|Hey, all! December News and Updates are below!
It’s one of those weird months where the first Tuesday and the first Wednesday are on two separate weeks, so I figured we’d try to get the info out to you all sooner rather than later!
As usual, I (Nicolette) will be around for Office Hours tomorrow in the JA Discord from 9am-10am Pacific and from 4pm-5pm Pacific. To see these times in your local Timezones, follow the links below:
The new site is live! If you come across any issues with a new aspect of the site, or any feedback please feel free to reach out via the Contact Us Form.
As you become reintroduced to the site, please take a moment to verify that your privacy settings are set to your liking/comfort. Due to various data/privacy laws, PRIVACY SETTINGS DEFAULT TO PRIVATE. This means any data that you want shared OR searchable should be marked to display.
A note on privacy here – while you always have the right to make any and all data private from other users, please note that having some critical information hidden (your profile, name, level, email, or region) will make it much harder to be accepted to events or conferences, or be contacted by potential employers for work.
Recent Updates/Fixes since relaunch:
Known Bugs Being Fixed Currently
We are still working our way through feedback as it comes in!
To facilitate an easy transition into 2022, we opened up renewals last month and added a small grace period, meaning although most current memberships expire on December 31st, 2021, members will not lose any of their current certifications until February 1st 2022. All renewals made on memberships with a December 31st, 2021 expiration date will be set to expire on December 31st, 2022. If you renew early, your receipt/membership may show a different expiration date initially, but rest assured these will be automatically corrected when the grace period window for subscriptions closes on February 1st, 2022.
Please note that if your expiration date is December 31st, 2021, and you wait until January 15th to renew, your new expiration date will still be December 31st, 2022, and you will still have access to all your benefits during the grace period.
New JA Champions and Staff Changes:
I’d like to introduce some new members of JA’s Community Team to you all! These Champions are our Project Managers for various portions of our content creation and other roles.
We are also saying goodbye to Chris Pompeo. You may have gotten the pleasure of interacting with him if you had an issue with your account or on the site, or have read some of our more tech-heavy emails. We are excited for him to start his new fancy government job, but are sad to see him go!
With so many staff being on-boarded and existing roles and responsibilities moving around, we know there may be some small delays as everyone gets resituated, especially around the holidays. However, I am so excited to have such a great team, and we are all excited for 2022 as we will have many more heads (and hands) creating a much more exciting content creation schedule!
End of Year Celebration Reminders:
Requirements/Restrictions for attendees
Judge Joan cannot attend her region’s scheduled conference. She sends an email to her region’s organizer (Abe) and the organizer of another conference (Betty). Betty has space for Joan, so together, the 3 of them work out which organizer will distribute Joan’s support.
Other December Conferences:
For non-EOY conferences in December, as much as possible, attendees around the world will receive Karlov of the Ghost Council and Grand Arbiter Augustin IV as their 2 “Old-Wave” slots in the sponsorship packs, meaning each pack will be:
Why clarify “as much as possible”? The promos are an extremely limited resource compared to other printings and, towards the end of a card’s rotation, it’s possible that we might run out of a particular promo from an older wave, or not have enough of that specific card to cover a larger conference. This is especially true for cards that were released in 2021 as we have done our best to approve as many conferences as possible in order to facilitate community connection and education during this time of isolation. THIS WILL NOT OCCUR FOR CURRENT WAVE (NEW) CARDS.
Clarification and Updates for 2022 Conferences:
Great conferences wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the presenters, organizers, and everyone else who helps make them happen. We have tweaked our conference support to recognize that work, and encourage more people to turn their own ideas into presentations and conferences for others to learn from. Below are the updated promo policies for 2022.
Below is a chart that outlines 2022 promo support for the various roles.
|Primary organizers of digital conferences are responsible for the distribution of promos. Those organizers will receive additional support as an acknowledgement of the increased logistics that goes into a digital conference, which scales based on the size of the event.
If promo distribution logistics for your event pose particular challenges please feel free to let us know as part of the conference application or contact our community bard champion, Matthew, at email@example.com to discuss further support.
Nicolette and the (now much larger) Judge Academy Team