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Announcement: Official Policy Change - Organizations as Characters Options
LadyJay
Posted: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:01:35 PM

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POSTED 7/5/2011

The guidelines for allowing organizations to be included in the database as characters have been revised. Under the revised Guide lines:

Only fictional organizations without real world equivalents will be accepted into the database as characters. Real world organizations or their equivalents will not be accepted.

What this means is that:
  • Organizations such as S.H.I.E.L.D, Hydra, Justice League of America, etc. will still be acceptable character entries in the database.

  • Organizations such as Interpol, NYPD, FDNY are still not acceptable character entries in the database.

  • Organizations such as Gotham City Police Dept./ GCPD, Metropolis SCU, Central Bureau of Investigations /C.B.I. are no longer acceptable character entries.

    The new policy has been sent to the Guidelines Committee to finalize the wording and incorporate it into the CR Guidelines.



    UPDATE 8/8/2011

    The following clarifications have been added for the listing of Teams and Organizations as characters

    1. There is a difference between an Organization and a Team. The above policy is intended to apply to organizations.

    Examples of teams, acceptable organizations and unacceptable organizations under the above "Organizations as Characters" guideline:
    1a. Teams:
  • “Howling Commandos”, “Easy Company”, “Avengers” and “Ultimates” are teams and are acceptable character entries in the database.

    1b. Acceptable organizations:
  • “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the "Science Police" are fictional organizations that do not have real world equivalents and are acceptable character entries in the database

    1c. Unacceptable organizations:
  • “The United States Army” is a real world organization and is not an acceptable character entry in the database
  • “The Latverian Army” is a fictional organization with real world equivalents and is not an acceptable character entry in the database


    2. Organizations should be listed in the database in terms of “members of” the organization. The exact name used (agents, officers, soldiers, etc.) depends upon the organization.

    Examples:
  • “S.H.I.E.L.D.” would be listed as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent(s); “Science Police” would be entered as “Science Police Officer(s)”
  • The guideline for organizations extends to members of the organizations, that is “New York City Police Officer(s)” and “Gotham City Police Officer(s)” are not acceptable since they are representatives of real world or real world equivalent organizations.


    3. Teams should continue to be listed by Team name (Example:Avengers not Avenger member(s))





  • LadyJay
    Posted: Monday, August 08, 2011 9:46:21 PM

    Rank: Beyonder
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    Joined: 5/13/2007
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    Location: Monrovia, MD
    The first post has been updated to provide additional clarifications for entering organizations and teams in the character database.



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