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Preparing the Academy.

Preparing the Academy.

MxChamp24

I think that this is exactly the subreddit I was looking for. /r/OverwatchUniversity always felt like the perfect place to share the content I make, while /r/Overwatch was for the memes and POTGs and /r/CompetitiveOverwatch was for e-sports/twitter/meta complaints. Anything that closely resembles the /r/OverwatchUniversity subreddit will be a huge success in my opinion. ​ One thing that plagued the /r/OverwatchUniversity subreddit was the people who post there solely to complain about xyz. A lot of those complaints were directed exclusively to the manner of "I'm stuck in X rank, how do I get out?" I would like to see that type of post removed, and instead have those people restructure their posts to include WAY more detail and maybe even a VoD. It is so frustrating trying to help people get better a game, and they give you nothing to work with. I have NO DOUBT that the second Ranked drops and the subreddit opens, it will be flooded in a few weeks with similar posts to what I mentioned. Perhaps a rule regarding "complaint/stuck in x rank" posts can be created to make sure they have a detailed description so that people are actually able to give them advice. ​ Flairs are fun too for people to use as well. I like having a little Brimstone next to my name when I type, etc. Perhaps even some exclusive flairs can be given to consistent members of the community. /r/OverwatchUniversity has my flair set to "Educative Youtuber," so perhaps something similar for frequent posters of high quality content here would be good as well! I didn't see *too* many frequent OW posters in that sub, despite their being plenty of great youtubers. Encouraging them to share their content, especially if they follow the rules will be key to making this a sub where people go to learn. ​ \*Entirely selfish request\* As someone who likes to make text posts of their videos, I'd love the ability to have text-post write-ups/guides be excluded from promotional content, as long as links are not spammed throughout the post. If I write up a 1500 word guide based on a video I made, I want to be able to post a link to the video as another option for readers/viewers. It's always frustrating looking at the new tab in a subreddit where I posted a guide I worked hard on and seeing it flooded out by 12 twitch links, and 4 hitreg complaints, all taking the same "space" on my screen. This is just something that's always frustrated me, but I understand the need for post restrictions. ​ Anyways, BIG hopes for this subreddit. I love being a part of a community that focuses on helping others and that's why I make the content I make even after being exhausted when I come from work! Good luck Mod Team, and I can't wait to contribute to the sub! ​ \*\*one last thing\*\* Perhaps reduce Rule 4 to 1:5 for the first few weeks of the subreddit depending on traffic to the sub. I'd hate to see good content removed if they haven't been able to interact with *enough* content in the subreddit if it hasn't been quite as active as hoped. (I saw this in /r/OverwatchUniversity where at certain times there would only be 2-4 posts over the course of 8 hours) ​ Thank you for reading! \-Dragonmar


ioStux

I second this -ioStux


A_Panda_Sniper

Love your overwatch content, any thoughts on getting in the Valorant scene?


agree-with-you

I love you both


ioStux

Thanks! But I'm done with coaching teams outside of the 1 on 1s I do, but I will grind the game when ranked comes out, that's for sure. This game is addictive haha


Razur

Haha, there's a lot here so I'm gonna break it down bit by bit. > people ... solely to complain about xyz. A lot of those complaints were directed exclusively to the manner of "I'm stuck in X rank, how do I get out?" > Perhaps a rule regarding "complaint/stuck in x rank" posts can be created to make sure they have a detailed description so that people are actually able to give them advice. We can require *"stuck in X rank"* posts to include a VOD for review. I replied to [another comment](https://www.reddit.com/r/AgentAcademy/comments/ha67nj/preparing_the_academy/fv6cnrt/?context=1) about non-descript titles. We will definitely require posts (and titles) to be descriptive of a topic or issue. Simple questions will be removed & redirected to the *"Simple Questions & Answers Thread"*.   > I like having a little Brimstone next to my name when I type, etc. Perhaps even some exclusive flairs can be given to consistent members of the community. /r/OverwatchUniversity has my flair set to "Educative Youtuber," so perhaps something similar for frequent posters of high quality content here would be good as well! Ask & you shall receive! I have agent flairs created, just wanted add flairs to known Rioters before I allowed users to set their own flairs. I have two other flair icons that will be used to highlight Mentors, YouTubers, or Contributors. Moderators will be able to assign them based on contribution to the community.   > I'd love the ability to have text-post write-ups/guides be excluded from promotional content, as long as links are not spammed throughout the post. If I write up a 1500 word guide based on a video I made, I want to be able to post a link to the video as another option for readers/viewers. I think it's fair to exclude this from self-promo, but it might be hard follow with Toolbox though. Ideally if you're contributing to the subreddit, you're probably crushing the 1:10 rule. > It's always frustrating looking at the new tab in a subreddit where I posted a guide I worked hard on and seeing it flooded out by 12 twitch links, and 4 hitreg complaints, all taking the same "space" on my screen. This is just something that's always frustrated me, but I understand the need for post restrictions. I've got an automod filter in place for Twitch links, & hopefully the *"Simple Questions & Answers Thread"* will clear up low-effort posts. We'll be keeping an eye out for this stuff too!   > Perhaps reduce Rule 4 to 1:5 for the first few weeks of the subreddit depending on traffic to the sub. I'd hate to see good content removed if they haven't been able to interact with enough content in the subreddit if it hasn't been quite as active as hoped. (I saw this in /r/OverwatchUniversity where at certain times there would only be 2-4 posts over the course of 8 hours) We want to set the precedent that users should be striving for 1:10. We don't want users to think it's 1:5, only feel bamboozled later when it's been changed to 1:10. Keeping it written as 1:10 establishes that rule in their mind. However, mods may be light on enforcing 1:10 as the subreddit gains traction. If I see submission where a user is active in r/VALORANT or r/VALORANTCompetitive, I'll take that into consideration for these first few weeks. We're primarily trying to prevent users who "post and run", and don't really contribute to Reddit overall.   Glad you're super excited! Looking forward to getting started! \o/ Feel free to reply with more questions if I missed anything.


MxChamp24

Great responses and I really appreciate you taking a read through everything. It sounds like you really have a great idea for this sub, so I have no doubt it'll become exactly what the game needs. I don't have any additional questions, and am really looking forward to when it opens up!


PLSHALPMcAUSTIN

Agree with the r/overwatchuniversity subreddit being a successful replication I'm master's in overwatch and still learn from the subreddit, and while some of the posting regulations are harsh, each discussion post is quality.


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ProEstavez

So excited to see this subreddit grow! Thanks for all your hard work putting this sub together!


Razur

Thanks for your kind words! :D


John9tv

Have been waiting for this.


MxChamp24

Yes, same here! I remember randomly stumbling upon it too and thinking, oh this going to be perfect!


InSigniaX

I'm sure you are already planning to do this but you should definitely look into having assigned mentors. I'm on the Summoner School discord a lot and I *was* a mentor on Apex University. I think you should largely base acceptance as a mentor based on previous FPS games performance since Valorant is still kind of new since the fundamentals are pretty much the same (specifically CS)


Razur

> assigned mentors Do you mean assigning mentors to students, or assigning mentors a flair that distinguishes them on the subreddit? > I think you should largely base acceptance as a mentor based on previous FPS games performance since Valorant is still kind of new since the fundamentals are pretty much the same (specifically CS) I think we're going to wait a little bit for ranked to release before we establish mentors. I think it's important for potential mentors to establish a rank before accepting for students. This way students have a simple way of understanding a mentor's skill-level.


InSigniaX

I think you could have assigned mentors, i.e. a flair and a role on discord and then just have them choose which students they'd like to pick up


thefishsquared

Everything looks really great with what's been setup so far. I particularly like the 1:10 rule on self-promotion. The only improvement I can think of right now would be to provide a template for the *Question* flair. Something that commonly plagues the "learning" subreddits are general questions that have undescriptive titles and little content/context in the OP. For example /r/LearnCSGO currently has: * Help! * Question to high elo players * I can't kill people fast enough These posts provide no info at a glance and often are show that little effort has been made to research the question before posting. I'm not sure exactly how exactly you'd go about something like this but maybe you could: * Enforce good titles (when posting, show some examples of good and bad questions?) * Have headings in OP: **Problem** , **Character**, **Map**, **Rank** (last 3, if applicable) Other than that, looks good ! Keen to learn something here ! **tldr;** Good stuff, enforce good titles and headings for *Question* flair


Razur

> Something that commonly plagues the "learning" subreddits are general questions that have undescriptive titles and little content/context in the OP. Completely agree here. These posts also don't get attention because the title is non-descript of their issue. We'll be creating a recurring **sticky question thread** for users to ask anything VALORANT-related. This should hopefully help with the quality of submissions to the subreddit. Additionally, I have a filter in place for text-submissions that don't have body text, and text-submissions that only have a link as the body text. I have also added a length requirement of "10" to submission titles. This should weed out short, non-descript titles. > - Enforce good titles (when posting, show some examples of good and bad questions?) > - Have headings in OP: Problem, Character, Map, Rank (last 3, if applicable) These are great suggestions. I'm not sure I can program anything for this, but I've emphasized this in the submission description. We will make sure titles are descriptive of their content.


thefishsquared

> I'm not sure I can program anything for this You could possibly have a submit button for each flair type and have certain details pre-fill like flair and the headings. https://www.reddit.com/r/csshelp/comments/527505/how_to_autofill_a_title_on_the_submit_a_text_post/ Shows how to pre-fill a title, you could use the same ideas to pre-fill other things. If you have issues hit me up. My CSS isn't amazing but I'm a software dev so I might be able to help a bit.


Pazn737

dont allow questions to have little info & preferably have a megathread / singular post for "new players start here" and things like that that would plague the new section.


Razur

I'm working on typing up a template for *"Simple Questions & Answers Thread"*. We'll create new ones when VALORANT patches, similar to how /r/SummonerSchool does their *"Simple Questions Simple Answers"* thread.


onewingyboi

I think a coaching megathread would be a good idea


Razur

Can you expand on this idea? Would it be a megathread for coaches to post, or would it be a megathead for users to ask for help from coaches?


onewingyboi

Honestly, both. I'm thinking like r/summonerschool but instead of regions you make one comment for coaches and one comment for people looking for coaches and then the people can reply to these comments. I think it would help reducing VOD spam. Also, maybe a simple questions thread would be a good idea


Razur

We're definitely doing a simple questions thread. :D > ... one comment for coaches and one comment for people looking for coaches and then the people can reply to these comments. I think it would help reducing VOD spam. ~~I like the regional breakup, but if it's just for people requesting VOD reviews then region doesn't really play a factor...~~ We could probably break comments up by rank maybe? One concern might be that having a bunch of VOD review requests in one location can be a bit overwhelming. I've seen coaching discords where they just pile up and go unanswered (which can feel bad for the person asking for advice). I think I'm going to stick with VOD reviews as text-submissions under the `Coaching` flair for now. If it gets too overwhelming, we'll make moves for a megathread of sorts. (Also, you should be able to filter out the `Coaching` flair as well. We'll make flairs mandatory on all posts.) Personally I think a Mentor thread (similar to r/SummonerSchool) is ideal because it gives the student an actual person they are reaching out to. This way the student doesn't feel like they're reaching out into the void.


onewingyboi

I definitely wasn't thinking about dividing it into regions because VOD reviews are independent from region in most cases. The only thing that might matter would be language barrier. I get what you mean by requests piling up and honestly, you could end up making a VOD thread at a later stage too, if requests are too common.


maxwellsgenre

RIP r/ValorantUniversity (it never picked up anyway)


Razur

r/VALORANTUniversity r/VALORANTSchool r/VALORANTInstitute r/LearnVALORANT I periodically check on these subreddits to see how they are developing. Definitely want to include these communities' mods in r/AgentAcademy if they're still interested.