Dear Abby: EMHs, Smilies, and Phasers.

Each month I will be taking your questions regarding FedSpace procedure and protocols, and getting answers from various FedSpace admins. No question is too small!

What does the current EMH look like?
The current EMH looks the same as the one we saw on First Contact and Voyager – same as The Doctor. There’s a subplot taking place on the development of a new EMH. You can read more about it in the Surgeon General’s latest blog post.

Can I use smilies in my posts?
For the in-character portion, no. That said, you can use them in OOC tags or posts. 🙂

Do science officers carry phasers?
While on board their ship, not typically. The only exception to this would be during times of war, where all Star Fleet personnel are required to be armed at all times.

Do phasers work at warp?
Yes, on newer vessels this is possible. However, on older vessels it takes a tactical officer with a good sense of timing. Factors including matching velocities with target and warp bubble dynamics need to be considered. Earlier 24th century vessels required that their target be within close range, so that the phaser burst would remain in the warp bubble. Newer vessels possess an ACB-jacketed beam device which allows for phasers to be fired at objects outside of a ship’s warp bubble without the ill effects of the beam dropping back to the speed of light.

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