Member Name smkorpi Additional In Game Names: MeepMe How old are you? 17 Location: United States (EST) Do you have Discord? Yes How many hours per day do you play MeepCraft? (weekdays) 1-4 How many hours per day do you play MeepCraft? (weekends) 2-10 Have you ever been staff on this or any other server? Yes References: Please give IGN's CluelessKlutz, EllieEllie, Savage2k17, Kling, Courtneyyy When did you join Meepcraft? Fall/Winter 2013 Introduction: Hiya meeplings! I am smkorpi, or smk, or Shawn. I am a junior in highschool, and have been playing Minecraft for about 6 years, five being on computer. I am in my school’s marching band, soccer team, speech team, science club, french Club, and Robotics/computer Club. Despite all of these commitments, I still have time for Meep. I feel a lot of people and staff already know me, if you have any questions about me, feel free to ask. Why should you be Helper? I believe I have many of the qualities needed to be a good staff member. And because of these qualities and my experience, I believe I can thrive as a helper again. I will go over my experience first. I gained my experience as a staff member by becoming a staff member just this year. I have learned how to use staff tools such as prism, how to handle modreqs, deal with obscure cases, how to communicate with a team, and many more useful lessons. I believe through my time as staff that I now understand better how to handle rule breakers and players that are troublesome, and this is an amazing experience to have. The normal mistakes a brand new helper would normally make should be behind me by this point. The rest of my qualities are things I have worked on since my last time as helper. Confidence. Confidence is one of the most powerful attributes to have in a person, and in all honesty probably the most life changing. In the last year of my life I have finally crawled out of my “underclassmen shell” as I call it, and have finally gained confidence. With this newfound confidence, I will be able to be a better staff member than I was in the past. I understand what I am signing up for, and I am up for any challenges that will accompany it. There were many situations while I was in staff that I could’ve handled better if I was confident that I was correct. With the team being very project oriented at the moment, I would like to help with team communication so that no one ever has to be unconfident because of a gray area. This is also something I would like to pursue because I know it was something that was very aggravating while I was in the team, to be left in the dark. Those are some of my goals I wish to achieve, given the opportunity. Passion. I am very passionate about many things that I do, and meepcraft is one of them. I know in the past I have shown extreme negativity towards some changes, but I would not have been upset with a change if I didn’t care about the server. I have been playing in this server for almost five years. That is just about a third of my life. So for ⅓ of my life, i have played on meepcraft. I would have quit in less than a year if I didn’t care. I have had thoughts of applying for staff after my first year playing meepcraft, but I never pursued them until this year; and I couldn’t be happier with the time I had as a staff member. My passion for the server is the reason I can play for hours on end, only talking to the community. I am willing to utilize much of my free time on meep. I feel that a deciding factor for these applications is what any applicant can bring to the team, that isn’t already prevalent. And in honesty, there isn’t much that the team doesn’t seem to have covered at the moment. I mentioned before that one of my goals if I were to become a helper again would be to try better team communication. On top of this, I already have good communication with the community, and understand what would be able to help the server as a whole. One of the main ways I can think of helping the server is through suggestions. Which is why I have made many suggestions in the past. If I become a helper again, I would not stop suggesting things. I pride myself in being a problem-solver, and in most scenarios I can at least weigh as many options as possible and try finding the best solution. I hope to have another chance to try and use any problem solving skills I have to help meep. I don’t feel this is worthy of a point in my ‘Why’ section, but even with the size of the team, there are still many times in the morning (when I get on) that there are no staff online; I don’t mean to say this is anybody's fault, just that I could remedy some of this time with no moderation. And I can keep my composure being the only staff online when situations like this occur. I am also very easy to reach on slack or snapchat, because my phone is a huge part of me. I still find it very often where I am online and no other staff are online. I do not believe the size of the team should be a real problem relating to my application, but there are still times I would be the only staff member online, and I can handle moderating the server chat and handling modreqs, as I have in the past. There are also things I’ve worked on since my last application was denied. Most of the reasons for my last application being denied, was because of activity and helping in chat. Since my last app, I have definitely worked on my activity, and my playtime has shown it. Along with the boosted activity, I have been trying to be more visible when helping players. I hope by being more visible when helping, and being more active, I fixed some of the problems with my last application. Another thing I decided since my application is clearly what I want to do on the team. Countless poeple asked what I could contribute, and I will clarify my answer. I will be able to help with decision making on the server. I am very analytical, and I believe I am becoming quite good at analyzing all sides of a situation, and coming up with the best possible solution. One of my main goals if I’m allowed to join the team again is to help in fixing skyblock. Through various discussions, I believe I truly understand the problem that is making skyblock unfair, and through suggestions I have been trying to help; but as a staff member, I would be able to try to help fix skyblock, and be more effective. On top of skyblock, I also have experience playing kitpvp, and would be able to help with kitpvp. Halo is also something I’m passionate about, and I could also try working on gun revamps or look at what needs balanced. The final thing I would like to help on is a tad of the eco. Now, I know that changing the economy is very risky, and must be looked at with extreme caution. But I believe I can use my analytical skills and problem solving abilities to at least assist KlutchDecals in looking at potential changes. I want to finish this part, I have already been trying to help the server, and skyblock, kitpvp, halo, and towny economy through suggestions. But as a staff member, I would have a much easier time finding the best solution as I would have direct access to the people making decisions. And through my past experience as a staff member, I am already prepared for the challenges around the Helper position. What are your weaknesses? Composure. When I was a staff member, I had a fall out with a player. I handled the situation very terribly, allowing some of the worst parts of me to come out. I defended how I handled it, but I was simply wrong. I learned in this situation that people make mistakes, that you can move past things. I learned to control myself in the next two months afterwards, and I can assure you that a similar situation will never happen again. Outside of that one occasion during my time as staff, I never lost my composure. I do not plan on letting any such thing happen again. Age. I personally do not believe age to be a problem, but I correlate my age to many things I am ignorant to. I am 16, almost 17, so I understand a lot of common things already, but there is much stuff I may not know or understand. I feel I can keep any problems related to my age and ignorance to a minimum, and this has not been an issue for a while. Age is mostly a number, but I have maturity a little higher than most young adults. School/Time Commitments. I mentioned all of the clubs and such I am in, and a lot of those require time here and there. None of these will prevent me from taking large amounts of time off from Meepcraft, but Saturday’s for example I will likely be unavailable a lot of the day due to speech and debate. I cannot overcome this, but Speech and Debate will be done by February, so this would only be a temporary problem. I know the team is okay with breaks, and I would make sure to notify when I’d be absent. Passion. I am very passionate about quite a few things on the server, and I am not afraid to show my opinion. I keep my composure and give my opinion respectfully, but some of my posts can be interpreted as inflammatory. Because I recognize this as a weakness, I make sure to tag on the bottom of my posts when something isn’t meant to be inflammatory. But it is something I will continue to work on. Please give any other information you might think is useful for us to know: I am human, I’ve made mistakes in the past. I want to put any of those mistakes behind me, and I really really would like to be part of the staff team again. If there are any spelling errors or other parts of this application that irks you, I apologize in advance. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments, I’m open for discussion over anything that may be questionable (I won’t reply to anything that doesn’t need a reply, so don’t be offended if I don’t reply to you) Thanks for reading! Ps: Connection issues since last application are gone, if you have anything to ask or criticism, I would love to see what to work on in the comments.