July 25th, 2015
This community is for roleplayers to gather and discuss their hobby. The rules I'm providing here have been in the community's info page for like a decade, but it's probably good to have them stickied as well, and update them a bit.
- This goes without saying, and yet needs to be said: keep it civil. We're all opinionated folk and while I'm all for spirited debate and discussion, it cannot devolve into outright flames and insults. Try to keep the discussion fruitful; if you're just talking at one another repeating the same thing it's time to stop. Mods will post when they think things are going too far. If they do, lay off.
- This is an inclusive commnity. There will be no questioning the validity of anyone's race, sexual preferene, gender, etc; doing so is grounds for a ban. If you have a problem with someone along those lines, then kindly stop posting. There are plenty of places on the internet you can indulge in your bigotry, this will not be one of them.
- Please don't post recruiting advertisements to your game here. Frankly there are much better places to do that - rpg_promoand rpg_connect are two of them. Another is pnp_rpgs, which is geared specifically to "traditional" games (as opposed to the celebrity/harry potter/etc stuff on the two other communities).
- Keep it on topic. In the past few months I've seen people post about card games, stupid web games, stuff like that.
- Everyone has different tastes in gaming. It's OK to discuss them and talk about why you like one form of gaming or don't like another. But it is not acceptable to be dismissive of another form of roleplaying. "I don't like hack and slash because the emphasis is on maximizing the effectiveness of stats and there's no real character development that takes place," is an OK criticism. "Hack and Slash isn't real roleplaying," is not. My goal is for this community to be someplace that people feel comfortable posting, and if members are dismissing their fun that can't happen.
- This should go without saying, but don't use the community to violate copyright. Sharing copies of gamebooks or whatnot or asking for that sort of thing isn't something I'm comfortable allowing. Yeah I know it sucks when something has been out of print for ten years, but them's the breaks.
What's off topic? Since I know it can be tough here's a list of stuff that I've determined is off topic. In general - you should ask yourself if someone surfing the community in a year would find the post at all worthwhile. If not, think again about posting it.
- Posts soliciting players for a game
- Posts by players looking for a game (note that posts about how to find players/games are fine and perfectly on topic)
- Quiz results. No one cares what type of sheep you are. ;)
- Off topic links. Go ahead and link to a new RPG you've discovered but make sure it's really an RPG.
- Posts looking for people to play MMORPGs with. This just isn't the forum for you to let people know what server you're on.
- CCG's, Miniature Games, Wargaming, etc... yeah I know there's a lot of overlap in these hobbies but this is the roleplayers community; there are better communities on LJ for those hobbies.
- politics and religion: Tread VERY lightly when touching these areas. If you want to discuss incorporating these subjects into your game, then go to town. If you want to discuss these subjects in some other context then there are plenty of other places on Livejournal to do that. If you're in doubt, ask the moderator.