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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, or action. Do not post it in character by itself. You can use ellipses as a pause in speech, but never by itself.

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 characters 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 discouraged, and should be done to an utter minimum. This goes double for dropped consonants and misspelled words. If you wish to denote you are speaking in a particular accent, simply emote it with your speech. Navigating through a sea of apostrophes and misspelled words that serve only to get across that you are speaking in a particular accent - this is rather aggravating. A few choice words here and there is fine, but not every other word. Maybe not even every other sentence.

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'.