Welcome to the seventh installment of my Internet Officer report. My, what a busy past ten months it has been!
While the activity has been great for our ability to get projects and web site updates out the door, it hasn't been
so great for my reporting timeliness. In this report, I'll recap some of the major accomplishments from the
past ten months, and then detail the way ahead as we move into 2023.
Major Internet Office Activity
Transition of the Imperial University (June-July 2022) - Minos Relevancy Phase 2 Release
In July, we completed the transition of the Imperial University from the legacy Emperor's Hammer site over to the
new site. This work marked the completion of phase 2 of the phased Minos Relevancy release plan.
After the transition of the Imperial University records over to the new site at the end of June, our
team completed the process of making needed adjustments to the courses. Between both manual and
automated editing, we have corrected several thousand “content glitches” in the course notes and exams,
including problems with encoding and other junk characters, missing images, problematic formatting,
incorrect Course Administrative Data, etc. The purpose was to address the most significant problems
affecting the ability to view notes and take exams, and to prepare the material for turnover to the incoming Training
Following the phase 1 Initial Operational Capability release, the Internet Office team has maintained a steady
pace of updates to the site outside of the original phased release schedule. This has included bugfixes,
as well as new features as we identify areas and opportunities for continued improvement and development.
A public CHANGELOG is available to members to follow
changes at well.
A good explanation of the new site and the development process is available on
Airlock Podcast episode 18, where
I was happy to be invited by MAJ LegionX to discuss the new site and other Internet Office-related topics.
For your convenience, the podcast is available on the Emperor’s Hammer YouTube
channel and several major podcast directories.
The Way Ahead
Project Minos Relevancy phase 3 entails the transition of Dark Brotherhood data and operations from the legacy
emperorshammer.org site to the new site. This will include things such as member profiles, unit structures, awards, and reports.
Following the conversion and launch, Dark Brotherhood operations will be conducted through the new site. Although one
core site will serve both groups, the tc.emperorshammer.org and db.emperorshammer.org domains will be configured to
provide some unique branding/identify for each group. Status: in-progress on a development branch; short-term goal.
A new implementation for support of fiction and graphics remains a high priority for the short-term. We are coordinating
closely with WARD GN Genie during this process. Our goal with
reimplementation is not simply having a place for the WARD to hang fiction, but rather providing members with a greater ability
to engage with other members' fiction and graphics content. Status: in-progress; short-term goal.
Reimplementation of Emperor's Hammer merchandise. Status: in-progress; evaluating merchandise and vendors,
as well as doing some initial art work; short-term goal.
We are working closely with the Training Office on some additions to the Imperial University that will provide
members some additional ways to engage with IU course content and to be recognized for their performance. Status:
in-progress; specifications received from the TO and develop is in progress on a development branch; short-term goal.
Secret Order support - The Secret Order will eventually require a lot of new code and updates to existing sections. This will
largely revolve around improved activity tracking, so that member activities within the organization will award XP
(working term) that will be used on the member's Secret Order path. I am continuing to coordinate with the Secret Order
team led by ISP SA Kamjin Maverick Lap'lamiz in this effort.
Status: pre-decisional; mid-term goal.
Internet Office Awards
As with some of the other content in this report, I'm unfortunately playing a bit of catch-up. Despite most of these awards having
gone out much earlier in the year, I would be seriously remiss if I did not formally recognize these fine officers for their
contributions. Thus, I am pleased to announce the following awards presented for work performed on behalf of the
FA Pickled Yoda - Imperial Cross - "For exceptionally meritorious and dedicated
service to the Emperor’s Hammer during the period of April 2020 to March 2022, while serving as a lead project coder in support of
Operation Minos Relevancy. This long-term project entailed a complete recode and
redesign of the Emperor’s Hammer web presence, starting with the TIE Corps website that will soon extend to encompass additional EH Groups.
The level of Pickled Yoda’s contributions during this project cannot be overstated. From initial project inception to the phase 1 public
release and beyond, Pickled Yoda was both an integral and essential part of the development effort. His direct contributions leveraged
which improved ease of use
across multiple site functions, to detailed back-end controllers and queries responsible for generating and aggregating data. Were it
not for his extensive knowledge, expertise, and direct contributions, the project would not have been successful.
Leveraging his expertise as the Tactical Officer, Pickled Yoda took the lead on all site functions relating to the Battle Center and
historical battle completion records. This included detailed analysis of the existing data, and a conversion process which improved data quality
for over 800k battle completion records. In addition, he implemented and expanded on his Pyrite library that provides a significantly improved process
for users to submit battle completions (BSFs), and streamlines Tactical Office manual review of submissions when required.
During the project, Pickled Yoda contributed many hundreds of hours of work with over 279 commits to the project repository. These
Pickled Yoda’s efforts have directly supported the development of a modernized system capable of effectively supporting Emperor’s Hammer
operations now and into the future. His dedication to the Emperor’s Hammer and its membership sets a standard that others should seek to emulate.
Fleet Admiral Pickled Yoda’s extensive accomplishments reflect great credit upon himself, and the Tactical and Internet Offices of the Emperor’s
Hammer Strike Fleet." March 2022, recommended by: FA Turtle Jerrar
AD Silwar Naiilo - Gold Star of the Empire - "Presented in recognition
of meritorious service within the Emperor’s Hammer Internet Office during the period of October 2020 to February 2022 while
assigned as an Internet Office Assistant. During this period, Vice Admiral Silwar Naiilo contributed across multiple Internet
Office lines of effort and projects. Collectively, these efforts directly improved the organization for all members by improving
access to data and streamlining routine leadership functions. As a direct code contributor in Project Minos Relevancy, Silwar
assisted in the development of the phase 1 release with a primary focus in enhancing user-facing interfaces. In addition, he
provided valuable feedback and insights that helped guide the development of various functions and pages throughout the development
process. These contributions resulted in a final product that provided a more intuitive experience to users. Vice Admiral Silwar
Naiilo’s accomplishments and performance of duty reflects great credit upon himself, the ISDII Challenge, and the Emperor’s Hammer
Internet Office." March 2022, recommended by: FA Turtle Jerrar
HA Plif - Gold Star of the Empire - "Presented in recognition of High
Admiral Plif's contributions to the Internet Office during the period of April 2020 to February 2022 while serving as an
Internet Office Assistant. HA Plif was originally appointed as an IOA to work around certain limitations presented by the
existing database system. As I took over the Internet Office, I asked Plif to stay on board to assist with maintenance of
the production site. Despite having significant primary responsibilities as the TIE Corps Commander, Plif took it upon himself
to further diversify his skill set and make direct updates and changes to the existing site code. By taking on the task of
routine production site changes, Plif unburdened the other team members engaged in developing the new site under Project Minos
Relevancy and enabled them to focus on development efforts. In addition, Plif’s continuous feedback and suggestions during the
development process as a subject matter expert on daily fleet operations were invaluable. These efforts included testing the new
site code during both pre- and post-phase 1 release, leading to the identification of issues which could then be addressed by
the development team. These efforts directly contributed to the success of the project. High Admiral Plif’s accomplishments
demonstrate his continued commitment to the success of the organization, and reflect great credit upon himself, the Office of
the TIE Corps Commander, and the Emperor’s Hammer Internet Office." March 2022, recommended by: FA Turtle Jerrar
FA Jarek La'an - Gold Star of the Empire - "Presented in recognition
of Fleet Admiral Jarek La’an’s meritorious service while serving as the Communications Officer within the Emperor’s Hammer
Internet Office during the period of May 2020 to March 2022. As FA La’an took on the responsibilities of the position of
Communication Officer, he led a much-needed effort to review and update the Emperor’s Hammer Code of Conduct, modernizing our
policies to match current needs. During this period he also maintained a consistent presence on our communication platforms,
with oversight over all communications activity. His even-handed approach allowed small member conduct issues to be handled at
the lowest level. He directly handled larger issues in a timely and precise manner. Under his watch, these efforts have helped
foster an overall climate of dignity and respect within the Emperor’s Hammer communication platforms, a positive climate that
has been commended by multiple members. In addition, he established procedures to ensure that Medals of Communication could be
processed and awarded in a more timely manner to recognize member contributions. His performance of duty and accomplishments
reflect great credit upon himself, and the Emperor’s Hammer Internet Office." March 2022, recommended by: FA Turtle Jerrar
AD Jedi Eclipse - Silver Star of the Empire - "Presented in recognition
of AD Jedi Eclipse’s contributions to the Emperor’s Hammer Internet office during the period of June 2020 to March 2022 while
serving as the Command Attaché to the Internet Officer. During this period, AD Eclipse assisted across multiple Internet Office
lines of effort by providing subject matter expertise and feedback on several projects, including Minos Relevancy, TTT3, and API
development efforts. Her expertise across multiple technologies, particularly SQL, made her a valuable resource in solving
tricky problems while performing database migrations in support of Project Minos Relevancy. She also assisted in testing
during both the pre and post-release of phase 1 of the new site, identifying several areas for improvement that could be
addressed by the development team. These collective efforts improved the quality of the finished products. Admiral Jedi
Eclipse’s support to the team and performance of duty reflects great credit upon herself, and the Emperor’s Hammer Internet
Office." March 2022, recommended by: FA Turtle Jerrar
VA Jaxx Nassin - Silver Star of the Empire - "Presented in
recognition of Commander Jaxx “Hijacker” Nassin’s contributions to the TTT3 project between August 2021 and February 2022.
On his own initiative, then-Lieutenant Hijacker took the time to experiment with rendering rebel-style helmets customized
for Emperor’s Hammer infiltrator squadron use. Working with other members of the Internet Office staff under project CONSTANT
INFILTRATION, he developed the knowledge to convert and further develop the 3D meshes and textures in the POV-Ray scene format
used by TTT3. Along the way, he assisted in making improvements to the existing Imperial-style helmets, as well as other
aspects of the application. These efforts culminated in the TTT3 3.0.1 release, in which custom infiltrator-style helmets
are now available for use by pilots assigned to infiltrator squadrons. This style of helmet is also available for member
customization for use “out of uniform”, for example to accompany appropriate personal craft. Commander Jaxx “Hijacker”
Nassin’s efforts through his own initiative are to be commended, and set a standard others should seek to emulate. His
accomplishments reflect great credit upon himself, Firebird Squadron, and Wing X of the ISDII Challenge."
March 2022, recommended by: FA Turtle Jerrar
MAJ Kalve Ryder - Silver Star of the Empire - "MAJ Kalve Ryder has
been a shining example of what it means to be in the Emperor's Hammer. He has selflessly committed himself to making the
fleet a better place through his actions in helping the Internet Office and the Logistics Office. The front page of the
Encyclopaedia Imperia was designed by MAJ Ryder and he continues to supply superbly rendered images for the ongoing
Systems Manual conversion. Most recently, he has begun creating entries in the Encyclopaedia for preserving knowledge
of Lightsabers. For his continued support, the office of the Logistics Officer is proud to present MAJ Ryder with the
Silver Star."September 2022, recommended by: VA Jaxx Nassin
From Around the Internet Office
Completed several updates to the TIE Corps Tailoring
Tool 3 (TTT3), culminating in version 3.0.3. As always, my thanks to LC SkyShadow for his continued support of
I am pleased to announce that our Logistics Officer (LO),
Jaxx “Hijacker” Nassin, has been promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral.
"Since his appointment to the position of Logistics Officer, Hijacker has been involved in multiple projects across the
various Internet Office lines of effort. On the Wiki front, he has been doing a lot of back end work to fix the templates
that affect the display of articles across the Wiki. This coincides with efforts to begin converting various legacy
manuals and documentation to the Wiki, starting with the System Manual. In addition, Wiki use has seen a significant
uptick since his appointment through his continued efforts to promote the Wiki as a valuable club resource. We're
starting to see more members take the initiative to update things when needed which is a testament to its increasing
usefulness under his guidance. He has been coordinating with other Emperor’s Hammer Command Staff members to maintain
unity of effort across the staff sections as it pertains to use of the Wiki and hosted materials.
Hijacker and I have been in frequent communication to prioritize modernization efforts with regard to documentation,
and he has taken the time to draw up a master plan to guide this effort. In addition, he has been contributing across
other Internet Office projects to include uniforms, medals, and other 3D rendering efforts. He also maintains a high
level of presence within our communication platforms, and is easily approachable by the membership.
Based on his demonstrated performance to date, and his obvious potential for continued contributions in the role of
LO, he is more than deserving of his initial promotion within the flag ranks of the Emperor's Hammer. Congratulations!"
Other Internet Office Activity
We'd like to welcome the Airlock Podcast, hosted by CPT LegionX, to the Emperor’s Hammer YouTube
channel. If members have original content that they would like to include on the YouTube channel, please contact
me for details and permissions.
Updated APIs for new site codebase: fleet, squadron, pilot, atr.
Performed a review of Emperor's Hammer policy documents, converted formatting, and updated as needed: Bylaws, Articles of War,
Miscellaneous - Internet Officer
Work and coordination in support of IO projects including TTT3 development, 3D asset creation, APIs,
and a handful of other stuff.
Internal discussion of some future IO project concepts.
Continual coordination with various leaders regarding EH operations (daily and strategic).
Internet Office Priorities and Lines of Effort
LOE 1: Modernize and Unify Emperor’s Hammer Database
Objectives: Unify the main Emperor's Hammer and TIE Corps web sites and databases, implementing full support for the Dark Brotherhood and any
potential future Groups, as well as cross-group functions such as the Imperial University. Modernize the codebase and database backend.
Refactor and/or recode as necessary to implement modern techniques and standards that supports the continued maintenance of existing features,
and eases implementation of new features and changes. Update the front end web site to present a user experience more consistent with modern
sites, while maintaining and improving on core functionality unique to our organization and critical to its operation.
LOE 2: Audit Emperor’s Hammer Web Properties
Objectives: Conduct continuous audit and improvement of Emperor’s Hammer hosted resources to validate clarity, accuracy, and relevance. Links to
defunct EH sites are removed or updated as appropriate. The Internet Office will update documents or resources within our purview, and identify
proponents of other documents/resources. Key policy documents and manuals are reviewed and validated at least annually. Command intent is that
the EH presents a uniform web presence that is as easy and intuitive as possible for new members to navigate.
LOE 3: Support Emperor’s Hammer Operations Through Automation
Objectives: Continually seek and implement innovative solutions to common Emperor’s Hammer functions through automation. Support each Group’s
daily operations by improving processes for activity tracking and member recognition. Leverage data and automation to improve daily operations,
and support long term Group efforts.
Suggestions and Issues
To request feature enhancements or report bugs for any Internet Office-supported project, please use the
IO issues incoming queue on GitHub.
This provides our office with a structured process to review, comment on, and refer issues as appropriate.
We are always interested in members that would like to assist with Emperor’s Hammer projects. We’re especially interested in people with
to share with the EH.
Internet Office Staff
Information regarding current Internet Office projects and policy issuances can be found