A reminder regarding /b use.

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A reminder and further clarification regarding use of /b local OOC chat


[legend=#B40000Introduction ]white
Hello,
Recently, it's come to the attention of the administration team that use of /b is frequently being abused in-game which is hindering and affecting the roleplay experience of many players.

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[legend=#B40000Rule 4 Quoted and Cut to Relevant Information Only ]white
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You must remain In Character at all times, unless specified otherwise by an Administrator.


This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Complaining via /b (or any OOC chats) about the way the roleplay scenario turned out.

You may only ask for the reason of arrests ICly and may not turn the situation from IC to OOC by questioning the police in the /b chat. Arrests are an IC matter and should be dealt with ICly, including false arrests. You are free to bring the case to the Internal Affairs or the courts afterwards.

Exeption to this rule:

Events hosted by the admin team are completely OOC unless otherwise specified. As such, we ask that players who are involved in these events use out of character chats, such as /b. The administrative team does not like people mixing in character information with out of character situations. Note that if the event is organised in an IC manner and the administrator is not on admin duty, then the event is not OOC.
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Those who are found to be breaching this rule will be date-banned depending on the severity. Persistent rulebreakers will be banned from the server.


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[legend=#B40000Why is this an issue? ]white
This is an issue because as stated in the introduction, it's incredibly frustrating for administrators and players who have roleplayed an incident to deal with enraged comments fueled by anger as a result of being at either the 'losing' end of a roleplay or questioning the outcome. Not only does /b anger essentially result in everyone pausing the roleplay they're doing / planning to do without the consent of an administrator, but it can easily get out of hand and escalate. Therefore, we ask that players at all costs avoid /b communication after a roleplay has concluded, especially if it's negative comments related to the roleplay. If you're displeased with a roleplay situation, you can patiently wait for an administrator to attend via. /assistance or, most likely and more suggested, take screenshots evidence and post a complaint. But please, avoid going into /b as this hinders the roleplay and is generally frustrating for all parties involved. The same priniciple applies for private messaging rage comments to the players involved, you're best off dealing with the issue on a complaint or in the presence of an administrator. Subsequently, Administrators will begin taking further action regarding this. If you're planning on posting a complaint against a player, you may notify them in /b that you're making a complaint against them so they're pre-warned.

Q: What if I'm requesting the ID of a Stranger?
A: This isn't necessary in most cases as Stranger logs can easily be checked by any Administrator. As long as you have a Stranger ID for the complaint, that's usually fine. Just make sure they're notified.

Best wishes,

Kemp
On behalf of the Administration team


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Removed from Global. However, please ensure you're still adhering to this announcement.
 

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Bumping this and placing it as global again. Please understand that by taking a situation which is otherwise in-character into /b either when you die or generally disagree with what the other party is doing is not constructive at all. There's very little you can achieve by doing so and you're simultaneously aggrevating the other party and essentially ruining the roleplay experience and immersion. If you disagree with something someone's done:

  • Contact an administrator via. /assistance to sort it.
  • Post a forum complaint.
  • PM the player when the roleplay is all concluded.

There's three options there.

We've started issuing straight-up date bans for this issue as flaming in /b is ruining the experience for many players. If you do it, don't expect a cushy warning or an admin jail - expect to be date banned from the server. I'm not going to take "oh I didn't know" as an excuse either. It's your responsibility to adhere and abide by server rules at all times.
 
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