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internet terms, a venerable community
with a lot of history. You are very welcome to join us.
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below. You need to agree to these rules in order to join our community.
I know this page is all "don't do this!" and "don't do that!" but, hey,
the rules page after all! We've tried to keep it in clear English, but
feel free to ask a mod for clarification - in short, the rules can be
summed up as "be nice".
EN World isn't: EN World
isn't a hunting ground, cattle-pool, or harvesting area for you to
recruit members for
your own messageboard or blog, so please don't treat it as such.
If your only reason for registering is to get people to
discuss things on your website instead of EN World, please reconsider
registering. In return, we'll refrain from trying to recruit
members from your messageboard or blog. We do understand that
you might feel you're being helpful and offering a new resource to
people, but please consider how you'd feel if EN World admins and mods
kept trying to get people to leave your website and post here instead!
That doesn't mean you can't refer to other places in the
natural course of conversation, of
course; just don't register or post for that sole purpose. For that
reason, we do not allow what we call "recruitment threads" - threads
whose sole purpose is to harvest our members. We hope you understand!
Additionally, if you want to make a post here, please make the post here.
Participating in a conversation by posting a link
to your post elsewhere (on your blog or what-have-you) is generally
considered quite rude. When in conversation with somebody, if
you want to say something to them, please do so where the oonversation
is taking place and not require them to go on a treasure hunt to see
(Incidentally, traffic analysis indicates that people simply
skip over posts like that, and don't generally click on the link to see
your reply). You wouldn't do that in a conversation in any
other medium ("Hi Bob, how are the kids?", "To hear my reply, please go
to this address and listen to the recording I've put there", "Ermm, no,
I don't think I will - bye Bob!").
These forums were created several years ago, and at that time Eric Noah
established three simple rules: Keep
it civil, keep it clean, and
keep it on topic
. Those rules
are essentially the same rules
I, the admins and the mods use today in the course of our duties.
Let's look at each one briefly (thanks to Eric for writing this!):
Keep it civil
Don't engage in personal attacks,
name-calling, or blanket generalizations in your discussions. Say how
you feel or what you think, but be careful about ascribing motives to
the actions of others or telling others how they "should" think. People
seeking to engage and discuss will find themselves asking questions,
seeking clarifications, and describing their own opinion. People
seeking to "win an argument" sometimes end up taking cheap shots,
calling people names, and generally trying to indimidate others. My
advice: don't try to win. You've probably heard the adage
that nobody ever wins an argument on the internet.
Keep it clean
Don't use obscenities, don't use
clever tricks to run around the profanity filters, and don't link to
sites with inappropriate content. The "acid test" we use is the
"Grandmother Rule" -- if it would be inappropriate to say to or show to
our grandmothers, don't do it. I want a typical 13 year old kid to be
able to come here and participate if they want to without feeling
uncomfortable. This should be a minor-friendly place. Think about it
this way: how do you act around strangers or work acquaintances? You
watch your language and you're on your best behavior. That's the ideal
we're shooting for here.
Keep it on topic
Ok, so it's not that we
forbid off-topic conversation (heck, we encourage it!), but it is
easier if you put your posts in the right location with the correct
prefix. Keep in mind that this is a tabletop
gaming site, with many sub-forums on lots of related
topics and this helps people find
stuff; off-topic posts go in the popular Geek Talk & Media
Lounge forum. And
in this category I should mention the "no religion, no politics" rule
-- please refrain from discussion of a religious or political nature.
This last may seem a rather draconic rule, but it has helped keep the
peace around here for a long time. There are plenty of places on the
internet where one could have those sorts of discussion.
What topics are welcome?
Absolutely anything other than religion and politics (and
these are now allowd in the Off Topic forum). If
someone tells you that EN World is not an appropriate place to discuss
a certain tabletop game or gaming subject, please let us know by
reporting the post so that we can gently correct them - it has been
many, many years since this site was a D&D-only site, and we
encourage discussion of all tabletop games (and, indeed, in the Media
Lounge, anything else). On that note, please refrain from
responding to peoples' questions by telling them to go ask somewhere
I'd also like to quickly address the issue of what to do if you feel
uncomfortable because of another person on these boards. I'd hate to
see someone stewing over something for weeks or months, and then
leaving because they feel that the moderators don't care about their
problem. It is important to realise that with millions of posts
being made by over 150,000 members, we admins and mods don't know about
everything that goes on. Lack of action does not mean we
condone something: it often simply means that we're not
omniscient. If you feel that there is a
problem, or that someone is being mean to you or anyone else, please
let a moderator know by reporting the post. However, please don't be
offended if, in a given
instance, the moderator doesn't agree with you. I can assure you that
all of the moderators here do their best to be fair and frequently talk
issues over. With that in mind, we do have a couple of rules when it
comes to moderators, and we ask you to abide by them:
We appreciate that sometimes you will disagree with a moderator's
decision, or feel that a request from a moderator is unfair or
unjustified. With 150,000 members, we're not going to be able to keep
everyone happy all of the time, so we settle for trying to keep most
people happy most of the time. Whether or not you agree with a
moderator's stance, we do expect you to abide by their decisions and
I find it a little distressing
that I have to codify the
following in the rules, but several incidents have made it necessary. I
would have thought this would be obvious, grounded as it is in basic
rules of social interaction. But here it is: (1) do NOT post anybody's
private emails or messages on EN World without their permission; and
(2) do NOT post moderators' private emails to you ANYWHERE without
permission. Ranting about a moderator's decision or instruction here
elsewhere is pretty much saying "I do not respect your right to run
your messageboard as you see fit", and, obviously, we do not want
people posting here who who do not respect our right to run these
messageboards as we see fit.
2) If you really, really disagree with a moderator's position on a
[moderating] issue, please don't argue about it on the boards. That
means no calling out of
moderators, no challenging their
decisions in the thread, and certainly no attempts to go over a
moderator's head. The moderators
all discuss such things
amongst themselves, and no moderator or admin is ever going to override
another. If you honestly feel that you have been treated unfairly,
please contact the moderator in question privately and discuss it with
them. They'll then discuss it with the rest of us. The end
result may not be the one you were seeking, but we will
do our our best to be fair.
Thanks for reading! If you have a question or comment about this post,
please start a thread in the Meta forum.
Morrus, Umbran, Eric
it should be clear that these rules are
not exhaustive. A moderator instruction in-thread or in private has the
same weight as any rules posted here.
if you are the recipient of moderation
here at EN World, there's a strong chance that you'll feel the urge to
send the old "power-crazy" and "abuse of moderator power" email to the
mod[s] in question; you'll likely include ridiculous words like "nazi"
- in fact, it seems to be quite mandatory at times.
In order to save you time and effort, it would be helpful if we just
assumed that by definition you consider us both power-crazy and
determined to abuse our powers (because, hey, what a terrific thrill it
is to spend one's time chastising people on the intrawebs); and, to
that end, it's probably not an efficient use of your time to type out
and send said email. Although it might make us giggle. On that note, we
understand perfectly that - like in prison - 100 percent of people
addressed by a moderator are innocent of any wrongdoing.
if you go out of your way to make the job of the moderators unpleasant
(whether by attacking them online, or making snide remarks), we'll ask
you to leave. You're not "speaking truth to power", you're" being
obnoxious to your hosts". Trust us, there's no power to speak
truth to; they're just mods on a gaming messageboard and don't affect
your life in any way. Please treat the moderators in the same
way you would treat a host who has invited you into their home, and
understand that if you shout at somebody in the street you won't be
invited into their home.
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