Background: So, last December I hired someone from here on the 'D to help with graphics on my board. They did a great job with both the graphics and the layout, though there were still other things I wanted them to do that they never did. They started on an application for a character but never finished it. They gave reason after reason (which were totally legit) but eventually they just decided that they weren't going to be able to help out any more, which was fine. Right now, I'm working on an employee search to post, because we're in need of at least two more people to help out with the factions. One of the issues (besides whether or not to include a third position I've been debating adding into the search*) I've been struggling with is that my remaining staff member (who has been busier than usual, which is one of the reasons we need more staff) and I both agreed we don't want to deal with what the person who was supposed to be our graphics mod did, which was join, do some graphics but not everything we needed, never finished an application, and barely came around on the board. We realize that real life>role play and there's still a possibility of something similar happening, but we're hoping it won't. I also realize that one of the risks of hiring outside my member base includes the possibility of whoever I 'hire' going MIA or no longer being able to help out or whatever. So while I've been working on the employee search form, I've been struggling with how to word that we want staff who are going to actually make an effort to be a part of the board, since we're hiring outside of our member base- write up an application, get it approved, and just make an effort to show that they intend to be active. Any suggestions for the best way to word it? Also, on one hand I don't really want to require that anyone who applies be a certain age (like 17+), because I have one member who literally just joined like two days ago and put in a staff application the day he joined...but he's fourteen years old, and while he says he has a fair amount of experience, I hesitate because I know that school will start up for him and he'll likely be even busier than he is right now. But at the same time, if I end up deciding to hire him to help out with one of the factions (but not be the only faction mod for it) then I don't want to come off as being hypocritical for saying I want people aged 17+ but end up letting a fourteen year old co-mod a faction. What do you guys think is the best way to word it so that I emphasize that I'd rather have older people be mainly in charge of the factions, but I'm not -against- people who are younger helping someone else out with the factions if possible? *I have a staff member who's in charge of one of the factions and hasn't been around since the beginning of the month. I've sent PM's and an email have haven't gotten any responses. So basically I've been struggling with whether or not to find someone to take his place as that faction's mod. I'm also struggling because on one hand, I really could use some help with the factions as soon as possible, but at the same time since I'm looking outside of my member base, I'd much rather get to know the person, see them actually create a character and make an effort to be active, and come online a fair amount before I go ahead and promote them. What's the best thing I can do in this situation? Should I just look for staff and have the understanding between whoever applies that I say yes to that I really just want to get to know them and see how things go and that I reserve the right to say it's not working if I feel that's the case? Things are slow enough around my board in terms of actual posting that I really don't think waiting a month or more for me to see how active whoever I hire becomes is going to do my board any good. Also, as a potential staff member, would you apply for a staff position based on all of this information- mainly the fact that I'm looking for one or two people who will actually create a character and make an effort to be active, as well as for people who are interested in being in charge of one or more faction, or would it scare you away from wanting to apply? Basically, I'm on the fence because I don't want anything I put in my staff search to scare people off, and I could use the help sooner rather than later. Last question: I currently have five main factions, though I think I might turn one of them into a sort of co-faction of another, and then there are sort of sub-factions of one of them (basically factions of Jedi that are smaller/less popular than the regular Jedi Order). I was thinking of hiring two more staff members, because myself and my remaining staff member will still be around to do things with the factions and all that...but I'm wondering if two is too little, and if I'm expecting/hoping for too much. Basically, my plan was to have two people. These two people would be in charge of almost any one main faction by themselves (at least at for now) outside of two (each one being one that my staff member and I are in charge of separately)- NPCing, starting plots, starting threads, etc- with the possibility of being in charge of more than one, including co-modding a faction (i.e. I would hopefully have someone help out with my Jedi faction). Do you think two members is going to be too little for this idea, or should it be okay? My main concern is that I don't want to hire too many people, because there's too much of a chance that we won't have enough for them to do. I don't think we have an active enough member base to really justify more than two, but at the same time I feel like I should be looking for at -least- three total people. What would you do in this situation? tl;dr I'm trying to figure out what the best way to add more staff is, while dealing with some complications that I need help with. XD Thanks in advance for reading!