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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:43 pm 
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Every DPer starts as an Auditioner. The rank of Performer is meant to indicate those who are "full members" of the community with all appropriate rights, privileges, etc. etc. blah blah. But what does that mean, and how do you get it?

Well, a Performer is someone who is regularly around and available for other DPers to meet, RP with, and socialize with. As far as the exact technical differences between Performer and Auditioner, as far as access and so forth, I think Alanna will have to clarify that. The only thing I know for sure is that Auditioners' names appear in orange on the Call Sheet so people can take note, know they're new, and make an extra effort to get to know them.

Now, as for becoming a Performer... We'll never post the exact criteria publicly, because we want people to behave more or less as they actually would behave, rather than acting like someone they're not in an artificial attempt to earn some specific rank or badge. However, I can give you a few pointers if Performer rank is what you're after.

1. You can become a Performer without ever directly communicating with a Producer. It's true! Performer status is not something you have to butter up or befriend a Producer to get; this isn't a country club. ;) Do the right combination of things for long enough and you'll get Performer status automatically. But... what things? Read on.

2. Use the Call Sheet. If you don't use the Call Sheet it's possible you may never become a Performer. Or if you stop using it, your Performer status may change to something else after a while. That's how vital the Call Sheet is to the way DP functions! The Call Sheet and the forums really are the heart of this community. Which leads me to...

3. Post on the Forums. Not the forum type? Of course you are! Everyone has something to say. Everyone has their own ideas about RP. Or fun stuff going on in their lives. Or cool links they'd like to share with others. Or if not, they at least have some character tales to share in the form of journals or pieces of fiction. Right? Your posts are how everyone gets to know you, so let your voice be heard!

4. Don't go anywhere. Take your boots off and stay awhile, even if things don't pan out for you right away. DP values consistency, and we love familiar faces (and avatars). Some people have stayed at Auditioner level for a very long time due to their very minimal participation, but then eventually just hung around long enough that they became Performers through sheer longevity! Also, Performers who disappear for long periods often get demoted, as the "Performer" rank is meant to indicate those who are likely to be potential RP partners for our other members.

Hope this helps some of our many new members, and I'm excited to see which of those makes Performer rank in the next couple of months! :)

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:10 pm 
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A little postscript to address WHY we have the Performer rank, and why you have to stick around a little while to get it (i.e., why it's more than just post count).

Dramatis Personae is a community. If you're "just here for X and don't really want to get to know people" then this may not be the place for you. However, if you really are interested in meeting new people, RPing with new characters, and getting to know everyone both IC and ooc, then you will naturally be drawn to do the things that cause you to attain Performer rank.

* The Call Sheet - This is the only way people know you are online. They can't meet up with you and RP with you if they don't know what server you're on, and which side, and when. So obviously, if you're interested in meeting people, you want to advertise your presence... right? It's easy to use, but Producers can help if you have questions.

* The Forums - This is the heart of our community. Some people claim they're not "forum types," and you don't need to be forum butterfly who posts six times a day or anything. But if you don't ever post anything, we don't get a feel for who you are, what your sense of humor is like, what your interests are, etc. And part of the fun of a community like this is finding people who share your particular ooc obsessions and quirks and making friends with them over time.

Hope that helps you understand why we have the ranks, and that it's not just an arbitrary hierarchy meant to put people in their place or some such b.s. :mrgreen:

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