Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Airik Tierney, Martin Oliver, along with returning members Ferier Kian and Paul Sleeford!
Featured articles are considered the best our community’s wiki has to offer, as determined by our editors. We use them as examples for writing other articles. Our featured article system is returning after inactivity since 2010, and we are pleased to bring fantastic pages created by our user base to the attention of the wider community.
The system is loosely based on Wikipedia Featured Articles, where users support, oppose, and comment on nominations. You can nominate any page on 118Wiki — including pages you’ve created yourself! The content of a featured article should be of a standard where it can be displayed as high quality examples for other users developing articles of a similar theme. They should be:
- Well-written, comprehensive and accurate.
- Have images, and other media where they are appropriate to the subject, with succinct captions.
- Include links to other articles where appropriate.
- Be of appropriate length, staying focused on the primary topic without going into unnecessary detail.
Nominations for featured articles are open indefinitely, and can be promoted to featured article status when three wiki users (including yourself!) support the article.
Every year, we take time to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of our members. This is a core tradition that was started in 1996, just two years after our group was founded, and has continued every year since then.
Here’s how it works: You nominate your fellow community members for awards that will honor their hard work and achievements in simming and OOC participation over the last year. Members of the staff will review your nominations and select the best ones for the ceremony. In late June, we’ll start our annual awards ceremony, a multi-day event to present the awards to the winners and recognize all of their hard work.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about nominations:
- Duty Post, Special, and Staff awards are given to only one officer per year in the entire fleet.
- Only one person per crew can receive each of the General awards in each ceremony.
- You can find a list of past recipients on the wiki in the Hall of Honor. Remember that some awards were created relatively recently, so there may be only a few recipients for those awards.
- Don’t forget that your Commanding Officer also does a lot of hard work behind the scenes to keep the fleet and the community running. Our staff are not paid for their work, and it is their endless hours of devotion that keep things going smoothing. Keep this in mind as you are submitting your nominations and consider nominating your Commanding Officer for an award as well!
We rely on each and every member of the fleet to submit nominations so we can recognize the best members of our community who are putting in the time and effort to make this a fun place to be. So we need your help! If you don’t nominate your peers and mentors for awards, they won’t get recognized. We want to encourage everyone to be really free with their nominations – there’s no penalty in putting in a nomination that doesn’t ultimately get the award. But ships that have fewer nominations tend to end up having fewer award winners – so don’t be shy! Multiple nominations from members of a ship for any given award can help send a signal to reviewers that a certain person is really deserving, but also one really great nomination can be the deciding factor for someone to win an award.
If you have any questions, talk to your Commanding Officer or First Officer, or head into the chatroom’s #awards2020 channel to ask other members.
Join the Star Trek: Picard committee and help us decide how the new show integrates into our universe
The new Star Trek show, Picard, has brought lots of new content into the Trek universe and has potential ramifications for our canon.
With that in mind, the Captains Council has convened a committee to review the changes that the show has potentially introduced to our timeline, and provide a report to the council about what we may need to retconn, what we may need to ignore, and what we may need to worry about after coming seasons of the show.
This committee is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping review the show’s effects on the fleet and assemble the report. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, you can help out as long as you can be objective about the types of content the Captains Council will need to make a ruling on!
Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Joshua Sutton!
The Executive Council is our community’s highest decision-making body, comprised of a maximum of five admirals and captains who have more than one year of service at that rank. The EC is endowed with the power to commission and decommission vessels, promote members to the rank of captain or beyond, and generally manage OOC concerns.
Appointment to the Executive Council is one of our community’s highest honors, denoting our utmost trust in the leadership and stewardship of each member.
Following the retirement of Rear Admiral Toni Turner after a long and fruitful membership on the Executive Council, the EC is pleased to announce that we have filled the fifth seat with a returning leader: Aron Kells (Tony).
The Executive Council (EC) is constantly evaluating our successes – and debriefing our challenging moments – to determine how we can replicate what works and change what doesn’t. As a result of a recent evaluation of a ship decommissioning, the EC recognized that we had no defined requirements for the selection of First Officers, and ensuring that they were recognized as the second in command of ship.
A new bylaw has been created to solve this confusion, with three main points:
- First, that a Commanding Officer of a vessel must have the appropriate authority to choose the First Officer of the vessel.
- Second, that a First Officer must be a member in good standing with a minimum of nine months experience since graduating from the Academy, OR six months experience and experience acting as a Training Officer in the Academy.
- Third, that a First Officer is the ship’s second in command even when other players – who may have a higher rank more experience – is assigned to the ship.
As part of drafting this bylaw, the two Councils – in coordination with First Officers from ships in the fleet – has drafted guidance about the rights and responsibilities of First Officers. This guidance is made available to new First Officers upon appointment to the role, in addition to our detailed “Lt. Commanders Training Manual.”
While the UFOP Constitution defines our group’s structure and elements, the bylaws are clarifying additions which help guide our day-to-day work and ensure that important rules have the weight of community law.
The Executive Council of UFOP: StarBase 118 is pleased to announce that Jarred Thoran has completed the requirements for promotion to the rank of captain!
Currently the commanding officer of the USS Atlantis, Captain Jarred Thoran has been with our community since 2017. After graduating from the Academy, Thoran was assigned to the USS Blackwell, part of the Andaris Task Force as a security/tactical officer, working his way up through the department to become chief of security before being promoted to the position of First Officer, a duty post he served as for both the USS Blackwell and the USS Columbia before taking command of the USS Atlantis.
Richard, the writer behind Thoran, is currently a Deputy Commandant for the Academy and the facilitator of the Publicity Team. He also served as the Awards Facilitator for the 2019 Awards Ceremony and has been recognized multiple times with awards of his own such as the Locutus Award, Boothby Award, Sarpeidon Award, Strange Medallion, Shuvalis Diamond of Recognition Ribbon, and the Rising Star Award.
You can read more about him in this interview published earlier this year.
The promotion to the rank of captain is a momentous occasion in our community – the result of years of writing, mentoring, and learning the ropes. This multi-step process starts with nomination from two members of the fleet at or above the rank of Commander, an initial vote from the Executive Council followed by a written exam, a practical exam, an interview with the Executive Council, and a final vote from the Executive Council. Candidates must show that they have mastery of the art of leadership, a strong knowledge of Star Trek, the ability to teach, and great simming skills.
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Chip Foley, Mekhil Prime, Maxwell Traenor, and Luthas!
As the webmaster for our site, I get a lot of automated messages from all our various systems, including – pretty regularly – notifications when people have been locked out of our systems for trying the wrong usernames and passwords. Inevitably, I see some of the same folks bumping up against our logins, particularly once you’ve reached a certain level and have access to more areas of our site like the Lt. Commanders training area.
We’ve tried some utilities to make it easier to log into the site, but often they become cumbersome to work with over the long term as security standards change. One login system we had for our WordPress site started requiring monthly manual updates that were a nightmare!
I’ve solved this problem by using a dedicated password manager. I have only two passwords I remember: The one that opens my computer, and the one that opens my password manager. Beyond that, every password is a long, random, and complex set of characters. Not only does that ensure that it’s hard to break my passwords by randomly guessing, but if one website in my life gets hacked (looking at you, Target.com!), hackers don’t have access to everything else. It also means that I don’t ever have to worry about trying the wrong password in any of our sites – as long as the username and password are correctly filed with the URL of our site, it’s popped into the form automatically by my password manager and I’m good to go!
I personally use 1Password which I find to be really well designed and easy to use. But it costs about $4/mo if you pay yearly. Other password managers (like LastPass) have a free version anyone can use!
Image credit: Philipp Katzenberger