it has been determined that the mcp will not be making any further attempts at fostering community governance. this should not result in any drastic changes; most things will remain as they are. but there are a few things worth noting:

  • the community standards and the inhabitant rights are still in effect. any changes to either will be at the discretion of the mcp, although community input may be taken on board.
  • currently there are four active modules: mars, phobos, deimos, and earth. any further module activations will be the sole authority of the mcp.
  • the only function of the modules is to uphold the community standards. they will no longer act as conduits to the mcp, nor promote community governance.
  • the governance node has been marked read-only and will be moved to an archive
we would also like to point out that the number of reported threads is completely out of hand. there are entirely too many frivolous reports being filed for things such as 'trolling' and 'personal attacks' in area17. if an inhabitant doesnt like trolling or personal attacks please do not participate in area17. continued reports of this nature will lead to that inhabitants reporting ability being revoked.
since last logging in, there are 700 new posts, 62 reported posts in the queue, and countless threads derailed into personal attacks, including an mcp-initiated thread in the governance forum (described as strictly policed). we are not inclined to trawl through 20 pages picking posts out to shuffle off to a new thread. the thread has been made read only. it is ironic that in the midst of such antics inhabitants are demanding to be treated as adults.

we will be making a few changes to the nodes. names and descriptions will change. mature-nsfw will remain a drama-free zone. a new node will be written out for topical, drama-free debate. area17 will become nsfw. threads in /dev/null will be moved, and /dev/null will be removed.

in return, inhabitants will be expected to respect the long-standing community standards and forum descriptions. posts that violate said standards will be deleted without hesitation. the mcp will begin issuing infractions. those that exceed the infraction threshold will will be temporarily quarantined. those that habitually trigger the quarantine routine will have their accounts terminated.

if inhabitants expect to be treated as adults, they are in turn expected to behave like adults.
the mcp will give inhabitants the outlet node they desire. in return the mcp expects order.

vigorous debate of this posting is encouraged, but under no circumstances should the thread be derailed or used as a venue to deride one another.
let us make this more clear: the MCP will not, under any possible circumstances, tolerate off-topic commentary or ad hominem exchanges within the threads it initiates.

in case that is not clear enough, if one wishes to test the resolve of the mcp:
drag this thread off-topic
post porn in this thread
issue ad hominems within this thread
deride fellow inhabitants in this thread