What is the address for the old forum?
If I had it I would put it in the WFE. I think Sedge was the admin of it, I would imagine they deactivated it for inactivity by now.
Hi, I am a puppet of an anonymous nation that wants to preserve this region. In case a raider comes the factbook is preserved here ->
The region served as the symbolic target of a Liberation resolution to show the WA community's support for a full split of the General Assembly and the Security Council.
The region has fallen into disrepair, as has the corresponding body of the WA. With Rule IV in effect, the "Security Council Community" collapsed, and the SC has never recovered. There is no longer a group of players that identify primarily as Security Council players, and there never will be again.
Good to see your puppet back here, Sedge! Glad I'm not the only one that likes to hang around old memorable places like this.
I pulled the Ambassador of Topid's card and was curious about this region... I like to take a look at NS history (and do so by sending puppets to places like Belgium and Space Sector RPRA).
If it's not too much of a bother for you, I'd be curious about your take on trends in the SC (like the recent wave of symbolic resolutions), and why you think Rule 4 was implemented since it has caused so much damage.
I went missing for 2.5 years so I'm not the best person to ask on trends. The SC, like anywhere, can go through fads. One person passes a symbolic resolution, then everyone wants a go. It dies out quickly enough once everyone gets tired of them and the regulars shout them down.
Rule 4 caused massive divisions in the SC when it was implemented, as gameplayers felt they were being marginalised in favour of a forced RP style to make GA players less unhappy about the introduction of the SC.
Long-term that's worn off. Gameplayers are more than capable of passing well-written resolutions in the language they want to use, oh, and GA players for the most part still dislike the SC.
Yes, and to fully understand Rule IV you probably need to understand that "Gameplay" forum at the time was widely ignored. When it was used, it was used for recruiting (standard recruiting back then was manual telegrams, RMB posts in GCRs, and gameplay threads). Rule IV and Crazy Girl's push to bring Gameplay to widespread use were roughly in the same time period. The SC was the first place GPers came together to discuss events. When some big event in TEP happens today, we go to the TEP thread in Gameplay. Back then, those threads looked like... viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6894 so we would make an SC condemnation about the mad lad that couped TSP and that gave us a place to talk about it on the forums. When they took that away from us more or less we thought it was back to the bad old days of only hanging out together in big IRC channels. In actuality most of the SC activity (and then some more) went to Gameplay.
That's an element I feel like personally people miss when they look back at the early SC. Gameplay forum was not so hulky at the time.
I've looked (admittedly not incredibly hard), and I'm unsure what Rule 4 is. It was almost certainly long before my time, but from how you described it was incredibly important. Could you please explain how it changed things, or give me a link to somewhere that explains it in depth? From the activity of the region, it could be a long wait, but that doesn't bother me too much.