KLONDIKE, CP Army Headquarters- CPAHQ has come under scrutiny for events that have transpired over this past weekend. The CPAHQ administration has decided to come forward to address these events, and follow through on the requests to be transparent with our community.
First things first, we must address the situation with the Top Ten from the 25th of April. For those unaware, the CPAHQ Top Ten was changed by a CPAHQ advisor, Iceyfeet1234. This change was not authorized, and Iceyfeet did not notify those in charge of the Top Ten. The change came after Iceyfeet had a conversation with myself (DMT) expressing issues with how the rankings were calculated. This conversation ended with me saying that I was too busy to fully analyze the top ten statistics, and would not be responding further. Thus, Iceyfeet took it upon himself to fix the Top Ten, as he thought he was allowed to do so. After a second discussion with Iceyfeet, I recognized this as a misunderstanding between myself and Icey on the status of the Top Ten.
As a result of these events, Iceyfeet’s permissions on the site were taken away. However, Icey was not fired. This is because CPAHQ has had a lack of a clear power structure since it’s foundation. The foundation of CPAHQ was very casual; those involved just wanted to create a consistent home for armies. However, that does not mean we can’t have such a rudimentary setup of our organizational structure. This, is a total failure on my part. I have not taken proper measures to be transparent with the community in terms of how our organization works. For that, I am sorry. Not only to Icey, but to the whole community.
Before we continue, I would like to acknowledge a post recently released by the Army of Club Penguin, titled The fight against corruption begins with transparency. This post raises a very important question, and challenges us as an organization to do better. Yesterday, I had realized this, but did not know what direction to take. ACP’s post was further confirmation for me that we, as an organization, have not met the standards we set out for ourselves. I encourage everyone to read this post. One thing I must say, though, is that I do not stand by the remark attributed to us.
After complaining to DMT, CPAHQ’s Director in Chief, that his army had placed second (a very respectable ranking in itself) Iceyfeet logged onto the CPAHQ website to edit the rankings himself without permission or knowledge from DMT. This abuse of his power was met with his removal from the website and a remark that he is “too important to fire” by another member of the administration. Why did he have editor permissions in the first place, when other Advisors like CSY do not have them, nor have they been offered? When quizzed on this, CPAHQ told us he helped establish pages when CPAHQ was first opened, but this editor privilege has remained with him for months since. Why do the CPAHQ administration believe removing a permission Iceyfeet shouldn’t have had in the first place is a suitable punishment?
While it is true that the sentiment of this statement was expressed, the weight that people outside of CPAHQ view it is inaccurate. The comment was made by Kingfunks4, a CPAHQ advisor and the founder of CPAHQ, when talking to Max about the situation. Many people identify Kingfunks4 as the most powerful person at CPAHQ because he is credited with the foundation of CPAHQ. This is incorrect, but it is no one else’s fault other than my own. While Funks made this statement, it is a statement of personal opinion and not an organizational decision, since he does not hold the power to hire or fire anyone. With permission from Max, I share a conversation I had with him pertaining to this situation. This is to show my stance did not correlate with the idea that someone is too important to fire.
I would never protect someone who made a mistake for the sake of the value their connections to an army brings to the table. That would be bad faith media, and we already have enough of that in this world. Icey was not fired because of my aforementioned failure to define the power structure at CPAHQ. I should not have waited until an issue arose to be upfront with the community, and for that, I am sorry.
I am taking the request for transparency to heart. It is important to make sure that everyone knows what the role of founder entails. The role of CPAHQ founder is, to put it simply, vanity. Funks is attributed with the foundation of CPAHQ because he took charge of the entire idea. However, when CPAHQ was founded, I was asked to be the Chief Executive Officer. As my first act as CEO, I changed the role name to Director in Chief, if you were curious as to where that came from. Again, I would like to reiterate: CPAHQ founder has no weight in our organizational structure. Yes, Funks founded the site. But that role grants him NO responsibilities.
Furthermore, I am changing a component of our staff system that has been the root of much confusion. As of today, the advisor position no longer exists at CPAHQ. The concept of an organization advisor was something that was borrowed from our predecessor organization, Club Penguin Army Hub. The idea behind it is to give the CEO, or in our case, the DiC, extra voices so he, she, or they do[es] not make any decisions without considering other points of view that may be obstructed from them. This position had it’s positives in CPAH, but those positives don’t translate to CPAHQ. Since CPAHQ is a news site, it has different values and goals than a league, like CPAH was. In all truthfulness, the advisor position at CPAHQ was a glorified army representative role for the biggest armies.
Because of this action, CPAHQ has reached out to all former advisors to see if they have any interest in a position within the organization. Every advisor is welcome to decline this offer. As of the release of this post, the following advisors have discussed and accepted a new position:
Crazzy- Head Moderator
As Head Moderator, Crazzy will be the leader of our team of mods we plan to hire once we are ready to open a general chat, as you may have seen our hints towards in the Discord server. Crazzy brings a wealth of experience in moderating the server, and I am over the moon that she accepted this position.
Snork- Top Ten Committee Manager
This is a position that Snork possessed while still being an advisor. Going forward, Snork will continue to be in charge of the team that writes the biographies on our Top Ten.
Superhero123- Website Manager
Technological guru Superhero has been at the forefront of many of the features you see on CPAHQ. He is the one who has set up the forms we have on this website. He is the one who brought forth the revamped comment section to our website, and in the process, took extreme measures to protect the safety of those who engage with our posts. Including an email is optional, every single IP is masked, and every comment goes through a filtration system. Thankfully, he has accepted a position that will allow him to fully focus on making our website as enjoyable as possible.
Kingfunks4- Discord Manager
Since I am notoriously bad at all things pertaining to Discord, a lot of what you see on the CPAHQ Discord server has been made by Funks. Funks has managed all of the bots we have within our server, something I could never fathom doing. He’s also made sure that roles have their proper permissions, channels are organized and concise, and much more that I’m sure those savvy with Discord can comprehend.
For clarity sake, I will now go over the staff structure at CPAHQ.
These roles are a part of our administration hierarchy. Roles on the same bullet are of equal weight.
- Director in Chief
- Vice Director
- Website Manager, Discord Manager, Head Moderator
Director in Chief:
The Director in Chief oversees everything that goes on at CPAHQ. He/she/they are an admin on the website and Discord server. The DiC is able to hire/fire anyone, and is the person who announces all changes at CPAHQ and any statements that the organization makes. The DiC is in charge of calculating and releasing the Top Ten and setting up future tournaments and features for CPAHQ. If community members have a concern they need to share with CPAHQ, the DiC is the go to person for that. The DiC can delegate any of these powers to the Vice Director at his/her/their own discretion.
The Vice Director is right below the Director in Chief. He/she/they are an admin on the website and Discord server. This role has all the powers that the DiC has, but the use of those powers must be affirmed by the DiC. Any concerns from community members can also be brought to the VD. In addition to these powers, the Vice Director generally focuses on community engagement. Whether that is posting polls, creating new tournament ideas, or running community focused contests, the VD makes sure that CPAHQ is connecting with our readers and supporters.
As described above, the Website Manager ensures that our website is user friendly and trustworthy. He/she/they are an admin on the website and the Discord server. Concerns about the website should be brought to their attention.
As described above, the Discord Manager ensures that all the components of our Discord server are working as intended. He/she/they are an admin on the website and the Discord server. Concerns about the Discord server should be brought to their attention.
The Head Moderator will enforce the rules we have in our Discord server, as well as monitor the moderators we hire to make sure they are following our protocol. He/she/they are an admin on the Discord server. More details about moderation will be released in the coming days.
These roles are a part of our editor hierarchy. All staff in these roles, minus the Head Judge, are editors on the website, and have access to channels within our Discord server that help them do their job. The Head Judge is not an editor on our website, but has access to channels within our Discord server that help them do their job. Roles on the same bullet are of equal weight. In this scenario, ‘weight’ refers to the scope of what they are in charge of. More information can be found by going to our about page, by dming the DiC or VD, or by asking us in ‘Your Questions Answered’.
- Editor in Chief, Column Manger, Top Ten Committee Manager, Staff Manager (vacant at the release of this post)
- Head of Reporting, Head of Philosophy, Head of History
- Head Judge
Entry Level Line
These roles are a part of our basic staff hierarchy. All staff in these roles, minus judges and graphic designers, are authors, and have access to channels within our Discord server that help them do their job. Judges and graphic designers do not have access to the website, but have access to channels within our Discord server that help them do their job. They are all of the same weight. In this scenario, ‘weight’ refers to the scope of what they contribute to the site. More information can be found by going to our about page, dming the DiC or VD, or asking us in ‘Your Questions Answered’.
- Reporter, Philosopher, Historian, Judge, Graphic Designer
These changes have been reflected on our website, on our About page, and on our Discord server. To sum up what our current staff members have access to:
- DMT, Kingfunks4, Superhero123, and Vanish are admins on the website and Discord server.
- Crazzy is an admin on the Discord server.
- Coolster114, Flav, Fusion, Jack283, Jayden, Scorpion Demon, and Snork are editors on the website and have access to editing channels and reporting channels on our server.
- Amber, Lightningmcj, and Spotty have access to all judging channels on our server.
- Action, Bailey, Ferdthebird1, Max (ACP), Myth, Pran, Purple, Rach, and TheNathanBoy are authors on the website and have access to reporting channels on our server.
- Action, Adden, Austinfraud, Barracuda, Daniel, Dman64w, Elexonck, Fusion, FatChicken88, Intrinsic, Kaitea, Mchappy, Kaliee, Madhav 2, Mare, Myth, Neha, Paddy, Popcorny, Pran, Supa Em, Robot, Sanya, Scorpion Demon, Sidie9, Steak, and TheNathanBoy have access to general judging channels on our server.
- Frostty, Haley, Koloway, and Max (RR) have access to graphic designer channels on our server.
If you have any questions about a position, or something you are wondering about that was not mentioned, please send me a DM!
As Director in Chief of CPAHQ. I would like to apologize to our audience. I was so distracted by distancing CPAHQ from it’s predecessors that, in all honesty, I forgot that structure matters for organizations. This whole ordeal would have been prevented had I taken charge of the structure of CPAHQ. It was a complete failure to uphold standards that I value importantly. Going forward, I hope there won’t be an issue like this again. If something does arise, I hope that the community is as gracious with my shortcomings as they have been. Thank you for reading, understanding, and supporting.
CPA Headquaters Director in Chief
CPA Headquarters Vice Director
Super, did you know that DMT was attacked by an emoji when he was younger?
No but it sounds terrifying.
Yea man, he have quite the reaction
You can edit comments for 15 mins noob :e6:
Which emoji tho
MANY emojies Max
Personally I think CPA currently has an identity crisis pertaining to what it wants to be and how it wants to function and operate. I get clear notion that CPAHQ wants to operate as a news site yet people want them to be more than that and even they’ve confirmed that by exploring how to go beyond just providing the news by implementing a judging system. I don’t know if there’s anyone to blame for this other than all of us ourselves in the community…
A Main Chat will fix this issue
We will see in 2-3 days.
I think armies need to decide for themselves what it is they want this game and community to be and how we’d go about even building that together. I don’t think it should be the media’s responsibility however armies keep relying on the media for that sense of directions. The army leaders and hcoms need to make that push themselves.
CPA will never fully come to an agreement.
DMT where? super funkus goos where? whats happening?