Over the past few months the moderation staff has been monitoring a large ring of multiple/shared/gifted accounts. We wish to inform you that we have "corrected" the actions of those involved and removed the tech sent by the illicit nations.
As a reminder each individual person playing the game is allowed to have one nation. You may not use proxies, virtual private networks, or other tools to evade this rule. You are also not allowed to transfer your account to another player upon departing the game or share your account with other players.
Edit: Since humor is lost on some people, the Reynes were an arrogant and overconfident house in A Song of Ice and Fire who rose up in defiance of the law and were subsequently punished for their actions. The situation (or situations if you want to consider our cleanup last night too) here is similar given what those in question have done with their desire to run multiple accounts in defiance of the game's rules.
The Suggestion Box has returned to no longer requiring topics to be approved by moderation before they can be commented on.
Bear in mind that the standard forum rules still apply to submitting and commenting on suggestions. Any suggestions which do not adequately explain the ideas being proposed, advertise other games, degrade into a flame war, are excessively repeated, and so forth will be subject to locking or removal at the discretion of the moderation staff.
As an example say I wished to propose the addition of cities which each nation could create. The role of my suggestion thread would be to explain how this featured would work if it were added to Cyber Nations. Discussing how other games utilize this mechanic is irrelevant to justify my idea since I am trying to make a case for why and how it should be added here.
With the age of the game, and the declining number of players, some of the stringent forum rules are being updated and amended for the smaller player base that the game is played. One such rule that has been updated is that a forum ban no longer means you are automatically banned in-game unless the punishment for the content of your forum post is a gross misconduct, then it will be reviewed and your nation may be deleted at that point based upon moderator(s) discretion. You will still be restricted from participating at the forums but normal in-game actions, as long as they aren't rule violations, will be permitted.
Rules have been updated to such:
Along with your normal Warn Reduction Requests that you file to have your warn level lowered based upon good behavior, moderator(s) now will be doing "drive by" warn reductions when they are monitoring a thread and see a poster who is exhibiting good forum posting but has an old warn hanging over their head. So mind your P's and Q's and you might just get a surprise warn reduction for your good posting behavior.
Regarding Tech Received From Multis
The moderation team has been researching, discussing and reviewing the issues surrounding tech received from nations deleted as multis. We have provided the information found during our research to admin. With the approval from admin the following new policy has been established starting today:
Any tech received from a nation that is deleted for a multi will be removed.
We have reviewed such nations from over the past year or more. In some cases, the technology received from multis is considerable. This is unfair to the majority of people who have played by the rules. We may remove that tech. It is possible that we may also go farther back. In any case, we reserve the right to review past offenders and adjust nations as deemed necessary.
This announcement is for information purposes only and not for interpretation. Any responses that are in violation of the forum rules will result in a warn. Speculating and posting accusing others of having multis will result in a full warn, not a verbal. Multi reporting should be done in the correct forum.
In response to possible confusion over the revisions to the spam rule we'd like to provide some general clarifications to this and a few other rules.
Spam in the general sense is a contentless post, a post which contributes nothing to an active conversation. Spam mucks up threads, makes them difficult to follow, and introduces discontinuities which if sufficiently large will kill a discussion. As moderators we enforce this and other rules to maintain quality in the community, we don't do so simply to be arbitrary. That being said, by convention we allow for exceptions. These are inherited from moderators long passed, they're engrained in your habits as posters, and when not taken to an extreme they don't diminish, or even enhance the experience of participating here.
For the longest time the statement congratulations <alliance> (in response to an OP) has been permissible, while a simple congratulations was by previous consensus prohibited. Our adjustment to the existing rule was made in the spirit of allowing this and other similar statements of general approval to be voiced (seeing as semantically equivalent posts were also allowed). More recently it has been asked if this general statement of approval also applies to the responses within a thread, as opposed to being limited strictly to the OP. An example of this might be: Person 1 makes a witty retort to the OP; Person 2 says "sounds right" while quoting Person 1. In this case Person 2 is not conveying general approval to an announcement, they are instead making a QFT post (quoted for truth) which always has been and remains to this day spam.
In the initial announcement of the rule change, the statement conveys the intent to limit the scope of this relaxation to those directed at an OP. In it the second sentence reads: "From here on out, the staff will no longer issue warns for one word posts expressing general approval to an announcement (e.g "Hail", "yay", "congrats" ect)".
Importance of Making Reduction Requests:
This goes without saying, but if you've racked up warns and you haven't been warned recently (last 30 days at the minimum)- put in a request for a reduction. Do not let your warns stack up to five or you will be banned if you cross the threshold. We don't enjoy expelling people from the game, make it easy on us/yourselves and address old warning points if you have them.
That being said, we're not invalidating proper warns issued before any current or future rule change. These adjustments don't come with a general amnesty attached, if the warn is recent it sticks, if it is old then ask for a reduction.
OOC-IC- the 'game':
The word 'game' is not off limits, if you want to utilize it in reference to in character behavior, or an in character situation then feel at liberty to do so. However using it in reference to the real world browser game cybernations remains off limits.
Here's a cute example created by Keelah:
Discussion of Moderation Issues: 'Cuba is an Auctor multi'
Discussion of moderation issues has always been restricted ground. In the moderation blog we allow for more open discourse on the rules, sharing of opinions, Q/A ect. However, beyond these abstract subjects and particular venue, the standard remains as it has been. Multis have become a hot topic of late, there has been suspicion and indeed factual occurrence of cheating through the use of multiple accounts. Out of frustration or simply a desire to tar an opponent this has become infused into public discussion. As a last component of this public service announcement I'd like to reiterate that those perpetuating these topics in public forums will be warned. If you suspect or know of cheating, you should file a report on it in the section of the moderation forums dedicated to game abuse.
We'll continue to roll out clarifications as needed, but for now that is all.
The staff will be relaxing the prohibitions on spam effective immediately. From here on out, the staff will no longer issue warns for one word posts expressing general approval to an announcement (e.g "Hail", "yay", "congrats" ect). Players should note that posts containing only emoticons or 'o/' will still be considered spam.
Revisions in Bold:
We have picked a winner for the forum pip contest. All of the entries were good. There were over twenty entries. Each moderator picked their top choices and I picked the one image that was in most of the moderator picks.....the winner is Teeters from the New Pacific Order.
Teeters will have the choice of 3 $30 donations or a pip for his alliance for the CN forums.
We also want to recognize and thank Ghuxalia for his help with creation of the webpage that allowed us to sort and view the submitted images. He is also being awarded a pip on the CN forums. It appears he is in the Sparta alliance and already has a pip for his alliance, so he can have one made of his liking. So I'm sure he'll be open for bribes or favors (*wink wink*) to all those people flooding his pm box right now.
Here is the updated moderation team:
The Moderation Team
Xena of Amphipolis
Que Sera Sera
Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Sword of Estel
The nation sitting thread is now closed.
Nation Sitting Requests are now to be filled out in the Nation Sitting Request forum.
Follow the Nation Sitting Instructions announcement for making your thread for nation sitting.
I'd like to take the opportunity to announce the additions of Xena of Amphipolis, Elend, Que Sera Sera, and Lucius Cornelius Sulla to the moderation team. Over the years they've demonstrated themselves to be solid players of commendable judgement and character. It is our belief they will excel in serving the community now as members of the staff. We're pleased to have them with us.
Link to OWF announcement: http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/127400-forum-image-contest-prizes-to-be-won/
The moderation team is needing an update in the images used for the forum groups.
Here are the current images in use by the moderation team:
For the new images we need them for the following positions with special instructions notated.
Admin (color = dark blue similar to tag above)
Head Mod (color = navy blue similar to tag above)
Staff Advisor (color = navy blue similar to tag above)
Senior Forum Mod (color = navy blue similar to tag above)
Senior Game Mod (color = navy blue similar to tag above)
Global Forum Mod (dark green)
Forum Mod (lighter green than Global)
Standard Game Mod (color = light blue)
Tournament Game Mod (color similar to red of TE edition)
This contest will last for ten days. The winner of the contest will receive 3 $30 donations awarded in-game or a forum pip (like the sanctioned alliance ones).
Thanks for your submissions in advance and good luck!
Moderation Team Blog
For suggestions that have reached enough discussion time, I have posted and from here on out moderation will post the following in each thread:
Please fill out the following form. Once filled out it will be submitted for review by admin.
View in support will be written typically by the OP. Be specific. No Politicization.
View in opposition will be written by one of the detractors of the suggestion. Be specific. No politicization.
Once this is completed this snippet will be posted up in this pinned thread. Once there are enough suggestions (around 5) for admin to review and they will be notated as either Denied or Under Review.
Once that form is filled out then it will be posted up in the pinned thread and then admin will take a look and decisions will be made as to whether they are Denied or Under Review.
I have hit some of the current threads have been at discussed at least 3-4 weeks now and older. If you have a suggestion that is in that section you think still is valid, please post in that thread and I will post the form for you to fill out.
It will be up to those who disagree with a suggestion to pick one of the persons to write up the opposition view point on that suggestion.
I hope this will help.
After review and feedback there is now a moderator in charge of summarizing suggestion threads and posting them up in the pinned thread in the Suggestion Forum: http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/127397-suggestions-ready-for-review/
Moderation Team Blog
Welcome to the first entry in the moderation team blog!
This blog will be used for announcements and other topics between moderation and the forum members.
There are some exciting things being done with the moderation team and we look forward to sharing those with all of you.
There is a review of the current moderation structure taking place and the new structure will be announced within weeks. Along with the restructuring, there will be the need for new graphics made for the images for each moderation rank. There will be a contest announced in the Open World Forum about this contest and the chance to win a prize for the best images that is chosen from among all of the entries submitted.
Other changes that have taken place include the changing of the moderation reporting area to being made where only the players reporting and the moderation staff can see each player's individual report. This change was necessary to encourage
those who report things not to feel like they are harassed by other players for reporting possible violations, but also it will curb the desire of yet others who choose to report things out of a motivation to try to take out political opponents or even just to curb players that report things for the sake of the attention.
We are here to help maintain a civil playing field yet encourage an atmosphere that will allow players to enjoy the game in their roles as nation leaders, alliance leaders and members.
If there are any ways in which we can improve the forum experience please feel free to post in the Moderation Forum and those entries that are of merit will be approved for discussion.
If you need anything feel free to message me or any moderation staff.