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Last modified 9/30/2001

There are many terms that are common usage on the muck, and are also used in these policies. This document is an attempt to clearly define these terms in a central location.

General terms:

  • Roleplay (RP) - From the dictionary you get "to assume or act out a particular role." On a muck this usually takes the form of playing a character that has different attributes and behaves differently from how you would. For example your character may be a vulpine technician on a starship, something none of us actually are. Such role may require you to act quite differently than you normally would.

  • In Character (IC) - Simply put, this means that you are roleplaying your character. Note that while IC and OOC are clear cut terms, it is rare that a person is 100% in or out of character.

  • Out Of Character (OOC) - The opposite of IC, this means you are not roleplaying your character. Since everyone's "physical" form on the muck is that of a furry, this usually means you are acting as you would if you had fur. Again, people are rarely 100% out of character for that reason, and for the reason that a lot of people feel more free to express themselves virtually.

  • Real Life (RL) - This is most commonly used to refer to life outside the muck. It can also be used to refer to you being 100% out of character, or the "real you."

  • No Contact Order (NCO) - In real life a NCO is also known as a Restraining Order, and is given out by some authority, usually by the courts. Such an order, in it's most simple terms, tells the parties involved not to communicate with each other. On a muck the authority is the Wizards. As in real life there are penalties for violating a NCO.

  • Harassment - The dictionary says "Synonyms: harass, harry, hound, badger, pester, plague. Harass and harry imply systematic persecution by besieging with repeated annoyances, threats, or demands. Hound suggests unrelenting pursuit to gain a desired end. To badger is to nag or tease persistently. To pester is to inflict a succession of petty annoyances." The term is a bit more broad on a muck, as a single incident of such, if extreme enough, can be considered harassment.

  • Wizard - The term "Wizard" refers to a player on the muck who has both special abilities and responsibilities. The term can also be defined as a synonym for administrator in this case. See policy wizards.

  • Policy - The policies of Tapestries are, simply put, it's rules. See policy readme.

Terms relating to building:

  • Core Building - These areas are the type that Public Building is linked to. Core building must be owned by a wizard. Examples: Towns, large land masses, roads, shopping centers, and the like.

  • Public Building - Facilities that provide public services, business, or places that building other than Public or Core can be linked to. Examples: Bars, apartment complexes, public dungeons, etc.

  • Private Building - Authorized private areas are those that have restricted access, or are build primarily as a home, or for a select group of people. To be authorized they must be connected to Public Buildings, and have their parent rooms properly setup to be a part of that building. Examples: Apartments, personal or organizational (such as a pack) specific areas, private clubs, homes, etc.

  • Unauthorized Building - Essentially all other building. If it is not linked into the core of the muck, or is not linked to a proper portion of the muck, it is unauthorized. If unauthorized building falls, by usage or design, into the the classification of Core or Public building is subject to removal with out notice. We do not wish people building new towns, continents, lakes, roads, or entire worlds with out careful planning by the wizards.

Policy version 2.1.1.
Written by WhiteWizard <tap-wizzes@fur.com>