Based on a suggestion made to the staff, you are now able to set your pronouns in addition to your gender in your profile settings, under the "personal" tab.
Your set pronouns will show up on both your user profile page and your mini-profile.
As this is a serious topic for many people, please don't take this opportunity to set troll pronouns for yourself. It may seem funny to you, but it might make some people feel uneasy to see this topic get treated as a joke, so please only use it for your real pronouns you wish to use, whatever they may be.
After Jess's retirement from the administration, the staff has announced internal changes.
1.) Aliya, Dylan and Oisín have been promoted to the Moderator position, as they have proven themselves to be active and reliable staff members in their position as Discord Moderators. We will not be adding any new Discord Moderators, the position will remain vacant for now.
2.) From now on, every staff decision, such as giving out a warning, has to be agreed upon by at least 51% of the staff, currently 6 of the 11 members. This is to ensure that a majority of the staff stands behind the decisions we make. To avoid any wrong assumptions: We've decided to implement this rule for more transparency, but every important decision has already been backed by the majority of the staff in the past.
3.) From now on, Daniel and Blandine are specialized for technical support on the forum. This means that they will primarily work on technical issues, such as board & thread regulation, rather than conflict management. If you have questions and requests regarding technical topics, please tag one of the two members. Other staff members can still be asked about technical issues too, in case you need urgent help and neither Daniel nor Blandine are online. If you want to contact the staff regarding conflict management, e.g. when a conflict is happening on the Discord server or you have potential rule breaches to report, please use the @staff role on Discord to tag the 11 non-technical members or privately message one of those 11 staff members (or use the report function on the forum, if you think a specific forum post breaks the rules). The Tech Staff members can also contribute to decisions regarding these issues, but will not be included in the 51% rule, which means that 6 of the non-technical staff members will have to agree on those decisions, instead of 7, like we mentioned on Discord earlier this evening.
It probably hasn’t gone unnoticed that Alexa has decided to distance themselves from the community for reasons that caused further discussions on the forum and on the #vent channel on Discord. That is why the staff team has decided to publish a statement as we were publicly criticized and asked to take further action.
For a longer period of time tension raised between Alexa and several other members of this forum. As we don’t want to put people into groups, it is better if anyone who knows they were involved in such a situation knows we are talking about them. This ultimately led to escalations and verbal arguments, to the point that it can be considered as people trolling or even bullying, which we don’t think has to be explained further. The latest argument, which happened in #music, led to a 5% warning to Alexa, which was given for an accumulation of rule breaking such as flame baiting and racist/xenophobic comments. Other members of that argument received a verbal warning for this specific argument only. Alexa perceived this, as well as other staff treatment in the past, as unfair and decided to take a break from the discord server and ultimately announced their distancing from the community as whole. Inappropriate comments made under Alexa’s post were deleted by the staff and individual members were warned verbally. Alexa’s distancing caused further discussions in the vent channel of our discord server. This led to an argument and finally to a reevaluation process in the staff channel.
The staff has evaluated the situation again and considered the objections and concerns mentioned by other forum members. We decided to consider that the actions, that were taken against Alexa by members of our community, as bullying, something we didn’t do before and we fully regret. We apologized to alexa in a personal message and also made clear that we can’t force other people to apologize too as it’s something that has to be self-initiated. We should have acted differently back then and we promise to do better in the future. Even if some involved people viewed their behaviour as justified, we believe that it crossed the line into bullying and was unacceptable. Other than that, we decided to retroactively hand out warnings to ✦ josh ✦ and Hugo for being actively involved in the actions taken against alexa. I would also like to mention that the staff is paying big respect to Lᴇꜰ for defending Alexa and making us attentive to this situation which led to the reevaluation.
Another point that we have to mention, is how one of our staff members, Marika 🕊️, was treated in this situation. Marika was portrayed as the villain in this whole situation, simply for being friends with people involved in this and for giving the impression of being the forum’s head, which they aren’t, neither officially nor unofficially. The staff team as a whole is the head of this forum and not an individual person. Some accusations were thrown from people who did not have enough background knowledge on this matter and we’d like to ask everyone to be more careful in this kind of matter.
STATEMENT ON FAKE ACCOUNTS
Yesterday, the staff has made the decision to ban vaneedas, after we found out that he created multiple fake accounts and participated with them in contests, such as WWWSC. Since this is not the first time Vaneedas has been caught doing this, as older members will remember, we made the difficult decision to ban him and his duplicate accounts (antonija and eriethioesc).
Recently, there have been quite a few instances of fake accounts being discovered. We want to remind everyone again, that creating more than one account is against the forum rules and will lead to consequences, upon the discovery of said accounts. Therefore we urge you to not create any fake accounts in the future. If you are currently in possession of multiple accounts, that the staff has not discovered yet, we suggest for your own sakes that you delete those accounts before they get discovered.