Section 1: Rules
Members of the Alliance of Independent Nations forums will be required to adhere to the following rules. Ignorance of these rules may not be used to excuse violations thereof.
1. Members must be at least 13 years of age when registering on these forums.
2. Members must abide by all laws passed through Parliament.
3. Members may not post malicious links.
4. Members should represent the union on other sites with proper conduct.
a) Proper conduct includes, but is not limited to: showing respect for other members and their opinions, helping new members, offering constructive criticism, and any behavior which may be classified as selfless, considerate, helpful or creative.
b) Improper conduct includes, but is not limited to: reacting to a member's out-of-character behavior with in-character consequences, destructive or unconstructive criticism, rudeness, needless threats and ultimatums, selfish acts that lead to wider consequences for others, and ignorance.
5. Members may not make posts that target another member.
a) Targeting a member includes, but is not limited to: flaming, jokes at a member's expense, discrimination based on race/sex/religion/creed/sexual orientation etc., defamation of any kind, or taking moderative or administrative action against a member due to a personal dispute (henceforth referred to as "abuse of moderator/administrator powers", or other reasonable variations thereof).
6. Members may not spam threads.
a) Spam includes, but is not limited to: off-topic posting, redundant posting, and posting that does not advance the conversation in a meaningful way.
7. Members are expected to show proper conduct on the forums.
a) In addition to the definitions given in section 4(a) also applying in this section, excessive profanity is prohibited.
8. Members may not share personal information of other members.
9. Members may not impersonate fellow members of these forums elsewhere.
10. Members may not advertise real-life products of any type on these forums without consent.
11. Members may not plagiarize.
12. Members may not cheat in union events.
13. Members must follow all instructions, orders, etc. given by a forum moderator or administrator.
a) Exceptions may be granted if a sufficiently good reason is given.
b) The mod/admin team shall decide if a reason is good enough to justify granting an exception.
14. Members may not commit criminal damage.
a) Criminal damage consits of defacing, destroying, or making unauthorized edits to union property, including (but not limited to) the AIN website, forums, wiki, or laws.
15. Members under no circumstances may register two accounts or share account information.
16. All distribution and promotion of so-called "modpacks" (unauthorized compilations of SimCity 4 plugins) shall be prohibited, and no links to modpacks or sites which host them shall be posted.
Section 2: Punishment for Specific Violations
Offenses to these rules will be placed into four classes: A, B, C and Negotiable as according to the Alliance Act of 2011. Classes of each offense will be negotiated by the Executive Council on appeal.
1. Class A offenses are severe offenses causing distress, major disrepute or direct/intentional damage to a member or the union.
a) The following violations of the rules shall be considered Class A offenses: Registering multiple forum accounts, sharing account information, flaming, defamation, discrimination, sharing other members' personal information, impersonation of another member, cheating in union events, and criminal damage.
b) Punishment for a Class A offense is a minimum one (1)-year ban; the maximum punishment is a permanent ban (subject to appeal through the Committee of Trustees) and withdrawal of a member’s membership; and the maximum punishment shall be reserved for only the most severe offenses, and shall require a unanimous vote of the Executive Council.
2. Class B offenses are less serious offenses causing a degree of irritation, some disrepute or indirect damage to a member or the union.
a) The following violations shall be considered Class B offenses: Posting malicious links, making jokes at another member's expense, abusing moderator or administrator powers to settle a personal dispute, serious spamming, plagiarism, and refusal to obey instructions.
b) Punishment is at the discretion of the admin team and can consist of a one (1)- to fourteen (14)-day ban and 30 days of probationary membership. Two (2) Class B offenses within a period of 365 consecutive days will result in Class A action being taken.
3. Class C offenses are misdemeanors which cause minor annoyance to a user or a refusal to obey union standards.
a) The following violations shall be considered Class C offenses: Spamming, excessive profanity, and advertising real-life products without prior consent.
b) An official warning will be given before a member is penalised with a thirty (30)-minute to six (6)-hour ban. Three (3) Class C offenses within a period of 365 consecutive days will result in Class B action being taken.
4. Negotiable offenses are minor incidents which admins will ask a member to correct,
a) The following shall be considered negotiable offenses: Violations of most union laws, oversized images, overuse of emoticons, and inappropriate banners.
b) Multiple warnings for negotiable offenses will result in Class C action being taken.
Administrators and moderators reserve the right to arbitrate all offenses. The Executive Council shall determine the exact punishment to impose based on the offender's history within the AIN and the circumstances under which the offense was committed.
Section 3: Union Chatrooms
The rules contained in Section 1 shall also apply, whenever possible, to any and all chatrooms established by or for the AIN, and to any chatrooms which a non-member may reasonably assume to be affiliated with the AIN, whether those chatrooms are created on Skype, IRC, or any website or other instant messaging client.
1. In addition to the above rules, if any member present in a chatroom is uncomfortable with or offended by the topic under discussion at any time, or with the way a discussion is going, he may state his discomfort with (or offense at) that topic, after which all public discussion of that topic must cease immediately.
2. All AIN forum administrators and moderators shall be authorities in all AIN-affiliated chatrooms, and shall have power to enforce these rules, and to discipline any member who refuses to comply with these rules.
3. Punishment of offenses committed in a chatroom shall be at the discretion of the administrators and moderators present in that chatroom, and may include warnings for first and second offenses, temporary removal from the chatroom after a third offense, or any more severe punishment deemed appropriate for subsequent offenses. All punishments for chatroom offenses may be appealed to the Executive Council unless specified otherwise.
Section 4: Good Standing and Statute of Limitations
1. A member shall be in good standing in the Alliance if he has no violations of these rules on his record.
2. Violations shall automatically be removed from a member's record after a fixed period of time has passed since his punishment began, the length of that period depending on the classification of his offense as follows:
a. Negotiable offenses shall not be entered into a member's record for any period of time.
b. Class C offenses shall be removed one (1) to three (3) months after punishment began.
c. Class B offenses shall be removed four (4) to six (6) months after punishment began.
d. Class A offenses shall be removed no less than one (1) year after punishment began, and in some cases may never be removed, except by a vote of the Executive Council.
3. Abuse of moderator/administrator powers shall never be removed from a member's record, but after six months, it shall only serve to disqualify that member from ever again serving as a moderator or administrator.
4. The above statutes of limitations shall serve as absolute upper and lower limits for their respective categories of offense. The Executive Council may, at its discretion, impose shorter or longer time limits on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all relevant circumstances, as long as the time limit imposed abides by the above clauses.