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    Well... I'm still a bit angered to be honest, all originated with my mistake!

    To me always has been crystal clear, what's written in red or green by a staff member is the law, you abide by them and/or carry the matter privately.

    I only disagree with GH in how he managed the situation, he didn't need to drop from the game, a single pm saying drop it or I'll bann you could have solved all the issue!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riedquat View Post
    Well... I'm still a bit angered to be honest, all originated with my mistake!

    To me always has been crystal clear, what's written in red or green by a staff member is the law, you abide by them and/or carry the matter privately.

    I only disagree with GH in how he managed the situation, he didn't need to drop from the game, a single pm saying drop it or I'll bann you could have solved all the issue!
    Nonsense. You made a mistake posting at night, but that means nothing by itself. Most of us have done stuff that required some effort from a mod at some point, and this was a fairly harmless example - it's not like you were flaming other players or anything, you just made a mistake. It was the reactions and accusations that resulted from it that caused the issue. Now, I can't speak for GH himself, but as a former mod, I would have done the same in his shoes re - dropping from the game. This is honestly one of the things we've generally never had issues with in the GR, so I was personally flummoxed that this even became a thing. Still, it was good to clarify this in the sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riedquat View Post
    Well... I'm still a bit angered to be honest, all originated with my mistake!

    To me always has been crystal clear, what's written in red or green by a staff member is the law, you abide by them and/or carry the matter privately.

    I only disagree with GH in how he managed the situation, he didn't need to drop from the game, a single pm saying drop it or I'll bann you could have solved all the issue!
    khaan pretty much hit the nail on the head here. As I mentioned to you in a PM, I don't blame you for what happened in the slightest. In a perfect world, once I made my moderation action (and later reversed it on Visor's request), that would have been the end of it. It was only when people started using the action I took as a moderator to try to determine my in-game alignment - and the fact that it dominated discussion and wasn't just a one-off thing - that the wheels came off. By that point I had to sub out.
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    A voice from another former mod – GH did the right thing all round, and I agree that mod hat always comes first. Moderating can sometimes be a murky world of subjectiveness. “Should I act or let it pass” types of calls happen all the time. I have the utmost confidence that GH knows what side of the line he needs to be on, and when issues arise has the integrity to do the right thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BSmith View Post
    A voice from another former mod – GH did the right thing all round, and I agree that mod hat always comes first. Moderating can sometimes be a murky world of subjectiveness. “Should I act or let it pass” types of calls happen all the time. I have the utmost confidence that GH knows what side of the line he needs to be on, and when issues arise has the integrity to do the right thing.
    Subbing out was very wise.

    I don't think deleting Riedquat's post was a good idea though, I don't see what that was supposed to fix. People had already seen Riedquat's post. IMHO posting in green, and especially editing and deleting posts, should only be done if absolutely necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by novice View Post
    Subbing out was very wise.

    I don't think deleting Riedquat's post was a good idea though, I don't see what that was supposed to fix. People had already seen Riedquat's post. IMHO posting in green, and especially editing and deleting posts, should only be done if absolutely necessary.
    I agree with this principle.

    Same time, this is a judgment call. Once a rule has been broken, moderator can pretty much deal with it as they like.

    On MU, we don't delete rulebreak posts because people will have seen it, and they will have an advantage over the players that hadn't seen it. But that's MU and we have a different and larger group of people with different expectations there.

    I fully appreciate that GH's judgment call here is his decision, I personally would advise against deleting any content that isn't flaming or porn. But since the game host asked that the material get restored, it wasn't really a problem. GH made the best call he could, and then the game host requested an alternative and GH was only too happy to comply. Not really a problem from where I sit.

    The cultural differences do basically come down to this-house-these-rules. Game hosts are free to make whatever rule they wish and enforce it as they wish, if folks don't like the way game hosts setup and host games, they don't have to play. Forum moderators likewise have all the leeway to use their own judgment, and although we can share our concerns in post, the middle of the game is a bad time to argue with the referee, as it does derail things. And, ultimately, if the moderator doesn't agree and we want a different standard, we basically have to volunteer to be moderator and do it ourselves. Otherwise, I support the guy doing the thankless job that everyone is prone to second-guessing. XD

    Running the moderator team on MU, I saw there are often differences of opinion on how we should moderate even within the team, and we already all agree pretty much completely on the rules and code of conduct. There's no manual for this stuff, and people of good conscience often disagree on the details.

    At this stage, I can only say that most of the time, there's more than one right answer. Sometimes there's a right-er answer, but we should learn to be satisfied with a decent answer, or volunteer to be a mod. XD

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    Ideally the referee shouldn't be a player, but given our small size, a guy who is referee first and player second is the next best alternative and perfectly serviceable.

    Can't let perfect get in the way of good.

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    I completely understand why GH deleted the post even if I don't necessarily agree with it. He also immediately restored it when the game host asked him to. GH is a great moderator and has always done a wonderful job of being able to step in when necessary as a moderator while still being involved enough in the community as a player and host so he still feels like "one of us".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Askthepizzaguy View Post
    Ideally the referee shouldn't be a player, but given our small size, a guy who is referee first and player second is the next best alternative and perfectly serviceable.

    Can't let perfect get in the way of good.
    I agree that it isn't ideal, but GH is one of the few people I trust 100% to always be impartial as a moderator and never let his status in the game get in the way of that.

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    Thumbs up for GH!

    I trust your integrity, even though I don't really know the issue at hand!

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    Likewise. I don't know the particulars of this case, but I have complete trust in GH's integrity as a player and mod.

    That said, with players from elsewhere regularly joining games here, it's a wise move to codify the rule. It's impossible to guarantee that nobody will ever come to the mistaken conclusion that they've gained information from a mod action. But, so long as they don't actually talk about it, the potential for negative consequences is drastically reduced. Someone might end up feeling frustrated that they're unable to explain their full reasons for suspecting/clearing a player, but that situation is just like having a strong gut read: you have to go find reasons you can explain.

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    Hi folks. Me again.

    After reviewing the posts and events of the most recent game, I don't think what happened is symptomatic of any larger issues that need to be addressed on an official level for the most part. Things got heated, but they never truly spiraled out of control. People got emotional, but for the most point they recognized that sometimes they needed to step away. This is behavior that, while I don't want to say I encourage it, I certainly won't discourage it as a response to emotions running high in the thread. Sometimes that happens, it's unavoidable, and all in all things could have gone a lot worse. Plus the tone of the postgame discussion in the thread is highly encouraging, and you all are to thank for that.

    So I guess I'll just repost a couple of points from the Rules and Reference thread as a reminder:

    2. Sportmanship. We expect players to adhere to it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsmanship according to Wiki
    Sportsmanship is conformance to the rules, spirit, and etiquette of sport. More grandly, it may be considered the ethos of sport. It is interesting that the motivation for sport is often an elusive element. Sportsmanship expresses an aspiration or ethos that the activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one's competitors.
    3. Friendliness. Be nice to our new and old players. We should also strive to help new players feel welcome. Any comments perceived to be detracting from the friendly environment are particularly unwelcome.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There is one thing not in the rules that I do want to address, however. It's the issue of profanity.

    Look, I get it. Sometimes it's cathartic. Sometimes points need to be emphasized. But sometimes it can get to be too much.

    Those of you who have been around here for a while know that we've had a long and at times tortured history with the official policy on profanity. Sometimes there was zero tolerance. Sometimes there wasn't. There was once the long and teeth-pullingly awkward process of determining exactly which words were and were not acceptable. Sitewide rules have changed with different administrators taking the reins over the years. I won't get into the specific timeline but right now there essentially *isn't* a policy for the Gameroom specifically.

    This is probably a mistake on my part, but going back to zero tolerance is probably an overcorrection, and I have no desire to go back to the Good Bad Word/Bad Bad Word list from yesteryear either. So the current (lack of a) policy will stand in the meantime.

    However.

    It is my unscientific opinion that an excessive amount of profanity is more likely to lead to a poor thread environment. It can potentially signify a lack of self-censorship, which can lead to less of a filter, which can lead to emotions running higher, etc etc etc. To go full wet blanket mode, it can be classified as a gateway drug to the stuff I do need to step in and bust heads over, such as personal attacks or other behavior that goes against what is outlined in the Rules and Reference thread.

    Which is all my mangled way of saying, no, the rules on profanity are not changing officially and nothing will be codified at this point in time. But unofficially, I am making a request as moderator to you all to please keep it to a manageable level, and never use it to refer to a specific individual or action. As always, I reserve the right to drop green text and start acting officially if I deem this imaginary line is crossed. Never forget that the : daisy : smiley () is your friend.

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    A lot of words to say the nothing is changing. Typical bureaucracy!

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    What is the daisy smiley meant to represent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dp101 View Post
    What is the daisy smiley meant to represent?
    censored profanity

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    What? This policy is total , and if I weren't such an upstanding I'd tell you s to go daisy with a fish-smelling tablecloth!

    in the alps! Son of a blackberry teakettle racecar hornswoggle with a pea soup-colored hair dryer!!!

    Pineapple tin-can sizzle bacon!

    Et cetera.

    Obviously it's fine. Nevermind the above.

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    There's been some talk in the queue thread about provisionally moving back to two games at once. I'm kind of ambivalent about it, so I'll throw it to you guys to see what you think.

    (Well, I'm ambivalent in the sense that if the games are scattered, i.e. signups for the second game begin around, say, D4 or D5 of the first game, it could go either way. Still strongly opposed to two games *not* being scattered.)
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    I think it's a bad idea. Maaaaaaybe if they're significantly staggered.

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    I think, like Dragonmount, that this community isn't big enough at the moment for two games at the same time. I would like to reiterate the idea I had about starting sign-ups while one game is in progress, so that we can start a new one within a day or two of the previous one ending. If there are enough hosts who are able and willing, this should be possible to pull through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zack View Post
    I think it's a bad idea. Maaaaaaybe if they're significantly staggered.
    Define ‘significantly’, both in terms of Day/Night cycles and actual (RL) time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sooh View Post
    I think, like Dragonmount, that this community isn't big enough at the moment for two games at the same time. I would like to reiterate the idea I had about starting sign-ups while one game is in progress, so that we can start a new one within a day or two of the previous one ending. If there are enough hosts who are able and willing, this should be possible to pull through.
    I agree with this, I think it would be good to start sign-ups while a game is still ongoing, but near to completion. That wouldn't leave a significant gap between games, which I think would be a good thing. Don't think two games running simultaneously would work though.
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    So what do we think a minimum amount of time in between games should be?

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    I think that could be discussed in the sign up thread. The host could clarify that "This game won't start until _____ is done." and then people could state their preferences and/or limitations.

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