- “There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.”— Lord Chesterfield
This is the policy for the Halo Alpha Discord server. If you have any questions/comments, or want to have a rule changed or added, click here.
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- 1. Extenuating circumstances - Should a situation arise that is not covered by the Halo Alpha chat policy the Moderation Staff holds the right to take action against any individual whom they feel is causing trouble or causing a potential threat on the chat. The word of the Staff takes precedence over the chat policy, so long as the action is justifiable to other members of staff.
- Harassment is commonly understood as behaviour intended to disturb or upset, and it is characteristically repetitive. It is also intentional behavior which is found threatening or disturbing.
- Should an individual want the behavior to stop, they may request a Moderator to act. Specific examples is such personal attacks include but are not limited to:
- 2. Racial harassment - the targeting of an individual because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity.
- 3. Religious harassment - the targeting of an individual because of their personal beliefs/religion.
- 4. Sexual harassment - unwanted and unwelcome words, deeds, actions, gestures, symbols, or behaviours of a sexual nature that make the target feel uncomfortable. Attacks on gender and sexual orientation also fall into this category.
- 5. Interest harassment - the targeting of an individual's personal interests. Whilst disagreement on personal preference is accepted, purposefully attacking an individual's interests with the opinion that your preference is better is not acceptable.
- 6. Sociological harassment - the targeting of an individual because of their upbringing, intelligence, grammar, or their spelling.
- 7. Mental & physical harassment - the targeting of an individual because of their appearance, health, and mental-state. Some people can not help the way they are, and therefore should not be persecuted for it. Mental-states do not excuse an individual for breaking policy however.
- 8. Violent harassment - the use of violence to threaten, or intimidate an individual. Use of death, or violent threats are forbidden.
- 9. Legal harassment - the use of legal action threats to make an individual feel uncomfortable.
- 10. Vector harassment - the use of vectors to make a user feel uncomfortable. Vectors include images, videos, external links, songs, and ASCII art.
- 11. Hazing - the use of persecution, and harassment in a deliberate, calculated, and planned manner as part of an induction into a group. While light teasing is a tradition to new arrivals to a group, excessive use can be mentally damaging.
- 12. Mobbing - the purposeful intent of gaining other individuals to help make another user feel uncomfortable, or intimidated.
- Individuals occasionally disagree with another individuals opinions and do not intend to cause offense. In these situations the individual is not considered to be harassing another individual.
- Individuals engaging in debate is an essential part of the culture of Halo Alpha. Assume good faith, be civil and adhere to good wiki etiquette when stating disagreements to avoid personalizing them and try to minimize unnecessarily antagonistic comments. Disagreements with other editors can be discussed without resorting to personal attacks. It is important not to personalize comments that are directed at content and actions, but it is equally important not to interpret such comments as personal attacks.
- Disagreements about content such as "Your statement about X is wrong" or "Your statement is a point of view, not fact" are not personal attacks.
- Being civil to another individual is a key aspect to our society's infrastructure. It is your responsibility as users to foster and maintain a positive online community on Halo Alpha. Personal attacks against anyone; regardless of his/her past behavior; are contrary to this spirit.
- To help maintain this atmosphere, our chat have a set of expectations required by users:
- 13. Courtesy - Individuals are expected to maintain a courteous atmosphere in the chat; do not use profanity excessively. If an individual is showing exceptional rudeness, do not retaliate, and notify a Moderator.
- 14. Respect - Individuals are expected to show respect for Halo Alpha and its community. Love and tolerate.
- Disruption is considered to be either a purposeful, or accidental action that will interrupt or impede the progress, functionality, and atmosphere of the chat. It is up to the user to use common sense to judge if their actions are disruptive to the chat. Disruption comes in many forms:
- 15. Spamming - Spam is considered the posting of unneeded, repetitive, or meaningless links, images, or comments. The excessive use of caps-lock, emoticons, and ACSII art is also considered spam. Spam may take up one or more lines; it is at the discretion of the Moderator or Administrator to deem what is spam.
- 16. Flooding - Flooding the chat is considered the purposeful intent to leave and enter the chat multiple times with in a short period of time.
- 17. Trolling - Trolling is considered the purposeful intent to disrupt a chat with inflammatory, extraneous, stupid, or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking readers into a response. What constitutes trolling will be at the discretion of the Moderator or Administrator.
- 18. Roleplay - While roleplay is acceptable in the chat, if a Moderator or Administrator deems that it has become disruptive, the individuals will have to move the roleplay elsewhere, either to a dead wiki, or to a PM group. Sexual roleplay in the main chat will not be tolerated.
- 19. Language - Individuals are expected to use English. If foreign languages are to be used, they must be commonly understood and used minimally. Users are also asked to use grammar and punctuation to the best of their abilities.
- 20. Further disruption - The above are the most common forms of disruption, however not the only forms. Where the rules do not cover a certain action, it is up to the individuals themselves to judge whether their actions might be considered disruptive; it is also at the discretion of the Moderator or Administrator to deem whether an action can be considered disruptive enough to be issued a warning.
- It is illegal to show minors content of a sexual nature, we therefore impose a complete ban on pornography, and similar content. If an individual feels the need that the must share such material, then please keep it to PM, and only to those who have given consent.
- 21. Pornography - Individuals are to never post links, images, or videos that contain pornographic material. Images containing nudity will also violate this rule.
Beyond the chat
- 22. Chat ≠ Wiki - The chat does not equal the wiki, therefore an individuals actions on the wiki do not affect the individuals rights/status in the chat, and vice versa.
- 23. Other wikis - Issues from other wikis should not be brought into the Halo Alpha chat. If you have an issue with a Halo Alpha user, please use the wiki specific talk/message pages, not our chat. If you are a Halo Alpha user and have a foreign wiki issue you wish to discuss with another user, please use the Private Messaging system.
- 24. Private Messaging - With private messaging and private chats, we instill a "your own business" policy. Users are free to share images and websites within the confines of the users perception of acceptability. However, harassment and spamming of an individual is unacceptable, and is subject to punishment by a Moderator with the correct evidence.
- 25. Sockpuppets - Sockpuppets are considered new accounts made with the purpose of circumventing a chat ban on a previous account. Sockpuppets will be banned from the chat indefinitely.
- 26. Bot Accounts - Only administrator bots that have received the bot flag are permitted to be used on the chat. Bot accounts without a bot flag will be banned from the chat.
- 27. Links - Do not post links to other chats in the main FLEETCOM. If it is a personal issue such as inviting someone else to the chat then send the link using Private Message.
- 28. Recruitment - Halo Alpha is not a recruitment site. Do not post links or other advertisements to recruit users to a clan, group, or website.
Connection issue policy
To prevent joined/leaving log flooding within the channel, a policy regarding connection issues has been created to ensure a peaceful, ongoing chat. Any user, including staff members, can be temporarily kick or banned by a Moderator for having a high concentration of continuous issues with their connection over a short period of time. Note this only applies to those who have not responded in public or private chat.
For Moderators, please implement the following procedures by the letter prior to kick or banning a user for having issues.
- User in question will be given a warning via the main public chat. If they do not respond in a timely fashion, then give them a warning through private messaging.
- If user responds but connection issues still persist however, the following procedures will still apply.
- 30 seconds of repeated connection interruptions will be the minimum time to considering a temporary kick or ban.
- At Moderator discretion, warn user one last time through either public or private chat. If the problem does not cease, you're authorized to kick or ban the user in question.
- Note if any Administrators or Moderators are having issues with their connections, please consult any active Bureaucrats (T3CHNOCIDE or Ultra Force) about the situation. They will be granted the abilities to remove user privileges in order to carry out this policy. As with the ban, user rights MUST be restored immediately after the ban is set.
- Any moderators, preferably the user who banned the individual, are asked to notify the user via their wiki user talk page about the situation. Please include the fact that it was not any behavioral issue and that they were banned for connection issues ONLY. Please direct them to speak with any member of Halo Alpha's Staff.
Users who remain dormant on the wiki chat for extended periods of time may not be kicked for apparent connection problems. Should an individual remain in the chat for an extended period of time, the best course of action is to ignore the individual.
Following the problem after a response by the user, Administrators or Moderators MUST unban the user from Chat without delay and question. However, if the problem continues to happen, please follow the above procedures again.
NOTE: Users may not be permanently banned from the chat channel for having connection issues. This policy is not intended to punish users, rather, simply to make the chat channel a more peaceful and active element of the wiki. As such, having connection issues will not interfere with any ongoing or previous corrective behavior warnings/bans. Those who warn these users in question that these connection-related kick or bans may lead to punishment will themselves be under behavioral review.
Chat Moderators is the rank after chat monitor and available to users of the Halo Alpha Discord server. Chat Moderators are entrusted with a set of tools on the Discord, which should be used solely to enforce the Chat Policy. They have the ability to ban users from the server, kick users from the server, mute users by giving them the 'Muted' role, change users' nicknames, in order to censor any inappropriate names, promote users to the role of Bot or Interface Programmers and delete or pin messages sent by any user.
Chat Monitor is an entry-level rank available to users of the Halo Alpha Discord server. Chat Monitors are entrusted with a small set of tools on the Discord, which should be used solely to enforce the Chat Policy. They have the ability to mute users by giving them the 'Muted' role, change users' nicknames, in order to censor any inappropriate names, promote users to the role of Bot or Interface Programmers and delete or pin messages sent by any user.
All users of elevated permissions on the Discord server are expected to use the tools for the benefit of the it's users. Moderators and Monitors should expect to be held accountable for their actions as they can be questioned at anytime. Decisions should be able to be backed up with logs or other evidence.
Users who wish to apply for the roles of "Chat Monitors" or "Chat Moderators" can find the list of requirements below:
If users have concerns about a Moderator, Monitor or an Administrator abusing their position, they are asked to contact a member of the Administration (a different Administrator if they have concerns about one).
- #chat-policy - Where most new users land, showing users who they are expected to behave whilst in the server.
- #announcements - A place for administrators to make announcements to the community.
- #fleetcom-log - Where welcome and leave messages are stored.
- #audit-log - Logs with major changes and moderator actions are posted here.
- #twitter - Logs delivered by our bot from the official Halo Twitter feed!
- #main-chat - A place for general discussion that adheres to the below guidelines.
- #halo-discussion - A place for users to discuss Halo.
- #art-and-links - A place for users to post links and art that are compliant with the other guidelines.
- #roleplay - Where users can roleplay with content compliant with other rules. This is the only channel where roleplay is permitted.
- #project-revival - A place for users to discuss the rebirth of the community from Halo Alpha to Halo Alpha.
- #bot-channel - A place for users to ask the bot questions without filling up #main-chat.
- #general-wiki - A place for users to have discussions about the Wiki.
- #moderation - A place for moderators to have discussions about enforcement.
- #admin-discussion - A place for administrators to discuss affairs best left out of the public eye. Blocks on the Wiki etc.
- #mod-bot-guide - A guide that was placed to show moderators and administrators how to use the moderation bot.
- @Guardians - Bureaucrats on the Wiki and have a few additional rights on the Wiki and server.
- @Wardens - Administrators on the Wiki and the Discord Server and by default, have chat moderation abilities.
- @Artefacts - Chat Moderators who have rights to moderate the server.
- @Monitors - Chat Monitors who have limited rights for moderation on the server.
- @Wiki Moderators - Similar in many ways to Administrators but do not have chat moderation abilities by default.
- @Interface Programmers - Wiki Users who make use of the Wiki and have the ability to participate in #project-revival
- @FANDOM Staff - Staff members at FANDOM who do not have any additional rights.
- @Sentinels - Users who have reached Rank 20 and above. This shows the community that they are active members and it allows holders to apply for Chat Monitor rights.