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Taskforce in Focus: Poll of the Week

Since its inception in 2014 (That’s 2391 to us) the Poll of the Week has been a source of intriguing inquiries, pondersome proposals and thought-provoking examinations. Today we meet with the Poll of the Week Facilitators Lt Commander Jocelyn Marshall and Lt Commander Genkos Adea so we can learn more about this important part of our community!

Taybrim: Thank you for joining us. Can you please start by giving us a short overview on the Poll of the Week and how it supports our StarBase 118 community?

Marshall: Sure thing. The PotW is a forum-based poll we run on Star Trek and group related topics every week. It’s a community activity, so we encourage everyone to get involved in commenting and finding out how people think, what their favourites are, what we all have in common — that kind of thing. It’s an excellent method of attracting participants into a deeper discussion, drawing people onto the forums, and sometimes we have a chuckle along the way.

Adea: We definitely have a chuckle; some might even say a guffaw. But yes, it’s also nice to have the wide difference of questions. Sometimes we do a nice contentious “favourite TNG character” poll, but other times we have a great debate over a “choose your own way” style poll or the more hypothetical “what if’s” of the universe. I think it’s that versatility that gives PotW its longevity. We can be serious, or we can be flippant. Most of us try to pitch it somewhere between the two.

What is your favorite thing about working on this taskforce?

Adea: Getting answers that are completely out of left field. We always put a “tell us in the comments” option in every poll, and people do! A good example is that I recently ran a New Year’s Resolutions poll, and I wrote it with a slant of “What do you want from SB118 this year?” and many people replied telling us all sorts of things about their personal lives and hobbies. Which is just nice; it helps to build our community when we discover things we have in common apart from Trek.

Marshall: New discoveries and re-discoveries about Trek for me. I’ll come up with an idea for a poll from something I’ve read in the week, watched on streaming, or listened to, and have to come up with a selection of choices. The process can send you into the wild chasms of lore. But that’s my favourite bit — taking that dive into the canon and the trivia to find the episodes you’ve forgotten about, or small instances of something happen that affect everything else.

Who can join the Poll of the Week?

Marshall: Any member can join at any rank. We work on rotation with four members at the moment, so once a week, a member will run a poll. Everyone takes turns and we pool ideas in the interim, so if anyone gets stuck for a poll idea, there’s a bank to choose from. The time commitment isn’t much, either.

Adea: I’m fairly certain anyone can join, but I don’t recommend it. What Jo doesn’t want people to know is that we’re forced to write thousands of these polls each day, and she picks the best. Please, get the word out! Tell my family I love them. But in all seriousness, anyone can join, and it’s really not that much of a commitment, so it’s really perfect for a fresh-faced ensign who wants to dip their toes in the task force lake, or a seasoned Commander with too much time on their hands.

How would a new task force member join the Poll of the Week?

Adea: Head to the forums and reply to our recruitment thread, or if you’re on Discord, we have our own channel that you can join through the roles channel.

Marshall: We’ve also got a submission form, in case someone has a fantastic idea for a poll, but isn’t down for the commitment. They can submit what they like here, and we’ll expand on it.

What is the most fun thing about working on the Poll of the Week?

Marshall: Getting responses from everyone in the ‘Fleet. When we get an excellent discussion rolling on the forum poll, or a poll that really gets people talking, it can generate a lot of fun. The difference in opinions of people here is wild.

Adea: Letting your imagination flow with suggestions for answers; I often find the most obvious answers don’t get the most votes. So closing your eyes and taking a few minutes to come up with a few more eccentric or out there answers, often results in more engagement.

Thank You so much for your insights on the Poll of the Week!

You can read more about the Poll of the Week on the wiki.


Bring Your Friend To The Fleet Day

This year is a big year for Star Trek, with several new Star Trek shows premiering, reigniting the passion for our beloved franchise worldwide. Many of you have probably being basking in this joy with your Trek-fan friends. Perhaps you have friends who love role playing or sci-fi and would be interested in a Star Trek based RPG?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to share our amazing hobby with your friends? To devise devious plots for shore leave? To boldly go adventuring into the unknown, encountering new species or fighting old adversaries? How fantastic would it be to have the opportunity to share the sims you take great care over with your friends?

Word of mouth is one of the greatest ways of spreading the word about UFOP: StarBase 118. By sharing your love of our community YOU can inspire them and pique their curiosity on what goes on in our community.

Share your experiences with your friends. Let them know how you visited a mining community, where a member of the crew was bitten by an insect. You and your crewmates had to then capture and study one of the insects with the hope of treating the downed crewman. Or regal them with tales of your Marquis alter ego, a result of a dreamlike induced state.

You’d be surprised how infectious your enthusiasm can be!


Help keep the fleet informed by joining the Community News Team

We post community news every day here on our website blog, and it plays a vital part in not only showing prospective members how active our community is, but also helping our search engine rankings and, of course, informing our community about what’s happening!

You can help us put together interesting content for our community by joining the News Team – the commitment is about one hour a month, and participating is super easy. Here’s how it works: Each month, you’ll get a list of article ideas. You can come up with your own article, if you have something you want to write about, or choose one of the suggestions.

Then, using the guidance on our wiki area, you’ll put together an article to be posted before the end of the month. You’ll add it to our WordPress site and submit it to the news queue for review by the team facilitator.

Participating on the News Team is a great way to contribute to the overall fleet, and to show your captain that you’re interested in working toward promotion.

Get started by entering your information into the form below. It’ll be sent to the team facilitator who will welcome you to the team and direct you on what to do next!

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Extra! Extra! Write for the Federation News Service!

This just in: the Federation News Service is hiring! Seasoned journalists and freelancers are wanted to showcase what’s going on beyond the mission reports of Starfleet to the greater universe in the 24th century. What’s the latest political update from Federation headquarters on Paris, Earth? Who’s the next breakout singer from Trill? You can help shape life in the 24th century!

The Federation News Service is an exciting new venue for worldbuilding and telling stories set in the Star Trek universe. Stories like…

You can read these stories and more on fns.news.

Want to write your own?

The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions! Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe.

There are two ways to write for the FNS:

Check out the FNS’s website or learn more about the FNS team on the 118 Wiki!


What’s the difference between the News Team and FNS?

We’ve heard from some members that it the difference between our News Team and FNS teams can sometimes be a little confusing, so we’re here with a quick explainer to help clarify what you’d be doing if you joined up on either team:

Community News Team
This team is focused on helping to populate our Community News on the main website. Content for this team includes things like interviews with current members, updates about upcoming events like chats or award ceremonies, promotion announcements, and new podcast episode announcements.

This team is important for a number of reasons. Because it posts as often as possible (ideally once a day), it helps to keep our website updated – showing prospective members, and Google, that we’re an active community. And it helps keep the members of our fleet updated about important news and events.

Members of the News Team are expected to help write at least one article a month for the Community News feed.

Federation News Service (FNS)
This team straddles UFOP: SB118 as well as our spinoff sister site, the Federation News Service – an In Character journalism outlet reporting on things that happen in the Star Trek universe that we play our game in. You can think of it as another way of simming, telling similar stories but from the angle of a journalist writing a story as if it were for Associated Press or some other news syndicate in present day.

This team is important because it helps build out our shared universe, while also acting as a funnel or feeder site for our role-playing community, leading prospective members to find us by first reading FNS stories!

Members of the FNS Team are expected to help edit the monthly plot summaries submitted by our fleet of ships, and to also contribute an FNS story as often as possible.

Join a team and help out
Both teams are looking for eager members who want to assist the fleet and are critical parts of keeping our site active and recruiting new members. If you’re willing to help out, submit the form below to let us know and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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How can I help find new members?

New members are the lifeblood of our community. They help to replenish the fleet and allow us to launch new ships, allowing our community to become stronger and provide exciting and new opportunities for our players. Without new members it is hard to sustain recruiting levels to replace those who go on leave or retire from the group.

Finding prospective members and bringing them to us can be a challenge, especially when there are so many other things vying for people’s attention – which is why we need you help – and with all the announcements of new Star Trek series’ what better time to start spreading the word of our community?

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

There are a variety of tasks that anybody can do – whether you are a member of the Publicity Team or not. Here are some ideas:


StarBase 118, III: The Search for New Members

New members are the lifeblood of our community. They help to replenish the fleet and allow us to launch new ships, allowing our community to become stronger and provide exciting and new opportunities for our players. Without new members it is hard to sustain recruiting levels to replace those who go on leave or retire from the group.

Finding prospective members and bringing them to us can be a challenge, especially when there are so many other things vying for people’s attention – which is why we need you help – and with all the announcements of new Star Trek series’ what better time to start spreading the word of our community?

WHAT DOES THE PUBLICITY TEAM DO?

In short the Publicity Team is responsible for raising awareness of our community to the outside world with the aim of bringing in new members. There are a number of ways we do this – through social media posts, word of mouth recommendations, real world and internet events as well as online and offline advertising.

Within the team itself we share ideas on how to raise awareness of our community and put those ideas into action. Participation in the can range from finding interesting content to share on our social media channels to writing articles that we can share with the wider world on various websites. Most of the task take no more than an hour a month, with no commitment, so you can join today and step back later if you find that it does not fit your schedule.

What have you got to lose?

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

We need all the help we can get to spread the word. If the above sounds interesting to you and you want to be a part of expanding the fleet then get in touch. You can sign up with the below link, where you will be added to the Publicity Team email list, introduced to the team and then jump straight in. If you have any questions or would like to know more, then contact the team’s facilitator Jarred Thoran.

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How you can help us grow

The more people who join our community, the more ships we can launch and the stronger our community becomes, as well as providing exciting opportunities for our players. But spreading the word about our community to prospective members can be challenging when there’s so many other things vying for peoples’ attention, which is why we need your help!

JOIN THE PUBLICITY TEAM
On the Publicity Team we share ideas on how to advertise our community, and then put those ideas into action. You don’t need to be a marketing whiz to join, and participation on the team can be as simple as finding content to share on our social media channels. Most other tasks take no more than an hour or two a month. Not only that, but there is no commitment, so you can join now and step back later if it doesn’t fit your schedule. What’s to lose?

Click here to join the team. You’ll be added to the team’s email list, introduced to the others and then be able to jump right in.

SHARE OUR POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We’re really active on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr? We post a variety of content, from Star Trek to writing, so there is something for everybody. If you see something you like, make sure to like it, and if you want, why not give it a share or a retweet or even post a comment?

Found something interesting, why not share it with us? It could be an article relating to space exploration, an updated on an upcoming Star Trek project or even an image related to writing. If you liked it, it’s guaranteed someone else will.

If you have a great idea for something we should post on social media, use the submission box – it only takes a moment!

BLOG ABOUT US AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Do you write a blog? Providing a link back to us along with a review of our community and game can have an impact on how we rank in search engines, meaning we are easier to find.

Between 400 & 800 words about your experience with us will help us, and a personal review really helps validate our community. You could talk about what brought you to us, what has kept you here and how you’re enjoying your time with us.

If you happen to write a blog post about us, please let us know, we’d love to share it our social media channels.

TELL FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Word of mouth is still one of the greatest forms of advertising. By sharing your love of our community with others, you can inspire them and pique their curiosity on what happens here.

Let people know how you having discovered new life forms, or have managed to outwit an old Star Trek foe, such as the Tholians. You’d be surprised how infectious your enthusiasm can be!


The News Team is looking for creative writers

We post community news every day here on our website blog, and it plays a vital part in not only showing prospective members how active our community is, but also helping our search engine rankings and, of course, informing our community about what’s happening!

You can help us put together interesting content for our community by joining the News Team – the commitment is about one hour a month, and participating is super easy. Here’s how it works: Each month, you’ll get a list of article ideas. You can come up with your own article, if you have something you want to write about, or choose one of the suggestions.

Then, using the guidance on our wiki area, you’ll put together an article to be posted before the end of the month. You’ll add it to our WordPress site and submit it to the news queue for review by the team facilitator.

Participating on the News Team is a great way to contribute to the overall fleet, and to show your captain that you’re interested in working toward promotion.

Get started by entering your information into the form below. It’ll be sent to the team facilitator who will welcome you to the team and direct you on what to do next!

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The Fleet Needs You! How you can get the word out

You may have noticed an increase in our social media activity. For those of you who may not know, social media can be a powerful tool to help grow our fleet by providing content that people enjoy and want to engage with, thus increasing our potential reach. In addition to that, having an active social media presence can help boost our site’s Google rankings, meaning our page will show higher on Google searches.

Increasing our reach and rankings means we’ll be able to expose our fleet to more people. More people means more cadets, leading to greater opportunities for us.

What can you do to help?

One of the biggest things you can do for us is to follow us on our social media platforms. You can find us at:

Facebook
Twitter
Tumblr
Youtube
Instagram

With recent changes to Facebook’s newsfeed, there is an extra step. Head to our Facebook page, click where is says: “Following” -> “In Your News Feed” -> “See First”. Essentially this means everytime we post something, it will appear towards the top of your news feed.

Like, Comment and Share content
The more people who engage with our content, the more people outside of our community we can reach. As an example, a recent Facebook post that was liked 18 times, commented on twice and shared 3 times reached over 160 people who weren’t part of our fleet.

Submissions
We are always on the lookout for content related to Star Trek, space, science or writing. It could be a quote from a sim, an image or video or even a link. Basically, if you think something would interest the community, let us know!

Ideas
We would love to hear your suggestions and hear about the types of content you would like to see.


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