General Guidelines

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This page is a section of additional guidance to further clarify and support the Code of Conduct page.

General Guidelines:

Two wrongs don’t make a right –- If someone has offended you, that doesn’t allow you to break the rules in response. No matter who started it, the actions of both participants will be reviewed, and disciplinary action will be applied if appropriate. Special consideration is not given for ‘who started it’.

"I didn't mean it like that..." –- If you didn't mean it, you shouldn't have said it. On the off chance that someone misunderstood what you said, apologize as soon as you realize that they were offended. We all say things that can be misunderstood. It's an honest mistake only if we are willing to say we're sorry and help clear up the confusion.

Just because you're okay with it doesn't mean everyone is. If you are not sure if something will be offending, it is best not to say it. If there is any question about the comfort level of participants, ask to verify whether an intended action is alright before continuing. Remember that when you post things they are forever onsite. Just because the people in the room at the time may be alright with your comment, that doesn't mean that someone couldn't go back and read it and be hurt. So try to be considerate.

Be patient when it comes to getting help from Story Hosts (ASHs and SHs) –- If you ask a SH or ASH something, they will try to aid you as soon as they can. Sometimes, "as soon as they can" is not "as soon as you want”," though. Please be patient, polite and friendly. Either that A/SH or another will help you with what you need when they're able.

"But he got it and I didn’t..." –- Yes, at times it is possible that people doing what seems like the same thing might get different rewards. Not all SHs award the same amount of XP for the same length of session, or are as generous with items and silver. Most of the time this is just the normal variance between people on the site, not anything targeted at you. If you do feel like you've been targeted to receive less or more than someone doing the same thing and you aren't sure why, first ask the A/SH responsible, and if need be, contact the Social Department for a full investigation.

Other Considerations:

Our ASHs and SHs don't have to do what they do. They are volunteers. Please treat them with respect.

Be nice when you can. When you can't be nice, be civil. When you can't be civil, be elsewhere.

You are not required to participate with any other member or any activity on the site. You always have the right to decline participation, or being the subject of a discussion or activity.

Please keep Out of Character information or feelings out, and do not involve them in In-Character RP.

The old policy of "negative in private, positive in public" is no longer in use. It runs directly in contrast to our new rules and site Transparency policies. While the idea behind it was well intentioned, it allowed a lot of problems to be overlooked. Players were abused under that system, and their voices were lost. Which is something we will not tolerate in the future. It goes against our Site Policies

If you have any questions or concerns, contact an A/SH. A/SHs can be contacted via private messages or forums. If you are concerned there is ongoing activity which may be in violation of site rules, forward a link to the A/SHs. You are not expected to moderate other members. If you attempt to do so, you will be in violation of the code of conduct (impersonating a mediator).

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