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Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Ylanne on Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:16 am

Is it Spam?


You were just in chat and suddenly the screen 503's on you and you find yourself unable to get back into chat.

You were just kicked.

What happened and why?

The Multiverse, which happens to be the most common location for roleplayers interested in fast-paced chat realtime roleplay to go, is in fact a roleplay of its own, created and GM'd by our creator, Eric Martindale (Rem, for the uninitiated). Thus, it has its own set of rules, which specify:

Avoid using public OOC wherever possible. Any metagaming that is necessary should be directed to the specific player using /msg <username> (a chat-only command), the Multiverse's OOC forum, or via Private Message. Metagaming destroys immersion and is often considered cheating!


Unfortunately for many of us, this is quite vague, and kicks may seem arbitrary without specific guidelines. Here is a rundown on what is and is not allowed:

When do these rules apply?

These rules apply if:

  • You are in the Multiverse roleplay. (i.e. If it's Gambit's Bar, the Lake, Wing City, etc., you are probably in the Multiverse.)
  • You are in the IC part of the chat. (i.e. Not the public OOC room.)

    and
  • You wish to post a public OOC message.

What IS allowed?

  • One "BRB", "Back', "Bye", "I'm leaving", "I'm here", "Hello everyone", or similar entrances or exits.
  • A brief question about the IC action that is relevant to everyone or multiple people present.
  • A brief explanation about the IC action that is relevant to everyone or multiple people present.
  • A brief correction of a misspelling, omission, or such. (i.e. You accidentally forgot a character's name, or spelled something wrong, or used the wrong verb/pronoun/etc.) Acceptable format is *correction or correction*. When you have multiple corrections to make, make them in a single OOC post instead of in multiple ones (i.e. " *shirt, *Meghan's, *trajectory). Also, it may not be necessary to write OOC posts correcting simple misspellings that are easy to deciper (i.e. "teh", "wat", "grl", "Mghan", etc.). If it was the wrong character's name, a foreign or complicated or world-specific word, an indecipherable misspelling, or similar things, corrections are good; however, if it's a simple misspelling, there is no real need to make the correction.

What is NOT allowed?

  • Public responses to "BRB", "Back', "Bye", "I'm leaving", "I'm here", "Hello everyone", or similar entrances or exits. Whisper the person who posted it.
  • A question about the IC action that is relevant to only one person, or excessively lengthy. Whisper the relevant person instead.
  • An explanation about the IC action that is relevant to only one person, or excessively lengthy. Whisper the relevant people instead. (Copy and paste works when you have two or three people a lengthy explanation needs to go to).
  • Entering the IC with an OOC question such as "How is everyone?"
  • Asking "Is anyone open?", "Is anyone free?", "Does anyone want to RP with me?", "Which character should I come in as?" or similar questions. If you are in the Multiverse, you are already in a roleplay. Jump right into the action, or whisper another player to collaborate beforehand.
  • Posting "test", "lag", "stupid lag", etc. Whisper yourself or someone else or use a /whereis or /who command to test the chat.
  • Intentionally spamming !grammar or !newuser or 'bored' triggers.
  • Rolling dice for no reason, or more than once.
  • Writing "oops", "disregard that", "fail", "dammit", "sh*t", "f*ck", "stupid keyboard", "hit enter", etc. after an unintended or incomplete post.
  • Comments such as "lol", random emoticons such as :) ^^ >_< and the like, or unnecessary remarks (i.e. "I knew that was going to happen." or "What the hell?" or "WTF?!") Whisper the person to whom you are commenting.
  • Reminding everyone that you forgot to bold another character's name, publicly, IF you only need to tell one or two people about it, i.e. the people whose characters' names you forgot to bold. Whisper them that you posted at them.
  • Anything that is only directed towards one person, including comments directly relevant to the ongoing roleplay. Use whispers instead.
  • Anything not directly relevant to ongoing IC action (that is not specifically permitted in the above section). This includes discussions on things like movies, what everyone is doing, video games, other roleplays, discussions about one or two specific characters (take it to whispers), or anything which is generally discussed in the public OOC channel.


What happens if you break these rules?

  • You will be warned or asked to stop by a moderator.
  • If you persist, you will be kicked.
  • If upon your return you persist, you will be kicked for longer.
  • If you are disrespectful to the mod who kicked you, or to other staff or other members, you will be kicked for even longer, and possibly receive an account warning.




This is a roleplaying site, and the Multiverse is a roleplay. Each roleplay has its own rules. If you have ever run a roleplay, either via forums, chat, tabletop, or LARP, you had rules and you expected the players to abide by them. The same thing applies here. Abide by the rules and nothing bad will happen! They are in place to make the Multiverse a more enjoyable place to roleplay, not socialize.

If you ever have any questions about these rules, send a Private Message to a Moderator, either via whisper in chat or via PMs on the forums.

If you ever feel you have been wrongly kicked from chat, please send a PM to one of the Global Moderator Team Leads: Pseudosyne, Parabola or Mid. Please note: Some moderators, such as Tsukihana, are also members of other staff teams, and their color in chat may be deceiving. Not being green is no excuse for disrespect to any staff member, whether they are a moderator, mentor, or designer. Thank you!

Happy Roleplaying!

Blessings and peace,
Ylanne
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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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Nice post Ylanne. d(^^)b
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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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If writing "Oops" or "Hit enter" is bad, how else should we notify everyone in the chat that we rather badly messed up? Yeah, yeah I know I'm going to be called a prick for asking. I've seen some bad miss-posts that have jacked up the whole chat before.
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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Prose on Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:18 pm

Xenthriss, not everyone is going to know that you messed up. Best thing to do is just continue on from where it cut off on your next post. It's juts pointless to see "Crap" "Fail!" ">_>" etc after a post.

Also though,

# A brief correction of a misspelling, omission, or such. (i.e. You accidentally forgot a character's name, or spelled something wrong, or used the wrong verb/pronoun/etc.) Acceptable format is *correction or correction*.


You can make a small correction in the OOC, instead as well. Just continuing on though is more polite.
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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Akita on Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:38 pm

Or you could whisper the users you're roleplaying with that you accidentally hit enter before your post was done and ask for them to wait to post until you're done.

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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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Akita's right. Sometimes that happens to me and I do that or accidentally make a comment in the OOC about it. Heh, rules are rules I guess and we gotta follow em. My apologies for the useless comment.
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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby MandyQuick on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:19 am

To Whisper someone is....as in PMing someone about it, right?

Ugh, I can never get this right.

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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Prose on Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:00 am

Whisper is a private message sent through chat.

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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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Rules seem a little strict for my tastes. To the point where I have to openly express my grievance, and feel they should be looked at again.
Nip it in the bud.

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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Prose on Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:21 pm

If you do not like the current MV rules, then perhaps you should make your own chat RP? Not all RPs have to follow the rules that are set by Remæus in his RP. They only have to follow the site rules.

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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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These are the rules for the Multiverse chat only, and are not applicable to any other chat-based roleplay.

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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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Good post, Ylanne! (+10000 internets) to you.

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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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I think you should add "OMFG STOP USING OOC" to the things you shouldn't do. It shits it up just as much and contributes absolutely nothing to the room as well as making you look like an ass. Especially when a whole bunch of people say it at once and others call them out on it and so on.
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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby LaularuKyrumo on Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:00 pm

Wintertail, YES. THIS. A THOUSAND TIMES THIS. Oh my god the next person who ISN'T a mod and yells at me for OOC (yes I'm looking at you spacetime), they are getting such a pwning.

Also, I also think we should rework the rules on "fscking enter" being bad. Some of us write ridiculously long posts (at least much longer than "average"), and if we hit enter at the wrong time it might look very much like the post is completed. Then someone will write a couple lines reacting, and shit hits the fan. What do you do there? You can't whisper EVERYONE and using the OOC to say something would be spam.

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Re: Is it Spam? Proper Use of OOC in the Multiverse

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If the message is addressing everyone present, then it is not spam.

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