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Read Me Application Guide: How to apply for staff?

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Aug 19, 2016
Begin your Application with this link: https://blackwonder.tf/form/moderator-application.8/select

If you are planning on applying to moderate Blackwonder servers, please read this before you apply and answer the questions in the form truthfully. Your answers will be verified and the most important requirement for joining the team is trust.

Your chat on the servers is logged, and will be checked for slurs or overly hostile language during your application. Should we find very recent examples, your application is not likely to be accepted.

Please keep in mind that depending on the current amount of active staff as well as manager availability, new moderators may not be as urgently needed, and your application may remain idle for several months even if the feedback is good. If your application is still pending (but not declined!) after a long time, you may be contacted privately and asked if you are still interested in moderating the servers, should the need arise.

We recommend joining the Discord, as it contains many useful tools for our staff as well as announcements: https://discord.gg/qJ8CajZ

Personal Information


You can use your real name or your regular in-game name. Make sure it is appropriate.

Your Age

There is no minimum age requirement or maximum age over which you will not be considered, however you must show a certain level of maturity in your behaviour both inside and outside the servers, as well as on your application.

Do you have at least 3 days cumulative playtime on BlackWonder servers in the last year?

By '3 days' we do not mean just having played on 3 different days, but an actual total playtime of 72 hours across ANY blackwonder servers. Playtime shows us you have plenty of first-hand experience with the servers, and shows you are likely familiar with the players, the rulebreakers, and the community rules. There will be a negative impact on your application if you are significantly below these 3 days of playtime.

You will need to use your SteamID3 to find this (it is formatted like this: [U:1:2345678910]). More information about finding your SteamID can be found further down in the SteamID section.

Go to tfstats.tf. Select the 'player' tab on the top left, then input your SteamID3 to find your playtime.

Have you been punished in the last 60 days?

If your answer is 'Yes', then the ideal option would be to delay your application until you can answer 'No'. Depending on what type of punishment and its duration, your application might be instantly declined.

Have you had an application declined in the last 90 days?

If yes, make sure you have read its responses and taken their advice for use in your new application, though it may be best to wait until the 90 days have passed.

Have you read the guide on how to apply?

You are reading it right now! Great!


Your general geographical location or country. You do not need to be specific and this will not influence whether your application is accepted or not.

Your SteamID2

You will use SteamIDs a lot during moderation. If you are not familiar with this, here is how to find it: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=209000244 (SteamID2 is in this format: STEAM_0:1:23456789 )

Server Information

Have you managed servers previously?

It is fine to answer 'No'. We do not expect you to have prior experience.

If you answer 'Yes' but were an overall poor administrator or moderator, this will impact your application negatively. If you were a good admin and the people we ask agree, this will impact your application positively.

If you are already an admin in another community, you might not find the time to moderate both communities, but we will consider your application regardless.

If yes, which servers have you previously managed?

List the names of servers you were moderating, and if possible the duration as well. You can elaborate on your experience if you like, and explain why you left or if the servers have shut down.

Application Questions

On what servers do you usually play on, and which servers would you like to moderate?

List the names and preferrably also the IPs of the servers you would like to apply for. You can find the server IPs on tfstats.tf.

The servers you play on are an important part of your application. If you have experience with many servers and gamemodes and wish to moderate several, you will need to be able to deal with a wider range of rulesets.

If you do not play certain other gamemodes but are still familiar with the rules, this is good to mention. You will always be able to ask for more servers to moderate after your application has been accepted, and will have access to all servers should you receive the administrator role instead.

Why would you like to become a moderator?

Simply write about why you have decided to apply, you can go as in-depth as you wish. Good things to mention are:

-Why you decided to apply.
-Why do you think you would be suited to moderate the servers.
-Experiences, abilities and knowledge that might be of use either for yourself or the community. This includes knowledge about mapping and plugins.
-Perhaps some of your history at blackwonder.

If you are applying for English-speaking servers, English grammar and vocabulary is important. It also shows you have taken time with your app.
Try to remain neutral in the application. Hostile language will not look good.
Take your time! Read through and correct your application after you are finished.

Do you know and have spoken to any of the current staff members?

Answering 'No' will not have a negative influence on your app, but answering 'Yes' truthfully may have a positive influence.

Please let us know the names of staff members you have spoken to or know.

"Do you know this staff member?"

These are valid reasons to list someone's name here:

-You asked the staff member if you could put their name here and they said yes.
-You communicate with the person very often and they can distinguish you from the multitude of other players on the servers.
-You know the person in real life.
-You know the staff member from prior media, servers or communities and they still remember you.

These are invalid reasons to have someone in here:

-You spoke with them once.
-You have seen them in the server.
-The person is not actually a current or former staff member.

Placing the name of someone here who has to later step up and repond 'No, I do not actually know this person', will have a negative impact on your application.

How often do you play TF2?

This will not have a big impact on your application unless you literally do not play the game at all. Perhaps mention day of the week or general play hours.

Please give us your ideal way of punishing players, specific to the server you want to moderate.

Blackwonder.tf has many servers and run many different game modes. For example:
-Times X servers (10x,20x, etc…)
-Uber Upgrades
-Zombie fortress

These servers function very differently and operate under very different rules. Make sure you include rules relevant to the servers you are applying for in this section.

Try to elaborate on how you would deal with people breaking specific rules, and make sure to explain what you intend to do if a person has broken the rules multiple times before.

You can look through other applications or the server rules for an overview of what to include.

Here are examples of different types of punishments, take care not to apply the wrong ones for the wrong situations:

Muted: Cannot use voice chat (also cannot join blue team if they are on a jailbreak server).
Gagged: Cannot use written chat.
Silence: Cannot use either of the above. Functions as a mute and a gag.
Spraybanned: Cannot place sprays.
Teambanned: Cannot join blue team on jailbreak servers.
Kicked: Removed from the server, but is able to rejoin immediately if they try.
Slay/smite/explode: Player character is killed and must respawn.
Banned: Player is unable to join ANY blackwonder server until the ban expires. Bans can be permanent.

You are able to adjust the duration of these punishments, and you are expected to do this to players who have broken the rules multiple times in the past. The exact increase in duration per punishment will be revealed to you if your application is accepted, but it is very important that you at least let us know you are aware of this.

Please give any other information you might think is useful for us to know.

Here you can type anything, literally anything, but try to make it somewhat relevant to yourself or the application. Try not to get too weird with it either, as your application might not be taken seriously.
For example, write about:
-gaming experiences
-experiences as admin on other games.
-experiences as donator
-examples of your mapmaking or coding abilities etc...

Other things to consider when applying:

A clean, kind and polite history is great for your application, and the opposite is terrible for it:

-You have many punishments against you.
-You have lost your donator priviliges for abusing them.
-You have been punished legitimately on other communities for offenses such as racism, cheating, scamming, etc...
-Non-constructive criticism or constant impoliteness.
-Terrible grammar, lack of vocabulary.
-Being part of a scammer group or cheating group, etc...
-Your current or previous names, profile pictures or sprays are inappropriate.
-You have made 'enemies' of other players or staff members

Before you apply, it is useful if we have some previous knowledge of who you are. Try to interact with staff and the community and be active on channels such as discord or the forums, for a better chance at having your application accepted. Constructive suggestions or responses to matters relating to the community show that you are involved.

If you have made a mistake in the past, showing us you have made efforts to resolve it or listened to feedback will mean that your application still has a chance.

Good luck on your application!
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Aug 19, 2016
Change Log:
-07.11.2020 21:25 GMT+1 : Removed points that were removed from application questionary, added new points and modified points that were also worded differently. Added an "introduction".

-29.04.2021: Added narrower instructions on how to find total playtime.
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