Habbox Rare Values

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Habbox Rare Values
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Manager: DJ_Shadow
Senior(s): Cow
Operating Years: 2004 - Present

Habbox Rare Values, also known as the Rare Values Department or abbreviated as HxRV or RVD, have been a prominent service of Habbox.com since 2004. Habbox Rare Values have been highly regarded by the Habbo community for many years and are attributed as a large part of Habbox's success. The popularity of Habbox Rare Values led to many other fansites attempting to provide their own Rare Values with limited success. Following the merge and the introduction of the Habbo Marketplace the use of Habbox Rare Values diminished significantly. The system was lost with the launch of Habbox.com Version Seven in 2016, but was rebuilt and relaunched in partnership with Ultra Rare Trade in 2018 to coincide with Content Week.

The role of Rare Values Manager is currently filled by DJ_Shadow who was appointed in late September 2017. The role of Assistant Rare Values Manager has remained vacant since June 2014 following the resignation of davecool656.


Department Structure

Job title Job description
(Assistant) Rare Values Management The Rare Values Manager, Currently DJ_Shadow, oversees the department and makes sure all of the staff are doing their jobs correctly. He also hires and dismisses any staff while keeping the department running successfully.
Senior (Values/Assets) Staff The Senior staff aid junior staff (especially trialists) and will aid the Rare Values Manager when they away - they also help with writing the weekly reports.
Values Reporter These people are an integral part of the department – they’re the ones who value furniture and play and important role within the department.
Assets Staff These people are better at history, images and research. This is another side to the Values role – they add images and names on the database; it’s their job to ensure everything is updated correctly.
Rare Values Advisor They were introduced during the reform by lawrawrrr. They discuss ideas and give feedback on ideas mentioned by management/staff. Competition is very tight for these roles, and the people who fill them are well-respected on Habbo and Habbox for their knowledge when it comes to trading on Habbo, the Rare Values department itself or are just renowned for their good ideas.

Rare Values Managers (RVMs)

Rare Values Managers Start Date End Date Length of tenure
DJ_Shadow 21-Sept-2017 Present Ongoing
Zipol 07-Jan-2017 21-Sept-2017 258 days (8 months, 15 days)
iSmexi 18-Aug-2016 06-Jan-2017 142 days (4 months, 20 days)
welshcake
(acting)
28-Jul-2015 18-Aug-2016 388 days (1 year, 22 days)
welshcake 04-Mar-2015 28-Jul-2015 147 days (4 months, 25 days)
lawrawrrr
(acting)
19-Jan-2015 04-Mar-2015 45 days (1 month, 14 days)
-:Undertaker:- 03-Apr-2014 19-Jan-2015 292 days (9 months, 17 days)
Mr-Trainor 11-Jul-2013 02-Apr-2014 266 days (8 months, 23 days)
Samanfa 21-Apr-2013 11-Jul-2013 82 days (2 months, 21 days)
Pigperson 01-Apr-2012 19-Apr-2013 384 days (1 year, 19 days)
Samanfa 17-Oct-2011 01-Apr-2012 168 days (5 months, 16 days)
Mr-Trainor 07-Apr-2011 17-Oct-2011 194 days (6 months, 11 days)
-Danube- 18-Oct-2010 07-Apr-2011 172 days (5 months, 21 days)
-:Undertaker:- 09-May-2010 18-Oct-2010 163 days (5 months, 10 days)
Faboosh 15-Nov-2009 09-May-2010 176 days (5 months, 25 days)
Immenseman 02-Feb-2009 20-Apr-2009 78 days (2 months, 19 days)
Mr-Trainor 22-Dec-2008 02-Feb-2009 43 days (1 month, 12 days)
-Danube- 26-Aug-2008 22-Dec-2008 119 days (3 months, 27 days)
PaulMacC 28-Jun-2008 26-Aug-2008 60 days (1 month, 30 days)
Immenseman 30-Sept-2007 15-Jul-2008 290 days (9 months, 16 days)
Lost-shark 11-Sept-2007 24-Jan-2008 136 days (4 months, 14 days)
Immenseman 18-Jul-2007 11-Sept-2007 56 days (1 month, 25 days)
J1MI 18-May-2007 23-Jul-2007 128 days (4 months, 6 days)
Ymo 18-March-2007 13-May-2007 57 days (1 month, 26 days)
-:Undertaker:- 29-Dec-2006 18-March-2007 80 days (2 months, 19 days)
Mit 16-Apr-2006 26-Dec-2006 255 days (8 months, 11 days)
Smiddy1234 30-Nov-2005 16-Apr-2006 138 days (4 months, 18 days)
.:OGGY:. 05-May-2005 30-Nov-2005 210 days (6 months, 26 days)
Steve330 25-March-2005 26-Apr-2005 33 days (1 month, 2 days)
doraemonkiller 16-Feb-2005 25-March-2005 38 days (1 month, 10 days)
K@Boom 10-Jul-2004 09-Dec-2004 153 days (5 months)

Assistant Rare Values Managers (ARVMs)

Assistant Rare Values Managers Start Date End Date Length of tenure
davecool656 26-Apr-2014 30-Jun-2014 66 days (2 months, 5 days)
Mr-Trainor 26-Jun-2013 11-Jul-2013 16 days (0 months, 16 days)
Auffant1 02-Sept-2012 18-Feb-2013 170 days (5 months, 17 days)
Samanfa 01-Apr-2012 14-Jul-2012 105 days (3 months, 14 days)
Pigperson 16-Jan-2012 01-Apr-2012 77 days (2 months, 17 days)
Samanfa 28-Jun-2011 17-Oct-2011 112 days (3 months, 20 days)
Mintson18 07-Apr-2011 02-May-2011 26 days (0 months, 26 days)
Mr-Trainor 22-Nov-2010 07-Apr-2011 137 days (4 months, 17 days)
-Danube- 12-May-2010 18-Oct-2010 160 days (5 months, 7 days)
Faboosh 09-May-2010 12-May-2010 4 days (0 months, 4 days)
-:Undertaker:- 15-Nov-2009 09-May-2010 176 days (5 months, 25 days)
Netaxes 17-Apr-2009 15-Nov-2009 213 days (6 months, 30 days)
Mr-Trainor 25-Nov-2008 22-Dec-2008 28 days (0 months, 28 days)
Ugawa 28-Jun-2008 26-Aug-2008 60 days (1 months, 30 days)
PaulMacC 19-Feb-2008 28-Jun-2008 131 days (4 months, 10 days)
Jordang16 27-Sept-2007 19-Feb-2008 146 days (4 months, 24 days)
Lost-shark 28-June-2007 11-Sept-2007 76 days (2 months, 15 days)
J1MI 02-May-2007 18-May-2007 17 days (0 months, 17 days)
Immenseman 17-Apr-2007 18-May-2007 32 days (1 month, 2 days)
Ymo 20-Jan-2007 18-Mar-2007 58 days (1 months, 27 days)
-:Undertaker:- 17-Sept-2006 29-Dec-2006 104 days (3 months, 13 days)
Cigaret 17-Apr-2006 17-Sept-2006 154 days (5 months, 1 day)
Mit 04-Dec-2005 16-Apr-2006 134 days (4 months, 13 days)
Smiddy1234 01-Jul-2005 30-Nov-2005 153 days (5 months, 0 days)
Steve330 18-Feb-2005 25-Mar-2005 36 days (1 month, 8 days)
doraemonkiller 11-Oct-2004 16-Feb-2005 129 days (4 months, 6 days)

How the department operates

The Coat of Arms of the Rare Values Department
The Rare Values on the site are dependent on values that have been witnessed within both trades and Marketplace, the team also allow members of Habbox Forum to suggest values if they are incorrect. The senior members in the Rare Values Department are the Head Rare Values Reporters, they approve or deny the updated values given by the Rare Value Reporters. The values can only be edited by the Head Rare Values Reporters and (Assistant) Rare Values Manager. The values are updated as regularly as possible however some new releases will be inaccurate due to them settling into the market. Whilst values for Norms are also provided, the focus is on values for Rares.

Former Department Structure (2004 to 2014)

  • Rare Values Manager - Mainly run the department, approve/decline values from Rare Values Reporters and delegate to the Head Rare Values Reporters.
  • Assistant Rare Values Manager - Aid and assist the Rare Values Manager in running the department, manage staff permissions.
  • Head Rare Values Reporter - Approve or deny Rare Values Reporters updates, and update values themselves too.
  • Trade Expert - Ask for values to be updated on the site, larger workload than Rare Values Reporters.
  • Rare Values Reporter - Ask for values to be updated on the site (minimum 30 approved per week).

Other

  • Head Rare Values Furni Editor - Edit the furni included on the Habbox Rare Values section of the main site and add new releases etc. Add new categories, including category icons and catalogue headers. Head Rare Values Furni Editors can also work on the values side of the department, by helping to approve or deny Rare Values Reporters updates and by reporting values of their own.
  • Rare Values Furni Editor - Edit the furni included on the Habbox Rare Values section of the main site and add new releases etc.

Current Department Structure (2014 onwards)

  • (Assistant) Rare Values Manager

The formal head of the department, writer of staff guides as well as working closely with General Management. The (Assistant) Rare Values Manager is in charge of staff relations as well as writing the weekly/monthly reports for the department.

  • Senior/Head Values Staff

Submit values of their own, Senior Values Staff also aid junior staff (especially trialists) and will aid the Rare Values Manager when he/she is away, and occasionally submit feedback with monthly reports.

  • Values Reporter

Values staff are an integral part of the department - they're the ones who value furniture.

  • Values Assets Staff

Some people are better at history, images and research. This is the other side to the Values' role - we couldn't value furni without having the images and names on the database.

  • Rare Values Advisors

This role isn't an official staff role and there won't be any specific minimums, although they will be expected to contribute to the reforms.

  • Trialist Rare Values Staff

All new staff who join the Rare Values department will be given a trial normally lasting 2 weeks, after this time they'll be a fully fledged RV member of staff, given they've passed their trial.

History

Early years (2004-2010)

The Department was inaugurated in 2004 and is marked by the date that K@Boom was hired as the 1ˢᵗ Rare Values Manager by Habbox Owner sierk.

In 2006 the Department was rocked by mass resignations - over half the department - and public outcry concerning the events of the Samovar Crisis which led to rival sites such as Vodor.net and HHGS taking a slice of Habbox's market share. Habbox Rare Values ultimately recovered by 2008 and are still here to this day.

During 2006 and 2007 (and again in 2013-2014) a popular article series was written as a joint venture between the Habbox Articles Department and the Rare Values Department entitled Rare Values Weekly. Like the now-abolished Rare Watch Editor role, this was technically separate to HxRV.


Later years (2010 onwards)

In 2010 Sulake introduced the Marketplace which dramatically changed how items on the hotel were traded. Formerly, the only way to value an item was to check the value on Habbox, know it yourself from experience/friends or to look at a rival rare values site other than Habbox. From this point onwards, the strong influence and sway the Rare Values Department and Habbox held on rare values was broken forever.

In the July of 2014, the Department turned 10 years old and this was marked by major changes to the staff roles which required reforming after a decade of virtually no changes despite the many taking place on Habbo Hotel itself. The creation of a permanent Coat of Arms (above) for the department as a symbol of the role of the department as well as the history of the department to celebrate a decade of Habbox Rare Values was commissioned and designed by the then-Rare Values Manager -:Undertaker:- and created by then-Graphics staff Jurv.

From 2015 to 2016 the Rare Values Department fell, for the first time in its history, under the direct control of Habbox General Management while the system was under development.

There have thus far been, as of late 2017, 21 Rare Values Managers, 22 Assistant Rare Values Managers and many hundreds of members of staff.

Department Records & Trivia

  • The Rare Values Department is over 13 years old (as of late 2017) making it one of the oldest departments on Habbox. The birthday of the department is recognised as the date which the inaugural Rare Values Manager K@Boom was hired.
  • In terms of combined reigns, -:Undertaker:- has served the longest period of time as Rare Values Manager; a grand total of 535 days. Mr-Trainor has served as Rare Values Manager for 503 days in total, with Immenseman at 424 days.
  • In terms of combined reigns, -:Undertaker:- has served the longest period of time as Assistant Rare Values Manager; a grand total of 280 days. Samanfa has served as Assistant Rare Values Manager for 217 days, with Netaxes at 213 days.
  • Mr-Trainor has been the only person to hold the Head Rare Values Furni Editor role in the department.
  • lawrawrrr and welshcake became the first and thus far only acting Rare Values Managers in 2015 and 2016. Out of both, welshcake has served the longest in an acting capacity with a reign of 388 days which came to an end in August 2016.


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