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Whill
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:27 am    Post subject: *** Forum Posting Guidelines *** Reply with quote

Most of the time, everyone here gets along fine and there are no issues. But every now and then, tempers flare or other user issues occur which impact the site and/or experience of its users. Good people have bad days and stuff happens. We don’t expect perfection but these posting guidelines were designed to minimize negative experiences as much as possible. Please take the time to read these and take these guidelines to heart.

Sorry for the ‘wall of text’ but I can imagine someone in the future saying, “Where does it say that?” Here is where it says that. Better to be thorough than vague. :-)


The Rancor Pit - Registration Agreement Terms
See the next post below.

The Rancor Pit - Forums Posting Guidelines

(1) Respect Moderators’ wisdom and judgement. Moderators have free reign to issue warnings, lock threads, and more as they deem necessary. Our active Moderators are Cheshire and Jmanski. Please heed their posts as if they were mine. (It is a best practice before submitting a reply to any thread to use the Preview feature and scroll down to see if there have been any new replies in a thread since you last checked. You may find a new moderator/admin post that wasn’t there when you started typing your reply.) And every time you log in, please check your PM indicator at the top of the page. If it says you have a message, please see who it is from. If it is from anyone other than an admin or moderator, you are free to ignore it. If it is from an admin or moderator, please do NOT ignore it. Please read it.

(2) Publicness and Privacy. This is a public forum and all forum post content is public. You do not need to ask for permission to use anything posted, but when sharing something anywhere you are expected to always give credit where credit is due by both username and website. Before sharing anything from a PM publicly, please consider intentions of the PM and whether it should be shared publicly. Please do not expose personal details about someone that they themselves have not already disclosed publicly here on this site. Please do not impersonate others.

(3) Keep it tidy. Please do not post images that are greater than 750 pixels wide - Instead just post a URL link to a larger image. Before posting a new thread, please read the forum descriptions and post in the most applicable area. Please use the Search function or otherwise look for recent threads on the same topic before posting a new thread or resurrecting an old one. Please do not cross-post the same topics in multiple forums. Feel free to break up epic mega-posts into multiple posts as you deem appropriate, but please do not post multiple tiny replies just to increase your post-count. (Outside of Administrators and Moderators, the rank titles are just for fun and mean absolutely nothing.) If a tangent discussion gets out of hand, you can politely try to steer it back on course or request that a thread be split. (Admins and Mods can split but not merge threads.) Please spell check your thread titles.

(4) No grammar nazism. The default language of this forum is American English. However, please do not offer any unsolicited corrections to another forum user’s grammar or spelling. If you truly cannot discern the intended meaning of someone’s statement then of course you can politely ask for clarification, but if you do understand what they mean, then please just let it go. I will however correct spelling and/or clarify thread titles as needed. If you would like to point out that another user’s thread title is spelled incorrectly then please PM me, not them. Please do not post a reply in the thread pointing out the typo/error. (If I spell words wrong in my own thread title, feel free to PM me.)

(5) Keep it tasteful. Please do not post any vulgar text or images, and please do not post any links to such material. Let’s please try to keep the content here generally “PG-13” in spirit. Common sense should be a clear guide, but if you aren’t sure if a subject matter is appropriate please feel free to PM me or a moderator before posting. Don’t underestimate the communicative power of innuendo.

(6) Keep it civil. Please be respectful of the forums, other users and their posts. Do not spam or otherwise vandalize the forums. Please be mindful of general forum etiquette, tone and knee-jerk reactions. Please do not engage in name-calling and personal attacks. Harassment, bullying, and abusive behavior will not be tolerated (even by PM). Discriminatory remarks and hate speech about anyone (on this forum or elsewhere) will not be tolerated here. Anger, fear, aggression… the Dark Side are they. Sometimes all you can do is agree to disagree. Please try to avoid the mere appearance of incivility.

(7) Avoid politics and religion. Please avoid discussion of and even references to real world politics and religion except as they directly relate to Star Wars, and even then, please use caution. As the majority of users here are American, the political avoidance emphasis is on modern USA politics, but we expect everyone to self-moderate political content about their own and other countries. And please: No Obama, Hillary, or Trump.

(8) Logical fallacies. Disagreements will occur on the forums, and there is usually nothing wrong with calm and civil arguments for or against positions on aspects of the Star Wars franchise and RPGs. It is a best practice to be aware of logical fallacies and cognitive bias. Here is a basic resource on Logical Fallacies but Google will show you many more detailed resources. However, please do not falsely accuse someone of committing a logical fallacy that they didn’t.

(9) Consensus and Criticism. There is never any requirement to achieve consensus on anything discussed on these forums, so please do not feel inhibited from expressing a minority opinion. And asking for thoughts opens the door to a wide range of responses, including criticism. Even without asking, posting anything invites criticism. It is unrealistic to only expect support for an idea you post, and if you can’t handle criticism please reconsider posting it. On the other hand, if you vehemently oppose an idea and/or don’t have anything to add to the discussion, please consider just moving on. And in any case, please try to keep criticism constructive when possible.

(10) Negativity about the franchise. As Star Wars fans, we all have our passionate likes, dislikes, and opinions about different aspects of the franchise. We won’t all agree on what is good or even acceptable Star Wars. There is no rule against just expressing your own negative views about Star Wars…

(11) …Is nothing sacred then? Yes, the very basis of the franchise and its creator are special considerations. No unrepentant bash-fests against any of the films or George Lucas will be tolerated on these forums. So you can still express your own negative opinions and dislikes of these subjects, but please refrain from expressing excessive negativity and check yourself before you go into rant mode against them. Lucas created this franchise and there would simply not be any Star Wars (good or bad) without him, including the WEG RPG and this website. No matter how much he personally profited from the franchise as a whole, George Lucas views his films as cinematic artworks and literally gave all of the cash payment of the Lucasfilm sale, over $2 billion, to charity. These are indisputable facts no matter what he may have done that you didn’t like. And the entire Star Wars franchise, Legends and non-film Canon material both, is based on the films, the primary media and centerpiece of the franchise. Your least favorite Star Wars film is another die hard fan’s favorite movie. Attempting to persuade others to hate a film as much as you do, including posting links to those views, will not be tolerated. If someone else enjoys a Star Wars film you don’t, let them.

(12) Default “films”. By default, mentions of the Star Wars films or even “the films” on The Rancor Pit forums refer to the live action theatrical films, the heart of the franchise (see above). If someone asks a question about “the films” and you choose to include the Ewok TV movies or The Clone Wars animated theatrical movie in your answer that is your prerogative, but please do not correct someone for not specifying the qualification of “live action theatrical”. They shouldn’t have to, and here they don’t have to, because even if you love them, these other so-called movies do not belong in the same category as the real Star Wars films. For absolute definition, by default Star Wars films are Lucas’ six-part main saga and Disney’s growing list of films.

(13) Default edition of the game rules. Everywhere on this site except for the First Edition forum, the second edition of the game is the default RAW being discussed unless otherwise specified or obvious from context. Furthermore, the R&E update is the default version of second edition being discussed unless otherwise specified or obvious from context. When citing RAW on these forums, most of the time you will be citing the R&E book.

(14) Commerce policy. No commercially oriented posts are permitted on these forums, except those regarding legal sales of officially published physical WEG Star Wars RPG products. You can post links to these items for sale, post books you have that you would like to sell or barter, and post want lists in the General Star Wars forum. Any price negotiation or transaction discussions between forum users should move to PM. If you would like to share links to items for sale frequently you should post replies to a single thread instead of creating new threads for each one. Spammers will be banned.

(15) Bootleg policy. It is commonly known that there are multiple websites where bootleg digital copies of WEG Star Wars RPG books and other long out-of-print copyrighted items are available for free download. The Rancor Pit Forums is not one of those sites. Please do not post direct links to those downloads or even links to sites where they are located. The Rancor Pit does not endorse or condone illegal pirating. (Please note this policy does not apply to freely shared fan-created PDFs which are freely discussed in the Tools forum.)

(16) Spoiler policies. Not spoiling new Star Wars stories is a common courtesy, but the only official spoiler policies we have are regarding new films. Please look for a film’s Spoiler policy details thread posted to the top section of this forum in the days leading up to a film’s release. We generally require the use of our make-shift spoiler tagging (White Font Colour) for spoiler text throughout the site until a specified date a couple weeks after the film’s release, with the exception of one single “Spoilers Allowed” thread that will be posted in the General Star Wars forum.

(17) Reporting Issues. Spammers can be reported in the Report Spammers thread. To report any other possible violations of the above guidelines, please feel free to PM me (or a moderator if it is urgent and I am offline). If you have any personal issues with another forum user, a moderator, or even me, please feel free to PM me about it.

(18) Forum Posting Guideline updates. These guidelines may be updated at any time. A reply in this thread will be generated to announce significant updates, but this OP will be edited so you do not have to read any of the replies in the thread. It is a best practice to revisit the guidelines from time to time.

(19) Exculpatory Provision. The Rancor Pit Forums is a nonprofit community service privately funded by its owner, and its staff are volunteers. Although all reasonable efforts will be made to prevent and address occurrences of the issues mentioned above towards the goal of everyone having a positive experience here, the Rancor Pit owner and staff assume no responsibility for violations of forum guidelines or any wrongdoings committed by users.

(20) Have Fun. Remember, we are all here because we enjoy the WEG Star Wars D6 RPG. This is a community of game lovers. Have fun!


If you have any questions, please feel free reply to this thread. Thank you.


EDIT: Added reference to Registration Agreement Terms in next post.
EDIT: Added guidance regarding admin and moderator PMs to (1).
EDIT: Added new guideline (2) regarding Publicness/Privacy and shifted subsequent guideline numbers accordingly.
EDIT: Added sentence about default forum language to (4).
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:13 am    Post subject: Registration Agreement Terms Reply with quote

The Rancor Pit - Registration Agreement Terms


While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:16 am    Post subject: Re: Admin and Moderator PMs. Reply with quote

I added the following to Guideline (1) in the OP.

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And every time you log in, please check your PM indicator at the top of the page. If it says you have a message, please see who it is from. If it is from anyone other than an admin or moderator, you are free to ignore it. If it is from an admin or moderator, please do NOT ignore it. Please read it.

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Re: *** Forum Posting Guidelines *** Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
(2) Publicness and Privacy. This is a public forum and all forum post content is public. You do not need to ask for permission to use anything posted, but when sharing something anywhere you are expected to always give credit where credit is due by both username and website. Before sharing anything from a PM publicly, please consider intentions of the PM and whether it should be shared publicly. Please do not expose personal details about someone that they themselves have not already disclosed publicly here on this site. Please do not impersonate others.

I added this new guideline and shifted subsequent guideline numbers accordingly. The last two statements were already in Keep It Civil and I moved them here. The rest of this was in my initial brainstorm for forum guidelines and I just noticed it had somehow gotten lost in the process.

I also added a sentence about default forum language to Guideline (4). Thank you.
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