Time for a Discord
With a unit as big as the 501st, it requires a discord just as big.
The 501st is one of the largest communities in Arma. As of writing it consists of one GI company, one Airborne company, one aerial squadron, and an armored detachment; adding up to around 400 active members. This of course barely scratches the surface of how many people are truly in the unit, with an active reservist company also made up of four sections and an even larger group of inactive reservists not to mention all the fresh CRs. These members all combined bring the unit easily close to one thousand members. To keep everyone “in the know” the unit has two main ways of communication: the teamspeak for general conversation and official 501st functions such as operations and squad trainings; and the discord used for day to day conversation and big announcements. Due to how large the unit as a whole , the Discord numbers somewhere over 1000 people. With such a large Discord, a team of members from across the 501st have been assembled to moderate it and ensure that everyone has a good time. This team is made up of a small group of trusted Discord admins, the NCOs of the 501st, and finally the unit’s military police. These three groups of people work together to provide a quality experience on our unit’s Discord.
The forefront of the Discord moderation has usually come from our Discord admins; CW-S White and CX-X Canik. White has been one of our longest running Discord admins and has almost been here since the start of the unit. White joined the unit back in 2017 when it was first started, after the 501st scrapped their old Discord and made the one we use today, he stepped up and began to help in it’s moderation. Soon after, White was made our Discord admin. Recently due to how large the unit has become, moderation of this Discord can not just fall to one man and CX-X Canik has been the second admin to join White to help take some of the workload off of him. Their main job here is to assist in the backhand work of the Discord, this mostly includes creation of new roles and channels and the technical side of running a Discord.
The other group of individuals who have access to all of the channels on our Discord is the Military Police. The Military Police have been around for a while in the 501st and were recently given access to all channels on the Discord to also help with it’s moderation. Their job in relation to our Discord is to simply observe and ensure that there are no issues and if there are any, to bring them to the proper individuals, who can handle it from there. CP Bjorn, one of the military police, has described it as “Keeping the peace”. Additionally CX Scuba, the current acting head of the Military Police had the following to say: “To enforce rules, hold people accountable for their actions, identify when there are problems and be a mediator in situations,”.
The main purpose of the Military Police as described by CX Scuba and CP Bjorn is to ensure that everyone is having a good time, whether that be on the Discord, on the teamspeak, or in-game. They are here to act as mediators when a situation does arise. CX Scuba said the following as to why he became an MP: “No one signs up for the purpose of going after members. For many, it’s about being a mediator for fairness or being an option for unit members to reach out to, especially to handle difficult situations. My reason for joining is because I care about how people treat each other in the unit, but obviously it’s always preferred that everyone is enjoying their time.”
The backbone of our Discord moderation isn’t handled by either group, but instead handled by our excellent NCOs, coordinated and assisted by the battalion NCOIC, CS-M Odin. Odin described his own role on the Discord as that of every other NCO, to keep their eyes and ears open looking for any issues/people getting out of line and to correct it if it hadn’t already been handled. Our NCOs are responsible for moderating and regulating our Discord, mostly in relation to all public channels and their own personal squad/platoon channels depending on their billet. Their job is to act as mediators and moderators between various members of the unit when people get out of line and to enforce the rules of the unit, including the Discord. Odin has described the moderation of the Discord as due to the fact that the Discord is such a large place, it can not be one individual left to its moderation. As such our NCOs act as a team to keep it moderated. They ensure that the rules of the 501st stay followed, and help moderate issues between members of the 501st when the need arises.
As described by Odin, our NCOs, admins, and military police work together to make the Discord a thriving place where you and I can go to chat, share memes, and much more. When asked what he thought about the community Odin had the following to say “The community, the friendships that I made here, joined the unit two months after making my PC, joining this unit was a stroke of luck, not sure that I was going to be this dedicated and stayed because of the friendships that I made, people like Player,Koda, and Shade that I have known for about as long as they were here in the unit, working together to create experiences that others can enjoy, and to keep the unit running, even when having bad days I do it anyway because I feel very lucky to be in the position that I am in,”.
If it was not for the dedication of our admins, military police, and NCOs the discord would not be what it is today! With a well rounded team in place to keep our members safe and informed, the Discord has become an essential part of the units day to day functions. As always, thanks for reading and be ready to do some recon on our next Corp article. Till next time.
Publisher: CT Momentum
Journalist: CS Sense, CT Goddest, CT Rayne, CT Dakota
501st Newsletter Issue #38
Hello everyone, and thank you for viewing the 501st Newsletter, Issue #38! I want to start by apologizing for the massive delay! Due to IRL complications, I have neglected to publish this issue until now. I sincerely apologize for the delay. This issue may seem a little less filling, but here are some changes to the newsletter: Thanks to CS Jupiter, one of our own Graphic Designers, our BARC Bulletin will have a new format, giving it a neater look! Additionally, thanks to Jupiter, the Company, Platoon, and Detachment logos you may have seen in the last issue have been resized, which should give them a more conforming look. Thank you again for reading! Keep your eyes out for our next article regarding the primary information hub of the 501st, the Official 501st Discord!
Upgrading the Server Box! BC Jay announced a few weeks back that he has plans to upgrade our server box, allowing for more entertainment by providing the needed factors to host servers for other games. This is so that we as a unit can take over other games' playba- I mean, allows us to host servers on games played by our community members, helping to alleviate the costs members spend to host private servers, as well as providing additional Arma servers where Other Events (such as WW2, Vietnam, Checkpoints RP, etc) can be hosted without disturbing the daily use of other servers. The current server box cost somewhere around $2500, with the new one planned around 4 times that amount. While this is ambitious, it is entirely possible. As a reminder, our community is run on donations, and as such, surplus donations will be allocated to this new box for the enjoyment of the community as a whole. For further information, feel free to contact BC Jay via TS or Discord!
New Rule Document! A document containing information on our standardized rules has been created by CP Clock! You can find the document HERE! Feel free to familiarize yourself with it. The Document can also be located in other locations where the Standardized 501st Rules can be found (including the TS channel). Thank you for the hard work and dedication, CP Clock!
TCW! Have you ever wanted to join a C-Shop? Have you ever wanted to do something worthwhile for the Unit? Have you ever wanted to see something you created in game? Have you ever wanted to be a part of a team spanning across multiple Starsim units in an effort to create a better community? If the answer to the above is yes, then you’ll be glad to know that we are constantly looking for help and talent in the TCW Development Team. We could use every skill we can get our hands on. From modelers to texturers, from importers to scripters/coders. If you would like to join our glorious cause, feel free to send a message to the Lead 501st Developer, CC Lava or head of Weapons Team, CS-M Pompano.
Do you enjoy working in Eden Editor? Do you feel pride when you see something you make being used? Well then then the Mission Builders are right for you! Mission Builders are responsible for making every official mission file that you see on our servers, from Fun OP files to Galactic Campaign Files. We work closely with the story writers to create immersive environments for the players to fight their way through, from Pantora to Christophsis! If you have wanted to help create the campaign this is a solid opportunity because Eden Editor can be picked up easily. Follow the steps in this document to join: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tev-lF2X19nsD_JI0Ecej0u854T6-F3F0D5IWdKfolI/edit?usp=sharing Message CI-C Gull if you have any questions.
News: Multiple RTO and Medic slots open. Check Orbat for which squads are recruiting those positions, or keep your eyes on the squad recruitment channel on discord. Krayt ARC troopers have nice uniforms, their Advanced Recon Development is going well, with SOPs under development.
“Plans never survive first contact... With a Munificent class warship” - CS-M Odin
News: Acklay is having one more week of applications from March 9th - 13th this will be a unit wide application so all areas are able to apply. Please note that if you are going to apply you need to at least be in Zeta. Additionally your CoC does have the right to deny members from ridealong.
"Sleep is good, please get your daily amount of sleep.”- CC Lava
News: Zeta Company is working their best to provide the unit with Active members to keep squads moving and filling positions across the battalion.
Promotions:Neb (CR-C to CT), Brosevelt (CR-C to CT), Anarchy (CR-C to CT), Screw (CR-C to CT), Scavenger (CR-C to CT), Flak (CR-C to CT)
“Dear Sergeant-Major Odin, I humbly request your presence in the upcoming 'Fun Op.' Faithfully yours, Sergeant-Major Fancy.” - CS-M Fancy
Recruitment: 1-3 is looking to fill a trooper and an RTO slot.
Promotions: Husky (Sr. CT to Vt. CT), Tom (Sr. CT to Vt. CT), Tal (CT to Sr. CT), Yowa (CR-C to CT), Fluorite (Sr. CT to Vt. CT)
“Hoping everyone has a good spring break and looking forward to the next phase of the campaign!” - CC Point
Recruitment: 2-2 has a Trooper and a Medic slot open, 2-3 has an RTO, Medic, and Trooper slot open.
Promotions: Fenrir (CT to Sr. CT), Rys (CT to Sr. CT), Guide (Sr. CT to CP)
“We fight not for hate of what is in front of us, but for love of what is beside and behind us. Fight on brothers, for the Republic, and for one another.” - CS-M Pompano
Recruitment: 3-1 has a Trooper slot open, 3-2 has an RTO slot open
Promotions: Deva (CR-C to CT)
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Recruitment: 4-1 has a Medic slot open, 4-2 has a Trooper and a Medic slot open, 4-3 has a Trooper slot open, 4-4 has 2 Trooper slots open
Promotions:Sam (CS to CS-M), Buggs (Sr. CT to CP), Archaic (Sr. CT to Vt. CT), Slugger (CT to Sr. CT), Dusty (CT to Sr. CT), Snorri (Sr. CT to CP), Merlin (CR-C to CT), Sponge (Sr. CT to Vt. CT), Ender (CR to CR-C)
“4th Platoon will hereby be known as Drifter’s Foot Cavalry” - CS-M Drifter
Recruitment: Ride-Alongs are open!
Promotions:Gull (Sr. CT to Vt. CT), Hobnob (CT to Sr. CT), Beat (Sr. CT to Vt. CT)
“I look forward to evaluating all the new ridealongs and find new members for Acklay” - CS Nobear
Recruitment: Ride-Alongs are open!
Promotions: Roasty (Sr. CT to Vt. CT), Iroh (Sr. CT to Vt. CT)
“Remember that we have two ears and one mouth, we should endeavour to listen twice as much as we speak” - CS-M Ricochet
News: ITA has closed for this cycle, but keep your eyes open for the next announcement. In the meantime, feel free to attend any voluntary flight training hosted by members of Razor if you are interested in honing your flying abilities!
Promotions: Sazi (Jr. Cadet to Sr. Cadet), September (Jr. Cadet to Sr. Cadet), Galaxy (Jr. Cadet to Sr. Cadet), Skali (Jr. Cadet to Sr. Cadet), Sophia (Jr. Cadet to Sr. Cadet), Kurtfurst (Jr. Cadet to Sr. Cadet), Duncan (Jr. Cadet to Sr. Cadet)
“Ricochet is a big boy, he is his own Sargeant Major” - CX-P Orange
News: IEA has closed for this cycle, but keep your eyes open for the next announcement. In the meantime, feel free to apply for ride-along status, and attend any voluntary Mynock trainings hosted by members of Mynock.
Promotions: Deus (CP to CS)
"All of the Mynock applicants should note that the beatings will continue until moral improves" - CS Zulu
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Publisher: CX-X Canik
Chief Newsletter Correspondent: CX-X Canik
Correspondents: CM Sunshine, CW Super