Code of Conduct
This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion
The intfiction.org forums are a place for all authors and players,
long-time enthusiasts and newcomers to discuss Interactive Fiction.
Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park.
We, too, are a shared community resource ó a place to share skills, knowledge and
interests through ongoing conversation.
These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community.
Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.
Improve the Discussion
Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion
in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation,
think over what you want to say and try again later.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you,
too. Be respectful of the games, stories, topics, and the people discussing them, even
if you disagree with some of what is being said.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening.
Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own,
and youíll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.
Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree
You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. Thatís fine. But,
remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
- Ad hominem attacks.
- Responding to a postís tone instead of its actual content.
- Knee-jerk contradiction.
Your Participation Counts (Not Just Your Posts)
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the
future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this
forum an interesting place to be ó and avoiding those that do not.
Letís try to leave our park better than we found it.
If You See a Problem, Flag It
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so
are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just
janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, donít reply. It encourages the bad behavior by
acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyoneís time.
By using the "report" icon (an exclamation mark above or below each post,
depending on which board style you've selected), you can identify posts
which may require moderator intervention. Use this to improve your own
experience, and everyone elseís, too.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove
any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators
do not preview new posts before they are made public, except for new users'
first post, as a means of catching spam. The moderators and board administrators
take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Always Be Civil
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions ó avoid even
the appearance of any of these things. If youíre unsure, ask yourself
how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page
of the New York Times.
- Be civil. Donít post anything that a reasonable person would
consider offensive, abusive, hate speech, violence, and don't advocate
for any of these things. By the same token, don't advertise/recruit
for any group or movement involved in the same.
- Keep it clean. Donít post anything obscene or sexually explicit directly
in a post. (See below about linking to adult content.)
- Respect each other. Donít harass or grief anyone, impersonate people,
or expose their private information.
- Intfiction.org promotes a broad definition of Interactive
Fiction. Donít claim a type or style of game already accepted by
the community doesnít belong. If in doubt, ask questions or see if
it has been previously discussed.
- Respect game/story authors. When an author posts in a thread about their
game, provide constructive feedback. If you dislike the game, be sure to
explain why, or how it it might be improved.
- When you disagree with a decision that someone has made in their game,
feel free to express that disagreement. However, if they continue with
their design choices, stop arguing.
- If the author asks you to stop arguing about a design decision, please do so.
- Donít disrespect any group of people. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia
and other kinds of bias make others feel uncomfortable.
- Avoid subtle -isms. These are small things that make others feel uncomfortable,
things that we all sometimes do by mistake. For example, saying "It's so easy my
grandmother could do it" is a subtle -ism.
- Apologize. If you make other people uncomfortable on our forums,
especially by mistake, apologize, or say nothing.
- Donít argue about civility on public channels. Donít defend yourself,
donít defend others, and donít pile on to someone who made a mistake.
If you see a problem, flag it; donít reply.
- Respect our forum. Donít post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions.
Keep the language and images safe for family and friends.
Content Warnings When Linking to Games
We generally allow links to games that include adult content,
though we recommend they are clearly marked as ďadultĒ in some way.
This includes games with intense horror themes, graphic descriptions
of violence, explicit sexual content/erotica, or rape (explicit or implied).
Use your best judgment.
We also recommend providing trigger warnings, which are designed
to prevent people who have an extremely strong and damaging emotional
response to certain subjects from encountering them unaware.
An example could be ďWarning: discussion of suicide and self-harmĒ.
Again, use your best judgment.
If any discussion about adult-only games becomes offensive, the moderators
reserve the right to censor the objectionable posts and close or remove the thread.
Minors: If you are a minor, you should not follow links that are explicitly
marked as "adult". If you do follow those links, we take no responsibility
for what you find there. Furthermore, if you are a minor, and you tell
us that you are a minor, and you post in a thread explicitly marked as
"adult", we will censor your posts.
Keep It Tidy
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend
more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
Post Only Your Own Stuff
- Donít start a topic in the wrong category.
- Donít cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
- Donít post no-content replies. (This includes ďBUMPĒing dead threads.)
- Donít divert a topic by changing it midstream.
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without
permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for
stealing someoneís intellectual property (software, video, audio, images),
or for breaking any other law.