Back in 2013, OldSparky asked me if i could (and would) care for the future of the clan, as Sparky‘s health got severely worse. I agreed and shortly after that he announced me taking over the leadership of the -(DOG)- clan. This is a matter of fact. Within the weeks and months to come, Sparky tried to give me some good advice and instructions/suggestions as often he could. We discussed many topics and i gained an idea of Sparky‘s view of the clan, about his passion for the game and of course his sorrow and fears regarding the future of the clan. I don’t know if many of you knew that Sparky had some moments when he really thought about shutting down all newbiesplayground servers – and far more often he thought about closing this forum, as this place always had been used to fight each other badly. Instead of closing the forum, Sparky decided to remove all offensive posts and threads. Personally I disliked this kind of censorship but now i reached a point when i tend to agree to these drastic actions to some extent. Freedom of speech only works with rules. One of the most important rules to follow is: „personal freedom ends where the freedom of the other starts“. If everybody would care for it, we had no conflicts at all. But, unfortunately we have to meet a lot of intolerance and ignorance.
Some words Sparky told me, i did not forget as well, and they made me think about quite often within the past years. Sparky said to me „There are only few to trust“. Why did he say that? Back then, i had no idea, but meanwhile i learned my lessons.
The most severe attacks the clan had to face, came from inside. A few of the so called „Old DOGs“ tried a revolt last year and wanted to bring me down as clanleader, because i did not act against an admin, as they wanted me to. Until that point i did not think about the extent of blatancy these members had reached by then. Leadership of this revolt had BBG (BeachBumGuy) who tried his best to make others follow his plans. He found an executioner in person of GoodOlTaco, who deleted that admin’s (Masterkent) account and posts behind my back and without my permission. And of course one to follow this group of renegades was Rubie, who always acted up, if there was some atmosphere built by few against my person. I am trying to be fair and want to point out, that GoodOlTaco apologized himself after these happenings and he said very emotionally that he was sorry for what he did.
Nevertheless what had happened, i decided to leave those users‘ accounts active (of course privilegies had been dropped) on forum to give them a chance to change their attitude and maybe to come to an insight and to apologize for their acts against the clan… history showed they didn’t. although almost a year passed by since those happenings occured, many more actions have been set to act against my leadership and/or against the clan – mostly in the background. Just to mention their (BBG, Rubie, x21) attempt to name their UnrealTournament-servers „Newbiesplayground“ – a pure provocation against the clan and the community. But even the whole Unreal-community made clear, that this behavior is not acceptable, as it can be read in a thread on the OldUnreal-forum.
Now it is time for a change! I won’t let any renegades give the opportunity to abuse this forum for their personal warfare against me and the clan. You might have noticed that i reduced the public viewable topics of this forum to one thread within the past days: „Server Rules“. I wanted to let all forum users know and remind them, that this forum is a PRIVATE forum for the clan-members and friends of the clan! There is no point to offer this forum being a place for subversive elements whose‘ only target is trying to harm the -(DOG)- clan. This place is dedicated to Newbiesplayground, Unreal and the spirit of OldSparky-(DOG)-!
Everyone who refuses to follow the rules, who acts against the clan and my leadership will be excluded!
Let me clarify:
- I AM THE CLANLEADER OF NEWBIESPLAYGROUND, THE -(DOG)- CLAN – no matter if you like or dislike this fact! Accept it or leave.
- ALL NEWBIESPLAYGROUND-SERVERS ARE OWNED BY ME! – i pay all bills and fees on my own!
- THE WEBSITE AND FORUM IS MAINTAINED, ADMINISTRATED AND OWNED BY ME – you are guests, so remember how to behave being a guest!
- I MAKE THE RULES! THE RULES ARE STILL THE SAME AS SET BY OLDSPARKY! – follow the rules or you are gone!
- THIS IS NOT NEGOTIABLE! – so don’t start to question any part of it.
Nobody is forced to stay here, to be a clan-member or to play on newbiesplayground-servers! If you dislike our rules, our setup of servers or me being the clanleader, you don’t need to stay here, you don’t need to play on newbiesplayground-servers! Just being here to provoke, to spoil others‘ time or fun in the game, on the forum and on our servers, will not be tolerated any longer!! If your contribution just means to sow resentment and aiming on riots within our community, you will be kicked!
Wearing the -(DOG)- tag means being a proud member of an honorable community, following clear and simple rules that establish basic rights for everyone who is part of this our community: respect, acceptance, equality and the intention to meet each other in sense of friendship. We accept everybody and we refuse to separate or to make differences between origin, gender, belief or status. Every player is welcomed on newbiesplayground – BUT: follow our rules!!
I want to thank all clan-members -(DOG)-/-(PUP)- - i am honoured that there are still many of you good -(DOG)-s, young members as well as old members, who joined the clan, wearing the tag with pride, being trustworthy and showing their loyality by presenting themselves in a way someone could expect from a true, respected -(DOG)-! You are heart and soul of the clan and you are the „ambassadors“ of OldSparky’s spirit and the whole history of Newbiesplayground!
And i want to thank all friends of DOGs (FOD) who support this community and contribute to it. I am happy to see still many active players who enjoy the game Unreal, who spend their time on Newbiesplayground-servers and to share their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and RL-stories here on the DOG-forum! THANK YOU!
But those, who want to act up against this community and behave disrespectfully, will face exclusion!! NO TOLERANCE FOR INTOLERANCE!!
I set up a new „special rank“ on the forum: „Persona non grata“ – most of you may know what this designation means: „Unwanted Person“. Every user of this forum, who acts against the clan – and the case is not as severe as i would delete the account + posts immediately or on current cases, where i grant a last chance – will lose his/her current rank and will be „shifted“ to the rank „Persona non grata“. It also means, that this is the last chance to change the personal behavior. There are only 3 options how to lose the rank „Persona non grata“:
- Apologize yourself for acting against the -(DOG)- clan and this community. Change your behavior and your rank will be changed to (FOD) again.
- Notify me or post, that you request your account to be deleted. I will delete your account + all your posts asap.
- Try to continue your actions against the clan and your account and posts will be deleted immediately. No further warning will follow!
EDIT 07/12/2018: ranks have been set back to FOD