Hello Stratus Community!
A year ago, several of our community members came together to ask the age-old question, "should we start a Minecraft server?" After lots of hard work and dedication, we stand here today with a community of 30k gamers and growing! We want to take a moment to thank you for making Stratus what is it today, and let you know couldn't have done it without the community.
In celebration of Stratus's birthday, we want to share with you some big announcements about the future of our community and exciting updates to look forward to in 2018!
1. We're coming out of Beta
We know this has been overdue! We're ready to make the big switch and officially rename Beta to Mixed.
2. Revamp premium ranks and perks
We listened to what you said, and we're going to add tons of new perks to our premium packages. Anything and everything from joining the same team as your friend to changing your nickname. We have lots to say on this topic, so stay tuned for an update before spring!
3. Better staff teams and more fun
Our top priority in the new year is to empower our staff teams to make better decisions. That means more permissions, privileges, and most importantly, accountability to get stuff done! We're going to put the fun back in moderating by hosting weekly events for staff with prizes! And if you're into developing, you'll get career building advice with resumes and potential internships!
4. We're officially a company
Before the new year, I filed the papers to incorporate Stratus Network as a company. Now we can do cool things like subscription packages, Microsoft and Discord partnerships, and... taxes!
5. Reorganizing our staff structure
The administrators are now going to be leading efforts in a specific area of our community. This will help bring clarity to what we do and let you know who to go to if you have any questions regarding particular issues.
Executive - ElectroidFilms
Coordinate with all departments and set vision
Operations - BrettOgden
Internal operations and revenue management
Engineering - ShinyDialga & Tazz
Systems and servers to develop new features
Community - amactus
Marketing and community outreach
Creative - ItzaMeLuigi
Map development and design standards
Each department will manage their own staff and make sure that goals and objectives are being met. If you would like to join one of these departments, another round of applications will be announced soon!
6. We want your feedback
What do you want Stratus to work on this year? Let us know what we should work on! Fill out this survey for a chance to win a rank for you and your friend.
We hope you're excited as we are to start off the new year right. A lot of changes will be happening in the near future, so be prepared for new opportunities in our community and chances to get involved in growing Stratus even more. Here’s to an awesome new year!
Ashcon Partovi (Electroid)
CEO of Stratus Network, LLC
PS: You can get a sneak peak of what we're working on by following my Github!