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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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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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Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.

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The Worm Turns

The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.

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”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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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."

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