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These guidelines are being posted for two main reasons. First, this board has drifted from its original purpose and the WT staff wanted to get things back on track. Second, a lot of threads that are being posted in here could just as easily go on the main WT board. The main WT board is usually pretty quiet, and we want to move more activity there in order to attract more people to the Org. So, here are the guidelines for what should go on this board vs. other boards:

The Hall of the Tower (formerly the Great Hall)
--LOA thread (We have one stickied thread at the top, and I can update the first page so it's easier for Elgee to keep track of who is on LOA when she purges the usergroups. Anyone who wants a LOA thread of their own to give further explanations or to have people post comments can post more within the Ajahs, Discs, Aspie's Quarters, or in the Hall for staff members.)
--Raisings
--Promotions
--Requests for applications to fill positions (e.g. posting a call for applications for a new Ajah Head)
--Bondings
--Formal announcements of which Ajah or Discipline an Aspie picks
--Announcements of WT-specific changes in policies, procedures, rules, etc.
--Personal or sensitive announcements that WT members want all Org members but not the general public to see (e.g. births, deaths, serious illnesses)

Ajah/Disc boards
--Awards specific to the Ajah or the Guild (e.g. Greenie of the Month can be on the Green boards; those Ajahs that still give out Warder Awards can award them in the Guild).
--Changes in Sitters/Sword Lieutenants, Sitter/Sword Lieutenant terms, or changes in ranks that were created specifically for one Ajah (e.g. GLO).
--Ajah or Disc specific changes in policies, procedures, rules, etc. that the Heads or Sword Commanders may make (e.g. spamming policies or posting guidelines unique to an Ajah).
--Birthday announcements

White Tower board
--Basically any other type of thread can go here. Anything that you feel is too personal to be posted on the public WT board can be posted in the Ajah boards, Disc boards, AS/Der board, Aspirants’ Quarters, or in the Hall.

Tar Valon board
--Events (e.g. Gray Ajah’s Midsummer Festival, Brown Ajah’s Banned Books Week, White Ajah’s Winter Carnival)

--Advertising Events held at the other boards
These guidelines affect every Ajah and every Discipline equally. Elgee, The_Fnorrll_Reborn or Raena can always move threads if we feel it's needed, but we'll give explanations to the relevant Head or Sword Commander before doing so.

If anyone has questions about all this, feel free to contact Elgee, Daruya, The_Fnorrll_Reborn, Kaylee, Aiel Heart or your Ajah Head.


PS: I copied Dwynwen's post, since I see no need to reinvent the wheel :D

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the White Tower and Warders Guild Social Group,

 

Just a couple of brief announcements for you all to take note of, surrounding really two main areas:

 

Correct Protocol During Ceremonies Which Take Place in the Hall of the Tower.

 

As you have no doubt seen, one of the main uses for the Hall of the Tower is ceremonies, such as raisings, promotions, and bondings. There are one or two points we would like to remind you of or clear up.

 

These activities are called ceremonies for a reason. They tend to follow a set pattern which was set up by staff a fair while ago and has been in use for a while now. Can we please remind everyone that these patterns are there to be followed. There has been a tendancy to personalize these ceremonies somewhat, adding in longer RP sections or changing up various details. Whilst we understand the desire to do something different, or unique, we would prefer that the format is more or less followed so that this type of thing doesn’t get out of hand. Usually we let you know how the ceremony goes before your big day, if you aren’t already familiar with it. Obviously, things like arches, declarations and oaths give various degrees of lee way to express yourself and your own feelings in your own words, which is fine.

 

For those not involved in the ceremony, we would ask that you don’t take part in the official part of the ceremony unless you have been contacted beforehand to do so and been approved by the MoN or the MaA (or Amy or SC if applicable). We would also ask that where possible, people refrain from posting congratulations or various RP comments all over the thread until the official part is done, when you can all go wild. It just keeps things tidier, shows respect for the occasion which the person has worked hard to get to and makes sure you don’t ruin anyone’s happy moment by posting something they may not want.

 

Your Identity as Part of the White Tower Social Group.

 

As I’m sure most of you are aware by now, Dragonmount is a great place full of lots of different groups and activities you can get involved in. We hope that you are all enjoying it to the full and having a great time.

 

However, again, there are on or two things we would like to point out with regard to those members of the White Tower who are happily part of more than one social group. Whilst we are very happy for you that you have fit in so well and are enjoying yourself, we would also ask that you respect the fact that many of us older members have been around for a while and have chosen to settle into the White Tower and make it our online home, our own little corner of DM. Some of us have deliberately chosen not to get involved in some of the other Social Groups here on Dragonmount. We therefore kindly ask that you respect us in this regard by keeping this Social Group separate from others. In particular, we would like to ask that you refrain from advertising the activities of other Social Groups in threads here at the White Tower unless you have asked permission to do so from both Social Group leaders, and also that you bear in mind that hear at the Tower, you are here in the persona of Novices, Algai, Accepted, whatever it may be. Please keep Group-Specific relationships to one another, RP-style abilities, personality traits and the like from other Social Groups within those Social Groups. This is just a request, but please bear in mind that what is an actual rule is that rank in other Groups does not translate to rank over here. Obviously, things in your siggies is fine.

 

TL;DR- (get your lazy butt in gear)

Stick to the script during Ceremonies here in the Tower and don’t spam them until complete.

Don’t act like people from other Social Groups here in the Tower. Enjoy being part of the Tower. You’ll find it can be very satisfying on it’s own merit.

Many thanks,

 

Fnorrll,

SC, WG, WTSG

 

Endorsed by Elgee, Amyrlin Seat, Flame of Tar Valon, WTSG.

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To add: I see people are going completely overboard with the RPing again. This is a SOCIAL GROUP - the Role Playing side is separate, and is called the PSW. If you wish to role play, you're welcome to go sign up there - I would love to have you there too biggrin.gif
However, while you are here at the Social Side, please keep your RPing anywhere at the WT/W to a minimum.


Ceremonies, etc:

Ahmoondah put it perfectly a few posts below this one, so I'm copying her words with certain corrections:

When a person is a candidate to be raised to Aes Sedai or Der'Manshima, there is a certain ceremony.
The Amyrlin, Keeper, Sword Captain, MoN or MaA ask for people to speak for the candidate.
At that time, ONLY the candidate and the people personally requested sponsors should speak, no one else.
If you have not been asked to be the sponsor, then remain silent until the ceremony ends.
Then, the Amyrlin or Sword Captain will say something to acknowledge the two have spoken, and that the oaths must be administered.
Let the person take their oaths.
After that, they will be presented with the Shawl/Cape by their Ajah Head, if they're being raised to Aes Sedai.

AT THAT TIME, and ONLY at that time, we can pounce and snuggle and congratulate the candidate with pressies and cake and other such stuff.

Official Sponsors:

The Mon/MaA would send an email to the candidate (ccing in the Sword Captain and Amyrlin) stating that they have fulfilled all the requirements to be raised, and asking for the name of their sponsors. The sponsors have to be full ranking members of the White Tower and Warders (there are other provisions, but we'll get into that later). If we are satisfied with the credentials of the sponsors, then either the Amyrlin or the Sword Captain will start the raising thread. Only the approved sponsors may sponsor the candidate during the official part of the ceremony, though it's traditional for others to throw in their 2 cents worth afterwards.

The definition of a sponsor is:
 

spon·sor (spobreve.gifnprime.gifsschwa.gifr)n.1. One who assumes responsibility for another person or a group during a period of instruction, apprenticeship, or probation.2. One who vouches for the suitability of a candidate for admission.



Obviously, the sponsor has to be a member of the group they are sponsoring someone to - that's the whole point. That means that to be raised to Der'Manshima, you must be sponsored by 2 Der'Manshima and to be raised to Aes Sedai, your must be sponsored by 2 Aes Sedai (1 must be of your own Ajah, and 1 must be of a different Ajah).

 

What is light RPing? Myst described it quite well:

 

I know the line is sometimes thin, but there is a line nevertheless. Things like



*comes in and takes a seat, putting her feet up after a long hard day at work*

Hey guys, how are you doing? I'm completely dead! you wouldn't believe the day I had..... -more normal talk-


Is perfectly acceptable.


Things like:
 

Mary sits down on the couch and sighs. What a day this was. She hoped she could have a few moments of peace with her fellow Purples before having to go back to the demanding tasks that await her in the kitchen. She asked Elayne how her day had been, while sipping her wine and having one of the waiters rub her feet. It was good to see her sister again after so long. It had been weeks!


Is crossing the line slightly. This is pure RPing, while the other is stating an action/emotion followed by normal talk with the other people joining in
in the thread.


I know there are threads that allow the line to be further than others, but the general rule is: if you can communicate directly, do so. Actions are difficult to do (and look rather foolish... "I glare at Tynaal" eg would be somewhat idiotic lol) but direct speech is perfectly possible to do in normal speech.

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And that's a perfect example of what semi-RPing at the Social Side SHOULD be - thanks, Nyna :biggrin:

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And that's a perfect example of what semi-RPing at the Social Side SHOULD be - thanks, Nyna :biggrin:

 

That was a complete oversight. Just for the record. >.>

 

 

:dry:

 

 

Which reminds me...we should totally have a record keeper. Dressed like a librarian.

 

 

 

Nyn

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I want to make sure I understand, to clarify.

 

When a person isa candidate to raised to Aes Sedai or Der'Manshima, there is a certain ceremony.

Elgee or Fnorrll ask for people to speak for the candidate.

At that time, ONLY the candidate and the two personally requested sponsors should speak, no one else.

If you have not been asked to be the sponsor, then remain silent until the ceremony ends.

Then, Elgee or Fnorrll will say something to acknowledge the two have spoken, and that the oaths must be administered.

Let the person take their oaths.

After that, they will be presented with the Shawl by their Ajah Head.

 

AT THAT TIME, and ONLY at that time, we can pounce and snuggle and congratulate the candidate with pressies and cake and other such stuff.

 

Right?

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