to voice my concerns and get ignored, or get nothing changed anyway, cause, hey, that's the way of things :) If that's too long for you to read, feel free not to, it's just a rant.

 

The ranks are a military idea, and I strongly believe that in our case it is needed to go through with this idea all the way. As it is now, we got a mixture of actual ranks, 'moderators', 'donators' and so on. Also, I think it wouldn't hurt to display our rank alongide the AJSA tag - that way whatever you're playing you instantly know who you're dealing with.

Let's start with why the enlisted ranks aren't as good as they could be. The biggest problem with these is that they are entirely time based, which means that they say nothing about the actual expierience in the Army. Being a sergeant just means that you signed in 3 or whatever months ago. One doesn't have to post or play with us even once. I do not say that it isn't necessary at the beggining, but adding a second time based rank certainly is not needed. I think that the way promotion should work all the way to the top is: a higher rank proposes your case to an even higher rank (for example officer proposes a commander to promote you to an officer), and if you are deemed worthy, you get promoted. For the ranks themselves, I feel it could go like that:

 

-Recruit: As is now. Basically boot camp. Someone who has yet to prove that can hold a rifle (isn't a bot or a multi account).

-Private: Member now. I don' see any reason, other than existing badges, to deviate from the military theme. Promoted from Recruit after a week up to a month, this man (or woman) proved to be willing to stand beside us.

-Corporal: Non-existent now. Someone recognized for his valor. Or more like being an active member of our community, rather than just having an account on the forums.

-Sergeant: Devoted and ready to die or spend like 8 hours in front of a computer for the glory of the AJSA, a Sergeant is a member recognized higher up the chain. We could also go as far as to create a First Sergeant for those who represent us well on tournaments.

Now, for the officer ranks - I just find them confusing and, again, not consistent with our military setup.

-Lieutenant: An existing officer, name changed just to stay true to Army ranks. Also, the occupation should be included, at least on the forums (Forums Lieutenant instead of Moderator, or BF4 Lieutenant, for example). I know you can easily check that, but it may not be anymore if our Army grows further.

-Major: Instead of Commander.

-General: Instead of Council member.

And a super badass rank just for Joe, like the existing Lord Commander :D

About the Donators, I feel they should just get a badge, or a medal, or stripe, or whatever you call it (like the two Joe has) instead of stripping them out of the ranking system. I get that they make the Army possible but still... They should have ranks... I guess...

 

That's pretty much all. Yes, I am aware that it would be a pain in the ass to change the system now, and so it's not gonna happen. I really just wanted to get my voice out there, for your consideration.

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Corporal would be the equivalent of our current "veteran member" rank. I do have the same concerns though over solely time based ranks but they don't extend into the officer ranks. The only issue I can see coming of it is where an issue pops up in team speak and the highest rank on is a veteran member. Their resolution might not be appropriate. That alone doesn't bother me so much as my not seeing what avenue they should take to notify higher ranks of any issues which do spring up.

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Damn, I just checked this (should have done this earlier...) and only Veteran is time based, then there's Sergeant, which actually is picked. That's good, that's the biggest problem I had already solved. Still, I think donators and founders should get a badge rather than a separate rank, and we could keep to the military ranks :)

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Good ideas! Buut I kind of like it right now. It feels different than the common army names and sounds a lot more awesome.

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