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BobbyG vigilantly taxonomish from England
vigilantly taxonomish
Oct 6th 2009 at 6:03:14 PM

Sticky plz.

Alas, this is not a game.

Following the events of [REDACTED], we should probably get some rules in this place. Not hard-and-fast, you-will-obey, on-pain-of-death rules, of course; more a sort of guideline for how to keep things fun and entertaining for all involved. Obviously, FG is all about fun, but these rules are intended to make sure it stays that way.

It goes without saying, feel free to disregard any and all of these if the game you're playing requires you to do that.

  1. Try to stay vaguely on topic. You can be flexible; sometimes the rules need changing, and OPs, there's no point in trying to make Tropers play a game they don't want to. But if the game is "let's pretend to be kittens", don't derail into "let's pretend to be robot samurai". Remember, anyone can make a thread here, so if you don't see a game that interests you, make your own thread for that. You don't need to ruin other people's games.
  2. On that note, please don't turn every thread into a free-for-all fight. There is a thread for that. More generally, you don't need to derail every thread into a roleplaying game. As it happens, we have an entire subforum for if you want to roleplay.
  3. If you are supposed to be roleplaying, please refrain from Godmodding. It's not funny, it's not fair, and it disrupts the game. That means no playing unbeatable characters. Be especially careful when killing other people's characters. Give them a fair chance; rather than writing "*shoots That Troper's head off*", consider "*fires gun at That Troper's face*". The line between Godmodding and regular fighting can be somewhat nebulous, so please exercise your common sense and personal judgement.
  4. Be wary of conversational derails. They're a fact of life on these forums, but try not to go overboard, or you may find there isn't a game left.
  5. Keep sockpuppeting to a minimum. Obviously, the odd funny sockpuppet joke is great, but do it too much and you start to tick folks off. As of now, the joke has worn rather thin.
  6. Take your drama someplace else. FG isn't the place for that shit. We're here to have fun, not start a Flame War.
  7. No more than one additional embedded or hotlinked avatar per post.
    • The avatar that is automatically attached to every post you make isn't counted.
    • You may embed one additional avvie in each post.
    • Hottipping [[note]]url[[/note]] does the same thing to the server load as embedding, and therefore counts as one per hottip.
    • You can link as many as you want in each post using the [[urlhere tag here]] markup.
    • Hottipped or enbedded doesn't matter — only one (not one of each).
    • Making runs of consecutive posts, each with one embedded or hottipped avvie will be treated as trying to end-run the restriction, and may result in a ban.
  8. Above all, have fun! This being Forum Games, that's what we all want, right? These rules are not intended to oppress anyone, but rather as a gentle reminder of how to avoid that dreaded Internet Backdraft. That way, we can all enjoy ourselves. ^_^

How'd I do?

edited 31st Mar '15 8:44:32 AM by SeptimusHeap

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Oct 6th 2009 at 6:05:56 PM

Thank you so much Bobby! ^_^

I apologize for breaking some of those rules myself... I really am sorry if I ruined anyone's enjoyment. I hope this works.

edited 6th Oct '09 6:06:26 PM by melloncollie

Oct 6th 2009 at 6:08:34 PM

Well, if you want to try and maintain order in a board made for chaos and nonsense be my guest.

WilliamWideWeb (weaving)
(weaving)
Oct 6th 2009 at 6:11:48 PM

"Forum Games" and "chaos and nonsense", while they may seem similar, are not in fact the same.

Forum Games, above all, are supposed to be fun, not necessarily unfettered. The latter gets you 4chan.

SHIKI is dead.
Oct 6th 2009 at 6:34:17 PM

I support this being stickied. Everything on the list seems reasonable and a lot of it is common sense anyways. I'm also glad I'm not the only one that was getting tired of all those sockpuppets springing up.

x0JohnDoe0x Bringer of Something from From From From From...
Bringer of Something
Oct 6th 2009 at 6:35:37 PM

so, pretty much I can never post with a sockpuppet again.

where do I begin? Please join my new RP: Daemon: Hell Rising. New take on demons, puts everything in the books on its head.
WilliamWideWeb (weaving)
(weaving)
Oct 6th 2009 at 6:38:38 PM

I'd actually say a better plan would be for you to never post at all again, but yeah, you're the main culprit of this sockpuppeting thing, Nick.

SHIKI is dead.
Oct 6th 2009 at 6:38:49 PM

I think the point is that sockpuppets can be fun, but use discretion. If the sockpuppet thing monopolizes the thread and derails it, that is notgood.

Sockpuppets in "Fictional Character Therapy": good.

Sockpuppets having a fighting RP in "Troper   *

Shipping": notgood.

edited 6th Oct '09 6:39:28 PM by melloncollie

Oct 6th 2009 at 6:39:21 PM

Sometimes it's fun to gastonish people though.

@Mellon: I can agree with this.

edited 6th Oct '09 6:41:01 PM by Hilarity Ensues

NickTheSwing Swing, not Slide from Ya really wanna know? Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
Swing, not Slide
Oct 6th 2009 at 6:42:31 PM

well, its obvious to me now what I have done. Yeah, I will keep the sockpuppets in threads devoted to them, like the Fictional Character therapy thread. I am now just having an aggravated feeling of guilt, that nobody is joining my RP because nobody likes me anymore.

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GuestOfDishonour Real Horrorshow from The Coolest Drivers High
Real Horrorshow
Oct 6th 2009 at 10:04:08 PM

You kind of gave your whole suckpuppeting deal away in the Halloween thread where you said you'd be going as Urixo, calling him one of your Big Bads, in your John Doe account. Well, better a sockpuppet than a plagiarist I suppose.

Cu braţele armate, cu focul vostru-n vine, "Viaţă-n libertate ori moarte" strigă toţi.
GoggleFox rrrrrrrrr from Acadia, yo.
rrrrrrrrr
Oct 6th 2009 at 10:36:19 PM

Supporting sticky. That is all.

Well, okay, not all. Well said, Bobby! Someone had to do this.

Sakamoto demands an explanation for this shit.
vandro Shop Owner from The little shop that wasn't there before
Shop Owner
Oct 6th 2009 at 10:37:40 PM

This was melloncollie's Idea.

Great Job Bobby G. I will remember this!

edited 6th Oct '09 10:38:13 PM by vandro

[AOD] TV Tropes #1 Anime Fan
TV Tropes #1 Anime Fan
Oct 6th 2009 at 10:38:39 PM

I don't think we can put in place some bunch of arbitrary seeming guidelines without consensus. Crowner?

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GoggleFox rrrrrrrrr from Acadia, yo.
rrrrrrrrr
Oct 6th 2009 at 10:39:03 PM

And Bobby's execution was brilliant.

AOD: I see nothing on the list that seems problematic. I've head no issues from others here. Is there something you take issue to?

edited 6th Oct '09 10:40:13 PM by GoggleFox

Sakamoto demands an explanation for this shit.
[AOD] TV Tropes #1 Anime Fan
TV Tropes #1 Anime Fan
Oct 6th 2009 at 10:39:53 PM

Goggle Fox: Off-topic posting dude. Try to do better, eh?

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Ironeye Cutmaster-san from SoCal Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
Cutmaster-san
Oct 6th 2009 at 10:40:22 PM

We could just say that threads where the rules will not be followed be denoted as such in the title—fair warning and all that.

I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.
GoggleFox rrrrrrrrr from Acadia, yo.
rrrrrrrrr
Oct 6th 2009 at 10:40:59 PM

AOD: One, look again. Two, utter failure to understand the rules as written.

Please try again.

Sakamoto demands an explanation for this shit.
AFGNCAAP Not axe crazy I swear from Great Underground Empire
Not axe crazy I swear
Oct 6th 2009 at 11:30:16 PM

I have no problem with what is written here. I like you all at your best; to see the opposite disturbs me. This appears to cover the things that cause that.

Some writing.
BobbyG vigilantly taxonomish from England
vigilantly taxonomish
Oct 7th 2009 at 3:01:19 AM

Thanks to those who expressed support. Those who have objections, please don't hesitate to post them. I'm sure we can arrive at a set of rules that most tropers will agree is reasonable.

I agree with melloncollie and Hilarity regarding sockpuppets. I'm not requesting that anything on the list be banned, nor am I suggesting post thumping here or anything so extreme. If the rules seem arbitrary, it's because they were created as a response to certain specific behaviours which people were complaining about.

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OuttaTheBLAM resident moonatic from your other left
resident moonatic
Oct 7th 2009 at 11:09:43 AM

Good work, these rules are a good idea. Hopefully it will keep things fun without it getting unreasonable. smile

You're looking for this person.
Oct 7th 2009 at 12:50:07 PM

Awesome!

"You fail to grasp the basic principles of mad science. Common sense would be cheating." - Narbonic
x0JohnDoe0x Bringer of Something from From From From From...
Bringer of Something
Oct 7th 2009 at 2:07:49 PM

well, I thought it was obvious then that these accounts were one and the same. I just used this account to start a new RP. I was afraid if I started another one in the first account, I would be attention whoring.

where do I begin? Please join my new RP: Daemon: Hell Rising. New take on demons, puts everything in the books on its head.
GuestOfDishonour Real Horrorshow from The Coolest Drivers High
Real Horrorshow
Oct 7th 2009 at 3:28:27 PM

But then you started another RPG in that same account.

Cu braţele armate, cu focul vostru-n vine, "Viaţă-n libertate ori moarte" strigă toţi.
x0JohnDoe0x Bringer of Something from From From From From...
Bringer of Something
Oct 7th 2009 at 3:54:43 PM

I found out in this account that some people, like you, were starting more R Ps, so I thought it was ok. Obviously, it wasn't. And I will just shut up now, because anything I say makes me look even worse.

where do I begin? Please join my new RP: Daemon: Hell Rising. New take on demons, puts everything in the books on its head.

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