KSI Handbook - KSI Global
Welcome to KSI Global!
KSI is a console based gaming community stationed on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox one. Our community was created in 2003. Since our inception KSI has gone through many changes but our goal, to create a fun gaming environment, has been the same from the get go. That being said we have provided for you below our handbook. Consider this a guide to what our day to day operations and rules are. Please understand that these guidelines and rules only highlight our policies, practices and benefits for your personal understanding.
Once again welcome to KSI, we hope you enjoy your stay!
KSI Mission Statement:
KSI’s Mission Statement is to create a large, dynamic and complex gaming organization that provides leadership experience and a family environment – by encouraging anyone looking to better themselves within the areas of education, leadership, multimedia and so much more. With this environment it is the goal to provide everything needed for members to become the best version of themselves, while creating the best version of this community all while enjoying games with their peers.
- Front Page – https://KSIGlobal.org
- Forums – https://KSIForums.org
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/ksiglobalgaming
- YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/ksiglobalgaming
- Twitch – www.twitch.tv/ksilive
- Twitch – www.twitch.tv/ksilive2
- Facebook Business page – https://www.facebook.com/KSIGlobalGaming
- Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/KSIGlobalGaming/
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- Code of Conduct
- Rejoining KSI
- Security Checks
- Game nights
- Head Hunters
- Holding Meetings
- Leave of absence
- Adviser role
- Properly utilizing the forums
- KSI Clan management system
- How to join a department
- Tournaments and events
- Human Resources
- Definitions of DNH
- Definition of Security Risk
- Definition of Clan Hitting
- Definition of Poaching
- Award Show
- Valentine’s Day
- Spring Break
- Spirit Week
- Fall Classic
- Turkey Bowl
- Monthly Points
- Major Events
This policy allows you to speak freely to a senior leader about any issues, ideas or concerns you may have within the community.
We do however urge you to go directly to your superiors to discuss your squad/divisional related ideas, recommendations, concerns and other issues first prior to contacting senior leaders. If after talking with your leader, you feel the need for additional discussion, you may speak with senior leaders as well as the “Human Resources” department.
The most important relationship you will develop at K.S.I. will be between you and your leaders. However, should you need support from someone other than your leaders, the entire management team, the senior leaders and board of directors are committed to resolving your concerns and listening to ideas to better the community as a whole.
K.S.I. does not tolerate harassment or intimidation of our members on any basis prohibited by but not limited to, the law, including race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicap, & disability. Harassment is generally defined as a course of conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety. Harassment is unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a hostile environment for the member. Harassing behavior may include, but is not limited to derogatory comments or slurs and lewd propositions, assault, impeding or blocking movement, and visual insults, such as derogatory posters, pictures or cartoons.
Conflict of Interest Policy:
Conflict of interest” means when the K.S.I.’s interest in securing objective performance of instructional, evaluative, supervisory, or other responsibilities conflicts with the personal interest, in the outcome, of the individual carrying out such responsibilities. Such conflicts of interest arise when an member is involved in a sexual or romantic relationship with another K.S.I. member whom s/he directly supervises, teaches or evaluates; when an member lives with another member or student whom s/he supervises, teaches or evaluates, whether or not those individuals are involved in a sexual or romantic relationship; or when an member is involved in any relationship with another member or student whom s/he supervises, teaches or evaluates, such that the K.S.I.’s interest in securing objective performance of instructional, evaluative, supervisory, or other responsibilities conflicts with the personal interest, in the outcome, of the individual carrying out such responsibilities. All instances of a Conflict of interest should be reported to the highest leader of the division and everything will be done to ensue that both members will still be able to have their desired future in this community and avoid any future issues, These relationships are not discouraged but for the safety and well being of the community and the participants that it be disclosed and addressed prior to any issues arising
Social Media Policy:
Code of Conduct applies to all social media post, and comments on social media post. Posts that violate this policy are liable to disciplinary action up to but not limited to removal from Community. Using KSI’s Social media outlets to find any KSI members personal life and use to harass, stalk or blackmail other KSI members will not be tolerated.
CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT:
In order to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, members are expected to abide by the following code of ethical conduct. Please consult your leaders or the “Human Resources” division of K.S.I. if you have any questions.
- Members of K.S.I. should not solicit anything of value from any person or organization with which K.S.I. has a current or potential business relationship.
- Members of K.S.I. should not accept any item of value from any party in exchange for or in connection with a business transaction between K.S.I. and the other party.
Note: If you are faced with and are unsure how to handle a situation that you believe has the potential to violate this code of ethical conduct, notify your leader or the K.S.I. CEO. Violations of this code may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including blacklisting.
K.S.I. considers its confidential and proprietary information, including the confidential and proprietary information of our customers, to be one of its most valuable assets. As a result, members must carefully protect and must not disclose to any third party all confidential and proprietary information belonging to K.S.I. or its customers. Such protected information includes, but is not limited to, the following: matters of a technical nature, such as computer software, product sources, product research and designs; and matters of a business nature, such as customer lists, customer contact information, associate information, on-site program and support materials, candidate and recruit/member lists and information, member information, placement information, sales, financial and marketing data, systems, forms, methods, procedures, and analysis, and any other proprietary information, whether communicated orally or in documentary, computerized or other tangible forms, concerning K.S.I. or its customers’ operations and business.
Note: If you have any questions about this policy, consult your leaders or the “Human Resources” division.
RULES OF CONDUCT AND PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE:
There are reasonable rules of conduct which must be followed in any organization to help a group of people game together effectively. K.S.I. expects each member to present themselves in a professional appearance and manner. If a member is not considerate of others and does not observe reasonable game rules, disciplinary action will be taken.
Depending on the severity or frequency of the disciplinary problems, a verbal or written reprimand, suspension of community rights, disciplinary probation, or removal may be necessary. It is within the K.S.I.’s Leaders sole discretion to select the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken. No withstanding the availability of the various disciplinary options, K.S.I. reserves the right to remove a member at its discretion, with or without notice.
The following is not a complete list of offenses for which any member may be subject to discipline, but it is illustrative of those offenses that may result in immediate discipline, up to and including blacklisting, for a single offense:
- Excessive absenteeism or tardiness.
- Dishonesty, including falsification of K.S.I.-related documents, or misrepresentation of any fact.
- Commission of a crime, or other conduct which may damage the reputation of K.S.I.
- Use of profane language while on K.S.I. business.
- Stealing, misappropriating, or intentionally damaging property belonging to K.S.I. or its customers or members.
- Unauthorized use of K.S.I.’s or its clients’ name, logo, funds, equipment, vehicles, or property.
- Insubordination, including failure to comply with any game assignments or instructions given by any K.S.I. leader with the authority to do so.
- Violation of K.S.I.’s Equal Membership Opportunity Policy or its Harassment Policy.
- Interference with the game performance of other members.
- Failure to cooperate with an internal investigation, including, but not limited to, investigations of violations of these game rules.
- Failure to maintain the confidentiality of trade secrets or other confidential information belonging to K.S.I. or its customers.
- Failure to comply with the personnel policies and rules of K.S.I.
- Conducting any Official K.S.I business while under the influence of Alcohol or any substance that may cause a misrepresentation of K.S.I. and its standards.
STATEMENT OF NEUTRALITY:
KSI Global is a Neutral/Non-Aggressive Gaming entity.
KSI Global does not condone nor participate in any form of aggressive or threatening acts towards other gaming organizations. The goal of KSI is to establish a positive and safe environment for all of our members, as well as every member of the Xbox live community that we come in contact with. This being said, KSI Global maintains a position of Neutrality towards every gaming entity on Xbox live, as well as all other forms of social media that may be applicable.
Equal gaming opportunity:
It is the policy of K.S.I. to provide equal gaming opportunities to all gamers and affiliates and not to discriminate on any basis prohibited by, but is not limited to, the law, including race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, & disability. It is our intent and desire that equal gaming opportunities will be provided in recruitment, position selection, promotions, demotions, and all other terms and conditions regarding membership. The C.E.O. of K.S.I. and all executive personnel are committed to these rules and regulations including its enforcement.
Members are directed to bring any violation of this policy to the immediate attention of their leaders or Human Resources. Any member who violates this policy or knowingly retaliates against an members or affiliates reporting or complaining of a violation of this policy shall be subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including blacklisting. Complaints brought under this policy will be promptly investigated and handled with due regard for the privacy and respect of all members involved.
What is Clan Ops?
Clan Ops is the Core of this community. It represents 1/3 of the organization’s structure but is by far the largest and most dynamic portion. All Divisions and Squads are apart of clan ops with all associated ranks including the supervisory roles of Directors and Senior Directors. Making up the core of the community the majority of all members throughout Web ops and Dept. ops all either still reside or began in clan ops. It is the building blocks of all current and future leaders among this community.
Clan Ops Leaders: http://www.ksiglobal.org/portfolio/divisionsleaders/
Code of Conduct: (CoC)
CoC is in place to help establish and maintain a high standard of members within the community. The Following is the CoC; breaking CoC will result in a range from suspension to blacklist.
In order to maintain the high standards and ideals of KSI Global, all members MUST understand and abide by the following “Code of Conduct”:
1. Every KSI member must read and understand the Xbox Live® Terms of Service and Code of Conduct.
2. KSI does not tolerate discrimination in any form, including but not limited to racism, sexism, or harassment, by or towards, any member of KSI in any situation.
3. Leaders within KSI are responsible for: the organization of all squad matches and practices; Maintaining professional game play during squad matches, as well as oversight and evaluation of performance and behavior of lower ranking members.
4. A KSI member: NEVER LEAVES ANOTHER KSI MEMBER BEHIND.
5. All members have an “Open Door Policy” to speak with Leaders on any issues or with any ideas. But still impress the responsibility to report to the appropriate leaders within the KSI Chain of Command.
6. A KSI member takes pride in his or her membership and is encouraged but not forced to change their gamer tag to reflect KSI.
7. KSI members must maintain a professional manner and attitude during play as well as within lobby, party and KSI based chats in order to represent KSI as a positive gaming community.
8. KSI members are not permitted to be a part of any other gaming community or clan other than KSI.
9. The lowest allowed age to be recruited into KSI is: 15
10. The list of prohibited activities includes, but is not limited to: Illegal Drugs, Software Alteration, Modding of Games, Console Manipulation, Other Forms of Piracy, Racketeering, Money laundering, Blackmail, Murder, Child Pornography, Prostitution, Bestiality, Incest, Slavery, Fraud, Cannibalism, Theft, Vigilantism, Sexual Harassment, Harassment, Stolen Valor and Acts of Treason.
Age Recruitment Policy:
- KSI’s Minimum Recruitment policy on Age is: 15+ Years
- All Divisions are permitted to allow members aged 15 and older to join their Division.
By allowing the youth of Xbox live gamers to enter the community it will in turn give them an insight to basic management skills and developing leadership traits.
If a Division does not want any members younger than a specified age to join **example: one Division has minimum age of 17** Then They must have another Division to be able to hand off the member to, in order to not leave any member behind.
Recruitment is encouraged in this community to keep it forever expanding. Bringing in new people to experience all that KSI is and what KSI offers, from education and real world leadership experience and training to web development, graphics design, productions, journalism and Weekly tournaments. Most importantly the ability to meet and greet with thousands of like-minded people and develop friendships and a second family.
Recruiting made easy:
Enter a game solo or with a team online, talk in the lobby and meet your fellow team members. Play by the Code of Conduct and represent KSI positively to the fullest. During the match, communicate with the non-community gamers in a positive attitude as well as your fellow community members to encourage interest in KSI. Joke around and have fun while playing. If you enjoy someones’ personality and they seem interested ask some questions, get to know one another. Give them an add and gauge them to see if they would be a good fit for this community. (Remember never recruit someone if you do not wish to be around them) If they decided they would like to just hang around a bit, feel free to invite them to game nights and some more match making. If they are or become interested in joining then go into “The Recruitment Process”
The Recruitment Process:
Note: RECRUITING MAY BE DONE BY ALL RANKS IN THE RANK OF SGT AND ABOVE (Once approved by your Gen)
Recruiting Process on the XBOX ONE:
1. Security Check:
- Minimum age of 15, no maximum.
- Minimum Gamer score of 500.
- Minimum of 20 friends on XBOX LIVE
- Mic Required
- Xbox Live Membership required
Note: Explain that a Blacklisted Community pertains to ALL OF KSI (Global) and a Security Threat is DIVISION/SQUAD
2. Blacklisted Communities
3. Explain what KSI stands for: Be sure to repeat this a few times.
- Knowledge, Strength, and Integrity
4. READ THE CODE OF CONDUCT:
5. Have them go to the Xbox dashboard
– Go to “Account” , “Privacy & Online Safety” and press A
– Xbox Live Privacy will be highlighted, just press A
– Customs will be highlighted
– Scroll down to “View Details & Customize” and press A
– Scroll down one to “Profile” and press
– Others Can See Your Xbox Profile
– Change to “Everyone”
– Scroll down to “Friends & Clubs” press A
– Go to “My Profile” then “Customize Profile” press A
– Scroll over one to Others Can See Your Friends List
– Change to “Everyone” (this is only for the recruiting period)
– Now exit out by pressing B 4 times
6. Profile Settings
– Right now you are at the setting main menu.
– Scroll down one time to “Personalization” and press A
– Go to “My Profile” then “Customize Profile” press A
– Scroll down one time to Location and press A, in this box type KSI (Squad) (Division) RCT (make sure when you are finished scroll to enter and press A)
– Now scroll down one time to Bio and press A. Type in:: Referred by ____ (ONLY IF IT APPLIES) Recruited by (insert your gamertag here) on (insert appropriate date)
– Once you are finish typing in the information scroll over to and press done
7. Have them add the Recruit Club.
– At the Xbox home screen, at the top you will see Home – Community – OneGuide.
– Move over to community
– Top Right of page click on “Clubs on Xbox”.
– Highlight it and press A
– Click on “Find a Club” and press A
– In the white box type KSI (DIVISION) Recruit Club
– Scroll down until the club is highlighted and press A
– It will change screens to the club and right to corner it will say “Request Invitation” highlight and press A, once you do this, the box will change to cancel request.
– Press B four times, this will take you back to the community page.
– Have them change their Clan Tag to ARC (This applies to any game that allows a clan tag) ex. Halo, Call of Duty
– Send out a mass message to all KSI members welcoming the newest Recruit and to add them.
Let your new recruit know that an officer will be getting with them, after they have been in the recruit club for 48 hours. Please respond to the messages to coordinate a good time for them to be trained.
Recruiter, make sure you send a message to your Officer staff letting them know you have someone in the recruit club.
After you complete the recruiting process, take the new recruit to a room and invite some other members from your squad and run a few games (if they have time). This allows the new recruit to meet other members of your squad and it will help them feel like they belong. Just remember not to invite someone who is known to rage quit or put a bad light on the squad.
Clan ops Uniforms:
- Clan tag will be for your Rank
- Gamer Tag Location will be for your Squad, Division, rank
- Bio will be for your recruitment date, who recruited you, and any Promotions when received as well as a tally of the number of Recruits you have brought into KSI.
Rejoin Link: http://www.ksiforums.org/forum/294-rejoin-section/
- If you are looking to rejoin KSI following a hiatus of any amount of time above 48 hours you must fill out an application in the rejoin section.
- A 7 day waiting period will follow the application being submitted. Security Check and background information will be analyzed prior to being invited back to KSI.
- If you are currently in a community, you must wait 2 weeks following your exit from prior community to apply to KSI, and your prior community maybe questioned for a reference.
A Security Check is the process of looking at information provided to make sure there will be no issues in the future regarding members history/friends list, this is to be done with new members, rejoins and anyone with questionable history.
- Look at members friends list, activity feed and recent name changes.
- A Simple Google Search of members Gamer-tag and previous gamer-tags (Applicable Rejoins) to find basic information and other websites the member has used.
- Xbox Profile: Visible to Everybody
- You can see details about other people: Visible to Everybody
- Friends list: Visible to Friends
Rejoining KSI After Being DNH-/-Blacklisted
- Friends list: Visible to Friends
- Log onto the Forums
- Go to the court area
- Access and Fill out the appeal form correctly
- Wait patiently for all judges and witnesses to post
- Answer any-/-all questions directed towards you accept final decision
Competitive Teams/Head Hunters
At this time K.S.I. does not have any MLG competitive team(s). This is subject to change in the future, especially with the Esports community growing.
K.S.I. Does have multiple inner-community competitive teams.
CoC#4: Leaders within KSI are responsible for the organization of all squad matches and practices; Maintaining professional game play during squad matches, as well as oversight and evaluation of performance and behavior of lower ranking members
A Head Hunters team will consist of 8 members ranked off their skill level 1-8. This will be based off 3 rounds, FFA game type, MLG or Tournament style rules. The ranks will be based on kill count and K/D spread. The ranks will be the deciding factor on what number the member is on a HH team. At all times the uniform for a HH member should be KSI Shadow DL (rank) then (HH ranking). Once a month the HH members will do another head to head against each other to determine if their numbers change. So with that you can be HH8 one month but be HH1 the next month depending upon how you place in the ranks for the monthly head to head. This is to ensure all members keep their skills sharp and are always trying to better themselves.
Types of meetings, and who to invite:
- Squad Meetings: Invite any and all ranks in Squad to the Meeting
- Generals Meeting: Held by a divisions upper leadership to inform Generals or highest rank of a squad what needs to be passed down or dealt with.
- Division Leaders Meeting: Invite Co-Founder to Division leader of a division, often held by the directors, sign ups located in leaders area).
- Directors Meeting: Where the directors are given the information to pass down or things that need to be raised and dealt with in the divisions.
- Senior Directors meeting: Where the Senior Directors meet after the Board meeting to format what will be passed down to the Directors and other members.
- Board of Directors Meeting: Where the Board members of KSI meet to discuss KSI and its projects and how it is being Run.
Basics to running a Meeting:
- Invite all members who should be attending.
- Once lobby has filled up begin by discussing recent events.
- Move on to Giving out notes that you either got from a previous meeting or developed with other leaders.
- After each note, ask if any questions, feel free to discuss all in detail.
- Any questions or ideas brought up that you are unable to answer or address, bring it up the chain of command and return the following week with an answer.
Regardless of the meeting being held the host generally has an idea of the discussions that will be brought up, whether from their leadership meeting (Div ldr meeting) or a conversation prior to the meeting regarding needs and wants.(I.E Dept Meeting). Notes should consist of a list of all attending members, Host, Co-host (if applicable) and a list of topics with previously discussed points and also conversation and ideas brought up in the meeting
Example Below (Does not need to be followed, but an example)
– Note taker:
– ATTENDANCE: (GT/Rank)
- Make sure you are sending returning members to the forums for rejoin app
- Don’t recruit someone you wouldn’t want to game with on a regular basis.
2. Fall Classic
- Check out the fall classic area on the forums and inform your divisional leadership in which games you want to participate.
1. Game Night Ideas:
- Destiny, CoD, Halo, Poker, Fortnight, Rocket League
Operating KSI Access Denied.org (G14)
- Upon attaining the Rank of General and acquiring the Squad Tag You will be issued a Code.
- Register Using YOUR Actual Gamertag.
- Update Members on G14 to reflect the Squad Tag using the actual Gamertag of those on your squad tag, and the designated game type of the Squad.
- Update at least every day.
- If a General has issues getting onto the G14, then it falls to the Co-Founder and higher in the division to update the G14 for the General.
- If your account is not used for seven days it will be removed.
- Any changes made to a divisions leadership (Co-Founder – Division Leader) must be communicated as soon as possible to a Senior Director so the “Leaders List” can be updated immediately.
All transfers need to be requested by the member wishing to transfer. First to the General of their respective squad, then the Co-Founder of each squad. If all parties involved accept, then they will be allowed to transfer. However, please keep in mind that different reasons for transferring call for different procedures.
Squad Transfer Break Down:
- Ask your general if you are more needed where you are and if they have plans for you.
- Your General will either encourage you to stay or to aid you in pursuing the squad transfer by contacting the co-founder of your squad.
- Your Co-founder will get with the generals over each squad
- The two (2) Gens will then meet and talk the transfer over. (Discussion will include issues they are involved in, conduct, attitude, professionalism)
- If the General does not want the member, or feel the member is too much Trouble based on their record, the transfer will be refused.
- If both generals agree then the member will be transferred. Please remember that rank is not guaranteed to transfer over due to space in squads.
All transfers need to be requested by the member wishing to transfer. First to the Division Leader, then the Director of each division. If all parties involved accept, then they will be allowed to transfer. However, please keep in mind that different reasons for transferring call for different procedures.
Division Transfer Break Down:
- Ask your general if you are more needed where you are and if they have plans for you.
- Your General will either encourage you to stay or to aid you in pursuing the division transfer by contacting the leader of your division.
- Your division leader will get up with the director of the division
- The two (2) directors will then meet and talk the transfer over. (Discussion will include issues they are involved in, conduct, attitude, professionalism)
- If the Director does not want the member, or feel the member is too much Trouble based on their record, the transfer will be refused.
- If both directors agree then the member will be transferred. *Minimum of 2 rank demotion to any rank, lowest being SGT for KSI tags. Please remember that rank is not guaranteed to transfer over due to space in squads or the division as a whole.
Different Types of Transfers:
- This is a transfer that members request to go to another Division or Squad for any reason.
- They may receive a one to two rank demotion, based on availability and necessity.
- They are not to be promoted for two weeks after the transfer.
- They do not need to recruit any members before transferring.
- This transfer is requested by leadership for member to be placed to assist and/or Lead the area they are being transferred to.
- Members rank may fluctuate based on Divisional and squad needs.
- This transfer can only be requested by Director to Senior Leadership.
- This transfer would be due to member becoming SR (security risked) from the Division.
- Member being transferred will be subject to a One Strike Policy in the new Division (Length to be determined by the accepting Division)
- Minimum of 2 rank demotion to any rank, lowest being SGT for KSI tags. Please remember that rank is not guaranteed to transfer over due to space in squads or the division as a whole.
Division and Squad Splits:
The Goal of KSI is to regularly give as many deserving members a chance at leadership. With a finite amount of leadership positions within the community, the best way to grow our leader base is to grow our community base.
A Standard Squad Generally consists of anywhere from 30 to 120 members. Each with a maximum of 13 officers. 4 Staff Sergeants, 4 Lieutenants, 4 Captains and 1 General. Generally once a squad begins passing the 80 member mark, the General, Officers and Co Founder will begin discussing a split. “Splitting” is the act of taking anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of the squad and creating a new one, moving up all leaders that are able and sets to fill in some of the newly voided positions.
A Standard Division Ranges from 2 to 10 squads, generally maxing out at 600 members. A split is eligible when all leadership positions of Co-Founder, Founder, Co-Division and Division leaders are filled and trained, and the division is at a minimum of 400 members with a squad average of 60 members, with fully trained Officers. When beginning the preparation of a split, all divisional leaders must begin discussing the future with the Director and Senior Directors of the community. Generally anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of the squads will split into the new division, with some of the Co-Founders and the Founder becoming the highest rank and “Founding” the division.
The goal of any split whether Squad or division is to do it when the area is stable enough, has the correct amount of members and leaders, and when it is stable enough to handle the influx of change. All guidelines are just that; it is most important to make these big moves and decisions when the areas can handle it.
Divisions and squads should vet G14 prior to moving forward with a split. Inactive members and non-invested members will only hinder the process, and leave the areas in a difficult position to begin with.
Fleet, Flagship and Armada are all benchmarks that any and all divisions can reach and should strive for. Below is a description of requirements to reach specific standards
- The Baseline of the Divisions. Ranging from Start up/Split divisions to healthy growing divisions.
- Requirements: Being a Division within the Community
- A Division being ran at an exceptional level, The mark of a growing and thriving division.
- Requirements: 300+ Members, 30% KSI Tags, ratio of 1 leader to 10 members, and healthy forum activity.
- Division being ran phenomenally, and are closing in on a Divisional split.
- Requirements: 400+ Members, 35% KSI Tags, ratio of 1 leader to 10 members, healthy forum activity.
Leave of Absence:
LOA’s are encouraged for members who won’t be active and around for more than a weeks’ time. I.E Members taking a Vacation or starting a new job or school. When taking a LoA a member needs to inform their leaders as to when and why they are requesting an LoA. They should not be denied, however abuse of the system can, and will result in the removal of the leader from their position.
Definition of the Adviser role in Clan-Ops:
This position is given to those Co-founders and above who need a term of leave because of rare or unexpected circumstances.
- Financial Issues
- Loss of a loved one
- To keep your rank of Adviser you can’t be gone from KSI for more than a month’s time, unless it is because of a medical leave.
- This person has no duties in KSI and has no power in KSI until the time they are actively reinstated back into KSI.
- Division Leader
- Senior Director.
This position isn’t given to a member without the approval of a Division Leader or higher. When the member arrives back and wants to be reinstated they must go through a 2 week trial period to make sure they are still functioning at the same capacity before they left. At that point of successful reinstatement the member will be eligible to either retain his previous rank, drop down to the next available rank, or in some cases move up one rank. (Moving up one rank will be held to the discretion of a Senior Director.)
If an Adviser is gone for more than a month’s time, KSI has the right to remove the member from the Adviser role and set the member to return as a SGT.
KSI Web Operations consist of the day to day running of KSI’s Websites and/or administrative duties. This includes The KSI Forums, news site, and any and all other websites operated/owned by KSI.
This is the main website used by KSI for a multitude of purposes. The main reason for this site is to establish a line of communication for all KSI members to use outside of Xbox Live, but is not limited to that single purpose as the forums are also used for events, streams, division transfers, and joining/rejoining KSI. This site also contains an archived history of events, meeting notes, and KSI knowledge for all members to utilize.
Properly utilizing the Forums:
A place for both social and business related interactions to be made on behalf of KSI. While KSI does encourage unique and thought provoking topics discussed, any topics, debates, comments, polls, or any other form of online communication used on www.ksiforums.org is subject to KSI CoC. Any violations of the CoC or any other policies set forth by KSI may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to Forum Warnings, and/or a ban from the forums all together.
Remember when looking for and area I.E a divisional section, Control F (Find shortcut) can be your friend.
The main website for all information and news regarding KSI. This site is used for News Articles, Community information, as well as other means of distributing information regarding KSI.
KSI Clan Management System:
A system used for the organization and evaluation of clan ops used by all clan ops leaders. This site organizes and labels every member in clan ops, and is the most accurate and up to date source for leaders to use regarding the management of KSI on Xbox Live.
What is Department Operations?
Department Operations is the sphere of KSI that involves groups of community members who work together to improve the comprehensive community feel that KSI strives for.
Through the AAP, Tournaments and Events, Productions, Graphics, and News, every willing member of the community can reap the rewards of the products each respective department provides.
Through Human Resources, Education, and the Courts, KSI’s Clan Operations are supplemented with knowledge and guidelines that help the community move forward together.
Department Operations provides a bridge from Clan Operations to Web Operations that strengthens involvement and enjoyment in the community. Department Operations is constantly reviewing the strength of these programs and looking for possible expansion to better meet the members’ needs. Such projects include Marketing, History, and Social Media outreach
How to join a Department:
Added to the website in 2016, the Department Join Area is the central hub for all interested applicants to research and apply for membership in KSI’s Departments. There you will find links to each department’s forums section and a list of Heads, Co-Heads, and Points of Contact. Some departments are open permanently, and some departments are only open on an as-needed basis. Permanent openings are listed in pinned threads that are pinned and denoted with asterisks for members to copy and paste the form for their application. As-needed openings are posted intermittently and ask for members to reply directly to the opening in the thread. These topics will not be pinned.
Regardless of which opening a member is applying for, a Head or Co-Head will review the application and get with the applicant in a timely fashion. Heads and Co-Heads reserve the right to deny applications based on skill or demeanor, past behaviors or actions, or time requirements. Time requirements refer only to being able to fulfill responsibilities within a given time. Some departments require more intensive involvement than others, and a hectic real life, or other KSI obligations, may result in you being unable to join that department at a given time.
Benefits of joining a Department:
A community like KSI is more than just gaming. While everything KSI does revolves around Xbox and the gaming aspect, departments provide outlets for members to put their skills to the test and have fun exploring different interests.
The reward of learning how to better use Photoshop, teaching KSI’s next crop of leaders, providing stories and interviews about other members, hosting workshops, and so much more, is hard to quantify. However, it does make members feel more personally involved in KSI and allows members to spread their wings and have fun without fear of judgment or alienation. You will meet new people, develop new skills, and see a side of KSI that is different from the experience most see.
Descriptions for each Department:
News Team is responsible for tapping the pulse of the community. No news outlet can provide information tailored to the community quite like our own team. Writers are encouraged to interact with members of the community to find intriguing and compelling stories about individuals, groups, squads, or divisions that exemplify the KSI way. Staff members are also asked to think outside the box for creative stories and pieces that KSI’s member base would find interesting. These pieces may be opinion pieces, game reviews, surveys, etc..
All articles produced by KSI News are published on KSI’s News Site, which is listed below this description.
As of early 2017, KSI’s History Team is also under the news umbrella. History writers explore the sequence of KSI events, both from divisional and personal perspectives. These biographies are published to the News Site as well, and piece together an intricate tapestry of KSI’s history. Staff are encouraged to think outside the box and be creative. Writing and telling stories of history can be exciting and should be explored.
Productions is part of KSI’s multimedia umbrella, along with News, History, and Graphics. Within this department, members can explore the possibilities of live-streaming events to sites such as Twitch, editing together montages and clip packages, working with software to create intros and outros that will be used in videos and much more. The team is also comprised of staff who create long-standing shows and podcasts for KSI’s members to enjoy. Such shows are either streamed on Twitch, or previously recorded, and exported to YouTube, which is linked below.
Productions is also the basis for KSI’s monthly Town Hall and weekly Happy Hour shows.
Staff comes from inside and outside of KSI’s Clan-Ops. Those involved in KSI’s Clan Ops are able to stream interviews, game play, and game nights involving their divisions, allowing a spotlight to be shined brightly on their members and activity. The team also runs contests such as the Upload Studio Montage Competition, which runs monthly and allows those who don’t have recording and editing software to put together montages that compete to be displayed on our YouTube channel. They also solicit short, interesting clips that can be passed along to KSI’s Social Media so those clips can be uploaded onto the community’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Productions are committed to providing content the community can enjoy both on and off of Xbox.
KSI’s Graphics team provides image and logo editing and design for the benefit of our members. The team takes requests for banners, awards, logos, images, avatars and much more to provide images our members can utilize to show off their KSI pride.
The team works heavily with other departments to provide image services to their projects, as well as with Web Ops to keep our forums looking sharp.The team is also dedicated to training and teaching interested members how to improve with a variety of products, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Applicants will have tutorials and guides to follow and experts to give them pointers along the way.
KSI’s Awards and Achievements Program (AAP) seeks to promote a positive and rewarding atmosphere within KSI by standardizing a process to request, nominate, and receive awards. The department’s award listing is ever-expanding, and members are encouraged to post in AAP’s Forums section to take advantage of KSI’s awards system. AAP is a central foundation to KSI’s believe that members should be awarded based on the merit of their contributions to the community. The Department also supports monthly and yearly goals and achievements by offering Of the Month and Of the Year awards.
OTMs represent KSI’s very best at varying ranks and positions for each month. The OTYs are reviewed, and presented by, KSI’s Board of Directors at the annual KSI Awards Show in early January to celebrate those who excelled over the past year.
Whether the award is for having a high Gamerscore, being a mentor to members in the community, or going above and beyond to make KSI as great as it is, there are many award options for the members of this community.
Also within AAP is the Divisional Milestone Program, which seeks to apply the award system that’s been established to our divisions.Awards in here involve splitting the division, having a certain amount of KSI gamer-tags, and winning a certain amount of Head-Hunters games.
The AAP is open to requests from KSI’s member base as to what awards should be added for both individual awards and DMP awards.
Tournaments and Events:
KSI’s Tournaments and Events (T&E) provides a competitive gaming atmosphere to KSI’s casual environment. The team plans and executes weekly Weekend Warfare events that all of KSI’s members can compete in.
The team works with other KSI departments, such as Productions to have the events streamed, and AAP, to have winners of the events awarded for their accomplishments.The team is open to recommendations and suggestions as to new tournament ideas and plans to improve its’ reach within the community.The staff also assists the Board of Directors in executing KSI’s large annual events, such as Spring Break, Spirit Week, Fall Classic, and Turkey Bowl.
Members are asked to be creative and competitively inclined. They must be available to host events and make sure they go off without a hitch. They will have to execute decision making skills to mediate disagreements and adapt to obstacles on the fly.
KSI’s Education department is dedicated to helping mold the next great leaders of this community. Lessons from this department go far beyond an Xbox or a keyboard.
Educations L.E.A.D. program teaches members of every rank how to be better leaders. While there may appear to be some overlap between Education and Human Resources, Education focuses more on general leadership while Human Resources focuses on applications of leadership to KSI’s ideals and tenets. LEAD programs are offered frequently by KSI’s Director Staff, and feature a 101 and a 201 course, both of which take several weeks to complete. These programs will help KSI’s members become more level-headed, well-rounded, confident leaders.
KSI’s Human Resources is comprised of HR and the KSI Courts.
HR is comprised of Senior Staff, who can be in or out of KSI Clan Ops, and staff made up of KSI’s Co-Founders. Co-Founders on the staff are expected to take courses on KSI protocol and procedures about recruiting, training, and safety, and pass that knowledge off the leaders and officers at the squad level within their respective divisions. Training standards gained from HR workshops improve the level of knowledge within KSI’s squads and divisions, and will make the next crop of leaders more in-tune with expectations and guidelines within the community.
Couple that training with the leadership advancement training Education’s LEAD program provides, and KSI’s knowledge base will be strong for years to come. Resources and guidance are posted in HR’s forums section, which is linked below.
The KSI Court system provides a series of checks and balances on KSI’s leadership team.
Members who have been given Blacklists or Do Not Hire statuses can appeal these decisions in KSI’s Court system.They may call in witnesses and bring their case for a reduction in penalty, or a complete pardon of the decision. All members of the Courts are below the rank of Senior Director, so that decisions may be reached impartially based on evidence given.
This department allows staff to exercise sound judgment and interpret KSI’s rules and guidelines to make KSI not only a safe place, but a fair and balanced one.
Court Related Terms Definitions:
Definition Of Blacklisted:
When A Member Is Blacklisted They Are Not Permitted To Be In Or Around KSI Or KSI Programs. Being Removed from a Division-/-Squad-/-All friends MUST remove you and have ZERO contact. If a member of notable issues within or outside a Division becomes such a problem then The Leaders of the Division (Founder and Up) Can Decide to Request a Senior Leader to Look into if the evidence warrants a Black list. If you are removed from your division you can discuss it with the leaders of the division or the Director to find another division or if you have friends in other division you may request to join them as well, unless the issues you caused are decided to be too severe.
Definition of DNH:
DNH means *Do Not Hire* This Member Has Been Removed From KSI and its Divisions. They Are Not Allowed Join Any Division Or Program In KSI They Are Allowed To Play With Other Members In KSI In Order to Return to KSI as a Full Member, You Need To Go To The Courts (Reference Court System) and have a successful appeal.
Definition of Security Risk:
A member can be deemed a security risk for one or more of the following:
- Associating with blacklisted/labeled security risk Xbox users.
- Creating situations that potentially cause discord between members in squad/division.
- Mentioning past affiliations with specified risk clans/individuals.
- Creating an undesirable and/or uncomfortable environment within the squad or division.
- All members deemed security risks are subject to full investigation before admittance to another squad/division of KSI
- All Communities deemed security risk are for a set time frame I.E 3-6 months
Definition of Clan Hitting:
Defined as action(s) taken to intentionally hurt or disrupt a gaming organization and it’s day to day operations.
This includes but is not limited to:
- DDoS attacks
- IP snatching
- Website tampering or hitting
Definition of Poaching:
The act of deliberately enticing or persuading ANY member of an existing organization (clan, community, division) to leave said organization to join yours. This can be both externally or internally in regards to KSI.
This by no means allows members to Blacklist or DNH members. This method of removal should only be used if members are socializing with Black listed persons or Clans-/-Communities or have made threats against KSI or its running or other equally questionable actions.
If you use this without any form of presented evidence then you have just removed a member under false terms and are subject to disciplinary action yourself.
Annual events are events that occur every calendar year. Ranging from 3 and 5 day tournaments to “show off” and represent divisions, to single day non divisional events and Award show.
A collection of the Best leaders of the year ranging from Sgt OTY to Senior leader OTY. Special Notes of Accomplishment and the winner of Divisional Cup aka Division OTY.
Tournament to be held every Valentine’s day, generally a doubles tournament or Karaoke.
-3 day event occurs Spring time Annual Events, Kick off of Divisional Cup season. Points to be awarded per divisional Event to decide winner of Spring break and points to be used in Divisional Cup.. Including but not limited to Forum’s Event and Game tournaments. Directors Cup is the average of all said directors divisional points.
-5 Day event occurs during July, Biggest event of the year. Points to be awarded per divisional event to decide winner of Spirit week and points to be used in Divisional Cup. Events including but not limited to Forums Event, Karaoke and Game Tournaments. King and Queen of Spirit week to be decided on Sunday of event.
-3 Day Event to take place in September, Points to be awarded per divisional events to decide winners of Fall classic and points to be used in Divisional Cup. Events Including but not limited to Forums Event and game tournament.
-3 day event to take place weekend surrounding Thanks Giving, This Event is Generally FFA’s and Doubles events. Points to be awarded to the divisions with the most success in Turkey bowl and points to contribute to Divisional Cup. Events including but not limited to Forums event and Game tournament.
KSI’s Divisional cup will be the culmination of all things KSI and will represent which division has the strongest leaders, gamers and well rounded member base. It will be broken down by month based on a series of tasks, tourneys, events and participation; Each months tally leader will be awarded Division of the month. In addition All 4 major events of the community will be taken into account and points from all added to the years total ending with the Division of the Year. Divisional Cup will from April to December annually.
- Point per member per event
- Point Per Game played
- 2 Points per person who submits a montage to productions for usage on social media or Youtube
- Point Per Person who submits a clip to Productions for usage on Social media and youtube (Max 10 Points per month)
So You Think You Can Write:
- Point Per person for monthly SYTYCW Artical Submission (Max 10 Points per month)
“Of the Months”
- Points per member submitting an OTM nomination
- Point per member submitting a member and a 7 to AAP for a news spotlight
- Point per member’s question asked (Max 10 Points per month)
- Point per member subscribing to KSI’s Twitch
- Gaining 1 Member per squad per week overall, Gaining the Appropriate amount of members= 5 points
- Gaining 1 Officer overall per month per division= 5 points
KSI’s Season From Spring Break to Award show. Points will be added
KSI’s Four major events:
- Spring Break
- Spirit Week
- Fall Classic
- Turkey bowl
Points: (Major Events)
- Participation: 1 point
- 1st place: 3 additional points
- 2nd place: 2 additional points
- 3rd place: 1 additional point