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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:54 pm 
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[Edited because the last post in this thread is much too late to get to this important fact... DP's chat channels are for DP Members ONLY. Specifically, DP members like you, who have taken the time to find and read this thread. So please do not give out out chat channel names to anyone. If you meet a great RPer and want him/her to join DP, just give out the web site - now conveniently located at wowroleplay.com! - and let the newbie find the chat channel names the same way you did! :)]



All DPers: /join personae

This channel serves two purposes. It serves as a roll call channel or "passive friends list" so people can see what other DPers are online. If that's all you want to use it for, mute the channel. But this channel is also used for roleplay. Please see the thread "DP Institutes IC chat channel" for the details on using personae as a roleplay channel.

Feeling chatty? We also have an ooc chat channel. Anything goes here - silly or serious - game talk or completely OT - just keep it Pg-13 por favor and err on the side of being "too nice." This is a great place for new folks to meet the gang and get to know everyone. The name of this channel changes from time to time. The current name can always be viewed by logging into the boards and checking the top of the Call Sheet.

If you're new, it's considered polite on the ooc channel to identify yourself by board handle. We typically do it like so:

<---Mishell

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:13 am 
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Here are a few general guidelines for the chat channels. These are all designed to promote the best roleplay-friendly stress-free environment we can while preventing the most miscommunications and hurt feelings. These all come from 3+ years experience navigating the sometimes moody waters of IC/OOC roleplayer exchange. :)

I'm going to do this in two posts. The broad summaries are in this post, while the more nuanced explanations are in the next one.

1. Know the difference between our two chat channels.
-Personae is for checking who's on (/chatwho {channelnumber}), or for channel RP. Check out the relevant thread for details!
-OOC chat occurs in our ooc channel - name available at the top of the Call Sheet.
-You may leave ooc chat anytime for any reason, but you should only leave /personae if you don't want other DPers to know you're on at all. If you just want to get rid of personae RP spam, mute it rather than leaving it.

2. We can't emphasize enough, it's totally cool to leave ooc chat at any time if you're caught up in a scene, getting too much spam, doing an instance, just don't feel chatty, that guy who really bugs you just logged on, etc etc. It's customary to give a short explanation (except in the case of the last one :) ) and say bye, but it's never necessary. By the same token, that means if you're in ooc chat and someone leaves, don't take it personally-- it probably has nothing to do with you.

On the other hand, even if there's no one on, don't leave personae. You never know when someone might pop on, and you'd never know it if you're not in channel. DPers tend to go where other DPers are; new or rarely seen people make them even more curious. Don't give up!

3. Maintain a cheerful, positive, responsive presence in ooc chat. I'm not saying that everyone has to be happy all the time and no one is allowed to have a bad day. But we're talking about what DP strives for, our ideal, and one of those things is, we're supposed to be a haven from the crapola that is life. When people come onto the chat channel, they should see a warm, happy environment where people respect one another and try to find solutions rather than droning on and on about problems.

Those are the big three! Now onto some of our rules of thumb. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:31 am 
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These aren't "rules" in the sense that we're going to kick you off the channel or delete your forum account if you break one. These are just good common-sense pointers for courteous interaction in an MMORPG.

1. Our ooc chat is meant to be a responsive and friendly environment. For this reason we ask that if you join ooc chat, you keep it visible. If you don't wish to follow ooc chat, please just /leave it for the time being. People will still be able to see you're online by checking personae (and the Call Sheet! :) ), and you can rejoin anytime you're feeling more chatty. It's not the end of the world if you forget to leave once in a while, or miss a hello in the spam, or go AFK and don't answer a greeting! We just don't want to have channel "ghosts" who are continually logged in and never respond so no one has any idea who they are or why they're there, etc.

2. Attacks on Blizzard will not be tolerated. This does not mean you have to agree with every single thing Blue does. But if the general theme of your remarks is "Blizzard sucks" then please don't. If you don't like WoW, write to Blizzard or post in their forum, or if you really hate it, cancel your account. The rest of us over here are still having fun. Don't rain on our parade.

3. Don't address just one person on chat. It does take a few more keystrokes to type /w Johndoe than to type /1, but other than that, there's little reason to carry on a one-on-one conversation with someone in chat. If others may be interested in your conversation, like "hey Mishell, didn't you just win the Nobel Peace Prize?" that's fine of course. But stuff like "So Mishell, you get that thing I sent ya?" should be kept in /whisper to reduce spam for others. Even if you two are the only ones on, it's just not a good idea to get in the habit of using ooc chat this way.

4. Be proactive! DP is based on helping RPers help themselves. Don't expect someone to champion you or nudge you into a group. Shyness don't work online. Online, if you don't talk, you don't exist. To find company, check who else is in /personae. If you feel weird asking who it is, alt-tab out and search the character name on the Roster on the Call Sheet. Start up some channel RP or ask if you can drop by and bug them, and keep asking until they either invite you or give you a good reason why not. And yes, "I'm here to play with soandso today" or "I'm not in a social mood, I'm sorry" are valid reasons.

5. Don't ignore others' wishes-- the corollary to guideline 3. Before you start filling up the channel with what you want and need, why not start of with "Hey, what's everyone doing? Having fun?" Then you'll get the "No, I'm bored, come RP with me" or the "can't talk, busy" and you'll know whom to bug further.

6. If you have a problem with someone, resolve it privately with the person or people involved, and don't make the whole chat channel listen to it.

7. If you're having a bad day in general, mention it once, get your sympathy, then move on. If you find you are unable to move on, find someone to talk to about it, privately. Leave it out of the chat channel.

8. If you're dissatisfied with something about the game, take it to the official WoW forums. There is absolutely nothing we can do. Yes, we covered that already, but there's a reason we mention it twice. Someone ranting about their latest issue with Blizzard or WoW is the single most common cause of people bailing out of the ooc channel (we're here to have fun, remember? Vent in the rants forum!).

9. When at all possible, focus on the positive. Remember why everyone is here: to have fun and bask in the warmth of their fellow DPers.

10. Try to avoid arguments. There is a small subset of people who enjoy debate for its own sake, but the damage caused by arguing with a nonconfrontational person is much smaller than the damage (if any) caused by agreeing with a confrontational one. So err on the side of caution.

In general, a lot of these boil down to: step outside yourself, put your problems aside for a moment, and ask yourself, honestly, what would you think of someone else who sounded like you just did?

We're a pretty forgiving bunch-- we've all broken these at one time or another, so it's not like, spam the channel with your bad day and we'll never speak to you again. If in doubt, you can always send an OOC whisper to a friend asking quietly, "Am I going on and on?" Just be prepared for a gentle but honest, "Yeah, kind of. Maybe save this stuff for a post in the rants forum?"

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[I edited this, so read over it please, even if you read it before :)]

One more channel related request:

If you know someone (friend or relative) or meet someone randomly in game that you think would fit right into DP, please don't start him/her off in the channel. Give the potential DPer the website address (http://lore.dramatis-personae.com/), or the forums (http://forums.dramatis-personae.com) instead.

We love new people, we say this over and over again. But when we're in game, we're usually there to roleplay, and often we've made plans with friends. It's really not a good time to answer questions from curiosity seekers or try to explain to eager rpers that it's an OOC channel. We'd much rather answer questions to everyone's mutual convenience and benefit here on the boards or in email or PMs.

So please, send your friends, or random rpers in game!, to wowroleplay.com! But our private channels are meant for DPers who have already seen the website, browsed our forums, and know what we're about. Please don't post invites to these channels on other public message forums, or give them to other random rpers you meet in game.

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