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We hold a high standard for discussion in the community areas of our site (including the Forums, Looking for Group system, and Wiki), beyond our Terms of Service. By choosing to participate in the community here, you are expected to abide by the guidelines outlined below. This is our community, and as stewards of it, we have an obligation to promote a healthy and positive discourse.

Contents

General Code of Conduct

Intended Use

The Roll20 Forums exist to discuss topics directly related to the use of the Roll20 program. Anything that more fittingly could be discussed on another website should be discussed there.

Please understand that violation of any prohibited item may lead to deletion of the corresponding article without prior notice, temporary or permanent ban of your forum account, or other measures.

Common Courtesy

It is expected that all discussions will have a tone of respect. It is important that all discussions are held in an intelligent and amicable manner. There will be no tolerance for any person-based attacks, passed judgement (be it on issues ranging from gameplay to lifestyles), or incendiary language (dramatic communication with the intention of provoking a strong reaction from other users). This does not mean that debate is disallowed- only that it must be constructive. However, critiquing of posts is only allowed when specifically requested by the original poster.

Civil Discussion

Discussion should be centered around adding to our community in an intelligent manner. For that purpose, we ask that you refrain from:

  • Repeated submission of content unrelated to the theme of a thread or topic, obstructing communication.
  • Repeated intentional submission of identical content or incomprehensible content, or "trolling".
  • Submission in a language other than a designated language (for moderation purposes).
  • Criminal acts or conduct related to said acts in submissions.
  • Discrimination, insults, slander or offensive speech; damaging the reputation or trustworthiness of another.
  • Use of foul language and aggressive tone.
  • Publication of any personal information or information related to personal privacy, regardless of ownership.
  • All conduct potentially bringing disadvantage to our company or the management of our company.
  • Any other behavior deemed inappropriate by administrators.


Trolling, whining, passive aggression, reliance on memes, spamming, irritating repetition (including topic/post duplication), and intentionally unclear or misleading posts are not welcome. Furthermore, while these areas are intended for adults, clearly explicit content is prohibited. Please make an effort to use the best grammar available to you.

No Piracy Allowed

We do not allow the encouragement or distribution of pirated works. This is not meant to target the showing of interfaces or fan work accomplishments- only actions that undermine the rights and property of others.

Competing Interests and Sales

Any promotion of outside sales items or fundraising is prohibited without prior approval from Roll20. Exceptions will be granted only for items that are of strong interest to the community and do not compete with our own products. Please contact team@roll20.net for approval.

Official Sources of Information

While we encourage all of our users to aid each other by answering questions and making suggestions, the only official source of information regarding Roll20 comes directly from those marked as members of the
Roll20 Team
and
Mod Team
. Any requests made by them within a topic require strict adherence.

Furthermore, any attempted impersonation of moderators or Roll20 staff will result in an immediate permanent ban.

Prediction of Developer or Moderation Action

Any and all posts predicting how a Developer or Moderator will address an issue will be deleted- with the offending poster being banned. If you see an issue on the forums you think needs attention, please "Report" the post and let the Moderators address it- do not attempt to publicly solve (or predict the solution) yourself.

Similarly, arguing with Moderators or Developers on the forums will result in a ban.

Abuse of the "Report" Function

The "Report" function keeps the community safe and the team vigilant. Any abuse thereof will result in a warning and if the behavior persists, a ban.

Enforcement of the Code of Conduct

Use of the community areas is a privilege, not a right. By participating in the community areas of Roll20 (Forums, Looking for Group system, Wiki, etc) you are agreeing to abide by this Code of Conduct. If you choose to disregard it or attempt to circumvent its intent, we will take appropriate action, including removal of your ability to participate in the community areas of Roll20. This applies equally to both free and paid users of Roll20.

If you feel that another user has acted inappropriately or violated these guidelines, please use the "Report" function to notify us or contact us at team@roll20.net as needed.

Please keep in mind that while we cannot personally respond to all reports, we do read them all.

Posting to LFG & Paid GMing

Looking for Group

Looking for Group (LFG) listings for 18+ games must be marked as such. Any content in your public LFG listing- including game description, username, or game forum posts, must be PG-13 in nature. Content that breaks our Roll20 Code of Conduct or Terms of Service will be removed.

Each individual Roll20 game should operate in a spirit of consent for both the Game Masters and players involved- everyone should be in agreement as to the actions happening around their virtual table.

Roll20's LFG tool is only for games being played in Roll20. Any listings advertising games or groups outside of Roll20 will be removed from the site.

External Links

The LFG Forums and the LFG Tool are meant to promote games and find groups to play with on Roll20. The addition of external links within the LFG areas of the site for payment purposes (Patreon, PayPal Donations, etc.) or invitations to off-site communities (Discord, Off-site message boards, etc.) is prohibited and will result in removal of the post.

Inclusivity

All Looking For Group postings should be in the spirit of inclusion as opposed to exclusion. This will allow you to best attract the gaming group you wish to interact with instead of attempting to repel those you don't.

Two important caveats to this:

  1. You may advertise seeking to associate with those whom you share a common background (gender, cultural background, etc.). However, if in this process your post is discriminatory, inflammatory, or spends time on exclusion-- particularly towards those that face systemic oppression-- the post will be removed and be subject to further moderation as necessary.
  2. You may not create a post seeking someone of a different background that you do not share. While we appreciate your desire for inclusion, specifically targeting a group in your post becomes an issue of tokenism and is not permitted. This will result in your post being removed and further moderation as necessary.

Off-Topic Posting

Please only reply in LFG threads that you are actually interested in joining. Comments that do not reflect the original poster's request are considered “off-topic” and against the Roll20 Code of Conduct.

Bumping posts is discouraged and should be avoided, this falls under the “irritating repetition” mentioned in the Civil Discussion section of the Roll20 Code of Conduct. To gain more exposure, try using the Looking for Group listings.

Please only create threads for upcoming games in Roll20. Similar to our Looking for Group tool, please only advertise for games up to 3 months in advance.

Pay-to-Play and Paid Game Mastering

Currently, paid Game Mastering is allowed without prior approval from Roll20. Roll20 is not responsible for any payment transactions and cannot enforce any private arrangements.

Pay-to-Play games on the Looking For Group (LFG) forum require a link to their LFG listing and may not be advertised on the LFG forum without a link to their LFG listing. However, any attempt to advertise Pay-to-Play games or paid GM services to users who have not explicitly asked for it in the relevant post is strictly prohibited.

Additionally, Pay-to-Play posts in the LFG forum must contain the following payment disclaimer:

This game will require payment to the Game Master at a rate of [to be filled with a description of your method, amount, and frequency of payment]. Roll20 is not responsible for any payment transactions and cannot enforce any private arrangements.

There is a checkbox in our LFG tool for Pay-to-Play games. If you are creating a Pay-to-Play LFG listing, you must have this selected, and list the desired price per session/game in the field that is provided. This will automatically place the required payment disclaimer for your Pay-to-Play games.

Any Pay-to-Play games on the LFG forum that do not list a description of method, amount, and frequency of payment will be considered off-topic and disabled.

Links to Patreon (or other such sites) are only permitted for pre-approved community members who are contributing either Character Sheets or API Scripts. If you wish to solicit your players directly for funding, you may do so privately, but no such links are permitted in a public setting.

Tipping Your Game Master

Tipping your GM is allowed, but when a GM explicitly solicits tips in their LFG listing or game, they should mark it as Pay-to-Play. As in all places on Roll20, GMs are to treat their players with respect when it comes to this issue. If a GM expects payment for their GM services, they should mark their game as Pay-to-Play.

Additionally, like Pay-to-Play posts in the LFG forum, any games soliciting tips must contain the following payment disclaimer:

This game encourages tipping the Game Master at a rate of [to be filled with a description of your method, amount, and frequency of payment]. Roll20 is not responsible for any payment transactions and cannot enforce any private arrangements.

Individual Forum Aid

Several forums have unique posting elements. Be certain you see to their individual guidelines:


Code of Conduct Last Updated: September 11th, 2018