Members

When you're a member a lot more options will open up to you. The amount of options will vary. Someone who doesn't have an account or isn't logged in can see the content but can't do anything else.

When you first sign up you will be able to comment on any content, but you'll have to wait for your comments to be approved by an administrator. However, pretty soon (or through any sneaky tricks like knowing the administrators in the real world) your account will quickly be upgraded so you can comment freely on anything on the site and use the forums.

Members who we trust will be upgraded again and get access to all the other features of the site - mostly that they can post their own content. There's a guide to how to do that and some things to bear in mind here, please do check it out before you post anything.

Please feel free to look around the site and see what you can find. We appreciate contributions and welcome feedback on the site as well. If you want to start adding content - please just check with an admin first, at least for now, so we can suggest where best to put it.

The other exciting things you can do as a member is provide some info about yourself and customise how the site looks to you. If you check out the 'My Account' link - which you should find in the menu to the left - you will see your profile. If you click the Edit link at the top then you can begin to change things.

The first thing you can adjust is your email address. It's a good idea to have one that works and that you check, you can get email alerts sent to this address when you receive private messages, when pages you have subscribed to change or when you want to request a new password. You can also change your password here, which is a good idea if you are new to the site or have just reset it. You can also add an avatar pic here; these can't be very big - note the guidelines.

Lower on this page you can adjust the look of the site, and adjust some of the items you see alongside the site's main content. Most of the tick boxes are pretty self-explanatory (we hope!) - try adding them to see happens and whether they're useful to you. The last check box allows you to control whether people can email you through the website. They won't see your email address, but they can fill out a message that will go to the email address you have provided. We also have a private messaging system, which can be accessed through the "Messages" link in the left-hand sidebar. In general we recommend users don't have a personal contact form, and instead use the private messaging system to send personal communication. (As mentioned above, you can configure this to notify you by email.)

There are also additional tabs you can access at the top of this page and start to fill in some information about yourself. Everything here is totally optional, but check out the profiles of Blackrat and Brave Sir Robin to see the kind of thing that you might want to tell other people on the site about yourself.

Forum Policy

Welcome to the WwW forums! Although much of the site is interactive and encourages discussion, this is the place where the true roiling storm of creative dialogue takes place. That and some really awful puns. Feel free to wade in on almost any topic - the exception is the PbP (play-by-post) section, which is campaign-specific and so should only be used by players in that campaign.

In general, we hope that the forums are easy to use, so we haven't provided much of an instruction manual. However, we have a couple of points of policy of which you should be aware:


1. Play nice.

While we recognise that discussion can get heated sometimes, and we wouldn't want to stem the creative flow, please don't be silly about it. Personal attacks of any kind will not be tolerated, and nor will inflammatory, discriminatory or otherwise offensive material. As with any internet forum, please behave as you would talking face-to-face - i.e. with civility and respect for other users. Even if you know a particular user well, and are certain that they wouldn't find your post offensive, this sort of behaviour should be avoided because it sets a bad example for those who don't have that luxury. If you're at all unsure, please err on the side of caution. This point really goes for the site as a whole, and is discussed in more detail in our Terms of Use, but above all use your common sense.

In particular, please remember that we are running this site as a hobby, so we don't necessarily have a whole lot of time to devote to it. It will often be a lot easier for the administrators to simply disable your account than get into a long discussion about whether your use of the forums is appropriate. So if you're being unpleasant, don't be surprised if you don't get any warnings before you're booted off :-)


2. The Kaufman Policy

Named after song-and-dance man Andy Kaufman, famous for (among other things) not breaking character, our Kaufman Policy requests that you refer to real-life people, places and other specific details in an indirect fashion - i.e. in such a way that the relevant users can identify them, but external viewers cannot. For example, users should be referred to by their user name rather than their real name. If necessary, send private messages or emails around to establish a suitable reference name.

It may seem silly or childish to insist that everything be "in code", but please remember that all information on this site is publicly available (e.g. to search engines, as well as everyone else), and many people do not want their real-life details to be made available in that fashion, even if you personally don't care. Therefore we think it's sensible to institute the policy from the very start rather than having to change all content historically when someone raises a legitimate objection. (Of course, there's nothing to stop you using your real name in your user name if you want.)

Incidentally, if Andy Kaufman sounds interesting to you, I'd strongly recommend the film "Man On The Moon" starring Jim Carrey, or the book "Revealed" by Kaufman's partner-in-crime Bob Zmuda.