Code of Conduct (obsolete)

This is an earlier, obsolete version of Storium’s Code of Conduct, originally published on 3/25/2017. It has been superseded by Storium’s new Code of Conduct and is provided here only for historical reference.

Storium is a place where anyone is welcome and encouraged to tell stories from their imagination. Everyone has different ideas of what makes up a good story, but since Storium is a collaborative game it requires players to bring a spirit of cooperation and open-mindedness to the table, and to take responsibility both for their conduct and for how it can impact other peoples’ experience.

To ensure that Storium remains a vibrant and welcoming community, we expect all users to adhere to this Code of Conduct in all their interactions on Storium (including in games, forums, private messages, and anywhere else interactions can occur). Violators may have their access to Storium limited or revoked.



1. Play well with others

Respect is a core value on Storium. Always treat your fellow players, narrators, moderators, and Storium staff with respect.

Embody Storium’s spirit of collaboration by following these principles:

2. Don’t be a jerk

Abusive language, hostility, hate, bullying, harassment, or spamming of any kind are not permitted in user interactions on Storium. Examples of such behavior include but are not limited to:

Sometimes characters in stories are jerks even though their writers aren’t. If you think that any of the above themes, language, or behaviors may arise in-character in the course of play, discuss it with your fellow players first and make sure everyone is comfortable. And at all times show respect and compassion for the sensibilities and experiences of your fellow players.

3. Agree and communicate

Storytelling can be an intensely personal experience. Some stories explore topics that some people may find inappropriate, disturbing, or even painful. Storium games can also represent significant investments of both time and creative energy. All of this makes the following guidelines critical to success when playing with others:

If you’re a game’s host or narrator it is your responsibility to ensure that the above principles are followed. Ensuring up-front agreement and ongoing communication between players is the clearest path to success for your game(s). Set the right tone early on, and use tools like “Host’s rules,” “Triggers,” “Info for invitees and applicants,” and the Green room to set expectations, build understanding, and communicate any sensitive subjects that you expect your game may touch upon.

4. Play it safe

Storium does not require users to provide a real name or other personally identifying information. As with many sites on the Internet you can never be sure of the true identity of the people with whom you play unless you already know them from another context. Our Terms of Service and Code of Conduct are intended to protect all of Storium’s users, and we provide tools both for managing your interactions with others and reporting incidents of abuse (see below). That said, it is still important to follow basic online safety practices on Storium:

5. Think of the kids

Storium is available to users who are 13 years of age or older. This means that in addition to adults there can also be minors here. All users should bear this in mind when interacting with others.

Games that include any of the following classes of content are considered “18+”:

6. Follow the rules

In addition to this code of conduct, every area of the Storium site is also subject to Storium’s Terms of Service.

When conflicts arise

If you’re experiencing problematic interactions with another Storium user, when possible attempt to resolve the issue through direct communication.

Blocking users

Because it’s not always possible to resolve interpersonal conflicts, and because people should have the right to decide with whom they interact and on what terms, Storium provides a “block” feature that you can utilize at any time and at your sole discretion. This feature is accessed via “block” links in a number of locations across the site. Clicking any of these links adds the associated user to your block list. Blocking a user means:

(Note that blocking a user does not remove them from a game in which they’re already participating or to which they’ve already been invited.)

Reporting violations

If you witness or experience behavior that violates either this Code of Conduct or our Terms of Service, you are encouraged to report it to the Storium team. You can do this in two ways:

Our enforcement policy

The Storium team reviews all submitted reports. In the course of our review we may view private messages or private game content, but only that which is necessary to corroborate the complaint.

If we determine that no formal violation of our Code of Conduct or Terms of Service has occurred, we may still informally contact the reported party about their behavior.

If we determine that a violation has indeed occurred, consequences may vary depending on the severity, history, and context.

Additionally, Storium staff monitor our public forums and may remove without warning messages that violate our Code of Conduct or Terms of Service.

Note that Storium will work to maintain a respectful and safe environment even outside of these rules, and we’ll step in at any time if we deem it necessary.