Vyrin the First
In this article, I would like to lay out two things as the Minister of Centrelink. First, I will explain the strategy I bring to my role in the cabinet. Second, I will explain what I have been doing in my first 9 days in office. I felt something needed to be said after the unfair and uninformed comments made in Callumh's podcast: Question Time, Episode 4.
Here is the summary for those who won't read the full article:
~ I have a strategy for the way I approach my role as minister.
~ I have made substantial accomplishments in my 9 days in office.
~ I need people to support my initiatives, especially Centrelink, and engage in more civil discourse.
Now if you have the time, read on:
~ I believe eAustralia is a great place to be despite the negativity that has been hurled at me from certain players since the start. I believe that attitudes toward new players have to shift, and I do not hesitate to point out bad behavior among experienced players. For example, just yesterday in ausrep, a player who shall remain nameless accused me of not doing enough to try to learn the game. Anyone who has seen my articles, comments, and forum posts knows I have done everything I can to try to learn this game. We cannot change negative attitudes toward new players until we realize that they do exist.
~ I believe the best way to engage new players is to tell them the story of eAustralia and to encourage them to get connected to the social network. Before I was minister I wrote articles on these points. For example, I asked my elders for a history lesson since the wiki articles were out of date. Also, I described how my turning point in this game was when, without any assistance, I realized the importance of the social network part of the game.
~ I incorporated these two points in my simple guide for new players. I again wrote this as a private citizen based on my experience, before I became minister. It highlights a bit of history and tries to connect new players to the social network before plunging into the gritty details. Old players complain that noobs don't read the tutorials so I tried to create a one article guide. Then there are complaints that we need more articles. Some are never satisfied, but at least you know why I took the approach I did.
~ I believe that everyone needs to get on board with supporting new players by simply communicating with them and by providing supplies, which you will see I am trying to do in very particular ways through my accomplishments below.
Nine Days of Accomplishments
1) Because I have been criticized so many times for not knowing this game, I have spent a fair amount of time in my first cabinet post just learning what goes on there. Any other cabinet member can verify that I have been active and posted not only in my own area. I do not support all the behind the scenes bureaucracy, but I am seeking to understand it first.
2) I have worked to try to understand the format of the DHS website, which is being updated substantially by Arcaian. This website has replaced all others as the repository of our education for new players, but we are saddled by an awkward and out-of-date format which we are trying to improve. However, anyone who says that Arcaian has not been doing anything does not know the volume of material he has added to our tutorials.
3) I have reached out to every single player who has signed up in the last 20 days by PM. I have sent over 70 emails as part of this effort. I have answered questions by email, as well as tried to stay on top of feeds, and other places where questions may be asked.
4) Even though I did not know what Centrelink was before I joined the cabinet, in just 9 days I have revived it and started supporting new players through it. It is really quite shocking that for over a year Centrelink was dormant. On top of that there was the equivalent of about $30-$40K of cash and supplies that was essentially lost to the government. This is now available at a time when we desperately need it, since even the MU's will not or can not provide consistent supplies. (Hence the CP's review of the DoD) I am providing an account of all transaction in Centrelink as well for double-check by the appropriate governmental authorities to ensure it does not get lost again.
5) I have a process whereby new players can be identified so that all of us can friend them and bring them into the social network quickly. Five players were identified in my first attempt, with hopefully more to follow. If you haven't friended them, do so now!
What I Need From You
First, I will not accept any criticism from those who aren't referring new players to Centrelink and the DHS website. If you promote these, I will listen to your recommendations. At the very least, subscribe to the Centrelink news! I will work on a consistent way to include this in our news articles.
Why? In Callumh's podcast episode, the restarting of Centrelink was overlooked. Mr Crumpets referred to my two posts on the matter, and then went on to suggest an idea which was exactly what I explained in one of the articles. Then they let TJ brag about a US MU having a donation campaign for new players, and didn't even mention Centrelink was doing that for eAustralia again. Obviously they had not read the articles they could see were out there! I can't help those who won't pay attention to the approach being taken, so I am trying again in a new way in this article. Show me you are supporting Centrelink and the DHS website, then make any suggestions or criticism you want and I will listen.
Second, I ask for greater civility in public discourse. We can have disagreements but they don't have to be so ugly. For example, Tim Holz in the same radio broadcast, "The ARP is a bunch of phonies anyway." Well, Tim, the ARP was the party that supported me and kept me playing in the face of such nasty and negative comments like you continually make. I am happy to take suggestions and ideas, but I can't do anything with insults.
I really do want you to understand my approach so that we can work together to build a stronger future for eAustralia. I believe it's possible and I hope you do too!
Vyrin the First
Minister of Centrelink
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