Until we get some sort of sitting feature, we feel we have no choice but to bring in some Clan Sitting Rules. We are aware that this may cause a stir. But please try and remain calm take a deep breath and take a while to digest and avoid posting any knee jerk reactions We are not trying to make things difficult, less fun or create lots of red tape, just create some fair rules for everyone.
We have been discussing how best to draft these rules over the last three months. We have used a consultation group to gain different perspectives. And have been in consultation with admin. It was very difficult to get a list of rules that covered every possibility whilst remaining simple and easy to follow.
These rules are for the clan arena only, and will cover all clan competitions and tournaments.
What the rules are trying to address
1, We have no clear and defined rule of what is and is not allowed within the clan arena. Therefore judging cases of reported abuse is very difficult. And it is hard to come up with consistent rulings.
2, The lines of what is acceptable in the Clan World have become somewhat blurred.
3, We are aiming to create a fair and level playing field for each and every clan
These rules are simply meant to bring everyone back in line with CC site rules. Your account is yours and yours alone. And you should be the only person logging on and using it unless you are away, or an emergency situation has arisen.
In regards to needing a sitter. Some members are picking and choosing what games they will take, and what games they leave to someone else. If you are in a game you should be the one playing it. The people in the team put forward for any game, should be the only ones involved in that game. There should be no outside influences. If you are away from the site and need a sitter, that is fine. But you must not choose to take some games and leave others to a sitter. You can either take your turns or you can't.
We still want to offer some degree of emergency cover for turns, but they really must be in danger of missing. So that is why the hour mark has been set. We can't keep having excuses like well I was going to bed and didn't know if he would make it back, so I took his turn 8 hours before it expired.
No one should be put in for a game unless they can take the vast majority of their turns. Agreements still can be made between clans in regards to absences, both clans must agree. These games must not include the unlimited setting, or any other setting where an advantage could potentially be had. These agreements should be run past a CD before hand. We couldn't allow for example any agreement that did not see a player taking approximately 70 % of their turns. And would have to question why they were being put forward for a game they couldn't take their turns in.
Finally The Cds will not be throwing the book at people for minor things. We don't want reports like "Joe blogs covered a turn an 1h 30 mins before it was due to expire" minor things may get noted. It is only when these minor things happen on a regular basis then we would need to do something. Again if something unexpected comes up and you need a sitter then you can have one, but if this happens regularly then we will question it. The Cds will take a common sense view when looking at any case. Real life happens and this is a game, we are all aware of that.
Ok The Rules
What has to happen.
Clan members must become responsible for their own turns. Clan members must take all of their own turns unless on vacation. Or an emergency arises.
1, The announcing in chat, of the name of the person who has covered a turn will now be mandatory.
2, Emergency cover may only be given if the person really is in danger of missing a turn. Therefore a turn can only be covered if there is 2 hours or less left on the clock. But steps must be taken to contact the player before hand.
3, Sitting for the purpose of covering an extended break from the site can carry on as normal, turns can be taken whenever it is convenient, the sitter can add to chat, but the player on vacation must not take turns themselves during this time or add to game chat. Account sitting is for holidays, vacations* and emergencies only.
*The term "vacation" is being used to cover any absence from the site that you have agreed to have someone sit for.
4, You must not enter clan games if you know in advance that you will not be able to take the vast majority of your turns in any game or be unable to take your turns on a regular basis. Having your account sat on a regular basis for the duration of any clan game will no longer be allowed. If you are going to participate in clan games, it should be you who will actually play in these games.
5, You must not be in another persons account for any reason, other than to cover turns while that person is on vacation. Adding to chat in a game you are not in for example will not be allowed. You must also not give permission for anyone to wander in and out of your account at their will. Take care of your account. What happens with it is your responsibility.
In response to the idea that people will just cheat anyway, the hunters will routinely check IPs, and assist us in checking suspicious activity abusing the account sitting rule.
Anyone caught breaking these rules will be subject to penalties as determined at the sole discretion of the CD Team. Penalties may include loss of privileges, loss of medals, forfeiture of games, and any other punishment the CD Team deems appropriate.The CD team will take a common sense approach when ruling on each individual case.
Now we know everyone isn't going to like this Please feel free to give your views, but if you disagree, please explain the reason why in your post. We don't just want negative comments without some reasoning behind them and alternative suggestions.
It will be easy to keep within the rules. Guidelines include
1, Make sure you inform your clan organizer of any planned vacations in advance
2, If you need a sitter, don't take turns yourself
3, If you are going to cover a teammate that has gone awol, make sure they are actually in danger of missing.
4, Post to say that you have covered a turn
5, Don't go into someone else account unless you are sitting.
These rules will come into force Monday after we have had the chance to pm all clan leaders and make sure everyone is aware.
The CD team.