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Okay, serious face on. Comments in this post are considered fully-OOC.

This is the policies and guidelines document. It tells you, the potential applicant to the community, most of what you need to know about Steampunk Nusantara. We, the admins, reserve to revise rules and rights as we deem necessary. Please read this document as part of your Orientation Packet.

tl;dr, even if it is completely necessary tl;dr )

Please feel free to comment on this post to provide comments and request for clarification on anything we may not have made clear. We'll update this post if anything new comes up.

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On behalf of SPS S/B, we would like to welcome our Esteemed Colleagues from PIJA to our noble endeavor.

Just a note of reminder, please: if you haven’t read the introductory memo that I’ve included in your welcome pack, please do.

Just a quick reminder, ladies and gentlemen: this is a scholarly database, and our primary goal here is to get through the huge backlog of stuff that our organizations have mutually acquired from multiple sources.

Obviously we’d appreciate it if you could assist us with the cataloging, but please note: our first task is to get those resources digitized and online, so that we can prevent whatever the events of the past six months from happening again (translation: you know as well as I do that means Trying Very Hard Not To Be Biased ;D). That means: MINIMAL ANALYSIS FOR NOW.

Since the primary goal of this database is to host transcripts, please ensure that you use it for the stated purpose. Memos and other bits of drama should be kept, as much as possible, off the repository. (translation: inter-organization drama is okay, once in a while, but you’re supposed to record stuff, not squabble over allotments. Memos and drama should primarily reside in the comments; the occasional memo-post is okay, but seriously, more awesome stuff, less bureaucratic comedy).

Now I understand that PIJA doesn’t have an online repository; you’re welcome to place records into our database while you set up your own at some point. Obviously the data you enter will still belong to you, and we will comply once you have cleared your approval from the Indian government. Which might not happen in the next 300 years, but hey, accountability, right?

What? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

In any case. Welcome! NOW GET TO WORK.

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Greetings, fellow underpaid explorers of the unknown!

Due to recent upper management and strategic vision changes, along with some… ah… unfortunate accidents, it looks like we’ve got a whole new crop of contributors — that would be you.

Now, the thing about company culture is that you kind of need people to pass it along, and that’s kind of hard to do when you consider the events of the past six months or so. Yes, you could say that the disappearances have been a little too convenient, but as you will note in the next few points below, it’s best not to dwell on those matters too much. So, please don’t.

In any case, in lieu of several years of working together and slowly gathering the assumptions that characterize our work, here is a semi-ooc and somewhat self-referential list of things to keep in mind when you key in the findings into the database:

  • What we’re looking for, primarily, are fragments and abstracts. The company expects a 200-word precis of what you’re collecting, or an extract of the document that you’ve finally deciphered, or whatever you’ve got squeezed into, at minimum, 200 words. That’s a hard minimum, please; don’t go any lower.
  • Saying that, if the document you’re cataloguing is a 150,000 word monster, please do not place it into this database, verbatim. Pass it along to Scanning and Deciphering for a full-style Google Books-style scan, and put in a 200-word minimum extract. You can put as much as you like, but seriously, we don’t have the bandwidth budget just yet. Yes, I know, cloud computing is the Wave of the Future, but we don’t have the budget. Ask me that question next year.
  • Your KPI are, primarily, how many works you log into the system. Not, incidentally, how good your analyses are. You’re not disallowed to do them, they just don’t contribute to your year-end bonuses — yes! We have those! — and no one will read it, because we’re too damn busy. Do your analyses in your spare time, and don’t log it into the system. It doesn’t get counted, and it wastes precious hard drive space.
  • You really have two voices when it comes to logging in works — as you, the researcher, or as the person who wrote the works themselves. Both are fine, use your discretion.
  • Categorize the works properly. If it requires a new tag, inform any of the three Administrators: [personal profile] jhameia, [personal profile] nyarlathotep or [personal profile] frangipani.
  • You know that talk about there being no real analyses in this database? Sometimes someone will do a “milestone” post, that work as a timeline and organize particular events in chronological order. These are about as much analyses we do, seriously.
  • Yeah, you may have noticed that some of the documents contradict one another, and that the hardcopies of the timelines we’ve salvaged will contradict each other too! We don’t know why; some physics graduate that worked here in the late 90s speculated that it had something to do with the nature of “the quantum foam” or some gobbledegook like that. Don’t sweat it; if your work doesn’t fit the established timeline or contradicts multiple works, we’ll accommodate that, somehow.
  • What we won’t accommodate are what look like transcription errors. We’ll correct those if we need to.
  • Incidentally, as context, there will be entries that reference SPS S/B and its history. Those we’ve determined are necessary, but don’t go overboard in cataloguing those. The primary purpose of this repository is Steampunk Nusantara, not As The Sharekat Turns, or the Bold and the Samudera.
  • Speaking of soap operas, articles that reference the events of the past six months are strongly discouraged. Don’t mention it too often (translation: make up something and Try Very Hard Not To Talk About It).

I think that covers all of it. Any questions?

ETA: Incidentally, [personal profile] jhameia told me to told you that, once you’ve received your Employee Orientation Pack (i.e. you’ve been accepted into the comm), head over here for the employee roll-call.

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