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Report #1 Introduction Greetings all, I'm sure everyone expected this, given the major position changes that swept the Brotherhood this last week, but here's a brand new Voice report from a brand new Voice, and that means starting with a...

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Report #1

Introduction

Greetings all,

I'm sure everyone expected this, given the major position changes that swept the Brotherhood this last week, but here's a brand new Voice report from a brand new Voice, and that means starting with a bit of an introduction.

For those unaware, Aidan Kincaid is a recent character I've made for the purposes of fiction writing. More of you will know me by my old name—Shadow Taldrya—as its the name I still use for communication purposes like IRC and email. I've been a member of the Brotherhood for just over thirteen years now. I'd be the middle child in terms of DB age, younger than the decrepit members like Jac and Howie, but older than most of you who joined during Muz's reign as Grand Master.

When I started out, I was a hardcore gamer. Jedi Knight, Jedi Outcast, Republic Commander, Battle Front… these were my mainstay activities in my first few years as a member. Writing to me, at the time, was for Krath. A decade later and that has changed completely. (I only whore D3 for CFs now!) For the last few years I've been heavily invested in the fictional and character development aspects of the Brotherhood. I've worked with Mav and Sarin in the past and recently on various fiction-related projects and have now been given the chance to run some of my own.

As one of those old, crabby members, I'm not really down with all the newfangled technolomogies, but if anyone ever has something they want to discuss or complain about, email is the best way to ensure I get your message. You can also catch me on IRC in #db as Shadow, Sh4dwhr, or (most probably) Shad-away in the evening hours. I'm more than happy to talk or explain things or bitch about things with everyone.

Now, with all that out of the way, let's begin.

One thing to mention: In writing this report, I discovered that I had waaaaaaaay too much to write about. I've axed about a third of it and will send that information out in additional news posts next week. Everyone be grateful!

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Position Shuffle

So, the first thing I learned after getting Voice was that I had way too many positions. Early in Mav's term as Voice, he took control of the role of Combat Master of the ACC. And with me already being Wiki Tribune, I decided my workload was insane.

After discussion with Sarin and Mav, we decided it would be best to open up applications for Combat Master and Wiki Tribune. CM and the ACC have (since their resurrection) been a part of the Voice's office, and the Voice and CM work together on the ACC. Wiki Tribune, however, has always been under the direct control of the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master. Seeing as those two are busy guys, with hundreds of projects to deal with, we decided to add Wiki Tribune to the Voice umbrella. Below I'll explain a little more on how that works. However, both positions will retain their title and their staffs. Voice will serve a more managerial role and just pitch in on bigger projects, rather than the day-to-day.

CM Applications

When the ACC re-launched, we were unfortunately mired in a long-running vendetta and couldn't really afford to push this revitalized activity to the Brotherhood. Later, in the second round of Fading Light, we had a massive elimination tournament using the ACC that lasted months. Since then, there's been no focus on the ACC. No love.

For Combat Master, we're looking for a driven individual who can push ACC activity and create competitions and events to draw members into dueling it out or working together in coop to complete tasks. We want to see what ideas you have for the ACC. The more detail the better, so feel free to speak your mind.

Knowledge of the new Antei Combat Center, ACC rules, and judging are all a big plus. The Combat Master will be in charge of a staff of judges and will be responsible for ensuring matches are judged and ACC exams are graded in a timely manner. As mentioned, the CM will work closely with the Voice to further develop the ACC, but will take point on day-to-day operations and staff appointments/removals.

Applications should be sent to Sarin, Mav, and myself. Due Sunday, March 8 at midnight EST.

Wiki Tribune Applications

Wiki Tribune has, traditionally, been a job that involved monitoring the Recent Changes and correcting mistakes and chastising mistake makers. The Tribune is also in charge of overseeing that wiki standards are kept and dealing with journeymen character pages and approving them for promotion requirements. The Tribune will also be responsible for developing and maintaining guides for page layouts.

We want to expand that job a bit. The wiki is the Brotherhoods archive. All our lore and history is stored there. The Wiki Tribune, therefore, is something of an Archivist. Over the last two years, the Brotherhood has been embroiled in a massive event. Part of the Tribune's new duties, and those of his/her staff, will be to help chronicle the history of these major events and DB history in general. An example of this can be found on the Dark Crusade page.

Knowledge of how to use mediawiki is important. Template creation, and understanding wiki rules and etiquette are a big plus. With the new part of the job, writing abilities are also very useful to have. The wiki is an important part of the Brotherhood, show us that you have the skills to oversee the wiki and staff, and create articles and content. Show us your wiki and writing skills, and ideas you have to further improve the wiki.

Applications should be sent to Sarin, Mav, and myself. Due Sunday, March 8 at midnight EST.

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Competitions

It's My First Day… — This is a competition being run by Andrelious (Mark) for Second Level Crescents (will be first soon based on the number of participants already). The prompt involves you writing about your character's first day in the Brotherhood.

The War Is Over! — This competition is being run by Darkblade with help from Chizz. The prompt involves you detailing how your character deals with the aftermath of the Great Jedi War.

Both competitions are being judged using the Fiction Rubric and are awarding Crescents and Clusters of Ice. Be sure to check them out! Expect some competitions from the Voice office within the next two weeks.

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Current Projects

Character Sheets 2.0

The current version of the Brotherhood's Character Sheet was released more than a year and a half ago. As most of you who were around for the old system know, the new CS was a departure from what we had before as we turned away from a gaming system based on "dice rolls and modifiers" to a system that promoted defining a character's physical, personality, and combat traits.

While I am a big fan of the system Mav released, there has always been room for improvement and enhancement. To that end, the Voice office (originally under Mav) began the process of working on an update and expansion of the current Character Sheet. We have dubbed it "CS 2.0". The update will see a lot of small fixes to the existing lists of powers and skills as well as an expansion on feats, aspects, and disciplines. Wally (that former Arconan Consul guy) has headed the project since before I took over as Voice, and he and his team have done some excellent work in terms of expansion.

Unfortunately, progress slowed a bit during our massive three-pack of vendettas (DC, FL, GJW), but now that we have conquered everything that needed conquering, the team is back at work. Part of these updates will coincide with some of the future plans Mav and Sarin have hinted at in their reports. Look forward to hearing more about CS 2.0 in the comings weeks!

Shadow Academy Courses

Prior to getting Voice, me and my Wiki Tribune staff were embroiled in much needed updates to the various Wiki courses in the Shadow Academy. After Voice, my list of SA courses to work on quadrupled! That's okay, though. The Headmaster, in conjunction with myself and busybody old people, has some cool plans in the works to expand the Academy's offering of writing-based courses—particularly those relating to "combat writing". I have pretty much just been dropped into the middle of active discussions, so I'll share more on these future courses later.

Aside from new courses, we also have plans to review and update the ACC courses and the old writing courses (Poetry, RO Studies, and the like). I'll be talking to the talented people in charge of those to touch base and see how things are going.

For you SA courses fans, you have lots to look forward to.

Fiction Society

Both Mav and Sarin have teased this in the past. Now that I've been appointed Voice, that torch has been passed on. The Fiction Society is meant to be the writing equivalent of gaming's GMRG. Like the GMRG, the Fiction Society will have a backstory, ranks, and special goodies for those who advance. The difference between the Society and the GMRG, is that because we're based on writing fiction, we can make greater use of our backstory to tie into the events and characters we use.

Mav and Sarin started this project with some really interesting ideas, and I'll be working with them to see those released to the rest of you. Societies in the Brotherhood are all about pushing activity and what, in MMO terms, would be called "horizontal progression". Your character won't be getting any stronger, but you'll still be gaining new achievements and toys for the effort toy put in.

As most of you have noticed, the Cluster of Ice has started to have a big role in rewards for fiction, run on, and ACC competitions. Consider that a clue as to how some parts of the Fiction Society will work. And, as always, expect some cool stuff to enhance your characters and dossiers with!

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In Closing

Yes. This was a very, very long report. I'm very happy I decided to cut large parts of it for future news posts. Might be a slightly better chance of everyone reading this now (doubt it). I'm not big on saving up information to announce it all at once. I like to announce things as I get information or as they're completed. So expect smaller news bits from me in the future as the Voice Office and Affiliates begin hammering out some of these great ideas we have for all of you.

Big thanks to Nobilus for the awesome report banner and separators and signature!!

Oh. And happy birthday, Jac! Congrats on getting older?

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The Dark Jedi Brotherhood is built on history and tradition. We celebrate the split, we celebrate the Day of the Fox, and we celebrate a ton of other minor events. I've decided to add another holiday (Jac House Party) with a few additional...

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The Dark Jedi Brotherhood is built on history and tradition. We celebrate the split, we celebrate the Day of the Fox, and we celebrate a ton of other minor events. I've decided to add another holiday (Jac House Party) with a few additional rules, because....why not.

Allow me to introduce, the Day of the Jac. Jac is...well Jac. One of our most influential members, one of the few to write the covenant, and one of the few to lead our club post split (and the guy who took a chance on a wild Sarin to run the club).

So, who gets the extra SS: Our club has been spoiled for years. Once upon a time we would have to wait for a particular coder to show up and participate for a short amount of time, but....the reality of our present is none other than James. So, double whammy.

As the Grand Master of the Dark Brotherhood, I officially award James Lucius Entar Arconae the title of Sith Lord and the Silver Sash (now a 2 x time of year award) .

James' value as a member of our club cannot be overstated. His role as a coder cannot be overlooked. His awesomeness is a a clear cut example of how to make our club a better place. I don't need to explain any further his role in shaping our club's future (even Nan thinks James should be my boss).

Please join with me and congratulate our bad ass champion of coding, Sith Lord, and winner of the SS!

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There are a few people in our club who have become icons. This guy is one of them. Help me wish Jac a happy birthday!

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There are a few people in our club who have become icons. This guy is one of them. Help me wish Jac a happy birthday!

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Greetings everyone and welcome to my #34th report as Grand Master of the Dark Brotherhood. It has been a busy week with a lot of change, updates, and activity. Here is the latest and greatest from around the Brotherhood. Administrative Changes 1)...

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Greetings everyone and welcome to my #34th report as Grand Master of the Dark Brotherhood. It has been a busy week with a lot of change, updates, and activity. Here is the latest and greatest from around the Brotherhood.

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Administrative Changes

1) WhatsApp: It is awesome, but not mandatory. Keep that in mind.

2) Policies regarding adding Houses to Clans and Clan Titles:

  • All Clans have a Consul, Proconsul, and Rollmaster. If a Consul will not be filling one of these slots, he or she should explain why to the MAA/DGM/GM.

  • Clans may select a Clan name (or use an existing one) to award to members at their discretion; see the Wiki for additional information on Clan Titles under the Titles article.

  • New Clan Names for a unit (that is, an entirely new name) must be approved by the MAA/DGM/GM. This does NOT refer to members being given the name, but entirely new names.

  • Any House added to a Clan will have at least a Quaestor. The Clan in question may choose not to utilize the Aedile position, and especially for small Clans, this is encouraged.

  • Clans may have up to three Battleteams, plus an additional one per House. Battleteams may be aligned to the House level, or to the Clan level.

  • Clan Titles and slots in the Round Robin Join Rotation are based on Clan status and are never decreased by probationary status of a Clan in regards to House number, below.

  • Clans may apply for houses to the GM, DGM, and MAA if they feel the activity is sufficient, and if membership totals are such that the additional leadership slot from the Quaestor position will be useful.

  • House applications must include the name of the House, potential leadership of the House (at least the Quaestor), and how the House will improve membership experience in the Clan.

  • Clans with thirty five members or more are heavily encouraged to have one house. No Clan below thirty members may add a house. Clans with a house will enter a probationary period of six months if the Clan drops below 25 members. If a Clan has below 25 members at the end of a 6 month probationary period, the House will be dissolved.

  • Clans with fifty or more members are heavily encouraged to have two houses. No Clan below forty members may add a second house. Clans with two houses will enter a probationary period of six months if the Clan drops below 35 members. If a Clan has below 35 members at the end of this 6 month probationary period, one House will be dissolved of the Clan leadership's choosing.

  • In addition to raw membership numbers, the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master will assess an application for an additional House, as well as Clans on probation status, based on leadership potential and participation metrics. For leadership potential, the goal of any new House should not be to draw leaders from any other unit; to that end, the Clan must demonstrate, in its House application, it has sufficient leadership pool to operate another House. The Grand Master will also use participation-based metrics to assess whether to accept applications for a House, and will also use these metrics when evaluating whether or not to dissolve a House from a Clan on probationary status. These metrics will include, but are not limited to, number of unit-level competitions members are participating in, Vendetta participation, activity outside of competitions (e.g. Clusters of Fire and Ice), and Brotherhood-wide competition participation outside of Vendettas.

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Appointments

1) Raiju Kang has been appointed as the Consul of Clan Tarentum. Raiju sent an excellent application and we look forward to seeing Tarenum's future success. Additionally, Korras aka Darth Aeternus has been appointed as the next Proconsul of Tarentum. Good luck to both of you.

2) Congratulations (again) to A'lora on his appointment as the Consul of Odan Urr.

3) Congratulations (again) to Jac on his nomination and confirmation as our Justicar. Jac is already sifting through case data and we should be hearing from him soon.

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1) We are busily working with the Consuls and leadership of the new Clans to determine their Housing decisions. A lot of good ideas and activity are coming from the discussions and we should see the new Houses popping up over the next few days.

2) James covered the introduction of Trophies in his report, but I wanted to add a few comments. The Trophy system will mimic those systems all of us have come to know and love (Xbox, PS, ect). We will announce some of the trophy requirements while others will be kept secret secret squirrel. More to come on this in the future.

3) I just finished speaking with the Fist concerning the return of gaming nights. Val will cover this in an upcoming report, but here is the guidelines I have asked him to work with. The creation of 2 x weekly gaming night competitions in DB gaming. One night focusing on Tier 1 games only and a second night focusing on all of our PVP gaming. These nights will be dueling focused and the person with the best PVP score from that night will be awarded a PoB. Additionally, I have asked that the FIST and SCL work together to set up the lovable dbb0t to run the competition events, set up matches, ect. This might take a little work, but for those of us who can remember the EH, we had a bot that handled all match making, score taking, and result tracking. Finally, I have also asked the Fist to work with the new JST to update the ROC to include a rule for a troll free #dbgaming environment. We don't need people acting like fools or losing their mind in our gaming channel (or intimidating other players). More to follow!

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Conclusion

Alright, short and sweet report. It has been a busy week and I wanted to highlight some of the announced changes. Additionally, I'd like to close with a few points concerning the things I care about and want to focus our leaders on.

1) I care about new member retention.

2) I care about our existing members enjoying the club so much that they recruit their real life friends. Recruited members have an enormous statistical advantage to stay in the club and progress in comparison to random joins.

3) I care about our existing members participating and contributing to the club in a meaningful way.

4) I do care about the environment within our club. If there is bullying, or harassment, I am going to get involved. Jac is going to get involved. We have seen a trend over the past few weeks where members have submitted transfer requests or contacted Mav/I directly about bullying within the club. This is not okay.

So, back to my original report from last week. We want a club that creates fun and companionship for our members and we want leaders who support those goals. I think most of us can get behind that simple message.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for your time.

Grand Master Pravus

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Greetings all! I'll have sporadic IRC activity for the next week. I'll be reachable by email and other methods as usual, but I will only be available on IRC for a couple hours on some nights. ~Mav

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Greetings all!

I'll have sporadic IRC activity for the next week. I'll be reachable by email and other methods as usual, but I will only be available on IRC for a couple hours on some nights.

~Mav

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Hey Everyone, I wanted to send out a quick note to make a clarification on DJB communication platforms. We have our beloved email, we have our wonderful and stable undernet mIRC channels, and we have the new'ish world of WhatsApp. WhatsApp is...

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Hey Everyone,

I wanted to send out a quick note to make a clarification on DJB communication platforms. We have our beloved email, we have our wonderful and stable undernet mIRC channels, and we have the new'ish world of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is a phenomenal program that has streamlined communication between leaders and members of our club. But, WhatsApp is also tied to a phone number. Some members and some leaders are going to be uncomfortable providing their phone number to "magical" internet friends. I also know that many members are uncomfortable sharing their number with underage members. Because of this, WhatsApp cannot be a mandatory requirement for positions or usage within our club. Please ensure you comply with this quasi-directive. Thanks!

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Brethren, Aabsdu has been serving his one-year term as Left Hand of Justice for over a year. My thanks to Aabs for his service. It is, however, time to pick his replacement. Applications for LHoJ are being accepted. The Left Hand of Justice is...

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Brethren,

Aabsdu has been serving his one-year term as Left Hand of Justice for over a year. My thanks to Aabs for his service. It is, however, time to pick his replacement.

Applications for LHoJ are being accepted.

The Left Hand of Justice is generally considered the public defender of the DB. He serves as defense counsel and ensures that members have proper knowledge of their rights. He works with the Right Hand of Justice to gain a full discovery of evidence and helps establish a case in defense of the accused.

The person that takes over as LHoJ at this point is going to be heavily involved in efforts to amend the Covenant and other policies.

In your application, aside from the usual details, please give some insight as to why you would be a good defense counsel, and any preliminary thoughts that you may have on solidifying the rights of the accused in the Covenant. You are going to help me make sure that there is no inJSTice in the DB.

Having passed both CoJ SA courses is a big plus, but may not be a necessity.

Applications are due to me by 10:00 EST on March 2.

Thank you, Jac

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Hello everyone! I can't let my fellow Councillors have all the fun so here is a mini Herald report. Today I'd like to showcase the top winning GFX entries from GJWXI round 1 and 2 and also start up constructive discussion regarding the...

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Hello everyone! I can't let my fellow Councillors have all the fun so here is a mini Herald report. Today I'd like to showcase the top winning GFX entries from GJWXI round 1 and 2 and also start up constructive discussion regarding the competitions.

We had a lot of great entries and I think it directly correlates to having 10 placements per round, which gave everyone a much bigger opportunity to place. It may also correlate to how the events were presented, with 1 digital and 1 traditional. Obviously I have no scientific data to back this up, but the quality of the entries cannot be denied! I did hear both complaints and compliments from both sides of the fence, enough to balance it out, honestly. In no way will we ever make a perfect competition for everyone. But someone once likened it to a Poetry competition for Fiction. It is still a valid platform under the Voice. Last war we actually had both at the same time if I recall correctly. But for this war it was decided not to overload everyone, so we scrapped the idea of two GFX per round among other things.

None of the decisions are done lightly and the DC makes every attempt to do what is best for every event. Details are hashed out as a group, something that I love about working with my fellow DCers.

I am not beyond feedback though. Some of the best ideas can come from constructive feedback. Because this post will eventually be buried I have put together an informal poll and discussion thread where everyone can add their thoughts. I'd rather the news comments go towards the winning entries I'm posting below. Positive or constructive comments, I should say. They are not being displayed for negativity and I reserve the right to close it should it turn into something of that nature.

If there's enough interest we can make a separate Discourse forum thread so everyone can post up their winning or non-winning entries if they wish. Also, don't forget to upload yours to Deviantart! Some have already been linked to the DB DA gallery, feel free to submit yours. If you can't submit it, let us know and we can do it for you.

Now, on with the show!

Round 1: Digital

1st: Baxir (formerly known as Orv)

Baxir

2nd: Alora

Alora

3rd: Rhiann

Rhiann

Round 2: Traditional

1st: Xia Long

Xia

2nd: Baxir

Baxir

3rd: Lala/Aaleeshah

Lala

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Stick figures can be basic drawings and sometimes they can be novae-worthy works of art. Anyone remember Ben's Multimedia? I wish I had a link but it was an epic piece that incorporated dancing stick figures. The point is, don't sell yourself short. Oftentimes life drawings start as stick figures. In art school we didn't start with drawing blobs, it was about structure and building off of that. There are many good drawing tutorials on the web, many with videos too, and I encourange anyone interested to check some out. "Stick" with it and you can only get better!

There were quite a few humorous entries for the war. One that showed Muz using an expletive and going home was pretty accurate! This is a comic by Invictus. Take it for what it is.. humor! :P

That's all for now, please remember to be respectful in the comments. Thanks to V'yr and Orv for the new banner and header!

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In which James talks about recent changes to the site, copy/pastes a change-log, answers some questions, and talks about some nifty tool or website. Hi all, It's that time again! Time for another report from your friendly neighbourhood...

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In which James talks about recent changes to the site, copy/pastes a change-log, answers some questions, and talks about some nifty tool or website.

Hi all, It's that time again! Time for another report from your friendly neighbourhood Seneschal with the latest ins and outs related to the site.

Deployed Code Changes

Below is a list of most of the code check-ins done to the site since my last report. This isn't an exhaustive list, and does not contain code changes that have not yet been deployed to the main website. To summarise, here's the TLDR:

  1. Upstream library updates
  2. Performance improvements for the news page to make it snappier
  3. Updates to transfers and the join assignment to account for the clannification™
  4. Updates to competition code to account for several GJW rules
  5. Deletion of exams in progress
  6. PvP formula changes
  7. Lots of small fixes and tweaks
[James Entar] Don't use the same cache fragment for collapsed and expanded news items
[James Entar] Fix RSS caching
[James Entar] Fix typo
[James Entar] Cache fragments on news index page
[James Entar] House -> Clan on welcome mail; update backend CoJ stuff
[James Entar] Update HRLD staff permissions
[James Entar] Update leaderboard code
[James Entar] Don't error out admin interface when viewing ancient news items with a nonexisting position
[James Entar] Sort ranks in position administration form
[James Entar] House Leadership -> Clan Leadership
[James Entar] Disable 'people can't promote above their own rank' rule
[James Entar] Kallisto: Add Arconae to Arcona mailing list candidates
[James Entar] SA: Allow deleting exams in progress
[James Entar] Stopgap fix for ActiveSupport threading issue
[James Entar] Rework transfers and join rotation to reflect clanning; update introductory texts to match join assignment
[James Entar] Change some navbar links
[James Entar] New RO CI calculation; Fiction Activity bugfixes
[James Entar] Re-enable FIST/MAA staff access
[James Entar] Update text on varioius request forms
[James Entar] Sort Competition Award Levels in competition form
[James Entar] Small comp form adjustments; Remove min score requirement from ACC Qualification; enable join overview for rest of CoreDC members
[James Entar] Update some text on the competition request form
[James Entar] Trigger score recalculation when scoring method is set to unweighted pvp score
[James Entar] Update external libraries
[James Entar] Auto-sync Discourse Moderators
[James Entar] Fix a rare bug in the join mailer
[James Entar] Log less stuff in production
[James Entar] Fix bug in pending gaming competition display
[James Entar] Allow competitions to award double CFs; calculate all places for GamingComps
[James Entar] Add spambot IP to blacklist
[James Entar] Make PvP scores for running competitions publicly visible
[James Entar] Merge ToI PoC; fix dev theme switcher
[James Entar] Show object IDs on PvP/PvE details
[James Entar] Fix GamingCompetitions only auto-calculating first 5 places
[James Entar] Attempt to stop vendetta listing from randomly switching member order
[James Entar] Some UX tweaks
[James Entar] Engage Vendetta lockdown for competition and gaming admin
[James Entar] Fix some stuff related to Dev VM
[James Entar] Allow entry of competition placements up to 10th place
[James Entar] Ruby <2.2 compat
[James Entar] Allow adjusting PVP scoring formula platform weight
[James Entar] Fix friendly IDs
[James Entar] Solve some deprecation warnings
[James Entar] Upgrade to Rails 4.2; might break stuff. Retire some themes
[James Entar] More style overrides
[James Entar] Tweak some colors (thanks Vosh/Nameless)
[James Entar] Bump up SA similarity threshold
[James Entar] (Hopefully) unbork checkboxes

Seneschal's Nifty Tricks

  • Want to brush up your JavaScript and problem solving skills? Go play the Elevator Saga!
  • Are you a fan of Markdown and need to give a presentation? Look no further, Remark is here!
  • And especially for Orv, I'd like to highlight this Markdown editor ;)

On the Horizon

This section provides some sneak previews of upcoming site changes and the larger things on my todo-list in various stages of completion.

  1. Test of Lore Revamp
    An ongoing project to replace the Test of Lore with something less... wall-of-texty.
  2. Badges/Achievements
    Work towards achievements by doing things (or not doing things) on the site. This is low-priority project at the moment, but I will expect to pick it up again in the near future.
  3. Possessions
    Progressing slowly but steadily. Expect Phase 2 of the phased rollout to drop in the near future.
  4. Clan Alignments and Path Changes
    I'm not entirely sure yet what's going to happen here, but it will surely have coding-related consequences :)
  5. Random Bugfixes and Things That Come Up™
    A wild Dark Council member appeared. It uses Feature Request!
    [FIGHT][ITEM][PKMN][RUN]

Closing/TLDR

So, lots of fixes and additions to the site, and even more to come. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to either e-mail me or throw in a comment.

James L. Entar
Seneschal of the Brotherhood

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Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood - Thank you to Grand Master Pravus for my nomination to the position of Justicar, to the Electorate for the quick confirmation, and for all of the kind words that I have received. It is a pleasure to be serving...

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Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood -

Thank you to Grand Master Pravus for my nomination to the position of Justicar, to the Electorate for the quick confirmation, and for all of the kind words that I have received. It is a pleasure to be serving again on the Dark Council and to be in a position that I have long hoped to hold.

This report is intended to give you a quick overview of my positions and intentions as I take the mantle of Justicar, much of which was provided to the Electorate prior to my confirmation.

To begin with, my thanks go out to Taigikori for his service as Justicar. He has faced some heavy challenges, many of which left him in untenable situations. Nevertheless, he served as an excellent Justicar and I am happy to count him among my friends. To the extent that I make any changes to the judicial system, operate differently, or take different priorities, it is not meant to be a statement against him or any prior Justicar. It is simply that I am a different person with different ways, and the changeover of positions always brings a time to reset and regroup.

The ongoing importance of the Dark Covenant to this club gives me great joy; its enactment is the one accomplishment in my term as Grand Master that I am justifiably proud of. Though I am often credited with being its author, the reality is that the development of the Covenant was a club-wide effort involving input from dozens of people over the course of a year. That is why the document has held up over the past decade; it encapsulates this club in its entirety. And through a similar effort of many, the Covenant will stay strong.

That is to say, there are changes that are needed to bring the Covenant current to the times, to fix some weak points, and to strengthen the document as a whole. I have been part of, or have led, nearly every effort to amend the Covenant, and I intend to lead the next stage of its ongoing development. We will endeavor to work through many changes, at the forefront being the defined role of the Star Chamber, structural changes to bring the Covenant in line with the recent houseless Clan announcement, and some long-needed judicial process amendments. My hope is that my seven years experience as an attorney will help me fix the drafting errors left by my first-year-law-student self so long ago.

Turning to the judicial process, I will strive as Justicar to hold true to the following principal: I will be proactive, fair, impartial, quick, reliable, and consistent. The entire Chamber will operate in this manner; I intend to use the Hands to the fullest extent possible.

Perhaps the most important role I will play is in the proactive effort to avoid the need for any justice system. A Justicar need not be waiting in the wings for a call to service. I will be active in my role, working to ensure that our systems operate smoothly, but also that members are properly educated in our ways. I will work to solve problems before the need for a Chamber action arises, and will work to mediate disputes between members.

Fairness, consistency, speed and reliability all run hand-in-hand. Our system at present moves at a glacial speed due to many restrictions imposed upon it. That is not fair to those that are in the process and simply want a resolution one way or another. Fairness requires that we look to the particular facts of the case, including mitigating facts, but consistency is also required so that one member is not unduly punished in ways that have not been used in the past. Speed and reliability will factor in all places; I will be available. And I will ensure that the Chamber of Justice operates impartially. There are instances in which members of the Chamber should recuse themselves, and I aim to define those circumstances and make sure the process will work through those times.

Many of you are not familiar with my work; it has been nearly a decade since I departed the Iron Throne. Since that time, I have been a constant adviser to the Grand Masters and an active clan member and competitor. I am glad now for this change to a position and public role. I will strive to make sure the club hears from me in earnest, as I am a true believer that the more visible a leader is, the better his ability to lead.

I look forward to all there is to do as Justicar. And we have a lot to do. There is a caseload waiting for me to administer and many policies and projects to revisit. You will be hearing from me again soon.

Thank you again to Pravus, the Clans and the Dark Council. I am grateful for this opportunity.

Sincerely,

Jac Cotelin

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