Let's create evergreen guidelines together for association members.
These tips and thoughts can be seen as something you would show (link) to a new member, and to help you align yourself to be the best member you can be. Good doesn't automatically mean following all the commands made by the chair, and Bad doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to make your own decisions and have fun.
Join this thread by sharing what in your opinion makes a good member, or a bad member when it comes to associations. Let's then add the best suggestions to the Associaton Member's Table below. And feel free to make suggestions to change any of the table comments.
ASSOCIATION MEMBER'S TABLE
|GOOD ASSOCIATION MEMBER (GAM) 👍||👎 BAD ASSOCIATION MEMBER (BAM)|
|Chair always names deputies, so that the association will never suffer if the chair is away and decisions must be made.||Chair who makes him/herself indispensable and sole decision maker, and leaves the game without naming a successor or deputies.|
|Chair or a designated deputy actively seeks for new active members while making room for them based on member inactivity.||Chair who does not consider the life others have outside the game. Real life responsibilities come first.|
|Chair who promotes someone to the position of deputy because of merit. Position of authority should be given to those who can put the team first, and not to those who did well playing solo.||Chair or Deputy is not ready to discuss or change his/her opinion. Puts own pride before the good of the association.|
|Chair who loves to manage a team, and leads people to be the best RN players they can be, steering towards the goals of association.||Chair who thinks they earned the spot by being the best or most experienced player instead of being the best team player has a wrong attitude.|
|Chair is prepared to answer the most critical questions, or has made sure which of the Deputies can give the answers.||Deputies are not given or have not taken a certain set of responsibilities based on their competence or interests. Chair has not named callers, diplomats, recruiters, strategists, night watch, entertainers etc. whatever roles the association needs. Deputies feel useless.|
|Chair designates two of their most trusted or active deputies as sitters, to make sure the association can still function if chair is away.||Chair who does not share responsibilities and micromanages everything. Chair who does not trust others would have answers or valuable feedback.|
|Chair has clearly stated the expected code of conduct in the association (association forum post). Rules or guidelines that members are expected to follow. This way new members can right away decide if they should make their home here.||Chair who expects certain actions and behavior from members, but does not communicate these expectations clearly, leading to uncomfortable situations where members need to defend their actions and receive unexpected negative feedback.|
|Chair who treats everyone equally, everyone is judged equally and fairly. Decisions are made for the good of the team.||Chair who puts him/herself, or their favorite members above the rules and guidelines set for everyone else. Decisions are made for the good of the chair or their favorite group of members.|
|Chair follows how everyone is doing, acting and reacting to know who can be depended on the most and what are the strengths of your association.||Chair or deputy who gives orders they would not follow or act on themselves. Orders like 'transport the worst good' when the member clearly needs money for a critical station building upgrade. Not prepared to lead by example.|
|Chair who thanks for a job well done. This is especially important when it comes to new members; motivating and steering, making them feel like important part of the team.||Chair who never thanks, never mentions the good decisions and actions others made to boost the performance of the association.|
|Chair who makes sure a player can enjoy the rest of the round when the time has come to demote or remove a member from the association. Chair chooses their words carefully and shows class.||Chair who removes or demotes a member without telling them first why, or at least trying to tell them via private message. Chair who uses foul language when removing a member from the association.|
|Helps the Chair and other members of the association fulfill the goals with positive attitude.||Member, no matter the position, who publicly shames or blames another member instead of taking the discussion to private or using general language on public channels.|
|Avoids using strong language in the heat of the moment, when a more calm approach would work better. Considers the actions of others might not be because of selfish interests done on purpose, but because of lack of experience or knowledge.||Does not share his/her knowledge of the game with other members, even if this would benefit both the player and the whole association.|
|Tries to contribute and participate in team efforts, because everyone else does the same for you.||Does not join efforts like bidding for a worker, but instead avoids this by focusing only on solo progress.|
|Keeps asking questions and learning whenever something is unclear. This will help everyone to catch up and helps make better decisions in the future.||...|
|...||Breaks the majority of a friendly association knowing this would lead to investment war and everyone would lose.|
|Is ready to question decisions of the Chair and Deputies, and asks questions (even the stupid ones).||Uses disrespectful language when disagreeing with decisions made by the team.|