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Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:19 am

This is not meant to be a "rules" topic per se, so much as an explanation of the expectations for posting in the RPs. There are a few rules, I guess. I think it's most important to check the "Role Playing" section, because I might do things differently from what you're used to if you RP elsewhere.

Absolute Rules:
RP Validity

An RP will be moved from "Make A Game once it meets the required # of active members, as specified in the description of the subforum. If it falls below this total for an extended period of time, it must either reach a conclusion, find enough active members to fill the quota, or be put in Storage.

An RP would never be deleted outright unless it was just some fake topic designed to troll, for instance a topic that exists only to spam. This is not the same as being a parody RP, which are still considered valid.

NSFW Policy

This has been a point of contention in the past. NSFW stands for "Not Safe For Work." It's bittersweet to say, but forumotion has decided on this for us. As it is their rule that there be "no pornographic or sexually explicit content" on their forums, we shall be following that rule. This does not mean that you cannot allude to sex or pornography, you just can't make it explicit.

For example, "look on the rack on that chick" is not explicit. A picture of a horse dick is. As is a detailed description.

Code of Conduct

Flaming-Hate speech, defined as a reasonably probable threat or attempt to incite violence, is banned. A big example is trying to get people to commit suicide. Other than that, I don't really care what you do. If you're being a prick, I expect nature will sort you out.

Trolling-I use a 2-pronged definition of trolling. A person is a troll if they don't post productively in RPs AND they post destructively elsewhere. It has to be both. I will not ban people just because they're annoying or they don't post in RPs.

Penalties-If you DO violate either of these, I will do whatever needs to be done to resolve the problem, but banning is a last resort. Though I do sometimes ban spambots on sight, so there is always a chance I may mistake a legitimate post for a spambot. If so, contact me.

Role Playing:
The precise rules for an RP are at the discretion of its maker. The sign-up topic is akin to a contract. You are agreeing to play the character you sign up by the rules expressed in the sign-up. However, there is a general style that is often used here, which is different from what you might be used to if you RP elsewhere.


Godmodding-Don't try to be invincible. Since abilities will vary between RPs, & also between protagonists & antagonists, there's really no clear cut "rule" that can be made here. Use your best judgment & heed the maker(s) of the RP & any forum staff.

Bunnying-Defined as taking control of someone's character. Sometimes, this can be explicit, but often it's more subtle, such as someone assuming that you will perform an action & so posting as if you do. The rule of thumb is to always post that you're attempting to do something to another character, & waiting for them to respond. However, there are a couple of exceptions. First, the RP maker has the right to decide the outcome of a scene. I can negotiate, but not veto. Second, limited control of another character MAY be allowed with certain status effects or abilities. This is tricky territory, RP makers should think VERY carefully before they approve anything like that.

Auto-hits-Basically, don't be killing or dismembering people without giving them a chance to avoid it. You can do a little bit more if the RP has easy healing, such as magic, but don't try to use it as a free pass. There are no stipulations regarding the character of a person who quits. Do whatever you want. As always, the RP maker can communicate in the sign-up topic that his RP is going to be an exception.

Quitting-I request you talk this out with the RP maker. If you won't agree to stay, at least agree to give advanced warning so you can be cleanly written out of the story. The RP maker can try to use persuasion, but should know when to cut his or her losses, & not try to coerce them with bribery or blackmail, especially if it could affect other RPs.

Feel free to use this topic to discuss any of these terms.


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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by HarleyThomas on Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:28 am

Also:

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:34 am

HarleyThomas wrote:Also:


QFT Quoted for Truth.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Taegan on Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:43 am

Oh, u MAD.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:59 am

He's got you there, Harley.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by HarleyThomas on Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:56 pm

I ain't even mad.
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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Taegan on Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:57 pm

"That one girl with the Gatomon siggy."

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by HarleyThomas on Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:52 pm

Wasn't even mad.
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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Taegan on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:21 pm


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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:27 pm

Also, "ain't" isn't a word either.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by HarleyThomas on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:30 pm


That image again?
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Post by Taegan on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:52 pm

Hey, it still does the trick.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:05 pm

Also, this coming from the guy who spams the Hell out of that "nope" image & phrases like "My face when"?

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Taegan on Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:09 pm

Yeah, that too.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Seraph on Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:50 pm

Jesus, thats the first time I've actually seen Lilithmon's face. She's pretty damn hot ._.
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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:35 pm

Sure is 40 year old virgin in here.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by HarleyThomas on Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:18 pm

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:11 am

A new guideline has been added. You have to really suck to make that happen. Taegan. Loki.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by HarleyThomas on Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:34 am

A thought occured, wasn't there once a time when if an RP was being carried soley by two people it was considered dead?
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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:40 am

No, or rather yes, but only if it continued like that for a large number of pages without nearing any kind of conclusion.

Same reason an RP isn't considered dead just because it's gone a couple of days without a post.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Thu May 28, 2015 11:11 pm

The guidelines were out-of-date garbage, so I rewrote them. Thinking of copying this topic & the tutorial & stickying them on the Meet & Greet subforum as well. I may even combine the relevant information posts into 1 master topic.

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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by HarleyThomas on Fri May 29, 2015 3:02 am

Garbage that no one followed.

Especially you.
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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Tsukuyomi on Fri May 29, 2015 8:43 pm

Neo Bahamut wrote:The guidelines were out-of-date garbage, so I rewrote them.
Hey wait. . . we actually had rules here? o_O;
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Re: Guidelines To Spare You Angst

Post by Neo Bahamut on Fri May 29, 2015 9:33 pm

Guidelines. Though yes, a few things could be said to be rules. The NSFW policy is over my head, even if I happen to agree with it. And some things, like the active member limit, are more-or-less non-negotiable.

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