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Should a staff member be able to reserve playbys/faceclaims and other content?

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As far as reservations in general, I definitely believe they're a benefit to both staff and members. It provides a clear concise way for both current and potential players to see what is available when it comes to canons, faces and wanteds. Of course, in my experience, they are never absolute. On sites that I staff, reserves are valid for seven days. One re-reserve is allowed if progress has been made. But after that the reserve in question becomes void and the reserver must wait, I believe it's fourteen days on one site and then maybe one month on another to reserve the position again if they so choose.

 

Face claim and canon, if applicable, reservations are something that I will always post as soon as I'm prepared to start an application. Despite the fact that I tend to complete applications all in one go, it still prevents someone else from trying app the same character or swipe a face. Of course, I believe that this is generally the purpose for reservations and that the function can definitely be abused. If it's a staff member that's abusing it, then it's probably not a site I wish to join.

 

When it comes to one person, staff or otherwise snapping up all the wanteds, I believe there's a delicate balance. You obviously don't want people playing their own close family members. Or really any other character they're going to have a lot of opportunities to plot with. If you want to roleplay by yourself, then go write fanfiction. But while variety is great, there can be exceptions. Like @The Rebel mentioned, there are times when you may wish to prioritize plot progression. In my opinion a great way to do this is with staff NPCs. This way the character can still be in play for site plot but they are also still open to being applied for by potential or existing members.

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I try to never do WiPs for the expression reason that I've had PBs on my applications that have actually been swiped by others. Does it suck? Yeah. I get comfortable with a particular face when I'm writing up an app. It makes me feel more connected and secure. How do I know the face has been reserved? Because 9/10 times, as soon as my WiP went up, so did the face claim reserve and it was hella annoying. As someone who is pretty OCD about things like faces, it sucks to have to go looking for another face that gives you that feeling of rightness. Like a shoe fitting or whatever.

 

 For me, a staff member was the one trolling for more faces to add to their growing collection of Pokemon people. It wasn't fair but I was just a member and when it looked like a serial case that was enough to really get under my skin, I packed up my shit and left for other climes. If a face claim bothers you, you're probably having other issues with a site. Leave before you get to the point where you feel trapped there. 

 

To date, I've done my best to get out of that kind of jam by never, ever putting anything up in the WiP section and making my face claims less famous people.  If I go the second route, I'm far less likely to have to go through things that will bunch up my day. 

 

I have never minded staff reserving because players do it as well and if they're actively putting a character together, it gives members and other staff a warning shot that a face is being used. People who whine about not having a specific face to use are extremely obnoxious and need to grow up. Look at face claims and adapt. We've all had to do it at some point.

 

Honestly, I don't know why it's so damn difficult to talk to each other and just figure things out. I get people are scared of confrontation but c'mon these are text based hobbies and we're all old enough to not need to cause a fuss over stupid shit. We have Discord, we have PMs, we have brains.  Anyway ^^^^ is another topic entirely.

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I understand where you're coming from. I don't expressly have any issue with staff taking on lots of wanteds, but wanted characters are a great hook for new players. If you take them all as an admin, or an existing player, you are removing an opportunity to bait new members with them.  It wouldn't stop me from joining a site I was interested in, not unless it went hand in hand with those wanted hungry admins or players have a huge roster of characters they only post with rarely - that's just not my sort of game. 

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We allow everyone to reserve up to two face claims as want ads on the site; including staff.  We try to have staff have all of the same privileges as members and that all are equal on that front as we've noticed that giving staff 'perks' is a good way to breed unnecessary resentment.  

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I've not yet had the problem (knock on wood) about someone wants X person but Y is already using it. We're pretty good about that. Really diverse and don't have reservations on faces. I don't see a reason to reserve something. Even the wanteds I encourage the members/staff to give multiple face choices. I leave it open to the person taking the wanted (personal choice) so they have the ability to make the wanted more their own. I give basics unless I have a specific face in mind, then it's a suggestion. 

 

We don't mention reservations because we try to discourage it. Faction positions are held by staff but are happily given to members that wish to take them. Staff and members are equal. Staff just occasionally has to make the really hard decisions. We try really hard to discourage reservations. It works for us. 

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Reserving prevents someone taking the FC/canon out from under you and it lets players know right off the bat if something is being applied for without needing to check. As someone who plays on canon sites, it's a blessing to be able to say "hey I want to apply for X" and know that so long as I finish the app in a week, it's mine. I don't think I'd ever play on a canon site where I can't reserve my canon before applying. I like having a few days to breathe, especially if I get interrupted mid-app. I don't think it's a hassle, or cliquey. It's just a way of saying "this is what I want" and ensuring that people know.

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Yes. Absolutely. What, just because you're staff, you're not allowed to reserve shit? That doesn't fly with me. My sites are all first come, first served in regards to claims/canon spots but that doesn't mean I don't believe in other admins' rights to reserve shit on their own sites. 

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