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The Edict contains all of the Standards, Rules, Laws of the USS Firebird Role-play. The newest version of The Edict will always be the most recent post.

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Postby AquaGirlLove » 2011-Dec-27 [Tue] 11:39 pm

The Edict for the USS Firebird
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Overview
The USS Firebird is a Star Trek role-playing group. The group attempts to follow Star Trek cannon (excluding any alternate time line movies) as well as improvise and create new characters, races, species, worlds, weapons, ships, etc. The group is a lightly moderated role-play with standards, rules, and laws. Role-players and readers are welcome to read all threads and posts; however, role-players with either T-RP Status (Temporary Role-Play Status) or RP Status (Role-Play Status) are the only individuals allowed to post to an episode and any other forums/threads on the site. Everyone is welcome to submit an application in the USS Firebird Application thread.


Requirements
1. Each role-player must have a GMail account. This is so that the council members and the Group Owner can send important information regarding the role-play and keep in contact with each role-player if they are not on IMVU (to chat with or use the program for chatting purposes). In addition, there will be times where the council members and the Group Owner will want to chat—live—with members concerning current and future storylines of the USS Firebird; Google Chat provides a conferencing ability right off your browser. GMail and a Google account are free.

2. Each role-player must have an IMVU account to create a 3D-likness of your character. IMVU is free. You are given a certain amount of credits to begin building your 3D avatar. We ask that you build your avatar's look before purchasing the required Star Trek: Firebird (STF) uniforms; the links to these uniforms can be found in the Resources forum. If you cannot afford to purchase your character's uniform, one will be provided to you.

3. Each role-player must create an account on the VChat3D forum. It is preferred that you use your IMVU avatar's name (with a different password); however, you may create an account with whatever name you feel comfortable using. Please notify the Group Owner of both your IMVU avatar's name and your VChat3D forum name, after you created your VChat3D account, so that you can be properly identified and given access to the forum. Strangers and unknown individuals will not be allowed to have a VChat3D account.


Role-Play Standards
If you cannot follow these standards, your thread(s)/post(s) will be removed. If you constantly break these standards, you will be removed from the role-play and, if necessary, VChat3D.org.

1. You should be familiar with role-playing. If you are not, here is a quick definition: Role-playing is acting out a character in a given situation. In a forum-based role-play, you write out and post your character's perspective of the events that are unfolding, like you would for a short story or book. You follow similar grammatical standards as if you were writing a novel, this includes syntax.

2. You must be coherent and display good English skills. This includes correct spelling and correct usage of verb tenses and punctuation. If English is not your strength, please refer to the Writing Reference Shelf for additional help.

3. NO one-liners. A “one-liner” is a post with a single sentence. You cannot develop a character or plot by posting single-sentence posts.

4. Post at least three full paragraphs. A full paragraph contains a minimum of five sentences. Single-line dialogues do not count as paragraphs; however, five single-line dialogues may count as a single paragraph. Some questions you may ask yourself are: Did your character react to the other characters in the scene? Did you act out and flesh out your character at all?

5. All role-play threads/posts must be written in the third person perspective (he, she, it, they, them, etc.) and in the past tense. Dialogue and thoughts may be written in all three persons and in all three tenses. Out-Of-Character threads/posts maybe written in the first, second, or third person, as well as all three tenses.

6. In-Character (IC) posts only. The only Out-Of-Character (OOC) content allowed is a sentence or two prior or after your IC post, with a horizontal bar separating it from the OOC for the IC. No post can contain only OOC content.

7. Contain OOC chatter in the OOC forum. You are allowed to chat all you want in the OOC forum. Making an OOC thread in the OOC forum allows you to discuss OOC things like if you are going to be absent, if you have any questions regarding the role-play, etc.

8. OOC sections are only allowed at the beginning and at the end of a post and must be separated by a horizontal bar from your IC section. Please avoid adding OOC sections in the middle or the inside of your IC section.

9. Dialogue is the only piece of text allowed to be copied from another role-player's post to your own. All other text that belongs to another role-player must stay within their post. The tagged attachments, “she said” and “he said”, that are apart of the quoted dialogue are allowed to be copied. Do not use special punctuations to separate the copied text from your own within your post. Dialogue is allowed to be blended within your post.

10. All logs, ship names, and foreign words (other than English) must be italicized. Please follow standard English rules for italics when posting, in addition to this standard.


Rules
1. No advertising in a role-play thread. You may advertise in the Off-Topic forum by placing an [AD] tag at the beginning of the subject line. Unauthorized advertisements will be deleted without warning. Unauthorized advertisers will be removed from the group without warning and/or be removed from VChat3D.org.

2. No double posting. There is no reason to double post. Rather than post twice in a row, edit your first post. The only exception is when you exceed the character limit.

3. No posting in dead threads. If a thread has been inactive for over three months, there is no reason to post there. Let the group owner know that the post is dead so that it can be closed.

4. Stay within the parameters of the overall storyline of the episode/thread. Each episode in the Episodes thread provides a basic summary or outline of what the episode should be. Thread Starters may also add information in their OOC section in their initial post to define and direct how the characters and the storyline should go. Though subplots are allowed, the overall storyline takes precedence over any subplot. Role-players are encouraged to act independently, but they must not go beyond the scope of the overall storyline of an episode. Violators of this rule may have their post(s) edited or removed based upon the level of the violation. When in doubt about moving the story forward, contact the Thread Starter for that episode for guidance regarding that overall storyline.

5. Violence and sexual content, in this group, is allowed to reach an “R” rating, which may contain strong language, some explicit and descriptive nudity, intense violence and/or gore, drug content, and sexual situations. Basically, what is not allowed is anything that is too graphic or obscene. The Group Owner will determine if something is too graphic or obscene; the Group Owner is the final word.

6. Thread Starters are the only ones allowed to start a new role-play thread/episode. There is only one Thread Starter per episode. A Thread Starter is a role-player who posts first in the new episode thread. She/he is responsible for setting the background, setting, and tone of the episode, as well as the overall story of that episode. Thread Starters are selected by the Group Owner based upon the role-player's episode story, previous participation level, and projected activity level. The Group Owner has the right to terminate or adjust a role-player's episode if it does not follow the rules and standards of the group or is taking too long (when it comes to posting).

7. New characters must be new. All new characters created and added to the USS Firebird are to be independent of any other character from other Star Trek role-playing groups, with the exception of USS Valkyrie, USS Firebird, and Arcadian Coalition. If a character is brought over from another group, that character's past and record will be changed to conform to the USS Firebird/Firebird Universe. The Group Owner and, if need be, the USS Firebird Council will determine the rank and position given to the new character.

8. Temporary Role-Play Status (T-RP Status) will be given to all new members of the USS Firebird. Once an applicant has been approved to join the role-play (for an episode), T-RP Status will be given to evaluate the role-player and her/his role-playing abilities. This evaluation phase can range from 1 to 3 episodes depending on the Group Owner and the USS Firebird Council. Once the individual has demonstrated to the Group Owner and the USS Firebird Council, that she/he can follow the rules and laws and abide the standards, the individual's T-RP Status will be converted into the full RP Status.

9. All Non-Participating Characters (NPCs) must be approved by the Firebird Council and the Group Owner prior to the character being introduced and used in the role-play. A Non-Participating Character (NPC) is a character that is not attached to a single role-player and may be used by every member of the role-play. Game Mastering Laws apply to the Non-Participating Character. The Group Owner, with input from the Council and other role-players, will determine each character's growth and development throughout the role-play.


Participation
Each role-player's participation will determine whether or not she/he will remain part of the role-play. All T-RP and RP Status members must post no later than 7 days (1 week) after their last post in the current episode. If more time is needed to post to the current episode, each role-player must state so in the Extensions thread prior to or on her/his 7-day deadline. That individual will be given an addition 7 days (1 week) to post to the current episode thread. If the role-player fails to post—for an extension—during the allotted time mentioned, she/he will be warned (no more than three times) as stated in the Violations & Penalties section of The Edict. If the role-player fails to post in the current episode within the extension time, the role-player's character is subject to being game-mastered to further the storyline and the owner of the character cannot change (trump) the events from that game-mastered experience. Only three warnings will be given to violators. Afterwards, the violator will be stripped of her/his T-RP or RP Status.

If a role-player expects to be away for a long duration of time, she/he must state so in the Absences thread. Role-players who are away may have their characters game-mastered in their absence unless the character's owner states otherwise. Characters that are game-mastered will be placed in the background of the storyline and sub-plot(s) as stated in the Game-Mastering Laws. Failure to mention an absence will result in a warning (maximum three) and, afterwards, T-RP/RP Status revocation.

Warning: If an individual has had her/his T-RP or RP Status revoked and been removed from the role-play, that individual will have to go through the application process all over again to re-enter the role-play. Application resubmission is only allowed after an entire episode has passed. That individual's character may be subjected to disciplinary action within the role-play if that individual has been readmitted. Only one re-admittance is allowed.

Note: If you have an emergency or “real life” things occurring, please send a message or email to the Group Owner as soon as possible. Emergency absences will not count against you. “Real life” issues will be handle on a case-by-case basis. Your character may be game-mastered during your absence. After a two-month period, the Group Owner may remove your character from the role-play until you return.


Game-Mastering Laws
Game-mastering is when a member of the role-play takes control of another member's character to further the storyline in the role-play thread/post. This maybe done if a member is not available to post a response to another member's action, reaction, question, statement, etc.

1. All role-play members are allowed to game-master another member's character if that member is unavailable to post—unless that member states that he or she does not want his or her character involved in the storyline.

2. A member cannot kill, abuse, mutilate, make love to, jeopardized their position, etc. to and with another member's character while game-mastering, unless given permission by the character's owner—with the exception of killing off the owner's character. They may inflict minor to non-life threatening damage/harm to that character in the case of combat.

3. When game-mastering another member's character, the member must keep the other member's character within that character's definitions. No exceptions! If that character hates bugs, you cannot have the character enjoy sleeping with bugs.

4. A member cannot create/write out another member's character's thoughts. A member can only write out the other member's character's verbal and non-verbal responses.

5. All game-mastered characters must be placed in the background of the scene and storyline.

6. Allow sufficient time for a member to post a response before game-mastering her/his character. Please use discretion.

7. In the event that two members post at the same time to a previous post while game-mastering a character: If the game-mastered character's owner posts right before or right after with a different response, action, etc. than what the other member had written for his or her character, the post of the owner of the game-mastered character trumps whatever the other member did while game-mastering that character.


Violations & Penalties
This section has been added to the standards, rules, and laws of the USS Firebird to handle those RP Status members who violate the standards, rules, and laws of this role-play. The Group Owner, along with the USS Firebird Council, have the right to enforce the rules using these approved methods. If there are issues regarding the execution of the penalties, the person who has received a penalty may contact the Group Owner to discuss whether the penalty was warranted. In addition, a record of each of penalty will be kept by the council to determine a character's rank adjustment or RP Status revocation.

1. Warnings. A warning message is sent privately (an email to the member's GMail account) to a member who has violated any of the standards, rules, and laws of the role-play by the Group Owner or a member of the USS Firebird Council. The warning must state the specific violation, along with a remedy. Each member is allowed a maximum of 3 warnings before the next level of action may take place. It is highly recommended that the violator correct the violation as soon as possible; however, it is not necessary to re-edit a violated post as long as the member does not continue to violate the standards, rules, and laws in future posts.

2. Post deletions. Once a member has violated the standards, rules, and laws more than 3 times, any future violation will result in the removal of a violated post. This is to done by either the Group Owner and a member of the USS Firebird Council. When this occurs, the violator will receive a private message (an email to the member's GMail account) from the Group Owner or a member of the USS Firebird Council notifying the member that her/his post has been removed from the current role-play thread. The member may repost to the episode thread as long as the post does not violate any of the standards, rules, and laws of the role-play. Members are only allowed 2 instances of post deletion before the next level of action is taken.

3. RP Status revocation. After 2 additional violations where the member's posts have been deleted, any further violation of the standards, rules, and laws of the role-play will result in the member having her/his RP Status revoked and her/his character removed from the role-play. The member will receive a private message (an email to the member's GMail account) from the Group Owner stating that the member's RP Status has been revoked as well as the reason why. Once an RP Status has been revoked, the individual may stay on the group as a reader; however, should the individual attempt to disrupt the role-play or annoy the group, that individual will be kicked out of the group—permanently. A two episode waiting period is required before the individual may reapply for RP Status; in addition to the application, the individual will have to undergo a formal interview with the Group Owner and with the council. The same character may be used when reapplying, but the character will subjected to a demotion in rank. Should the individual use a new character, that character will be subjected to a demotion in rank as well.


Enjoy
If you can handle these simple laws, rules, and standards, you are free to post. Live long, and prosper! Have fun!
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