Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
I've not been as active as I would have liked to have been recently, but you know, life happens? I've been considering posting here for a while, and spoken to Duki regarding BakaBT too with my concerns and thoughts.
By far, I'm not one of the oldest people on the website. Either in age, or length of time having been here. But there are things I want to mention and point out which I feel are valid.
I've been part of BakaBT since "2008-02-17 23:37:32 (7 years and 8 months and 1 day)".
And in truth, I'd only been active online since ~2005 when I joined a small community focused around our love for Chobits. I've had my username consistently since then and have had countless chances to change it, but have never done so. I'm now almost 27 and still loving this community which accepted me a long time ago, after my original community slowly spread apart (Of the original 7, I only remain in contact with 2).
BakaBT has been there in one way or another for a massive part of my life, the majority of my online time too. It's more than just a community, but a family. There are people I don't get on with, people I argue and disagree with, and them to me too. But at the end of the day, would I trade any of that away? No! (Maybe Havoc10k - I'll happily take a cookie if you want him!)
This website has always been here for me to come back to whenever I wanted, even with my long absences. Hell, I'm soon going to be the longest standing staff member. I already hold the position for "times most recruited".
What I'm trying to say is, BakaBT is a home. And it requires housekeeping. And love, and dedication. There was a post here which was removed not too long ago in which my family was criticized for various failings. Now although I don't agree with the sentiments expressed, I can understand what would cause a person to say what they did. I'll try to explain our side of the argument as clearly as possible, because it really explains quite well what's happening, and why.
"Sounds like shitty management; When the ship starts to sink you close your eyes and hope it'll fix itself, but when it's already half sunk, first then you start the ballast pumps.
Seems like a problem every single year. Recruit more staff. Stop this condescending approach of 'you have to come to us and beg us to hire you, we won't approach you'. It's no wonder really."
Not once do I feel we've closed our eyes to issues. We know what the problems are, and how to fix them. But when you run a site like BBT, there are INSANE restrictions we have to keep in place to ensure our privacy remains secure, and the site kept running. The reason we recruit every year is completely a different issue. People join our family at all different stages of their life. And as life changes, so do priorities and time management abilities. Other times people join the staff list, but decide that the work does suit them. Remember, this is *work*, it's not a game or fun. My role is to ban accounts on a daily basis. If I let it pile up, it can easily take 2-3 hours on a weekend to catch up. That's just one role, the easiest role - I've got it because I'm flaky with my time but my love for everybody here keeps me around. The people who do the comparisons, bloody hell, they're amazing machines which donate 10+ hours a week, FREE OF CHARGE to ensure new content added to the site is of the best quality.
And what's with setting demands for the users who try to apply? Why the hell don't the management involve themselves in the community and get to know the users. Then obvious candidates will pop out, and even if they don't meet the requirements of knowing everything there is to know about this really fucking roundabaout offer system and it's requirements and demands, the management should be able to teach them that. And don't give me any crap about management being "too busy", they're never too busy, they're always just being lazy, and become of a mindset where if it isn't critical, it can wait indefinitely. Been there, done that.
First off, I hate that this is the impression given. We are in the community, we post often and we all have our various areas of interest. And yes, candidates DO pop out from time to time. We invite them to join us if they wish to. I remember when I first got brought in. Jarudin invited me to become staff because of my knack of finding problems with code and pointing them out to get them fixed.
Yes, the offer system could be improved, but there are more important things to work on. We've had it working and it works. That's the important part. Remember, the ENTIRE site was built from the ground-up by BakaBT staff. It's not a download and run package. That was time and effort put into having it function as it does. We'd love to have it better, but we can't buy a coder to do it. We have to rely on people that:
1) don't want payment.
2) we can trust with the website code.
3) ain't scumbags.
It's not as easy as you make out.
If people don't meet all our requirements, we do train them too. We do our best to mold people into ideal cogs to mesh with us. But although you may think of us as lazy, you also need to bare in mind that BakaBT isn't our day job. We have jobs, girlfriend/boyfriends, social obligations. Basically, real life. We're not on BakaBT 24/7. We need people to join us that can easily slip in, and just be given a polish. We don't have the time to spend 20-30 hours to get somebody up to speed, only to find they don't actually want to do the work.
I really don't understand why anyone would apply to this crap. If they really need staff, then they should come and ask users they see as candidates themselves. Since they fail to be able to do that, that should say a lot about the type of people making decisions here.
That's just my rant, after many years of seeing the same high-and-mighty condescending crap "We need staff. If you can work miracles, come beg us to hire you".
We do invite people to join us, as stated previously. But why not invite anybody else to join us that we may have missed? We're a community and can't always chat to everybody. I see some people have signed up JUST to apply. That's fucking awesome in my opinion. I wish that guy the best of luck as he's putting the effort to assist a community he appreciates.
So, in short, I appreciate your comments although they were removed, but we don't see ourselves as high and mighty. But we worked hard to give good impressions and get to the place we're at. We enjoy overseeing this community through its ups and downs. We love the people, downloads, seeders and leechers alike. We want the community to live for a much longer time. Although it seems we're reaching a point where that may no longer be possible with the ease of streaming, and lack of people willing to put in the time and effort to keep everything running. BakaBT may eventually be a shell of what it used to be, but the community, my family will always be here in one form of another waiting to welcome me back.
That's why I stay with BakaBT, and love it so dearly. <3