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RMB Etiquette (Updated)

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Hello, and let me be the first to welcome you to the Frosty lands of Wintreath! While you're here we hope that you enjoy yourself, but also keep in mind that our RMB has a few guidelines. Nothing too serious mind you, we just want to make sure that everyone here in the region has as equally a great time here as you, so there are some rules we have to throw out to ensure that we're keeping the peace and chill vibe of the region.
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Please don't Double Post/Triple Post/Quadruple/etc post.
I know, there's always some more that we may want to say in a post that you didn't say the first time, and simply posting again is quick. However, it also adds unnecessary clog to the RMB, especially when it's one person posting 5 times with a single sentence or word.

If you have more that you wanted to add (or wanted to reply to someone), simply hover your mouse over their/your message (or tap it on mobile). On your message, you'll see something like this pop up:

Which will allow you to tweak what you want in your message, add anything else, and pop it back up. If you do this over another's message, you'll see the noted Quote button as well as the Like button. Simply hit Quote, and copy everything that appears in the text box below. Proceed to edit your message in the way mentioned above, press Enter to give yourself new space, paste the copied text, hit enter again, and type in your new message.

Yes yes I know, it's extra effort, but members and regional moderators will thank you for it and it will save you from potential post suppression.
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When Quoting someone, follow this thought process:

Does it contribute to the conversation? Is your reply to a quote something to bring more responses? Or is it simply quoting someone and saying "Lol" or "Okay" or something equally unneeded? If it falls into the latter, maybe re-think your quote.

Is it to the point?: In other words, are you grabbing an entire quote and responding to all of it? Or are you responding to a specific area? If your answer falls into the latter, consider quoting but breaking it down into multiple quotes with just the line(s) that you want to respond to, rather than using the entire quote if it's a long one.

Do I need the whole quote? In other words, is it that aforementioned long quote? Do you really need to display the whole thing again, especially if the quote is directly above you? The answer to this is usually a hard no. If you want to respond to a post in its entirety, you can do what's suggested above, but also cut everything but the last line in that long quote, putting ... before the text (IE "...In other words, do it this way") so that we know you're responding to the person as a whole.

Do I even need to quote at all? If you're simply wanting to get someone's attention to talk to them about something, use the Nation pinging tool (the black flag next to Underline) and avoid quoting. Don't do this to ping-spam continuously as nobody likes seeing a bunch of unnecessary notices either.
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Please Keep the RMB Spam Free
This speaks for itself, but this isn't something we need to see clogging the RMB.

Spam includes, but is not limited to:
*Double/Triple/Quadruple+ posting as mentioned at the beginning

*Post counting, making animal sounds, and saying non-conversation drivers ("I like eggs!"), in an effort to "random" or "revive the dead chat." This includes back and forth spamming by more than one member in this regard.

*other spamming behavior not mentioned here such as a two-member-only continual back and forth in a quick amount of time (when TGs exist) that will be at the discretion of the Regional Moderators/Monarch.

Please keep the RMB lively by engaging conversations, not spam (the only exception to this being if it's a Welcome-Squad/Mod-Sanctioned RMB game happening).
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If you Roleplay, follow the rules of RP and keep it appropriate.

The following behaviors are frowned upon in roleplaying:

Godmodding: Taking control of another's character without the person's consent. In other words, not giving them a chance to decide how their characters respond to situations and instead enforcing it yourself.

Overpowering Characters:
Conjuring force-fields to avoid any attack at any time, teleporting out of any incoming danger at the blink of any eye, sending hundreds to thousands of nukes at a player (despite not realistically having these) are forms of this. Nobody likes RPing with an OPer, so don't do it.

People in these two categories will be kindly asked to stop, and may face a ban from participating in RPs on the RMB for a set amount of time.

Inappropriate/Controversial RP characters/practices: Roleplaying as a controversial character in history such as Hitler, roleplaying about how you kill children and make them into "Children nuggets."(or kids/babies killing and being killed). Engaging in sexual areas despite us being a region of all ages. None of these are okay in the slightest, and those involved will be met with anything from a warning to a permanent ban from the region depending on the severity. Keep it appropriate and PG, please.
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Keep politics civil, or keep it out.
While political discussions are allowed in the RMB, please keep it civil and impersonal. If you feel like you're getting upset or are about to get heated/impassioned, it's asked that you step back and take a breather to get yourself back to that calm before you re-engage...or drop it entirely. Debates should not turn into echo chambers of people ganging up on someone for their beliefs, nor should it turn into a grudge match of why you're right and why they're stupid for not having the same opinion as you. If you can't keep your cool, you may be warned and potentially banned from debating on the RMB for a set time, or potentially banjected from the region if it hits flaming territority depending on the severity.

Also, the following views/behaviors are not allowed in debates, which is non negotiable:

>Views that are Anti-LGBTQ+, Racist, Xenophobic, Sexist, or other forms of discrimination or hatred towards a group of people (which includes the infamous ACAB statement).

>Views that speak of hate groups such as Nazism in a positive light or praise figures who have advocated such ideals such as believing certain groups/people are inferior/lesser and deserve to die/be subservient to them.

>Behaviors that border into flaming such as calling someone a Liberal Snowflake/Republican Trash or calling someone a nazi/fascist/"Commie" just because you disagree with them.

>Other problematic/controversial views that have not been listed here but may be determined by the Monarch/Regional Moderators.

People who engage in these views/behaviors may be warned, or potentially even permanently banned from the region depending on the severity.
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Abide by the rules of Nationstates, as well as common rules for the forums
Things that are absolutely not tolerated are:
*Flaming: Personally attacking a member with insults and name calling.

*Flame-baiting: Calling someone out and posting content purely with the intention of setting them off, such as overly sarcastic responses in a heated debate. Quite simply, it's as the name suggests: Baiting someone with your words to drive them to flame you.

*Trolling: Similar to flame baiting, posting contrary opinions/topics that will get a negative rise out of people for the "Lolz" occasionally also considered "Edge-posting," it's overall just not cool.
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Please don't discuss Nationstates violations such as accusations of rule breaking on the RMB.

Think someone hacked your nation? Is a known Delete on Sight (DOS) player in our region? Is there a player breaking established Nationstates rules of etiquette?

DO report them to Nationstates moderators via A General Help Request in the off chance they didn't see the offense already (They're good at that).

DONT gossip about it in the RMB or take it upon yourself to investigate in any form.

If you're unsure of how to fill out the GHR, let a mod know so they can take care of it.
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If anyone has questions about anything read here, they're encouraged to reach out to either the founder/reigning monarch or one of the current Regional Officers who are always more than happy to clarify.

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