Nice to see activity.
But the upper levels has failed to meet the overall demand of activity.
Did yous not think of implementing a group that would not be considered as full time refs yet they had enough skill and knowledge to ref forum battles? A flurry of battles and yet only 3-4 active refs. They can't do everything. Good to see that Jack trying to help out though, never thought the old bugger would come out of his grave ;P.
Implement more Ref Testers and make a subgroup of refs who will only ref forum battles. *For Bulba Garden*
Although the battling sections is managing alright the Stories section is just, well I'll let you describe it. I don't think one grade has been posted. Yet URPG has been opened for 48 hours? I know there's a shitload of stories but as always grading is weighed down as of the shit pay and not much satisfaction from doing the job.
I know that you wanted to boost URPG's activity by expanding it to Bulbagarden's but at the moment you do not have enough personnel to manage everything. Without enough personnel people will get bored and restless of having there battles not reffed/ stories not graded.
The Training Committee formed over in PE2K needs to be put into action now, the new flock of refs/graders/rangers/judges should already be in circulation but over the last couple of months only 2 licensed ref has come into circulation. Also out of the current "active ref list" only 10 are actually active.
But I could be wrong, the tests could be too hard for anyone to pass these days. But looking at the bunch of ref testers at the moment I don't think (no offense) they had the skill of "Fenix, Ball, Marth or Mike". So why aren't there more refs in the system? Testers should give the option of giving the 1 week license more than just failing the poor bugger, if they were more than 75% through the test and failed, personally I would of given them the 1 week license, just to see how they go and give them experience. No one is that talented to begin with.
Now to some pros.
The initial activity of BulbaGarden is actually amazing, I think that this activity was never thought to be this much and the resources was under-ordered. The enthusiasm is amazing, and it gives a chance to members who are for whatever reason are banned from pe2k to come back to the URPG.
The amount of new members from Bulbagarden should mean that worthy opponents should be coming your way! XD
Now if you couldn't be shit to read all of the post then the message is:
Implement more Ref Testers and make a subgroup of refs who will only ref forum battles until their skill is up to date
Have the Training Committee increase in members and in efficiency.
and the age old argument of "Graders should get paid more"