So… I’ve been sneaking about reading the occasional other thread on the Alliance Recruitment forums lately. There are mentions of alliances without spreadsheets. I feel slighted!
Now, it’s no secret I do a bit of tracking via spreadsheets - I’ve even shared some of the data here on the forums to dispel certain misconceptions. After all, one can make a claim but how many back it up with evidence?
I do track war, and just recently started tracking titans. Initially I started to track war data in order to provide myself with data to work with to improve my performance (offensively and defensively). Then I ended up tracking the alliance’s because… why not?
The war data is there for anyone to see, but how it is used… Ah… there’s the potential issue, right? While the data could be analysed in certain ways, the main one for improvement, it depends on how one wants to play. For someone who wants the information, then it could help perhaps even been welcomed. Some might not care. Then there are those who may find it demotivating.
I personally don’t like to use the data I gather in a ‘negative’ way. If it’s to shame anyone it’ll be me!
The only ‘negative’ way in which it is used, depending on perspective, is to account for unused war flags. While we are fairly relaxed as an alliance, we aren’t completely without consequences. It’s how I know when to start a probation, demote or even kick someone.
What I do like to use and share with the alliance is personal high scores for wars, the team which conceded the fewest points per enemy attack, the Eurovisions handed out. I feel it’s more celebratory. There are other ways to analyse the data, but these are my personal favourite ones to track (and the spreadsheet handles the calculations).
But titan tracking is new. I’ve delayed this because there was no necessity to do so previously. The one scenario in which I imagined I would have to do so is if someone joins but doesn’t participate in war. Why? Because war is what I use to promote new members to Elder status. So if they don’t participate in war I have no established mechanism for me to track for their promotion. And such a situation is now reality!
It seemed unfair to me to leave a potentially long term member with no path of promotion.
Yes, promotion is arbitrary. I like to keep things consistent once I’ve established something. It creates a known certainty for the alliance, I like to think. Even then it takes a good four weeks here… Perhaps overly long for some players, but I personally don’t place too much stock on status.
And all this is spreadsheet reliant! I needs me spreadsheet to help me ‘run’ the alliance.
Additionally, with POV now running for 28 days and back to back I’m using a spreadsheet to try and keep those going for the titan POV challenge on track. It helps knowing how many titans we need, how many days we have left and how many titans we would normally have to skip to help everyone complete it. Again, spreadsheet work!
So yeah. I use spreadsheets for the alliance. Hopefully in a positive and non-scary manner.
I can’t believe he waffled so much in a recruitment thread about spreadsheets…