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Code of Conduct

The original version by Koona can be found here.

Creating an RP

When creating an RP, do this in the Active RP’s forum.

Please create different threads of OOC and IC (see below). Often, OOC-comments clutter role-play threads.

Learn what OOC and IC are:

OOC: Out of Character. These are comments made which aren’t used in the role-play context of the thread. You are encouraged to use an OCO thread for your role-play, but if you wish to make an OOC-remark in the role play thread itself, clearly state it’s an OOC comment.

IC: In Character. It describes a post or section of a post that takes place within the role-playing context of a thread.

You don’t usually need to state when a post is IC; the subject matter usually gives it away. However, when switching from OOC to IC in the same post, it does help to state you’re doing so.


OOC: Yeah, I agree with XXX about such and such. Now back to the RP.

IC: Such and such General does this and this.

That is a really brief example, but it should give you an idea of how IC and OOC works.

Do not spam threads:

Our players do not want to have to go through a dozen or more meaningless posts just to get to the real role-play, so don’t spam!

Officials can split topics, delete posts, give warnings, etc., but that is no excuse for bad behavior. Important OOC posts are fine, but a lot of one word posts, or a single smilie, or anything not important to the role-play will not be accepted.

We like length and detail

Do not post short, badly thought out, or generally poor quality posts. We like lengthy posts, with paragraphs, so please aim for such lengths. Occasionally a player might have one small bit of info he/she need to post. But in general, try to maintain a nice post length.

Detail is also important. A long post could be very boring if it isn’t very detailed or entertaining. Remember, we’re writing a group story together, and your goal is to grab your audience’s attention and keep them focused on the plot. We can’t achieve this goal with dull or boring posts.

Occasionally, there will be a bit of boring business that needs to be posted and this is fine; just try not to make a habit of it.

Also, try not to overdo it. Overly complex and long posts can be just as irritating as a bad single-sentence post. Try to avoid these as well; we don’t want to have our readers and players slogging through a lot of material that might be difficult to grasp in one sitting.

Thread starter rights

By default, the starter of a role-play has a lot of authority over the setting—landscape, gaming details, etc. If you don’t like some of the details the thread-starter has posted, then don’t get involved. By entering the role-play, you are obligated to follow the setting the the thread-starter lays out.

Thus, if someone states they don’t want any war in their role-play, then don’t join in if what you want to do is create conflict. If someone is setting a game in a fantasy setting, don’t come in with high-tech equipment from the 27th century. You, by entering a role-play, are expected to respect the rules laid down by the thread-starter.

Also, a thread-starter, once they believe the role-play is complete, has every right to request a mod or admin close their thread. Special

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