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July 2012 Fleet News Letter

Posted on Sat Aug 25th, 2012 @ 12:16pm by Captain Mason Storm

Welcome to the
Independence Fleet Newsletter
for the month of July...

Each month brings with it new excitement and adventure and this month was no different. Check out your favorite ships below in the Newsbits, or check out a new ship and a new story for a new adventure.

Remember as always if you have news to recommend for the newsletter simply e-mail us at news@independencefleet.com

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The Admiral's PADD

Fellow simmers, as I've mentioned in the past, growing pains were to be had. This last month we experienced some of those pains, and I am certain this will not be the last of them. From time to time there will be people who do not agree or like the way things are done. We, in the admiralty, pride ourselves on our ability to usually accommodate everyone. We spend a great deal of time trying to foster an open and accepting medium for players to enjoy, however, from time to time we will run into situations where someone feels slighted or just plain thinks they can do it better.

That is exactly what happened this month. Four members left Independence Fleet this month, because they were not capable of getting along in our group. BJ Reign and Lisa Krause of the USS Phoenix came into IDF asking for help. We accepted their sim, set them up, helped them recruit, and tried to accommodate them in anyway we could. Little did we know that BJ Reign, the XO of the Phoenix, had previously had "issues" with two other fleets and had multiple strikes against her from several Trek forums. We soon found out when she turned her guns on our group. When she felt slighted and did not get exactly what she thought she deserved, she libeled our group, slandered our administrative staff, and removed the Phoenix from our fleet. This was not enough for Ms. Reign, she took the simmers we recruited for her, deleted the contents of the sim from our servers, and when we responded by censuring her, she started viciously attacking us in public and private. Going so far as trying to have us shut down by our hosts.
A few days later, two of our long time members, Sakura Mahal and Tazendra Loken were charged with harassment of a simmer. Before the investigation was even complete, they had already made up their mind that they were through with Independence Fleet. They too logged in and deleted user accounts, characters, welcome messages, images created for the Challenger. They even went so far as to delete the user and character account of the simmer that had accused them of harassment. Luckily, our backup policy prevented any loss of data, we restored the deleted information and moved on. In an effort to harm the fleet, these 4 individuals all teamed up and started viciously attacking us, going so far as to file Copyright Infringement claims against us, because we refused to delete their names from our wiki, and our ship rosters. To our CO's, XO's, and individuals that might someday take on a command role: Independence Fleet does not tolerate the deletion of information from our ships archives. Characters, Users, Posts, etc should NEVER be deleted for any reason. We keep these archives active forever, so that simmers later on down the line can always go back and see these posts and enjoy the story, even long after the ship is decommissioned.

Independence Fleet retained legal counsel, and worked with our ISP's legal department to ensure compliance with the laws and as a result of our hard work, we were able to resolve the claims without any downtime to the fleet. However, the situation is not yet over. BJ Reign has gone so far as to drag our former Commander in Chief through the mud in an attempt to further alienate our fleet. Jeremiah served as our Commander in Chief for 5 years before hiring me, during his tenure the fleet saw great growth, but ultimately fell into a stagnant pattern as a result of similar disputes with simmers who thought they could run a fleet better. Jeremiah led us out of the yahoogroups days of old and into our own hosted solution, that eventually evolved into Nova. He retired 2 years ago, and outside of being the technical contact for our host, has not been involved in IDF. However, Ms. Reign, seeing that he was the technical contact for our domain, took to attacking him as well.

Folks, Independence Fleet is a place we come to have fun, to enjoy the game and to enjoy the realm that Gene Roddenberry so graciously shared with us. Politics, drama, backstabbing and propaganda spreading is for another time and place, it will not be tolerated here in IDF. We support and promote an environment of easy going, relaxed and enjoyable roleplaying. We, as a fleet, are here to provide a safe environment for every single person that wants to be a part of Star Trek Roleplaying. We have sims for every demographic, and we try to be the most accommodating group of people. We do not discriminate, we do not exclude, and we do not tolerate any such action by any member of this fleet.

The four young ladies that left Independence Fleet are all phenomenal simmers, each with unique talents, and great potential. It is always disheartening for me, when I see that we were unable to work things out and come to an amicable resolution. In each of their cases, we do sincerely wish them the best in all that they do in the future. It is our sincerest hope that they find whatever they are looking for in whatever new groups they end up.

The most important thing to remember, for you as members, is that you have a voice in this fleet. If you do not agree with something, come to myself or to any of the other admirals and voice your concerns. If you have an idea, come to us and express it. If you feel slighted, make it known to us. As long as our conversations remain open, respectful and productive, we will all continue to make a better fleet for one another. Our, [The Admiralty's], doors are always open, and as long as we all keep those lines of communication open, the fleet will continue to flourish. Do not let the occasional growing pains, like we've seen this month discourage you. They are normal, and somewhat expected. The fleet will persevere, just as we have for the past 11 years!

Happy Simming my friends!

-AJ

Fleet Admiral AJ Wheeler
Commander in Chief
Independence Fleet

 

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