Creating a Clan: How and Why
This thread gives a detailed explanation of what you need to do to create a TWC Clan.
A successfully created Clan will be given a forum in which to conduct Clan business, which will include both a public front-end for general discussion, recruitment, non-classified info etc, and a private subforum accessible only to the members of the Clan to enable secure discussion of Clan business like tactics, promotions, debates etc.
Clan Overseers, Leaders, and other ranks
The Clan Overseer is the Staff representative for the Clan(s)/Game, appointed by the Hex in charge of Gaming Staff. They are in charge of moderation, and reserve a veto right to every policy decision within their assigned Clan/Game, as well as a veto to any Clan election. These vetoes will not be use lightly nor without strong reason. Though technically outranking the Clan Leader(s) under them in the Gaming Staff hierarchy, it is not the role of the Overseer to conduct or command Clan business: their role is strictly one of moderation and staff representation.
The Clan Leader is the leader of the Clan, elected by the Clan members. The Clan Leader performs the leadership role for the Clan, being responsible for all day-to-day operation. Decisions regarding creating/promotion/demotion to Clan ranks, on tactics, training, and all other policy ultimately rest with the Clan Leader. The Clan Leader will also play the role of leader ingame during matches or normal play. The Clan Leader has considerable leeway to customise or tailor their Clan to their/their members' tastes, as long as this process remains in line with the Code of Conduct rules.
---Other Clan Ranks
Every Clan can create ranks below the rank of Clan Leader within their Clan to carry out any functions they desire. Persons can be appointed to this rank through whichever mechanism the Clan Leader decides upon and will carry out whichever role it is they are tasked with. These ranks are not specifically regulated by Gaming Staff: a Clan may make as many or as few custom ranks or positions as they please, though the Overseer retains a veto as previously mentioned.
How do I join a Clan?
You should do two things. First, post in their subforum indicating your desire to join, most Clans will have a thread for applicants to post in. Secondly, to into the "My Account" page (top left), "Group Memberships" (Under "networking" on the left-hand options menu), find the Clan usergroup (will be called Clan: GameName eg Clan: World of Tanks), click the "Join Group" box, and then click "Join Group" at the bottom of the list.
How do I know if I am allowed to join a Clan?
All TWC members can join any Clan playing a game they want to do Multiplayer in. You will only be denied entry to a Clan if you're currently on probation or have a track record of misbehaviour in our Clans.
Does the Clan Leader need to have the permission of the Overseer to implement new tactics, policies, ranks or game-specific decisions?
No, the Clan Leader is, for all intents and purposes, the head of the Clan, and all decisions ultimately rest with that person. The Overseer's job is to ensure the Clan maintains the Code of Conduct, and will not overrule or interfere with the Clan Leader conducting their business unless they are in breach of that Code of Conduct.
So the Overseer will be invisible unless the Code of Conduct gets broken?
In their official capacity as Overseer yes. That said, the Clan member that is made the Overseer does not forfeit their right to be a part of the Clan. They, like any other member, are allowed to participate in discussion and elections and hold non-Clan Leader ranks within their Clans. They will not, however, use their role as Overseer to gain additional leverage or advantage.
Can the Overseer also be the Clan Leader?
No. The Overseer cannot be the Clan Leader but they can hold other ranks within the Clan below the rank of Clan Leader.
My Clan's Overseer has said in a discussion about [Idea A] or [Policy B] that we cannot do this because it will break the Code of Conduct, but I have read the Code of Conduct and I disagree. What can I do?
If, having read the Overseer's reasoning and the Code of Conduct, you cannot agree that your Clan's actions break the Code of Conduct, you should ask your Overseer to seek the opinion of other Overseers. Your Overseer should, as a matter of course, bring up potential CoC-breaking events or discussions within his Clan with other Overseers and, as such, other Overseers will be aware of the issue and active discussion will already be underway within the Overseer's private forum.
I feel our Overseer is corrupt and not carrying out his duties correctly or overstepping his bounds, what should I do?
Send a Private Message on the matter to the Head of Gaming Staff, currently Poach.
Our Clan Leader is being tyrannical and forcing the Clan to do things the majority of us disagree with. What can be done?
If the Clan Leader is proving unpopular or incapable in their position of authority, you should bring it up with the Clan's Overseer. As the Clan Leader is elected, it would be possible to bring forward an emergency Vote of No Confidence should the situation warrant it.
Can I be the Clan's leader?
We leave it up to the Clans themselves to decide their leaders. If you feel the process is undemocratic and that you are being denied fair opportunity to be put forward as a candidate you should bring it up with the Clan's Overseer.
Are there term limits?
We leave it up to the Clan to decide whether or not there are term limits. The Clan Leader position must always be democratic, and there will always be the option of a Vote of No Confidence should the situation warrant it. The Clan may decide to elect a leader on a monthly basis, bi-annually, annually, indefinitely, or anything in-between. As long as the Vote of No Confidence remains an option (which Staff will ensure always will), there will always be a democratic way to elect and replace Clan Leaders.
Can the Clan Leader delegate some of his responsibilities to those below him?
The Clan Leader may delegate some powers to other individuals but we will not allow for enough power to be granted to any individual to make them a de facto, unelected, Clan Leader. Final authority will always rest with the Clan Leader, meaning they will retain a veto over individuals to whom they delegate power, and if any situations arise whereby any individual except the Overseer can overrule the Clan Leader, Staff intervention to correct this will occur.
Sub-Clan Leader ranks
How many ranks below Clan Leader can we make?
As many as the Clan feels necessary, it will vary from game to game.
Are these ranks democratic too?
No, it is left to the Clan Leader to create and appoint people to these positions. If the Clan Leader wishes to conduct this democratically they may, but authority remains with them. Remember that, as the Clan Leader position is democratic, the Clan Leader should not be appointing poor candidates to these positions.
These aren't officially listed ranks, so do I need to care about them? Can't I just ignore them?
No. If a member is appointed to a rank within the Clan the Clan members are expected to respect that position and, therefore, respect the authority of the person holding it.
Someone holding one of these ranks is corrupt, incompetent or overstepping their bounds. Who do I go to?
Speak to your Clan Leader as the first port of call. The Clan Leader should do everything in their power to keep the Clan running smoothly. If you feel the Clan Leader is not addressing your concerns, approach the Clan Overseer.
TWC has one.