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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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DEN continue to shoot innocents

The Dewiek have made themselves busy shooting at the peaceful and innocent traders of the SSL. Leader of Solar Spices and Liquors Mr TOAD has been vocal pointing out that the Beast-DEN are being totally unfair. News of a go-fund-me appeal are yet to surface though.

This office is sure that it must have provided the DEN light relief after picking on the equally defenceless Felini. Word is that the DEN faced such an uphill struggle in these recent actions they had to take up Felini inter-breeding to provide some entertainment as the battle reports were rather boring.
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Return of the LiQuans

A close associate of the Baron LiQuan has been haunting the Corewards periphery and like the old Baron it is said he has a meklan connection. It's unclear whether he obtained his meklan nanites via the CIA but there are rumours that the DEN may be helping the Liquan relative in a bid to sow discontent in the Stellar Empire. Exactly why they would start in Corewards is unclear although with DEN allies, the DOM, having strong positions both in the Sol system and the old Harcorp systems of Harlong and Coptuv they may be the linking factor.

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Meklan Unleashed on Mobile Bay

Mad Dewiek scientist Dr Kala released a number of Meklan on the busy world of Mobile Bay in the Yank system. Thousands of civilians have been killed in what is treated by DEN warlords as an amusing practical joke. Rather than take any responsibility for their affiliation’s reckless behaviour, a DEN lord rumoured to be half-meklan himself quipped he would nuke the planet whilst another merely saw it as an opportunity to test some of his greener troops in combat. Surprisingly, the KAS planetary defence force was up to the job of repelling the insidious incursion. Questions remain whether further meklan are stored elsewhere on the planet and whether anybody will challenge the Dewiek’s lack of care for the lives of innocents. Probably not, given how even the mighty IMP are now cowering from a fight with the DEN (see inside this edition).

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Who is behind the AFA?

Following the large scale holiday attack by the AFA against the FET the question of who is behind the attacks has been raised once again. What is clear is that the AFA is using ships that were transferred from the GTT to the IMP. The organisation and expertise of the operation also reduces the pool of potential candidates. Few can go from commanding a handful of broadswords to half a thousand warships and significant army logistics without a long stint in one of the more combative affiliations. With the DEN’s allies the HEX in close relations with the FET and no recent history of animosity between the aliens and FET, at least since the departure of former one-eye big-bun Norozov, it would be a bizarre turn of events if they were behind these attacks. Frankly, there’s no point dancing around it. The IMP are clearly behind the AFA. The question is what can anybody do about this move of significant Imperial resources to a black-flag agency?

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Fox Effects Fantastic Turnaround

With his feet barely under the table, Xavier Fox has managed to dramatically turn things around at the GTT. With year-on-year sales figures up by 23%, manufacturing up 42% and ship production increased by 36%, the megacorporation is running at full steam with noticeable impact on local economies across the Stellar Empire. Political analysts also note that after a period of retrenchment following the disastrous leadership of Ike Krieger, investment in defence is at a five-year high. After such bullish growth, the trick will be for Mr. Fox to recruit C-level executives fast enough to match his ambitions. It is notable in temperament, the current crop of GTT politicals do not exhibit the monomaniacal xenophobia of their predecessors and have resisted repeated provocations by the DEN to enter a pointless spar before they have re-established superiority against the foolhardy aliens.

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Felini flounder in Winter against superior Dewiek forces

The FEL have managed to get their asses kicked by the DEN yet again after provoking the definitely “not cute or cuddly” Dewiek in the Crossley system. The furry punching bags had bought a civilian flagged outpost in the system, without permission or under certain conditions depending on who you ask, and then had the gall to reinforce this error by positioning warships in orbit. The famously patient warlord Halvor did not buy the story these heavy hull armed ships were merely transports and sent a pack to clear the orbit. The mouthy yet green Felini fleet commander Pr'prz fancied his chances against what looked like a light complement of DEN warships and ordered his own warships to engage in the neighbouring Winter system. The result was predictably a wipe out of the FEL forces consisting of forty-seven capital warships at no loss to the DEN. Once again, a series of calamitous decision making resulted in Felini lives being wasted by a leadership barely fit to clean a litter tray. The otherwise untested Halvor can now claim some victory ale although with his penchant for picking on creatures as weak as Gracians, it’s not exactly clear how much glory this new breed of Dewiek warrior can claim against the legends of old.

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Dastardly Dewiek Disregard Yank Neutrality

The governor of a MRC outpost in the Yank system reports that a 400-hull DEN warship called Grey Hunter Axiom entered orbit of Spritzer and opened fire with weapons of mass destruction (WoMD) against a platform, outpost, ground party and ship. Reports indicate significant casualties to Kastorian personnel both in space and on the ground. The KAS Junta is gruffly warning, with a slightly indifferent air, that everybody better stay out of the sector of the outpost for their own health. It is unclear what measures the KAS have or will take against the DEN on this matter. Such a breach of Yank neutrality has in the past caused the Dewiek to froth at the bit against the Empire for their disregard of ‘civilised’ norms. Their current silence on this matter speaks volumes.

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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.

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Crowe Coups Self

The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


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