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Pen & Paper Roleplaying Central => Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion => Topic started by: RPGPundit on August 27, 2019, 10:42:17 PM

Title: GENERAL WARNING: OFF-TOPIC Political Posts on this Subforum
Post by: RPGPundit on August 27, 2019, 10:42:17 PM
There's been a huge flood of abusing our policy of allowing people to talk about the political/cultural conflicts and issues in the RPG hobby. Namely, that inevitably some bad actors or over-eager fanatics can't seem to resist shifting the conversation out of what is On-Topic to what is OFF TOPIC.

First, let me make it very clear: talking about politics or culture conflicts WITHIN the hobby is on-topic.
Posting about politics or culture OUTSIDE the Hobby is OFF-TOPIC.

So for example, if someone says "D&D is racist!" and you talk about the subject of "claims of racism in D&D", that's on-topic.
If you use that thread to start posting about your opinions on illegal immigration, IQ, Donald Trump, Marxism, Gun Violence, or anything else that does not directly relate to what's happening in the hobby, you are posting off-topic.

So what will happen from now on if you do?

You will get ONE warning. You will be told not to post on that thread again, and if you repeat-offend in another topic, you will be perma-banned.

I'm done with this shit.

And for all the people calling, out of sincerity, naivete or their own agenda that we "close" or "move" these threads: That's NOT going to happen. So what you have to do is if someone is posting OFF-TOPIC politics on one of these threads, from here on in, let me know by a private message or a report.
Do NOT bother to report: someone posting ON-TOPIC politics. If they're complaining about the left-wing leanings of WoTC staff or how they think everyone on the OSR is a racist, that is NOT an actionable offense on this forum. It's on topic.
Also, definitely don't bother to report that someone is being rude or mean to you, unless you can really make a very good case that they're specifically harassing you: this would look like them derailing threads to post insults against you over multiple threads with no apparent cause or relation to the thread topic. You can report that.

I will not close or move threads. I will instead expect you to act like grownups, and if you can't you won't be here much longer.