Roleplaying Forum Rules

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Michael Brookes

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Hi,

welcome to the Elite: Dangerous roleplaying forums. To ensure the smooth operation for the intent of these forums there are a number of additional rules for posting here. So please make sure to review these rules copied below before posting:

In all RP story and discussion threads, the global forum rules are enforced in addition to the following rules and guidelines.

The following additional rules are set in place for the roleplaying forum. Failure to adhere to these rules may cause your post to be moderated (e.g. removed).

  • No thread hijacking.
  • No off-topic or thread camping.
  • No trolling, flaming, or harassment.
  • No double, triple, quad posting, commonly known as chain-posting.
  • No general chat in a role play thread. Keep it on topic, and to the topic of the role play discussion.
  • Absolutely no god-modding.
  • No Cybering. Frontier forums isn't a love/match-making board.
  • Do not plagiarize/copy other peoples posted content.
  • Follow the posting format set within a thread.
  • No "one-liners".
  • Take note of how many people are participating in a roleplay thread. It is very possible that they do not want additional people joining in.
  • Methods of joining; some RP sessions may be limited to a select amount of people!
  • Type of character placement; In, out, what are you?!
  • Thread GM Abandonment.
  • I have a question about a RP thread, should i post in the RP thread?
Extended Explanation of the rules listed above.

  • Thread hijacking: This is the course of using a thread to your advantage of injecting off-topic material(s), posting unwarranted content, posting items that are meant to off-set a roleplay discussion.
  • Off-topic: Off-topic in the role play forums is deemed as posts or topics that do not adhere to these rules or the rules set forth in a role play discussion thread.
  • Thread camping: Thread camping is the act of replying to a new reply moments after a previous reply was posted, be it actual role play or off-topic. Do not hoard the story.
  • Trolling, Flaming, Harassment: If a post or topic is deemed to include any of these three types of content, it will be removed and persons forum accounts moderated.
  • Chain-posting: If you cannot get your role play text into one post, please consider condensing your content. Posts that exceed the maximum post limit per post is very rare, and often times is seen as off-topic, spamming or being a useless "wall of text".
  • General chatting in role play threads: This adds useless discussion to a role play thread. It will commonly make it difficult for forum users to follow along in a role play thread. Discussions irrelevant to a role play will be removed. Off-topic / general chatter discussions should be done in a new thread, relating or linking to the current role play thread that it has originated from.
  • God-modding: Everyone dies at some point, your role play character(s) should not be in "god mode". Your character should not be in control of other characters. An in depth meaning of what god-modding is, can be found here and here.
  • Cybering: Frontier forums is not a match-making/love-service forum. Any acts of cybering, or material within this forum that exceeds PEGI-12/PG-13 levels will be removed.
  • Plagiarism: This is the act of copying another person's creation, by either in whole or part to a) make a spin off, b) harass/troll, c) a repost. Plagiarism on this forum will result in removal of the plagiarized content.
  • RP Posting formats: Each role play topic may have custom rules, guidelines and limitations. Please respect those items when posting within a role play thread. Items found to not be in the spirit of the role play thread will be removed.
  • One-liners: One-liners is the act of replying to a role play thread with a "no brainer" type of response. One-liners are replies that are commonly done to shift the course of a role play, by either means of hijacking it, or forcing off-topic within the role play. One-liner type of replies will be removed.
  • Roleplay group join limitations: Some role play sessions will have a limit to how many people may participate in a given thread. Please respect this limit if one is set in place. This doesn't mean that you can post freely in the thread, as that will be considered as off-topic/spamming. If no limit is set in place, then there is no limit of people who can participate within the role play discussion/session.
  • Character placement: In the original topic title or within the thread original post, a requirement is the type of character you'll be role playing in. In Character, Out of Character, and so on. This is required in the topic as IC, OOC, OCC, and so forth. If a prefix is not selected for the thread title, please denote the type of character in the post text!
  • Thread GM Abandonment: If a thread GM or the OP of a thread abandons their role play thread, notify a moderator immediately. Abandoned role play threads normally end up as off-topic, and will end up being closed to further discussion. If the thread OP or GM will be gone for an extended period of time, such notification will need to be posted in the OP of the thread or a reply to the RP thread stating so in proper character format. In addition, if permission if granted by a GM or thread OP for character control-rights to be given to another user on the forums, that is permitted.
  • I have a question about a RP thread, should I post in the RP thread? No. Do not post in the RP thread, private message the GM or OP of the thread.
Method of joining: Story thread GMs can issue various rules on how people can participate in their stories. These are "OPEN", "PM ONLY" or "INVITE ONLY". In the case of "OPEN", you are free to join. In the case of "PM ONLY", you need to contact the GM or OP of the said story thread. In the case of "INVITE ONLY" (IO), you need to have been invited to the story (the GM/OP does not wish to receive PMs).

Beginning a new story thread: A new story thread is begun by the GM (or Original Poster). The title of the story should include the participation rules (OPEN, PM ONLY, IO). Further rules can be issued at the beginning of the post (maximum number of participants, posts "in character" or "out of character" etc.). The first post should set the story up in a meaningful way - a thumb rule could be to use at least 12 sentences (enough to set the mood and tone of the story, so that players can easily step in).

Example of a first post:

Title: The Fall of Riedquat (OPEN)
Post content: The Fall of Riedquat, In Character, 6/10 participants (there's still room)

John Pale sat on a park bench, toying with a small item in his hands. Civilians walked by, suspecting nothing... etc. etc.
Thread Title Prefixes

The following thread title prefixes should be used:

[LORE] - For discussion about lore in the Elite: Dangerous universe
[OOC] - The thread takes place out of character
[IC] - All posts in this thread must be in character
[RP Disc] - This is a discussion thread about another in character thread, the title should be the same as the thread being discussed except for the prefix
[Encounters] - A Thread for setting up a game from Elite: Encounters.

Exclusions to this policy: Moderators, Administrators and Frontier Employees are exempt of this policy when moderation actions are required.

Michael
 
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Michael Brookes

Game Director
Frontier
Thread Title Prefixes

The following thread title prefixes should be used:

[LORE] - For discussion about lore in the Elite: Dangerous universe
[OOC] - The thread takes place out of character
[IC] - All posts in this thread must be in character
[RP Disc] - This is a discussion thread about another in character thread, the title should be the same as the thread being discussed except for the prefix

Michael
 
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