While I was somewhat joking about the schadenfreude (English translation: taking joy in other people's pain), I wasn't actually joking about the one-word replies.
Again, while I get that one-word posts in general are far too short, a one-word reply can fit into a conservation. So, I guess the question is: if I'm quoting someone else in addition to adding a one-word response would that break the rules?
(And yes, Auphelia I know we can make anything longer, but I'm of the mind that brevity is a virtue and longer for the sake of being longer will change the tenor of the RMB.)
This was actually going to be my suggestion: to include a clause something along the lines "posts not advancing conversation"?
But, of course, if quoting a post counts toward the word count, it would probably work just as well.
What do you mean?
Anyway, Welcome to the South Pacific, comrade! I am Melix, one of your three friendly Local Councillors.
*gives you a fresh, cold can of Regular Sweetened Melicorian South Pacific Iced Tea (SPIT) as well as some handy pamphlets*
The first dispatch is to help you get used to the region. The second dispatch tells you how to get involved in the World Assembly. The third dispatch is to help you know the rules and etiquette of this Regional Message Board.
- Once you're a member, consider visiting our Office of World Assembly Legislation (OWL) to debate resolutions and get recommendations on how to vote, as well as learning how to write your own WA resolutions.
- Want to talk to all of us in real time, to get all your questions answered, to debate what there is to debate, or just to chill and have a drink of South Pacific Iced Tea? Join us on our Discord server.
- Are you interested in writing and debating laws, and getting involved in the nitty-gritty of regional politics? Join our regional forum and sign up to be a legislator here.
- Interested in helping to craft festivals, events, news articles, and graphics to keep everyone entertained and involved for a long time to come. Join us on Discord
- Interested in the military? Do you want to go out into the wide world of NationStates to protect regions from attackers, and take the fight to them if necessary? The South Pacific Special Forces is just the thing for you. Jump on Discord to sign up.
This is a way for you to easily get more endorsements and influence on your nation and contribute to the South Pacifc's security and activity.
Number of WA nations: 1015
Number of SWAN Knights: 463
CRS's average endorsement count: 617.44
Total number of endorsements: 120311
Cross-endorsement rate: 11.69 %
What is this?
The Southern World Assembly iNitiative (SWAN) is an initiative organized by the regional government of the South Pacific to promote the participation of nations in the World Assembly (WA) and to encourage them to endorse everyone in the South Pacific. The purpose of this initiative is to help nations in this region have voting power on the WA, more endorsements, and more influence which in turn will make the region more secure and active!
What are the World Assembly, Delegates, endorsements, and influence?
The World Assembly is an equivalent of the real-life United Nations. Although it doesn't impact your nation as much as the real-life UN it does impact regions such as this one a lot.
Endorsements are something you can give or receive from other nations. They are a little bit similar to likes on social media websites except they are far more important to a region and nation because they create the thing below.
Influence is something your nation will gain by having endorsements. Influence is very important to the security of a region as it decides how hard it is to remove or ban a nation from a region.
A Delegate or WA Delegate is a nation that has the most endorsements in a region and holds all administrative powers such as moderating the message board, banning/ejecting nations, changing the World Factbook Entry,... In the South Pacific, the Delegate is elected every 6 months by member nations of this region.
How do I participate?
Step 2: Endorse all of these nations. To endorse a nation, click a nation name to open its page, scroll down then click the Endorse button.
Member nations of the Council on Regional Security (CRS)
Step 3: Endorse all other nations in this region. Click here to know how to do this quickly and to find nations to endorse.
Why should I participate?
Participating in SWAN will give your nation benefits that you can't otherwise get:
Your nation will be able to vote on WA resolutions, deciding how the Delegate votes on WA resolutions via OWL as well as participating in the regional Local Council elections and WA Delegate elections.
This is the easiest way to get a lot of endorsements from other nations and gain influence which will help your own nation and the region in the future.
Your nation will receive awards to commend your effort of participating in this initiative! (Click here to learn more about awards)
Your nation will have a stronger voting power on the WA. (Read this for how)
Click here if you want to learn more about the benefits.
How can I do more?
You can go above and beyond and do more by:
Upvoting this dispatch.
Sending a link to this dispatch to new nations that haven't participated or encouraging them directly to do what this initiative wants via telegram.
Doing the same as above but via our Regional Message Board.
Sharing your ideas about how to improve this initiative. (How to do that here)
How do I know how well I am and the region are doing?
You can do that by looking at our censuses (Click here to view them) and our statistics page (Click here to view it). We also recommend you to check out this awesome "portrait" of our region (Click here to view it) to get a look at how large and dynamic our region is.
Where can I find more information?
Take a look at our dispatch index.
We hope you will enjoy this initiative and that you find NationStates and our community a more cheerful place because of it.
This initiative is an informal joint effort between the Ministry of Regional Affairs, the Local Council, the Council on Regional Security, and some nerds who have no life. (Read more about who run this here)
Note: The “Fundamental Rule” portion of each guideline is meant as a summary of the rule. The official text of the rule may be found in the “Details” spoiler.
Breaking these rules can result in consequences including warnings, post suppressions, and in the the case of repeated or serious infractions, ejection and banning from the region. The full, detailed Local Council Standard Moderation Policy, which specifies the exact consequences for various levels of rule-breaking, can be found here.
And so, after much introduction, here are your RMB Rules:
Spamming on the RMB is not allowed at all, under any circumstances. Spamming is probably best described as a post that is meaningless and/or unnecessary— for example, a post that repeats the same thing multiple times, a lone emoji or image, multiple posts of the same thing, or a series of posts that have no apparent meaning. It does not matter what your intent is— if your post(s) fits the above definition, it is considered spam and will be dealt with accordingly.
We understand that many of you come from backgrounds where English is not your main language, as players come from all around the world. However, to avoid confusion among people who don't speak your language, we sincerely ask that you post in English only, for ease of communication.
Remember, there are tools like Google Translate to help you. If you speak in another language, please add a translation to English in the same post. Posts with English translations will not be suppressed. For the avoidance of doubt, English means Modern English and not backwards English.
Asking for endorsements on the RMB is not allowed at all, under any circumstances. Ever. Permissions are only made if the requester is a member of the Council on Regional Security or the Delegate seeking to increase endorsement counts for the purposes of promoting regional security.
If you want to receive and give more endorsements, get involved in the Southern World Assembly Initiative, TSP’s endorsement program.
Similarly, recruiting, or telling people to move to another region, is also not allowed. You may not ask people to join your region on the RMB, whether you are also a South Pacifican citizen yourself or not.
It's all legal! As long as it complies with the rules. Specifically; remember to keep your roleplays appropriate (as stated in rule IX). The LC has reached a general conclusion on what is appropriate, and if your roleplay does not fit within those boundaries, it will be stopped. So, excessive display of affection, sexually-suggesting roleplay, and the like, are not allowed at all.
Similarly, do not clog the RMB with your roleplay. If you feel it has been going on for a while, either take it to a roleplay region, or cease it all together. Otherwise, it may be interfered with. When the board is dominated by roleplay, it becomes hard for everyone else to communicate with each-other, thanks to the overabundance of posts completely unrelated to what they are doing.
But other than those things, feel free to roleplay to your heart's content!
Double posting, or posting two posts in a row, is considered illegal, as are any other number of posts more than one in a row. All posts after the initial post will be suppressed. If one hour has passed without another post on the RMB a single second post will be allowed
It is not permitted to post or otherwise share another player's personally-identifying information (i.e. social media accounts, IP addresses, postal addresses, E-mail addresses, telephone numbers, etc.), and neither is it permitted to post or share information that may not be identifying but is nonetheless of a personal nature (i.e. medical history, relationship status, etc.). The only exception is if the player in question has shared that information themselves and does not mind its dissemination (this sharing or statement of permission must be publically viewable).
Making a claim of serious out-of-character misconduct (e.g. bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, etc.) against someone else, without providing evidence to moderation/administration, is considered malicious harassment, and will be dealt with accordingly. This rule applies to the TSP forum and discord as well.
Trolling is defined as starting quarrels or upsetting people by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the intent of provoking other nations into displaying emotional responses. Baiting is similar to trolling, and is defined as posting with the aim of angering someone indirectly, directed at a specific person. Flaming is defined as posting insults or other verbal and often personal attacks on other nations. Erudite slams while maintaining a veneer of politeness can also be considered flaming. All three of these are banned under all circumstances.
This is an extension of a simple policy of respect. What may seem like good natured fun to you could be trolling to someone else, and if they tell you to stop, do so.
We can and will warn, suppress, and even ban you, as well as record the incident. In severe cases the NationStates Moderators will be contacted, and puppets will not hide your IP address from them.
TSP is a part of NationStates, and as such, you must follow the rules of the game as a whole at all times. Breaking the game rules will land you in trouble with both the regional officers and NationStates site moderation. See the link below for the list of rules and a quick FAQ page for more details on the game rules.
Excessive swearing, explicit, suggestive, or excessively violent messages, sexual references, and other such things will be suppressed on sight, and the NationStates site moderators can and will be called to get involved in serious cases. Excessive displays of personal affection (e.g. suggestive roleplayed snuggling, nuzzling, kissing, licking and so on) is also considered inappropriate and will be suppressed accordingly.
Mild swearing may be tolerated, mild sexuality may be at the very most hinted, but explicit or excessive versions of either or both will result in moderation intervention, both from the Local Council and potentially from NationStates site moderators. Derogatory terms are disallowed, and all swearing must abide by all other rules, particularly those about respecting others.
It is illegal to edit what someone else has written when quoting it in order to make it seem like they expressed a view which they didn’t. Quote-editing should be avoided even for comic effect.
When you are responding to someone's post, please quote their post (by pressing the "quote" button), as it makes it less confusing and will alert them to your post.
When quoting an offensive post, delete the content of the post and replace it with "-snip-". Doing so makes the administrators’ jobs much easier.
When quoting long posts, please cut the post down to the particular parts you are responding to, or replace the extraneous material with "-snip-".
The [spoiler] tag is your friend. When making or quoting a very long post, or one which not everyone might want to read, please add spoilers, so as to avoid taking up a large amount of the page.
If you are giving a spoiler of a recently released book or film, put it in a spoiler tag, to give people who haven't read/watched it a chance. As a general rule of thumb, give a month for films post-release (as release dates may be different in different areas) and two months for book releases.
Remember, there are other, real people behind the nations on the RMB. Everyone here is a human being with emotions and the right to be respected.
While dissent with regional officers (LC, Delegate, CRS, and Ministers) is perfectly acceptable, remember that they are people too, and worthy of basic human decency. The regional officers should be respected at all times just as any other member of the region should.
When debating, always remember to attack the argument rather than the person making it. If you find yourself getting heated, try to take a step back. Personal insults, insults to intelligence, etc. will not be tolerated. The only form of debate banned on the RMB is that over a particular suppression. For more information, see the Help Section at the end of this document.
Single word posts that do not advance conversation are not allowed. If you find yourself wondering if a post is both unsubstantial and too short, it likely is. This rule does not mean you have to post several paragraphs of content every time you want to post. Single sentence posts and single-word replies quoting other posts are still allowed under this rule.
However, at the discretion of the Local Council, posts deemed to be insubstantial and not contributing to the regional discourse will be suppressed. An excellent way to avoid this is to add thought to your posts.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay here in TSP!
Lodge complaints or comments with the following nation:
This nation is controlled by the LC, ensuring all Local Councillors can see your complaints or comments. Remember, the rules of respect apply to telegrams as well as the RMB.
Official moderation appeals must follow the process laid out in the Standard Moderation Policy dispatch.
Thank you for the suggestions. I was just thinking of ways to make the rule distinguish between one-word spam and one-word thought-out responses.
Office of WA Legislation Notification (OWL)
A new proposal has reached the voting floor in the Security Council. OWL has written up a recommendation and collated opinions, and posted them to our Dashboard.
SC: Commend Kelssek
OWL Recommendation: For
Purpose: To recognize Deadeye Jack’s immense contributions to The Rejected Realms, The Order of the Grey Wardens, other regional communities, and the defender cause.
Haha don't worry I have a track record of doing terrible against lower ranked nations, my puppet did better than Kandorith last cycle, dropped from rank 30 to 47 haha.
In the end its the fun of RPing which matters. (and for me winning the cup of harmony as the underdog)
IC: Eshialand doesn't care about glory or winning, it's all about making people realize that soccer is a thing that exists.
OOC: I really don't care how I do, just as you said, I want to have some fun. Also, I love reading other people's RPs, especially St. Trinian's' first one XD