Presidential Edicts

August 26, 2013 to December 1, 2013

Every president must have a motto


Introduction

On August 26, 2013, Steve Johnson took office as the President of STF, succeeding Drew Z. Diamond.

Summary of Edicts

Edict #1
  • 26 August 2013
  • Drew Diamond's resignation accepted, Steve Johnson assumes Presidency
Edict #2
  • 27 August 2013
  • Dave Wonderly named Veep.
Edict #3
  • 27 August 2013
  • Thomas Bates named FComm-4
Edict #4
  • 27 August 2013
  • TJ Morgan named MAC
Edict #5
  • 14 September 2013
  • Tom Hillman appointed CO of USS Polaris
Edict #6
  • 19 September 2013
  • James Harrison appointed CO of USS Dresden
Edict #7
  • 23 September 2013
  • Drew Diamond demoted to Ensign for falsifying evidence during an investigation.
  • K.L. Harvey officially warned for falsifying evidence during an investigation.
  • Drew Diamond permanently banned from STF For attempting to hack into another user's account.
Edict #8
  • 30 September 2013
  • Anthony Martin named CO of Outpost 42
Edict #9
  • 30 September 2013
  • USS Athena changes specification to Mythology-class.
Edict #10
  • 3 October 2013
  • USS Ark Angel changes specification to Mythology-class.
Edict #11
  • 3 October 2013
  • Sam Waters promoted to Captain, appointed CO of USS Viking
Edict #12
  • 8 October 2013
  • Sam Bibb appointed Academy Commandant
Edict #13
  • 14 October 2013
  • Joe P appointed Election Coordinator
  • Anthony Martin appointed Assistant Election Coordinator
Edict #14
  • 28 October 2013
  • Sam Waters named FComm-1
Edict #15
  • 28 October 2013
  • Joe P named Supervisor of Experiments
Edict #16
  • 10 November 2013
  • Amber Hagan named CO of Viking
Edict #17
  • 18 November 2013
  • Paul Bartram banned from IRC for 4 months
Edict #18
  • 1 December 2013
  • Robert Archer promoted to Commodore
Edict #19
  • 1 December 2013
  • Final Thank You Edict

Summary of Bills

Bill #1
  • 30 September 2013
  • Ammendments to BOXES
  • Rank and main fleet character requirements replaced with "active member"
  • Termination rules changed to 14 days, with a 7 day probation period.
  • Added an Engineering Department example under exemptions.
  • Trial period extended another six months (to March 30, 2013).

Full Text of Edicts

Edict #1:

Posted 26 August 2013 - 11:04pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #1
"We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it." - Robert Baden-Powell

It is my reluctant duty to hereby accept the resignation of Drew Z. Diamond from the Office of the President. Drew thank you for all your service to this club. Good luck and god speed.

As per the rules and regulations laid down in GO I hereby assume the Office of the President effective immediately for the remainder of the term.

Sincerely,
Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #2:

Posted 27 August 2013 - 9:38pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #2
"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice-president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'." - Dan Quayle

After considering several people I am pleased to announce that my Vice President will be David Wonderly!

He has had significant experience in STF as well previously being President. I believe that our combined experience is what this club needs to help us pull us back together after these recent events.

Welcome to the hot seat David!

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #3:

Posted 27 August 2013 - 9:42pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #3
"In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others." - Voltaire

After much consideration I'm pleased to announce Thomas Bates as FComm-4!

Congratulations and good luck Thomas!

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #4:

Posted 27 August 2013 - 9:46pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #4
"I'm not a marketing person. I don't ask myself questions. I go by instinct." - Karl Lagerfeld

It took much consideration and debate however we believe that we have found the right person to continue to lead our marketing efforts. Everyone please welcome TJ Morgan to the position of MAC.

Congratulations TJ and good luck!

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #5:

Posted 14 September 2013 - 10:50am by Steve Johnson

Edict #5
"I don't pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do." - Johnny Depp

With the recommendation of FComm-2 it is my honor to appoint Tom Hillman as Commanding Officer of the USS Polaris. With this appointment comes a promotion to the rank of Captain.

Congratulations Captain Hillman, may the Sisko have mercy on your soul.

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #6:

Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:44pm by Steve Johnson

Edit #6
"Captain is a good travelling name and so I take it." - George Farquhar

On the recommendation of FComm-3 I hereby appoint James Harrison to the position of Commanding Officer of the USS Dresden. As James is already a Captain there is no need to promote him.

Congratulations Captain Harrison. May the Sisko have mercy on your soul!

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #7:

Posted 23 September 2013 - 9:42pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #5
?You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.? - Martin Luther

Good Evening,
Thank you everyone for being patient as both myself and David Wonderly reviewed all of the facts and conferred with EGO regarding the recent investigation into the actions of Drew Z. Diamond. Furthermore thank you to EGO for taking the time to review all of the data and produce your report regarding these actions.

EGO?s report drew 3 conclusions which I will address individually.

?1) Duplicate Account Use. There is insufficient evidence to prove with any certainty that Drew is in control of either Kay?s or Ciaran?s account. With the evidence available, it is assessed as plausible, but unlikely. Drew?s case would have been further strengthened had Kay responded to requests to discuss her account use over the telephone. (The historical precedence for duplicate accounts has been to verify two independent people are operating the accounts.)?

For the charge of duplicate accounts, Drew, Kay and Ciaran are hereby cleared of all wrong doing. However Drew, Kay and Ciaran are all strongly advised to change passwords so that each individual has a unique password to protect the security of each account.

?2) Interference with an Investigation. While the likelihood of the spoofed email impacting the investigation into plagiarism is very unlikely, Drew did interfere with an investigation with deliberately falsified documents. While there is, strictly speaking, no rule against interfering with an investigation, it is certainly behavior not expected from a President, no matter the reasoning, and would have supported a Notice of Intent to Impeach.?

I have spent a lot of time debating and conferring with EGO and my advisors regarding where interfering with an investigation falls within our rules. Under GRAVITieS ?All subjects involved in a complaint must cooperate with the investigating authority to the best of their abilities, including but not limited to sending all requested evidence and being truthful at all times." After reviewing everything we could not find a specific place where this charge is addressed. However I believe that it is Conduct Unbecoming for a Star-Fleet.com President to be impeding in an official investigation as well deliberately falsifying evidence.

On this charge Drew Z. Diamond is found guilty of Conduct Unbecoming an Officer. Because of his position in the club and the publicity of this infraction Drew Z. Diamond is hereby stripped of all rank and privileges and demoted to the rank of Ensign.

It is my interpretation that K.L. Harvey was pushed by Drew into being an accomplice to falsifying the documentation they submitted in this investigation. Because of this and her spotless record prior to the plagiarism investigation, I am here by issuing an official warning to K.L. Harvey. Additionally I hereby recommend that the GM Director should ban K.L. Harvey for no less than 6 months from participating in any activities on the GMD Ship, including but not limited to submitting new races. Please be aware that future attempts to impede an official investigation will result in stiffer penalties.

?3) Brute Force Attempts. Although entirely unrelated to the original Call for Impeachment, this has been included to ensure all the facts are in the open. It should be noted that while "illegal attempts to access, or any attempts to undermine or damage club infrastructure" (from GRAVITieS, http://www.star-fleet.com/prez/edicts/wonderly/#b2) is a Tier 1 offence, there is no rule (either in the TOS or any of the bylaws) that clearly states users are not to attempt to access the site with anyone else?s username. Again, while no rule has been broken the attempt to gain access to an account, rather than referring it to the Internet Department, would have supported a Notice of Intent to Impeach in this instance.?

This charge has also been a matter of constant debate between myself and my advisors. It is not in my belief that the brute force attempts were done to undermine or damage the club INFRASTRUCTURE, infrastructure being the key word. However it has come to my attention that he knew what he was doing was wrong and against general club policy, yet he still continued to persist in these activities. I have consulted the rules and technically no official rule was broken, however it is generally considered against the law to attempt to hack into another person?s account, especially knowingly hacking into an account through a brute force tactic.

Our Terms of Service specifically lays out that violation of applicable local, national, and international laws is additionally a violation of our Terms of Service, and can result in an immediate termination, or suspension, of access to all or parts of Star-Fleet.com services. (See section ?OUR RIGHTS? sub-section ?ii) Termination?)

Because Drew has previously received a Temporary Ban under our Terms of Service for having duplicate accounts, this will constitute his second violation of the Terms of Service. Under GRAVITieS his second violation of the Terms of Service constitutes a Category 1 Offence.

The original ban can be found at:
http://www.star-fleet.com/prez/edicts/cramer/#e17

Despite the different name Drew confirmed the ban during the previous elections:
http://www.star-fleet.com/webb/node/534741

Drew Z. Diamond, on the charge of knowingly attempting to hack another users account you are found guilty. Under GRAVITieS I hereby permanently ban you from Star-Fleet.com and all of its known or future services.

Once again thank you all for your patience as I determined the appropriate actions in this case.

Sincerely,
Steve Johnson
President ? Star-Fleet.com

Edict #8:

Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:42pm by Steve Johnson (LOA until 10/14)

Edict #8
"I don't pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do." - Johnny Depp

On the recommendation of FComm-3 I hereby appoint Anthony Martin as Commanding Officer of Outpost 42. As he was promoted to Captain years ago, congratulations Captain Martin! And may the Sisko have mercy on your soul.

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #9:

Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:42pm by Steve Johnson (LOA until 10/14)

Edict #9
"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." - Grace Hopper

On the request of her Captain, Lindsay Bayes, and with the approval of FComm-3, Matthew Kleinman, the USS Athena NCC 17819-B is hereby recommissioned as the USS Athena NCC 17819-C, Mythology-Class.

Congratulations to Linds and the crew of the Athena, may the new ship serve you well, and enjoy the new ship smell!

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #10:

Posted 3 October 2013 - 9:29pm by Steve Johnson (LOA until 10/14)

Edict #10
"A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm." -Henrik Ibsen

At the request of her Commanding Officer, Robert Archer, and with permission of FComm-1, David Wonderly, the USS Ark Angel NCC-2014-D is hereby rechristened the USS Ark Angel NCC-2014-E Mythology-Class.

This truely is a testament to the ingenuity of her design that this is the second ship wanting to use the spec. Congratulations to both her designer Robert Archer and the Engineering Department for all of your hard work on this spec.

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #11:

Posted 3 October 2013 - 9:41pm by Steve Johnson (LOA until 10/14)

Edict #11
"Captain is a good travelling name and so I take it." - George Farquhar

With the recent resignation of Robert Spicer as Commanding Officer of the Viking there has been a whole left to fill. However I would like to thank Robert for his service to the Viking, he will be missed.

On the recommendation of FComm-4 Thomas Bates I hereby appoint Sam Waters as Commanding Officer of the Viking. Additionally with this position comes a promotion to the rank of Captain. Congratulations Captain Waters and may the Sisko have mercy on your soul!

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #12:

Posted 8 October 2013 - 10:10pm by Steve Johnson (LOA until 10/14)

Edict #12
"I'm the last guy in the world to feel overlooked by the Academy." - Jack Nicholson

Thank you to everyone who applied, you made this decision much harder then I anticipated it being. However after a great amount of review I hereby appoint Captain Sam Bibb as Academy Commandant.

Good luck and may the Sisko have mercy on our souls.

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #13:

Posted 14 October 2013 - 9:59pm by Steve Johnson (LOA until 10/14)

Edict #13
"Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." - H. L. Mencken

*Puts back on President hat*

I hereby appoint Joe P as Election Coordinator and Anthony Martin as Assistant Election Coordinator for the upcoming Presidential Election.

So there is no confusion I, Steve Johnson, will be serving as election coordinator for the November 2013 EGO elections.

Thank you,
Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #14:

Posted 28 October 2013 - 9:58pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #14
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker

Sadly David had to step down as FComm-1 due to real life. However after talking to him we believe we have found a suitable candidate.

I am pleased to announce that the new FComm-1 will be Sam Waters. May the Sisko have mercy on our souls.

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

PS: Sam, please announce your AFComm ASAP.

Edict #15:

Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:02pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #15
"Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates." - Arleigh Burke

Thank you to everyone who applied for the Supervisor of Experiments position. I received many good applications, however I feel that there is one person who stood out above the rest.

His vision gave life to the Experimental Fleet so I feel it is only fitting that he is given the chance to make sure it becomes the best that it can. Therefore I'm pleased to announce Joe P as the new Supervisor of Experiments.

Congratulations Joe! May the Sisko have mercy on my soul.

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #16:

Posted 10 November 2013 - 6:33pm by Katherine Dedul

Edict #15:
?"If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever." - Thomas Aquinas

I know Steve should be back soon, but in speaking with the FComm-4, we agreed this should not wait as it could adversely effect the ship and hey, if Steve doesn't like it, he can rescind it when he returns. :)

On the advice of FComm-4, who has removed the CO of the Viking due to chronic AWOLing, I hereby appoint Amber Hagan as CO to the USS Viking.
As Amber already holds the rank of Captain, no promotion is necessary at this time.

-Kat Dedul?Acting President - Star-Fleet.com

Edict #17:

Posted 18 November 2013 - 10:35pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #16

Recently it has come to my attention that there has been several complaints against Mr. Paul Bartram and his actions in IRC. After reviewing the appropriate logs and talking to several people involved I have come to my decision.

For using a Star-Fleet.com official resource, our IRC channel #Star-Fleet, to initiate unsolicited contact I hereby ban you from all official Star-Fleet IRC resources for a period of no less then 4 months.

Paul consider this your final warning. In the future please be more aware of your discussions with STF members either in public or in private, and keep them appropriate. If further complaints arise regarding unsolicited contact by yourself to any STF member further action may be taken.

Sincerely,
Steve Johnson
President, Star-Fleet.com

Edict #18:

Posted 1 December 2013 - 2:19pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #17
"I don't need a captain's band to lead a team to victory." - Hope Solo

This individual has stood out this past term and I believe deserves special recognition.

Many people in this club knows him for his particular style of gm'ing, however he has quickly risen to being one of the best gm's our club has to offer, evidence by his success in the STF awards. Wherever he gm's he is always very well received and creates a successful and interesting simm.

Additionally he has worked tirelessly to revamp the Engineering Department, bringing new life to it and working to bring some of our oldest specs up to our current standards. It is nice to see new life in the Engineering Department.

For his continuing dedication to this club it is my pleasure to promote Robert Archer to the rank of Commodore with all the rights and responsibilities that come with it.

Congratulations Robert, and may the Sisko have mercy on our souls.

Steve Johnson
President, Star-Fleet.com

Edict #19:

Posted 1 December 2013 - 2:20pm by Steve Johnson

Edict #18
"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson

Eight months ago at the conclusion of the last election I would have never would have imagined myself stepping into the vice presidency let alone the presidency of this fine group. It has been a tough 8 months filled with ups and many downs.

There are a few people that stood out this term that I would like to personally thank. First and foremost EGO. Larry, Jack, Steven, thank you for your support during the difficult times and helping to bring them to a quick and satisfactory conclusion.

Second to the iDept, Jack and Joe. As many of you know we have had some problems with our server several months ago that required us to change to a new host. Jack and Joe worked hard to secure us a new host and conduct a successful and smooth transfer to our new home. Thank you for keeping our home away from home running smoothly.

I would also like to acknowledge Jack and his Project Genesis team. They have been working hard to bring about the next evolution of the WeBB and I can't wait to see what they come up with.

Finally thank you to all of the members of STF. We have had many rough patches this past term but we have managed to survive. Now is the time to move forward and return this once great club to its former glory. Thomas and Kat I wish you the best of luck as you take the reigns.

Good Luck and God Speed,

Steve Johnson
President, Star-Fleet.com


Full Text of Bills

Bill #1:

Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:34pm by Steve Johnson (LOA until 10/14)

Bill #1

The following sections of Joe P Bill #1, Bylaw on X-Fleet’s Establishment and Supervision, are to be modified as noted.

The Restrictions Section will be changed from:
Participation in any aspect of X-Fleet is restricted to members of the club who hold the rank of Ensign or above and possess at least one role playing position within a Fleet as defined by Fleet Command and Mundane Matters (FCOMM). The rank possessed by any character in X-Fleet will not apply to any member rank. Any sims conducted by licensed Gamemasters within X-Fleet will not count towards a Gamemaster’s rank.

To:
Participation in any aspect of X-Fleet is restricted to active members of the club as defined under the Membership Section of Member Order and Organization (MOO). The rank possessed by any character in X-Fleet will not apply to any member rank. Any sims conducted by licensed Gamemasters within X-Fleet will not count towards a Gamemaster’s rank.

The first paragraph of the Decommissioning Section will be changed from:
If an X-Ship ever has less than five players who have posted on it within the previous 30 days, it is to be decommissioned immediately by the SOX. An X-Ship may also be decommissioned by the SOX if that ship’s continued existence somehow violates the Terms of Service. Violations of the TOS by a player who happens to be on an X-Ship will not be grounds for decommissioning.

To:
If an X-Ship ever has less than five members who have posted on it within the previous 14 days it shall be considered on probation. The members of the ship will be notified immediately and be given 7 days to take corrective action. If at the end of the 7 days the ship does not have 5 members who have posted within the last 14 days it is to be decommissioned immediately by the SOX. An X-Ship may also be decommissioned by the SOX if that ship’s continued existence somehow violates the Terms of Service. Violations of the TOS by a members who happens to be on an X-Ship will not be grounds for decommissioning.

Under Exemptions the list will be modified to include:
The Engineering Department will not be tasked with creating, maintaining or codifying specific ship specifications or technologies solely for the use of X-Fleet.

The first paragraph of the Trial Period Section will be changed from:
X-Fleet will be reviewed six months after the date it begins service. The review will take the form of a public discussion held within Command, with the President having the final ruling on whether or not X-Fleet has passed or failed its trial period. The discussion must run for a minimum of two weeks. The review criteria is to include:

To:
X-Fleet’s trial period will be extended and a review will be conducted six months after the date of this bill’s passing. The review will take the form of a public discussion held within Command, with the President having the final ruling on whether or not X-Fleet has passed or failed its trial period. The discussion must run for a minimum of two weeks. The review criteria is to include:

Steve Johnson
President - Star-Fleet.com