Here’s Hoping This Works


After I got into a minor argument on Rpg.net on someone else’s thread (it involved one rather lengthy piece of head-up-my-ass rhetoric), I realized that I was really being an asshole by doing this on somebody else’s thread.

So I made my own.

http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?607045-Civil-War-playstyle-discussion-not-edition-wars/page1

The idea here is a place where people (I) can discuss playstyles and editions on reasonably neutral (MY thread) ground, with some guidelines written down (by me. Selfish, I know, by I took initiative and made the thread) which will be followed, provided my faith in humanity is reasonably valid.

These are the guidelines I laid down in the first couple posts:

Simple Guidelines for Peaceful Discussion: Don’t make assumptions. Before you assume that your edition is being maligned, read the post again. Frequently, it will be about meta-edition

Ask questions. If someone says something you disagree with, draw them out with, ‘why do you think that?’ and ‘what if this happens?’ it may be a good idea not to put an ‘and’ before, people are more likely to be offended by ‘and why do you think that?’ then ‘why do you think that?’

Don’t use pejoratives. I’m talking faggy, emo, goth, fat, bearded, know-it-all, hipster, suits, juvenile, nerd, et all.

When in Doubt: Victorian lord test. If you can type it like a Victorian Lord without sounding silly, it’s a valid complaint. E. G., ‘do not make fun of my game of choice’ vs. ‘how dare you attempt to impose your narrative on the game’ or ‘but what of the narrative’. Note: this rule applies to complaints, not stating your thoughts in response. They are very different.

Another good one: at the beginning of your first post in this thread, please list the games you have played and not played, so people know when you know what you’re talking about.

 

Note that I failed to list the games I have played and not played right away. I really hope no one has tried this on Rpg.net before, because that would mean that I’m doomed because I don’t see them anywhere (not that I’ve searched extensively). The first four responses came fast, and seem to be pretty mellow. Bodes well?

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