6.1 - Adjudication Authority of Staff Members
Staff members serve as the ultimate authority in matters of rule enforcement. They are not bound by predetermined standards for administering punishments. Their decisions are final. Staff members act as both the adjudicator, determining guilt or innocence, and the arbiter, assigning appropriate sanctions. They are not confined by forum regulations and may exercise discretion in disciplining or abstaining from disciplining individuals, based on any rationale they deem justifiable.
6.2 - Consideration of Context
In evaluating player reports, we place significant emphasis on contextual analysis. The act of rule infringement is examined within the broader framework of the entire incident. If your own actions contribute to a perception of the reported player's behavior as more reasonable or understandable, it may impact the severity of their penalty or result in no penalty at all. Contextual nuances are paramount.
6.3 - Conduct in Reporting and Interactions with Staff
It is imperative that you exhibit respect towards Staff members. Derogatory language, insults, and arguments are strictly discouraged. While Staff members do not assert an air of superiority, we do expect your deference, particularly in a report. Cooperation and respect towards staff are prerequisites. Failure to adhere to these expectations may result in the dismissal of your report, and in severe cases, potential repercussions for you. Display maturity in all interactions.
6.4 - Efficient Utilization of Staff Resources
Staff members are committed to assisting you, provided that your intentions are genuine. Clarity, decisiveness, and adherence to the aforementioned guidelines are indispensable. However, we do not entertain prolonged grievances or disputes concerning other players. Persistent misuse of our time, following a warning, may lead to the dismissal of your report, with potential consequences for you.
6.5 - Prohibition of Entrapment
Instances of provoking others to breach rules, or orchestrating scenarios for reporting purposes, are expressly prohibited. For instance, deliberately creating situations where a rule is violated may result in penalties equivalent to a rule infraction. This practice of resorting to reporting as a means of resolving conflicts rather than engaging in authentic gameplay is viewed with significant disapproval by staff. Context is pivotal in this assessment, and inciting breaches within a specific context is not exempt from scrutiny.
6.6 - Discouragement of Spam Reporting
Refrain from inundating us with multiple reports regarding the same player. If a fellow player or town member has already filed a report, duplicating it is unnecessary. Once a decision has been reached and your ticket closed, please refrain from submitting additional reports on the same matter.
6.7 - Discretion Regarding Discussions on Punishments, Reports, or Rule Violations
Engaging in discussions about punishments, reports, or rule violations with an intention to spread gossip or create an atmosphere of controversy is strictly prohibited. We are committed to fostering a healthy and constructive environment free from toxic exchanges and unfounded allegations.