HoS Application - Nidalee Dshara
Usual character name: Nidalee Dshara
BYOND username: Nidabutt
Discord username (if you are on our discord): Nidabutt

Recommended by (if applicable): Several people over the last year or so, I can't remember who said what though and I don't want to misquote.
Goon servers you play: Goon 1

Reason for application: Security without a Head of Security can be quite messy and prevents sec from performing some basic duties such as helping officers acquire new gear if gibbed/lost. Perhaps more importantly though HoS is very useful to keep unity amongst the sec team, especially with newer officers who are more likely to engage with a HoS' attempts to unify the team and provide orders/goals. When security has no guidance it's more likely the team will devolve into questionable behaviour with unfair brig times, inappropriate executions against innocents, etc... It's also much easier to help newer sec players as the HoS since they're more likely to actually pay attention to your advice and look for your guidance, I've seen many occasions of newer officers executing criminals for minor crimes or give extremely long sentences including perma brig and it's very hard to intervene verbally as a fellow sec officer compared to as HoS. I'd like to try and provide some leadership and moral guidance as HoS, to keep things fair and fun.

Security experience (300 word minimum): I've played for a few years on and off now and in that time played a lot of security, it's always been the role I enjoy the most since stuff is always happening and there's usually a lot of interactivity with other players, it's very rare you have a boring round as sec. I've held off on a HoS application for a LONG time, I wanted to make sure I feel like I have the knowledge for the role and get a better idea of how a HoS player should act compared to a security officer. I've also, naturally, had a lot of experience as an antagonist and have a solid understanding of how to fairly deal with different antags from interactions with experienced sec players. Like I said above, security just doesn't quite feel right without a HoS around and I'd like to be able to help fill that gap in rounds that lack one, since I play at various hours of the day which often don't have any HoS players. I've progressed significantly from earlier days and think I'm finally ready to step up to the role, I've always tried to work closely with the HoS to better understand how sec should act as well as learning the duties they should perform and etiquette they should carry. I will certainly take a more relaxed approached whenever playing HoS compared to a standard officer and focus on coordinating the team and interacting with the crew more heavily, I am quite fond of the more managerial side it provides and I think it will be a really enjoyable chance to try a more laid back style of gameplay. I'll conclude this section by saying that I always first and foremost try to be FAIR with antagonists provided that they're being fair with the crew, if an antagonist is silently and colding murdering people it's far more likely they'll be executed (as opposed to brigging and confiscating contraband) compared to an antagonist who has a fun gimmick for the crew in how they're going about their criming, even if the crimes are technically the same.

Answer two or more of the following:
  • What advice would you give to other sec players?
    Rule 1 of sec, don't walk around with your baton/taser out. For more experienced players though, remember that you're a team - it's not always a good idea to rambo after antagonists, it can often be better to call for backup before attempting to make an arrest, unless you need to immediately move in to save a crew member's life of course.

  • What was one of your favorite security moments? (Either playing as a sec officer or interacting with one)
    It's very hard to pick a particular moment after investing so much time into Goonstation. In terms of playing AS sec I think my fondest memories are of NOOT's antag gimmicks, they're always enjoyable - though over time I've come to also enjoy the intense rampage rounds that Camryn Stern usually does, definitely always a learning experience in robustness lol. For interacting with security, I'd have to say Arthur Holiday was probably one of the main reasons I got into security and although I don't see him around much anymore he was always such a joy to encounter as HoS.

  • What game improvements or changes do you think would benefit security players?
    Security should definitely have a higher playtime requirement, I'm unsure of exactly what it is currently but I still see newer players hopping into the ranks of sec and very clearly still learning the basics of the game, sec doesn't need to be super robust at all especially if they play a more 'support/intel' focus in the team but they should at least understand the role of security so that they don't abuse their power against crew members. A common example is sec assistants just straight-up shooting people with riot launchers for no reason, or just straight-up acting like staff assistants and refusing to interact with the team at all.

  • Describe any differences in your playstyle when part of a full security team and when being the only security officer.
    As part of a team I naturally try to work with the team, sharing information and responding to comms where possible to keep a nice social buzz going around the department. With newer players I do my best to answer any questions they have and if I see them struggling I'll stop when I'm doing to give them some advice, help them find lost gear, etc... While playing solo it can depend a lot on population, you will of course have less time to socialise depending on the population since you'll be heavily outnumbered by antagonists which may be actively butchering the crew and taking them out of the round. While it's never a good thing to kill all antagonists on sight, on the few rounds I've played solo sec on high pop you do have to be more ruthless with antagonists (never just KoS all antags of course unless it's REALLY REALLY BAD) with longer brig times to give you breathing room and less requirements for executions when it comes to murderers or repeat offenders.

Answer one or more of the following fun questions (because it's important for the HoS to be fun):

[*]What's a security gimmick that you've ran or wanted to run?
My favourite was probably clown security, I've ran it a few times in the past. It's goofy and silly, using bananas and lube (carefully) as part of your crimer catchin' kit can make things quite hilarious - especially with the humiliation factor of the poor antag who gets banana slipped into a clownsec baton. A gimmick I want to do though? I've wanted to run an undercover sec team gimmick for a very long time, with officers infiltrating different departments, using secret comms channels to share information and catch antagonists unaware - reverse spies! Though in practice it is extremely hard to pull off since it requires the consent and coordination of an entire department - perhaps with the authority of HoS I could inspire it in my fellow officers though.

Previous bans (while this will not affect your application lying about it will): Week-long ban when I was a much newer player as captain. Escalating situation between myself and security in which I overstepped escalation rules and (in a show of very maidenless behaviour) uploaded a non-human law against sec and inspired a revolution against them. Definitely deserved the ban and it was a good early lesson when it comes to heated situations, always let admins resolve that kinda thing instead of taking matters into your own hands.
Good officer and would make a good HoS
Yeah +1
We really appreciate the time and effort you put into this application, but have decided to deny it due to lack of community feedback. You're welcome to reapply in 60 days, which would be August 26. In the meantime, I'd encourage you to keep sec officering!

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