ALL Mechwarriors of the Skye Rangers must adhere to and abide by the following in order to enjoy Active Membership:
No gross personal misconduct will be tolerated (i.e. no profanity/vulgarity on public message boards, hacking/cheating, harassment, abusive conduct, prejudice with regards to race, religion, sex, sexual preference/affectional status, age, or gender).
Mechwarriors who violate these Bylaws will be given ONE warning from the Skye Front Commander (SFC). A second offense/violation or an initial gross violation will result in automatic dismissal/banning from the Skye Rangers.
No persons may edit, redistribute for public posting, or in any other way modify the Skye Rangers WWW Domain Site or materials posted therein without the express written consent of the SFC or the document's applicable author. These materials are considered protected under the US Copyright Act. Any transgressions beyond "fair use" may be aggressively pursued by the applicable author(s). Any Skye Rangers materials used online in a fair use capacity MUST at a minimum credit the applicable author(s).
No member of the Skye Rangers or other person or entity shall profit by, charge monetary fees for, or solicit commercial services through the Skye Rangers WWW Domain, Membership emails, message boards, member Mechwarrior WWW sites, Newsletters or through their Position within said organization. This tarnishes the high ethical and professional standards for which the club stands. This prohibition does not extend to VOLUNTARY donations to the Ownership of the Skye Rangers to help defray costs of maintenance.
Only Brigade Command or RCOMs are authorized to contact other online organizations regarding Skye Rangers business in an 'official capacity'. Consequently, ALL such inquiries MUST be channeled through Brigade Command or a RCOM. Of course, any Member may send independent emails, but they shall not be considered sanctioned or approved by the Skye Rangers Ownership unless Brigade Command or a RCOM give approval first. This policy also extends to those Mechwarriors who wish to contact other media as well (i.e. online media, forums, streams, magazines, television shows, other Internet Organizations, independent WWW Sites, etc.) on behalf of the Club.
Mechwarriors shall follow the chain of command when making general inquiries. Mechwarriors shall attempt to contact their immediate superior officers first (i.e. Lance Commanders or Regiment Commanders) and then proceed up the chain of command, as appropriate. This is not requested with the intention of restricting communication, but mainly to minimize an extraneous email load between the Membership. The SFC ALWAYS welcomes independent communication with a Member's specific or confidential problems or comments.
ONLY those events, plotlines, missions, stories, rosters, etc., posted on the Skye Rangers Domain WWW Home Page will be considered officially "approved" for the Skye Rangers. Postings in Command Supplements, Message Boards, third party (Member) WWW Home Page(s), online conferences, online chat, wall posts, email, or Instant Messages (IMs) will be considered "proposed" or "pending" until officially posted.
No development idea, Battle Plotline, pivotal character, event or Roster structure revision affecting an entire Lance, Regiment or the whole club shall be released unless the SFC has first approved them. The SFC retains the right of final decision in these matters. ANY unapproved or premature postings to the organization run the risk of being withdrawn without prior notice. In addition, ALL Members submitting plotlines or articles for consideration MUST include their ID Line designation for later referral by the reviewing Command Officer.
The SFC is solely responsible for appointing promotions to Brigade Command. The Executive Officer may appoint Regiment Commander Positions and promote to the Rank of Hauptmann-General (HPT-GN). Regiment Commanders have the authority to appoint Battalion Commanders (BCOMs), Company Commanders (CCOMs), Lance Commanders (LCOMs) and the other Mechwarrior Positions, as appropriate and assuming the candidate has met the minimum criteria as detailed on the Positions Page. However, the SFC reserves the right to modify and/or revise the Roster, as appropriate, to maintain consistency and balance within the Brigade as a whole.
The Skye Rangers will not discriminate in its acceptance, promotion or evaluation of Mechwarriors based on race, religion, sex, sexual preference/affectional status, age, or gender. Rank Appointments, Promotions and Medal Awards will be made solely on the basis of performance and activity within the Skye Rangers, as determined by the SFC as per Article V detailed above.
New Applicants accepted into the Skye Rangers will be placed as Recruits/Cadets with the 22nd Skye Rangers, pending confirmation of basic activity levels as confirmed by the Master at Arms (MAA) and/or the Executive Officer. The SFC, XO and the MAA are solely responsible for the approval and placement of new Mechwarriors. The MAA is available to assist new Recruits.
Membership in any other organization or association generally will NOT affect a Mechwarrior's position or rank within the Skye Rangers.
All submissions to the Skye Rangers become the property of the Skye Rangers organization. Although the SFC makes every effort to properly cite the source and/or author of a submission to the Skye Rangers, the free, unencumbered and unrestricted use of these submissions may be required in order to promote the Club, post these items freely on the Internet or in negotiations with other parties concerning the Skye Rangers.
To be considered an "Active" Mechwarrior of the Skye Rangers, a Mechwarrior must login to the SR website once every 30 days at a minimum. If communications are ignored or the Mechwarrior does not login within a period of one month or more, that Mechwarrior may be named Absent With Out Leave ("AWOL") and transferred to the Dropship Reserves. If the Mechwarrior further does not login to the SR website within 12 months, they will be removed from the Roster, at the discretion of the SFC. A RCOM and Members of Command Rank (i.e. those at the Position of Lance Commander and above) are REQUIRED to be more active, in accordance with their unit needs. Brigade Command Positions (Officers/Attaches) are also required to post to the main page regularly.
No Member of the Skye Rangers or outside agents may use the Rosters of the club as a "mailing list" for emailing our Membership for commercial or non-commercial reasons. The Skye Rangers intends to honor their right to privacy. Consequently, cases of harassment or mass emails will be aggressively pursued with an offender's Internet Service Provider (ISP) and may also result in the "blocking/banning" of a particular host domain/email address or IP address from access to the website.
These regulations establish general rules of online behavior that Skye Rangers Mechwarrior MUST also adhere to when representing the club online and present methods and procedures for addressing violations of these Bylaws.
The Skye Front Commander is the sole owner and manager of the Skye Rangers Domain including all sub-pages and materials posted therein.
The SFC reserves the right to modify or revise these Bylaws, as appropriate and without prior notice. Any Members found to have violated the above will be given ONE email warning by the SFC and/or XO. A second offense/violation or an initial gross Bylaws violation could result in dismissal from the Skye Rangers and banning of the offender's IP address(es).
The Skye Rangers (SR) Codes of Conduct (CoCs) are the guidelines all members are expected to follow on all SR communications venues. These include all official chat channels (i.e., TS, Ventrillo or Mumble), Forums, Group Mailing lists or emails, and any other official gathering place for members of the SR. In general: if the SR sponsors the communications forum or method, the CoC's apply, if not they do not.
In case of a member breaking these guidelines enforcement is up to which ever Administrators are present. For example on the Forums, this duty falls on the Moderators and in our TS3 server the authority would rest with any Administrators present. For the sake of simplicity they will be referred to as "Admins" for the rest of this document. Serious infractions should be sent to the Skye Front Commander (SFC) and the Executive Officer (XO) to determine the best course of action. Any reported infractions will be investigated by the SFC and/or XO. All members are ambassadors for the Brigade and should hold themselves to the Codes of Conduct wherever they are.
The CoC's are intended to maintain some semblance of order in the chaos that is the Internet, and also to maintain the reputation of the SR. In general, approach things with a modicum of civility and display attributes of professionalism, honor, courtesy and honesty and you will have no problems. Frequent swearing, personnel attacks, etc. puts you at risk of losing access to these SR privileges. (i.e., being banned from the SR website, IP ban, suspension of forums access). Remember that being drunk or otherwise medicated is not an acceptable excuse for violating the CoC's.
However, despite all this, offenses will occur. Members are to be reminded that although our Admin's will make every attempt to assist people online, the SR cannot be held responsible for online chat comments, harassment, etc. All we can do is to enforce our Codes of Conduct and Bylaws with respect to the membership. Members and visitors are to be reminded that the Internet is not necessarily a safe place and some precautions should be taken when online such as not giving out your personnel information to strangers.
In the event of a Violation the highest ranking Admin has the final say in any actions taken.
Here are some general rules in regards to command structure within the comm system (TeamSpeak) and how dropping 'Mechwarrior should practice the chain of command:
When a group of players are in a serious match, the highest ranking officer is put in charge of the group. He/she must relinquish command to the next highest ranking officer in the case that he/she has to take leave.
While in a relaxed channel anyone can take lead of the round as long as everyone else is willing. In the case that no one is willing to lead or one leader can not be affirmed, the highest ranking officer will become leader until he/she decides to relinquish command.
In the case that more than the maximum capacity for an in-game group is reached, it is up to the higher ranking officers to make room by opening a new channel. The current leader of the first room will stay, while the second highest ranking officer takes role as the leader of the second room.