The founding principle of Ethical Retinue is that we aim to make for pleasant and memorable experiences on GTA Online with our fellow partners in crime. To aid its mission, the Ethical Retinue tries to adhere to the following rules:
- Be polite and nice to everyone, including non-members. Don’t kill players (members or non-members) needlessly in freemode.
- Do not mod, cheat, or exploit the game in any way. In fact, avoid people who do. For example, explore the GTA Online career statistics on friend requests and check if the statistics make sense (for example, reaching level 100 normally takes at least a full 5 or 6 days of playtime, money earned should mostly come from jobs, and so on). However beware that game bugs can occasionally lead to strange stats.
- In crew contexts, please use English in public situations (such as crew forums and discord channels), and in non-public situations when playing with people who do not speak your language. Use of languages other than English inevitably leads to exclusion of people who do not master that language. Of course, saying a few words in a different language is perfectly fine. We embrace diversity. However, please avoid holding long conversations in other languages in situations where this risks excluding people who do not master that language.
- In crew contexts, do not post content (on the forums, discord, …) which a reasonable viewer may not want to be seen accessing in a public or formal setting, such as nudity, pornography, or excessively offensive material.
The above rules also apply to guests, with the exception of the first rule: guests are expected to be polite and nice towards crew members, and are expected not to kill crew members needlessly in freemode.
The following rules only apply to members:
- Share your loot fairly. For instance, when leading heist finales, please give all your helpers a 20% share instead of the default 15% (unless a helper explicitly volunteers for a lower cut). A 40/20/20/20 split is the fairest split, bearing in mind that the leader has an upfront cost and does not earn anything for the setup missions. It serves as a statement of appreciation and trust in the crew. Similarly, if people help you with your business, please help them in return, and don’t exploit people.
- During missions, give everyone access to your personal vehicles, including non-members.
- Travel together when it makes sense. Wait for people left behind. If they are far behind, offer a pick up or an escort.
- Encourage communication over text or voice chat about mission tasks, who does what, and so on.
- When with someone who has not done a mission before, where need be, walk them through the difficult steps and explain your actions, or give them specific tasks to do while you watch their backs.
- When not sure how to best go about some part of a mission, ask for help.
- Do not fuel the flames. Occasionally people are quite rude online. Just ignore them completely.
Subject to the above, otherwise, go completely nuts. 😉 Any serious offense against the crew rules (i.e. rude behaviour, constant negativity, modding/cheating, …) will lead to a kick or ban.
In case of issues, we suggest the following procedure. This procedure is also expected to be followed by guests and towards guests.
- Approach and confront the person directly if you can. It is possible that you or the other party have misinterpreted something or that something has been badly communicated. Empathy is a key component of being ethical. Therefore, approaching others with a helping hand when they mess up is truly an act that encapsulates more than anything else what we are all about.
- If this does not resolve the problem in your opinion, then please report it to a commissioner/leader. If you have any evidence (e.g. in-game screenshot, or chat log), then please share that as well.
- That commissioner will then evaluate the report and the evidence and take appropriate action. Normally, this will happen by putting it up for discussion in the commissioner forum. In the rare case that for some reason the issue is sensitive to any other commissioner/leader, the discussion can be held over private discord group chat.
- To ensure clear communication, under no circumstances should you block a commissioner/leader.