WoW MVP Program - Recruitment Now Open!

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Hey all!

As we announced last week, we are making some changes to the World of Warcraft MVP Program for North America. With this, one of the biggest changes is going to be in how we recruit our MVPs.

Going forward, we will be using an application-based recruitment system, which will allow us to ask targeted questions to candidates, as well as close and open recruitment as needed within a given period.

Today we will be opening our first recruitment period in 2018. You can find a link to the application here.

Please answer any discussion prompts thoroughly, and, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us here. We look forward to reviewing applications over the next few weeks and we wish all of you applying the best of luck!

NOTE: The World of Warcraft North American MVP Program is only open to applicants from the North American service region including the United States and Canada. Applicants from Oceania and South America, including Mexico, will need to refer to their specific MVP Programs where applicable. Any applicants from outside the designated regions will be discarded.
With this, one of the biggest changes is going to be in how we recruitment our MVPs.


You have failed me for the last time Ornyx. ;)

Good luck to everyone that applies! \o/
Should You happen to strongly disagree with a Blizzard poster or another MVP over a topic on the forums, the discussion is best handled in private.


What is meant by "strongly" in this context? Is it an implication that it may threaten your ability to discuss it in a purely constructive manner or are you actually suggesting that if MVPs are particularly concerned about an issue that they should go directly to Blizzard rather than post it publicly, as any other forum poster would?

Additionally, if I fill out half of this application and don't submit it, is any record of it kept? I do not wish to apply. I simply want to see what all is in the application.
02/20/2018 12:15 PMPosted by Nixxia
I do not wish to apply. I simply want to see what all is in the application.


^ lol, I started and the first bit asks for personal info and that was it but I sure would like to see the end too ;).

ok - nothing much on there.
02/20/2018 12:15 PMPosted by Nixxia
Should You happen to strongly disagree with a Blizzard poster or another MVP over a topic on the forums, the discussion is best handled in private.


What is meant by "strongly" in this context? Is it an implication that it may threaten your ability to discuss it in a purely constructive manner or are you actually suggesting that if MVPs are particularly concerned about an issue that they should go directly to Blizzard rather than post it publicly, as any other forum poster would?

Additionally, if I fill out half of this application and don't submit it, is any record of it kept? I do not wish to apply. I simply want to see what all is in the application.
As an FYI, that wording is from our original MVP Program legalese, and hasn't been changed for this recruitment period.

In this context, I think it lends that we expect that our MVPs will be passionate posters on a variety of topics. Sometimes, its easy to see that what one may post in those kinds of discussions could disrupt your ability to be a constructive member of the community, as required by the program. We would advise that our MVPs should message those disagreements with other MVPs or CMs to us privately so we can try to resolve them without any breach of the program terms that may lead to forum tirades, etc. The forums aren't a place for drama between CMs, MVPs, posters, or otherwise.

The final page of the application will automatically submit the form once you see the screen that notes it has been submitted, yes. The last page with form content is the one with the section asking for a response to a post on a variety of listed community issues. You should be able to go through it up to that question to view what is being asked.

If you'd like us to remove any form content you may have submitted, you can shoot me an email at ornyx@blizzard.com with the basic information you applied with such as your name and battle.net email.
02/20/2018 12:15 PMPosted by Nixxia
What is meant by "strongly" in this context? Is it an implication that it may threaten your ability to discuss it in a purely constructive manner or are you actually suggesting that if MVPs are particularly concerned about an issue that they should go directly to Blizzard rather than post it publicly, as any other forum poster would?


Think of it like a workplace. If you have a serious concern or dispute with someone you go to them in private vs making a public scene of it. That can be Discord, a direct message, etc. They mostly don't want drama on the forums so if someone is upset enough that it might come off as a fight between MVPs or that the MVP is super angry at Blizzard - the CMs want a chance to address it privately.

Another thing we tend to report privately and urgently is major game breaking bugs and especially exploits!

QUESTION: I don't see it on the Terms but is there an age restriction for the program? Does someone need to be a legal adult in their country to apply and accept the terms?
02/20/2018 12:15 PMPosted by Nixxia
What is meant by "strongly" in this context? Is it an implication that it may threaten your ability to discuss it in a purely constructive manner or are you actually suggesting that if MVPs are particularly concerned about an issue that they should go directly to Blizzard rather than post it publicly, as any other forum poster would?


I believe the context here is that if you disagree with a Blizzard employee or other MVP's posting style or how they handled a situation, that it is best to use a more private avenue to discuss it with them than to do so in a thread. This isn't referring to if you were to have a disagreement with a change made to the game or something of that sort.

MVPs are not required to like or agree with every change that is made to the game. In fact, I would wager that every single one of us have disagreed with something about the game in the past. The difference is how the feedback or criticism is communicated here on the forums. It is very possible to strongly disagree with something but to be able to have a constructive conversation about it rather than some of the other methods we see posted here every now and then.
02/20/2018 12:23 PMPosted by Ornyx
The final page of the application will automatically submit the form once you see the screen that notes it has been submitted, yes. The last page with form content is the one with the section asking for a response to a post on a variety of listed community issues. You should be able to go through it up to that question to view what is being asked.

If you'd like us to remove any form content you may have submitted, you can shoot me an email at ornyx@blizzard.com with the basic information you applied with such as your name and battle.net email.


OK, thanks. That's what I figured and Blizzard has half of this information anyway, but I don't like frivolously submitting extra stuff that connects online and real life.

Additional question: When it asks if you've participated in any other Blizzard programs, exactly what is counted?

02/20/2018 12:28 PMPosted by Shandiee
MVPs are not required to like or agree with every change that is made to the game.


Yeah, that's why that question and its wording raised an eyebrow. I suspected it was just about keeping personal disputes and nonconstructive posting out, but the wording is somewhat vague.
02/20/2018 12:15 PMPosted by Nixxia
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What is meant by "strongly" in this context? Is it an implication that it may threaten your ability to discuss it in a purely constructive manner or are you actually suggesting that if MVPs are particularly concerned about an issue that they should go directly to Blizzard rather than post it publicly, as any other forum poster would?

Additionally, if I fill out half of this application and don't submit it, is any record of it kept? I do not wish to apply. I simply want to see what all is in the application.
As an FYI, that wording is from our original MVP Program legalese, and hasn't been changed for this recruitment period.

In this context, I think it lends that we expect that our MVPs will be passionate posters on a variety of topics. Sometimes, its easy to see that what one may post in those kinds of discussions could disrupt your ability to be a constructive member of the community, as required by the program. We would advise that our MVPs should message those disagreements with other MVPs or CMs to us privately so we can try to resolve them without any breach of the program terms that may lead to forum tirades, etc. The forums aren't a place for drama between CMs, MVPs, posters, or otherwise.

The final page of the application will automatically submit the form once you see the screen that notes it has been submitted, yes. The last page with form content is the one with the section asking for a response to a post on a variety of listed community issues. You should be able to go through it up to that question to view what is being asked.

If you'd like us to remove any form content you may have submitted, you can shoot me an email at ornyx@blizzard.com with the basic information you applied with such as your name and battle.net email.


just to clarify nothing gets submitted until the end right ? I answered up to the section you indicated but some of that stuff I don't feel you have a need to know so I would rather it just disappear if any records get keep up to that point.
02/20/2018 12:23 PMPosted by Ornyx
The final page of the application will automatically submit the form once you see the screen that notes it has been submitted, yes. The last page with form content is the one with the section asking for a response to a post on a variety of listed community issues. You should be able to go through it up to that question to view what is being asked.

If you'd like us to remove any form content you may have submitted, you can shoot me an email at ornyx@blizzard.com with the basic information you applied with such as your name and battle.net email.


OK, thanks. That's what I figured and Blizzard has half of this information anyway, but I don't like frivolously submitting extra stuff that connects online and real life.

Additional question: When it asks if you've participated in any other Blizzard programs, exactly what is counted?
Hard to give specifics since there have been a number of programs over the years, but if you've been a member of the MVP Program in the past, or part of any other Blizzard-sponsored program from our other franchises, you should list those there.
...As an FYI, that wording is from our original MVP Program legalese, and hasn't been changed for this recruitment period.

In this context, I think it lends that we expect that our MVPs will be passionate posters on a variety of topics. Sometimes, its easy to see that what one may post in those kinds of discussions could disrupt your ability to be a constructive member of the community, as required by the program. We would advise that our MVPs should message those disagreements with other MVPs or CMs to us privately so we can try to resolve them without any breach of the program terms that may lead to forum tirades, etc. The forums aren't a place for drama between CMs, MVPs, posters, or otherwise.

The final page of the application will automatically submit the form once you see the screen that notes it has been submitted, yes. The last page with form content is the one with the section asking for a response to a post on a variety of listed community issues. You should be able to go through it up to that question to view what is being asked.

If you'd like us to remove any form content you may have submitted, you can shoot me an email at ornyx@blizzard.com with the basic information you applied with such as your name and battle.net email.


just to clarify nothing gets submitted until the end right ? I answered up to the section you indicated but some of that stuff I don't feel you have a need to know so I would rather it just disappear if any records get keep up to that point.
If you didn't get to the submission received page, nothing should be submitted.
Instead of having paid moderators blizz is going to recruit ppl to work for free, nice
02/20/2018 12:52 PMPosted by Scopel
Instead of having paid moderators blizz is going to recruit ppl to work for free, nice
I was going to just delete this, but I wanted to point a few things out because I've seen it elsewhere:

The MVP Program has been a part of the WoW Community for over ten years. In that time, we've had wonderful community volunteers who have worked to help players both on the forums and throughout our community, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Our MVP volunteers will continue to be passionate and dedicated WoW community members who will continue to do the work they've done for a decade.

Blizzard also employs wonderful folks in Community and Customer Support who handle a ton of stuff on you never see in the day-to-day who deserve credit regardless of if you see their work in action or not.

Our MVPs do *NOT* have any powers on the forums that our Moderators or Community Managers have, and just to clarify, having green text gives no forum ability besides... having green text.
02/20/2018 12:52 PMPosted by Scopel
Instead of having paid moderators blizz is going to recruit ppl to work for free, nice


Pretty sure these guys aren't really moderators, more setting a good example as far as I can see.
02/20/2018 12:52 PMPosted by Scopel
Instead of having paid moderators blizz is going to recruit ppl to work for free, nice
As far as I can tell, MVPs aren't moderators. That's entirely different.

And once upon a time, I was a very happily unpaid moderator for Vivendi. It's not about getting paid. It's about enjoying the community enough to want to help.
Our MVPs do *NOT* have any powers on the forums that our Moderators or Community Managers have, and just to clarify, having green text gives no forum ability besides... having green text.
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So, why have those green text to begin with? The purpose of the system was help other players, write guides etc, but with so many fan sites this job has no value anymore, nobody should've need a green text to help others.

After reading all the program all i can understand is that the mvp is the support guy who will help you with anything, work as a police reporting troublemakers, this is a GM job not MvP

The program was great before, helping making the community better, now its just a paidless GM'ish job
02/20/2018 01:00 PMPosted by Ornyx
02/20/2018 12:52 PMPosted by Scopel
Instead of having paid moderators blizz is going to recruit ppl to work for free, nice
I was going to just delete this, but I wanted to point a few things out because I've seen it elsewhere:

The MVP Program has been a part of the WoW Community for over ten years. In that time, we've had wonderful community volunteers who have worked to help players both on the forums and throughout our community, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Our MVP volunteers will continue to be passionate and dedicated WoW community members who will continue to do the work they've done for a decade.

Blizzard also employs wonderful folks in Community and Customer Support who handle a ton of stuff on you never see in the day-to-day who deserve credit regardless of if you see their work in action or not.

Our MVPs do *NOT* have any powers on the forums that our Moderators or Community Managers have, and just to clarify, having green text gives no forum ability besides... having green text.


So I get that Blizzard has a large number of paid employees we never see who do a lot for the community, and I also get the the WoW MVP role has been around for awhile so it's not like this is some new ground breaking thing. But what I don't get is how does any of this address the point of view that this is Blizzard recruiting people for a job they should be paid for and asking them to do it for free?
02/20/2018 01:11 PMPosted by Retrofaith
<span class="truncated">...</span>I was going to just delete this, but I wanted to point a few things out because I've seen it elsewhere:

The MVP Program has been a part of the WoW Community for over ten years. In that time, we've had wonderful community volunteers who have worked to help players both on the forums and throughout our community, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Our MVP volunteers will continue to be passionate and dedicated WoW community members who will continue to do the work they've done for a decade.

Blizzard also employs wonderful folks in Community and Customer Support who handle a ton of stuff on you never see in the day-to-day who deserve credit regardless of if you see their work in action or not.

Our MVPs do *NOT* have any powers on the forums that our Moderators or Community Managers have, and just to clarify, having green text gives no forum ability besides... having green text.
But what I don't get is how does any of this address the point of view that this is Blizzard recruiting people for a job they should be paid for and asking them to do it for free?

It's not a job, and MVPs have no moderator powers whatsoever. An MVP is just a regular forum poster who Blizzard has vetted as an upstanding and knowledgeable member of the community.
<span class="truncated">...</span>I was going to just delete this, but I wanted to point a few things out because I've seen it elsewhere:

The MVP Program has been a part of the WoW Community for over ten years. In that time, we've had wonderful community volunteers who have worked to help players both on the forums and throughout our community, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Our MVP volunteers will continue to be passionate and dedicated WoW community members who will continue to do the work they've done for a decade.

Blizzard also employs wonderful folks in Community and Customer Support who handle a ton of stuff on you never see in the day-to-day who deserve credit regardless of if you see their work in action or not.

Our MVPs do *NOT* have any powers on the forums that our Moderators or Community Managers have, and just to clarify, having green text gives no forum ability besides... having green text.


So I get that Blizzard has a large number of paid employees we never see who do a lot for the community, and I also get the the WoW MVP role has been around for awhile so it's not like this is some new ground breaking thing. But what I don't get is how does any of this address the point of view that this is Blizzard recruiting people for a job they should be paid for and asking them to do it for free?
We aren't recruiting anyone for a "job" here. The MVP program is a volunteer community effort for regular forum posters. We are simply opening entry into that program to a wider audience by having a recruitment application.

The MVP Program recognizes our passionate and constructive posters and asks them to continue contributing to the community, while giving them an avenue to discuss issues with us when needed. This does not change the nature of their usual discourse on the forums, and is mainly targeted at those posters who already devote a lot of time here by their own will.

MVPs do not moderate, facilitate any major amount of feedback past what they do voluntarily, build reports of any kind, etc.
Why the green writing though ?

That to me sets up barriers and causes problems.
02/20/2018 12:07 PMPosted by Ornyx
NOTE: The World of Warcraft North American MVP Program is only open to applicants from the North American service region including the United States and Canada. Applicants from Oceania and South America, including Mexico, will need to refer to their specific MVP Programs where applicable. Any applicants from outside the designated regions will be discarded.


But Oceanic players (ie: Australian & New Zealand) are part of the NA service region. Are we included or not?

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