As described in the 1.190 and Stuck Grids threads, I am not abiding by the current rules. Rule 9.3 (“Continuity”) requires that I announce admin changes at least three days before I make them, and I have not been doing that. What I have been doing is making judgement calls about what kinds of server-admin intervention are likely to be acceptable to y’all, and then being clear about them after the fact.
That seems to have gone well. First, I’m grateful for your trust and tolerance. Second, I’d like to formalize this, so that the expectations you can all have of me (and of my successors as Space Master) are once again clear. This proposal is intended to accomplish that.
First, it unifies “Continuity” into the “The Official Server” rule, since Continuity is largely about what the Space Master can, must, or must not do with regards to the official server anyways.
Second, it replaces the Space Master’s duty to notify with a new duty to report, and clarifies when it is appropriate for the Space Master to make changes that must be reported.
Third, it’s intended to answer something that came up in Discord. When I was inventorying grids to identify problems caused by the 1.190 upgrade, I inevitably got to see projects people had not otherwise shown off. I posted a screenshot of one project, without asking permission from the player responsible for it. While that appears to have been harmless, I did ruffle some feathers by doing that, and for that, I apologize. This should make it clear that we expect the Space Master to maintain confidentiality.
It’s phrased the way it is at @David_s’ recommendation, to allow the Space Master to talk to a player about that player’s own grids. The scenario they were specifically concerned about was talking to a player to ask permission to remove dead/laggy grids, and I think that’s a pretty reasonable thing for the SM to be able to do.
I submit the following proposal:
Title: Space Master 2.0
Adoption Index: 1.0
Repeal rule 9.3 (“Continuity”).
Append the following text paragraphs to the end of rule 9.2 (“The Official Server”):
The Space Master must take all steps necessary to ensure that the data created by the official server is protected from accidental deletion or modification.
The Space Master may only deliberately view, modify, or delete the official server’s data through ordinary gameplay, to implement adopted proposals, or to address non-gameplay-related technical issues. If the Space Master makes a deliberate modification to address a non-gameplay-related technical issue, they must publish a complete description of their changes, and their rationale for them within a day.
Information about the state of the game on an official server, other than information stored in the server’s configuration files or information included in the server’s log files, is game information. Persons must not disclose game information to a person who would not otherwise be aware of that information, unless it is information they would be aware of through ordinary gameplay, or unless it is information they are required by this Charter to disclose.