Policies

Community Policies\n\nLeadership\nWe have a flexible and constantly evolving leadership policy. Members are lifted through to leadership due to their participation within in-game communities, their contribution to the community as a whole or for their specialist technical skills or a combination of all the above.Should a leader become inactive by either going away for a long time because of real life issues, we move them back down to member status so as to maintain a good level of participation within the team.We have two levels of leadership within the Jesters, Community & Game. Community leaders do just that, they are the backbone of the community and handle most issues that occur at that level and provide steer and direction to the community. Game leaders are the public face of the Jesters within our in-game communities, they lead squads, handle recruitment and assist and support the membership playing the game.If you become a leader in our community - enjoy it as recognition of your contribution to the group. If you get demoted please don't see it as a personal slight. It might just mean we are balancing out a team or that you haven't been as able as usual to sustain your involvement. Whatever the case, please do not get offended, it is not personal. If you are upset - speak to a member of the community leadership team.One last note on leadership. We expect our leadership team to be courteous and helpful to our members & guests and do not tolerate behaviour that is offensive or unhelpful. We therefore demote leaders when such behaviour is exhibited.You can find more information on game ranks and leaders here .\n\nTeamspeak\nJesters operate a large 512-slot Teamspeak server. This sever is run by The Jesters but also hosts some channels for communities we have good relations or are allied with in our various games. We do have a separate policy which covers Teamspeak and this can be found here.\n\nRecruitment\nTo become a Jester you need to be on the forums, your initial recruitment post will provide a few details about yourself, you will be asked to join Teamspeak, this will get you your Jester Teamspeak permissions, the game specific  Teamspeak permissions and an invite to the "in-game community" you picked in your initial recruitment postTeamspeak is mandatory, communication in any game is important, if you aren't on Teamspeak you're not part of the team.At monthly/bi-monthly intervals we remove inactive users from "in-game communities", this helps us keep track of who plays or doesn't play the game any more.You will never be kicked from the community website for being inactive but we'd obviously appreciate it if you popped by and participated from time to time!If you're interested in join the Jesters, or would like some more information about the process then check our our recruitment walkthrough here\n\nMembership of other gaming communities/guilds\nA member of the Jesters Community can be part of another Gaming Guild. However whilst gaming in an outfit other than the official Jester guild (where a Jester guild exists in that game) that member must undertake to; a) Not represent themselves as the Jester community ingame or allude to be any representative of Jesters.b) Not wear Jester tags ingame, nor have a tag similar enough to cause confusion to a reasonable person.c) To own, or participate in, an outfit with similar name or tag to the official Jester guild for that game.d) You must not abuse internal Jester communications to harm the legitimate Jester in-game guild (TS comms/event plans).i. Channel sniping is forbidden. If not participating in the current group you should be in a separate channel.ii. Access to ingame Jester-only forums, TS channels or mail is prohibited.e) You should have no expectation of friendly status. (You can be attacked by Jester guild and vice-versa)f) No attempt to undermine, misrepresent or defame the official Jester guild or its leadership and members.\n\nSpam\nNo Spam, that is it, you spam you gone!\n\nDiscrimination\nAny form of discrimination (including, but not limited to: racism, homophobia, sexism, ageism) are strictly prohibited on these forums and in game. Anyone posting on the forums or chatting in game about any offensive, or general discriminatory material, will be immediately removed from the community, this forum and a Teamspeak ban issued. A warning may be given under exceptional circumstances, but that would be at the discretion the leadership team.\n\nCheating & Hacking\nJesters do not tolerate cheating or hacking of any kind in any game. If we have evidence of a cheater they will be banned and deleted from the forums, kicked and banned from our Teamspeak server and kicked from any "in-game" community linked to the Jesters.If you are one of our enemies and you suspect a cheater you should do the following:-
  • Contact us - contact the leaders, in-game, on the forum (PM) or on our teamspeak server
  • Use "in-game" methods of reporting
  • Gather evidence (min two of the following)
      Record video
    • Show us stats
    • Get (a few) of us to join the enemy team
We will not kick anyone without proof. We firmly believe in the principle - "Innocent until proven guilty". We will assist any investigation into cheaters/hackers within our community with a view to removing them from our community and providing evidence to developers if so requested.\n\nCookies\nThis site uses cookies - small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.\n\nForum Policies\n\nRecruitment\nTo become a Jester you need to be on the forums, your initial recruitment post will provide a few details about yourself, you will be asked to join Teamspeak, this will get you your Jester Teamspeak permissions, the game specific  Teamspeak permissions and an invite to the "in-game community" you picked in your initial recruitment postTeamspeak is mandatory, communication in any game is important, if you aren't on Teamspeak you're not part of the team.At monthly/bi-monthly intervals we remove inactive users from "in-game communities", this helps us keep track of who plays or doesn't play the game any more.You will never be kicked from the community website for being inactive but we'd obviously appreciate it if you popped by and participated from time to time!If you're interested in join the Jesters, or would like some more information about the process then check our our recruitment walkthrough here\n\nSpam\nNo Spam, that is it, you spam you gone!\n\nDiscrimination\nAny form of discrimination (including, but not limited to: racism, homophobia, sexism, ageism) are strictly prohibited on these forums and in game. Anyone posting on the forums or chatting in game about any offensive, or general discriminatory material, will be immediately removed from the community, this forum and a Teamspeak ban issued. A warning may be given under exceptional circumstances, but that would be at the discretion the leadership team.\n\nCookies\nThis site uses cookies - small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.\n\n\nJesters Teamspeak and Platoon policy\n\nSo why now?\nDue to the current size of the community, it's continued expansion and our future expansion goals, we feel it's appropriate to lay out and formalise the existing rules & guidelines for Teamspeak. Yes we've always advertised ourselves as a more laid back community, and that hasn't changed, however some formal structure is necessary as we progress.\n\nWho do these rules apply to?\nThese rules apply to all - the newer Jesters, the old Jesters and even more so to those in the Leadership team! Some of you may read through this and think this is all just common sense, others may not agree at all. However we do need to implement this policy going forward and it is hoped that all will understand the necessity.\n\nThe Rules and Guidelines\nThe following policy has been discussed and agreed with the community team. The below is not exhaustive and common sense should always be applied, the policy is subject to change where the community team feel necessary. As Planetside is at this time our main game the policy will be worded around that, however the policy will apply across all outfits, clans, guilds, fleets or variations thereof under the Jesters banner.\n\nPTT - (Push to talk)\nPTT is mandatory and is now enforced on all Planetside channels. If this is a major issue teamspeak admins can allow people who are able to use voice activation without causing disturbances to do so. This privilege will be removed should any disturbances occur.If you are unsure how to set your PTT or have any issues setting up Teamspeak as a whole, then please contact a member of community leadership, ask a fellow Jester or visit the forums for help and advice.Failure to comply with the above could lead to you being kicked from Teamspeak until the issue is resolved.\n\nNerd Rage!\nWe're all victims of this disease, even our darling angel Pei Pei. There is a time and a place for it howver and that time and place is NEVER in the heat of a battle. "OMG HOW DID HE NOT DIE?! FFS TEAMKILLED AGAIN KICK THIS C**t" A potential 48 players nerd raging over teamspeak every time they die? No thanks. Naturally we can expect some outbursts as we appreciate that it can be frustrating to but please try keep this to a minimum. This should not need to result in some form of sanction unless you're continually disrupting teamspeak during the flow of battle.\n\nGeneral chit chat and comms\nWhile we encourage people to chat and socialise within Teamspeak (otherwise we'd all be playing single player), during peak times the platoon channels can get pretty busy and loud. Very loud. Again there is a time and place for general chatter. If you're sat practically ghost capping a facility then by all means take the time appreciate/berate Eugene's brilliantly/awfully bad jokes or whatever tickles your fancy. However should your ghost cap turn into a 48v48 fight in the last minute, it would be expected for everyone to cut the chatter and get back to the sunderer killing business. Common sense will reign however as will depend on the current PL's style of leading. We foresee no reason people should be sanctioned for this unless they're seriously and continually disrupting play.\n\nLib teams / Harasser teams\nIt's a important for communication between driver and gunner to be constant. however in a channel of 30, 28 people don't need to know what your ammo state is or you next target is. Whilst unintended, this talk can disrupt orders or play for the entire platoon. Equally though it's important that you know what the squad is doing. We'd encourage you to move to a separate channel and turn on the channel commander feature (information to fully set this up can be found here http://jestersnc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=56). Request that platoon leader turns on channel commander and you can then still hear orders but the platoon channel remains clear for the platoon.\n\nPL's, SL's and Backseat PL's - (Platoon Leaders / Squad Leaders)\n\nPlatoon Leaders\nIf you're in a platoon your Platoon Leader is God. They have rank over anyone in that channel. Yes anyone, Trickster's and MoR's alike. It doesn't matter if the current PL is a Joker / Fool or even a Jester! They say "jump", you say "how high?" Even if you can see the catastrophic error you're PL is about to make you DO NOT rant, rave and overthrow. Be respectful to each other at all times. Politely put across the error in question to them when appropriate to do so, if they then see the light, fine, no problems! Should they still decide to go ahead, you follow orders or leave the platoon if you disagree that strongly. Platoon leading can be a thankless, difficult and daunting task so please support your PL. Only within a supportive environment can we encourage more people to take up the PL position and we all learn from our mistakes.\n\nSquad Leaders\nSo your PL has split your platoon and each squad is now hitting different objectives. The same now applies to your squad leaders. They say "jump", you say "how high?" Stick with your squad, use squad chat. If your squad leader clearly isn't following their assigned objective, causing you to spawn the other side of the map, request a new squad leader! Equally, if you are squad leader then please hand over squad to another Jester if you intend to fly or are otherwise engaged somewhere other than the squad objective.\n\nBack-seat Platoon Leading\nThis the most infuriating thing to have to deal with while trying to direct a 48 man team across a battlefield and WILL NOT be tolerated. By all means advise your PL's and SL's you do not rule them. Otherwise take the lead yourself! If you still do not agree with your PL's and SL's decisions then make your own squad. There is no requirement to be in the main platoon and you will often see separate squads for farming, air or vehicles. We appreciate that there is a fine line between suggestions and back-seat platoon leading - as a general rule, if the PL asks you to stop then you stop.\n\nYour fellow Jesters\nI would like to think that it goes without saying that all Jesters treat each other with respect and understanding. However we all make mistakes, accidents happen and Badgers gets f***ing annoying. Someone **** up and drives the sunderer off a cliff? Don't jump down their throat and make them **** out your fist. By all means make it known that they **** up. Unless it's Pei Pei, he should know better and you should know not to get in unless you've a desire to decorate a rock with your intestines - you both need berating. It's not what you say to people but more how you say it sometimes, equally we need to respect that English is not the first language of many members of our community so subtlety can be lost in translation, in other words please don't get easily offended, often things are said in jest or the heat of battle. Either way you make your point, without being abusive, and we move on and forget about the matter. We don't expect you to like each and every member of this community but there's no requirement to interact with everyone either. Mute people if you have to. This includes guests on our Teamspeak who could be potential new members of the community. Should you have a serious complaint against someone let a member of the community leadership know on Teamspeak or a PM on the forums. We know we don't have to say this but we need to make clear that abusive behaviour, racial, sexual or homophobic harassment will not be tolerated and will result in permanent removal from the community.We would also respectfully point out that our TS is public. Please refrain from insulting other NC outfits, bad-mouthing them or pointing out how awesome we are. We know it, they know it - they're just here for the reflected glory.\n\nSanctions\n\nKicked / Removed from channel\nIf you find you've been kicked or removed from a channel and aren't given a reason chances are you aren't using PTT. If that's not the case, politely message them and wait for answer or email [url=mailto:admin@jestersnc.com]admin@jestersnc.com[/url] with the details of what happened.\n\nBans - Jesters/Jesters Friends\nBans are not given out easily to Jesters and are situational. If an officer finds your behaviour is not acceptable, a further two officers will be called into a channel to hear what has happened. They alone will decide the course of action in line with policy. If you are banned outright without reason, and without the presence of a minimum of 3 officers, message a member of the community leadership or contact[url=mailto:admin@jestersnc.com]admin@jestersnc.com[/url].\n\nBans - Guests\nGuests on teamspeak need to remember that they are guests. Guests can and will be kicked or even banned without warning in the event of disruptive behaviour. Again should you wish to appeal this contact a community officer or email [url=mailto:admin@jestersnc.com]admin@jestersnc.com[/url]