Forum Rules

Started by ArmageddonMUD, October 26, 2016, 08:59:58 AM

1. You agree to follow the registration agreement that appears when creating a new GDB account, posted below for reference. Staff make the final decision on the judgment of posts.

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November 04, 2022, 10:54:06 AM #1 Last Edit: November 04, 2022, 01:49:17 PM by Halaster
Guidelines for Staff Dealing with Players

1) Be polite.  Avoid being snarky or rude.

2) Be respectful

3) Try to understand the player's side

4) Do not assume the worst.  Do not assume their motivations are underhanded, or project a tone to their communication.  Instead, read it again while imagining a respectful, polite tone.  Remember, text is lousy at communicating tone and intent.

5) Avoid closing a request prematurely, be sure everything is answered even if it's a simple "looking into that", or "no, we can't do that and here's why".  It's better to give a simple answer than none at all, leaving them with the impression they've been ignored.

6) If you get upset or angry, don't respond immediately.  You can always ask someone else to look at the situation / request with you

7) Escalate if the situation becomes too difficult and you can't / don't want to handle it

8 ) Do not try to railroad Player ideas/plots.  Instead, try to work with them on world fit, while being an advocate for the game's setting, lore, and style.  But be forthcoming on what you think the effort would be, and if it proves to be too much, don't be afraid to say no.

9) If a player is frustrated, instead of taking it as a personal attack, try to get to the cause of their frustration and work towards resolution if possible.

10) When dealing with an issue with a player, especially in terms of any form of repercussions for their actions, handle it in a professional manner.  If you are upset about what they've done, see number 6 above.

Guidelines for Players Dealing with Staff

1) Be polite.  Avoid being snarky or rude.

2) Be respectful

3) Try to understand staff's side

4) Do not assume the worst.  Do not assume their motivations are underhanded, or project a tone to their communication.  Instead, read it again while imagining a respectful, polite tone.  Remember, text is lousy at communicating tone and intent.

5) If a staff member gives a short answer, avoid conflating that with rudeness.  Staff members can be quite busy and have a lot of requests to answer.  Generally a short, simple answer is not intended to be rude.

6) If you get upset or angry, don't respond immediately.

7) Submit a Staff Complaint if you feel you've been treated poorly.  All Staff Complaints are reviewed by Producers.  If it's a Producer who is the subject of the complaint, then the other Producers will review it.

8 ) Do not try to box Staff in.  For example:  A or B are the only options, and are all that I will accept as being ok.   Be willing to be flexible and understand that you can't always get exactly what you want.  Often an idea doesn't happen simply because it could mean a large amount of work.
Nessalin: At night, I stand there and watch you sleep.  With a hammer in one hand and a candy cane in the other.  Judging.