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Hello lovely Ryn players


Please would you all make sure that you've read this announcement by Rumour, which details some important information for Rynmere. I would very much echo Rumour's words there and thank Kingdom especially for all the work she did here and in other places on ST. So, first things first, thanks to Kingdom and Siren for all they've done and best wishes to them.

As Rumour says, I've agreed to step back into my Rynmere boots, which I'm delighted to do and, over the next few weeks, Griffin and I will have some help here, also.

If you are impacted by either Kingdom or Siren's retirement, either because of a moderated thread or some behind the scenes plotting etc, please drop me a pm and we will work something out. The whole staff team are united in wanting to make sure that this has as little impact on moderated threads etc as possible.

Please, please, reach out if you've got a question.

Thanks!

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I would like to remind you all to please reply to the Royal Tragedy!

Somebody wants to stab poor King Cassander! You don't want him to die during my play, do you?
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A Quiet Welcome!


Or, more precisely, a Whisper of a welcome. I'm delighted to welcome Whisper to the Ryn mod team. Whisper is stepping in to Ryn and will be working alongside Griffin and I. Obviously, with a new city, especially one so rich in lore as Rynmere, Whisper will take some time getting up to speed, but will be a permanent addition to the Ryn team.

Welcome, Whisper! Great to have you here!

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Welcome Whisper!
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Dear All,

Please consider this my act of resignation.

I no longer feel that I am able to inhabit the realm of Standing Trials as a member of staff. This message will probably be removed and maybe I’ll even be banned for speaking out but I feel that players deserve to know the truth.

I feel that as a member of staff I conducted myself as a reasonable, level-headed advocate for fairness and creativity. This is not rewarded on ST and it’s for this reason I’m stepping down.

I’ve been made to feel as though there is no home for me to moderate here. I’m unable to exist in a responsible capacity on a site which bullies its members and makes them feel uncomfortable to point of quitting.

I am deeply sorry to for moderated threads that I’m leaving hanging. Over the Christmas vacation I had a limited time in which to post between travelling and it was made physically impossible for me to do this, as my moderated privileges were revoked without warning, (and of course – not advertised). After that particular incident another member of staff saw fit to interfere with one of my completed moderated threads and I’ve felt completed deflated and unable to continue; deeply, deeply offended by this action. Not to mention that the same member of staff ignored my PC contributions to seasonal gift giving event. My contribution was fulfilled, but my characters never forwarded and nor was the medal. (This is very petty I know, but it hasn’t helped a sense of feeling unwelcome.)

I’ve been trying very hard to stop being angry, but unfortunately, I’m true to my alter-ego here…and I can’t just accept and participate in injustice.
I do however, wish all of you fantastic writers the very very best. There is so much talent and promise on ST that I hope the site develops, as I know it’s trying to do, into a positive, inclusive environment. I hope you get to write the stories you deserve.

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Unfortunately, this is not the correct spot to leave this message. We, as staff, have never run into a resignation letter on an OOC city forum. This will be moved to a more appropriate place this evening and responded to properly there, but rest assured we will not be deleting it.

As many of you have noticed, there have been some large changes happening behind the scenes, and we as Staff have done our best to create the environment Griff described. We hope the changes that will be rolled out over the next few days/weeks will increase all our player's enjoyment as well as prevent any staff from feeling that this is the best course of action.

With calling ourselves "staff", there is a tendency to forget that we are all just volunteers, and the point of this site is to enjoy yourself, not have a second job. We appreciate all the hard work Griff, Siren and Kingdom have done for the site. It wouldn't be where it is today without all of you.

We're sorry to see you go Griff, and wish you the best of luck in the future.
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Surely Golem, that is the point- my message will be removed from the public domain so that you can continue prentending that staff are leaving for any other reason, than they're being driven away.
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Yayness!


Hello folks! I'm sure some of you are aware, but for those of you who are not, Pegasus and I have been working on a link between Viden and Scalvoris. Due to the University of Rynmere (and its ties to the Viden Academy) we thought it foolish not to open up such an exciting opportunity to you lovely players too! This is the beginning of a new collaboration effort from all of the staff across the site, and we intend to really see the site (and your own PCs lives) really thrive from this new and ambitious opportunity! Expeditions, Exploration & Exchanges Board has just been posted for you all to enjoy!

In this new initiative, we are offering the players of Rynmere, Viden and Scalvoris the chance to... jump between the two locations - as long as they complete the task they are set. The added bonus is that you could find your trip to be "all expenses paid", which means you wouldn't have to pay any expenses for the duration of your trip, and there is the potential for an added monetary or material bonus upon completion of your expedition!

Any expeditions specific to Rynmere will be posted in Rynmere, however it is always worth checking the others, as you don't want to miss out on any other exciting chances!


The Exchange Boards:

Rynmere: Expeditions, Exploration & Exchanges Board
Scalvoris: Expeditions, Exploration & Exchanges Board
Viden: Expeditions, Exploration & Exchanges Board
 ! Message from: Pegasus & Whisper
This opportunity opens on the16th Day of Cylus, 717th Arc!

Best of luck, you might need it!
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Grif,

I'll preface this by saying that I don't want this to seem like a dog-pile. I expressed interest in responding, and the team gave me a go-ahead to do so.

While I write this on behalf of our staff team, I also write as someone who has had the good fortune of writing, working, and even voice chatting with you in the past. I have a lot of respect for you and your opinions, and I’m very sorry to hear that you feel frustrated. It makes me feel very sad that you feel there’s no other recourse but to leave our team. You are a talented writer, a thoughtful staff member and a genuinely good-hearted person, and you will be missed.

I understand the need to vent publicly, and I’m sorry you feel that the message will be removed or that you’ll be banned for speaking out. It has never been our practice to ban staff for speaking out or voicing their frustrations, though we have always asked that staff conflict and concerns be dealt with between the appropriate parties and within the appropriate forum. Nevertheless, I’d like to take this as an opportunity to address your concerns as well as the concerns of any players who may be reading these posts. Apologies for the length.
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1. First, Golem’s note about moving your resignation message to a more appropriate forum. Some discussion was held about creating a “Concerns and Compliments” subforum or thread where players can, if they choose, voice their concerns publicly and we can address them publicly. If this comes into existence, Golem simply meant that these posts may be moved to that forum. I hope that helps clarify.

2. Regarding the conflict between another staff member, my understanding is that your concern is that a moderated thread was submitted to the review queue and was reviewed by another member of staff rather than yourself. We’ve seen this happen before and, to my knowledge, it is usually a misunderstanding of how modded threads should be reviewed. I’m sorry that this frustrated you to the point of no longer wanting to continue to mod threads, and I’d like to use this as an opportunity to be more clear with our players and staff about how to handle threads with a mod. After posting this note, I’ll make a comment on our Peer Review OOC thread, and perhaps add a note on the first post of the main review thread, to remind everyone that threads involving a particular mod need to be reviewed by that mod and should not be posted to the queue.

3. With regards to the seasonal gift giving event, it sounds like there may have been a misunderstanding or miscommunication. The gift was provided to the intended recipient, and a PM was sent asking that its cost be deducted from your character’s ledger before the medal was awarded. Perhaps this was missed? The intent was certainly not to make you feel unwelcome, and I’m sorry to hear you feel that way.

4. Regarding the late December retirement: As Golem mentioned, we are a team of volunteers who have lives outside of the site. I would add that the holidays are a challenging time for all of us. Emotions run high, we get stressed because of gifts or family or loved ones or grief, and then we’re asked to be our best and most professional selves on ST at the same time. This past holiday season, this was not true of our staff team. After a conflict, yourself, Kingdom, and Siren expressed uncertainty about staying and were retired for a brief period of time. While the retirement was quickly reversed, this was certainly not one of our finest hours and I'd like to apologize to all three of you for that decision.

The good news is that we’ve all realized that we need to do better. That’s why we’ve been taking big steps to make our team, and our site, stronger and kinder during 2017. Our players will receive an announcement within the next few days about how we’ve restructured our staff team, but one of the major ways that I would like to highlight is that we’ve created an “Advocate” group. The Advocates are responsible for a variety of tasks, one of which is to work with players and staff members to help resolve conflict. Myself and Golem will be working together to help us become more of the positive and inclusive environment you would like to see.
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Though you'll be retired shortly, as you've requested, it is by no means an attempt to silence you or stop our dialogue. If you feel the need to continue this conversation publicly, then that can happen. I do hope, however, that you’ll send me a PM or a Skype message if you’d like to discuss further so that I can do my best to address any outstanding concerns one-on-one.

Thank you for your contributions, your modded threads, your reviews, and your friendship. You will be deeply missed. I hope you decide to keep in touch.

Best,
Ru
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I’m sorry to hear this site be referred to as a place that bullies its members. If anyone reading this feels that they have been bullied by a current staff member or player, please please please reach out to myself or Golem privately. We’ll keep your comments anonymous if you would prefer (please indicate this in your PM), but we do want to make sure they are addressed.

Please also reach out to myself or a trusted staff member if you have any questions or concerns about this conversation. I can assure you that ST will continue to grow and that the current staff have no intention of leaving. There has been a lot of change on the staff team recently, so thank you for supporting us, for writing with us, and for befriending us through it all. We look forward to a positive, peaceful, and stable 2017. <3
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Hello Folks!

In all of this back-and-forth, Pegasus and I are very keen to ensure that your roleplay is disrupted as little as possible. We are doing our best to get back on top of things (me especially!) and we need your help in doing that.

In particular, we are trying to dish out any unfinished Moderated Threads that players are waiting on. If you have any Moderated threads in Rynmere, which have been halted because of the departure of Kingdom or Griffin, please PM us both a link, with a short (sentence or two) summary or what has happened so far and the initial purpose of the thread. The same applies for anyone who was waiting for a thread from one of them - Please PM us with the details you currently wanted to happen.

As soon as we know the deal, we can get on top of things! Thank you for your help and understanding!
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