HELP TOPIC: Disciplinary procedure in Shadow Fleet
The disciplinary procedure in Shadow Fleet
in based on a "three strikes" system, with a player's first offense based on a simple informal warning, rising to permanent suspension from the fleet.Category One: Informal Warning
Should a player commit a low-level offense such as godmodding, minor insults to other players or posting non-canon material in missions, it is the responsibility of the SIMM's Commanding Officer to issue an informal warning
. This should take the form of simple words of advice and suggestions for improvement so that they don't make the same mistake again.
The aim of the informal warning is to provide players with a polite reminder before going down a more serious route. Informal warnings do not need to be mentioned on the Monthly SIMM Report.
Should a player commit a more serious offense such as posting hurtful messages of a racial or sexually oriented nature, this stage may be skipped altogether and the player placed on a Stage Two or even Stage Three warning as appropriate.Category Two: Formal Warning
If a player continues with their behavior without taking onboard the advice they have previously been offered, it is up to the Commanding Officer to issue a more formal warning
. This would take the form of a stern reprimand warning the player against continued behavior of this nature. While the message should be stern and authoritative, it should also be polite and respectful in accordance with the Shadow Fleet Rules
surrounding communication with other members.
The aim of the formal warning is to enter an official record about a player's misconduct. As such, this will be reported in a Commanding Officer's Monthly SIMM Report and may affect future prospects of promotion for the individual concerned.Category Three: Escalated Referral
If a player continues to exhibit behavior that is related to the previous formal warning
, the next step is the escalated referral
. If this occurs, the Commanding Officer will message the Fleet Personnel Officer with a break-down of what has occurred, the circumstances surrounding the player's infraction and his/her recommendation as to further action to take. The Fleet Personnel Officer will then consider the situation and issue one of the following resolutions:
- No further action: The player's conduct is deemed not to warrant further action by the Fleet Personnel Officer and the matter will be referred back down to the SIMM Commanding Officer to deal with internally.
- Enhanced formal warning: The Fleet Personnel Officer will issue the player with their own formal warning not to continue their course of action or risk an escalated response, as outlined in the following points.
- Loss of rank and/or position: Should it be deemed an appropriate response to the matter in question, the Fleet Personnel Officer has the authority to authorize a reduction in rank and/or position for the player concerned up to and including three ranks below present standing depending on the severity of the offense. For example, a Lieutenant Commander could, in theory, be demoted to the rank of Ensign for a serious infraction against the Shadow Fleet Rules. This option may be considered appropriate only if the Fleet Personnel Officer believes it will have an impact on the player's behavior. If there is any doubt, an alternative resolution should be sought.
- Temporary suspension: The Fleet Personnel Officer, in consultation with the Fleet Commanding Officer, may issue a temporary suspension from the fleet.
- Referral to Fleet Commanding Officer: for more serious offenses, the matter may be wholly referred to the Fleet Commanding Officer, who may choose to issue a temporary suspension or issue a permanent ban from Shadow Fleet.
If you believe you have been wrongly disciplined, or believe your disciplinary proceedings have not followed the procedure outlined above, you may lodge an appeal against it. The appeals process is relative to the stage of proceedings you have reached:
- Stage One: If you feel you have wrongly been issued an informal warning, you may contest if by sending a message to your Commanding Officer outlining your reasoning. The Commanding Officer will then further justify why you have been issued with an informal warning, or if appropriate, rescind it. In the event you are not happy with the Commanding Officer's response, you may request that the matter be referred to the Fleet Personnel Officer who will evaluate it further and issue a final decision.
- Stage Two: If you feel you have been issued a formal warning and did not deserve it, you may appeal via the same process as outlined in Stage One. The Fleet Personnel Officer will have the final say on whether the warning issued was appropriate.
- Stage Three: The appeals process for stage three varies depending on the resolution issued by the Fleet Commanding Officer. If you were subject to an NFA resolution, you should follow the appeals process outlined in stage one. For enhanced formal warnings and reductions in rank and/or position, you may appeal directly to the Fleet Personnel Officer who will justify the reasons behind the decision. For incidents that result in suspension or permanent ban from Shadow Fleet, you may file an appeal directly with the Fleet Commanding Officer. The matter will be investigated, taking into account justification from your Commanding Officer, Fleet Personnel Officer and anyone else who may be directly involved, and a final decision made. Should your appeal be rejected by the Fleet Commanding Officer, you will not be able to lodge another.
Timeline For Disciplinary Actions
After a player has gone through the above process (informal warning, formal warning, escalated referral) the questions still stands on how long the actual punishment is active for. Below is a detail description. Reminder: These are a loose outline and are subject to change.Rank Reductions
If you have had your rank reduced as a result of disciplinary action, you will not be eligible for a promotion for three (3 months) of the transgression. In certain instances the Fleet Personnel Officer, Fleet Executive Officer or Fleet Commanding Officer may see fit to extend this time. If that is the case, the involved parties will be informed as such. Suspensions
This action is determined by the transgression. The following is a brief overview of some possible options:
Other options will be discussed on a base by base basis. Again, this is determined by the upper fleet command. Ship Commanding Officers may make suggestions concerning the punishment of the individual if it pertains to a ship transgression.Bans
- Spamming - 1 Month
- Unnecessary Violent/Crude Posting - 2 Months
- Offensive Out of Character Communications - 2 Months
Banning a member is a last resort, and it may not be temporary. This is to be decided by the Fleet Admiralty, who will review the matter on a case by case basis.