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RPGPundit:
The following is the current Constitution for theRPGsite:

1. Registration is free, None of our features will ever be restricted to community supporters, nor do we restrict them on the basis of postcount or reputation. If your messages are funny, informative, or interesting on any level, please post them. If your replies help contribute to our conversations in any fashion, then please post those too. That should be your only incentive.

2.Speak your mind here, without fear! Our administrators and moderators aren't in the business of censoring what other people have to say. Censorship will not occur on this site. If you personally don't like a thread, then don't read it. If someone is being intentionally disruptive without contributing anything, they may be given sanctions ("sanctions" being a swift beating with the Spiked Baseball Bat of Great Justice), but no one will be moderated, censored, banned or otherwise messed with for expressing their positions.

3.That means all posts at theRPGsite represent the viewpoints of the writers under free speech. The RPGsite's hosts strive to provide an entertaining and interactive medium, and are not responsible for the views of individual visitors. All messages express the views of the individual authors, each author accepts final responsibility for what he or she says, etcetera etcetera etcetera.

4. TheRPGsite is meant to be a general, non-commercial forum for anything and everything related to Mainstream tabletop RPGs. This doesn't mean that you can't also talk about other games, electronic games, off-topic posts, or even talk about non-mainstream RPGs. Its just that the overall focus of the site is on mainstream RPG gaming as a hobby (not an "art" or a "lifestyle"), and that this will be the dominant paradigm under which this site operates.

5. This is an RPG site. It's not a pr0n site. It's certainly not an online vomitorium. If an image could get someone fired if they look at it from work, don't post it. Provide a link and clearly mark it as NWS (Not Work Safe). Likewise, if the image is upsetting or disturbing mark it as NMS (Not Mind Safe). When in doubt, presume everyone else works in a monastery and has a very weak stomach.

6.We realize that some gamers lack important social skills, but even if we explained each and every aspect of common sense and acceptable behavior there'd still be at least one rules lawyer either claiming something wasn't covered or trying to cleverly circumvent something that was. So if you want a Rule 0, here it is: use common sense. This is a site where we don't take things too seriously, but we also aren't here to just make a joke of everything. Try to show some respect for the participants of the site, and for the mission statement of the site (to be a forum for the discussion of Mainstream RPG gaming as a hobby). Don't engage in personal attacks, insults, or foolery if you don't also have an actual point to make. Don't piss off the guy with the spiked baseball bat. We want this site to be an open place for free discussion, and not some kind of joke, or some kind of totalitarian police-state. That requires participants in the site to demonstrate that they're capable of acting like intelligent adults who don't need to be policed.

RPGPundit

joewolz:

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4. TheRPGsite is meant to be a general, non-commercial forum for anything and everything related to Mainstream tabletop RPGs. This doesn't mean that you can't also talk about other games, electronic games, off-topic posts, or even talk about non-mainstream RPGs. Its just that the overall focus of the site is on mainstream RPG gaming as a hobby (not an "art" or a "lifestyle"), and that this will be the dominant paradigm under which this site operates.

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Emphasis mine.  Does this mean that no one is allowed to take the tack I've bolded in your post above?  Talking about gaming as a subculture, or an art form, or a ( ::shudder:: ) lifestyle is verboten?

Zalmoxis:
My hope is that it's just a guideline and not a rule, otherwise this site is already singling out certain types of play as unacceptable and may drive people away. Not to mention that alternate opinions drive debate... without them, you just have an echo chamber.

laffingboy:
Few rules, few loopholes. Looks good.

RPGPundit:
Its a guideline. The idea is that, for example, Forge people shouldn't come on here thinking all of us RPGsite-ists see Indie gaming as equivalent to Jack Kerouac's poetry, which they apparently do.

The statements above are meant to establish the common values of this place. If people post representing alternate opinions, they may be mocked or argued with, but they won't be censored.

RPGPundit

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