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.