Policy: Courtesy

FFMUX expects that all players and staff will conduct themselves OOCly as ladies and gentlemen and treat one another as they would like to be treated. Remember that behind the character object, the emoticons, the poses lies another real person with needs, feelings, and desires, just like you. Being halfway across the country, or the world, does not make that other player less real or less deserving of respect and consideration.

A MUX may be thought of as a text form of a public venue for purposes of judging what is and is not appropriate conduct. If you wouldn’t do it or say it in front of someone you don’t know well, you probably shouldn’t do it or say it on the MUX.

Harassment

FFMUX defines harassment as any form of communication with another player that is clearly unwelcome or that persists after the player has been asked to desist. In other words — if you are asked to stop communicating with a player, or are asked to stop swearing at them, you are expected to stop, immediately. Failure to do so constitutes harassment and is subject to staff intervention.

A player who is receiving unwelcome communication of any type should immediately turn on a log and ask the other player to stop the unwelcome behavior. If it does not stop, submit the entire (unedited) log to the staff email for assistance and remove yourself from the communication (e.g. by leaving the room, or pagelocking the player). Circumventing or attempting to circumvent a pagelock will always be construed as harassment.

All players have the right to decide what constitutes unwelcome communication, but are expected to communicate that to the other player before any claim of harassment is made. Citing “harassment” for exceptionally minor issues such as clearly obvious joking and/or trivial issues may be viewed as nuisance behavior and handled accordingly.

Harassment of players is grounds for disciplinary action.

Discrimination

All participants are reminded that our players and staff come from all walks of life, all countries and cultures, and all backgrounds. Not everyone will agree with your views on politics, religion, sex, or any other sensitive topic. It is usually considered in good taste to avoid these topics where possible, especially among players you do not know well, but players who choose to engage should do so respectfully and with an open mind.

Commentary or terms that are racist, sexist, creed-based, or homophobic in nature have no place on FFMUX. Period. Use of this type of language is considered nuisance behavior as well as discriminatory and will be dealt with accordingly.

OOC Conflict

Every player is likely to come across a time when they have interpersonal issues or conflicts with another player. Players should be careful not to confuse OOC conflict with IC conflict, and IC conflict should not itself engender OOC conflict. For more information, see IC and OOC.

Should you find yourself in OOC conflict with another player, it helps to step back and bite back the first thing that rises to your fingertips – words spoken in anger might make you feel better, but it will never help and will usually escalate the conflict. Walk away from the keyboard if you need to. Go take a walk. Log off for the evening if you need to, but address the issue with a cool head and try to see where the other person is coming from before you reply.

Remember that 93% of all human communication is non-verbal, so a lot of meaning is lost in a text-only format. Emoticons or “smileys” help, but they only go so far. Most people, when meaning is unclear or context is absent, tend to read text communication in the most negative possible way, so it helps in crafting your response to read it over a second or third time, or better yet, have someone else read it over, before sending it.

Staff tends to expect that players will attempt to address interpersonal issues with another player themselves before approaching staff, but if approached will address the issue discreetly and privately, directly with the players involved. Players are expected to do the same — “talking behind backs” is considered immature behavior that fosters a negative and divisive atmosphere on the game.

MUX Etiquette

Some aspects of MUX life have their own unique etiquette.

Grammar and Punctuation

In a text-based medium, the quality of your writing affects how you come across to others, much as how you dress and whether you shower affects how others perceive you in real life. Players on FFMUX tend to expect that all written text will have a reasonable attempt at grammar, punctuation, and capitalization appropriate to the English language. Nobody is perfect, and typos (typographical errors) do happen, but players should do their best. Lack of these things suggests a player who is either lazy or immature, and the playerbase will tend to treat these players accordingly.

Punctuality

FFMUX realizes that RL matters take precedence over anything happening on the MUX. Life happens, often without warning. We do not, under any circumstance, expect our players to put their lives aside to play a game.

That said, remember that there are real players behind the other characters who are deserving of respect and consideration. Punctuality is a sign of respect for other people’s time, and observing a few simple courtesies if you’re late or cannot make a scene goes a long way.

• If you say you’re going to make a specific scene at a specific time, do your best to be on time. Players who arrive after the stated start time for a scheduled scene should expect that the first round of play will be in progress and make arrangements to catch up, and the question of whether a player who is extremely late will be able to participate is left to the discretion of the person running the scene.

• In the event that an unforeseen RL disruption will make you late or unable to attend, please do your best to notify someone on the MUX, preferably someone involved in the scene. Many people have smartphones and can at least email the FFMUX email on the go.

• Standing your RP fellows up for specious reasons (e.g. committing to a scene and then going to a movie or a bar at the last minute), while not uncommon in the MU* world, is not generally appreciated. Again, if you wouldn’t do it to someone you know, don’t do it on the MUX.

Away From Keyboard (AFK)

It’s happened to everyone. Something happens and you need to step away from the keyboard, for a few minutes or for much longer than you originally intended. Remember, though, that your step away disrupts more than just you when you’re in a scene with others.

Some tips to keep in mind:

• If you need to go AFK for any time at all, OOC and say so. Very seldom will you not have time to at least type ooc ACK AFK and hit the Enter key.

• If you need to go AFK for more than 15 minutes, and you know you’ll have to, pose out if you can. If you don’t get any warning, usually it’s enough to say “AFK 15+, pose around me”. If the unexpected happens…

• If someone is idle more than 15 minutes without warning, pose around them, or pull a log and pause the scene if their absence cannot be worked around.

Private Areas

Private areas on the grid (e.g. bedrooms, inn rooms, personal offices) are meant for private RP, and chances are if a scene is occurring in these areas, its participants are not looking for random passersby to join. Similarly, it is unrealistic to expect that Barrett would randomly barge into Cecil and Rosa’s bedroom — or that the guards would allow it! If you are interested in joining a scene that occurs in a private area, page all participants and ask for permission before joining — and if the answer is no, graciously accept it and look elsewhere.

Logging and Recall

FFMUX has a feature that recalls recent poses made in a room. This feature is accessed using the command +recall (see ‘’’+help recall’’’ on the MUX for more syntax and information) and is turned on by default. It is normally used to help a player who lost connection in the middle of a scene to catch up, but can be turned off by a player if the topic or nature of the scene is not suitable for public log-reading. If this is the case, players should consider moving the scene to an RP room, as the code cannot be activated in these rooms.

Many players log scenes outside of the +recall command, using clients on their computers. It is courteous to notify other players if you are logging, although players should remember that staff-run scenes are always logged and are intended to be suitable for posting to the wiki. Player logs — those logs that are not of staff-run scenes — should be considered private by default, and players should ask permission before posting such a log publicly on any medium.

All posted logs should be PG-13 or milder in content, stripped of OOC commentary and extraneous messages, and posted in a readable format, together with a title, participants, and brief (1-2 sentence) synopsis.