Member Guidelines

This looks like a lot, but it’s mostly common sense.

Character

All characters are expected to follow the uniform guidelines and adhere to the conduct policy (see below).

Star Patrol prides itself on being helpful, polite and respectful of others. Although not absolutely prohibited, the use of profanity is strongly discouraged from being used in Broadcast or Local chat, but acceptable in Team, Super Group or Coalition chat as long is it’s not excessive. Members should always conduct themselves in a polite and courteous manner while wearing the Star Patrol uniform (and should even when not in uniform). Members should refrain from dropping from teams (or kicking others from a team if they are leader) without notice or reason and should never do so while in mid mission (except for when real life events leave no other choice).

Star Patrol also prides itself on being heroic. A lot can be said for “doing the right thing” or remembering Star Patrol are the “good guys.” This extends to “special forces” characters who may be vigilantes, rogues or even villains in alignment. A role-playing choice to play against type is okay provided the Star Patrol as a whole continues to be presented as a heroic group.

While Star Patrol is not a strictly role-playing super group, role-play is encouraged and members may have on-going personal stories either tied directly to other Star Patrol members or independent of the group. Members may also participate in stories which involve the entire super group, though such a story should be cleared with the group leadership and announced to the entire group. Should such story involving the group as a whole begin, participation is optional.

Role-playing is encouraged but not a requirement. Whether role-playing or not, be courteous and allow other characters to role-play (or not). Role-playing should not interfere with the enjoyment of playing the game. Excessive role-playing during missions, especially during combat, should be minimized to avoid distraction (and team wipes). What is considered “excessive” is expected to be relative to the players involved.

Star Patrol is not a PvP oriented group and does not regularly engage in activity involving the arena or any PvP zone. Such activity is not prohibited, nor is it discouraged.

Ranks & Promotion

The Star Patrol uses super group ranks as a role-playing tool to represent an individual character’s standing and influence within the group. A rank is no way is meant to imply one character (even the Commander) is superior to or has authority over any other character. When role-playing, ranks should be used as a guideline as opposed as a requirement to determine who leads or “in charge of” a team composed of only Star Patrol characters.

Primarily, ranks are used to grant individual characters privileges within the group, such as the ability to invite new member or edit the super group base. The guidelines below describe the responsibilities and privileges of each rank as well as the process of promoting a character.

It is customary for a character to incorporate their rank into their character’s name (e.g. Commander Bowman) but this is not a requirement. Generally, if a character uses their rank as part of their name, it is assumed they will achieve that rank as soon as they are able and remain at that rank for the life of the character. Alternately, characters may simply use “Agent [Name]” if they are unsure of what rank they which to attain or if they do not plan on or expect not to maintain a specific rank.

Cadet: An entry level rank indicating a new member of the Star Patrol super group. Cadets have access to coalition and base entry (including use of the teleporters but not storage). The only requirement to become a Cadet is to receive and accept and invitation to Star Patrol.

Nothing beyond enjoyment of being a member of the Star Patrol is expected or required of Cadets. A Cadet who has not logged in for an excess of one year may be kicked from the group.

Lieutenant: Lieutenant is the default rank expected of all member to achieve, usually immediately after joining. Lieutenants may invite new members to Star Patrol but may not promote them. They also gain access to base storage. To be promoted to Lieutenant a character must be at least level 10 and have at least one costume slot dedicated to an official Star Patrol uniform.

Lieutenants are expected but not required to log in at least once per month. A Lieutenant who has not logged in for an excess of 150 days may be demoted to Cadet.

Captain: Captains are the “team leaders” of Star Patrol, and as such will typically form teams of other Star Patrol members while playing. Captains may promote other members up to the rank of Captain, kick members, and update the Message of the Day. To be promoted to Captain, a member must show initiative in forming groups for running missions, taskforces, trials or role-playing. Alternately a member may be promoted to Captain for frequent play, even if playing solo, or simply communicating with other members via tells, SG chat, Coalition chat, or the SGs channel on a regular basis.

Captains are expected but not required to log in on a regular and frequent basis, typically at least one per week. Captains are expected to communicate with other members of Star Patrol while logged in, which includes answering questions from or otherwise assisting new members. A Captain who has not logged in for an excess of 90 days may be demoted to Lieutenant.

Major: Majors are the elite members and lower echelon of the “brass” of Star Patrol. They are known for their excellence, experience and heroism both on and off duty. Majors may edit the super group base and alter coalition settings. To be promoted to Major a member must demonstrate the values of Star Patrol either through role-playing along side other members, or having created a character with a detailed background/story that involves the City of Heroes game lore. Many “legacy” members from the game prior to shut-down may be promoted to Major upon request.

Majors are expected and required to be online often enough that the majority of other members know who they are. Majors would invite all other Star Patrol members to their friends list. It is encouraged but not required for Majors to also add higher ranked members to their global friends list. Majors are encouraged to organize group events, such as weekly taskforces or trials. A Major who has not logged in for an excess of 180 days may be demoted to Captain, though a player who keeps in contact with other members either in or out of game may be exempt from demotion.

Commander: Commanders are the leaders of Star Patrol are in charge of policies, events, notifications, upkeep and general administrative aspects of the group. Commanders may update the groups description and motto, as well as alter rank properties and base entry permissions. At this time, to be promoted to Commander a player must be a “legacy member” who held the rank of Commander prior to the previous shut-down. An individual player may only have a single Commander character in Star Patrol. Legacy members are free to alter their legacy commander in any way, including a radical change of costume, powers or name, though some tie to the original character should be recognizable.

Commanders are only demoted upon request, or upon an obvious permanent departure from the game by the player.

Conduct

The Star Patrols conduct requirements and expectations are perhaps the lest restrictive and easiest to adhere to. Obviously any activity prohibited by the City of Heroes: Homecoming user agreement is by default prohibited by Star Patrol’s conduct policy. A fair assumption is that if you can expect an activity to be prohibited it probably is.

While it should go without saying, the Star Patrol will not tolerate harassment of any kind. Examples of harassment include:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, pregnancy status, veteran status, political affiliation, marital status, body size, age, race, national origin, ethnic origin, nationality, immigration status, language, religion or lack thereof, or other identity marker. This includes anti-Indigenous/Nativeness and anti-Blackness.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, relationships, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering, using inappropriate pronouns, or use of “dead” or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Threats of violence.*
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual or group, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.*
  • Stalking or following – online or in the physical world.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.*
  • Patterns of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.*
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.
  • Jokes that resemble the above, such as “hipster racism”, still count as harassment even if meant satirically or ironically.

*Certain items on the list above may be exempt during role-play. Please use your best judgement as to what is appropriate. “It’s what my character would do” and “it’s just role-playing” are not excuses to harass other players just because you are doing in “in character.”

If you have questions or concerns about these issues please feel free to /tell or email the Commander or any Colonel.

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of the Star Patrol, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the Commander or any Colonel in game via tell or email, or out of game via email. If the person who is harassing you is the Commander or a Colonel, they will not be involved in handling or resolving the incident.