1) Club Membership
FanForce is open to every Star Wars fan with very few exceptions. General club membership cannot be denied for a lack of costume or a lack of money for dues. costumes are NOT REQUIRED to join any FanForce. Membership also cannot be denied based on a person's gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age (for people over 18). All official FanForce events need to be open to all ages, and family friendly.
The membership must use and maintain the forum provided by TFN to keep their official status as a FanForce. Also, there must be at least three members for the chapter to be official.
2) Becoming an Official Chapter
The first step to becoming an official FanForce Chapter is getting a chapter forum. There need to be three separate people from the same area interested in the chapter before a forum will be created. After a forum has been created, the club members need to have three meetings (with at least three members each) within a year. These meetings need to be announced on the chapter forum to be considered toward the three required, and they should be announced on the TFN main page if possible. After or during the third meeting, the first annual Chapter Rep election should be held (see the rule on Chapter Reps). Also, so stay official, a club must continue to have at least three meetings per twelve month period.
3) FanForce is not a costuming group
Fan Force is intended to be primarily a social group. While costumers can be a part of any Fan Force, costumes are not, nor will they ever be, required to join a FanForce or hold an officer position in the club. There are other groups where having a movie accurate costume is a requirement for official membership. This is not the case in Fan Force. Anyone is welcome, costume or not.
Some successful and active FFs around the globe have active costume aspects of their group, but do maintain a balance of events. Also, if a FF attends a costumed event, non-costumed fans and members must be allowed to attend and participate.
4) Distance between Chapters
It is generally best to have a chapter centered around a particular city. The rule of thumb on the minimum distance between chapters is fifty miles, give or take. This is subject to population density. Areas that are more densely populated could have chapters that are closer together, while more sparsely populated areas may have chapters farther apart. Special circumstances can be considered.
All official FanForce meetings and events must be open to all ages and be family friendly. All members must be welcome at all events (unless removed from the group with GSA and RSA approval). Some meetings should be in public places to help new potential members feel more at ease. Meetings need to be announced on the chapter forum at least 1-2 weeks prior to the meeting, and should be announced on the TFN main page as well.
Alcohol is allowed to be consumed and served at meetings, but all laws concerning alcohol consumption must be followed. If a chapter is found to have knowingly served alcohol to a minor, they may lose their status as a FanForce and legal action will be taken.
Meetings cannot all be costumed events, and even costumed events should be welcoming to those members without costumes.
6) Chapter Forums
Chapters need to use their TFN forum often for event postings, chapter updates, and some socialization to draw in new members. The forum is the chapters main connection with FanForce. If a chapter only uses their forum to announce events, or does not use it at all, then the chapter will lose their claim on the forum, and their right to be called a FanForce. Off site forums are allowed, but they are not to replace the TFN forum. The FanForce administration cannot protect chapters as well if the bulk of what happens with the chapter is on a different forum and cannot help to settle disputes because there is no access to the forum, PMs, or the like.
If four weeks pass with no posts on the chapter forum or just event posting, the RSA will warn the chapter that they are going to lose their forum unless significant changes are made. Two weeks after that, the chapter will lose their forum and cease to be an official FanForce chapter. Four months with out an official meeting of some sort planned and the chapter will lose their official status, and then the forum.
Threads in the FanForce forums must have a purpose. If a chapter has a few social threads and topic threads (ie threads on Movies, TV shows, things to do in the city, etc) that is fine. But, the should be threads on club business as well not just social threads.
7) Chapter Reps
To be a Chapter Rep (CR) a person must be at least 18 years of age and live in the city/region they are Representative for twelve months of the year. There can also be only one CR per chapter. CRs are expected to uphold the CR Code of Conduct both on and off forum. They are also expected to report any problems on their forum or with their chapter to their RSA or a GSA as soon as possible. Condoning or encouraging negative behavior/posting habits could result in a demotion or ban of the CR in addition to the person(s) causing the problem.
Chapter Reps need to sign in several times a week to check their chapter forum, check their PMs, and check the CR forum. CRs need to post at least every other week in their own forum. They also need to contact their RSAs often regarding events and forum changes (headers, banners, etc). If a CR goes two weeks with out logging in, s/he will be demoted and the RSA will facilitate elections for a new CR. If a CR informs his/her RSA before an absence, the two week rule can be waived.
Chapters need to have annual elections for the position of Chapter Rep. The elections can take place in forum or in person. If the elections are in person, at least two people other than the current CR (who are not related to or in the same household as the CR) need to PM the results of the election to their RSA. Elections in forum will be handled by a PM vote to an RSA who is unaffiliated with that chapter. If a chapter has not had annual elections, then the RSA will step in to start the election process.
8) Club Officers
Club officers are held to the same standards as Chapter Reps, and they too must follow the Chapter Rep Code of Conduct. Eligibility to be a club officer or Chapter Rep cannot be denied based on a lack of costume, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age (over 18).
Everything given to or purchased by a FanForce belongs to the FanForce chapter and not any one person. This includes but is not restricted to: all money, banners, mascots, costuming items, logos, and websites. If a person leaves FanForce then s/he needs to surrender all FanForce property to a club leader. The club name and logo all belong to FanForce and not to any one person. After something is created and given to a chapter, the creator releases all right to the image/item (i.e. graphics, site design). These things effectively belong to FanForce. Any disputes about property, names, or logos will be decided in favor of the people who stay TFN.
10) Due and money issues
Dues are allowed, but not to be abused. If money is collected for any reason (dues, charity, any mass purchases) then the chapter needs to have a treasurer. This needs to be a different person than the CR and should not be in the same household or related to the CR. No exceptions. If it is found that a person or chapter is abusing dues or charity money the person(s) involved may be removed from FanForce.
Buying, selling, or trading in FanForce forums will follow the following guidelines. A link to an EBay auction may be posted if it is your own auction or you have express permission from the person auctioning the item off, or if you have suspicions about the auction being a scam. Items are not allowed to be bought, sold, or traded for in the forum. EBay or other reliable auction site links are allowed because there are already protections for both the buyer and seller in place, so FanForce cannot be held accountable. Discussion of group purchases is fine.
Advertising is not allowed except for FanForce charity events or a FanForce sponsored group event (ie group garage sale). People who sign up to just advertise will be banned and their posts removed.
Anything that doesn't fall into one of those categories goes to the FanForce collecting/trading forum.
12) FanForce reserves the right to ban for things that happen off of the message boards.
FanForce is a group that meets in person. Thus we have stricter rules regarding some off forum activities. We reserve the right to ban someone from TheForce.Net and from FanForce activities for things that happen in real life. A few things may result in a temporary ban, others in permanent. Using FanForce as a recruitment for other activities may result in a ban. Breaking local laws in regards to a FanForce event may result in a ban (i.e. having or distributing illegal drugs, serving alcohol to minors, purposefully harming/assaulting an other member, etc). Harassment of another FanForcer or family member of a FanForcer could result in a ban. If that member feels sufficiently harassed that s/he files a restraining order against another member, this will result in a ban of the problem person. If it is discovered that a member is a registered sex offender, that person will be banned permanently. Note: the FanForce administration does need significant proof that a person is guilty of any accusation before banning will occur.
13) FanForce reserves the right to:
FanForce reserves the right to refuse a chapter/forum's creation, refuse a title to a member, and refuse to let a person become a CR or officer in a chapter. As with all posters, the role of CR is a privilege, not a right. As such, a CR's privileges may be revoked at any time. FanForce may ban a person or shut down a chapter for breaking the rules and/or TOS. FanForce also reserves the right to change and update these rules as necessary.
There can only be one CR per chapter. The CR does not necessarily have to be the club president/leader. Chapters are allowed to decide their own areas of focus based on members interests, but they must be open to all forms of Star Wars fandom. Charity work is allowed, but not necessary. Using a FanForce chapter in a negative manner will result in a removal of the chapter, and possibly the banning of the responsible parties. All Jedi Council rules and TOS apply to FanForce. Individual chapters may make their rules tighter, but may not lighten them.
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Piracy, Bootlegging and Plagiarism
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Posting Rules and Regulations
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5. No making threads that give glory to banned people. It's not a violation to mention them in passing but no threads that focus on them. (e.g. "Ah, YodaOfTheSith, I miss him so!" "or Hey, it's YodaOfTheSith's birthday!").
6. Baiting or intentionally stirring up other users isn't allowed. Debates are fine, but argue with the point, not the person. Threads with no purpose other than flaming, subtle or otherwise, will be closed It's important to remember, however, that a person disagreeing with your opinion is *not* trolling. Try to keep it civil even if you're sure the other person is wrong.
7. No troll/flame sock posting. Gimmick or humor sock posting is okay, but evil sock posting (ban circumvention, flaming someone "anonymously," etc.) is not allowed. Please note, this also includes creating socks to flame yourself as well as others. Any inappropriate sock usage can lead to a ban on both the sock and the main user account.
8. Do not attempt to correct a poster as if you were a Moderator. Being helpful is fine and community is encouraged, but if you have a problem with a post, contact a Moderator via PM rather than attempting to "fix" the situation yourself.
9. The rules for signatures are as follows: Automatic signatures (edited from here) has a 250 character limit, just like it says when you enter it. Minor linking is allowed by typing out the URL, but it counts towards the character limit. Manual signatures are allowed, but the goal is for signatures that want a little bit or color or pizzazz (or exceeding 250 characters by a *LITTLE* bit) and not for huge diatribes or paragraphs. The use of images isn't allowed for signatures. Signatures must also follow the general rules and guidelines as posts do.
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14. Account sharing is only allowed under special circumstances and must have prior approval from an administrator. Any violation that occurs on a shared account will be shared by all parties using the account.
15. User death threads are prohibited unless approved by the Administration. If you believe that a user here has died, you must contact a member of the Administration and get approval. Once you have approval, you may start your thread. Any threads started without approval will be locked immediately.
Bans and Moderator Interaction
1. Bans can come in, essentially, three levels. * Short Term Bans, which means you did something to earn you a vacation from the forum, but nothing so bad you need an indefinite ban. These run anywhere from a day to a matter of months and shorter bans tend to turn into longer bans for repeat offenders. Posting with a sock during a ban will increase the ban duration.
* Indefinite Bans, which means you've broken the rules enough that you're banned until we think it's time for you to come back. Constantly asking about when you can come back will not help your case, though the occasional check-in every three months isn't out of line. Posting with a sock will turn it into a permanent ban.
* Permanent Ban, which means that you're gone for good. Sock posting to revisit will be considered spam and may result in the JC administration contacting your ISP and reporting it as such.
Also, some games on the Jedi Council Forums will result in a day-long ban as a part of playing (and not winning) the game. These will always be noted in the rules and you may always post as a sock during the duration of a game-related ban for your main username.
2. If you have been permanently banned from this forum on any previous or current user name, you are not allowed to come back.
3. If you're banned and if you're not sure why, submit an Unban Request or PM a Moderator and the staff will make every effort to explain it to you. The preferred method of contact is through the Unban Request system. PMs should only be used if there are problems with receiving responses to your Unban Requests. Unban requests must also follow the general rules and guidelines as posts do.
4. You can appeal any ban if you think it's unjust by writing the moderator who unbanned you by either using the Unban Request feature or by using the Private Message feature with a sock. If you believe that the moderator who banned you has abused his or her power in any way, you may contact the Head Admin of the Jedi Council Forums to lodge a complaint about the moderator via the Private Message feature. Once a decision has been made, please do not continue to argue the decision as it may lead to an increased ban duration. Further information about our official Moderator Complaint Resolution Process may be found here. It is preferred that all users contact moderators through the Unban Request system unless there are technical reasons that require otherwise.
5. If you're banned, you are not allowed to make or use any other accounts for posting or private messaging other users. All bans are by the person, not just by the account. Circumventing a temporary ban *will* extend the ban or make it indefinite. However, it is always permissible to contact a member of the administration via Private Messages with a sock if you are banned. Once a Moderator informs you that no further discussion will be allowed on the subject of your banning however, further communication may be construed as spamming and subject to further disciplinary action.
6. Don't make the Moderators' jobs harder than they have to be. If you disagree with something they did as Moderators, then disagree and let them know, but do it politely. In the same vein, purposely skirting rules just to see if you "can get away with it" may lead to disciplinary action as well.
7. The names of those who are banned, the reason for the ban, and duration of the ban will not be discussed with anyone except the person who was banned.
8. The Administration is the final arbiter of all rules.
Here is what you can and should expect from the staff members of the Jedi Council Forums:
1. Moderators are expected to be held to a higher-standard than regular users. Whereas a regular user might get a warning (or not) for a particular post, the same post from a staff member might get a PM from an Administrator.
2. Moderators should be familiar with the forum(s) they moderate. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding a particular forum, any of the moderators there should be your primary point of contact.
3. Moderators are expected to respond in a timely fashion to Unban Requests. If after 24-hours of submitting one, you do not receive a response, please contact an Administrator who will investigate for you. Moderators are permitted to unban users without having first received an unban request; however, it is our general policy to wait for the banned user to file a request, particularly if the ban is longer than 24 hours.
Please note as well that there will be times when the banning moderator is not online to process an unban right when the time expires. If the banning moderator has not processed the unban within 12 hours after the expiration of your ban period, please contact an Administrator who will investigate for you.
4. Moderators are generally expected to not reveal who the owner of a sock is without the permission of the sock, unless it's the sock of a known serial troll. Moderators are permitted to say that a user is a sock without revealing who it is.
5. Moderators are chosen by the Mod Squad as a whole. Generally if open positions are announced, it is by the Forum Moderators. If you would like to nominate someone to become a Moderator for a particular Forum, wait until such an opening is announced (or note when someone is retiring) and send a Private Message to a remaining Forum Moderator regarding your suggestion. Do not post a thread about it, either in that forum or JC Communications.
6. The only person(s) who may ask a staff member to step down is the Head Administrator (or any Site Owner). However, we do have a formal process for lodging and investigating complaints against staff. More information on these procedures may be found here.
Finally, use common sense. This is a long list of rules, but they're here for a reason. The nutshell version of the above is "Be nice, don't curse, don't pirate and don't post NSFW material." Not everything that may occur is covered by the rules above, and the staff of the JC will use their own common sense in enforcing both the rules and situations not covered above, but in general -- as long as you follow the rules you should be just fine.