LambdaMOO Manners

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This is a capture of the text you receive in the LambdaMOO world if you type "help manners"

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.

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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.

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