Last Wednesday, 9/9/2015, was the community's fourth anniversary. It's really a surprise that we've come this far. Minecraft servers come as often as they go. It might not have been the case for everyone, but when I first joined Elder Akavir, it was hard to find a stable server that was up for more than a few months.
I fell in love with the server. I threw myself into it, even as a "green member" like most of you folks. After some time, I acquired the server after Rak's friend couldn't host it anymore. We pulled together resources and Joker, Rak, and I became co-owners of Elder Akavir. We always considered our server special, something that would stand the test of time. We wanted the server to be able to pass from one person to another freely, and with Rak’s exchange, we proved that possible. Elder Akavir will exist as long as there are people that want to play on it. I'm so thankful for the people who spend their time playing on our server. I'm also extremely thankful for the select few who put in time and effort to help create and maintain our community, so this post will be dedicated to them: our staff.
Before we talk about them, I'm going to (rather selfishly) talk about myself. You folks all know me, and if you don't, you’ve probably heard about me. I'm a 19-year-old dork who plays as a Khajiit and likes to tinker around with Minecraft servers. I've started my first semester at an engineering college, and I'm pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering there. I lack the free time I once had, and it pains me to not be able to play with you guys and get involved as much as I once did. It's not as simple as logging in anymore; I can't always follow the stories and adventures you constantly cook up. It's not distress or density on my part; it's a lack of time. I do, however, try to make sure the server is up and running for those who do have the time to play on it.
I consider myself a fire extinguisher for the server, so to speak; I'll come put out the fires! If the server crashes constantly or there is a serious dispute, members and staff alike come to me. For me, dealing with crashes is easier than dealing with disputes. Social interactions are complicated, and since I lack a full picture of the situations that arise, I can't always give everyone the attention they deserve.
Here is where the staff come in for co-owners, specifically me. The staff are the co-owner's feelers. They're the extra sets of eyes and ears, as well as an extra mouth for our rules to speak through. It's so much easier for me to ask a moderator or an admin to resolve an issue though a member of the staff than for you to ask me to throw myself into a situation I have so little familiarity with.
But the staff are not just a collection of organs. They're members of this server, and more importantly, they’re people. They're here for the same thing most of us are here for. They want to experience our world, role-play, and have fun! They also took on the responsibility of making sure our community maintains standards laid out by the co-owners. Without this, our server wouldn't be nearly as great as it is today. Role-play would be a lore-breaking and disappointing mess, the server might be plagued with hostile personalities, and the environment would scare off new members.
It's for these reasons I thank my staff. In addition to life's responsibilities, they help make the server what it is. They are my eyes and ears, they are my mouth; however, they are also my companions and friends who without I could not have made it this far.
When I hear stray remarks and see proofless posts reporting abuse from the members of staff, I don’t rush to scold them. When I receive private messages with news of staff behaving badly, I’m only curious about the truth. I want to let you folks know that unless you have proof of staff abuse, I can’t act. Their word is my word. Their actions are my actions. If you don't like what they’re doing, you can’t go above them to me or another co-owner to change it.
I trust my staff to behave. If I didn’t, I wouldn't have made them staff in the first place.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.