Out-of-Character Rules and Regulations
The following rules and regulations directly concern out-of-character conduct within “The·Library
” room. They should not be confused with the above, in-character, “Visitor Code of Conduct.” While both are of great importance, they cover two different aspects of the room – as stated – and, as such, punishments for “in-character rule violations” have no baring on “out-of-character rule violations” and vice versa
As a prerequisite to initiating in out-of-character conversation or in-character roleplaying in “The·Library” room, all members are asked to read, comprehend, and familiarize themselves with these rules. Ignorance of a rule will not be considered a viable “excuse” for its violation; likewise, ignorance of a rule, in the event of its violation, will not be grounds for leniency. As such, once again: read the rules, comprehend them, and familiarize yourself with them.
This is the single, solitary warning one will receive in this regard.
- Rule Zero: First and foremost, understand that yes, the Visitor Code of Conduct is, in fact, binding; however, the Creators understand that strife, thievery, deceit, and various other actions prohibited by the Code of Conduct are a valid part of roleplaying. As such, understand that these Codes are only binding in-character and their violation will not result in out-of-character reprimands. Furthermore, the only means of enforcing these rules are if Staff, members of the Academic Irregulars, and other individuals or entities charged with such responsibilities obtain evidence of or witness a violation. Do not misconstrue the Code of Conduct as prohibiting these actions from occurring... Just don't get caught.
- Rule One: Don't be a dick; being a “dick” is prohibited unless your username begins with “Athe-” and ends with “-ism,” the Founding Creator of the Library and The·Library room.
- Rule Two: Know the difference between “In-Character” (IC) and “Out-of-Character” (OOC) and strive not to mingle the two; if you have a character that is enemies of another, strive to not permit this in-character antagonism to cross into the out-of-character domain. Likewise, if you have issues with another play, strive to not bring that dispute into an in-character setting. The Creators ask that in the event of a dispute between players arises, that the dispute is taken to whispers when roleplaying is occurring; if it is merely out-of-character banter, feel free to air your laundry, just do not expect people to like the way it smells.
- Rule Three: Godmoding/godmodding is defined as “attempting to force another character to commit an action through a post said character did not make; being unfeasible in the limiting of a character's strength or power; any attempt to portray a character's abilities in such a way that they are 'unavoidable, unstoppable, impenetrable, or otherwise impervious to harm'; and see 'Rule One.'” Such actions are strictly prohibited; instances of such will result in a single warning before banishment for a second offense. Grievous instances of such will result in an immediate banishment.
- Rule Four: Metagaming is defined as “using information outside of the reasonable scope of apparent analysis; utilizing of information not otherwise available to a character; utilizing of information obtained out-of-character in an in-character setting without prior approval; reading of a character's profile and assuming such knowledge is available or otherwise can be publicly accessed; or see 'Rule One.'” Such actions include the utilization of texts, tomes, or volumes found within the “Restricted Sections” of the Library forum without obtaining a Certificate of Academic Scholarship, thus making them viewable in-character. Such actions are strictly prohibited; instances of such will result in a single warning before banishment for a second offense. Grievous instances of such will result in an immediate banishment.
- Rule Five: The official room name of the Library's presence on the Keep is known as: “The·Library” - typed as “The[ALT+0183]Library” using ALTcode formatting. As such, any Staff member or scholar – not student or general visitor – is capable of opening “The·Library” room. If a member of the Board of Proctors enters, however, the original individual who opens the room must promote the individual; refusing to do so upon request will qualify as “room hijacking” and will be reported to a Global Moderator or Administrator of the Keep.
- Rule Six: Though not always, in general, it is safe to assume the Library is a roleplaying entity rated MATURE; though profanity, gore, graphic violence, heavily-suggestive writing, political and philosophical satire, existential and ontological discussions, the occult, horror, mystery, suspense, or otherwise “mature” content is not always present, for the sake of safety, it is best to assume that, at any time, such may occur. This, however, is to be understood within the boundaries of the Keep's “AUP” as well as Forumotion Hosting Services' “Terms of Service Agreement.” As such, the Creators ask that most roleplaying sessions maintain a general “PG-13” rating, with such things as graphic sexual intercourse, extremely graphic violence, and other such content be restricted to private settings or whispers; as such, as a note, cybering is strictly prohibited in “The·Library” room.
- Rule Seven: The Creators of the Library – known collectively simply as “<illuminati.bat>” – understand that the posting of multiple “paragraphs” may not be the preferred method of play for all those who wish to be involved in the Library and its plots, meta-plots, and side-plots. Even so, the Creators strive to build and maintain a community of above average and literate writers, players, and – ultimately – collaborators. As such, when an in-character session is occurring, while all individuals are welcome, the Creators ask that each individual strongly puts forth an effort to post no-less than one “paragraph” – qualified as five (5) to seven (7) lines of text, or one full “text-box” of the Keep's graphic interface – without the abundant usage of nonsensical, incorrect “fluff” or “unwarranted detail that serves no other purpose than to draw attention to one's self.” (As often display in the commonly-heard complaint of multiple “paragraph” posters “taking seven 'paras' to describe the moving of three strands of their character's hair.”)
- Rule Eight: The·Library room strives to be a homage to the original, default room of the Keep known simply as “Library” – ultimately freeform and embracing. Even so, the room is technically user-created, and as such, upon joining the room, one consents to all policies described herein and understands that, ultimately, even in disregarding these rules, the promoted staff of the room have the right to warn, kick, and ban any user for any reason insofar as such reasoning does not violate the Keep's “AUP.”
- Rule Nine: All promoted staff of The·Library room are required to abide by the “Three Strike Policy” unless otherwise stipulated. The “Three Strike Policy” is defined as: an individual commits an action which is prohibited by the “Out-of-Character Rules and Regulations,” warranting an initial warning. If that individual commits another act violating the “Rules and Regulations” – regardless as to whether it was the same action that warranted the initial warning – that user is to be kicked. If that user commits another action which violates the “Rules and Regulations” – regardless as to whether it was the same action that warranted the prior warning and kick – that user is to be banished. By default, all banishments expire after ten days; this can be changed upon request by the Room Owner and Creator (“Atheism”/”Van de Kärne”) only, in which case, in the instance of repeat offenders, harassing users, or individuals who strive only to disrupt the room, the Room Owner and Creator may lodge a request with a Global Moderator or Administrator of the Keep requesting a “permanent I.P. address room banishment,” prohibiting the user from ever entering the room again.
- Rule Ten: The above “Out-of-Character Rules and Regulations” may be forced to change; in such an event, a Creator may lodge a request for discussion regarding the addition of a rule amendment or the changing of a previously implemented regulation. A simple majority of a quorum of available Creators is required to add or edit a rule or regulation. In dire circumstances or necessary instances, the Room Creator and Owner may use executive license to edit a prior ruling or add a necessary amendment.