SECTION 2 - Posting
2.0- Word Count
We do not have a minimum word count. We require you to make posts that effectively convey the concepts, actions, and dialogue of your character in an engaging way.
2.1 - Content
Posting with other characters and watching your own character grow and expand is an exciting process, however, there are rules governing what you can and can't post in the fleet. You MUST NOT
post, PM or IM anything that:
- is obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit.
- depicts graphic or gratuitous violence.
- makes threats of any kind or that intimidates, harasses, or bullies anyone.
- is derogatory, demeaning, malicious, defamatory, abusive, offensive or hateful.
- goes outside the realms of possibility for your established character and/or others.
At Shadow Fleet we use Star Trek canon. That is, we only use equipment, species and technology that has been established in Star Trek episodes, movies, and cartoons (though we are set in the "Prime Universe").
In addition, Memory Alpha can be used as a primary source for information and Memory Beta as a back up to fill in details not included but referenced in Memory Alpha.
Our Shadow Fleet Timeline of Events
is historical canon as far as Shadow Fleet is concerned and any conflicting sources would be considered wrong for roleplaying purposes.
If something non canon does require creation, this creation will be subject to approval by the Admiralty and will require a discussion before implementation!
While character relationships are not forbidden, Shadow Fleet
is a 13+ rated board, so if your characters do partake in extra-curricular
activities during a date, keep the description to a minimum.Shadow Fleet
considers violation of these rules a serious offense. Anyone found to be continually breaking these will be subject to disciplinary proceedings
2.2 - FormatPlease see: Posting Format
2.3 - Spelling & Grammar
Shadow Fleet is a text-based role-playing game, and as such, a certain level of spelling & grammar is required so all members can enjoy the RPG experience. The following rules govern spelling & grammar:
- The official language on the boards is English. If you can't write in English, sorry!
- All proper English spellings are acceptable as long as the post is legible. For example, "color" (American English) and "colour" (British English) would both be acceptable.
- Posts should be checked using the spell checker, before you submit them to the boards, and preferably proof read after you have submitted them.
Anyone seen to be having trouble with their spelling & grammar will be notified by an admin or forum moderator and help will be offered to bring them up to standard.
2.4 - Use of NPCs
NPCs, or "Non-playing Characters", are recurring characters that are not played by any user on the forums. They will generally be defined on the ship's roster. The rules regarding the use of NPCs are as follows:
- They must only be used to add to the background of a story or story event.
- Only NPCs that have been defined in the ship's roster may be used. Do not make up NPCs without the approval of a command officer.
- They must not be used against another user without their consent.
- Injuries or deaths amongst NPCs are allowed, but should be kept to a minimum and should only occur when the story warrants it.
2.5a - Posting for Others
Posting for others is defined as using another user's character in a post, without their consent. This is expressly prohibited within Shadow Fleet and anyone found to be breaking this could face a temporary suspension from the fleet.
If you would like to include another user's character within one of your posts, contact the owner of the character FIRST, via private message. After you receive written permission from the other player, you will be authorized to include that user's character in your post. You should also keep a copy of the PM giving you permission to use the character, should any misunderstandings occur.
2.5b - God Modding
God Modding is defined as giving your character the ability to do actions without limits or boundaries. Such actions can include and not limited to: knowledge that characters cannot possibly know, auto-hitting other PC's, supernatural abilities with no explanation, directly controlling or controlling the consequences of your actions to another PC.
In posting you should describe your own character’s actions and their intent- not the result of the action if this involves another character or is of importance to the plot. For example: You can say that you are attempting to disarm the bomb and the way you are trying, not that you successfully disarmed the bomb. Or, when involving another character, you can say you are attempting to punch them in the jaw, hoping to knock them out, but the result of the action should be described in the responding character’s post.Example “Poor” Post:
“James T. Kirk interlaces his fists and brings down a double-fisted hammer blow on the Gorn! The lizard beast slumps to the dirt and rolls down the hill.”Example “Good” Post:
“James T. Kirk interlaces his fists and brings down a double-fisted hammer blow, hoping to knock the lizard-beast out with one blow!”
2.6 - Posting Activity
While we do not impose a minimum posting requirement we do expect all members to be active, engaged and online regularly. We realize that post count may vary based on both real life and in mission constraints. With that in mind we set forth this recommended guideline;
Junior Enlisted, Junior NCOs, & Junior Officers:
1 post per day on average with preference for missions over non-mission posts
Department Heads, Enlisted Commanders, Senior NCOs, Senior Officers, & Command Officers:
1 post per day on average on missions
*We ask that preference be given to mission related posting over holodeck and general conversation areas.
2.7 - Leave of Absence & Reserves
If you are going to absent from your SIMM for a prolonged period of time (3 days or more - anything less, then simply inform your CO), then you need to fill out an LoA or Reserves request so we don't suspend your account for inactivity.
For our purposes, an LoA request should be filed if your absence will be 3 days to one month. A Reserves request should be filed if your absence will be more than one month.
Note - In emergency situations in which you are unable to post an LoA or Reserves request on the board, you may have someone else do it for you.
2.8 - Inactive Player Character
An inactive player character (IPC) is defined as someone who has stopped posting on the site. For our purposes, we will consider someone to be an IPC after 7-14 days of inactivity and failure to resume activity after prompts from their Department Heads and/or CLOs. The start date of marking someone IPC is dependent on the characters history and CLOs discretion.
2.9 - Suspension due to Inactivity
An IPC will be suspended due to inactivity if s/he fails to resume activity on the site within a given time frame. For our purposes, we will suspended an IPC's account after 14-30 days of continued inactivity and failure to resume activity after prompts from their Department Heads and/or CLOs. The start date of suspending an IPC's account is dependent on the characters history and CLOs discretion.