1. Don't be a jerk. Seriously, don't. We'll have to make you stand outside on the hull, and that's no fun for any of us.
2. You have to be 18 years of age on the day that you submit your application or you will not be allowed to join. If you lie about your age, we will find out eventually. Similarly, do not joke around about being under the age of 18. You will be airlocked, and by that we mean banned from the simulation. Please don't make us do that. We don't like to do that because it makes everyone sad.
3.There is no activity requirement. That being said, do come around and say hi sometimes. We get lonely around here.
4. Please, please, please listen to the podcasts. They're an important part of this simulation. Besides, they're hilarious. You'll love them.
5. If you're doing grown-up things that are sexy, gory, or otherwise inappropriate for young eyes, use the 18+ tag in your topic title. This keeps it from appearing on the home page once it's published, which helps keep it hidden from underage visitors who happen to find us. If you do not do this, we will tag it and then make you stand outside on the hull. Again, not fun for any of us.
6. Chain of command. Learn it and use it. Unless something is a really big deal and needs to be addressed right away, please don't message the CO. Message the XO or second officer instead. We all talk to each other, and we will get it fixed. We promise. Also, if you want our attention immediately and don't want to wait on us to check email or the website, pop into the chat. One of us is usually there.
7. This is a Star Trek simulation, so please make sure anything you are creating or writing makes sense in that context. Also keep in mind that there is a heavy emphasis on the Romulan Star Empire here because your executive officer LOVES Romulans. Like, really really LOVES them. Hint: If you have a Romulan question, message the executive officer or find her in the chat because she's the one to ask!
8. If you're writing a narrative joint post, please use third person point-of-view. It's easier to read, and frankly it looks prettier. Yes, this may be a stylistic thing, but if the joint post is full of "I looked across the room" or "I fired my weapon" we don't know who's doing those things. It could be a tribble for all we know. So please, please, please write in third person and make sure your character's name appears at least once each time you edit the post. We won't make you stand outside, but we will fill your cabin with tribbles. Not cuddly tribbles either, the kind that bite.
9. Most of us use the novel format for our posts, but script formatting is okay too. Just make sure the entire post is written in the same format. Switching the format back and forth is jarring and not fun to read! Also, format changes within the post give your executive officer a headache. Be nice to your executive officer. (This goes for verb tenses too. Keep them the same!)
10. We all have stylistic preferences, and sometimes we don't agree on things. That's why for this simulation we have a simple guideline to follow: speech goes in quotation marks, comm traffic is inside quotation marks but italicized, thoughts are italicized, telepathy is boldly italicized, and text communications are bolded. If everyone does things the same way, posts are easier to read. Please don't argue with us on this or we'll have a tribble chew on your head.
11. Tagging. In narrative joint posts involving more than two people, this is how you specify who you want to respond. To do this, put TAG followed by their name and the date with the entire tag line bolded so it's easy to see. Please respect tags by leaving a specific writer tag in place for 24 hours. After that time, you may tag in but please leave the original tag in place. If you delete someone's tag, we will let them bludgeon you with a pillow or shoot you with marshmallows.
12. We are all here to have fun, so... have fun! Do silly things! Cause trouble (within reason of course)! Don't let this start feeling like a job because then it's no fun. If it does start feeling like a job, please let someone on the staff know. Maybe we can fix it... or at least toss a little joy your way so it's not so dreary.
Enjoy your stay!