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Hey, folks. Now that the Wookieepedia Alliance and Wookieepedia Cabal guilds have been formed, we need some simple guild rules to explain expectations of in-game behavior and rank progression. Here's a draft, but everyone is encouraged to edit the document and suggest other changes. When we have things mostly hammered out, we can approve the rules through a vote? Or just call it consensus and go with it? Anyway, here are the draft rules:

Guild rulesEdit

Wookieepedia Alliance and Wookieepedia Cabal (hereafter "the Alliance" and "the Cabal", or simply "the guilds") are sister guilds, on the Republic and Empire sides respectively of the Wall of Light server of Star Wars: The Old Republic (SW:TOR). Unlike other SW:TOR guilds, the Alliance and the Cabal take as their primary mission the improvement of Wookieepedia (also referred to as the wiki) by cataloguing the myriad characters, equipment, locations, etc. in SW:TOR and then transferring that information to this wiki in the form of edits to articles. This mission places these guilds in a symbiotic, and even subservient, position to WookieeProject: The Old Republic (hereafter "the Project") and to the Wookieepedia community as a whole. Within SW:TOR, the Alliance and the Cabal are dedicated to maintaining a positive and collegial atmosphere among members. The guilds are casual and recreational, although members are encouraged to pursue all aspects of SW:TOR (and to document them!), including leveling, Player-versus-Player (PvP), and Operations.

DisclaimerEdit

The members of the guild have agreed upon the following rules through the process of consensus. The rules may change in the future, but not without the consultation of all members of the project. If situations come up that fall beyond the purview of these rules or that seem to bring two or more rules into conflict, guild officers will make every effort to make the most sensible decision given the circumstances.

MembershipEdit

  • Membership in the Alliance and the Cabal is open to anyone provided they have both a character on the Wall of Light server in SW:TOR and a Wookieepedia account in good standing. Good standing is defined as having made at least 20 good-faith, mainspace edits to Wookieepedia within a week of first joining one of the guilds.
  • Guild members must also sign up to participate in WookieeProject The Old Republic by adding their name under "Participants." They should add their character name, class, advanced class, and spec to the guild roster as well.
  • Membership of one character on the Wall of Light server automatically extends to all characters on that server for that same account should the member desire it. Officers will assist with adding other characters from the same account with the coordination of the new member.
  • Guild officers reserve the right to demote a member in rank or to revoke membership in the guilds for behavior that breaches guild rules, or for long periods of unexplained inactivity either within SW:TOR or on Wookieepedia. Guild members are encouraged to notify an officer in advance of any such long absences to prevent loss of membership. Former guild members who have lost guild membership due to inactivity may be reinstated to full members once they return to active participation in SW:TOR and Wookieepedia.
  • Decisions to demote or remove a member from the guilds typically require the agreement of three officers. Such decisions may be carried out by a single officer in emergency situations, but such actions should then be reviewed by two other officers to be formally binding or they will be reversed.
  • Members are of course free to leave the guild of their own volition at any time by using the /gquit command in-game. Notifying an officer with the reasons for the departure is appreciated but not necessary.

Rank structureEdit

  • Recruit is the rank given to new members of either the Alliance or the Cabal until such time as they have made at least 20 good-faith, mainspace edits to Wookieepedia and joined WookieeProject The Old Republic.
  • Member is the rank given to new members of the guilds who have made at least 20 good-faith, mainspace edits to Wookieepedia and have joined the Project.
  • Lieutenant is the rank given to members who have shown a dedication to either SW:TOR or Wookieepedia through regular guild participation, WookieeProject participation, or Wookieepedia participation in general. A guild officer may bestow this rank on a new member who has a history of longstanding commitment to Wookieepedia but is new to SW:TOR, for instance. Guild members who demonstrate a long-term commitment to the guild and to the WookieeProject may advance to this rank at any time should officers feel it warranted. Any Wookieepedian who holds a position on an article review board (i.e. Inquisitorius members, AgriCorps members, and EduCorps members) and who do not hold an administrative position on the site are automatically accepted into the guild with the rank of lieutenant.
  • Officer is the rank given to guild members who hold some form of office on Wookieepedia, regardless of the length of time they have been a part of one of the guilds. Wookieepedia offices that count for this criteria include (but are not limited to) Administrators and Bureaucrats. Other guild members may advance to this rank upon consensus of the other members of Officer rank.
  • Guild Master is the rank reserved for the founder of the Alliance and Cabal guilds. This rank is essentially the same as Officer above, although the Guild Master has extra administrative tools at her or his disposal. The person holding the rank of Guild Master may change should the current Guild Master request a demotion (at which point she or he can be changed to an Officer) and upon consensus of Guild and WookieeProject members as to who should be promoted to the rank.
  • The guild rank attained by any one character of a particular member on the Wall of Light server should extend to all characters on that member's account on the server. Coordination with guild officers may be necessary to promote alternate characters accordingly.

BehaviorEdit

  • We all have real lives, and these come first. Although we hope to see guild members in-game frequently and to see them contribute to Wookieepedia with some regularity, low levels of participation are sometimes unavoidable. With the exception of the long absences discussed above under "Membership," such inactivity should be understood by other guild members as an inevitability of life.
  • We are here to document the people, places, things, and events of SW:TOR. As such, moving through the game can sometimes be a slow-going process as players take notes, snap screenshots, and explore the various options in dialogue trees. Other members should be aware of these factors and be tolerant of other players who may be progressing slowly. When participating in a group, guild members should never expect other members to skip dialogue to finish a particular mission, Flashpoint, or Operation more quickly.
  • Guild members are expected to abide by Wookieepedia's policy against personal attacks in-game as well. Personal attacks will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the guilds. This applies not only to attacks on other guild members but also on other SW:TOR players. We are all representatives of Wookieepedia within the game and should conduct ourselves accordingly.
  • When participating in groups, members should understand the distinctions between "Need," "Greed," "Disassemble," and "Pass." Need applies only to loot that particular character (not an alternate or a companion) can equip at that moment for a stats upgrade. Greed and Disassemble apply to loot that particular character cannot necessarily use but a companion or alternate can, or for which the player merely wishes to sell, or to strip out the modifications to improve other gear. Pass applies to loot the player chooses not to make a roll for at all, and is a good way to spread the loot around in a group. "Ninja looting" (rolling "Need" when you cannot use the item or when the item is not an upgrade for the character you are currently using) will not be tolerated and is grounds for removal from the guilds. All this said, mistakes do happen. In the case of a mistaken loot roll (rolling "Need" by accident), other group members should take the player at her or his word. However, multiple mistakes of this sort may also be grounds for dismissal from the guild; being careful about loot rolls is just as important as being honest about them.
  • Conflicts between guild members should be settled by those guild members whenever possible. Officers will only step in if the parties involved cannot come to a settlement on their own. If tempers get high, sometimes the best thing to do is to log out, take some time away from the game, and cool down. If the situation persists, contact an officer and describe the situation. The officer or officers can then conduct an investigation as appropriate. This rule applies to conflicts with officers and between officers as well.

DiscussionEdit

So, that's a first crack at some rules. These are all open to discussion, deletion, merger, addition, etc. What do y'all think? ~SavageBOB sig 15:41, March 25, 2012 (UTC)

  • I think that's good - the only thing is that the fact we are on the Wall of Light server should be stressed more... Maybe bolded, mentioned near the top, or both. —Cade Calrayn 16:34, March 25, 2012 (UTC)
    • There's a start. We may need to mention Wall of Light throughout the rules a bit more too. ~SavageBOB sig 16:45, March 25, 2012 (UTC)
      • Maybe also mention that they should put their info in the rosters? —Cade Calrayn 17:06, March 25, 2012 (UTC)
  • Great job so far Bob—I'll look over it a little more closely asap, but so far what you have here looks fantastic. Just two things at the moment: First, it seems like we'll end up having more officers than anything else. While that's not a bad thing per se, it will make conflict resolution and membership revocation a possibly muddled process. It would be like having more administrators than general users. While I agree that Admins and Bureaucrats should automatically be officers, other positions, like Inq, AC, and EC should probably go to Lieutenant automatically. Secondly, we should include that promotions and removal need the approval of at least two or three officers. Whether it's two or three needs to be hashed out. I would advocate three, so we have an even number, but I can't see two being a huge issue. Darth Trayus(Trayus Academy) 21:00, March 25, 2012 (UTC)
    • I have a question - I think Calrayn is set as an officer in the Alliance guild. Should that be changed? —Cade Calrayn 21:31, March 25, 2012 (UTC)
      • I've tried to incorporate both of your suggestions; take a look. I haven't touched the Lieutenant vs. Officer thing yet, since I'm not sure we'd end up with more officers. I'm thinking we'll probably get more members from the general population of the server than from Wookieepedia itself, and those users have to progress through the ranks step by step. But if someone who's a longstanding AgCOrps or Inq member wants to join, I wouldn't have a problem with them being officers (and I doubt we'll end up with that many people from those groups, since I get the impression that those old-school Wookieepedians who want to join SWTOR have already done so). But automatic Lieutenant would work too, with a possible vote of the officers to promote them to Officer later? How would that work? Cade, as for your question, as a founding member of the guilds, I don't have a problem with you being an Officer, but if these rules get adopted, and you voluntarily requested demotion, we could grant that, since that would be within the letter of the rules. But, again, you were there from the very beginning, so that counts for something too. ;) ~SavageBOB sig 00:10, March 26, 2012 (UTC)
        • I'm with Bob on Cade being an officer—founding members get the position by virtue of being a founder. I'll promote the rest of the founders on the Imperial guild next time you guys are on. As for the officer/lieutenant thing, I'm flexible, but I would really prefer that anyone below the level of admin to start as a lieutenant or lower. Since they're already going to be active on Wookieepedia, all the officers will have to do is see that they're regular contributors in-game. After that, an officer promotion can come easily. Darth Trayus(Trayus Academy) 02:27, March 26, 2012 (UTC)
        • Oh, and your addition to the membership section is perfectly worded. Darth Trayus(Trayus Academy) 02:30, March 26, 2012 (UTC)
      • If anyone else doesn't have any objections, I think they're great as they are. Shall we move them to the guild page? —Cade Calrayn 01:23, March 27, 2012 (UTC)
  • Okay let's hammer out this officer/lieutenant thing so we can ratify these bylaws. Any other opinions or last-minute input? Darth Trayus(Trayus Academy) 08:29, March 31, 2012 (UTC)
    • I'm cool with Admin or Bureaucrat being an instant officer, and other offices (AgCorps, Inq, etc.) being Lieutenants. If people are active as Lieutenants, there's no reason they can't be raised to Officers later. ~SavageBOB sig 13:32, March 31, 2012 (UTC)
      • Alright, I've made the change. Feel free to tweak the wording as you please. Lets approve this sucker and post it on the page! Any objections remaining? If none are posted by the end of today we can call it consensus and ratify it all. Darth Trayus(Trayus Academy) 09:56, April 1, 2012 (UTC)
      • Oh, and I would say that we might want to avoid putting a hard number on inactivity periods, as it could impose upon legitimate periods of absence. Any other thoughts on that? Darth Trayus(Trayus Academy) 09:56, April 1, 2012 (UTC)
        • Yeah, probably not. I was just worried people might try to rules-lawyer that otherwise, but it's OK to leave it unspecified in my opinion. ~SavageBOB sig 14:18, April 1, 2012 (UTC)
  • Alright, rules are approved barring any objections prior to the end of today, April 2nd. At that point, the rules will be moved to the Guild page as official bylaws and any changes have to be bought up via a new forum and formally voted on. Darth Trayus(Trayus Academy)

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