Joined: 17 Jan 2010
Location: The Refuge
| Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:09 am Post subject: Rules of the Refuge
|Here are all the rules that are required for members to follow in order to ensure everyone has a good time and in a safe environment.
THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE:
RESPECT YOUR FELLOW FORUM MEMBERS!
Disrespect will not be tolerated at all. No one is exempt from this rule. Should you come across something or someone who is acting in a disrespectful manner, let ALL the admis know. We will then bring it forward and discus the matter to a conclusion. This will be a three strikes policy. First offense will result in a warning. Second offense will be a one-week ban. Third will be a permanent exile from the refuge.
Rule 1: Grammar and spelling counts!
Remember to check your posts before posting them and make sure everything checks out right. Though we're primarily a writer's forum, and this should be a non-issue, it's still something to remember.
Rule 2: Make Sense!
Be sure your posts makes sense and others can understand what you are saying.
Rule 3: Stay on Topic!
This is another that's fairly a given. But there shouldn't be posts about RPs and weird news stories in the writer's sections. There also shouldn't be full-on RPs in the off-topic section. Just a little more common sense. But also, when posting on a topic, make sure the post is relevant. Here's a rough guide of what each section should be used for:
-Greetings: Introducing yourself, nominating posts for awards and voice thoughts on news on the forum.
-Writer's sections: All related to the art/fun of writing
-->Discussion: Talk about the craft, bounce some ideas for new stories/settings in plotter's point, create/get to know characters
-->Construction: Share your progress of writing, build your world (if working on fiction) or make your argument (if working on nonfiction)
-->Submissions: Post works you want people to look at and critique (or arrange with someone to privately share your work and critique), take up challenges in the form of writing prompts, or post information on contests or other places that are looking for submissions of writing.
-->Wastelands: RPs, characters and background info for the Wastelands section
-->RP Haven: All RP things not related to Wastelands here.
-->Off-Topic: Just talk about other things, write a journal, etc.
Rule 4: Advertising Is Prohibited!
Regretfully, the exception to this rule are the web ones since this forum is at the moment run free and thus, those ads are a necessary evil. However, at no time are links to illegal websites allowed, nor are links to sites with graphic adults-only content (i.e. XXX sites). Linking to such sites will result in the immediate banning of your account.
Rule 5: Watch Your Mouth!
Younger members might be questioning what certain words mean. This could lead to a situation where there is trouble. Therefore, I encourage people to keep profanity to a minimum. RPs are a slight exception due to the character the individual is playing, but still. Remember that this too could be seen as disrespectful, and thus, violating the most important rule.
CRITIQUE CIRCLE RULE:
The only real important rule for this group is that for every piece you post, you must critique another piece that has been posted.
RP ROOM RULES:
-You must post regularly
-If you have to leave a thread, be sure to let the creator know and what to do with your character.
-Act in character for your posts.
-If you have concerns, bring them to the GM or an admin.
-RPs shall not exceed PG-13 rating.
-Godmodding is prohibited and can be dealt with by the GM as they see fit.
-Read-up on an RP before you join it so you know what's going on.
OFF TOPIC RULES:
-All other rules are to be followed
Something very important about all these rules is that they are like the US Constitution. It's a living document that can change as needed. These changes will be discussed with all members and then voted on. Members have the right to voice their concerns and thoughts on what other rules should be. They also have the right to bring forward suggestions for improving the forum.