Chat Etiquette

These are the do’s and dont’s of posting properly here on Sanguinus.org.

“But I like -my- style of posting! Why are you being so overbearing!”

It’s not about controlling how you play, but about streamlining the game. Often times, you’ll find yourself in a very large scene with several other players. If everybody uses common methods of denoting actions, and follows basic spelling and grammar rules, it’s very much easier to follow. Imagine reading a book in which every other line is written in a new style, with different methods of stressing certain words, or denoting dialog. You wouldn’t read more than a few pages before wondering what the hell the publisher was smoking, wouldn’t you? The same logic applies here.

General Netiquette

Colours

Don’t use them. Some people have the habit of changing the colour of their font for certain actions, or whispering, or anything else like that. Don’t do it. Many players use different clients, or different colour schemes and confuses not only them, but also makes the logs difficult to read.

Net/Leet Speak

Never ever ever ever use this while in character. Even out of character it will put people off, and I guarantee you will be made fun of for it. It shows laziness, lack of self respect and many people associate low intelligence with internet shorthand. If you simply must use it out of character, prepare to take jokes about it. Do not, under any circumstances, use it while playing the game.

That means any of the following:

“u” replacing “you”: What do u mean?

“r” replacing “are”: r u gonna say hi?

“@” replacing “at”: where is he @?

“lol” replacing laughing: “Hey, don’t do that lol!” as opposed to “Hey, don’t do that!” ::He laughs::

Or any other internet shorthand you can imagine. Don’t use it, and never use emoticons in character. Nobody wants to see this. Tell us in actions you are smiling.

By the same token, we expect that every player displays a basic understanding of grammar and spelling. If you have trouble spelling, type your posts out first in Microsoft Word and use spell check. Always use periods, commas, exclamation points, capitalization, etc where they are needed. It makes it very difficult for the other players to read what you are typing without it, and further makes it hard to understand the flow of the sentence, where your character pauses in speech, how he says things, and his or her tone.

Ellipsis

Posting “…” is neither dialog nor action. Do not post it in character by itself. You can use ellipses as a pause in speech, but never by itself.

Watch the frequency of ellipses use. Used sparingly, they are effective, overuse is just annoying.

Do: That is…interesting.

Don’t do: That…is…interesting…to…me.

Do: <Jordan> Hmm… perhaps you are correct.

Don’t: <Jordan> …

If you want to express that your character has no vocal response, or is at a loss for words express that.

Do: * Ash’s jaw drops slightly, he looks at a loss for words.

Don’t: * Ash looks surprised “…”

Even if you say you’re surprised “…” is still not a line of dialog. Don’t post it.

Inner monologue

Please avoid telling us what your character is thinking. There are several reasons for this. First, none of the players in this game can read minds, and it is inappropriate for us to know what your character is thinking unless it is being readily expressed on their facial expression, or in their words. Also, we want to avoid metagaming. Metagaming is a touchy issue which is always made worse by people emoting what their character is thinking in actions. If you want us to know something, show us, don’t ever tell us.

Do: * Jane scowls and walks away, something flaring in her eyes.

Don’t: * Jane walks away; James had made her mad.

Do: * Lance frowns at the ringing phone. “Excuse me, I think that’s my corporal calling.”

Don’t: * Lance frowns at the ringing phone. Why would Lament call at a time like this?

Foreign Languages

As is covered in the Chat Standards section, there is only one way of speaking in foreign languages on our server, by prefacing an English sentence with the language, e.g. “<French> Hello there.” The only exception is foreign words that have become so common in the English lexicon they are practically part of the language (e.g. vis a vis, et cetera, ergo), ones of clear and trivial meaning (Herr, Monsieur) or words that have no equivalent in English (katana, schadenfreude). Overly using foreign words is discouraged – keep in mind, there are players for whom English is their second language, we don’t want to force a third on them.

Do: Good evening, Herr Brooks. My heart felt a bit of schaedenfreude seeing you with that lady.
Don’t: Guten abend, Herr Brooks! Mein leben felt a bit of schaedenfreude seeing you with that fraulein.

Accents

Typing out accents is a touchy thing. While we encourage you to be true to your character, keep in mind that we have a lot of players for whom English is a second language. Keep accents to a minimum if possible. If you encounter someone emoting something that their character said and you do not understand. Ask in character for an explanation. Don’t hesitate to ask out of character for someone to no do that as well. We want everyone to have fun and not have to spend time “interpreting” things.

Do: ::She speaks in a heavy Creole accent:: Hey there, I went upstairs me. Everything looked all righ’.
Don’t: Ey dere, I wen’ upstair’ me. Evryding look all righ’.

NO IC in the OOC

That is pretty much self-explanatory, there will be no discussion in the OOC channel of current or sensitive in character information. Period.

Nick Extensions

When you are using certain powers, we require that you add these extensions to your name. For example, John using Mask of a Thousand Faces would change his nick to ‘John_msk’.

_ast – For someone in astral form.

_msk – For Mask of the 1000 faces.

_obf – For obfuscated individuals.

_dsg – For a disguised person.

_hdn – For someone who is hiding.

Actions and Speaking

All actions are done one of two ways. The first is when you are starting your post by emoting an action. For this, you use the /me command. Archon will display the action as * Yourname does something.

example: /me walks over to the door. (* Dane walks over to the door.)

If you are putting dialog in the same post as the action, denote this with quotation marks, and only quotation marks.

example: /me walks over to the door. “See you later!”

The other way of doing actions is by ::putting them between a set of double colons::. You use double colons when you have spoken first in a post, and then wish to emote something.

example: Hey, did you get that thing I sent? ::She takes a seat, crossing her legs.::

Do not *use asterisks to denote actions*, or one set of colons:, ~or any other fancy punctuation you can come up with~

Messages

Message Prefixes

We use several prefixes before our sentences to indicate how someone is talking.

<p> : Indicates a phone conversation. If you see this in a room, it means you are listening to one half of a phone call.

<*language*> : Indicates something being spoken in another language. For example, “<French> Good evening, my dear.” Please do not speak in foreign languages in character, even if you know them. There are plenty of characters who speak languages that their players do not.

<q>, <w>, <m> : Means ‘quietly’, ‘whispered’, and ‘muttered’ respectively. Other characters should react appropriately.

Speaking Out of Character

First of all, we have an entire channel dedicated to telling us about your day, making fart jokes and general tomfoolery. That is #ooc. If you need to say something out of character, try to keep it in the proper channel. Posting out of character in the middle of a scene removes other players from the drama of the scene, and also adds to confusion. In the event that you need to post out-of-character commentary outside of #ooc or private messages…

Do: (( Put your comments in two parenthesis. ))

Do Not: ( Use one set. ) Use other types of brackets <<like any of these>> {or these}.

Phone Calls and Other Denotations

First and foremost on the subject of phone calls… never ever call anybody who’s number you don’t have. That’s called metagaming, and it’s bad, mmkay?

Phone calls with other players are conducted in private message (query window) unless you are both in the same channel (for instance, you’re both in the park on opposite sides, trying to find each other. You can simply run the call in #park in that case.)

Secondly, when you are in an IC channel with other players and also on the phone, you must always run your half of the call in the channel and in the query window. If you are standing right in front of my character in #elysium, and talking to another character on the phone who is someplace else, I can and should hear what you are saying, so post what you are saying in #elysium as well as on the call. Remember that denotes being on the phone.

Example: In #elysium…

* <Audrey> <p> I didn’t know that.

* Roxie listens quietly, not looking directly at Roxie on the phone.

* Victor moves his chess piece, glancing up once to Roxie as she speaks.

* <Audrey> <p> Oh.. wow.

If somebody is using heightened senses, and are in a reasonably close distance to you, they can hear the other half of the call as well. Paste the other half of the conversation in Query message to them.

Stressing Words or Phrases

We have one way, and only one way of stressing words here and that is with -two dashes-.

Do: Oh, you think -I’m- the stupid one?

Do not: Oh, you think *I’m* the stupid one? | Oh, you think ~I’m~ the stupid one? | Oh, you think I’m the stupid one?