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help manners LambdaMOO, like other MUDs, is a social community; it is populated by real people interacting through the computer network. Like members of other communities, the inhabitants of LambdaMOO have certain expectations about the behavior of members and visitors. This article lays out a system of rules of courteous behavior, or "manners", which has been agreed upon by popular vote. First of all, any action that threatens the functional integrity of the MOO, or might cause legal trouble for the MOO's supporters, will get the player responsible thrown off by the wizards. If you find a loophole or bug in the core, report it to a wizard without attempting to take advantage of it. Cracking falls outside the realm of manners. Read `help cracking' for more information. Additionally, other loopholes should also not be exploited. This rule was established by *B:Patch-Arbitration-Loopholes (#4223): If you find a loophole in the social system, make a petition to fix it. If you find a place where the documentation does not match the standing law on the subject, report it to a wizard without attempting to take advantage of it. Taking personal advantage of loopholes and bugs to personal ends will be regarded as an antisocial act. The purpose of the social system here is to allow us to work together, not to allow us opportunities to revel in how we can beat the system. Beyond that, there are two basic principles of friendly MOOing: let the MOO function and don't abuse other players. ==== LET THE MOO FUNCTION ===== Besides not trying to hack or break things, this means not hogging resources by taking up more memory or processing time than necessary. To help keep database bloat down, please @create thoughtfully, @recycle unused objects, @rmmail when done with it, use feature objects instead of copying lots of verbs, and don't recycle and recreate objects seeking "interesting" numbers (this inflates all the object #'s, which are long enough already). The MOO server is carefully shared among all the connected players so that everyone gets a chance to execute their commands. The more demanding players' commands are, the more of a load there is on the server, and thus the more lag there is. If you are writing a program that will run for a long time, please make it wait at least five seconds between iterations (use `fork (n)' or `suspend(n)' where `n' is at least 5). This will give others a chance to get their commands in between yours. ==== DON'T ABUSE OTHER PLAYERS ===== The MOO is a fun place to socialize, program, and play as long as people are polite to each other. Rudeness and harassment make LambdaMOO less pleasant for everyone. Do not harass or abuse other players, using any tactic including: * Spamming (filling their screen with unwanted text) * Teleporting them or their objects without consent * Emoted violence or obscenities * Shouting (sending a message to all connected players) Don't shout unless you have something everyone needs to hear. This basically means emergency system messages from wizards. * Spoofing (causing messages to appear that are not attributed to your character) Spoofs can be funny and expressive when used with forethought. If you spoof, use a polite version than announces itself as a spoof promptly, and use it sparingly. See `help spoofing' for more information. * Spying Don't create or use spying devices. If you reset your teleport message, make sure it is set to something, so that you don't teleport silently. Besides having a disorienting effect on people, silent teleportation is a form of spying. * Sexual harassment (particularly involving unsolicited acts which simulate rape against unwilling participants) Such behavior is not tolerated by the LambdaMOO community. A single incidence of such an act may, as a consequence of due process, result in permanent explusion from LambdaMOO. * Hate speech in the public areas. This is generally frowned upon though not forbidden (see the paragraph headed "General"). LambdaMOOers are generally very tolerant of all races, religions, sexual orientations, and just about whatever else you can think of. They do not tend to tolerate hatred based on such distinctions. * Try to respect other players' privacy and their right to control their own objects, including the right to decide who may enter or remain in their rooms. * Respect other players' sensibilities. MOO inhabitants and visitors come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds both in the U.S. and abroad, and have varying ideas of what constitutes offensive speech or descriptions. Please keep text that other players can casually run across as free of potentially-offensive material as you can. If you want to build objects or areas that are likely to offend some segment of the community, please give sufficient warning to casual explorers so that they can choose to avoid those objects or areas. * Outing (publicizing information about a player's offline identity without the player's consent) Players value the ability to remain anonymous. The breach of a player's anonymity without the player's consent can have serious offline consequences, some of which could potentially endanger the player and/or the functioning of the moo. Therefore, any grave incident of outing may be considered the worst form of unmannerly behavior and may result in swift, permanent expulsion from LambdaMOO. (For more information about expulsion (toading) and toadable offenses, see 'help toading'.) Per *B:Intolerance, LambdaMOO citizens will not tolerate the use of LambdaMOO to enable, encourage or cause Real Life harassment or harm of other human beings. * General: Although it is not technically against MOO law to harass people, it is suggested that you do not. The advice here is intended to make the MOO a better place for everyone, not to limit freedom of expression. However, the legal system on the MOO is evolving at this time, and it is not well understood just how some laws from the real world might apply. If you commit an act that could be considered a transgression against these manners it is possible you will be punished by anything up to and including permanent banishment from LambdaMOO. There is some disagreement in the LambdaMOO community about how much protection for free speech rights should be provided. This document, while not favoring censorship, encourages you to think about what you say and do. ===== SELF-DEFENSE ====== Avoid revenge! If someone is bothering you, you have several options. The appropriate first step is usually to ask them to stop. If this fails, and avoiding the person is insufficient, useful verbs include @gag, @refuse, and @eject. Help is available on all of these. Note these following rules established by the passage of *B:Patch-Arbitration-L oopholes (#4223): * All characters are bound by some system of justice which has been voted by the people. Characters are free to suggest that this is not so, but such suggestions will regarded as "mere speech" and will carry no force of law. [...] Characters who wish not to be subject to the lawfully created rules of this MOO are, like anyone else, free to request that their accounts be turned off. * No character may in any way exploit the use of multiple characters to beat the system. For example, if a character is newted for punitive reasons, all characters controlled by that typist will be newted AND if that typist shows up controlling a guest during that period, he is still not welcome. ==== PROBLEMS WITH GUESTS ===== If you are having a problem with someone logged in as a Guest, you have another recourse: you and another character may @boot them. Type @boot <guest-name> This will ask you for a reason. Enter the reason on multiple lines, followed by a `.' on a separate line. After you have entered your request, notification is given to all other qualified players in the room with the guest. Any other qualified player may second the booting, citing their reasons, and complete it. Please note that abuse of guest-booting is quite serious. All guest-bootings are logged. Additionally, per passed ballot *Ballot:Guest_Accountability_2 (#63904), guests may be held accountable for anonymous mail sent to individual characters. One such effect of this accountability is that the Guest's site information may be revealed to the recipient of harassing mail. ================================================================ This text may be changed by later petitions. In addition, wizards may add mention of new self-defense, help, or related techniques or verbs without the need for separate public approval of the added text. ------------------------------------------------ If you have a question about something in this text, or about anything else on the MOO, type `help' to see a listing of available help texts. If you don't see what you're looking for, page Help or use the Helpful Person Finder in the Living Room to find someone who can answer your questions. If you couldn't read the above text because it scrolled off your screen and you don't have any text capture mechanism available on your host, type `help @pagelength' and `help @linelength' to learn how MOO can help you read this and other lengthy text.