See also: Beatmap Nominator evaluations
The Nomination Assessment Team (NAT) is a team that moderates the Beatmap Nominators (BN) and ensures the beatmapping side of osu! stays functional.
Members of the NAT are distinguished by their orange red user title, user group badge that reads
NAT, and their red in-game username. They have site-wide moderation permissions, like the Global Moderation Team (GMT), and also possess the ability to nominate and reset nominations on beatmaps, like full members of the Beatmap Nominators (BNs). For most purposes, NAT members are BNs with different responsibilities. Therefore, all BN rules and expectations apply to NAT members, with some exceptions for activity.
Note: To report a member of the NAT misbehaving or breaking the Contributor Code of Conduct, please contact the account support team.
The NAT is responsible for a variety of mapping-related tasks, which are divided into two categories: evaluation and structural. Each category outlines the responsibilities of a NAT member, as well as the requirements and expectations for each type of task.
NAT members assigned to the evaluation category (also referred to as the evaluators) are primarily responsible for:
NAT members responsible for this category are in high demand due to the sheer volume of BN applications. Therefore, they occasionally look for new members to join them and help ease the workload. This is why BNs who wish to join the NAT are primarily judged based on their ability to evaluate, and most NAT members join and stay responsible for the evaluation category.
NAT members assigned to the structural category are not responsible for any specific game mode, despite being allowed to nominate beatmaps of their previously assigned game mode. They are required to maintain:
NAT members who are primarily handling this category make sure that BNs and other members of the mapping/modding community remain informed and feel heard, in addition to maintaining the components required to keep everything running in the mapping/modding scene. Users belonging to this category are made up of experienced evaluators that prefer to focus on managerial matters regarding the mapping/modding scene.
Dividing the NAT workload into two main categories is necessary for the overall organisation and productivity of the group, allowing for a more streamlined assignment of responsibilities. Delegating tasks keeps NAT members from being overwhelmed while simultaneously avoiding a diffusion of responsibility.
A member of the NAT can engage with any tasks within any category that they choose, despite their listed primary responsibilities. For example, an NAT member primarily responsible for evaluations may also help with structural-related tasks, or vice versa.
Depending on their category, each NAT member has different activity requirements. Members responsible for evaluations are expected to consistently evaluate both applicants and current BNs, while also keeping up to date with the mapping/modding scene on their own through modding. Members assigned to the structural category are expected to uphold key parts of the ranking process on a case-by-case basis.
Every 2 months, the NAT members are required to submit a summary of their activity in the BN Management website. This summary, alongside other metrics like nomination and evaluation activity, is used to determine whether a member is still active and whether they should remain in the group. The team leaders will then discuss the activity of each member and decide whether they should remain in the NAT.
The team leaders will confront inactive NAT members, or members who fail to provide a summary in a timely manner. If an appropriate resolution to their inactivity is not feasible, they will be removed from the NAT. Members under the evaluation category working on other mapping-related projects may be moved to the structural category to better reflect their contribution.
See also: Departure from the NAT
NAT members are granted the following benefits:
Before joining the NAT, a user must either be a full member of the Beatmap Nominators, or a former NAT member still involved in the community. Most NAT candidates are initially considered based on their commitment to helping the mapping and modding community, and further demonstration of their ability to contribute to a multitude of NAT responsibilities is usually the basis for being promoted.
Since all new NAT members start off in the evaluation category, it is important that NAT candidates are exceptional in assessing the proficiency of others. Full BNs may be given the opportunity to participate in mock evaluations or temporarily join the evaluation team, giving them an opportunity to practice. NAT candidates have a much better chance of being promoted if their evaluations are thorough and come to similar conclusions as the NAT (or have supportive reasoning otherwise).
The NAT keeps tabs on potential NAT candidates over long periods of time, and occasionally convenes to decide if a candidate should be promoted, similar to how BN evaluations are done. BNs are also allowed to ask about joining the NAT if they want to receive feedback and make sure they are being considered. However, depending on the activity and skill set of current NAT members, there may not be a need for new ones. New NAT members will likely be promoted only when one of the current members is becoming less active, or there are new workloads requiring more members, etc.
NAT members who show proficiency in the structural tasks outlined above, to the point where their current or planned contributions are indispensable and far outweighs their necessity as an evaluator, can opt in to change their designated category. This is as judged by the NAT leaders and handled on a case-by-case basis.
Before conducting a category change, the addition is sanity checked with the rest of the NAT in case of objections. If no issues arise, the concerned member will then be subject to different activity expectations depending on their specific situation. If their contribution towards structural tasks is considered lacklustre or unnecessary at some later point, again as judged by the NAT leaders, then they will be moved back to the evaluation category.
Once an NAT member chooses to depart from the team, they may be granted the following benefits depending on the circumstances:
Former NAT members who currently have internal access are:
As of March 2023, the NAT has decided to re-adopt the concept of leadership, which was previously used in the QAT. The NAT leader has the combined responsibility of both evaluation and structural categories so they can watch over and stay involved with every aspect of the NAT.
The current NAT leader is:
The NAT leader aims to cover the following tasks:
Note: All NAT members speak English in addition to the language(s) listed below unless noted otherwise.
The Nomination Assessment Team group page lists all of the team members. In addition to areas mentioned below, all NAT members take part in reviewing audio and visual content included in beatmaps.
|German, some French
The following NAT members are exclusively responsible for structural tasks, and do not associate with any specific game mode, despite being allowed to nominate beatmaps of their previously assigned game mode:
|Handling internal discussions, affairs, and documentation
|Aiess and Mapset Verifier maintenance
|BN Management website development
The following NAT members are primarily evaluators, but also contribute to structural tasks:
|BN Mentorship organisation
|Handling user reports
|Handling content reports
|Nomination Planner and osu!catch MV plugin development
|NAT Leadership, BN Management website and osu!taiko MV plugin development
|BN events organisation
|osu!mania MV plugin development
|osu!mania MV plugin development
In addition, the Nomination Assessment Team bot acts as a proxy for the NAT to collectively deliver messages under one user account without directly attributing them to anyone. It may be used for evaluation responses, mock evaluations, mediations, reports, and content reviews, along any other miscellaneous purposes.
This process involves checking each nomination reset and assigning it a "minor" or "notable" label for future reference in evaluations. ↑