TCN ConstitutionThis version is missing many details! It is not the complete or official constitution; read the full version instead.
- The Teyvat Collective Network Council (the Council) is the group of representatives from each TCN server.
- Each server's owner is on the council as the Server Owner.
- Each server owner can choose another council member as their Council Advisor.
- Each server has a primary representative who is the server owner by default unless delegated[link].
- Each council member may only have one position on the council.
The objective of the TCN is to unite mains servers and facilitate communication, collaboration, and the sharing of information and resources to enable stable, healthy communities.
The objective of the TCN Council is to provide the space to allow the TCN's objectives to be realized, provide help and resources, and promote and uphold the TCN's reputation, stability, and future. Linkable#duties(e="h2", value="Duties")
link Constituent Servers
Servers must display the TCN Partner List:
- It must be clearly separate from other partner lists.
- It must contain all and only TCN servers.
- It must be publicly visible.
- It must contain the TCN website URL, the TCN Hub invite and description, the Genshin Wizard website URL and description, and the Genshin Impact Tavern invite and description.
Servers must follow #network-events in a publicly visible channel.
Terms of Service
Servers must follow the Discord Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.
link Council Members
- Council members are required to be in the HQ Discord server.
- If a member does not join within 7 days or leaves, they will be contacted by an observer.
- Opportunity will be given to explain and there will be no punishment for genuine mistakes or if there is reasonable justification.
- If a member deliberately refuses to (re)join or fails to respond within 7 days (or longer, if it is seen fit), they will be removed from the council with no vote needed.
- Council members are encouraged to participate in all discussions and expected to do so when it involves their server.
- Discussions are expected to be civil and aligned with our purpose and goals.
- Discussions are to be kept private to HQ unless explicit permission is given otherwise.
- Each server's primary representative is required to vote on all matters unless specified otherwise.
- All members are expected to vote on elections and any other special-case votes that are opened to everyone.
- Voters are expected to take voting seriously and vote for what they believe is the best for their server and the TCN.
- Voters are expected to read the provided summaries and/or materials to make an informed decision.
link External Affairs & Management
link TCN Neutrality
The TCN does not hold any stance or opinion on any matters. The council votes on actions, but there is no collective opinion. The following is not exhaustive.
- The TCN cannot collectively agree with or disagree with any statement. It can decide to act in a particular fashion but that does not reflect on anyone or the network's opinion.
- Nobody, including staff of TCN servers, may use the TCN's name to reinforce any of their statements or to add credibility or authority.
- Only observers may represent the TCN or authorize people to represent the TCN when acting on external actions that the council has voted and agreed upon. This does not represent the network or any server or council member's opinion or perspective.
link Staff Management
- A major vote may require a server to remove a staff member or be uninducted
if there is sufficient reason to believe that the staff member's actions
and/or behavior constitutes a risk to the TCN's reputation such as spreading
misinformation or violating the above rules.
- Staff members are allowed to dislike the TCN or disagree with its actions - this rule only applies to making lies that degrade the TCN's reputation or speaking on behalf of the network or using its name inappropriately.
link Observer Committee
- Anyone may become an observer through election. There may be up to 8 observers at a time. Observers have a term length of 6 months and must be re-elected to continue serving their position.
- The observer committee has the following duties and responsibilities:
- Observe applicant servers for induction (not every individual observer must conduct a particular number or proportion of observations, or any if the committee is able to handle the workload).
- Administration tasks including operating votes and handling changes that the council has agreed upon.
- Represent the network when acting on behalf of the council in line with what has been agreed upon by vote.
- Review and publish banshares and network event posts.
- Enforce rules and ensure civility.
- Any other exception handling such as handling threats to HQ or network security.
- The observer committee is subject to the following restrictions:
- As with everyone else, they do not speak on behalf of the network or its constituent servers or council members with respect to their opinions and perspectives.
- Observers may not make major decisions or change TCN rules on their own; those must be passed by vote through the council.
link Removal from the TCN
Servers and council members are subject to removal from the TCN / the council for the following reasons / via the following methods:
- Voluntarily, by the server owner.
- Removal of the server owner without a transfer to a new server owner within two weeks.
- Unexplained absence (failure to meet membership duties)[link].
- Removal by the server owner for any reason (none needs to be given by the server owner).
- Unexplained absence (failure to meet membership duties)[link] while they are the primary representative of their server.
- Removal from the TCN council will remove an observer from their position.
- Observers may be removed from their position if they are found to fail to meet the expectations of an observer or to fulfill their observer duties without being removed from the council.
- A member may voluntarily leave the council at any time. Observers may voluntarily step down without leaving the council at any time.
- If a server is found to not meet the expectations of the TCN, a major vote may be started to remove it from the TCN with penalty. If this occurs, its representatives may be transferred to another council position, and if not, will lose their eligibility to remain on the council.
- If a member is found to not meet the expectations of the TCN, either in terms of fulfilling their duties or due to individual behavior, a major vote may be started to forcefully remove them from the network.
- Documentation presented against a server or member must be made available to the target for at least 7 days to allow time to respond.
- Once a response has been provided, a minimum of 2 days must be given to the council to read the presented information and response before any votes regarding the issue.
- Servers must be observed for 28 days before they can be voted on.
- A server is eligible for a reduced observation of 14 days if it was removed without penalty within the last two months or it was observed in the past six months.
- Upon application, a notice must be posted with a ping for the alert role.
- A minor vote may be conducted to reject a server without observing them.
- A major vote may be conducted to stop observation and immediately reject the server.
- A minor vote will determine the outcome of the induction process.
- If a server is approved, it may join the network anytime within the next two months. If more than two months pass, it will need to undergo the induction process again.
link External Partners
- Organizations other than servers may request to partner with the TCN.
- In these cases, one or more observers will discuss with one or more representatives directly to arrange the details and what both sides will offer to each other.
- A major vote will be required every time to establish an external partner.
link General Protocols
- A minor vote requires 60% of eligible voters to vote and a major vote requires 75%.
- Voters may always choose to abstain which counts as voting.
- Votes, except procedural ones like elections, must be presented to the council at least 24 hours before they are conducted, extended for discussion. Any concerns raised must be addressed and resolved first.
- If the voter turnout requirement is not met, the vote will be extended by 48 hours once.
- If a vote ties, a discussion will be opened to try to solidify the council's stance, and then the vote will be redone as-is (unless stated otherwise).
- If extension happens twice or a tie happens twice, an observer vote will resolve the issue.
link Proposal Votes
- The vote will tie if the margin is strictly within 40%-60%.
link Multiple Choice Votes
- By default, the most popular option, even if not a majority, is selected, and a tie only occurs if there is an exact tie for #1. This can be adapted per vote based on what is sensible for the motion.
link Election Votes
- Election votes must be open to all council members.
- If only one candidate exists, there will be a proposal vote to decide if they are elected.
- Otherwise, a ranked vote will be held.
link Induction Votes
- By default, the options are the induct the server, reject the server, or extend observation.
- If the server's character is not officially confirmed as playable when the vote occurs, a fourth option will exist to pre-approve the server but not induct them until later.
link Observer Votes
- If the voters cannot make a decision due to not reaching quorum or tying twice, the observer committee will vote to resolve the issue.
- All observers must vote (or abstain) and the majority decision will be the final determination.
- The observer vote is not permitted to tie; they must come to a consensus.
link Event Promotion
- Events involving at least one TCN server may be posted to #network-events and published across the network (the webhook URL is pinned in the channel).
- Events must be SFW (or only the SFW parts may be promoted) and must follow TCN rules, Discord Terms of Service or Community Guidelines, and Genshin Impact Terms of Service (plus any other similar terms or guidelines).
link Membership Changes
- When a person who is not on the TCN council is about to be added to the council, an alert will be posted with role ping.
- 24 hours must pass to allow for counter-votes. A minor vote may deny the user entry into the council.
- Change in position of existing council members does not require any advance notice and cannot be counter-voted.
- A server owner may delegate their responsibilities and the position of primary representative to their council advisor.
- The delegation may only occur for up to 60 days.
- During delegation, the server owner can not be considered absent but the council advisor may be.
- If the council advisor is removed during this time, the server owner will regain the ability to vote but will not be penalized for absence.
This is meant as an incomplete guideline for what counts as absence. If these conditions are met, it does not meant the council member should always be removed, and likewise, these conditions do not have to always be met to deem someone as failing to meet their responsibilities. A vote is required to remove someone even if these conditions are met.
- Failure to respond to official inquiries or outreach from observers (e.g. regarding missing or outdated partner list) for over 3 weeks.
- Failure to vote thrice in a row (if the member is absent for a vote, any overlapping votes will not count).
- If they have not been present to support their server's advisor or staff such that it is actively inhibiting the server's ability to succeed.
This section lists extra rules that do not fit with anything else.
- AI chat bots are not allowed in global chats. An AI chat bot is roughly defined as a bot that responds to prompts by generating its answer rather than in a predetermined fashion. Edge cases will be discussed with the hosting server and may be decided by the observer team or by vote.