Simutronics Volunteer Web Monitor Application
& Information Last updated: August 22, 2001
Thank you for considering being part of the Simutronics web
team. Our most valuable assets are our people and we attempt
to pick our team members with the utmost care. This application
contains a description of what being a Simutronics Web Monitor
is and is not, followed by a detailed questionnaire to help
us in our selection process.
Web monitor duties involving the fan website program:
· Approve (or reject) fan site submissions
· Review existing fan sites
· Check for dead links from our fan website page,
and URLs that need to be updated
· Ensure that fan sites are linking to us properly,
according to our guidelines (linking to the correct URL, etc.)
· Check that fan websites list the Simutronics
trademarks and copyrights correctly
· Suggest new sites that Simutronics should
· Answer fan webmaster questions about how to
modify or improve their sites
· Make sure that fan sites are of constructive
use for Simutronics customers, and do not include things like:
· Promotion of ways to "hack"
· Profanity or other non-family-oriented material
· Slurs or personal attacks on Simutronics
customers or personnel
· Large amounts of non-Simutronics material
(like if a site is trying to get us to link to it just so
they can sell real estate or some other merchandise)
Web monitors help to ensure that Simutronics is represented
as visibly and as positively as possible "out there"
on the World-Wide Web.
Web monitors also work as "Simutronics evangelists"
and are extremely valuable in helping Simutronics to promote
itself out on the web. This could mean things like:
· Work with fan site webmasters to
help them improve their own sites' visibility, such as how
to list their own sites on multiple search engines
· Look for other game-oriented sites out on
the web that are not currently telling their visitors about
Simutronics games, and bringing the site's existence to the
attention of Simutronics management
· Keeping an eye out for other areas where Simutronics
games are discussed, and helping to see that our products
are represented in as positive a manner as possible
· In the case of a site or mailing list that
is being used for malicious purposes, working with Simutronics
and the appropriate authorities or webmasters to get the material
removed as quickly as possible
Types of Web Monitors
There are different levels of web monitors.
Some will focus on fan website review, and will not have any
contact with the fan webmasters directly, but will just recommend
sites for contact. Other monitors will be involved in correspondence
with webmasters about updating their sites. Other monitors may
choose to have their primary duty simply be to surf the web
and look for locations that require further attention. Some
monitors may choose to do all or a combination of the above.
And some monitors of course will be in a supervisory or managerial
The Web Monitor position is basically a volunteer one. There
is some compensation in the nature of a free account and occasional
in-game benefits, but there is no other contractual agreement
between the monitor and Simutronics.
Web monitors will be compensated with a recurring credit
of $14.95/month which will pay for their basic subscription
on the game of their choice. Web monitors who take on additional
duties may also receive further credits, such as points which
can be traded in for alterations, and/or credits for premium
and platinum usage, or basic subscriptions on other Simutronics
received as compensation are subject to certain guidelines.
Modifications of inventory are limited to appearance only,
and will not modify the way that an item behaves or functions.
There are also limits to the kinds of things that can
be altered. See the wedding item guidelines for more details.
Furthermore, alterations received as monitor compensation
are for personal use only, and are not to be used to create
any kind of game imbalance. The selling of such
"compensation" altered items, either in-game
or via an out-of-game auction site or some other method,
is strictly prohibited and can result in immediate termination,
along with confiscation of all such altered items, regardless
of their current owner and what in-game or out-of-game
price may have been paid for them.
What to Expect
Once you send in your application, it will be filed and you
will receive notification that we have received it. We do
not look over the applications until such time as we have
an opening for a new Web Monitor.
You will not receive any other notification UNLESS you are
accepted to interview. At that time we will Email you or contact
you in the game and set up an online interview. The only initial
Email you will receive is the one stating that we have received
We pick applications by running your responses through a
weighting system that changes depending on our needs. For
example, if we need a monitor who is better at surfing multiple
websites, more than we need one who can carefully review a
page for copyright adherence, we may assign more weight to
those questions on the application. The database then automatically
selects those who best fit the criteria. Therefore there are
no "correct" answers to the questions in the application.
Be very honest when rating yourself. Even if in some areas
you cannot rate yourself highly, that will not always matter.
If/when we contact you and ask you questions, it will soon
become obvious whether or not you've been honest in your application.
Web Monitor job skills, duties & responsibilities include:
· A commitment of at least 4 hours
· The ability to maintain a calm, courteous,
and professional demeanor while interacting with customers,
staff, and other web monitors
· A clean billing and policy (lockout/warning)
record for 6-12 months
· Weekly participation in a web monitor message
board or mailing list.
· Submitting regular reports as determined by
your supervisor (probably 2-4 per month)
· Representing Simutronics in a professional
manner at all times
· Being punctual and reliable
· Excellent online communication/typing skills
· A good working knowledge of how the web/internet
· Current, up-to-date versions of Microsoft
Internet Explorer and/or Netscape Navigator
· Familiarity with HTML is recommended but not
· Having your own webpage is a plus but not