Crew of the Month

Which version of Crew of the Month did you prefer?

  • Competition

    Votes: 2 66.7%
  • Staff Choice

    Votes: 1 33.3%

  • Total voters
    3

OmG_PotatoeZ

Speed typer
I know that you guys do a vote on COTM, but I personally enjoyed the 2017 June competition. I was new to the forums then but it helped me get to know many other crew leaders and made me feel a bit more social than I am now! Added a poll so hopefully people will vote and it's easier to see who agrees and disagrees with me but here are my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages:

Competition

Advantages:
  • People get to talk about their crew and have to try to actually get the staff interested in their crew.
  • If someone gets picked for COTM everyone can see what each other said and they can try to improve their crew based on what others did.
  • When you when or even become runner-up, you feel accomplished
  • You can see how good of a sport everyone in the forums is after the competition is over when they say congratulations or just screw around with you
Disadvantages:
  • It's time consuming and staff have to go through every single comment and figure out which ones they prefer
  • Spamming is a possibility
  • You have to watch the News thread every day if you want to be on the first page
  • People can get salty in the end
  • Having to actually post in the comments of the competition thread can improve social interactions within the competition, even help people make friends.
Anonymous Staff Vote:

Advantages:
  • No extra-labor required (for thread-maker)
  • Staff have no need to go through comments, just crews.
  • It's possible for any crew to become COTM, even the smaller ones.
  • Can be finished faster than a competition.
Disadvantages:
  • People could assume staff pick favorites.
  • People get salty that "they don't know how to win."
  • Nobody can really improve their recruitment tactics without it being too late.
  • Less social interaction (in my opinion)
 

Nugsy 1

XBox One : Nugsy 1
Admin
Elite
Moderator
The winner if voted on will always be the crew that can get most members to vote (i.e. the bigger crews).

That is why we don't / can't run it so. I did it myself once before I was staff here. Had my crew cast a vote in favour of a crew member in a snapmatic comp.

We don't have massive traffic here so the outcome is very easily manipulated.
 

Fulkini

GTA Addict
Elite
Would we have enough different crews who are active around here (and I mean more than merely bumping their recruitment threads all the time and posting their crew info to anyone looking for a crew) to be able to vote for each other? Like a community vote, but one in which a whole crew only has one vote.

Maybe more than just a regular poll. For example give all crews the opportunity to create a post about themselves in the COTM thread. After a week, crews can cast their votes. If a crew wants to cast a vote, they need to make another post in this same COTM thread, to actually explain why they make the vote. For example SOPO would vote for crew X because of how welcoming they are to new members here, and because we like the unity in the pictures they posted in the thread. While Potatoez and his crew might vote for Josh his crew because of the endless drive and dedication he puts into it.

Just an example, but it would allow to have a bit of both worlds. Might be cool.
 

OmG_PotatoeZ

Speed typer
I'm not saying let it be member controlled when it comes to votes, just make the crew leaders entertain you or at least give you some reading material. I don't remember the July COTM being a member vote, just staff picking their favorite speech/recruitment pitch, and then telling us why they voted for crew A rather than crew D but crew B and C were following close behind, y'know?
 

Nugsy 1

XBox One : Nugsy 1
Admin
Elite
Moderator
Anything we ask of the crews of late, like posting something or whatever is only partially taken into account but certainly not discounted.
Those 'tasks' are more to get some involvement in the whole COTM thing & hype it up some. We may or may not ask these things of you.
(Between you and me, we're thinking of a competition based thing for next time - Mum's the word!)
It still boiled down to staff deliberation in the end, as it always was long before my time here.
 

IG Airassault54

Speed typer
We need to get crew of the month back like seriously. When I got crew of the month for Insaniac Gaming it was the best award I've received Gaming.
 

Nugsy 1

XBox One : Nugsy 1
Admin
Elite
Moderator
We need to get crew of the month back like seriously. When I got crew of the month for Insaniac Gaming it was the best award I've received Gaming.
Agreed (well sort of, it's "featured crew" now). However I know you're aware that things have been quiet around here of late.
With an increase in traffic it would indeed be worth doing again but as it stands, of the active crews that post here, none really get themselves known here.
Our old buddies (top posters) aren't even on daily now.
Many visit very infrequently and disappear for months, some post their thread and never return, assuming people will contact them elsewhere.

We need more general banter throughout the forums to get people and the community here thriving again.
Until then, we're kinda stuck and unable to run such a thing.

Talks are underway for some changes here though and we're hoping a crew award of some sort will be born of this.

Until then... Be the best crew - We're watching!
 

jmr922

Rocks7ar Crew Leader
Elite
any crew leaders reading this get your arse in gear, when my crew won this it helped gets us loads of new members to take us to 1000 crew members, I was pleased and proud to get the award, it takes a lot of hard work but its worth it.
 
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