Guide for handling visitors
We want visitors to feel welcome, have fun, and encourage new people to join. To do that, we all act as greeters and we let visitors join us for casual "tavern" roleplay.
Be prepared for all types of visitors: experienced, inexperienced, extroverted, or shy. This is our home and we want to be good hosts. We don't want to come across as rude or snobs.
We also want to keep problems to a minimum and make sure that visitors understand our boundaries and that they don't interfere with our private roleplay.
Most people will be understanding if you are friendly in IM ((OOC)) and politely tell them what they can or cannot do. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt and always be friendly in ((OOC)).
Here are the permission levels of our members if you run into a problem and you need help:
Sim Owner (full permissions):
Andrei Javik (AndreiJavik Resident)
Sim Admins (ban permissions):
drumg0 (Drumgo Resident)
m4x (Maximillian Loon)
Sim Moderators (eject permissions):
Rob (RubberRob Resident)
Kal Dixon (Kalidran)
1. Read and understand the visitor rules: javikstation.com/rules/
Our rules are in place to avoid problems and preserve our RP setting. Most of them are standard for roleplay sims.
If you need to remind someone of our rules, always be friendly. Most visitors are not here to cause problems. They just did not read the rules before wandering in. Be friendly and give them the benefit of the doubt.
2. Greeting Visitors:
When a visitor arrives at the Main Landing, IM:
"Welcome to Javik Station. You can come join us on the colony."
"We are in RP now. You are free to explore on your own."
"If you have any questions about the sim or the roleplay, feel free to ask me."
Note: When you IM someone, make it clear that you are speaking OOC.
When a visitor comes to the Colony or Station:
- Stay in character in local chat.
- Greet them as if they are a space traveler.
- Ask them if they are from Earth or one of the Nearby Colonies.
- We allow them to wander around and join in casual tavern roleplay.
- If they have questions about the sim or joining, talk to them in IM ((OOC)).
- If they want more information, guide them to the information boards and website.
Awkward roleplay situations:
Sometimes people will arrive at the sim in character and start roleplaying with you. In their enthusiasm, they may get overly aggressive, force a situation, godmod, break our rules or setting, or be oblivious to good etiquette. If a problem arises:
- Stop engaging in-character and take it to IM.
- Make it clear you are speaking OOC.
- Be friendly and tell them they can join in casual RP in a public area.
- Offer them more information about the RP or joining on the information boards, the website.
- Suggest they come to our OOC parties.
- You are in control to turn it from an awkward situation into a greeter situation.
- If they still don't get it or are being rude, see dealing with harassing people below.
3. Dealing with Prohibited Avatars:
Animals and Furries:
We allow furries and animal characters at our OOC dances.
If they show up during normal roleplay hours, tell them in IM ((OOC)) that they are welcome to look around as an observer, however, if they would like to join us for casual roleplay, please switch to a human avatar.
Sometimes friends of Andrei's are here to take photos or help with marketing and Expos. They will usually have an observer tag. Always be polite with everyone because you don't know if they are here for a reason.
Always tell them that they are welcome at our OOC parties. Offer an invite to the Javik Station Visitors group and give them the date of our next party.
Children and young avatars:
We are an Adult sim. All avatars must be clearly adults. This rule is non-negotiable.
You might see fembois and twinks who try to look like pre-teens and then argue that they are 18 years old in IM ((OOC)).
Use your judgment. If you have any doubt about their appearance or intention, tell them in IM ((OOC)) that young-looking avatars are not permitted. They can switch avatars or leave.
Andrei will back you up and ban them if they give you a problem.
We do not allow anime characters and anime heads in the private roleplay group. Visitors can have anime features, but if they look like children, see above.
Human visitors should have their genitals covered in public areas. Politely tell them in IM ((OOC)) to wear pants unless they are invited for sex.
We have this rule to discourage sim hoppers from using our sim for random cruising.
4. Griefers and Harassers:
Griefers try to crash sims by running malicious scripts, playing loud sound attachments, rezzing objects, or doing other things to disrupt the sim. We have sim settings that disable common griefer scripts and non-resident rezzed items are auto-returned after 1 minute. If you see something that looks suspicious, tell a moderator, an admin, or Andrei.
If you encounter someone who is harassing you or others and you cannot handle it in IM ((OOC)), mute them and tell a moderator, an admin, or Andrei.
If needed, the person will be banned from returning.