Conduct & Expectations
What is it to be a Salad Senator? Is it a love of battle? The smell of open flames and conquest? Listening to music at unsafe volumes? To be a Salad Senator you may wish to embody all of these qualities, however, the true core of this team has and always will be a love and respect of each other. As we have coalesced and grown over the course of our travels in Pandaria and beyond, our mettle has been tested, but our strength has shone through. Now, as we embark on a journey to the savage lands of Draenor, we look again to the future of this great team. Dwelling upon these reflections, we, the leadership of the Salad Senate, would like to take this opportunity to share with you our thoughts on the expectations of this team, and of its members, moving forward. Make no mistake, times change.
At the time of this team’s inception, the stated mission was a simple one: “The Salad Senate is a casual player progression team. Our goal is to see all MoP raid content in a casual manner. We are not for the hardcore player, as we intend to have fun wiping until we have conquered all the bosses… a few months after everyone else does.” Through Mogu’shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, and the Terrace of Endless Spring, this was an approach that worked. By the time we stepped into the Throne of Thunder, however, the ability of this team was emerging. Raiding two nights per week, the Salad Senate saw victories throughout the Throne of Thunder and missed the “Ahead of the Curve” achievement by just one day. Although this was an achievement that was attained during our onslaught of the Siege of Orgrimmar, the need to reevaluate the conduct and expectations of this team and its members became glaring. And so, for the better part of the last raid tier the leadership has discussed the evolution of the team, what has worked, and what needs to change. This living document, which may be subject to minor updates in the future, represents the culmination of those efforts and lays out the expectations for all Salad Senators and how raids in Warlords will be conducted.Research
This one is very simple, but once gone awry, can be the downfall of an entire team: research. Research your class. Research each fight. Research beta changes. Research all the things! The days of simply being happy to have people show up are over. Going forward, we expect every Senator to not only know their class but how to execute each fight as is necessary. Interrupts? Know what you have and how to use them. Movement? Know where to be and what you can do when you get there. Utility? Know what you contribute. Consumables? Know what you need and how to get them. Don’t know where to find information or have other questions? Ask your team, we are all here to help. The bottom line is that while this is not, nor ever will be, a hardcore progression team, the members of this team are expected to perform. Failure to demonstrate a working knowledge of your class/spec and the current progression fights will get noticed and without improvement, will be grounds for benching. We are all responsible for the success or failure of this team.Loot and Attendance
You may be asking yourself, why are these one heading? Because, they will now be intertwined as part of our new loot distribution system. Once we resume organized raiding activities in Warlords, we will be shifting from an open roll loot system to instead use a modified Suicide Kings system. Suicide Kings is a priority loot system in which players are organized on an ordered priority list and that order is decided by an open roll, by all raid members, at the start of the expansion. The person highest on the list who wants an item appropriate for their class and spec commits “suicide” by dropping to the bottom of the list in exchange for taking the item they want. How does a person get to the top of the list, you ask? By showing up and killing bosses. Each raid night, the members who are present and prepared on time are moved up one priority slot — since everyone in the raid gets a boost, they will only move up relative to members who aren’t present. The same process is repeated every time a boss dies. Show up, kill bosses, move up the list. Get loot, move down the list, work your way back up as everyone gets their share. All of this will be tracked by an addon that is being developed and will be deployed soon.™
For overall attendance, raiders are allowed up to three absences per eight raid nights. Given the flexible nature of Warlords raids, chronic absentees will no longer be demoted to alternates, but will instead lose their spot on the priority list. This is kept as a running tally and at the beginning of each raid, members with four or more absences within the past two months will be moved off of the priority list. Of course, real life happens and should anyone need to take a leave of absence, please let us know via the raid team forums. This will hold your spot in the raid until you let us know you are back, or if you are not coming back at all. Please request a leave of absence if you will be gone more than three raid days in an eight day raiding period. In the event of an extended break, you will, however, still be removed from the priority list. Under these circumstances, the removal is not intended as a punishment but simply as a way to ensure that those who are present and supporting the team each night are rewarded appropriately. Raiders can always earn their way back up the list upon return.
The overall intention of this loot and attendance system is to ensure that loot is distributed in a manner that not only gears up the team in an open and fair fashion, but also one that takes into account the effort by individual members. Those who put in the time deserve the honor of priority.General Conduct and Raid Etiquette
Though we revel in… let’s say the unusual nature of our group dynamic, we are all fundamentally kind and inclusive people. More specifically, we are kind and inclusive people who fiercely look after our own. Racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise hateful or mean-spirited conduct is not welcome in the Salad Senate. This doesn’t mean that we can’t or won’t make ridiculous, off-color remarks or tell the dumbest jokes imaginable, but we will always endeavor to flail around without hitting each other in the process. Bad behavior will result in the offender being warned privately first, then benched for the remainder of the raid if the behavior continues. Repeated toxic behavior will lead to us not inviting you back, ever, though we expect such measures will probably never actually be necessary, because we’re all cool here right? Right. And now, in an effort to prove you’ve read all this and not just faked your way through it, message Copperbolt and let her know you read this document.
In an effort to keep raids moving at a swift pace and for the general enjoyment all of Salad Senators, we ask that the following general guidelines be met. Failure to adhere to these common etiquette rules will result in progressively adverse administrative actions.
- During active raiding times, Mumble needs to be kept open for the raid leader and other ‘leaders’, unless it is the designated Break Time. Please do not talk over the raid leader.
- Do not call out mechanics unless you have been asked to by the raid leader.
- Breaks are to only be taken during the designated “Break Time.” However, in the event of an emergency situation, immediately contact Copperbolt to let her know that you need to step away.
- While general levels of inebriation, altered states, or otherwise, are not necessarily discouraged, excessive levels of self-indulgence will result in being benched for the night.
- If you have any issues regarding the conduct of the raid, other raiders, or general concerns, please bring them directly to an officer. Please do not raise these issues in raid chat or in Groupme as it is counterproductive and generally inappropriate.
For reference, the Salad Senate Leadership is:
Prepare for Glory!
- Copperlite – ‘Mom’, Raid Organizer, and the Good Cop.
- Saintmagnus – Raid Leader, and Head Strategy Guy
- Branchez – Healing Lead, and Secondary Strategy Guy
- Berzerker – Master of the Metal Arts, Motivational Screamer, Arbitrator, and the Bad Cop.
- Slickrock – DPS Lead, and Auction House Guru
We are all looking forward to the impending assault on Draenor after having spent the last two years in Pandaria, and this is shaping up to be one of the most memorable times in the history of our team and our game. Again, this is one of the finest teams that Warcraft and certainly Convert to Raid has ever seen and together, we are going to achieve great things while having a damn good time. We’ll see you on the other side and remember, if you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. Now…KILL THE ORCS. SLAY THE ORCS. DESTROY THE ORCS.