How To Use This Forum Apr 16, 2013 12:12:52 GMT -8
Post by Whill Shaman Erevis on Apr 16, 2013 12:12:52 GMT -8
How to Report an Infraction
-First identify the specific rule that you feel has been violated in the "Natural Laws" forum.
-Second, create a new topic in the "Player's Guild Council (PGC)" forum for your report, specifically in the Infraction Report (IR) sub forum. Title the thread 'Infraction Report-' then include the subject in the title. In your post make sure to include the time and location of the infraction providing a link to the pertinent thread or threads if possible. List all members you feel are involved in the infraction. Give a brief synopsis of the situation.
-Third, a PGC Councilor, upon deciding to handle your report, will reply to your post stating that it is being reviewed, at which time they will lock your post so that it cannot be replied to further. They will then contact you and all those involved through a private message regarding how they are handling your report.
-Throughout this process, we ask that only those involved in the incident being reviewed post in the report topic, this includes any PGC Councilor who may wish to attempt to help resolve the issue at hand, and only a single post each explaining in detail his or her side of the story. Discussion by others, and further discussion by those involved, is welcome; however, if such discussion is warranted, a new topic should be started for it (PGC Councilors will monitor any new topics started for this purpose, and will take what is said into consideration). This ensures that in depth discussion can take place without burying or derailing the original arguments presented. A reminder of this request will be posted once on receiving an infraction report. After that, anyone posting in the original report topic who is not involved in the incident may be barred from posting in the Council forums until the case is closed.
Who may respond to an IR thread once it has been posted?
-In response to recent confusion, the Whills have decided that only the following persons will be allowed to post on IRs:
-Whills: Self explanatory. Everything that happens on the site is our responsibility.
-Active PGC: All active PGC Councilors. Retired Councilors do not apply here.
-Active HCs: All HCs, since all HCs have to know RP ethics anyway. Retired HCs may post at the behest of currently active HCs, or the Whills, only.
-Involved Parties: Like the Whills, self explanatory. This could include parties that are personally invited into the discussion by the PGC.
-If you are not in one of these groups, then you may not post on IRs. If you are a GBA Judge and you have genuine concerns about an IR, you should contact your HC or one of the PGC councilors. Any players with concerns may contact one of the PGC councilors involved or create a companion thread in the PGC Players' Area (so they can make themselves heard without flooding the IR itself).
-If you for whatever reason feel you are not getting any traction with your concerns, you are welcome to contact a Whill.
What we ask of you
-In order to report a violation of the rules create a new topic in the "PGC- Infraction Reports" forum. Make sure your post contains a brief synopsis of the dispute or infraction including the time and location, the names of all those involved, what rule or rules it is you feel have been broken, and if possible links to all threads pertinent to the matter.
-Do not privately message a Councilor to report a violation of the rules, you will only be wasting your time writing the message and their time reading it and replying to you to tell you to follow the proper procedure as detailed above.
-Once the Councilors have begun mediating an infraction we ask that you do not exacerbate the situation further.
-Most of all we ask that you try to resolve your disputes yourselves in a friendly and mutually beneficial manner before approaching us for mediation. This RPG is meant as lighthearted entertainment, there is no cause for animosity here. The Universe is a big place there's room enough for all of us.
-Any member found to be breaking these laws may be issued a warning by the Whill Tribunal.
Second Warning and Probation
-If this member persists in breaking the rules after they have been warned they will be placed on probation for two weeks. If during their probation, they are found to be breaking any laws, they will incur a penalty to be decided by the Whills depending upon the circumstances and severity of the infraction. Also during their two weeks of probation, the member's avatar will be deleted and replaced with an image informing other members that they are on probation.
-Penalties at our disposal include but are not limited to:
-Deletion from any group you are a member of.
-Deletion of any group you are the leader of.
-Banning by email address for a set period of time.
-Banning by IP address for a set period of time.
-Deletion of single account.
-Deletion of all accounts sharing the same IP address and barring of creation of new accounts from this IP address.
What you can expect from us
-In your warnings you will be provided a link to the pertinent Natural Laws thread that you are found to be in violation of as well as a link to this thread detailing our punishment procedures.
-We will not engage in any argument with you. If you feel that you are being treated unfairly by the PGC you have the right to appeal the decision to the Whill Council. The Whill Council is the final arbiter in all matters on this site and there is no appeals process after a decision has been made by the Whill Tribunal.
-You will not be insulted by any Councilor or Whill during this process and we ask that you refrain from insulting us. If either insults you during this process you may report them and they will be reprimanded if found guilty.
-This process will occur through private messages, the only time a Whill is to post in a universe location other than their home on Tython is after they have made their initial judgement they will post it in the pertinent thread, or under certain conditions and if requested by players for the purpose of a closed SL. Or if the dispute is lacking in any controversy and none of the parties involved are in contention with one another, at this time a Whill will offer their opinion in one post, and one post only, they are not to otherwise engage or debate with members.
-We do not seek out conflicts. The only time we will interfere in a dispute is if one or all of the parties involved ask for mediation.