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New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Mooncow » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:01 pm

Hi everyone! For those of you that don't know, Chao Island is celebrating it's 15th Anniversary this year and it's safe to say that we are the longest running complete Chao website around. In my eyes, the website is still not complete and I envision it being the number one community hub for all things Chao!

As mentioned in today's announcement...
Mooncow wrote:So my Chao Island plans are growing at an alarming rate and I simply do not have the ability to do it all with my own hands! Historically the Chao Island staff has consisted of myself and a team of forum moderators. However for the site to progress I need to change this.


Here is the planned groups for staff:

Administrators: JmTsHaW is stepping down and Fusion is pursuing other projects. I may hand administration duties of the forum to another staff member but for now, all forum admin queries will come through to me.

Forum Moderators: Users that concentrate on the day to day running of the forum, ensure things are neat and tidy and put out any fires. Right now the forums are not too active so there is no trouble. As the site gets update and Sega hint more towards Chao features in games, this will rise.
Currently: Blade, Moonsoul, Fox Boy, Maple, Mamkute. Blade and moonsoul are less active as they have things going on in their own lives, but are still at hand to help out with the forums. This team will be shifted around a bit and will also be looking for someone (or two) to lead this team. Currently this is Blades job but depending on whether he wants to continue and what options we have this may change.

Chao Expert Team: I have placed Mamkute in charge of forming this team. I am looking for him and Crazo3077 to lead this team, and it quite an important team for what I want to achieve with the site. Although the forums are not that active, I think the Chao sections and research are flourishing quite well. This is helped greatly with the efforts of DarkyBenji's Chao World Extended mod, and other members such as Roaxes, ChaoGardenBuster and Rinku consistently keeping up discord chat, tumblr pages, google plus pages, etc with lots of fan content.

For this Chao Expert Team I would like to have the knowledgeable Chao Breeders be invovled to
a) Help new members instantly see recognised experienced Chao raisers in the help forum.
b) Ensure the main website is up to date with Chao information and not contradictory.

Note that all these staff groups with have unique rank bars, and furthermore I am working on profile "badges" for specific tasks. For example "Dreamcast Expert", "Gamecube Expert", "Hacking Expert", etc. This is not limited to staff members but will also include simpler badges for anyone such as "Dreamcast Chao Raiser" for example.
There will also be badge for the next few teams.

Chao Island Artwork Team: Much needed are some confident, able users who can create images and logos for the website and forums. This will include the badges mentioned above, but not limited to ranks, emoticons, website graphics, banners for events (such as Race Championships or the Anniversary). Also for any users active on DeviantArt it will be good to ensure the DeviantArt group is updated and used in conjunction with the forum. Kind of merges to the next part:

Chao Island Social Team: Responsible for ensuring the Chao Island "brand" so to speak is able to merge nicely with the forums and website. For example, youtube channel (being worked on), DeviantArt, Tumblr pages, Steam, any users that stream on Twitch, Facebook pages etc. Hopefully we can have as many communities working together as possible and feature links to these on the home page of the website. The Chao community is very niche and I would like to promote as much Chao socialness as possible!


Now as you can see I cannot control everything so these teams will be lead by an individual or two that I can be in contact with regularly for any problems or suggested changes. This is a big change and I'd like to begin doing this now while the forum is going slow - than wait until activity picks up (which it definitely will) and it will be chaos to organise.
If you ever look at Chao Island and think "wow, this site could be so much better for what it is" - well here's your chance to make a difference! Any feedback or critique is also welcome.
If you are interested in helping out, please either send me a PM tell me your thoughts, what sort of role you would be interested in, and how you could help the site progress. Or use the contact information in the sidebar. For quick reference:
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Goat » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:52 pm

Chao Island Social Team: Responsible for ensuring the Chao Island "brand" so to speak is able to merge nicely with the forums and website. For example, youtube channel (being worked on), DeviantArt, Tumblr pages, Steam, any users that stream on Twitch, Facebook pages etc. Hopefully we can have as many communities working together as possible and feature links to these on the home page of the website. The Chao community is very niche and I would like to promote as much Chao socialness as possible!


I would like to apply for this position, or give a suggestion to whoever might join.

Memes, tasteful, quick, and infecting deep into the heart of people. It's not an immediate effect, but an effect that must be felt from the contrarianistic culture that surrounds them and in essence can serve as free marketing for anything.

So in other words, more chao memes = more interest in chao = more calls for chao in future sonic games = indirect traffic to CI.

Who's with me?

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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby DarkyBenji » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:01 pm

oooh i like how this is going to be :blink:

but i have 1 question
Mooncow wrote:Note that all these staff groups with have unique rank bars, and furthermore I am working on profile "badges" for specific tasks. For example "Dreamcast Expert", "Gamecube Expert", "Hacking Expert", etc. This is not limited to staff members but will also include simpler badges for anyone such as "Dreamcast Chao Raiser" for example.
There will also be badge for the next few teams.


Do "Gamecube Expert" are for PC user too ? since the game (SADX and SA2B) from the PC version are actually port of the GC version (with some feature removed such a GBA link)
or it's gonna be "PC Expert" ?


also i wonder how Chao Island Social Team Youtube will work, maybe full past stream ? or some video demo for show jewel shiny chao and stuff, heh i will wait and see

for Chao Island Artwork Team: i'm rarely available for that, i did chao chat picture for steam group, my chao world extended title, and all my texture garden title ingame :blink:

i have planned to make more tutorial for SA2B PC hack when i have time (and update the old texture tutorial), so more people can do mod too

that's all i have to say, Good luck :blink:
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Nano » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:13 pm

The winds of change are blowing.

I'm excited for a breath of fresh air into this website.
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby LimitCrown » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:41 pm

I am interested in being a part of one of the groups. Mainly, one of the Chao Expert groups. However, I'm not sure about how helpful I could potentially be. I've played mainly the 2004 PC version of Sonic Adventure DX and the PC version of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. I'm familiar with the differences between the PC version's Shiny Jewel Chao and the GC version's and I know the mechanics that both versions share, but I don't know whether that is enough.

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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Lamby » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:57 pm

i'd like to help out potentially, but i decided to shoot you a PM with my interest because i didn't want to text-wall the thread because i go on a lot regardless what i'm taking about.
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Tsui » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:38 am

Mooncow wrote:Chao Island Artwork Team: Much needed are some confident, able users who can create images and logos for the website and forums. This will include the badges mentioned above, but not limited to ranks, emoticons, website graphics, banners for events (such as Race Championships or the Anniversary). Also for any users active on DeviantArt it will be good to ensure the DeviantArt group is updated and used in conjunction with the forum.

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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby NachoThePikachu » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:57 am

Shiny userbar is shiny ;uuuu;

I'm really glad to be a part of something for the forum. Might not be as great as a moderator, but helping out new users and being recognized as someone who is well at doing so means a whole lot to me! I look forward to doing what I can as far as helping users with chao issues and answering questions. :3

I can't wait to see how this all works out! I hope more people become a part of something greater for the forum, too, so good luck to all those who applied/asked for any positions!
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Ivogoji » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:47 am

^Plot twist O_o
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby NachoThePikachu » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:57 am

I seeeEEEEE how it is Ivo DX<

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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Crash32 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:57 am

Fox made the Chao Island Steam Group. I'm basically the only one to ever post there though. We should bring that back to life.

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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby retrolinkx » Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:27 am

I'd love to help out in anyway on CI, and if we're going to have more and more updates, I'd also like to be able to help with that.

I'll take anything if it needs some manpower behind it.
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby ShadriaFan » Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:02 pm

Twiddle. wrote:
Mooncow wrote:Chao Island Artwork Team: Much needed are some confident, able users who can create images and logos for the website and forums. This will include the badges mentioned above, but not limited to ranks, emoticons, website graphics, banners for events (such as Race Championships or the Anniversary). Also for any users active on DeviantArt it will be good to ensure the DeviantArt group is updated and used in conjunction with the forum.

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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Nano » Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:32 pm

I'm gonna step in here and say Wic is right, you guys are off topic and so was I for a bit.

Talk about what steam games you like somewhere else please and let the topic come back to the main point: Staff to fill social media, artwork, chao knowledge, and moderator/administrator positions.
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Postby eboyblue3 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:23 pm

congrats on the neon userbars guys. they look extra special (and now i'm jealous :L)

i'd be interested in a little photoshop work myself actually. please ring me up if you want to test the waters
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Crazo3077 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:17 pm

DarkyBenji wrote:oooh i like how this is going to be :blink:

but i have 1 question
Mooncow wrote:Note that all these staff groups with have unique rank bars, and furthermore I am working on profile "badges" for specific tasks. For example "Dreamcast Expert", "Gamecube Expert", "Hacking Expert", etc. This is not limited to staff members but will also include simpler badges for anyone such as "Dreamcast Chao Raiser" for example.
There will also be badge for the next few teams.


Do "Gamecube Expert" are for PC user too ? since the game (SADX and SA2B) from the PC version are actually port of the GC version (with some feature removed such a GBA link)
or it's gonna be "PC Expert" ?

I only just found out about the badges, but I intend to push Mooncow to make them appropriately diverse.

Honestly I would prefer that there is a PC Expert badge because there are enough unique differences, such as Bright Chao and Modding, and while it is similar to the Gamecube version, there are those Gamecube features that were removed that make Gamecube knowledge more unique.

I think a bigger question is how should we indicate someone who is knowledgeable with the Xbox360 or PS3 versions, since those are the least played, but still have their own unique attributes. They may be most similar to the PC versions, but then do we say PC includes the Gen 7 consoles or do we just make minor badges for people who play or have played or know about those versions. I think that is a harder choice to make.
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Jeffery Mewtamer » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:52 pm

And even within a given platform, should we treat that platform's version of SA1 and SA2 separately, or as a unit?

I'd argue the GC versions of SADX and SA2B are similar enough to say if you know one, you know the other, but as I understand it, the DC and PC versions differ greatly between the two games, and even SADXPC is a completely different beast depending on whether we're talking the 2004 release or the 2011 release.

Perhaps a tiered system of badges should be attempted. Tier 1 Badges for each official game with a Chao Garden, treating each version of SA1 and each version of SA2 as a separate game and a TCG Expert(since the TCG differs only in it's second minigame from version to version). Tier 2 Badges require you have the Tier 1 badges for all games on a given platform(TCG included in GC Expert and both SADX04 and SADX11 needed for PC Expert). Tier 3 Badges for those who know all versions of SA1 or All Versions of SA2, and a Tier 4 Grandmast Badge for someone who knows all currently available Official Games.

Just a suggestion.

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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby ChaoGardenBuster » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:38 pm

Made a few logo's to do with the site and chao island race championships located here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=47329 it's not much, but they might change in the future.

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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Vaporwave » Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:14 pm

Goat wrote:
Chao Island Social Team: Responsible for ensuring the Chao Island "brand" so to speak is able to merge nicely with the forums and website. For example, youtube channel (being worked on), DeviantArt, Tumblr pages, Steam, any users that stream on Twitch, Facebook pages etc. Hopefully we can have as many communities working together as possible and feature links to these on the home page of the website. The Chao community is very niche and I would like to promote as much Chao socialness as possible!


I would like to apply for this position, or give a suggestion to whoever might join.

Memes, tasteful, quick, and infecting deep into the heart of people. It's not an immediate effect, but an effect that must be felt from the contrarianistic culture that surrounds them and in essence can serve as free marketing for anything.

So in other words, more chao memes = more interest in chao = more calls for chao in future sonic games = indirect traffic to CI.

Who's with me?

I want to be part of the meme team, expect to see a PM from me soon about this.
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Ravenyte » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:43 pm

i'd love to be a part of the chao island artwork team! while i can't do anything graphical (lack of photoshop ;_;), i'm good at digital art and and help in that regard! :herosway:
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Re: New Chao Island, and 15th Birthday - Staff wanted!

Postby Chao Professor » Mon May 09, 2016 8:17 pm

Hi! I'm very interested in being a part of the Chao Expert team. I frequently help out in the chao support forum, and it would mean a whole lot to me. The Gamecube version's definitely my specialty. A good 9 years of chao experience under my belt, too!


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