Are you being harassed?
- If someone is continuously attacking your character (verbally or physically) without your Out of Character (OOC) consent, you are being harassed.
- If someone is continuously badgering you in the room or in private messages, you are being harassed.
- If someone is continuously making explicit comments directed at you in the room or in private messages, you are being harassed.
What should I do if I am being harassed?
- Inform the person harassing you via out of character means (i.e, private message) that their actions are unwanted. This step is very important. If you have not already asked your harasser to stop and informed them the attention is unwanted, Magi's will be unable to take action.
- If there is a Magi on duty, report it to them immediately, using a private message including the screen name of the harasser. This will allow the Magi to watch the one harassing you more closely and take the appropriate actions. Remember you may also use of the ignore command (see instructions below) so that your enjoyment of the area is not affected by the disruptive guest.
If there is no Magi on duty you need to:
- Open your e-mail program and cut and paste the harassment text in the body of the mail.
- Make note of the time and room, and enclose this in the body of the e-mail.
- Follow the directions below to use the ignore feature. This will allow you to stop any private messages coming from this person.
- E-mail the above information and the pasted harassment to email@example.com. This will allow us to take appropriate action.
Letting us know that there is a problem will help us make the ISRP area a more enjoyable place to come to.
To ignore someone you simply need to type in the command "/ignore [username]" and you will no longer be able to receive private messages from that user. You can take them off ignore at a later time by simply typing in "/unignore [username]".
How to Avoid Harassing Others
We realize that sometimes guests exhibit behaviors that are considered harassment without realizing they are doing so. With this in mind, the ISRP team has established the following guidelines to know when your comments are considered harassment and what to avoid.
- If you are asked to cease sending private messages, in character messages of a certain nature, or to stop discussing a particular offensive or personal subject matter by another guest, DO SO IMMEDIATELY. If you fail to stop, your comments qualify as harassment.
- NEVER make sexually explicit, defamatory, or discriminatory comments publicly or via private messages. Not only do these tend to upset other visitors to the ISRP area, but also comments such as these are also a direct violation of the Code of Conduct , and will not be tolerated.
- If you wish to "spar" with someone in character, whether verbally or otherwise, approach him or her via private message FIRST, before exhibiting aggressive behavior in the non-combat rooms. This way, they can let you know whether or not they are interested in such an encounter, and are prepared for your actions.
Remember that each character has the right to Freedom of Destiny.
Every individual is in charge of their own character, including their past, present and future. As such, if you do not desire for something to occur then it is within your right to ask that it does not, to ignore the action, deflect the action and/or request that those impressing upon your character respect your wishes. Likewise, it is common courtesy not to declare or assume the results of actions (i.e. autohits), force storylines, or involve others without their express permission. If a user asks you to respect the boundaries of their character and storyline, please do so. Further attempts may be subject to the harassment guidelines.
If you have any comments or questions regarding harassment, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask a Magi on duty.
-The ISRP Staff