Punishment

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Houses of the Blood MUSH's policies are in place for a reason: to keep the MUSH running smoothly and to help provide a stable, supportive environment for the playerbase. However, violation of our policies will result in punishment, ranging from temporary bans to full player firing. It is our hope that this circumstance will rarely ever have to come into play. However, we do have to lay down these ground rules so that everyone involved in the MUSH is on the same page.

Punishment on the MUSH is not something that we hope to do often, or will do lightly, but sometimes it must be done. Punishment is determined by a couple of factors:

  • Strikes/Warning Policy
  • Permanent Firing Policy

Strikes/Warning Policy

Houses of the Blood MUSH works on the base concept of a Strikes policy: barring incidents that require immediate termination of someone's account on the MUSH, a player is given leeway to fix their behavior and rise to the standards that the MUSH wants for our playerbase. Strikes are gained in the following ways:

  • When a complaint is levied against a player. Staff will investigate and, if the complaint has veracity, that player will have a strike marked. Staff will still work to address the situation and get things back to a base level, however.
  • When staff finds a player's actions as violating a policy, even if no other player has issued a complaint. The specified player will be informed of the problem and given a warning.

The Strikes/Warning Policy is an escalating process; we hope that a player will fix their behavior and adhere to the MUSH policies after the Warning/their first three strikes. If they don't, they get one more set of chances, and then they will be removed. Strikes will be clearly noted on characters, able to be viewed by all members of staff, with the staffer who issued the strike, date and the reason for the strike. After gaining three and if staff feel it is justified, we will remove the player from his or her character. When a character gets their first three strikes, they will receive their Warning; as with strikes, this will be clearly noted on the character. Further inability to adhere to our policies and further strikes will come to a Final Offense after their next (and final) three strikes.

Warning

After the first three strikes, a player is recorded with a Warning note and the following punishments are levied:

  • Removal of access to all characters for a period of 72 hours.

Final Offense

When a player has gone so far as to gain three MORE strikes, they are obviously not bothering to adjust their behavior to fit what we expect from the players of the MUSH. At this point, on the Final Offense:

  • All characters of the player are immediately @booted and @newpassworded.
  • All characters go to the control of staff for finalizing any necessary plots before being written out/removed from the game.
  • The player is sitebanned.
  • An announcement about their removal is posted to the Announcements bboard.

A player removed in this manner may reapply to the MUSH after six (6) months.

Permanent Firing Policy

Sometimes a player is so disruptive to the MUSH, and has received so many complaints or has consistently proven themselves to be a detriment to the MUSH, that the player must be removed for the good of the MUSH. The staff of Houses of the Blood MUSH reserve the right to remove any player from a character, at any time and with no warning, should that player prove to be disruptive to the environment of the MUSH, in such a way that cannot be resolved through normal channels. This is determined by a number of factors, including but not limited to, consistent lying, cheating, OOC harassment, or consistently acting in such a way that is detrimental to the MUSH.

A player found to be at this level of punishment is immediately:

  • All characters of the player are immediately @booted and @newpassworded.
  • All characters go to the control of staff for finalizing any necessary plots before being written out/removed from the game.
  • The player is sitebanned.
  • An announcement about their removal is posted to the Announcements bboard.
  • The player is further barred from reapplying on the MUSH completely.

Player firing is a very extreme measure, and we would rather never to have to use it. If people abide by the rules and use general common courtesy and common sense, there should be no problem. If you have a problem with another player, please try to work it out with that player first before complaining to our staff. If you genuinely can't work out things with the player in question, please see the measures set down in news policy regarding harassment, and then see staff.