Application Consideration

Created by Rear Admiral Relau Chlan (Ret.) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 @ 10:04am

You're visiting this page because you want to learn more about the Shanghai's application process, looking to join up, or just to improve your biography. Well, at least that's what we hope. First of all, we'll go through what makes a basic application and what you should think about when you submit an application. Then, we'll talk about the best applications and biographies. Finally, we as a command staff will talk to you, telling you what we look for in each application. So, let's get started!

The best thing about simming is the chance you have to create a character, however alike or different from your real self and then put it in the Star Trek Universe. The main thing to remember is that this is a game, and that you have to put time into it in order to advance. You won't be the next Fleet Admiral, next Picard, or even remotely close to Kirk. Thus, your application should follow these basic principles.

Basic Application Principles
1) Never say that you are Captain Kirk, Commander Tucker, Lieutenant Commander Data, Seven of Nine, Chief O'Brien or any other cannon (TV or Book) character. This will lead to an automatic rejection. The reason? Mainly copyright issues, since someone else created that character. Also, you can't play them correctly in our portion of the Universe. Likewise, characters that are related to real life personalities, even distantly, will be rejected.
2) Fill out every single box on the application. One of the best ways that we as a command staff gauge the quality of the applications we receive is the content of the application. If there's a bunch of boxes missing information, we can see that, and it really brings the application down.
3) Don't say that you served on any of the cannon ships. This means you shouldn't have served on the USS Enterprise, the USS Defiant, or any other ship. Make up names if you have to. Names of ships come from everywhere, from famous people, to past presidents, to large landmarks, to foreign languages, even if it's just plain made up. It complicates a lot if you serve with any cannon characters too. So don't make Lieutenant Worf your former Commanding Officer either.
4) Make a full biography and sample post. Full means at least 3-4 paragraphs for your biography. 1-2 paragraphs for your hobbies and ambitions, 5-6 paragraphs on your sample post, and at least a paragraph in your service record. If you think this is a lot, then you should remember that so much work goes into fleshing out a character in any TV series, even ones outside of Star Trek. We ask this because it not only shows your dedication to getting a position, but how creative you are.
5) Your application should be saved locally on your computer, first and foremost. Also, if your application takes less than 30 minutes to type out, it's probably time to add more to it. Take each category and type it out, think it out and work on the details.
6) Don't plagiarize anything. Give credit to people where it is due. The command staff will ban all applications from you if you rip anything from anyone else. It's fine to say that you are a freed Borg. It's not fine to say that you created the Borg, and certainly not okay to pass someone else's application, history, etc. off as your own. We do check this, we do enforce it, and we do ban people for it. If in doubt, leave it out.
7) If you don't think that you can devote some time to the Shanghai every week, then you should take a good look at our rules. We ask that you spend at least a bit each week updating posts. If you don't do that, then things stall as you are an integral cog in the machine that is the Shanghai.
8) Our goal is to have fun. If you can't do that, then we aren't for you. And if this seems like a lot to take in, don't despair. Take your time, work on things and you will be accepted and be well on your way to writing your own Trek story.

The Best Applications
The best applications that we receive are well thought out, those that we draw from are full of interesting tidbits. Instead of "Joe Character likes lemons.", use "Joe Character enjoys lemons and lemonade, especially on a hot afternoon. He enjoys banana and apples, but doesn't like grapes too much. Because of that, he is very picky about what he eats." Did you see what happened there? We took a simple sentence and expanded it, adding much more detail and made it much more interesting to read. Not only that, but instead of someone having to ask for clarification, everything is right there! So you need to remember to always go into detail, both in your application and writing.
Also, don't forget that the best applications have a full history behind them. Don't say "Joe Character attended school." Say something like "Joe Character attended Sally Dame High School and graduated 1598th out of 2000. He isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was able to take an entrance exam and was enrolled part time in a local community college. He attended there for 2 years, from 2012 to 2014, and then enlisted in the Navy at age 21, in the year 2015." Once again, we established a timeline - something very important. It is an integral part of our decision process, the application.
Finally, there are good applications, great applications, and the best applications. Don't ever give us one sentence answers to the questions. And always answer them all - except of course, the CO's Notes box. We want to know your first name at least, and a reminder about our age rating - it is 15 years old. If you aren't 15, we'll be here when you are. Don't forget, if you have questions, you can always contact us for more information. We are more than happy to help you out if we can, especially when it comes to getting more information, help on a section of the application, or even if you just want to tell us how good we are. In any case, always remember - be detailed, extensive and want to have fun. That's all we ask for.

The Command Staff's Final Thoughts

From Rear Admiral Relau Chlan, Founder.
Thank you, first of all. I want to thank you for taking the time to look over what the Shanghai has to offer. We are a world class group of simmers, dedicated to the Star Trek universe, and having fun while we are at it. I wanted to take a moment to tell you what I personally look for in applications. Honestly, I check that all the boxes are filled out to size, then I skip straight to the sample post part. This makes up a good 50-55% of my personal decision on the application. If it says "I would go to the commanding officer and ask him what to do." I will reject the application straight out of the starting gate. We have plenty of posts and missions (can be found under the Sim tab) that are great examples of how you should post. Secondly, I look at the biography. This is probably 35-40% of the decision for me. Is it well written? Was time put into it? Has it been plagiarized? Is there detail to the biography? After that, I take into account the character itself (we don't accept certain races) and finish out with the descriptions of the character. I want to make it perfectly clear that we do not discriminate based on how long you've been RP'ing or how much experience you have. We've accepted people that have had no experience, all the way up to people that have had 20+ years of experience. It's okay to be new at this. In any case, I'll let my Executive Officer and Second Officer chime in now. Once again, thank you, and good luck!

From Captain Sun Mei Xiang, Commanding Officer.
Well, I don't think there is much to add. Let's start with some quick tips. Watch out for Super Hero Syndrome (your character being notably more powerful than most others, or having very few weaknesses), don't be afraid to take a look through the manifest to see examples of what we have accepted in the past - but again, don't copy anyone or anything, - and don't be afraid. Now, my thought process on applications; I look almost entirely at the character itself. I myself struggle with sample posts, as they generally seem forced to me. So, I watch the character. The more depth a character has, the better. If I struggle to imagine the character, I will usually be less invested in the application. I try to read characters thoroughly, and take into consideration every aspect of the application, from how it was written, to how complete it feels. What it boils down to, to me though, is all in being able to feel, to visualize a character.

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