Alright everyone, I should have done this earlier and I am sorry that I didn't. I mentioned this earlier in my reply to Chris and I'm just go over it here just so everyone can see.
As you may have noticed Jake and I have no qualms about enforcing rule #2 (Link). I thought perhaps I should explain it a bit more though.
The three week rule encompasses both _haunted_night and _night_ooc and is enforced only when there has been no sign of a player on either board for over three weeks. What I mean is, if you haven't posted on _haunted_night in three weeks but you have posted on _night_ooc in that time period, or vice visa, you've posted on _haunted_night but not on _night_ooc then you do not have to worry about breaking rule 2 because we will consider such posts as a sign that the player is still interested.
It is when you have not post on either board in three weeks that we get concerned and post a warning and if we can we will try to email or IM the player. In fact if the player emails or IM either of the mods, then we accept that too. In fact even if another player lets us know that the person is still interested then that's fine.
However if a player still doesn't contact us after three weeks are up and after the three day warning period is up then we will enforce this rule. But honestly, if you are so busy that you can't take five minutes to just post something like "Yeah still here, can't post, auto-play me" in a three week period then maybe you shouldn't be playing this game.
As of this moment though, no player is breaking the three week rule, one or two may be have been gone a week but that's not against the rules so don't worry about it.
You may be asking, why is this three week rule such a big deal ? Well as some of you know, this game was developed from another RPG known as sum_ofall_fears, in fact some of you are former players from that game. Jake and I feel that one of the reason that game died is because people disappeared without any notice to the other players and there would be long periods of waiting on other players. So we decided that in order to keep the game going and keep people posting in some form we would have this rule and enforce it, so that others took it seriously. Yes, this is just a game but a lot of effort has been put into it both by the mods and the players and we want to do whatever we can to keep it going.
Now I'm sure some of you are thinking, "What if people are holding up a thread for a week or so, what then ?"
Well, I'm pretty sure I posted this earlier on _night_ooc but I'll say it again.
There is no posting order. If you want to wait for someone else to post before you do, then fine. In fact it's clear that many people are doing this, I myself am trying to stick to it in some threads out of politeness. But people are not required to follow a posting order and you do not have to wait for someone else to post if you do not want to. Of course, as a side note, if you are talking to another character it does help to wait for them to response but ultimately it's up to you.
I think that's everything but chances are that it is not. Either way, if there is a problem, you have questions or concerns or you disagree with something we've said, feel free to comment.
In the words of O-Ren Ishii: "I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo."