Roleplaying Code of Conduct


1. No Godmoding Without Consent


In this instance, the term godmoding is used to refer to: one player taking control of another player's character(s), and directly or by implication stating that they did or thought anything not sanctioned or already previously stated by that player. This can cover a wide range of circumstances, and we will not attempt to list them all here. Suffice to say, if a character doesn't belong to you, do not make any attempt to control it in any way, say it is or was somewhere its owner hasn't stated, or that it in the past did something its owner hasn't stated. This does not apply to, for instance, your character speculating/accusing/etc. on something another player's character may have said/done/etc., only to one player attempting to state definitively that another player's character definitely (did/said/etc.) something.


The above all refers to godmoding without consent. Sometimes godmoding can be extremely useful in order to move a story along, or just to make interactions easier. Many times, players grant each other consent between certain characters, or in certain situations, to freely engage in minor godmoding. Some situations are resolved through major godmoding, and so long as consent is given beforehand, this is fine! Sometimes GMs must engage in godmoding in order to move their thread along, and sometimes a TR may reserve the right to godmode in their thread. As long as this is stated in the OP of a thread/RP, so that players are informed before participating, this is fine!


The admin team will not be searching the plaza for instances of godmoding. If we see something that appears to be godmoding, we will assume it has been discussed and consent given. If you have been godmoded without your consent, your first recourse should be to talk to the player who did the godmoding.


2. Respect Threadrunners


Without TRs, there would be no threads to play in! A huge amount of effort goes into creating threads, and keeping them running smoothly. It is incumbent upon players participating in a thread to follow the rules set out by the TR, and not to take over/divert a thread from its intended purpose, or interfere with what others are doing without consent. If you have an idea for what you want to do in a thread, but think it may be disruptive, please ask the TR first. Life happens for TRs too, and it may occur that someone disappears while their thread is still running. If a thread seems to have reached its conclusion, or has reached such a length that a new thread seems to be warranted, you must make a good faith effort to contact the original TR before taking over the thread or creating a replacement. If your attempt to contact the TR goes unanswered for over a week, you may proceed with changes/a new thread (if using all or part of the original TR's OP, you must give credit), but you may not close someone's else's thread without their direct permission. Should the TR return within a month, it is their prerogative to reverse changes you may have made to their thread, or reopen it, at their discretion.


3. Respect Other Players


Behind the screens and distance between us, we are all human. Enormous amounts of time and effort go into creating and playing the characters we bring to life on the Plaza, and it is each person's right to decide what they want to do with their characters and their time. If you have an idea for a specific/detailed/lengthy plot to RP with another person, talk to them first rather than just diving in! If everyone is on the same page beforehand about what they're getting into, no one is stuck either disappointed, or trying to extricate themselves from an unwanted situation. Likewise, if someone tells you they no longer want to be involved in a plot/RP/situation/etc., respect their decision. There are many reasons to exit a plot, and anyone has the right to remove their character(s) from a situation they no longer want to participate in for any reason. Be kind to each other, communicate, and strive to foster creativity and joy.


Can I Play A Canon Character?


There are no site-wide rules prohibiting you from playing a canon character. You should be sure to read the OP of each thread you participate in carefully to make sure the threadrunner hasn't made either any rules: prohibiting canon characters, establishing who will be playing a certain canon character or characters in that thread, or asked people to sign up to play certain canon character(s). All we ask when you are playing a canon character outside of threads with any particular rules about them is that you realize that no one has exclusive claim to that character, and to exercise common sense and communicate with other players if it looks like there may be a conflict or confusion over who is playing who.


What is the admin team's role in enforcing the Code of Conduct?


Members should always first seek to resolve any issues that arise relating to any of the three above tenets by communicating with each other. Miscommunication or/and misunderstanding are often the root of such difficulties, and we are confident that in most situations our members will be able to discuss reasonably with each other and sort out their problems. If, however, you are unable to resolve an issue, you may approach the admin team for support, where we may be able to act as mediators, or if necessary, make a decision on a given issue.