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Chat Line Etiquette

Table of Contents: Attitudes | Language | Actions | Links | Problem Resolution | Footnotes | References | Related Links

These guidelines are derived from the Terms of Service in light of current admin practice. They tell more of the story than do the simple (and strictly enforced) requirements found in the Main Rooms Policy.

"Chat" includes game chat lines, room chat lines, PM chat, and the KGS Leave Message facility. These guidelines also apply to the titles of game offers and to emails sent to email addresses posted in user-info pages.





Problem Resolution


The dictionary definitions of "cynical, sarcastic, and sardonic" are much stronger than is commonly supposed. They refer to behavior that is totally inappropriate on KGS, especially because children might be present.

1 Cynical:  

  1. Believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity
  2. Doubtful as to whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile
  3. Contemptuous; mocking
  4. Concerned only with one's own interests and typically disregarding accepted or appropriate standards in order to achieve them

2 Sarcasm:  The use of irony to mock or to convey contempt
  Sarcastic:  Marked by or given to sarcasm

3 Sardonic:  Grimly mocking or cynical

4  "Forward" is used in the sense of being "bold or familiar in manner, esp. in a presumptuous way."

5  "Vulgar" is used in the sense of "making explicit and offensive reference to sex or bodily functions; coarse and rude".


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