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Roles and Staff Positions
This is only a general guide, and only briefly describes some of the different positions. The application process may change for various positions. This guide might have everything you need to know or it might not, and it's not intended as a tutorial.

Roles are not always mutually exclusive: staff members from various groups often work together on cases, events, moderation, management, you name it.

The positions:

Moderating Roles
PositionIngame SymbolRole Description
LMods (Local Moderators)None.Watch over a single board or section on the forums. They make sure the rules for each board are followed.
TA (Tori Agents)?Help users with almost any of their troubles that do not need direct action by superior staff. This can include technical difficulties or just any sort of question regarding the game. They also create and manage this FAQ!
ES (Event Squad)*Host events and take care of in-game moderation. They aim to keep people entertained and keep Toribash interesting.
MSquad (Market Squad)$Keep the market running and handle most scam and tc-related incidents involving users.
Clan Squad~Focuses on moderating the Clan Discussion and Organizations boards, events, activity checks, voting and policy discussion.
SMods (Super Moderators)~Moderate all areas of the forum and game. This can even include market-related, clan-related, or in-game related incidents that would generally be left to the MSquad, Clan Squad, or ES respectively.
Admins (Administrators)~Lead or manage the different staff groups, and also may make higher-end decisions for the community generally involving other staff groups.

Behind The Scenes
PositionRole Description
TSAs (Torishop Administrators)Are responsible for the torishop's on/off switch. They help the ES, MSquad, and Clan Squad by doing maintenance work to keep the market and torishop in order, also to make scamming completely pointless.
NinjasAre higher-ups who dabble in a bit of everything, and are involved with the major decisions in Toribash. TSAs and Ninjas only answer to people who are already involved behind the scenes.
Devs (Developers)Press the repair button when things break, and add new features when available.

Normally, you would submit an application if you're interested in obtaining a position. Even if you're just going to talk to people about getting a job, you might find it helpful just to write down your thoughts beforehand.

The most important part of an application is where you say what position you are applying for. It can be very awkward and ambiguous if you specify multiple positions in a single application. A lot of staff prefer to see just one application at a time. If you are planning on applying for several different positions, please keep in mind that this is not a very common circumstance to take place. Staff much prefer a user to sit down and try to handle one position at a time.

What position to go for
If you want a staff position, it's a good idea to stick to something you're already involved or familiar with. You don't need to know everything about the job, but you should at least have a reasonable understanding of what you're applying for. There's a lot you can find out if you just take the time to look around.

Something to keep in mind - there are positions that we do not allow users to apply for unless under extreme circumstances. Some of these positions include: administrator, clan squad, TSA, ninja, etc.

Trial & Training Periods
Users who are accepted for the Event Squad or Market Squad usually have to complete a trial period before they become a full member. This gives them a chance to see how everything is done before they have to do it themselves. Other usergroups, namely Super Moderator and the Clan Squad don't have trial phases simply because the groups' past and current leaders have not felt the need for the trial phase, it's as simple as that.

Trial membership is just a part of the process, and it is not a permanent position. If you are accepted to any usergroup that uses a trial feature, it will be made more clear to you and you will be given more information on how it works.

Where to send your application
This information is generally quite obvious, and if you are sending your application after looking at a recruitment drive, all of the information will be clearly stated in that thread. If you are still confused, look around at the members/leader(s) of the group you are applying for and send an application that direction.

If you are planning on applying for a position outside of any recruitment drive or the like, you will generally private message/PM your application to a member or leader of the group you want to join. Applications are discussed between the rest of the group before a decision is finally made. The person you send your application to may or may not be the person who makes the final decision and do not expect this person or any other person in said group to explain to you if you were denied. This being said, decisions can take a week or a month, and in rare circumstances longer than that. Be aware of this before sending an update PM a day after your application to make sure your application was posted or denied, etc.

When to Apply
For most positions, you can apply at any time. Even though the staff are not always interested in hiring new users, waiting for a recruitment drive may be the better option. The staff don't always announce that applications are open aside from recruitment drives, these can happen several times a year for any given position.

While there is no strict limit on how many people the staff may have in any one position, the staff will usually be more interested in hiring people when a position becomes understaffed or inactive. It will be easier to get a position while it is available, but this applies to you as much as it does to everyone else. It does not change staff interest in hiring people who are suitable for the job.

What to talk about
There is no one perfect recipe for applications, though there are a few things you could consider.

You must clearly state what you're applying for. Preferably in the title of the message, and in the first sentence so it can be quoted. If you just want a staff position and don't know what to apply for, maybe this isn't for you. Stick to something and stay true to what you've chosen, the staff generally do not like it when people apply for several positions at once.

The people who read your application might not know you at all, and that much is safe to assume. Make it informative, and more importantly, make it relevant. Some background information to help put things into perspective. A rundown of how long you've been around in the community involving any impacts you may have made, any history of trouble, the languages you speak, your timezone if you are applying to an in-game related position, past experience, etc. These are all examples and you may use any or none of these as you wish. You are applying for a position in staff, the staff member who is hiring you for the position wants to know why you want the position and why you would be a better choice over the other applicants.

Something to keep in mind - this is all volunteer work.

Points to consider
What's mentioned here isn't specific to any one job, and should be used as a general overview of helpful information. When you write an application, you want to show whoever reads it that you at least share some understanding of what you're applying for.

If you're going to include personal details and statistics, try to keep them interesting or relevant. Writing about the languages you speak and/or your country of origin are interesting, whereas things such as motivation and/or past experiences are relevant, and in general, more important. These are to be used as examples; the more relevant information, the better. A mere list of a join date, belt, and a real-life name is not a good way to describe involvement in the community or why you might be a suitable candidate.

Dishonesty is not handled lightly by the staff, you'll have a hard time keeping a job let alone finding one if honesty is not your strong suit.

Proofreading is always a good idea. You're not going to get accepted if we can't even understand your application, keep in mind that an application is something that should be less about yourself and more about what you're trying to achieve with the outcome as was explained briefly earlier in the thread. There is a difference between knowing how to write a good application and actually being good at what you are applying for, remember this. As far as application length goes, the staff is interested in relevant and interesting topics, as explained above. If it takes a few sentences, great, if it takes a huge wall of text, also great. What's important is that you show motivation for what you are striving to reach and are able to fit it all into an application without going on and on with useless information.

In general, the staff do not simply reject people for having a history of rule-breaking but will reject those who still break rules. The same standard applies to other reasons people are denied, having a poor history of activity generally isn't a reason that users are denied (though it can be)*, but being consistently inactive and not showing any commitment is a definite reason for rejection. An understanding of the rules is necessary for all staff, but don't expect to have to know the ins and outs of every single rule when becoming a staff member, common sense is a greater tool than simply knowing every written rule.

*Considering two mirror-matched users, let's take for example user A and user B. User A has been consistently inactive in the past and has come back to apply for a staff position that he has seen in recruitment. Outside of this, he has shown no sign of activity. User B also has a history of being consistently inactive in the past but has been around consistently for a few weeks showing a moderate amount of commitment to caring about the game/forum. User A and User B are both active during the time that applications are being judged. User B would clearly take the cake over User A as the staff would have more relevant information that User B is willing to stay. Given User A's credentials, the staff aren't to know whether or not he'd stick around for long keeping in mind that the same thing could happen to User B, this is just how applications would play out.

If your application is accepted, you will be added to the group. The person who adds you will usually make sure you're given instructions if you don't already have them. During mass recruitment, you tend to see an announcement that indicates those who were selected. Along with this, most recruitment drives refrain from announcing/informing those who were denied; recruitment drive threads will have more information regarding this. For individual applications outside of recruitment, if you haven't had a response, this generally means you have been denied given it has been longer than a month since the application was submitted. After this time, you may PM any member of the usergroup or the group's leader(s) about your application, but keep in mind that it's up to the staff member in question if they want to speak about your application.

Thanks for reading the thread, the original creator of this format was Fish. Kyure then created this post which took a large majority of said information and it was heavily modified by Faint to adequately represent the current staff.
Last edited by Bibian; Jan 19, 2022 at 01:32 AM. Reason: Updated "Help Squad" to ToriAgents