HELP TOPIC: Contributing out of missions
You may have seen the term "contributing out of missions" in various topics across the forum, particularly when it comes to the promotion criteria
. But what does it mean? And what can you do to gain that extra credit?
Posting/commenting in other topics
By posting and commenting in other topics, such as news announcements
and polls - and to a lesser extent, the general discussion board
- you are showing your superiors that you wish to fully emerse yourself in the Shadow Fleet
community. While not compulsory, posting in other topics besides your normal missions also allows other users to get to know you and your opinions on subjects that affect the entire fleet. It also shows that you want an active part in the fleet's future development. Furthermore, commenting on news items and posting in the general discussion board all goes towards your forum post count, which is important if you're just starting out.Participation in extra-mission events
Occasionally, Shadow Fleet
will run a special event that brings the whole fleet together. This may be in the form of a "special" mission - a fun and unusual story with a different setting and plot - or a fleet competition. Whatever it is, your participation in it will not go unnoticed. By joining in, you are again showing your superiors and the fleet admins that you are serious about getting involved in fleet events.Using forum features
The Shadow Fleet
forum has a host of additional features that you can use whenever you like. Whether it's submitting a review on the "articles
" page or writing a blog
entry in your profile, these things all show you are willing to put in the effort and contribute to the success of the fleet. Contributing to your SIMM
Your SIMM command staff have a lot on their plate. While they may make it look easy, there is a lot of planning and organisation that goes on behind the scenes in order to make an interesting and effective SIMM. By volunteering your services for some of the more mundane jobs on the SIMM, you will free up their time to focus on the more important stuff, thereby getting yourself noticed. While you may not like some of the jobs you are given, remember that it is all a part of attaining that next rank.
Your command staff are also open to any ideas you may have to improve the SIMM. This may include ideas for upcoming missions or arcs, a suggestion for an interactive event, or even a new way of doing something! Remember, your suggestion or idea may not be accepted, but even if it isn't, your effort will not go unnoticed. Recruitment
By recruiting people to join Shadow Fleet
, not only are you showing your commitment to the fleet and your SIMM, but you are helping us to expand. The more members we have, the more SIMMs we can open and the more promotions we can make. By recruiting people to the fleet, it will not only show your dedication, but it will also make you eligible for the Recruitment Ribbon
.Welcoming new members
As you progress through the ranks, you will gain more knowledge and experience of how Shadow Fleet
operates. By using this knowledge to help those beneath you, you are showing that you have no qualms about putting in the extra time to help others settle into the fleet, a great quality to have and one that is highly sought after for those senior positions. This is a must for those wanting to become either a Command Level Officer
or a Senior Enlisted Commander
These are just a few examples of what you could do to show your superiors you deserve that next promotion. From posting in news topics to getting involved in mission planning, it all helps you to stand out against the crowd.
Even if your idea or suggestion gets turned down, you will still get noticed as someone who is not afraid to put in the effort. And that's the kind of player we want running our SIMMs. Who knows? Maybe you could be a future Captain?
Just remember - we're always watching!