Jan. 1st, 2014

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First off...

And, given that it's the first:

This Activity Check encompasses activity made during the month of December. Posts and threads started between December 1 through January 8th may be used as long as they were not used for last month's activity.

REMEMBER: We recently reviewed and clarified our standards for AC! For the standards we'll be using for this and all future AC Checks, check THIS POST!

• Each proof linked must be at least ten (10) comments long (meaning 5 from you and 5 from another, or with threadjacking, etc.).

Full requirements should make at minimum thirty (30) comments overall, or at least 15 from your character.
Half requirements should make at minimum twelve (12) comments overall, at least 6 from your character.

• Proofs must be completed with three different characters. If Character A submits threads with Characters B, C, and D, this is a valid form of AC. If Character A submits two threads with Character B and one thread with Character D, this is NOT a valid form of AC.

• Players in control of multiple characters are discouraged from making AC by threading several of their characters off of the same opposing character. The maximum number of threads a player may submit for AC with the same character (spread across different characters of their own) is two.

• Action tagging count as threads. Conversations in voicemails/inboxes also count as threads as long as they are started during that month of AC.

• Multiple-comment icon spams count as just one comment.

• Half requirements are for those who were on hiatus for up to half of the month and returned more than one week before the Activity Check.

• Posts and threads made during the week of the Activity Check can be used for that month's activity check!

• Those who returned within a week of the activity check are exempt from the month's check. Those who are also currently on hiatus are exempt.

Full Requirements are one post and two threads, or three threads, or two posts, one thread, or three posts.
Half Requirements are one post, and one thread of any length, or two threads, one of 10 comments and one of any length.

Characters who joined within a week of the activity check only need one post of any length or one thread of any length to verify that they have introduced. (For this month, this applies to those who were accepted before applications closed.)

The activity check ends on January 8th, 11:59 pm EST. Anyone who does not check in will be removed from the game on January 9th.

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We've decided to establish a Three-Strike policy regarding Activity Checks.

For the past few months, we've given out unofficial strikes, but with a new month (and the new year!) we've decided to set it down in stone. Strikes will be officially awarded on the activity check going up on February 1st, so activity for the month of January and onward is subject to the new rules.

Three Strikes Policy - Activity Check

Strike One: You have not passed AC for the first round.
* You'll need to pass Activity Check the next month for the strike to be removed.
* If you are on hiatus through one activity check and cannot pass activity during the following month's check, this results in a Strike One.
* This is exactly the same as our current AC rules; nothing has changed on this point.

Strike Two: You've been given one strike but have not passed AC the second round.
* You'll need to provide six proofs of activity per character as opposed to three on the following AC check.
* Hiatusing for more than two activity checks without consulting a mod will result in a Strike Two for your next full month of activity. This is seen as squatting, using hiatuses without consulting a mod in order to evade having to complete the activity check.

Strike Three: You've been given two strikes but have not passed AC the third round.
* Your character(s) will be dropped from the game.

* If we notice a pattern of behavior resulting in repeated strikes, we reserve the right to discuss with the player and make arrangements from there.
* These rules apply on an individual character basis. If a player is active with three of their characters but inactive with a fourth, only the fourth will be subject to the strike rules.

*If your character is dropped from the game from a strike, you must wait one month before reapplying for them.

We want to stress that we are absolutely not seeking to punish people for taking hiatuses! We are extremely sympathetic to players' needs, and we encourage our players to be responsible about taking hiatuses if they anticipate that they need them. However, we want to encourage people to talk to us if they anticipate the need for long hiatuses, and talk to us in advance, rather than retrospectively. Our activity policy here is aimed at cracking down on abuse of hiatuses; it is not in any way attempting to discourage use of hiatuses in a responsible manner.


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