Hello there everyone, I hope you had a happy holidays (regardless of what you celebrate, if anything) and also that you’ll have a happy set of New Year celebrations too if you’ve got any of those to go to. The site staff have been working on a few things, and have now recently had a meeting to be able to create a few changes. We won’t make a huge list because some of the changes won’t be coming in to place for some time, however the following are some key ones that will be affecting people from this point on. Changes to the Site Rules As you may or may not know, there have recently been a few requests and cases in relation to site rules needing changing. Therefore, with instant effects, we have added/changed the following items: - We have defined “Graphic Content” in further detail within the rules, section 7D, to allow for further understanding on what site staff deem to be appropriate content, and what would immediately result in staff reviewing for a potential indefinite ban. - Addition of “All appeals and significant rule changes have the ability to be overturned by a 2/3 majority vote within the current MKBoards staff team.” to reiterate how most changes are passed through the site staff. - We have defined some further examples on the kinds of alts/actions from an alt that would be considered an immediate indefinite ban. We have recently seen an increase in people attempting to alt, and thus we would like to reiterate that it is definitely punishable, whether the alt is detected via our current systems, or via checking from other resources (such as that of Wiimmfi Moderators, who we again would like to thank for cooperation in some recent cases). - We’ve fixed a few links that weren’t working on the original ruleset. Please ensure that you’ve read these updated rules at http://www.forums.mkboards.com/help/terms, because whereas it may not seem like there is significant difference in some areas, some of these clarifications on matters would most certainly mean that some of the borderline content in the past may, in the future, fall as punishable. Reiterations/Clarifications of some matters - We have now revived our support email, firstname.lastname@example.org , so please feel free to send emails to that email if you feel you need to. - We would also like to reiterate that off-site offenses, whereas not as punished by the MKBoards Staff, will still be punished in severe enough cases. We’ve recently had a few cases where people could quite easily be punished, and we’d like to make it clear that we will not tolerate serious rule violations off-site if we deem them punishable from the standards and rules we have set. We have a responsibility, as a site, to ensure that community behaviour is at a respectable level, and so we must ensure that off-site offenses are still looked in to when serious enough. Things to look out for We’ve got quite a lot planned for 2018, including some of the following things that we have drafted out and/or are in the works. Please look out for them, and ensure to make full use of them when possible: - Team identity immunity for teams that have played for a significant time. This will likely be implemented in to each game’s clan guidelines soon. - Forum inactivity leading to a name being up for grabs. We’ve had it before, but now want to make it an official rule. - More transparency on some controversial decisions in the future based upon recent cases causing more drama than may have potentially been caused if we had a place to publicly explain reasonings and/or have fair debates with people. - Many of the standard FFAs are coming back for 2018, along with (potentially) an event to mark the 10 year anniversary of Mario Kart Wii. - The Mario Kart World Cup will be returning in 2018 due to popular demand, so the recruitment process and national teams sections will be going up in the near future to allow for fair event preparation. - Potential new ways to represent league standings, being developed currently by Beto. Wiimmfi League may see this change as early as Season 12 if implemented and tested in time. - A lot of other changes have been mentioned/discussed, but aren’t yet things we can confirm particularly. We’ll keep people up to date with announcements if any major things are happening. So I think that’s it for now, please feel free to make any further suggestions either in this thread or in the suggestions section. Thanks for taking the time to read this announcement, Happy New Year, here’s to an even better 2018.