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To Craigr910, mrfool, DStBone, Thrower, TimidT (AKA Ziggy), and whoever else it may concern- We, and several others, would like to propose a refresh of the DOTA 2 Guild and the correlated Steam Group. There is one reason for this: lack of commitment. “Represent [AJSA]” is point 4 on the AJSA Code of Conduct that all forum members agreed to. Part of that rule stated that members should have an AJSA tag in their name in games that the AJSA is active in. This is a fairly common sense rule, and at least for DOTA 2 players, it is very easy to implement; there isn't much of a reason not to follow it. However, this rule is blatantly disregarded by a startlingly large amount of Guild and Group members. In the in-game Guild, there are 443 members at the time of this writing. However, only 69 members have the '=AJSA=' tag, 7 members have the '[AJSA]' tag, and 5 members have the 'AJSA.' tag. That is 362 members (18 pages in the in-game member viewer) that do not have any kind of AJSA tag. In addition, the DOTA 2 Steam Group has 664 members in it. Only 59 members out of that group have AJSA in their name. That leaves 605 Steam Group Members without any AJSA tag. We see little reason for this discrepancy between AJSA tag holders and AJSA members. If people are playing other games and do not want to wear the tags there, that is fine, but it is simple to change your Steam name when playing DOTA 2; the DOTA 2 client even lets you change it in-game. However, we know not everyone is doing this, because from the Steam Group (where only 59 members have a tag) we have seen 100+ members in DOTA 2. This exemplifies a lack of commitment perfectly: if you forget, are too lazy, or simply don't care enough to add all of 6 characters to your name, you are likely not committed to the AJSA and are not representing it in-game. “Stay Active & Participate” is point 5 on the AJSA Code of Conduct. This rule is extremely self-explanatory. However, we have witnessed multiple times where an announcement about an inhouse game will be made to the Steam Group, and too few people will show up. Many of the people that do show up will not have forum accounts and will not have ever connected to TeamSpeak before. Tournaments come and go with comparatively few people participating. It is usually the same small group of people that are active on the forums. We understand that this is very subjective to criticize people on. However, given the fact that this kind of thing keeps recurring, we think it is something to take into account. We believe many active members would not disagree with us stating that the community generally feels stale, uninspired, and dull. In other words, for such a large community, nothing ever seems to be happening. In addition, not only are people not participating, but several dozen members of the Steam Group have not been online in the past 60 days, the limit of absence stated on the Code of Conduct. Several users have not been online in more than 100 days. Our proposed solution is as follows. In order to remedy the problem, we need to increase commitment of AJSA members to the in-game Guild and related Steam Group. What we suggest is to post announcements to the online forums, Group, and Guild instructing members to post into a forum thread with their Steam name they can be contacted at. To eliminate the problem of people changing steam names, members could be asked to include their Steam ID (the unique, unchangeable identifying number in the format of STEAM_X:X:XXXXXXXX) or their Vanity URL (the unique, changeable identifying web address your Steam Profile can be reached at, in the format of steamcommunity.com/id/XXXXXX, which can be changed in your Edit Profile page on your Steam Account). After a certain period of time, perhaps 30 days, a new AJSA DOTA 2 Guild would be created, along with a correlating Steam Group, and all users who posted their Steam name to the forum thread would then be invited to those two new organizations. After all the users were added, the old Guild and Group could be deleted. This functions as a form of spring-cleaning; users that don't bother reading the notifications they receive from the Steam Group, checking up on the online forums, or keeping tabs on the Guild would essentially be removed. Those members who might not have added their name to the thread before the old Guild/Group deletion could always go onto the forums and request to be added. This provides a fairly painless, thought-out, and respectful way to insure that those who are in the Guild and Group are committed to the AJSA. After that step, the next action would need to be ongoing: keeping people engaged. There are a myriad of ways to do this. Something that was briefly experimented with was the idea of having weekly inhouses. We believe a lot of players would enjoy taking a break from the toxic community of DOTA 2 pubs to play against other AJSA members. During the International 4, there was almost an informal viewing party on the TeamSpeak as members would join to collectively watch the games. If those were more publicized, they would be a great way for members to interact with each others. Natural Delema has volunteered to help run an AJSA DOTA 2 YouTube Channel, which could post highlights of AJSA players or inhouse games, stream tournaments in addition to Twitch, or release comedy pieces (if you don't know what we are talking about, check out here, here, and here). Tutorials could be posted there, and the videos could be promoted through the forums, Guild, and Group. Additional officers could be initiated, perhaps from US time zones, to help more regularly organize events. The idea is simply to keep people engaged, which will keep them committed. The system will begin to sustain itself, as over time people will step up to be leaders as other leaders move on. Together, we believe we can make the DOTA 2 experience at AJSA more enjoyable for all of us. Thanks for your time. If you have any thoughts, questions, or support our idea, let us know below. -- The Shnook, Natural Delema, The Winter Soldier, Sundaecat, The Dude, facd, digitalblade, Cthulhu Approves, and marve The Shnook’s Comment: “I’ve been with a lot of different communities and clans, but the AJSA certainly has the friendliest member-base of any group I have seen. I want the best for all of you, and I'm willing to do whatever I can to help.” Natural Delema’s Comment: “I have been with this community for a long time, and I really enjoy playing with all you guys. I really want our community to be the example that other communities look up to. I want to be going full steam ahead, 100 percent, the best we can be. I think our Dota community can be a really big draw for the AJSA, and we just need to take it to the next level. Thanks guys!” The Winter Soldier’s Comment: “I am loving these ideas and I really think this is a great asset towards a better and brighter AJSA to really thrive and bring out the best in the guild.” Sundaecat’s Comment: “There is much that could be improved with the current guild and I feel that this letter states some of the right steps that we could take to have a more active and communicating group that represents the AJSA.” The Dude’s Comment: "The AJSA Dota community really seems to be getting boring to me, especially in the recent months. I was here when the guild literally started and when it did it was a blast, with events going on every week, members looking to play with other members, and constant chatter in the teamspeak and guild chat. After a few months of the guild, it seemed like there were no events and really no communication within the community. Now there is almost complete silence in the guild chat, and there are rarely any guild parties. I think we can do better. Let's all bring this back guys! :D" digitalblade’s Comment: "I was only a grunt in the military a long time ago. I see that the AJSA Dota 2 Steam Group has 5 officers, 0 sergeants, and about 663 members (including the inactive ones), but that is not how a chain of command works guys. Other AJSA communities have plenty of sergeants below officers to do activities and such in-game, so the officers can focus on larger tasks and community improvements. The PlanetSide 2 community is run this way, and they have a fairly active group of more than a thousand players who regularly show up for events. We have a much smaller amount of members, but we only get 100+ people in-game, and even then we only get 5 to 10 people on TeamSpeak. I personally don't care who is officer or who is in command. This isn’t the military, but I think everyone likes some level of order. A little bit of order makes way for a lot of fun, and people will join events and participate in the community if it is fun."