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The Rules of Engagement

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There's something I've been wondering about lately, and since I haven't used this option in quite awhile, I figured I'd bring it up here.

But seriously, there have got to be some concrete rules or conditions a person should need to satisfy before they try and take a jab at people. After all, we've got stuff like this:

At this point, Chron, your involvement in this thread seems to be motivated mostly by your enjoyment of the sound of your own voice. Nowhere in the rolling purple-prose of your last several posts has there been any sort of coherent point.

Which, naturally, opens one up to stuff like this:

What's naive is assuming that I was ever motivated by anything else.

Setting aside captain obvious for the moment, I have actually been contributing to the discussion. That the point goes over your head is hardly surprising. After all, if you knew what I was talking about, then you wouldn't be an example of a failed antagonist.

Or even this exchange right here:

Unsurprisingly, the OP, a member of NSO, spends his entire post worshipping Ivan.

Unsurprisingly, Crymson, an example of a boring antagonist, spends his entire post failing to be interesting.

(I spent the post worshiping Londo, btw :awesome: )

So setting aside the why of these burns being terrible (we can all pretty much agree on that point), we need to come up with some set of rules that can save people from making bad comments like this. I mean, it's pretty clear that these kinds of posts accomplish about as much as trying to use a cigarette lighter to burn a bonfire, and end just as badly for the one attempting it.

I think that this is a service that needs to be rendered for the greater CN community and would absolutely serve the greater good. Think of the many people who's dignity could be saved, were we to adopt a comprehensive ruleset for burning. They'd learn a lot, and our noses would be saved from the great risk of severe disfigurement which we all face on a daily basis with the present circumstances.

What say you guys? What do you think needs to be done? And any ideas on how we could go about agreeing on these "rules of engagement"? I'm really looking forward to hearing about what others think on this vital and necessary subject, you know?

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Alright then:2. Try to not make it personal.

Fine but half the reason why I disliked NPO so much was because I took some of it "personal". I don't see much of a problem with starting problems on IRC as long as it is kept in IC and not making OOC attacks that we have seen in the past.

The hardest part of playing the bad guy is convincing people that you are truly capable of playing the role. So you should be the same on the forums as you are on IRC.

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