BYOND Key: Resilynn
Staff BYOND Key: Laaaancer? I'm not sure if this is actually his byond key.
Game ID: Not applicable- though the investigation will have been archived recently.
Reason for complaint: Severe punishment over IC actions with OOC consequences.
This will be a long one, I am so sorry. I've thought for a long while, very carefully, about how I'd word this, and it never came out short. I'll do my best to be concise. I also know that by posting this, I will open myself up to a lot of criticism, so it's my intention to not respond unless asked a question by the handling staff member.
This was the decision following my most recent IR on Fernando Gonzales. I had no intention of disputing it ICly- in my interview the character accepted full responsibility for his actions. I am not contesting a demotion, I have served the suspension without complaint.
I am, however, contesting the wording of the demotion. Permanent and unappealable. I will go more into detail about each of my points here, but in summary- this is a severe punishment for a relatively (key word) minor incident, my history of actual, recorded offenses does not support a lead up to this decision, and the nature of CCIA is not meant to be OOC in punishment, but this has OOC consequences.
First, I am the first to admit I have a long character history with CCIA. This was always intentional, the character was meant to be severe, flawed, but ultimately well intentioned, which is reflected in the record. The character has been reported countless times at this point. However, the character has been found at fault very few times.
This is my first of two CCIA reprimands preceding the demotion.
This reprimand was not even the result of an IR. It was a result of the Odin Murder Arc, after which Synnono combed through PDA and radio records to assist in making a lasting impact with some of the events that transpired during the arc. Moreover, though it is officially a reprimand, the actual message I received from Syn at the time specified that the actions I was reprimanded for were justified, as they resulted in the capture of the Odin Killer. That message reads as follows-
The second reprimand in my entire, what, four year history of the most rounds played on server as any single character, reads as-
Yes, it does say additional reprimands will result in demotion. However, this was two years ago now. Two years with no reprimands, and this was my only reprimand as a result of an IR, ever, in over one thousand rounds played.
For the sake of transparency, there are additional notes on the character, which were not formal reprimands. The full record is as follows-
So we have, all two years ago, a report with no investigation, a reprimand from no IR, the single reprimand from an IR on my record, and a fine because I OOCly didn't catch all of command radio during a huge halloween party event about whether I could wear a sexy bunny costume or not.
This is hardly an extensive history. This is one, single IR with a reprimand ever, two years ago.
I do not see how a single reprimand from a single IR, two years ago, is too many chances, unless we are counting reports that did not result in official reprimands, which would be silly.
Second, this incident was severe, but it was far from our most severe in Aurora history. We have had literal deaths from horrific malpractice which resulted in temporary demotions, we have had command members fail utterly and get plural members of the crew killed by warforms as they argued over the radio, which resulted in temporary demotions.
My character punched a guy. No bones were broken, there were no serious lasting injuries. My character even got punched back. None of the witnesses in the IR were there for half of the incident. In the real world, sure, that would get you fired. But this is a game, and we have precedent for these kinds of fights happening literally every day in the bar. Security got involved in round and handed both of us battery charges with 50 credit fines. I actually ended up being the one convincing the interim head of CCIA during Lancer's break to let the incident get processed- this was while Bear was standing in, he wanted to drop it because it was handled in round.
I wanted there to be consequences. I wanted to build and improve my character, I argued to keep the IR up. I did not imagine there would be an unappealable action when my last reprimand was two years ago and was the only one as a result of an IR.
Finally, the OOC. I enjoy this character. I believe I still hold the record for most rounds played as a character on this server. I enjoy this character in the role of CMO. And I excel at playing this character in that role. It's stupid to cite the player awards, but I wouldn't get so many damn votes as a solid character if I was playing a character poorly- it has always been my OOC goal to involve as many people as possible, to give medical things to do on extended, to drive character stories around me- and this incident was no exception to that. I played a grumpy asshole, yes, but I played a grumpy asshole well, in a way that involved a lot of people.
I am a solid player. I contribute to staff wherever possible. I have never been banned. My warnings are largely for sassing people who did, eventually get banned because my mouth is literally just too large.
I would be more than willing, as I explained to Lancer, to play our a redemption arc. I would be more than willing, as I argued with Bear, to be demoted for awhile. I want character growth. Facilitating character growth is why I joined CCIA. This action does not facilitate growth, this reads as a punishment for being reported so many times. I don't even want the demotion revoked, I just want the word unappealable taken off so I can go play a month or so of getting my shit together, character growth and development, and end up continuing to be a solid command character. I've spent years on it. I am invested in this server, in its story, and in this particular character's place in that story.
I want this action to be appealable. There is very little reason it shouldn't be- the incident wasn't very severe, there is not an extensive history of reprimands. CCIA does not exist to punish people for being reported many times. I have been a solid player of this character, in that role, for years.
I don't have evidence to back this up, because there have literally just been weird whisperings from members of higher administration and then a lengthy, but productive, conversation with Matt, but I suspect this was also, in part, motivated by some deleted security records. I have not faced administrative action from deleting them- I deleted them before knowing you had to ahelp to delete them, and I did not delete any without extensive work put in ICly to justify their removal- authorized by Captains. There were no rules in place at the time that said this wasn't okay, and it hasn't happened in a long time. If this was the motivation, and of course, I don't have evidence, it is also not CCIA's responsibility to put punishments in place for an OOC issue like that. We are, after all, expected to try to handle things in round, which is what was done.
Side note, again, I am SO sorry this is so long.