Rights and Responsibilities and Forum Rules

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Rights and Responsibilities and Forum Rules

Postby Kinne » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:59 am

As the club grows, we have felt it necessary to lay down clear guidelines on the responsibilities and privileges of everyone who chooses to interact with the club, whether through these forums or through actual events and meetings. We tried to keep things fairly general and open, and although we did include a series of repercussions for failing to abide by these rules, we do hope to resort to them as seldom as possible. Please take a moment to look through the rights and responsibilities as well as the forum rules. Examples of what sort of behavior will result in the various punishments are also included for clarity's sake.

Civilians (General Public)
Rights
- To read and post on the forums
- To ask the club for assistance in promoting events
- To attend any club meetings or events not classified as Member-Only
Responsibilities
- To adhere to the forum rules
- To always be respectful of fellow forum-goers, event and meeting attendees, and especially club members and officers

Rogue Traders (Store Owners)
Rights
- To read and post on the forums
- To ask the club for assistance in promoting events
- To attend any club meetings or events not classified as Member-Only
- To expect club promotion of store events (provided they do not conflict with club events)
- To have a recognized say in club policies and procedures
Responsibilities
- To adhere to the forum rules
- To always be respectful of fellow forum-goers, event and meeting attendees, and especially club members and officers
- To assist in club promotion of events
- To provide members with an agreed-upon member discount
- To work with the club in the planning and execution of events

Conscripts (Junior Members)
Rights
- To read and post on the forums
- To attend any club meetings or events
- To attend Conscript-Only events
- To run Conscript-Only events with the approval of the Events Officer
Responsibilities
- To adhere to forum rules
- To always be respectful of fellow forum-goers, event and meeting attendees, members and club officers

Guardsmen (Members)
Rights
- To read and post on the forums
- To ask the club for assistance in promoting events
- To attend any club meetings or events
- To run official 131 events with the approval of the events officer
- To vote on and directly influence club policies and procedures
Responsibilities
- To adhere to forum rules
- To always be respectful of fellow forum-goers, event attendees, fellow members and club officers
- To always keep the health of the club and of the gaming community in mind, and to never intentionally harm either
- To attend club meetings with relative frequency

Officers
Rights
- To read and post on the forums
- To have a direct influence over club policies and procedures
- To decide upon the lesser, day-to-day issues that face the club
- To run official 131 events
Requirements
- To adhere to forum rules
- To always be respectful of fellow forum-goers, event attendees, fellow members and club officers
- To always keep the health of the club and of the gaming community in mind, and to never intentionally harm either
- To attend club meetings with relative frequency
- To be kept to a higher standard of behavior, as examples to the gaming community
- To not abuse the powers and privileges that come with club office

Forum Bans
These are handed out for the lowest of infractions, and most commonly to spam bots. However, if a member on the forums violates the forum guidelines either continuously or so blatantly intentional that it cannot be questioned, any club officer is allowed to ban said member for up to seven days. A longer ban would have to be approved by the officer cadre by a three to one majority vote. Note -- Spam bots can be banned permanently without any vote.

Suspension
This is a suspension from participation in club events, and could also be a suspension from membership. A person suspended may also be asked to not attend club meetings, and a suspension may also be accompanied by a Forum Ban. All suspensions will be for a set period of time, and suspensions must be approved by the officers in a three to one majority vote. Anyone who is suspended has the right to appeal, as described in the Appeal section.

Expulsion/Exclusion
A person who is Expelled or Excluded has been officially and permanently rebuked by the club. Expulsion/Exclusion includes a permanent Forum Ban, and the person in question will never be allowed to attend club events. All Expulsions must be decided by a unanimous officer vote. A person expelled and excluded also has the right to appeal.

Appeals
If a person has been Banned, Suspended and/or Expelled by the club officers, they have the right to appeal before the club members. This can either be done in person or through the forums. The person in question will be given the opportunity to state why they feel the punishment is unwarranted, and the current High Commander will state the officers’ case against the individual. Afterward, the club members, excluding club officers, will vote, with a two-thirds’ majority required to overturn the appeal. Persons Expelled and Excluded who are denied an appeal have the right to apply for later appeals every six months.

Officer Decisions
Any decisions made by the officers that directly concern the club and fall under no single officer jurisdiction will be decided by a three to one majority vote. Any such decision will be presented clearly to the members, and also to the gaming community at large as needed. If they disagree with a decision made by club officers, the members have the right to Petition the decision, as described later. Granting the officers the ability to make decisions on behalf of the club as a whole is merely the most expedient way of handling the operation of the club, and all major decisions will be brought before the club members as a whole and openly debated before being voted upon.

Petition
If a club member or members are dissatisfied with a decision that has been reached by the club officers, then they have the right to Petition against it. It requires one-third of current membership to petition a decision, and once this requirement has been reached, the subject will be brought up for member vote, with a majority vote required to overturn the decision.

High Commander Vote
To prevent permanent deadlocks on lesser issues, if the officer vote is divided two to two, then the current High Commander's vote will count twice, thereby breaking the deadlock.

Member Voting
Whenever members are called upon to vote, the issue shall be decided by a two-thirds majority vote. In the event that a two-thirds majority cannot be reached, the issue should be altered until a two-thirds majority can be found. If it is still unable to be attained, then a three to one officer vote will decide the issue, with members retaining their right to petition as normal.
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Re: Rights and Responsibilities and Forum Rules

Postby Kinne » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:59 am

Here are some examples of various infractions that could and likely would result in the listed punishments.

Forum Bans
Failure to abide by Forum Rules. A first and perhaps second minor offense will likely be addressed with a stern warning(s), however repeated minor or major offenses may result in an immediate ban, dependant upon the discretion of the Officer Cadre.
Some Examples of Minor Offenses:
- Swearing or offensive language in general
- Disrespecting other posters, most notably club members and officers
- Posting off-topic comments in certain threads (most notably on the Events Boards)
Some Examples of Major Offenses:
- Posting offensive, pornographic or wholly innappropriate material
- Submitting posts with the blatant intent to upset, offend or demean other users
- Attempting to intentionally harm the club or gaming community as a whole (this includes publicly badmouthing events, members, officers, etc. on the forums. Private messages are, of course, private.)
- Repeated Minor Offenses after being warned

Note that the degree of the ban (complete, partial, etc.) will be determined by the Officers at the time the ban is ratified.

Suspension
Some examples that could result in a Suspension from club events are:
- Repeating Minor and Major offenses listed above after multiple warnings, forum bans, etc.
- Continual attempts to undermine the club or gaming community
- Causing severe disruption at club events/meetings (this could include berating other attendees, ignoring requests of event organizers, etc.)
- Cheating, if proven, will most definitely result in a suspension
- Commiting to an event with limited space and then dropping out before the event has concluded (be sure to note that we are understanding of a change in circumstance -- for example, loss of transportation, a major schedule change, medical issues, major family issues, etc., would be valid reasons. "Uh, yeah, I just don't have the time" would not be a valid reason)
- Repeatedly entering into events with unlimited space and failing to show or backing out before its conclusion

Expulsion/Exclusion
I fervently hope that this will never be necessary, but it is listed here out of necessity in case of extreme circumstances. Examples that would result in Expulsion/Exclusion are:
- Intentional theft -- whether from a store, member, officer, event attendee or visitor does not matter, nor does the value of that which is stolen. This is a zero-tolerance policy.
- Repeated behavior that has resulted in more than one suspension may instead be punished with expulsion (for example, continual cheating, disruption, etc.)
- Assaulting another person(s) at a club meeting or event, or a club member or officer. Bear in mind that assault not only covers a physical attack, but intentionally placing someone in a position of fear.

There are two things of note. One, remember that theft or assault can and potentially will also involve legal action.

And two, these are just examples. The rules are put into place to cover any eventuality. If something occurs that is not specifically covered here, but common sense would dictate that it is in violation of these rules, then the Officers at that time will confer and determine A) if a breach of rules occurred, and B) what repercussions there should be. Note that members and non-members alike both hold the ability to appeal to the punishment if they feel they have been unjustly punished, have atoned for their actions, or otherwise feel they have the right to appeal.
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