Teamspeak and Its Rules
The laws of the United Kingdom regarding online behaviour apply to everything on Teamspeak. Do a quick Google search if you're curious, but a good rule of thumb is: If you're in doubt, don't share it!
Generally the rule is to be polite to other members, and respect their wishes. The various game channels are to be used for chat about the specified game, and the 3 unnamed game channels are for whatever game its claimed for. If a person joins an empty channel to play Starcraft 2, then it's a Starcraft 2 channel until something else is played. This goes by the first person to join, and not by whatever is most popular at the time. If a person is playing a game and would like others to stop chatting about other games, please respect their wishes.
The Padded Room channel is for general mayhem, and as the channel description specifies, anything goes here. However, the rule about UK Laws still apply.
If anyone feel a rule has been violated, please contact a Councilor or send a complaint via the Make Complaint system available on Teamspeak. It's usable by right-clicking the name of the offending user and selecting Make Complaint. Please specify what the complaint is about.
Teamspeak and Its Channels
The channels are divided into two groups - The game channels and the social channels.
Social channels, with the exception of The Council Chamber (and Blue's Officer) and The Padded Room, are available for everybody to use, including guests. The Council Chamber is for Councilors and Officers, and is used during the weekly meeting.
The Games channels are all restricted to members, with the exception of the 3 unspecified "Game" channels, which are available for friends of members to use at their leisure. Remember, becoming a member is as easy as joining the website and giving a quick poke to an Officer!
Due to the nature of The Padded Room, access is restricted to members only, as what goes on in there isn't always suitable.
Server Groups (community ranks)
These are the permanent ranks which are always visible, and are shown before the users names. They signify, primarily, time and dedication to 418 as a community, and aren't necessarily related to any one game.
Similar to the recruit rank for Planetside, the initiate rank isn't exactly a trial, but they still aren't the 'core members'. They have full access to all Teamspeak channels, unlike a guest.
CM (Community Member)
These are the members who have been with us for a longer period of time, and use both Teamspeak and the 418 website.
VCM (Veteran Community Member)
These are, as the name suggest, like the CM, but they show further dedication and have been in the Outfit longer.
Benefits: Can invite and add people to the Initiate group, as well as the Recruit and Grunt groups of Planetside 2.
The group who helps drive the community forward, and the one you need to get a hold of in case of an issue. Holds regular meetings in the Council Chamber.
Channel Groups (Channel/game specific ranks)
These ranks specify a users rank within a specific game. At the moment, it's primarily used for Planetside 2. Community and game ranks can differ.
The initial stage. Sort of a trial before becoming a full member.
Achievable after 2 weeks as a recruit, and after a promotion request has been posted on the 418 website in the appropriate topic. Core members.
The squad- and platoon leaders. They have the ability to invite to the Outfit, and can add people to the Initiate server group (there are issues with the Recruit and Grunt Channel groups - no ETA on getting that to work).
Planetside 2-specific members of the Council - similar to councilors.
The Warlord is both a Server and Channel Group, and it signifies the Outfit Leader. Should be treated like a glorified Councilor/Officer.
EVE Online players who are either visiting or members of the 418 EVE Online corp.
Inmates, Pretend Visitors, Tank Commanders and so forth are flair used in specific channels at the whim of the server admin. May or may not be granted to individuals under various conditions.