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Hello, my poppets! Lately, I've been getting some questions about the game and how it works from people who're unfamiliar with journal RP. So I've put together this FAQ to try and help them sort things out. I'm sure I've missed things, so please read it and let me know if anything's unclear or if there's something you'd add. Thanks!
Edit: new language in dark red to make it easier to find.

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We mods have been kicking around some new rules. It's nothing onerous, I don't think, just some clarifications to help things run more smoothly. Feedback is welcome and appreciated.

LOLs and events: fun for all!
Running big events for the whole community, be they LOLs or parties or pillow fights, is a lot of fun and something we want to encourage all our players to feel comfortable organizing and taking part in. To facilitate that, please abide by the following rules. We promise it's to make things easier in the long run.
  1. All LOLs and events need to be run past the mods first.
    • This lets us make certain they conform with community rules and aren't scheduled to overlap (holidays are likely to see a lot of this if we don't plan ahead).
    • This has to be done before posting in OOC to drum up interest, to avoid confusion if some aspect of the plans needs to be changed.
  2. If there are multiple submissions surrounding a holiday or other event, the mods will try to make sure everyone gets a turn.
    • This could mean suggesting people co-host an event.
    • This could also mean changing the posting time slightly so that there's time to play one event out before the next starts.
  3. LOLs and events cannot permanently change the landscape or nature of the Nexus on a large scale. Adding a building or small neighborhood-sized area is fine.
  4. Events should be left open to new starting tags for as long as possible to give everyone a chance to join in, especially around holidays.
  5. LOLs should have clear conditions and/or time limits set to end the effect. This can be negotiated individually for each participating character if the players want something different than the default conditions.
  6. All LOLs and events are player opt-in. Do not assume anyone is participating without discussing it with them first.
What To Do When You're New
Ready to join in? Great! Please do a few things to help make the experience fun for everyone.
  • Fill out and post IC/OOC Permissions Meme (it's very short and shouldn't take long).
  • Make sure your character's name and canon source is somewhere in their profile.
    • If you're playing an AU or OC, please make that clear.
  • Make sure other players have a way to contact you, either in a journal post or by private message.
  • If your character has an unusual power, make sure you explain it somewhere. A Wiki link is fine for this, so long as the relevant info is easy to find.
    • If your character's power is always on, ask permission before engaging a new character. Make sure the other player understands how the power works and would affect their character.
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Things have been going on, people! So many things.

First: advertising.
  • Got some ads up around DW, as was suggested; hopefully those work. (If you're here thanks to the ads, please let me know!)

  • Working on advertising off DW. I'm looking at Hollow Art, directories, and Tumblr right now. Maybe Reddit. Suggestions?

  • Any suggestions for gifs I can use for banners/buttons to advertise the comm? Or do we want to maintain our minimalist cool?

  • When I have a selection made, I'll put up a post with buttons for forum signatures and things. Anyone who'd like to contribute some, please drop them in the comments.


Community Maintenance
  • The profile for the main comm has been changed. I'll make it fancier later. The old one has been archived here.

  • We still like the front page layout for the comms, right? Or should I look for new ones?

  • Do we want a Valentine's event next month? If so, any ideas for it or volunteers to play Cupid?

  • Would anyone be interested in optional contests? I could do, say, a monthly writing prompt, and whichever I like best gets a little badge or something.


Resources
  • Would Nexus Locations be more useful with pictures, Wiki pages, menus? I for one love old menus and cookbooks, so it wouldn't be hard for me to get a collection of menus together to give people an idea of what might be on the menu at a medieval tavern vs a mid-century diner.

  • Would anyone be interested in a group Pinterest board for sharing pictures/maps/what-have-you? It might be a good way to build up a communal mental image of what the Nexus and its inhabitants look like. I could start a couple different boards if people would prefer things are a little more organized.

  • Are there other kinds of resources you'd like to see/find useful? Writing prompts, suggestions for where/how to find PBs, HTML tutorials?

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