The Interactive Fiction Community Forum

Code of Conduct

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

The 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.

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.

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

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.