WOW, THE OFFICIAL RPG MAKER SITE FORUM RULES ARE..... WOW!

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I agree that some form of order of chaos is needed, but damn. I stumbled across the official RPG Maker forum and they have a large set of rules. Some of which I agree with, but man it seems almost like virtual prison (maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration.) Is it just me, or do some of those rules need toned down or taken off? Here's the link.

http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/90-forum-rules/&%2Ftopic%2F90-forum-rules%2F=
1.5 DO NOT discuss religion, politics or nationalism (nationalism is defined as discussions about why one country/nation is better than others or why a country/nation is bad) outside the scope of game development.


Sounds like heaven to me.
RMW is large forum: its userbase is at least ten times the size of RMN's, so it's understandable that the moderation there is more systematic compared to many smaller forums.
author=Link_2112
1.5 DO NOT discuss religion, politics or nationalism (nationalism is defined as discussions about why one country/nation is better than others or why a country/nation is bad) outside the scope of game development.
Sounds like heaven to me.


Talking about those can be tricky. Though if people can act like adults conversations can be done, but I guess I need to keep in mind today's generation lol.
9. Do NOT use EXCESSIVE profanity

Well, fuck. I'm out. LOL

Seriously, some of that I can understand but it sounds so unbearably stiff. As in move one's neck just wrong and it'll snap in twain, stiff.
Mirak
Stand back. Artist at work. I paint with enthusiasm if not with talent.
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No talks of any kind. Religion, drugs, politics, sexual topics.
Basically all topics of interest for adults are forbidden. It is a forum for children only. And it doesn't even look like it's for them either, since they banned forum games. No mafia or RP's to find there.

author=there
14. Do NOT anger the gorilla.
Oh look they have their own inside jokes that no one bloody understands too.

Keeping the deeper discussions confined to the games themselves; I like it.

If you have a big thesis you want to present, don't throw it away on a 15-minute forum bulletin. Give it some proper love and refine it into a story.
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
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author=Mirak
And it doesn't even look like it's for them either, since they banned forum games. No mafia or RP's to find there.

Well, ish, there was the Werewolf RP game where Libbu was the scummiest, and I guessed she was scum in the first couple mins. Also all the other RP adventures. But mostly, yeah.

They sorta need those rules, plus they have Deciga glancing over their shoulders, f anything goes out of line, it looks bad.
Pffft we put our inside jokes right under the logo.
LockeZ
I'd really like to get rid of LockeZ. His play style is way too unpredictable. He's always like this too. If he ran a country, he'd just kill and imprison people at random until crime stopped.
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People cannot act like adults. A lot of them aren't adults, and a lot of the adults aren't very good at being adults.

I'm all for creating a dedicated subforum on RMN which is the only place where it's allowed to discuss politics, religion, social issues, and furry porn. The furry porn is important to the equation because it makes all the people who want to talk about the other issues really angry. They want to be taken seriously and spend an hour typing out some longform post about transgender issues, and the first response is a gif of Tails spinning his twin helicopter-dicks. And then the second response is My Little Pony scat porn. And the third response is Mawk being angry at someone, and the fourth response is Calvin sucking off Hobbes. It's perfect. It sends the perfect message.
the big issue I have with 'keep politics out of x'-style policies is that they often allow plausibly-deniable forms of bigotry while penalizing people who make note of it or ask for it to stop. it's maybe not entirely accurate to say that there's no such thing as an apolitical discussion, but people are definitely prone to ignoring their own politics when putting that sort of thing in place -- which makes it easy to accuse someone of bringing politics into a discussion when a discussion has been political the entire time.

that said, I have no idea if the moderation is like that in practice -- I'm just speaking from what I've seen of similar policies elsewhere. how the people enforcing it define 'political' is a big part of it, since that umbrella term can often unfairly penalize members of marginalized groups talking about their experiences and so on.
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
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Every time, I search for something over at RMW, the thread is moved, closed or there is some other visible form of moderation.
author=mawk
the big issue I have with 'keep politics out of x'-style policies is that they often allow plausibly-deniable forms of bigotry while penalizing people who make note of it or ask for it to stop. it's maybe not entirely accurate to say that there's no such thing as an apolitical discussion, but people are definitely prone to ignoring their own politics when putting that sort of thing in place -- which makes it easy to accuse someone of bringing politics into a discussion when a discussion has been political the entire time.

that said, I have no idea if the moderation is like that in practice -- I'm just speaking from what I've seen of similar policies elsewhere. how the people enforcing it define 'political' is a big part of it, since that umbrella term can often unfairly penalize members of marginalized groups talking about their experiences and so on.

If that's what political discussion is, I don't mind forums that don't endorse feeling sorry for yourself. When you're not on the internet it's mostly not though. Phew!
I mean, that's not necessarily a bad thing in itself -- an active moderation team is good to have, especially on a site with a lot of minors, and demonstrating that the mods are there and communicating makes sense and makes the whole enforcement process much less of a mysterious ivory-tower deal. again, though, I have no idea of the specifics.
CAVE_DOG_IS_BACK
On sunny days, I go out walking
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i think it would be good to have a codified set of rules somewhere. is there one? i simply don't know where it is if it does exist. there are a couple of things I find confusing. I don't think it would hurt as long as it wasn't as silly as the rules in the OP.
Sooz
They told me I was mad when I said I was going to create a spidertable. Who’s laughing now!!!
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Why would you feel stifled by not talking about non-gammak topics on a gammaker forum?

author=Jparker1984
Talking about those can be tricky. Though if people can act like adults conversations can be done, but I guess I need to keep in mind today's generation lol.

LOL if you think this is isolated to Kids These Days.

ETA: Also LOL over this being a topic on RMN. "HEY GUYS LOOK WHAT THOSE OTHER GUYS ARE DOING!"
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
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I'd laugh if on RMW there was a topic saying "Hey!! RMN is talking about us!!"
author=Sooz
Why would you feel stifled by not talking about non-gammak topics on a gammaker forum?

because games don't exist in a vacuum and the way they both influence and are influenced by the social context they come from (including, yes, political
subjects) is one of the most interesting aspects of this (or any) medium to me
Yellow Magic
Could I BE any more Chandler Bing from Friends (TM)?
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author=CAVE_DOG_IS_BACK
i think it would be good to have a codified set of rules somewhere. is there one? i simply don't know where it is if it does exist. there are a couple of things I find confusing. I don't think it would hurt as long as it wasn't as silly as the rules in the OP.

There's the Code of Conduct
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