Welcome to Pocket Otaku's joining page! Either you are interested in our guild or you were pressured here by some of our lovely members. Hopefully they didn't push too hard. ;D
Pocket Otaku is a literate, private, and active Asian Multimedia guild. As a private guild, we use our application process to ensure Pocket Otaku maintains is literacy, atmosphere, and, most importantly, our close-knit, familial bond we strive to create.
So if you're interested in joining or just want to check us out, please have a look around our Joining page. Hopefully it will reassure you you're making the right choice in applying or convince you that you really do belong at Pocket Otaku!
Pocket Otaku (the original one) was born in March, 2004. Its life was unfortunately short, however, as original owner disappeared on vacation during the summer. With a lot of hard work and dedication, Pocket Otaku re-opened as a private and literate Asian guild a year later, March 6th 2005.
For years, Pocket Otaku has been active, friendly, and welcoming to everyone, from new members to random Guild Chat lurkers just stopping in to say 'hi'. Pocket Otaku has gained a reputation as a premiere Asian Culture guild. Though Pocket Otaku has had to overcome many obstacles, it has excelled in the face of adversity. Whether it be new members, council members, or even leaders, Pocket Otaku has always been able to adapt and thrive. This ability to adapt and forge new friendships demonstrates Pocket Otaku's and its members' resilience, determination, and welcoming atmosphere.
Sadly, deletions are nothing new to Pocket Otaku. Our resilience and perseverance has been tried and tested many times. On February 27, 2008; March 14, 2009; and April 10, 2010, Pocket Otaku was deleted. These deletions were not permanent, of course, for we stand before you now, a better guild than ever before. In fact, Pocket Otaku never ceases to get better, even after 7 years of life.
Pocket Otaku includes more than just active boards and friendly members. We have a lot more to offer for many new members for our seventh year. Here's just a few:
- Plots and Events
- Monthly Guild Magazine
- Pocket System
More and more features are created nearly all the time within Pocket Otaku. Features are either created by council or the Pocketiers themselves. If you're into organized leadership, you'll definitely feel right at home.
Just like any guild, Pocket Otaku has a set of rules that we hope many of you will follow:
- Literacy. We are a fully literate. We are lenient as to emoticons and some laughing abbreviations such as "lol", however, chat-speak will not be tolerated.
- Drama-free. Please stay just as friendly as the people around you. Pocket is known to be a safe haven for many people and we respect every person that we come across. Should the need arise, there are measure in place that will deal with any arguments or drama so as to ensure a happy, fun and safe place for all.
- Activity. We hope that you remain active within the guild and post at least a few times a week. We do have member sweeps and will delete you from Pocket Otaku if you are inactive. We understand that real life may be in the way. But if you're going to be away for long periods of time, please let council know or write it on our calender as a heads up to us.
- Posting. We expect that each post would at least one full sentences of 5-6 words each. This is to facilitate interesting conversations more than just a "Hi, lol, bye."
- Suspension. While suspensions are incredibly rare, leaving during a suspension is, in essence, the same as banning yourself. As such, you will be treated as if you were banned, and you will require a majority vote of the council in order to be reinstated.
Here at Pocket Otaku we like to think of ourselves as a big happy family and we do not really want just anyone walking into our family. We have constructed this nifty little joining process, so we can get to know you better before deciding whether or not to welcome you to the family.
ApplicationThe first and traditional way of becoming a member of our family is by filling out an application. For nearly six years, we have required members to fill out a 4,000 character (CHARACTERS, not words) application in order to become a member.
Here at Pocket Otaku, we do not really have a black and white question and answer application. We feel like that would be extremely boring, and our members are far from boring. We require you to use creativity and throw together what you think we would want to see in your application. In other words, you're in charge of your own application. Insert your own questions that we would consider appropriate, and show us your personality.
We prefer petpage applications, but you are more than welcomed to send in neomail applications. Please keep in mind that neomail applications need to be at least 2-3 neomails in length in order to be considered. Please neomail your completed applications to bruinsrule4214 and do not hesitate to neomail if you have any questions about it before hand.
Please allow up to 48 hours for your application to be processed and for you to be notified. If no response for more than 48 hours or your feel your application did not receive fair judgement you may neomail Streak (streakxdark) to express your concern.
InterviewThe second and newer way to apply to join Pocket is through an interview process hosted by a council member(bruinsrule4214). If you would like to be interviewed, you just need to neomail postaff and request an interview. Keep in mind that if you are choosing the interview route, there is a slight chance that it may be a little longer than expected.
The process consists of holding a neomail conversation with a council member. While conversing, you will be looked upon on literacy and asked about your activeness in guilds. More-or-less, this is a 'live' application process and it will be treated like any regular application.
Please allow up to 24 hours for a reply back. There is no saying when you'll be notified whether or not you've been accepted or not; but it wouldn't be no more than one week depending on how active the conversation is going. If you receive no reply or feel you deserve a second chance please neomail Streak (streakxdark) to express your concern.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Now that you've submitted your application or completed your interview, you must be wondering what to do now, right? Curiosity gets the best of us, and we want you to know how our system works without you getting anxious on what may happen. As you may know, this process can have two outcomes: Acceptance and Rejection.
AcceptanceYou will know that you've been accepted when you receive an invitation from one of the council members. Once you receive the invitation, you are fully welcome into Pocket Otaku.
We recommend that you introduce yourself to other Pocketiers so they know who you are. You are then welcome to partake in anything that Pocket Otaku has to offer for you.
Please be aware we like new members to reach certain "posting thresholds". This is just a friendly nudge so new members can properly introduce themselves and get to know the other members. These thresholds are as follows:
We would like new members to have posted at least 20 times in their first week in the guild and 75 by the end of the first month. This may seem like a lot at first, but you'll find out shortly how easily this can be done with some good conversations going.
RejectionUnfortunately, not everyone will be accepted right away into Pocket Otaku. If that is the case, you will receive a neomail back stating that you were not qualified to be with us. Please don't take this like it is the end of the world- because it's not. We will allow re-submissions on applications and re-takes on interviews one week after the neomail was sent.
If again, you were rejected, we ask that you apply sometime later in the future. You may not be ready now, but probably later on when you either have more time, or can prove to us your literacy may we accept you.
Please do not harass us in asking why we did not accept you. Most likely you will be told why in the beginning, but if you need a deeper explanation, there's no need. We will be honest in why we rejected you and hopefully the second-round you'd be able to fix it. If you do harass us or any of the guild members, please don't expect to be accepted any time soon.
In conclusion, we don't want to exclude you, but we also don't want those who we feel won't fit in due to illiteracy and inactiveness.
If it isn't enough to read what we have to say about Pocket Otaku we have asked completely random people, complete random questions about the guild. After all, we want you to be one hundred percent certain you want to be a part of our family before you embark on our joining process.
WHAT ISPOCKET OTAKU?
Pocket Otaku is an amazing place where you can go to feel loved, accepted, and wanted. It's almost like a home away from home, a family away from family. For me, it's my childhood. Pocket Otaku is filled with amazing people that show genuine concern, even though barely anyone has met face to face. Simply, Pocket Otaku is almost human; wrapping you in it's loving embrace.
Pocket Otaku is life.
What is Pocket Otaku, you ask? Well, you see, Pocket Otaku is this fantastic Asian Multimedia guild that makes you feel like you are at home. The environment is very close knit, though, we do enjoy having new members to terrorize--erm, cherish! If you are feeling down, stop by our love filled (-cough- crazy too) message boards and you will be soaring like a pteri! Troubles finding the perfect anime to watch or manga to read? We can help with that too! Basically, Pocket Otaku is a loving guild that is there for you, while providing a safe haven for you to read/watch manga/anime and to chat with fellow members about the same interest.
What does Pocket Otaku offer its members?Pocket Otaku offers a place where people can kick back and actually enjoy themselves. It offers a unique community, a place that feels like a second family. It's always fun to come online and speak with old members or meet new ones. There's always a conversation going on somewhere -- be it at the guild board or the advertising boards -- so you're never bored. And we're always talking about new things. Despite the fact I've been a member of Pocket for 4+ years, I've never run out of things to talk to, and I never get tired of talking with everyone in the guild.
There are always all kinds of fun activities. My personal favorite is Spirit Week, but there are others such as Posting Parade. (And if we get the webbie back on track, there's that, too.) Not to mention we have a guild mag, so if you like writing, there's a definite outlet for that hobby, too. (:
All in all, Pocket's just a great place. I can't imagine being anywhere else. ( There's a reason I've never left Pocket since joining. (; )
What are the Pocketiers like?The Pocketiers are awesome! And unique. Cannot forget unique.There is never a dull moment in Pocket when you have members such as KK and Stickee (just to name a few). They, as well as other Pocketiers, always keep things interesting. You never really know what to expect, but it's fun that way. Sanity is not guaranteed in Pocket Otaku, but so long as you understand that before joining, you will be alright. (;
And while Pocketiers may be special in their own way, they're never mean or rude. (Well, 99% of the time, that is.)
There will always be some moments of misunderstandings. No guild is absolutely perfect, but I'd say we come pretty close. Sure, we've had some extreme moments, but there's never been anything we can't live through. (We're still up and running, aren't we?)
As with any guild, it is difficult to classify the members of a guild using general, vague terms such as "friendly", "nice", "fun", etc. In fact, it is almost demeaning, even offensive, if such words are used. There can be no "umbrella term" to describe the Pocketier family.
Having established that, let me now proceed to say that Pocket's members are incredibly diverse, living in all the hemispheres of the world, as well as having unique personalities one and all. But no matter what our various backgrounds and preferences are, in Pocket, we can put aside our differences and just exist, as Pocketiers:
Pocketiers who are welcoming, warm, and provide a place to come home to. Pocketiers who are as diverse as all the colors of the rainbow--and then some. Pocketiers who are always actively helpful, no matter what hour of the day (or night!) or the task at hand. Together, we have a bond, as guildmates and as friends, there for each other through the ups and downs of life. And this life is a road that I want to keep walking. What a wonderful journey~!
A seven year old guild has to have pretty tight friendships and bonds, how welcoming are you of new members?Despite our large size, we're always up for welcoming new members into our midst. The more the merrier, after all! Everyone is rather welcoming, so it doesn't take long at all for a new member to feel as if he or she has been a part of the guild all along. It doesn't matter if you're new to the guild. So long as you're willing to jump into chaos that is Pocket Otaku, you'll be fine. (If you can handle are insanity, then you're good to go!) We love new members just as much as our old ones. Make new friends, but keep the old. ;D
Here at Pocket Otaku, we pride ourselves for having a close-knit and interactive environment. In order to preserve this environment, potential members are required to interact and be approved by three members of our advertising panel in order to join our family. Who you choose to interact with is completely up to you and you are welcomed to interact with more than three in the hopes of a quicker response.
Interacting with the advertising panel is a simple task. All we are asking is for you to carry a neomail conversation with at least three members of the advertising panel. This gives you a chance to get to know what some of our members are like and gives them a chance to get to know you. All you need to do is neomail three of three people listed in the advertising panel and express an interest in joining Pocket and they will take care of the rest.
Below we have listed all the members of our advertising panel ranked in order from who is online the most to who is online the least. The advertising panel is filled with our most active members and it really doesn't matter who you neomail. If you do not hear back from the panel member in three days you are welcomed to neomail someone else. Also, you are welcomed to ask which panel members are currently online on the advertising board. Our panel members try to announce their comings and goings on the advertising board, but no one is perfect.
Hiya, I'm Kairi! ^^ I'm 15 years young and I live in the U.S. I'm a computer addict, I enjoy watching anime, and I like chatting. I've been a member of Pocket for nearly two years and absolutely love it. I have been home schooled all my life and it is probably harder to find a time that I am not on my computer.
My name is Dark (though some call me Grape), and I am in my early twenties. I've been on Neopets for almost a decade, and a Pocketier for seven years now. In fact, I created the original Pocket Otaku! Although I work a full time job, I find time out of my day to come visit for hours. I currently write for the Guild Magazine, make layouts for all aspects of Pocket, and one can usually find me on an advertising board. (:
My name's Rachael, and I'm just your average anime/manga fan. Some of my favorite series include Claymore, Maria Watches Over Us, and Liar Game. I'm also a fan of Japanese music. Yuki Kajiura is the person whose music I most admire; all of her compositions and her band projects are absolutely amazing. Because of these interests, I found a home in Pocket Otaku. I've been a proud member since September 2006. I look forward to meeting future potential members.
My name is Gabby and I'm your average chatty, anime loving girl who enjoys anything artsy. I joined Pocket in January 2011 and have befriended many new people and help advertise on the boards frequently. I want to ensure Pocket Otaku has members who are well fit for the guild and are going to be active.
My name is Janet, I am 19 years old, and I have been on neopets for more than 6 years. I have been a memeber in Pocket Otaku on and off for about 4 years now and I am a full time student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Since I have been back in Pocket Otaku, I am a writer for the guild magazine and a member of sub-council. Oh, I also play the saxophone and bassoon, complain about school alot, and think math is the best subject in the world.
My name is Todz, I am seventeen years old living in New Zealand. I am in my senior year of shcool, then hopefully studying to be a radio presenter. XD I'm usually shy, just on on neo, and I love to draw and be outdoors. I LOVE MUFFINS, incase you were wondering. That's all you need to know. ^^
Hey! You can call me Amber. I'm a 16-year old girl who has been playing neopets for a very long time. Reading and writing are the two main things I love to do. Some people tell me I'm odd but I take that as a compliment. Billy Mays is my hero. xD
After interacting with the panelists for a bit they will either recommend or discourage you as a member to our head of advertising. Please allow at least 4-5 neomail exchanges between each panelist and yourself, so they can get to know you. The entire process should not take more than 2-3 days providing you are online daily to reply to neomails. If you do not receive a neomail from Serenade (lemurballerina) within a week feel free to neomail her and inquiry the status of your acceptance into the guild (you will need to include which panelists you spoke with and tell her a little about them!)
We require all potential members to attempt to advertising panel process. But if you find that this method is not for you, you've gone several days without much response, or you were rejected and want another chance; you are welcomed to neomail Streak (streakxdark) and request a standard interview.