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Joining this community is free!  EN World is, in internet terms, a venerable community with a lot of history.  You are very welcome to join us.  There are a few rules and policies detailed 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, it is 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".

What 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 your reply.  (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 (neither religion or politics are permitted on EN World). 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 else.

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:

1) 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 requests.

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.

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.

Thanks for reading! If you have a question or comment about this post, please start a thread in the Meta forum.

- Morrus, Umbran, Eric

Addendum: 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.

Addendum II: 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.

Addendum III: 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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