Hmm, well over the past few years that I've been here- I've always done my best to help out whenever needed, and make this community as wonderful as possible.
I really do take pride in carrying this H2O tag. I know, that may come across as Nerdy haha, but that's just my personality. I take all facets seriously. I take H2O seriously, and the members of this community seriously. Just like I take the members of my football team seriously, and how I had pride of being a Maverick in High School and now a Skyhawk in College.
You can usually find a 3-post variety from H2O Hamlet. Yes I just spoke in third person.
1. An Administrative Approach. As I already stated, I try to help out as much as possible. I'm only a member, but I feel like every individual can help out in some way. So if someone asks a question, I do my best to direct them in the correct direction. If someone posts something that goes against the Code of Conduct of these forums, or goes against the PMS|H2O Handbook- I'll let it be known.
In years past I've been known to post in the Introduce Yourself! forums. I used to post in EVERY post, because I felt it was important to welcome each member to our community. In fact, I made a large blog about it- but I believe that blog was deleted on accident, I hit the wrong button. But every new member, is essentially the future of this clan. These will be your future Managers, Division Leaders, Generals, etc. So it's important to help them out and make them feel welcome to their new (and our) family.
2. An Omnipotent Gamer. At times I'll talk about my gaming style, and what I want to achieve as a gamer both individually and as a part of H2O. I've already shown interest in starting up my own small teams, and wanting to break into the Top 25 on GB. Before joining H2O, I was in some of the best GRAW and COD teams. I competed in the online MLG tournaments with these teams, never falling outside of the Top 25 on GB. I'm clearly not the best gamer, but I know what it takes to win- I've been there. And while it may come across as me trying to brag, it's me attempting to help others and motivate them to do better. It's me trying to give out tips, and come across as reputable.
The past, is the past. Clearly I'm not longer on those teams, and I'm forever an H2O. But I do aspire to get H2O to that level. I do aspire to create a competitive small team that will be competing on MLG online tournaments, competing on GB and being on that first page, doing the right things to market this clan competitively.
3. A Strong-Minded Political Advocate. I've gotten involved with the political posts occasionally. During the Presidential Elections, I was a HUGE poster on that thread. I was writing about ideologies, about how the other candidate was horrible, why certain people were wrong, etc.
On the thread about Arizona's Immigration Law- I was a big poster on that, as were other individuals. I let me opinion be known, and almost attempted to force that opinion into the minds of others. I still hold my beliefs and opinions of this country strongly at heart, but I feel like some individuals didn't take it the right way.
In fact, one member of PMS|H2O doesn't "like" me, because of what I wrote. The thread was closed, and I feel like I had a part in that, I may have taken it too far.
So yeah. You'll see a lot less of me posting in heated discussions expressing my opinion. So the third will be a non-factor. And it's not that I shouldn't express them, but I feel like I rather have this community come together, and that I can provide a more positive experience than argue over politics and other subjects. I do that on a day to day basis, and so I'll do my best to leave arguments to my outside-gaming life. Gaming is gaming, and I don't want another member to not
like me. Whether that's them not being open enough and not being able to take an argument, or me going too far- it's still something I rather avoid completely.
The second aspect, I'll also work on. If someone talks smack about how good they are, you won't find me in there trying to humble them. And I'll do my best to express my help in the correct way. I feel in my attempt to come off as resourceful and helpful, I come off as cocky and excessively confident. I guess it goes back to the phrase, "Do your talking on the field."
So really that leaves me at continuing to post- but more at a helping and community-aid poster. So if someone has a question, you can be sure to find me somewhere in there answering it if no one has gotten around to it.
If any new recruits, new members of this community, or even current members has a question, would like advice, or needs help with a situation- feel free to let me know and I'll do all I can to help and get you on the right track.
I'm only a member, but I know the administration is busy and can't always get around to the little things. So we should all do our best to help them out.
This... is the new Hamlet. I'm like the new iPhone- sleek, clean, professional, and sexy. (Haha- jokes on that last part, but seriously- I'm raising the bar).
And to end, I'll just copy and paste some key aspects from the Handbook.
Letter to the Community:
Hello and please allow me to say Welcome to the PMS and H2O community!
In this document you will find the structure, regulations and general information on PMS Clan, and I hope we help create a positive, memorable and lasting experiences in your endeavors in gaming with our organization.
One thing I would like to note, PMS and H2O is more than a clan or guild, it is a family. From the newest recruit down to the original members, we share a bond that unites us across all cultural, ethnic, regional and background boundaries.
Please take the time to get to know others in the group via the forums and game play, as they can turn into relationships that last a lifetime, and from people you might never come across in your everyday lives. I myself find it fortunate to have the friends I have found from the clan, and I am sure you will as well.
I would also like to note is that we are women focused organization with the mission of providing a competitive and positive environment for women in gaming, and everything we do revolves around that mission from organizing divisions to creation and support of our brother group H2O Clan. Some of you might not realize the importance in what you do exactly, so let me clarify: you are each visible women and men that can make difference for females in a male dominated industry. YOU EACH have the tools, resources, and ability to personally make a difference…starting with each other and beyond.
Taking pieces from a blog I wrote a while ago, this is not just a game. This is not just a game when each of you are gaining skills in teamwork, leadership, and commitment. It is not just a game when we are learning valuable skill-sets such as time management, conflict resolution, and importance of community. It is not just a game when you can build lifetime friends—and for some of us—second families. This is not just a game for me, and I pray this is not just a game for you....it should be about passion. Have passion in the belief you are supporting something greater than JUST PLAYING A GAME. You are each helping to change a mentality in this industry, and are helping to pave the way for the next generation of women gamers, women developers, women company owners...so have passion for your own daughters of the future and support all the members who help make this possible.
PMS Clan Leader
What does it mean to be an H2O Member?
As an H2O, Welcome to one of the most supportive groups in the gaming community. Members will find hundreds of gentlemen all brought together for one cause; to support our brothers in H2O and sisters in PMS.
We are here for the community as a whole and not just a single part; we are a brotherhood as opposed to just a normal clan where interactions only take place in the online environment. Bonds built go beyond the 360|PS3|PC, these are bonds of friendship that can be taken wherever you go and know that someone will always be there for you. We are about the brotherhood, and being there for each other. This is your family; you guys make it what it is. During your recruitment process or during your membership you may at times feel overcome with adversities and overwhelmed with things that are going on in the division , the clan and in your daily lives. But as brothers, we're here to help each other out in terrible situations and under dire circumstances. What we will face is temptation, hardships, abuse, drama, but we will do so together as brothers, friends, gamers, and as H2Os.
One of the most important things in being a true H2O is being respectful gamer. What we can do in random rooms is ask people to treat those that are in there with respect. This is paramount to our success as a clan. What we can do together is help create a better gaming environment for us all, not just women gamers, but ourselves and children. This is part of what being a H2O is all about. H2O’s are bound by their code to be respectful, loyal, honest, dedicated and reliable. They are able to do what is right no matter the pressures placed on them in any environment.
We’re all here to play video games, and play the games as H2Os. It encompasses all the above, but it’s also something more. We support PMS as gamers and friends, play with our clan mates, and actively create a positive friendly environment for every gamer out there. And as gamers we’re competitive, we encourage those who wish to take their gaming to the next level, just as we encourage those who support the community and choose to play on a recreational level.
It requires a unique attitude to be a true H2O, and attitude that is rarely found online these days. It means universal support, regardless of age, gender, race, looks, skill, and dedication; to encourage, console, and direct all to provide a better gaming experience for everyone. We are all judged on how we act. H2Os have focus and dedication, drive and perseverance, passion and ferocity. What we can accomplish is amazing, but only possible through those who harbor the focus, drive and dedication to uphold the beliefs of the PMS and H2O Clan.
Respect for Others
PMS|H2O Clan has adopted a policy prohibiting violence against Members of any kind, be it physical, verbal, or written.
Consistent with this policy, acts or threats of physical violence, including intimidation, harassment, and/or coercion, which involve or affect PMS Clan Inc., will be grounds for immediate termination from PMS|H2O Clan.
Belittling or attacking others in any way, even in retaliation, will also not be tolerated and may result in Disciplinary Actions.
Always remember you represent every one of your fellow Clan Members in every game you play and every comment you post or make. Show respect to others, even if they do not do the to you. Remember, you will be held responsible for any negative action you take no matter what the situation is.
Saying “Good Game” after every match is a non-negotiable, even if the opposing team was offensive. Members are encouraged to mute any opposing players that are being offensive, and the Captain can say “Good Game” for the team. Members are also encouraged to use any platform specific reporting system when appropriate.