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9/1/2011 . Edited 9/1/2011 #1
Compass Indigo

Special Rules: Sigma

1. Sigmas are exclusively selected by the Alphas, with only one Alpha's approval required for promotion to Sigma rank.

2. The rank of Sigma is divided into two categories, being Class 1 and Class 2. A Class 1 Sigma is tasked with making excursions into the fandom(s) of their choice, leaving constructive reviews and inviting authors that they feel are good candidates for recruitment. Respectful and courteous conduct are required in all interactions inside and outside the boundaries of the Brotherhood. They are forbidden from accepting membership applications from that thread. Class 2 Sigmas serve the same basic function as Class 1's, but are allowed to accept applicants to the Brotherhood.

3. Upon promotion to Sigma, a Class 1 Sigma is placed on probation for a two week period, during which they are not allowed to be promoted to Class 2 for any reason whatsoever.

4. The rank of Sigma does not confer any particular special privileges regarding decision-making within the Brotherhood, and are to be treated as Betas for the purposes of voting, so on and so forth.

Guide to the Brotherhood

1. Purpose

The Brotherhood of the Pen is a forum devoted to furthering the writing skills of its members, in addition to leaving constructive criticism both for those authors that desire it and those that need it. It also serves as a social gathering place for writers, and as a place to compare notes on creative and skillful writing.

2. Ranking System

The Brotherhood of the Pen's members are subdivided into various ranks meant to categorize the level of authority and responsibilities of our members. Experience, story content, conduct, and prolificacy regarding stories/story length are all taken into account into the ranking process. Ranks are assigned to members when they first join, though promotions are available to all members, with only a few exceptions (see Rules Thread, [Special Rules: Alpha] for additional details) There are four main ranks in the Brotherhood, though more may be created and delegated to members should developments occur that would make such an action be necessary.

The four ranks are as follows:

-Alpha: The highest rank available in the Brotherhood, there are normally only five. Alphas are the leaders and moderators of the HQ forum, and are each assigned to watch over our holdings in different fandoms through Brotherhood Outposts. Alphas are responsible for deciding on any major structural changes to the forum, as well as selecting the rank of and accepting new members through the application process. Alphas require four stories as a prerequisite for nomination.

-Zephyr: These are the handpicked second-in-commands of the leading Alphas, and generally perform the same functions as their superiors. If an Alpha is sick or unable to perform his/her duties, their Zephyr is meant to step in and pick up the slack until the Alpha returns. Zephyrs are not allowed to vote on major decisions in the Council Chamber, but they are allowed to post their input on matters there for consideration of the Alphas. There is no story requirement for Zephyrs, aside from the single story required to join the Brotherhood, unless the Zephyr is being promoted to Alpha, in which case they may be required by the Alphas to meet the Alpha requirement before they can be promoted.

-Sigma: Generally considered to be the equal of a Beta in the overall ranking system, Sigmas are the recruiters of the Brotherhood. They are tasked with making excursions into their fandoms and leaving constructive reviews and inviting authors that they feel are good candidates for recruitment. They are required to be courteous and respectful, regardless of where they are posting, as they represent the Brotherhood to the rest of FFN. Sigmas are divided into two classes, simply designated by a 1 or 2. A Class 1 Sigma is not permitted to accept members from the Membership Applications thread, and may only do so when they reach Class 2, as promoted by an Alpha. Class 1 Sigmas begin under a two week long period of probation, during which they may not be promoted to Class 2. Sigmas are preferred to have published at least two stories.

-Beta: This is the first-attained and most common rank in the Brotherhood, and simply means that you are a member. Betas are encouraged to share helpful advice and compare notes on writing, in addition to participating in the forum's various threads. Feedback and suggestions for improvement on the Brotherhood as a whole are also encouraged, and can be posted in the Suggestions Box thread for the betterment of all. Basic applicants must have at least one story published to be considered for recruitment.

Members are not necessarily confined entirely by their story count, but it is generally preferred that they meet the required amount to best increase their chances of acceptance into the Brotherhood, promotions, etc. Members are capable of advancing in rank if they are considered to be skilled writers, and it is agreed upon by the presiding Alphas.

3. Rules

The Rules for members and special rules exclusive to higher ranks are found in the RULES thread, here: http://forum.fanfiction.net/topic/92754/44026318/1/

4. Expansion

Upon achievement of certain numbers of members, the Brotherhood Alphas will start accepting applications for new forums endorsed and supported by the Brotherhood as a whole. Members that apply must be of Beta rank, have published four or more stories, and understand how the Brotherhood as a forum is operated. That member, if elected into the position by a majority rule Alphas' vote, is then immediately promoted to Alpha rank and given command of the desired fandom's chapter. Chapter-leaders are required to create a Brotherhood Outpost forum for the fandom they desire to oversee (if such a fandom is not already being overseen by another Alpha's chapter); while the chapter-leader is still under the command of the Brotherhood as a whole, they are in charge of recruitment, ranking, and promotion within that fandom. The main body of Alphas at the Brotherhood HQ retain the right to promote and recruit members from that fandom, even if the chapter-leader has rejected the applicants previously. Should this occur, the chapter-leader may still request a review/inquiry of the applicant in question.

Outposts are required to possess some similarities to the main HQ regarding basic organization. Specifically, the following threads must be created in the Outpost prior to the creation of any other threads:

---a. Guide to the Brotherhood thread (exact copy of original)

---b. RULES thread (Exact copy of original)

---c. Membership Applications thread (exact copy of original)

---d. List of Members thread (List only includes the members recruited at that Outpost)

6. History

The Brotherhood was founded on June 09, 2011. The first Head Alphas are as follows: Storylover Alpha 01, Enchanted to meet you Alpha 02, ROxas Alpha03, P3MF Alpha 4-Richter. The Brotherhood was founded by Storylover Alpha 01.

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I've included a few more checks and balances in here, as well as the suggested rules for Sigmas (Hunters). I might make a Beta rules version, but I don't think it's necessary.

9/2/2011 . Edited by P3MF Alpha 3-Richter, 9/2/2011 #2
P3MF Alpha 3-Richter

If you need to give an Author's Note because you are discontinuing a story, you should post it at the end of the last chapter and not as a seperate chapter.

9/6/2011 #3
Stolloss

Make sure all of the rules are posted in the rules thread, especially those that a new person coming into the forum without any prior knowledge or contact would need to know about. Most of you probably know exactly what I'm talking about, but in case you don't: Say somewhere which threads a non-member can post in, whether in the threads themselves or in the rules. Not just on Storylover's profile.

9/12/2011 #4
Hourig

I would like to ask for you mods to create a Art Request topic where other members can ask others to draw something for them.

2/3/2012 #5
olihmajor

That's a good idea. We could also broaden it to story requests.

2/3/2012 #6
Keyblade of Heartless

I see that there are outposts in a few fandoms, but none for the one's I review/write in. Perhaps, a general outpost for 2-3 different fandoms? That way it would cover more fandoms with fewer outposts, and more of the people who review in the oddball fandoms without an outpost would get a representation. Just a thought/suggestion.

9/6/2012 #7
huhelotlin

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