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Current Rules (10/28/2018 update) can be found here.

OUTDATED
Core Rules And Values

Rule 0: The mission statement of this forum is "To keep the forums friendly and welcoming to as wide a range of gamers as possible." This principle guides all moderation. To the extent that the letter of the rules conflicts with the mission statement, the mission statement takes priority. This means that, at times, the moderators may engage in moderation that is not based on the text of the following rules, in order to make sure that the forum continues to be what it’s supposed to be. This is an option that will be used sparingly and only after careful consideration, but it will be used when necessary. Adherence to the letter of the following rules is no excuse if your participation in the forum is inconsistent with the forum remaining friendly and welcoming to as wide a range of gamers as possible.

Rule 1: Don’t break the peace of the forum. Don’t troll, edition war, personally attack other users, threaten legal action against the forum or other posters, or otherwise sabotage the forum or its mission. Racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic posts will not be tolerated. Support of Gamergate, racial supremacist groups, the redpill/incel movement, or any other hate group is a direct challenge to the lives and well-being of our other users and will result in a permanent ban. If you see a post that is a problem - if it's attacking you or another user, it contains something gross, you think it’s in the wrong forum - then don’t respond to it! Instead, use the Report function in the lower-left part of the post. It looks like an exclamation mark inside a triangle, and it will send an email to the moderation staff. When reporting a post, please say why it's a problem ("Attack on Canadian carpenters") and give any necessary context ("Bob Wizardpants has been insinuating that all carpenters are reptoids earlier in the thread.") so that a mod who hasn't been following the thread can understand what's going on.

Rule 2: Your posts should contribute to appropriate discussion. Post in the appropriate forum. Do not post on the current banned topics. Do not make posts empty of content, particularly the OP of each thread should include some basis for discussion. Do not post or link to pornography or any form of inappropriate explicit sexual content.

Rule 3: Do not post anything illegal under U.S. law, or encourage others to break U.S. laws or the laws of their country of residence. Our board values the time, energy, and skill of the people who create the games we love and we believe they should be compensated. Do not advocate for piracy or provide links to pirated materials.

Rule 4: Respect the privacy of your fellow gamers. Do not post emails or private messages without explicit written permission of all those involved. Do not use any posts or part of posts from these forums for commercial purposes without the express permission of each person involved. “Doxxing” anyone is cause for an immediate permanent ban.

Rule 5: Do not share your account with anyone, as you will be held responsible for all posts made by your account. If you have been banned, you are not allowed to make a new account - use the appeal process instead. Making new accounts to evade a ban ("Sockpuppeting") is grounds for an immediate permanent ban, and appeals are usually not granted in such cases.

Rule 6 ("Rule 9"): Do not ask for medical, legal or other professional advice. Do not offer medical, legal, or other professional advice. Do not request emergency crisis counseling or solicit personal financial donations. If you're not sure if what you'd be asking counts, ask yourself "If the advice here is bad, is someone going to be harmed?" [If someone refers to "Rule 9", this is what they mean. That’s because “Rule 9” has become a part of rpg.net standard vocabulary.]

Values/Rules & Off-Site Conduct: We draw a distinction between our site’s values and rules. We infract based on rules violations if they occur on our site. If you call someone a shitbag in TRO, that is a rules violation on our site and you’ll probably catch an infraction. If you call someone a shitbag on ENWorld, that’s their problem. However, values matter regardless of where the conduct occurs, and social media now makes drawing distinct lines between identities across multiple online platforms impractical. If you are an alt-right racist, self-identified incel, white supremacist, Nazi, sexual predator, stalker, doxxer, or otherwise demonstrate offsite that you hold values incompatible with the RPGnet community, and we can identify you to a reasonable degree of certainty, we will ban you from RPGnet as based on the fact that you posting to RPGnet is a violation of our values.

TL;DR: We don’t police off-site rules violations, but we will ban people over unbridgeable divides in values as demonstrated by off-site conduct.
 
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Re: RPG.net Rules & Guidelines (Revised 5/26/2018)

Details And Procedures

How To Interact With Moderators and Moderator Decisions: The Moderators are a group of volunteers who are empowered to curate the forums as they see fit. The existence of a body of rules should not be read to mean that they must, or can only, act within the bounds of those rules. The Mods can do what they feel is necessary in their best judgment to promote the well-being of the forums. When posting in normal text, they are like any other user, and should be treated like any other user. When they post in colored text-boxes, they are acting as moderators.

Failure to follow moderator instructions, breaking the rules, being a bad fit or bad citizen of the forum can result in suspension or permanent banning of user accounts. Don’t PM a moderator about red text or infractions they have issued. Don’t reply to red text in-thread. Questions about the rules or technical issues go to Trouble Tickets. Appeals or complaints about moderation go to the admin email account: admin.rpgnet@gmail.com.

If there is an administrative thing that you'd like to have done (edit your thread title, move a thread to the different forum, something like that) you can either report the relevant post, or post a thread in Trouble Tickets. Either is acceptable. Either way, make sure to explain what you're asking the mods to do, and why. If posting a request in Trouble Tickets, make sure to include a link to the thread so the responding mod can find it easily.

If your question about the rules emerges from red text or an infraction you have just received, it almost certainly should be sent to the admin email. Admin time is limited - your appeal, question, or concern should be stated shortly and plainly. We will ignore wall-of-text emails to the admin without compunction. Admin response times can be lengthy - it generally isn’t worth your time to appeal short suspensions or thread bans. Things are likely to have moved on by the time we get to it.

Don’t pretend to be staff if you’re not - this means you shouldn’t answer questions in Trouble Tickets, nor should you use the Red Text or Guidance Text boxes in your posts.

Safety: RPGnet is not a safe space but it is a safer space. That is one of our values, and it’s why we don’t allow people who threaten or stalk or doxx other people to continue to be on our site. There are some other parts to this.
  • S-block pictures of spiders, snakes, graphic gore, animal abuse, etc.
  • Do not drift unrelated threads into topics of child abuse, sexual violence, or domestic violence. For example: If a thread is not about rape in gaming, do not bring up rape in gaming.
  • Threads that are going to be about child abuse, sexual violence, or domestic violence should have a content warning in the thread title. Further, if you want to start such a thread, it requires prior moderator approval of the OP. Even if you get approval from the mods, the CW is needed in the title.
  • Do not drop the n-bomb or use other racial/ethnic/religious/whatever slurs on RPGnet. If you're posting an article or quote, try to get used to using the word REDACTED.

Red-text/Purple-text: Currently we are using the large boxes of color to indicate mod-speak. When posting in normal text, mods are like any other user, and should be treated like any other user. When mods post in colored text-boxes, they are acting as moderators. Do not reply to red-text. Guidance (purple) text is used for policy statements, or things that the RPGnet staff think as staff should be taken into consideration by the users, as opposed to infractions. You can reply to purple text if you really feel it's necessary, but please do so sparingly.


Other Media Negativity Policy: Due to an increasing negativity in regards to a variety of different media, we will be cracking down on excessive negativity that does not contribute anything to a thread except to gloom/doom, make others feel bad for liking something or other ways that cynical up-onemanship can bring on. Think of it like the extra diligence given to the D20 forums for edition-warring.
 
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Re: RPG.net Rules & Guidelines (Revised 5/26/2018)

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