Code of Conduct
The Alliance Navy’s Code of Conduct defines the standard of behavior expected of all members.
Don't Be A Dick. Every other rule of the Alliance Navy is merely a special case of this rule. For our continuance as a group, we rely on members who show respect to each other and to our group as a whole. Note these points:
- Treating a dick the same way they treat you is still being a dick.
- Being right about an issue does not mean that you are not being a dick.
- Being polite does not mean that you are not being a dick.
- If people keep saying that you are being a dick, you may, in fact, be being a dick.
You Represent The Alliance Navy. Members should avoid those actions that are unflattering or unbecoming of our group, especially in public settings. Cheating at games, using racial epithets, and demeaning others are all examples of actions to be avoided.
Assume Good Faith. Members are volunteers who take part in the group for personal enjoyment and fulfillment. They are always deserving of respect for their contributions to the group. Members should assume good faith of one another until they have an explicit reason to believe otherwise.
Mature Discussion.The Alliance Navy is a community of adults, and members should expect mature conversations to occur. However, if someone requests that you stop discussing something that is making them uncomfortable, you should listen. Detailed discussion of sensitive topics such as like politics and sexuality should be kept to private channels and conversations.
As a supplement to the Code of Conduct, the Alliance Navy has established a set of guidelines to help illustrate conduct we collectively agree to be acceptable and unacceptable, as well a history of specific interpretations and rules made regarding the Code of Conduct, Community Guidelines, and other standards of behavior for members of the Alliance Navy.
- NO MEANS NO: If your topic of conversation makes people uncomfortable and they tell you to stop, stop.
- Use good sense - think before you open your mouth.
- Communications should not be shared or reproduced without consent. Streaming with the knowledge of participants is an exception.
The following are examples provided without limitation, and are not an exclusive list.
Acceptable in all channels
- News and current events
- Drug/alcohol content
- Memes, except NSFW or NSFL
Only In NSFW or private discussions
- Excessive obscenity
- Sexual content (i.e. R-rated content or below)
Should not be in any group channels
- Political/religious debate, discussion, or parody
- Pornographic content or intense gore
- Begging, soliciting money, or advertising for a third-party business
- Casual hate speech (i.e. derogatory speech based on race, gender, religion, sexuality, etc)
- Personal insults and aggressive language towards others (i.e. “fighting words”)
Unacceptable for the Alliance Navy's members or visitors, here or elsewhere
- Overt hate speech
- Sexual harassment
- Real life threats
- Sharing personal information without consent
- Stirring up shit instead of solving problems
Specific interpretations of the Community Guidelines are recorded here to provide clarity to members and promote consistency by moderators. Interpretations of these guidelines may be issued (i) by the Master at Arms, with the advice and consent of the Admiralty or (ii) by vote of Central Command.
Common Naming Guideline
Members of the Alliance Navy should use a single, common name consistently across the Alliance Navy whenever reasonable, including on our Discord, Teamspeak, forums, and games, where they participate with the Alliance Navy.
Advertising other groups and Discord servers is acceptable in most cases, except when:
- The group or server primarily exhibits content contrary to the Community Guidelines
- The advertiser is recruiting Alliance Navy personnel to the detriment of the group (e.g. attempting to poach members to a rival community)
- The advertiser’s contributions to the group are minimal, except for their advertisement activities.
Politics and Current Events
The Alliance Navy has intelligent members with an awareness and interest in the world. They expect, and we hope to provide, a forum for deep and mature discussion on these subjects. However, in the interest of civility and our group’s cohesion, we do not desire to provide a forum for political debate in a climate that is hyper-politicized, hyper-partisan, and often uncivil. When posting about news and current events, please keep the following criteria in mind: Articles and discussions should not:
- Be about a politician or political action or issue.
- Promote political opinions, partisan analysis, or punditry.
- Promote a specific politician, party, political issue, or campaign.
- Promote viewpoints that would otherwise violate the ANCG (e.g. bigotry or hate speech)
Articles may mention a political figure or issue, but should not be the primary focus. Images or video content containing a political figure are also acceptable, provided the content of the is image not political in nature outside of the mere presence of the figure in question.
Moderation and Enforcement
Consistent with the Field Manual, moderators may - among other actions within their authority - ask that conversations cease; delete prohibited content; and temporarily mute violators who continue to disregard these Guidelines. As described in the Disciplinary Guidelines, violation of the ANCG may ultimately result in disciplinary action up to and including ejection.
A moderator’s first recourse is to ask that discussion contrary to these Guidelines cease. Generally, moderators will not delete content except where either
- the content is a clear and substantial violation of these Guidelines; or,
- the content continues to invite dispute, unrest or further violation of these Guidelines.
The enforcement of these guidelines requires considerable judgement and discretion. Accordingly, moderators are given wide latitude to tailor their actions to the circumstances at hand. The decisions of moderators are binding, and members and guests are expected to respect their decision and discretion.
Members or guests seeking further explanation of a moderator action should contact the moderator in question or the Master At Arms. While a member may disagree with an action and pursue that disagreement through proper channels, public argument or personal attacks regarding a moderator action are violations of these Guidelines and may result in disciplinary action.