Just updating you on a couple of policy changes. One is to do with internal Pools policy, the other is a refresh of the forum rules.Firstly, the internal Pools policy change:
I've removed almost all the commands that Gods could use to observe a player's communication. This includes, notably, their 'omniscience' which alerted them when someone said a specific word, such as their name. So those of you that like to drop a God's name to initiate some roleplay will have to explore other avenues of getting their attention. Some Gods may decide to assist with that by creating items you can use to get their attention.Secondly, a couple of updates to our forum rules, which I'll admit I've stolen from Achaea's rules.
I've updated Rule #1: "No posting confidential materials" to also include the following points:
* Confidential guild/city/other org information such as help files or private posts.
* Disclosing, discussing, speculating on, or hinting at alternate characters of any other player without his or her strict permission.
* Posting, or paraphrasing, the text of another person's issue or issue reply without his or her explicit consent.
And a new rule has been added, shamelessly copy/pasted from Achaea:
Aetolia attempts to foster a roleplaying atmosphere, but we can't do it alone. We need the help of volunteers (almost all of the Gods are volunteers) and the players to help nurture an RP atmosphere. One of the things that we've been told by many players is that interaction with Gods is very welcome and a big reason they like Aetolia.
That's great! But one of the reasons that Gods sometimes hold back on interaction with players is that they know they're going to get harrassed for it on the forums. Further, it's difficult for Gods to retain any sense of mystery or allure for players when they're reading the forums and seeing Gods discussed like they're (the Gods) waiters at a restaurant. We also discourage Gods from arguing with players on the forums, as it's not Godly, which takes away the only legitimate way for a God to respond to a player who is using the forums to attack Him or Her.
For all these reasons, from now on, criticism of the Gods on the forums that we deem inappropriate will result in post deletion or, in the case of those who insist on continuing after being warned, forum banning. This is at our complete discretion.
However! Nobody on our end is looking to forum ban people, and it's the kind of thing that would only be employed for extreme cases - either from an individual post that's way over the top, or a series of poisonous posts. We don't want to squash discussion amongst Aetolians of good will at all.
If you have constructive criticism to offer about a God that might be the sort that's too blunt to post to the forums, the appropriate thing to do is email Aetolia's producer. razmael -at- aetolia -dot- com
Full forum rules can be found at http://www.aetolia.com/forum-rules