Classicist Constitution

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Classicist Constitution

Postby raphtown » 30 Jul 2010, 21:29

I. Mission Statement

The Classicists seek to create a group of players committed to the principles of respect, reliability, experience, and humility so to establish a standard of play that will allow for more meaningful and rewarding games of Diplomacy while also fostering interactions and events within the PlayDiplomacy community.


II. Core Values

A) Respect

A Classicist should be respectful of his opponents at all times. Comments on or criticisms of other players' styles of play, communications, tactical and strategic decisions in games, etc. should always be constructive and without any hint of personal abuse. Ideally these should be made in game-specific AARs. Be aware that players may sometimes adopt personalities or roles in games which are different from how they would behave in real life or in forum discussions. That is part of the game.

B) Reliability

A Classicist is also expected to be consistent in terms of his submission of orders and ability to respond to messages. Breaches in consistency must be fully justified if they ever occur.

C) Humility

A Classicist must not be overly boastful of his achievements or denigrating of other’s skill.

D) Experience

A Classicist should have a firm grasp on the rules of Diplomacy and the fundamental elements of play.

E) Excluded from Core Values

Skill is not part of the Classicist’s core values. This is not an elitist club.


III. Membership

Full membership of the Classicists is based on tiered system composed of Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum members. Each level has stricter admission criteria than the previous one and corresponds to a higher standard of play. Aspiring membership exists to enable players who do not yet meet the criteria for full membership to register the fact that they share the values and principles that underpin the group.

A) Aspiring

Aspiring members are unable to yet demonstrate a historical compliance with the core values of the Classicists but nevertheless share a commitment to those values.

B) Bronze

Bronze is considered to be a probatory membership and denotes a fundamental compliance to the Classicist’s core values.

C) Silver

Silver is considered to be a basic membership and denotes regular compliance to the Classicist’s core values.

D) Gold

Gold is considered to be an advanced membership and denotes an above average compliance to the Classicist’s core values.

E) Platinum

Platinum is considered to be an advanced membership and denotes an exceptional compliance to the Classicist’s core values.

F) Admission Criteria

Admission criteria are based on the Classicist’s core values. Requirements for each tier are as follows, and need to be met on the basis of RANK and NORANK games (Friends games do not contribute towards the eligibility criteria):

Aspiring membership (for players who have played in less than 5 games)

1 rank or norank game finished (without surrendering) OR one mentor game finished (without surrendering, as endorsed by mentor).
No sanction from the site admin for site rule violation within the last month.

Aspiring membership (for players who have played in 5 or more games)

No unjustified surrenders in most recent 4 games.
No more than 5 turns missed in the most recent 5 games.
No sanction from the site admin for site rule violation within the last month.

Bronze membership

5 or more games finished.
No unjustified surrenders in most recent 5 games.
At least 90% consistency (i.e. no more than 1 in 10 turns missed).
No sanction from the site admin for site rule violation within the last 2 months.

Silver membership

10 or more games finished.
No unjustified surrenders in most recent 10 games.
At least 95% consistency (i.e. no more than 1 in 20 turns missed).
No sanction from the site admin for site rule violation within the last 4 months.

Gold membership

20 or more games finished.
No unjustified surrenders in most recent 15 games.
At least 98% consistency (i.e. no more than 1 in 50 turns missed).
No sanction from the site admin for site le violation within the last 8 months.

Platinum membership

50 or more games finished (i.e. Fading Echoes scores are full).
No unjustified surrenders in most recent 20 games.
At least 99% consistency (i.e. no more than 1 in 100 turns missed).
No sanction from the site admin for site rule violation within the last 12 months.

G) Admission Process

To apply to join the Classicists please post a message in the "Applications" section of the forum and, if possible, state your number of finished games and your consistency rate. If you are non-premium your stats will be evaluated for you. Regardless, you must also certify not to have surrendered in the past number of games required by your tier's admission criteria. Alternatively, if you do have any surrenders within that timeframe which you consider were justified, an explanation of why you believe this must be included in your application. Petitions can be made to the group leader to justify surrenders within that range so that they are ignored. If the case is ambiguous, it will be referred to the Moderator team.

Please allow a couple of days for a decision to be returned. If you are admitted, the message will also list which category you were admitted in. If you are rejected, the reasons for your rejection will be listed. If further action is required you will be notified of its nature.

Admission decisions will be publicly announced in the Membership thread and you will be added to the Classicist listing on the Members thread.

H) Changes in Tier

Please notify a moderator or submit a post in the "Applications" section if there are any changes to which tier's criteria you meet. Your placement in the Membership thread will be updated accordingly.

I) Classicist Games

There are two categories of Classicist games:
STRICT games are those which only full members (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum members) may set up or be admitted to.
CASUAL games are those which additionally Aspiring members may set up or be admitted to.
All games must be password-protected. Members who set up Classicist games are responsible for advertising the game in the Games looking for Players forum, specifying whether the game is Strict or Casual, and for checking players against the membership lists before issuing the password.


IV. Crimes and Punishment

If it is found that a member of the Classicist is violating one of the group’s core values an appropriate punishment will be enacted in order to ensure the group’s integrity. The infraction and respective punishment shall be publicly posted on the Sanctions thread if a punishment is enacted.

A) Aspiring Membership

Players admitted to membership of the Aspiring Tier will remain a member of that tier until such time as they become eligible for promotion to Bronze membership (or higher), unless an event occurs which necessitates their eviction from the group. Events which would necessitate eviction include, but may not be limited to:
- Any unjustified surrender whilst listed as an Aspiring member.
- Any sanction from the site admin for site rule violation whilst listed as an Aspiring member.
- Other behaviour which, in the opinion of at least two moderators, is inconsistent with the values of the group.

B) Consistency Breaches

If a Classicist fails to submit orders for two consecutive phases, or surrenders from a game without first justifying why, a punishment shall be enacted. If the member is of silver membership or above, he/she is likely to be demoted to bronze membership. If the member is of bronze membership, he/she is likely to be evicted from the Classicists. The moderators will consider each case on its merits and will come to a collective decision within 48 hours of the report.

C) Violation of Site Rules

If a Classicist is issued with a sanction by the site admin for violating the rules of the site then his/her membership of the group will be suspended for two months, at which point re-admission at Bronze level will be permitted (providing all other eligibility criteria are still met). Promotion to the higher tiers of membership will then be according to the eligibility criteria for admission outlined above.

D) Respect or Humility Breaches

Due to the more ambiguous nature of respect and humility breaches, no automatic punishment will be enacted. Instead, if there is reasonable evidence of a breach in conduct short of action being taken by the site admin, the moderators will take a collective decision about the appropriate course of action within 48 hours of the report. Sanctions considered may typically include, but need not be limited to:
- Acquit (no punishment)
- Apology (member must post a general apology)
- Probation (member is demoted to bronze; this option should be voided if the member is already of bronze status)
- Eviction (member is evicted from the Classicists)

E) Moderator Decisions

In all cases where a decision is needed from the moderators, a majority of the moderators who are active on the site at the time will be required, and no less than two moderators must be involved in the decision-making.

F) Reporting a Violation

Any player (member or non-member) can report a violation to a moderator. Where relevant a link should be included to the game where the breach occurred and explain when it occurred.




V. Amendments

The primary method of modifying the Classicist Constitution is to ratify an amendment via popular vote. Any member can propose an amendment. The passage to be changed and its new form should be stated explicitly in a new thread entitled ‘Amendment concerning subject’ where subject is the part of the Classicist Constitution that would be modified. The amendment must be discussed for at least 3 days after the posting of the thread, and then the original poster can start a poll to determine whether or not it will be ratified. The poll should have only 2 options, ‘Approve’ and ‘Reject’. If at least 2/3 of the voters vote ‘Approve’ and at least 10 members vote, the amendment will be implemented into the Constitution and made public in this thread.

Minor and non-controversial changes to the Constitution can be immediately implemented by bypassing the vote method, but the change should be made public in this thread. Any member has the right to contest the change via a poll identical to the amendment one. If more than 1/3 of voters vote against it, the change will be reverted.

VI. Events

Any Classicist can create a new Classicist event by posting in the Events thread. If it is a new idea, it is suggested that the Classicist first posts a thread to gauge interest. Only post in the Events thread if you have an idea that you are actually going to be implementing within a reasonable delay and that there is at least moderate interest for. If the event is posted, it will be also be added to the original post of the Events thread, and a new thread dedicated to the event can be started at the original poster's discretion (note that it does not need to be started be in the Classicist subforum, in case you want to advertise more widely). Events can range from invitationals to tournaments to virtually anything you think might work. PM the original poster for the password if needed.
The Classicists are a group dedicated to reducing player NMRs.
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1st Amendment

Postby raphtown » 13 Sep 2010, 10:33

Change III.F to the following:

F) Admission Criteria

Admission criteria are based on the Classicist’s core values. Requirements for each tier are as follows:

Bronze membership

5 or more games finished.
No surrenders in most recent 5 games.
At least 90% consistency (i.e. no more than 1 in 10 turns missed).

Silver membership

10 or more games finished.
No surrenders in most recent 10 games.
At least 95% consistency (i.e. no more than 1 in 20 turns missed).

Gold membership

20 or more games finished.
No surrenders in most recent 15 games.
At least 98% consistency (i.e. no more than 1 in 50 turns missed).

Platinum membership

50 or more games finished (i.e. Fading Echoes scores are full).
No surrenders in most recent 20 games.
At least 99% consistency (i.e. no more than 1 in 100 turns missed).



Change III.G to the following:

G) Admission Process

To apply to join the Classicists please PM raphtown with a message titled “Application to join the Classicists” and, if possible, state your surrender rate, your number of finished games, and your consistency rate. If you are non-premium your stats will be evaluated for you. Regardless, you must also certify not to have surrendered in the past number of games required by your tier's admission criteria. Petitions can be made to the group leader to justify surrenders within that range so that they are ignored. If the case is ambiguous, it will be referred to the Eviction Committee.

If you have a high surrender rate, you must also certify that you have not surrendered in your past 5 games in order to be admitted as a Bronze member.

Please allow a couple of days for a decision to be returned. If you are admitted, the message will also list which category you were admitted in. If you are rejected, the reasons for your rejection will be listed. If further action is required you will be notified of its nature.

Admission decisions will be publicly announced in the Membership thread and you will be added to the Classicist listing on the Members thread.

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Re: Classicist Constitution

Postby raphtown » 10 Dec 2010, 23:49

Change Section IV.E to the following:

E) Eviction Committee

The Eviction Committee will be a body composed of 5 members. They manage the eviction process and deal with the more ambiguous cases of respect and humility breaches. All their decisions must be unanimous.

The eviction committee is elected every 3 6 months. Members cannot have more than 2 consecutive terms on the committee and only 3 4 out the 5 previous members can retake their seats for a second term. This ensures a balance between new blood and experience within the committee.

The election occurs in 2 phases. The first phase consists of nominations. To run, a candidate must be nominated by another Classicist and also accept this nomination. All previous one-term members on the eviction committee are automatically nominated.

Then, a 7-day poll is run containing all consenting nominees. Members can vote for up to 5 different candidates each, and at the end the top 5 are placed on the committee.

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Re: Classicist Constitution

Postby gareth66 » 20 May 2013, 16:47

Constitution now amended to incorporate the changes discussed in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=118&t=37974

Changes have the affect of adding a requirement to meet standards of conduct on the site to the admission criteria and of enabling automatic suspension from the group when a member is in violation of the site rules. They also replace the Eviction Committee by passing responsibility for dealing with sanctions to the group moderation team, with a minimum of two moderators (and a majority of those active on the forum) at the time being required for the issuing of any non-automatic sanction. Changes approved by 91% of Classicist members voting in the poll.
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Re: Classicist Constitution

Postby gareth66 » 18 Jun 2013, 13:57

Constitution now further amended to incorporate the outcome of this discussion and poll:

viewtopic.php?f=118&t=38674

Poll records 94% in favour. Change has the effect of clarifying that the eligibility criteria for the various levels of membership must be met on the basis of RANK and NORANK games. FRIENDS games (which are a relatively recent development on the site) do not qualify as eligible games, by virtue of the different rules that apply to them in relation to NMRs, surrendering and metagaming, and the fact that NMRs and surrenders in FRIENDS games do not feature in players' statistics.
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Re: Classicist Constitution

Postby gareth66 » 21 Jun 2013, 08:21

Constitution modified to include the word "unjustified" in the no-surrender requirements at each of the four levels of memberhsip, and to stipulate that any surrenders within the timeframe that the applicant considers to be justified must be explained in the application for membership.
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Re: Classicist Constitution

Postby gareth66 » 06 Nov 2013, 17:43

Constitution modified to incorporate the outcome of the discussion and poll in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=118&t=41307

The modification has the effect of creating a new Aspiring Tier of membership for players who do not yet meet the criteria for full membership but who nevertheless share our core values and wish to register this commitment. Admission criteria to the Aspiring Tier are included. Casual Classicist games are redefined to mean those open to Aspiring members as well as full members; there is no longer a provision to enable games advertised as Classicist games to be opened to players outside at least Aspiring membership.
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