Et in Arcadia ego

Docking Bay => Welcome to Arcadia! => Topic started by: Sage on January 15, 2014, 09:55:08 AM

Title: Update on our Applications
Post by: Sage on January 15, 2014, 09:55:08 AM
After like 5 reviews with our new system, we've learned a lot about the process and found something that I think works the best and allows people to come to the best decisions.  But a conversation of a different nature came up this weekend: is the application itself the best it could be? Two points came up:

1) A common thread in the recent reviews is that we feel like we want to learn more about the History of the characters.  This isn't the applicants' fault, since we have a bare-bones minimum on History.

2) Will a new player really want to write a Writing Sample when applying for Arcadia?  Do we really need to see a sample to get an idea of how good of a writer they are?

To address both of those issues, we are going to eliminate the Writing Sample from our applications, but to make up for that, we will put in a word count minimum on History.  Tentatively, the minimum will be 500 words, though I'm going to look through the apps we have already and see what the average is.

This won't affect our currently accepted apps.   Only apps going forward will have the change.  But I think it will be a very beneficial change, and make our applications more appealing to new visitors!