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Setting up a forum.

When you have been given admin for your affiliation you can set up your own forum and decide who you want to be able to see it.

Wtih admin status more options are opened up to you and an admin tag appears on the top row.

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Press this tag and open up the forums tab along the top.

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In the drop down box for 'Add new category' you should only be able to see your own affilliation, press the add button at the side of this drop down box.

There is now a new category created, press the edit button to change the settings on it.

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Name: this is the name that you want this group to be, for example IMP. Click in the box to edit the text.
Group: if you are a simple admin this should only show your group, site admin have more options.
Click the apply button to save your changes.

In the drop down box for new forum you should see only one option again, press the add button.
Under your renamed 'new category' there should now be 'new forum'.

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To edit the details for the new forum click on the link.

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Edit the name of the forum by replacing the text in the box. Group and category will show no other options for basic admin. Security is the level of access that can see that forum and you can set that to the appropriate level you want to be able to see that forum. When you are happy with the new name and settings press apply to save the changes.

You can create more than one forum for different users and if you make a mistake or no longer need a forum you can delete the forum using the delete button. It will give a confirmation if to delete or not so that you can not delete a forum by mistake and it is not possible to delete a forum that contains posts.

If you now press the forum tag on the top row you should see a new forum added in your main forums page.

Adding a recruitment method into a Group.  [Recruit]

As before go into the admin tag on the top row but this time select the recruitment tab.
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Select the correct group from the drop down box (on basic admin there should only be one choice) then press the add button and that will add a new recruitment method.
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Click on the link to edit it.
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Different levels of recruitment can be created for your forum and depending on how the security levels are set different levels of access can be seen by different people. You can authorise new recruits to see only basic information then as they become more trusted you can increase their access to your forum.

Name: This is the name that you will see when it comes up in notifications (assuming you have notifications turned on in your home tag). For example new player, or security level 2 or anything else that makes sence to you.

Keyword: this is what you give to the player to be able to register with your forum.

Security: this is the level that this user can see. This level is tested when looking at the forum and the library. New users can be given basic access all the way up to affiliation leaders having their own section.

Delay: this is how long the recruitment method lasts before it is activated. For example a new recruit might have to wait 2 weeks before given basic access depending.

Wait: this applies to votes. It is the time between the start of a vote to finalising the vote.

Type: you can use several different types of recruitment depending on how you want to run your affiliation.

  • Automatic: the player is automatically accepted onto the forum.
  • Veto/delay/yes: existing voters get to veto, delay or say yes to the new recruit.
  • Majority yes: existing voters have to have a majority yes vote for the new recruit to allowed access.
  • 100% yes/delay: every voter has to say yes to the recruit otherwise they are delayed until the vote changes to 100%
  • Recruiter authorised: this give a notification on the home page to anyone with recruiter or admin. They then have to act to authorise or deny the applicant. This is the method that is recommended to be used for most cases.
Granted roles: you are able to select the roles from the drop down menu to apply. Roles can be created specifically for your group. Basic access is read/write forum/library/news/game info. Voter access is basic access plus the ability to vote on recruitment depending on security level.

Promote: this shows any other recruitment method the exists in your scope.

Notify: tick this box to have notificaton appear on home page.

Apply by user link: this creates a link that people can access by going into their perferences. This is an alternate way to the keyword method of applying. Either or both ways can be used.

When you are happy with the choices you have made press apply to save the changes. If you want to change anything simply reclick on the link to edit once more. If you no longer want this recruitment method to exist press delete.

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***** Inter Galactic News *****

”Necessity hath no law”

Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.

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***** Inter Galactic News *****

Return of the Fox

The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."

******Empire Syndicated News Network (ESNN) ******

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******Empire Syndicated News Network (ESNN) ******

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Welcome to the new version of ESNN (formally CSNN), giving the news and views from the former CSNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe,

And so with the news,
***** Inter Galactic News *****

A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

***** Inter Galactic News *****

The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc


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I’ve played on and off for approximately 10 years, over a 20 year spell. After some interesting debate on the in-game forum, I did wonder what, exactly, has kept drawing me back to the game, when for so many others I’ve generally lost interest after a few months.

Ultimately, I think it is a combination of automation (that allows the game to handle thousands of positions to interact on a daily basis) coupled with Special Actions (that allow the story arc to develop in a way that could not be catered for by a set of predefined list of available orders).