Regulations

I. Citizen Rights

  1. Every member of The Radiated Society, including members of the Proconsul, has the right to:

    1. Right to Free Speech:
      - Every citizen may freely voice his or her opinion so long as it does not constitute as flaming or violate other regulations.

    2. Right to Suggest Change:
      - All citizens may discuss potential changes, improvements, and additions to The radiated Society. Citizens can also request the creation of opinion polls.

    3. Right to Participate in Groups:
      - Citizens may join and leave civilian user groups on their own accord. No willing citizen should be denied access to a public group.

    4. Right to Participate in Elections:
      - All citizens may nominate, be nominated, and run for Proconsul positions.

    5. Right to Vote:
      - All citizens may vote in elections as well as public opinion polls.

    6. Right to Appeal Changes:
      - All decisions made by the Proconsul may be appealed.

    7. Right to Dispute Authority:
      - If an elected official is suspected of overstepping his or her authority, fails to comply with the regulations, or fails to perform his or her duties, then any member is allowed to question the officialís actions. If it is found that the official has acted in bad faith and failed to fulfill all job duties, a call of no confidence may be made.

II. Obtaining and Maintaining Citizenship

  1. Obtaining Citizenship
    - All members who meet the following requirements are considered citizens:

    1. 100 Posts.

    2. One month of forum activity.

    3. Placement on the Member's List on the main page.

    4. If a person fulfills the first two requirements, then the Amenities Officer should add him/her to the member's list.


  2. Citizen Statuses:

    1. Active:
      - Any citizen that is active on a regular basis on one or more of the forums will be considered active.

    2. On Leave:
      - Citizens that need time away to attend to other obligations will be listed as 'On Leave' until their return.

    3. Inactive:
      - Citizens that do not post on the forums for at least a month without notice of leave are considered inactive. Inactive citizens may be removed from the Member's List after being listed as inactive for a month or more.

    4. Banished:
      - Citizens that have broken the rules of the community and were banned as a result are considered banished.


  3. Leaving the Community:

    1. Any Citizen is free to leave the community at any time. If punishment is pending for a ban, it may still be carried out even if citizenship is renounced prior to a decision being reached.

    2. Citizens that leave the community may return at any time, but must again meet all requirements before regaining citizen status.

III. Forums

  1. Society Forums:

    1. The Radiated Society:
      - Official forum of the community. All opinion polls and election events are held in this forum. All topics related to the community, citizens, or the site should be made here. Announcements of temporary leaves should be made in this forum.

    2. Site Issues:
      - This forum is reserved for technical issues related to the forum and/or site. When something breaks, it should be reported here.

    3. Rules and Regulations:
      - Contains all guidelines for the community.

    4. News Forum:
      - Any post-apocalyptic news should be posted in this forum.


  2. Creative Forums:

    1. Library.

    2. Sketch Club.

    3. Halls of Art.


  3. Government:

    1. Public Proconsul Forum:
      - This forum is where Proconsul members post weekly reports and discuss new ideas. This is also where the General Assembly votes on changes and new ideas.

    2. Closed Proconsul Forum:
      - This forum is for voting on bans.

    3. Executive Forum.


  4. Community Discussion:

    1. Serious Stuff:
      - All discussions on serious topics; including but not limited to politics, religion, and world events; should be held in this forum. Spam should not be allowed here, and off-topic discussion is discouraged.

    2. Stupid Stuff:
      - Any non-serious discussion that does not pertain directly to the community and/or its citizens should be held here. In this forum, rules for spamming should be relaxed.

IV. Inappropriate Behavior

  1. Spam:
    - Spam posts may be deleted or split from a topic. The topic may also be closed, moved to Golgotha, moved to Stupid Stuff, or left as is depending on the severity of the spam. The final decision is at the discretion of the Correctionís Official.

    The following constitutes as spam:

    1. A post that does not relate to the current topic.

    2. A post that does not add to the current discussion.

    3. Excessive, needless, or inappropriate swearing.

    The following does not constitute as spam:

    1. Any on topic post.

    2. Any post that voices opinion, even if it is simple agreement.

    3. Any post that announces relevant information to other members, including but not limited to changes to The Radiated Society and/or the Proconsul.

    4. Any post that results from or promotes topic evolution.

    5. Any other post that does not fall within the above definition of spam.


  2. Flaming:
    - Flame posts should be split from the topic and moved to Golgotha. The post should not be deleted. The originating topic may be left open, closed, or moved to Golgotha. The final decision is at the discretion of the Corrections Official.

    The following constitutes as flames:

    1. Any post that directly attacks another member.

    2. Any message that uses swearing or capital letters in excess.

    3. Any message that is insulting to a specific group.

    4. Any malicious falsehood.

    5. Any post that uses crude or insulting language against another member or memberís beliefs and opinions.

    The following are not considered flames:

    1. A disagreement in opinion that does not demean or belittle another member.

    2. Sarcastic or cynical posts that are meant to be taken lightly. Citizens should include context such as a wink to distinguish these posts when the overall tone of the text is not sufficient.

    3. Any other post that does not fit the above definition of a flame post.


  3. Inappropriate materials:

    - Any inappropriate materials, such as pictures or links, that would be inappropriate to view in a public environment should include an appropriate warning and/or disclaimer. Any pictures that fit this description should only be linked to and not posted directly on the forum or uploaded to the site.

  4. Signature limits:

    - Citizens can place anything in their signatures that does not violate other rules. However, to save on load and scrolling times, signatures should not exceed the following limits:

    1. Ten lines of text.

    2. Images with a combined total size of 25KB or more.

    3. Images with a combined height or width exceeding 250px.

V. Banishment

  1. Transitory Ban:
    - The transitory ban is an extremely limited-term ban, lasting at most 72 hours, or three days. When a citizen clearly breaks a rule, the Corrections Official may place a transitory ban on the member as punishment. If a citizen receives three transitory bans within a Correction Official's six-month term, then more serious measures are considered. Every citizen begins with a clean slate of zero transitory bans at each inauguration.

    1. Transitory bans should only be used when minor infractions have occurred.

  2. Temporary Ban:
    - Citizens that repeatedly break rules or are guilty of minor offenses may be temporarily banned. Temporary bans can range from three to sixty days in length

    A temporary ban should be handled with the following steps:

    1. The Corrections Official creates a new thread in the Public Proconsul forum calling for a temporary ban. All offenses made by the offending party should be mentioned. The call may or may not include a recommended length of time. The issue is then open for discussion by the Proconsul.

    2. The Correction Official informs the citizen via private message of the discussion.

    3. The discussion remains open until every Proconsul member has commented, and there are no open questions. Proconsul members have the right not to comment, but a post must be made stating this. Proconsul members that are on leave may be excused from posting.

    4. After the discussion is closed, the Corrections Official crates a poll in the Closed Proconsul forum. The poll must include the length of time for the ban. All members of the Proconsul are allowed to vote.

    5. A decision is reached by a three fifths majority vote. If a majority is reached before all Proconsul members have voted, the poll may be considered closed and a decision reached. A three fifths majority is required to overturn the temporary ban in the case of an appeal.

    6. After voting, the Corrections Official informs the citizen of the decision via private message and/or e-mail. If the ban passed, the member is also banished for the agreed amount of time.

    7. Once the ban expires, the Correction Official lifts the ban and informs the citizen via private message and e-mail.


  3. Indefinite Ban:
    - Indefinite banishment may occur for serious and/or repeat offenses. Indefinite bans do not require a maximum time limit. However, all indefinite bans must last at least sixty days.

    An indefinite ban should be handled with the following steps:

    1. The Corrections Official calls for an indefinite ban in a new thread in the Public Proconsul forum, citing all relevant offenses. The issue is then open for discussion by the Proconsul.

    2. The Corrections Official informs the citizen via private message of the discussion.

    3. The discussion remains open until every Proconsul member has commented, and there are no open questions. Proconsul members have the right not to comment, but a post must be made stating this. Proconsul members that are on leave may be excused from posting.

    4. After the discussion is closed, the Corrections Official creates a poll in the Closed Proconsul forum. If the ban is to be reviewed after a predetermined period of time, then this time period needs to be included in the poll. All members of the Proconsul are allowed to vote.

    5. A decision is reached by a four fifths majority vote. If a majority is reached before all Proconsul members have voted, the poll may be considered closed and a decision reached. A four fifths majority is required to overturn the indefinite ban in the case of an appeal.

    6. After voting, the Correction Official informs the member of the decision via private message and/or e-mail. If the ban passed, the member is also banished from the community.


    - The review process for an indefinite ban begins after the amount of time agreed upon passed ban vote, or after a year if no time is specified.

    The steps for review are as follows:

    1. The Correction Official begins a discussion in the Public Proconsul forum. Past offenses should be cited to remind everyone why the member was originally banished.

    2. The discussion remains open until every Proconsul member has commented, and there are no open questions. Proconsul members have the right not to comment, but a post must be made stating this. Proconsul members that are on leave may be excused from posting.

    3. After the discussion is closed, the Corrections Official creates a poll in the Closed Proconsul forum to overturn the ban. If the ban is to be reviewed after a predetermined period of time, then this time period needs to be included in the poll. All members of the Proconsul are allowed to vote.

    4. A decision is reached by a four fifths majority vote. If a majority is reached before all Proconsul members have voted, the poll may be considered closed and a decision reached.

    5. If the ban is overturned, the banishment is lifted from the member. The member must be informed of the decision via private message and/or e-mail.


  4. Permanent Ban:
    - Permanent bans are for major offenses that disrupt the flow of activities within the community, have the potential for long-lasting negative effects, causes other citizens to leave, or damages the reputation of the community or its citizens. Permanent bans do not have a specified time period, are not reviewed, and can only be overturned by an appeal.

    A permanent ban should be handled with the following steps:

    1. The Corrections Official creates a topic in The Radiated Society forum citing all offenses by the member.

    2. Open discussion is allowed to take place for at least a week. All citizens, including the offender, may participate. Discussion is considered closed when it is clear that no new evidence or arguments will be brought forward. This is at the discretion of the Corrections Official.

    3. The Corrections Official creates a poll in the Closed Proconsul forum.

    4. A decision is reached by a unanimous vote. If there is a discrepancy in votes before all Proconsul members have voted, the poll may be considered closed and a decision reached. A unanimous vote is also required to overturn the indefinite ban in the case of an appeal.

    5. After voting, the Corrections Official announces the decision in the society forum. If the ban passed, the Correction Official must ban the member and inform him/her of the decision via e-mail.

    VI. Civilian Positions

    1. Overview:
      -Each member of The Radiated Society has the right to hold as many Civilian Positions as they want. However, they must be able to complete all tasks required for each. If they do not they will lose the job. They can re-apply for the job in the future if they wish.


      1. Scribe:
        - Scribes are basically people that write fan-fictions. Anyone that wants to write is encouraged to become a Scribe. All Scribes must report to the Creative Consultant. They must also post their works in the Fan Fiction forum. Then, the Creative Consultant will add the work to the fan-fiction section of the site. Each Scribe must write at least one work every two months. If a Scribe fails to meet this deadline, he/she may lose their position. However, they can always re-apply for the position at a later time.

      2. Designer:
        - Designers are people who design fan-art pictures. The pictures can either be computer-rendered or hand-drawn. The picture can be of any browser-supported file extension. If the Designer does not have a place to upload the fan-art that they create, they can simply use the file upload form on the fan-art page. Every Designer is required to post their work on the Fan Art forum. Also, Designers are required to complete at least one fan-art picture every two months. Failure to meet this deadline may result in removal of the position. If the person wishes to, they may re-apply for the job at a later time. Also, like Scribes, Designers must report to the Creative Consultant.

      3. Forum Officer:
        - The Forum Officer position is like that of an Executive Consultant to the Corrections Official. However, rather than having access to the Executive forum or the full responsibilities that come with being an Executive Consultant, a Forum Officer merely is responsible for patrolling the forums for spam and flame posts. Forum Officers must be well known and trusted people of The Society. The Forum Officers will have the task of regulating The Radiated Society forums and reporting any spam/flames that they notice. All spam or flame posts must be reported to the Corrections Official or his/her Executive Consultant who can then deal with them as he/she sees fit. The Forum Officers may only close topics if they feel that a flame war or spam posts are imminent. There can be a maximum of two Forum Officers.

      4. Executive Consultant:
        - Executive Consultants are people who are appointed by the members of the Proconsul to assist them with their jobs. Usually, it is strongly recommended for an Executive Consultant to be selected by anyone running for a Proconsul office before the voting of the election takes place. The reason for this is because, if the Proconsul member must take a temporary leave of absence, his or her Executive Consultant is the one who would take over the position. Also, if the Proconsul member is removed, his or her Executive Consultant will take up the position until the next election. From this, it is clear that the person selected by a Proconsul member to be his or her Executive Consultant may strongly influence the vote, and not having one selected before the polls open could severely damage his or her chances of winning.

        - Next, Executive Consultants have access to the Executive forum, where they will receive assignments from their Proconsul member as well as report to him or her. This will provide the Executive Consultant with experience in the specific job of the Proconsul member that he or she serves under. As a result, the Exec. Consultant will be better trained to take over the job of the Proconsul member or run for the position him/herself at the next election. Now, although it is strongly discouraged, any Executive Consultant is allowed to step down from his or her spot at any time he or she wishes. However, the Executive Consultant must provide at least two weeks notification before his or her leave so that the Proconsul member may find a replacement. Also, if a Proconsul member is unhappy with his or her Executive Consultant, he or she may choose to remove him or her, providing that a replacement is already selected.

      5. Critics:
        - Critics are those members of The Radiated Society that keep up-to-date with things that are new. This includes anything from new movies to new technologies to the new issue of Playboy. Critics are the people that bring attention to cool things they think others will enjoy as well as warn other members to stay away from things that didnít live up to expectations. The only requirement to be a critic is that you must do one review per month.

    VII. Proconsul

    1. Overview:
      - The Proconsul is the governing body of the community. Officials are elected to serve the community and act in the best interest of all its citizens.

      1. Power Limits:
        - No citizen can hold more than one position on the Proconsul. Also, no citizen can hold a Proconsul position and Executive Consultant position simultaneously.

      2. Term Limits:
        - No citizen of The Radiated Society is allowed to be elected to any position on the Proconsul for more than two consecutive terms. A full term consists of three fourths of the time between inaugurations, which is four and a half months.

      3. General Assembly:
        - The General Assembly, or GA, of the Proconsul consists of the Corrections Official, Amenities Officer, and Creative Consultant. The General Assembly is responsible for voting on ideas that originate from members of the Proconsul after input is gained from citizens.

      4. Reports:
        - Each member of the Proconsul must post a weekly report in the Proconsul forum detailing all work that has been done in the last week.

      5. Calls Of No Contest/Leaving the Proconsul:

        1. Any member of the Proconsul can be removed from either the Proconsul or The Society completely if they do not follow the Regulations stated here or fail to do their job. For a member to be removed from the Proconsul, a call of no contest must be first made.

        2. This can come from any member of The Radiated Society that is not part of the Proconsul, including Executive Consultants. A member can make a call of no contest in any way he or she sees fit, including but not limited to a public message, a private message, an instant message, or an e-mail.

        3. However, if the call is not made publicly, then it must be made to the proper authority that would be able to start the process of removing the member from the Proconsul. The persons responsible for receiving calls of no confidence are listed below.

        4. Any calls made to someone who is not in a position to handle it are not valid. Within the Proconsul, calls of no contest can only come from the Corrections Official. The only person within the Proconsul that can make a call of no contest against the Corrections Official is the First Citizen. A call must be made to the Corrections Official.

        5. If the call is against the Corrections Official, then it is to be made to the Senior Council Member. Once a call has been made, a topic will be started within The Radiated Society forum. All members of The Society will have the ability to voice their opinions about the ability of the Proconsul member on trial to serve The Society.

        6. Any violations of the Regulations that the Proconsul member may have made may be examined as well at this time. Then, a public poll will be created, asking if the Proconsul member should be removed. After the poll is closed, a second poll is created in the Proconsul forum. This poll is open to all members of the Proconsul. If the vote to remove the Proconsul member passes by at least a three fifths majority vote, the member is thereby removed.

        7. If the Senior Counsel Member was removed, a different one is simply appointed by the First Citizen. If the First Citizen was removed, the Senior Counsel Member will take over as First Citizen and appoint a replacement to the position of Senior Counsel Member.

        8. If a member of the GA was removed, typically his or her Executive Consultant will take over. However, if the Executive Consultant has already served two full terms in that position and would be serving another full term if he or she were to take over, then an abbreviated impromptu election will be held to select a replacement.

        9. During this time, the Executive Consultant will be able to temporarily take over the empty Proconsul position because he or she would not be serving another full term.

        10. The same processes mentioned above pertaining to replacing a Proconsul member will apply if a member of the Proconsul decides to step down at any time during his or her term as well.


    2. Proconsul Positions:

      1. First Citizen:
        - Responsibilities include:

        1. Site content.

        2. Site and forum design/layout.

        3. Implementation of new ideas with help from the Senior Council Member.

        4. Veto or ratification of General Assembly votes.

        5. Overturn tertiary bans.


      2. Senior Council Member:
        - Responsibilities include:

        1. Development and implementation of innovations.

        2. Proconsul user group and setting Proconsul member permissions.

        3. Organize elections.

        4. Organize quizzes and contests.

        5. Organize and run The Radiated Society Awards (Skittles).

        6. File Proconsul Performance Rating for Corrections Official.


      3. Corrections Official:
        - Responsibilities include:

        1. Caravan guards user group

        2. Moderate forums.

        3. Carry out proper banning protocol.

        4. Carry out proper protocol for alterations and appeals.

        5. Oversee elections.

        6. Moderate internal Proconsul disputes.

        7. File Proconsul Performance Rating for other Proconsul members.


      4. Creative Consultant:
        - Responsibilities include:

        1. Site history.

        2. Scribes user group.

        3. Designers user group.

        4. Moderate creative forums.

        5. Library on main page.

        6. Halls of Art on main page.

        7. Reviews forum and critics user group.

        8. Site banners and graphics.


      5. Amenities Officer:
        - Responsibilities include:

        1. News.

        2. Members List.

        3. Honorary Members List.

        4. Meet The Radiated Society.

        5. Recruitment.

        6. Welcome new members.

        7. Links.

        8. Affiliated sites.

        9. Downloads.

        10. Relations with other sites.

      VIII. Elections

      1. Elections basically occur twice during the year. The elections themselves will run during the months of January and July, while the switching of office will occur on February 15 and August 15. Generally,
        here is how the elections will work:

        1. During the first two weeks of the election months, candidates will be able to be nominated. In order to be nominated for a Proconsul position, a member must have a clean record for at least six months prior
          to the election. Also, the member must have either two hundred posts or two months of consistent activity. Any candidate may accept or refuse the nomination. Any member of the Proconsul does not need to be
          nominated but can choose to run for either reelection, a different spot on the Proconsul, or simply not run again. Nomination can be accepted until 11:59PM on the fourteenth day in the candidateís time zone.

        2. During the next seven days (which would be the fifteenth to the twenty-first of the month), candidates may promote themselves however they see fit so long as they donít violate the Regulations. Also, during this time, all candidates are strongly encouraged to select an Executive Consultant (or Senior Council Member in the case of First Citizen) if they have not already done so.

        3. On the twenty-second of the month, the polls will open and run for the rest of the month (ten days). After the ten days, the winners will be announced.

        4. If the winner is somebody new to a job, he or she will go through training during the next fifteen days.

        5. On the fifteenth of the next month (which would be February or August, depending), the winners of the election will take office.

      IX. Voting


      1. Basic Changes

          Basic changes include almost every alteration to The Society that affects or influences the organization as a whole and does not change the Regulations. Usually, new ideas will originate from the Senior Council Member or First Citizen, though other members of the Proconsul are welcomed to participate in generating new ideas as well. The idea is then passed to the Corrections Official. This can be done over instant messenger, in a private message, or in one of the weekly reports. It really does not matter. After receiving the idea, the Corrections Official is responsible for taking the idea to The Radiated Society for an opinion poll. If the poll appears to have support, the Corrections Official then must take the idea back to the General Assembly for a vote. If the vote passes with a majority, it will then move to the First Citizen for ratification. The First Citizen can then either veto or accept the idea. If the idea is vetoed, the General Assembly may vote on it once again. This time, though, every member of the GA must be in agreement. If the vote is not unanimous, the issue must remain dead in all forms for at least a month. On the other hand, if the First Citizen chooses to ratify the idea, he or she can then assign responsibility to any member of the Proconsul to carry out the task. This decision will be based upon who the First Citizen feels is in the best position to do so. No matter what happens, it is up to the Corrections Official to take word back to The Radiated Society in regards to whether or not the idea had passed the Proconsul.


      2. Regulation Changes

          The Regulations may be changed at any time. Changing the Regulations is exactly like basic changes but with one difference. If the change is ratified, the First Citizen must place the change in the Regulations.


      3. Banning Members

          If a member of The Society is responsible for spam or flame posts, he/she may be banned. The Corrections Official is responsible for deciding when to vote on the banning of a member. Next, a discussion will be held where all members of the Proconsul may voice their opinions. Then, the General Assembly may hold a vote for a suitable punishment, which may be any type of removal. If the vote passes by majority, or unanimously in the case of a Permanent Removal, the decision then goes to the First Citizen for enactment. If the First Citizen decides not to ban the member, the GA can vote again. This time, the vote must be unanimous in order for the suggested banning to pass. If the First Citizen agrees with the decision of the GA, it is then up to the Corrections Official to ban the member and inform him/her of the details of the ban.


      4. Election Voting


        1. Eligibility

            Members of The Radiated Society must have either one month of consistent activity or one hundred posts before he or she is able to vote in a Proconsul election.

        2. Stalemates


          1. General

              In the event of a tie during the election a second vote will be held that will run for five(5) days. The First Citizen will abstain from this vote to be able to act as a tie breaker in the event of a second tie. The Senior Council Member will stand in place of the First Citizen if the vote is for the F.C. position or if the First Citizen is unavailable.


          2. Emergency Election

              In the event of a tie during an emergency election between two members the First Citizen can use his/her executive powers to appoint the member of his/her choice between the two as the winner. Members of the Proconsul can call for a second vote by the Society if they dispute the First Citizen's appointment. The First Citizen will abstain from this vote to act as a tie breaker in the event of a second tie. The Senior Council Member will stand in place of the First Citizen if the vote is for the F.C. position or if the First Citizen is unavailable.


          3. No Contest

              In the event of a tie between a member and 'No Contest' the Proconsul will hold a second vote to break the tie. If another tie results the First Citizen can use his/her executive powers to appoint the member to the position or call for another vote by the Society. The Senior Council Member will stand in place of the First Citizen if the vote is for the F.C. position or if the First Citizen is unavailable.



      X. Rank/Class

      1. General Information

          All members of The Society will have a rank/class. The rank/class simply indicates how many posts each member has made on the forums. The more that a person posts, the higher their rank will be. Any member that voluntarily leaves or is removed due to inactivity and later returns will start out with the lowest rank again. The ranks will be updated at the
          end of each month.


      2. The Ranks

          The table below tells the name of each rank and the number of posts that are required to achieve it.


          Name of Rank-------------------------------------Number of Posts Required

          1. Outsider-----------------------------------------------------0-49
          2. Wanderer--------------------------------------------------50-99
          3. Wandering Champion--------------------------------100-199
          4. Wandering Hero---------------------------------------200-399
          5. Vault Citizen-------------------------------------------400-599
          6. Vault Veteran------------------------------------------600-799
          7. Vault Champion---------------------------------------800-999
          8. Vault Hero------------------------------------------1000-1249
          9. Champion of the Wastes------------------------1250-1499
          10. Hero of the Wastes-------------------------------1500-1999
          11. Paragon---------------------------------------------2000-2999
          12. Living Legend---------------------------------------------3000
          13. Prodigy----------------------------------------------------6500
          14. Kitsune---------------------------------------------------10000+