Get approval from four people in the RolePlay - Idea Board thread before posting an RP thread.
“Should I make <blah blah> RP” threads are a no-no.
Don’t respond in spambots or trolls threads. Report them.
Be nice to new people, even if they do make a mistake. One post is enough to correct an issue. Don't argue with them; just let a moderator sort it out.
No internet drama publicly. Do it privately, over PM's or other means.
Link to where your thread got voted, to make it easier to recognize who followed the rules.
Take criticism well and write in a way where it is not difficult for others understand.
Make a serious attempt to use proper grammar and spelling.
You cannot create RP’s before having them approved in the RolePlay – Idea Board. For an idea to be approved, 4 members must “vote” for it to be created. Note that any RP's inactive for 1 month or longer, will be locked, unless us moderators have been told it is active. Additionally, if any locked games are still active, we'll unlock it right away at request.
There should be no need to create threads inquiring about whether or not you should try an idea. Rather, you should either try and discuss it in the Welcome to the Weirdness thread or go straight to proposing it in the RolePlay – Idea Board thread.
Please do not respond to spambots or trolls. Immediately report it using the forum report feature, or just wait until a moderator gets rid of it. Repeated offenses may lead to consequences.
Additionally, please abide by the RP mods' decisions, if they should elect an alternate method of disposal. Remember that you only make our jobs more difficult than necessary by acting up, so please trust us to take care of it.
Reporting Guidelines wrote:If there is a post that is in violation of the RP rules that we mods don't notice, rather than using PMs, use reports to inform us. Be good little expendable minions and have fun being our "extra" eyes.
Reporting something in PM form is somewhat trickier. The impression that many people get when receiving a private message is that divulging information from the post to a moderator would be a violation of trust. In addition, you can't use the current report system for PMs. However, I strongly encourage anyone who receives a PM that may be threatening or harassing not to hesitate to inform moderators. Doing so may help resolve the conflict without divulging the conversation onto normal message conversation, which is not acceptable. Let us know immediately if you are being harassed via PM or otherwise consistently needled by a poster for malicious reasons.
Be nice to new people, even if they did do something against the rules. Despite the fact that it is rather unseemly to post and do things before reading rules, it just something that happens. As such, it is requested that you answer kindly to mistakes, at least as long as the person remains cooperative. Beyond that, please do not post in threads made by new people. Remember, only one needs to post and lead someone away. If they start complaining or causing trouble, then it is time to let the moderators do their jobs. Reporting may be helpful. Providing proof, just in case, in the form of screenshots would be even more helpful.
No internet drama. Please do not rant about depressing problems or drag your personal arguments into the Welcome to the Weirdness thread or anywhere else. Most people participate in this forum to cool off and relax. They don’t need any grief or annoyance coming from here. Basically, please try to avoid doing something that might greatly disrupt other people’s funs. If you have to do e-drama, do it privately.
Of particular mention is sharing private conversations without the other person's consent. That's just no good, and is on the A-list of ways to stir up internet drama.
Things that you should generally follow but not necessarily required to follow.
When you create your sign up thread for your NEW RP, include a link to the page where you pitched the idea and got your votes. This just makes it easier for us to know if someone's followed the rules and decreases the chance of a misjudgment.
Take criticism constructively and give it out the same. Don’t be upset just because you didn’t get into an RP. Take the criticism given and try to improve. You can refuse to, but I can’t vouch for how popular you will be among the community. You would be better off searching for another forum. Always strive to improve.
Compose your writing to the best of your ability. Do your best to be understandable and to spell all words to the fullest with regular letters. It’s easier to read for people and generally earns you more respect. It’s not essential to have perfect grammar, especially if English is a second language. However, you are generally better treated when people are thinking that you’re doing your best, not just being lazy.
Respect is something that comes with time and naturally. To earn it, it takes patience. Figuring out things like this helps.
Above all else, RPing is a recreational activity, so it should be fun. Respect the GMs and other players and keep their enjoyment in mind as well. Conduct yourself in a polite manner when asking others to post, and respond regularly to threads you participate in. We're here to have fun, so keep it fun. Don't take it too seriously, since being serious is what the moderators are here for.
Drafted and edited by Jay and Cascade. This set of rules agreed upon and approved by the moderators Cascade and Jay. The purpose of this latest version was to revise the previous rules, once more to be up-to-date with locally understood, unwritten rules. Most important is the omitting of the old vet rule, as it was decided it was more counterproductive than helpful. Additional revisions were made in light of changing internet culture, which required adapting to, and revisions to avatar rulings as they were felt needed. Finally, previous rules and information about the report feature has since become obsolete, so they have been revised and assimilated into the main body of rules.
Please PM any of the mods if you feel there's a rule out of place, a rule that we should have, or a rule we've missed.