I got accused of showing favouritism today. And honestly, it isn't the first and it won't be the last, but I'm genuinely sick of people throwing around the word and accusing people of favouritism in HDA without thinking about what it *actually* means, nor having evidence to support the claim. This isn't necessarily a blog post for everyone to read, as most people already know most of what I'm about to say, i'm a predictable b*tch :') BUT if you ever get sent this link by me or anyone else, read it. Cause we are sick of having to explain that while you may be accusing us of favouritism, it probably didn't happen that way at all.
I've been in agencies for a long time, and only been apart of leadership teams for a small part of that. I've witnessed people genuinely being the victim of favouritism, I've seen people who clearly haven't been the target of favouritism and accused people of favouritism anyway, and I've been passed over for promotions because someone's friend/girlfriend etc. has been there ready to take the job instead. And yet I have never accused anyone of favouritism, I've just worked harder.
Thankfully, true favouritism is rare in HDA. I know the founders team and I work hard to avoid it at all costs. We always try and look at every situation objectively. And yet we are the group MOST LIKELY to be accused of favouritism*.
Well I think it is because we very rarely discuss the full reasonings behind promotions and demotions with the wider HDA population. Mainly because people will take it the wrong way, if we criticize their work (or lack thereof) publically. Which I can understand. Plus it would be boring, can you imagine us writing up a 10 page document justifying the reason for a promotion or demotion? I don't think even the person on the receiving end of the promotion/demotion would read a ten page document outlining all the points for and against their promotion. The point is you NEVER know the full story behind every situation except those involved. So maybe don't judge or attack founders when you don't know what fully happened in the first place. There could be/will be elements of any promotion/demotion/second/third/fourth chance etc.
If you genuinely think you have been a victim of favouritism in HDA, come and chat to me about it, don't go telling your friends how 'X always shows favouritism and is SO MEAN!' because you didn't get a promotion you thought you had a right to get. And if you think I, Vibrational, showed favouritism towards you, approach me directly, say it to my face, and I will tell you exactly how I *didn't* show you favouritism, and probably send you this blog post ;)
*This isn't a poor founders article, it is our job to address your concerns! But it really isn't cute when someone is accusing us of favouritism without trying to do something about it (talking to another founder, confronting them directly etc) or even worse, talking about it behind our backs.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, you all do fantastic work! And even if you weren't nominated this time, there is always another awards night every six-ish months :') Bold means YOU WON!
Do they even sleep?! - Most Active - Junior Executive
Do they even sleep?! - Most Active - Senior Executive
Do they even sleep?! - Most Active - In Command
Work it sis - Most Hardworking - Junior Executive
Work it sis - Most Hardworking - Senior Executive
Work it sis - Most Hardworking - In Command
How you doin' - Most flirty
Most valuable player at HDA - MVP
They don't even go here - Most Popular SV/VIP Member
Drama King/Queen - Most Dramatic
Gone, but not forgotten - Most popular Legend
Started from the bottom - Most successful Recruit
The gift that keeps on giving - Most Generous
Theyre STILL here?! - Dedication Award (For members who have worked at HDA for a LONG time and are still here)
Joke King - Funniest User
Joke Queen - Funniest User
Awwww - Cutest HDA couple
ISnortPizza + ConnorM616
kutybunni13 and kevinsayshi
ShareTheCure & Phong7099
melvin824 and charlenetan36
Please let us adopt you - Favourite USDF Member
Please let us adopt you - Favourite WH Member
Please let us adopt you - Favourite HIA Member
The L.A.N.A.A. (Literally amazing, not an asshole) Award
This maybe a mistake, but I'm hoping it isn't!
I just discovered google has a new thing called GOOGLE DRAWINGS and basically you can make ur own stuff in it, basically, I have created HDA's own Creative Vomit Page where ANYONE WHO HAS THIS LINK can update and add anything they want! Just be sure to make it PG and be nice to people, like basic stuff. OTHER THAN THAT GO CRAZY! But it might not be up for long so make sure u get a SS of ur creativeness. See below for what it looks like RIGHT NOW or click here to add ur own *flair*
DISCLAIMER: Just want to make it clear, some HDA members are called out in this post, but I do not condone bullying or targeting of ANY members because of what is shown in these posts, be KIND to each other please and thank you <3 also shoutout to my Filipino translators and Connor for helping me find some Filipino speakers, you guys are the best!!! Anyway onto a very long Lana Undercover post.. get your tea ready ;)
Wow what a journey we have been on together over the last week! Since the first post came out we had such a great response, everyone seemed to love it (except a few in GI JOE). This week I'm going to post screenshots from the second half of my visit to GI Joe, unfortunately it is significantly less fun than the first post :( but lets get to it! Soooo... Ewan shows up trying to get HDA members BACK to HDA:
It didn't go unnoticed, there was A LOT of HDA there (more than they knew heh) including Celina!!!
Talk about one big happy family :3
Nope, Ewan wasn't screenshotting like crazy.. I WAS AHHAHAHAHHAA
I would say smile for the camera but it would have ruined the surprise :( Also I wasn't really there to get evidence of poaching members, apart from HDA's members being targeted significantly more, I already had screenshots of GI Joe members advertising in our base
Ironically this happened at the same time I was sitting at their front desks
We don't send alts to poach we sent alts to GET THE TEAAAAA ;) Also, HI IZZY!
Why bother sitting at FTF at the agency you're currently working at when you can sit FTF at an agency that its competing against, am I right? But nah, this was over a week ago now I'm sure everyone shown in these SS haven't been back since, removed any GI Joe badges and is 100 per cent dedicated to HDA!
She said it not me 👀
This is all fun and games, but I also witnessed some really sad stuff, like this convo between Melvin and the owner. It's all in Filipino but this is a rough translation of the screenshots:
If erits transfers here, I will also transfer.
HDA iCs are fool.
HDA thinks that they are the number 1 agency world.
F*ck, they are strict but they are idiot.
HAHAHAHA, "They are only Strict" "But Idiot" hahahahaha
Double Kill HAHA You makes me fool boi they are afriad.
they losing active workers. while here we are active xD The others goes Legend and LOA. they are now afraid. HAHAHHAH its fair but they don't need it.....
its fair but they don't need it to put us on BoS. Yes (OO)
Because the other people in here...
want to go back to HDA.
to see their friends there.
but these idiots... - i think they are expert in it. they are super insecure.
they lost an active workers... while here we are so active.
They are super insecure xD AHAHAHAHA and they are jealous.
They want all people are there.
hahahaha WTF They have an ugly system. Haha
Haha Even they say they are stable. absolutely ugly.
They then go on to continue their convo but talk about specific HDA members, who I won't post about here, because quite frankly, what they said was disgusting and I am really disappointed at what I witnessed while I was undercover, fair enough if you have an opinion about HDA, but to make it personal, talking about founders and members of HDA and calling us idiots and getting personal isn't gucci. But anyway, back onto what was said in English.. but before I do I'm just going to leave this grab from their website...
Pure showed up for a hot minute...
I wonder where everyone went? *thinking face emoji*...
But since the iCs didn't have any HDA members to distract them I FINALLY got promoted!!!
ANNND then I didn't again...
There was then a whole 5 minute discussion about whether to promote THEIR ONLY LOW RANK IN THE ROOM because their portal fucked up, likeeeee guys, join HDA, we have an easy to use logging of promos system that doesn't involve dicking around with portals!! You seriously cannot get your shit together with promoting I don't think I had one single promo that actually went smoothly while I was "working" there.
Got this sent to me while I was also sitting at GI Joe's front desks, like clearly advertising in HDA base AGAIN *eyeroll emoji* Ironically at almost the same time this gets asked in base:
FUN FACT! GI Joe is BoS because THEY KEEP ADVERTISING IN OUR BASE!!! But they aren't BoS if they want to transfer ;)
CLEARLY not just in your base though so like... get your facts str8 maybe?
I post part one of Lana undercover the day after (ish) and get a FANTASTIC response! I also get some killer feedback/discussion from GI staff..
That is ENOUGH about HDA guys, or Disciplines will be given!!!
Honestly, since I posted Lana Undercover part 1 I haven't heard much more about GI Joe, I think they are probably dying a slow death tbh, but SO GLAD for this fantastic content, if you are reading to here, THANK YOU for supporting this, the HDA Blog and our HDA community! It's a special one <3 This was all a bit of fun and I'm glad everyone has enjoyed it.. until next time! xo
No, seriously, whats the deal? I went to find out...
Honestly, I feel like I've heard so. fucking. much. about GI (which I have gotten into the habit of calling GI Joe) and I wanted to know what the big deal was. HDA has been open for several years now, and we have seen many (no seriously m a n y) agencies come and go, and often most target us and other big agencies to encourage members to join them, usually bribing them with higher ranks and even sometimes credits and other benefits to fill their high ranks, but they usually fail once they have nothing of substance to offer other members.
I wanted to see what its like at these kinds of agencies, and what the substance is (if any). Do they care about their lower ranks? Do they know what they are doing? Does their wired work? But I also was wondering, how many HDA members have been asking the same questions and going to check out GI themselves? Did they give in and want to go play with the shiny new toy? And have any current HDA members been supporting GI? I answered all these questions during my brief visit.
First up was training, and I answered one of my questions pretty quick, their wired doesn't work, or it was *very* easy to break, if you skip through both gates to quickly it teleports you back one gate, free tip to anyone at GI who might be reading this, you're welcome xo
And with that I was let into the 'inner sanctum', in other words one of their training rooms, and the rooms were really cute tbh the rooms are really tiny, like a dollhouse. You know what people say about an agency's training room size 👀it has nothing to do with 🍆ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER GUYS. STOP IT.
But I was very confused and concerned about the saddle in their training room, I'm just going to assume GI are into some pretty kinky stuff and what happens in the GI training room STAYS in the GI training room... except for this post >.>
I'm immature sometimes, I can't help it. Pengemis was actually good, he is just doing his job. PengemisCiinta, as an apology for this shitty joke, if u ever want to join HDA hit me up, we would love to have you, you seem to be a great dude and TBH HDA would love to have you, unlike some of our current members who are kinda snakes (more on this later!!!)
My next challenge was getting back into their base, I sat there for a good minute or two before this chick realised I was there and let me in, good work team!!
Then in the irony to beat all irony HDA_7Zapper7 AKA Zaim told me that my motto was wrong and that I need to change it because their portal was wrong (this became a theme throughout my visit) and honestly I pray for everyone in that agency at this point cause any rank they could have been offered could be wiped out by this mythical portal. Zaim, if you are reading this, don't you miss our simple forum system at HDA???
MELVIN, ERITS, WTF?! honestly, I feel hurt atm, why would you visit GI JOE!?!?! HDA is just *better*
Zaim you're adorable <3
CHARLENE!?!?!?!?! Honestly shook how many HDA members are showing up to GI Joe atm, like WHYYYY?! No, seriously, why? Hit me up in my DMs I wanna know.
I know I'm sounding repetitive at this point but JESSYY!?!?!
GI Joe so desperate for members they are paying people to join, WHAT A SELLING POINT!!!
oops couldn't get anyone to take the 5c offer... WINK
Meanwhile, while I'm shook at how many HDA members are actually playing with the shiny new agency toy, I'm sitting at their front desks for a good 30 minutes with no promotion even tho their website states that people at my rank should get promoted every 15 minutes at FTF (maybe they took that idea from somewhere else instead of coming up with a genuine rule that they want to enforce specifically for their agency *thinking emoji*) Then Melvin, seeing an opportunity for profit decided to try and negotiate, it didn't work....
Then I realised there must be a reason people are in this agency, continuing my quest to figure out WHY I started asking about the biggest motivator, money.....
Some people really had no idea, GI staff if you are STILL reading to this point, please pay your staff THEY ARE STARVING.. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!!!
Changing pace a bit, debated whether or not to throw this SS in, but decided I should cause honestly it is 2019 and using 'gay' as a negative thing in 2019 is just homophobic and at this point should be called out cause it's just immature. Many GI Joe members laughed along to this super lame joke about how he didn't want to dress as someone in GI Joe's base at the time because he would look 'gay'.
Continued to try and find out when pay was to several more people and failed miserably. For those who were wondering, no after 1 hour at FTF I still have not been promoted :( could have partly been because I kept going idle at their front desks, but honestly I was so distracted by the big ego's taking up the room I could barely focus on my *actual* job. Anyway, back to Melvin
HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHA oh Melvin, I'd make you my founders rep but you clearly are more interested in GI Joe anyway!!! (and kayla wouldn't do this cause she is loyal af)
Nah I wouldn't consider a HDA member willingly going to a lesser agency poaching, but this on the other hand...
This I would call, at a minimum advertising in another base, which HDA strictly prohibits and you can be fired for. But GI Joe clearly doesn't follow as nearly as high standards as HDA does. We don't poach members, we just screenshot your base
Second post coming VERY VERY SOON! There is way way way more tea coming your way ;) Who knows what else I captured?! (A lot.)
BTW Anyone still reading from here, don't attack or bully or be mean to anyone who is currently in HDA and screenshotted in these posts, its genuinely just a bit of fun and a joke, I would sooner be asking them WHY would you bother with GI Joe?! :')
Legend is the rank we offer to retired workers at HDA, it is for our long term members that are unable to continue to be active in the agency. Legends should be looked up to at HDA, for they have shown continuous effort throughout their time there.
I’m grateful for the time I spent in HDA and all the people I met along the way. I hope one day I can come back and continue working alongside you all.
On my first day at HDA, I thought I wouldn't even stay for 7 days. However, it’s been an incredible 7 months. I am extremely thankful for all the opportunities I’ve received, and the friendships forged along the way. A special shout-out to a dear friend and Legend, Svyy: If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have joined HDA at all, so thank you. This journey has been amazing, and I’ll see you guys around! All the love. x
since joining hda, i’ve grown so much as a person, and that growth has sadly led me to the point where i can no longer spend as much time on this game as i’d have liked to. big thank you to every single member in hda i’ve interacted with, along with everyone else that makes it the way it is. you’ve all really made my time worthwhile and have helped me gain some beautiful memories and friendships that i hope i can continue to maintain while i’m working through everything that is preventing me from staying. a lot of people of have come and gone, but i will treasure the sense of community that will always remain within hda; one of the main reasons i stayed for as long as i did. the biggest of shoutouts to the founders and the past and present ea leadership ofc, you’ve all been brilliant and i respect all the work you put into this little community. good luck to everyone, and thank you once again <3
thank you guys for everything you have done ilysm ❤️
This group of iC's have worked extremely hard to get where they are today. If you see them around base make sure to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication to HDA!
Cabinet of Chiefs 5iC
Head of Department 4iC
Board of Directors 3iC
Elite Command 2iC
Founder's Representatives 1iC
Main Founder's Representatives 1iC
The Radio team brings entertainment to HDA through playing various kinds of music throughout the day. The team is managed by bobjeoffALT2, kutybunni13, and _Imagination.
What is the Radio Team?
The Radio Team is a group of members who love to play music. They often play their own playlists and even play requests of HDA members. Some days they have themes such as a Disney-theme session.
How to apply?
To join the Radio Team you need to apply when the applications are announced on Discord.
What should you know about the team?
“The radio teams a chill team that really doesn't require much effort. You just play some music and chill out, so it's the ideal team to join.” - bobjeoffALT2
“The radio team is made for those who want to share their music with one another and have a good time listening to music from all around the world, and even though there's duties to be completed, we try to make it enjoyable for everyone.” - kutybunni13
“The radio team is fun and allows for people to express themselves through their favorite music. Plus, when the radio has tons of people, base and/or Discord is often active with singing along to lyrics.” - _Imagination
Why should you join the Radio Team?
“I have learned many new songs tbh, when I once was DJing last week... some people were requesting country songs I had never heard of before.” - Isy411
“People should join the radio team as you are getting more involved within HDA and its division- the radio team is a division where you can freely express your and others' music tastes as well as providing a place where you can just enjoy music” - celinadrowns
“People should join the radio team because it’s honestly really fun. Everyone listens to music, so it’s a way to bring us all together and find something in common. When people request songs, you’re getting new music for you own collection and then you’ve sparked a conversation with some people. You probably wouldn’t have ever listened to some music if that person hadn’t request those songs.” - cloyingjelly
Maddy is a member of HDA and is editor of this blog, there are many contributors on this blog, if you would like to be a contributor please contact me!
Edited by: Vibrational