IC: In Character (Virtual mode -the character being played)
OOC: Out of Character (Real Life mode -the player behind the
RL: Real Life (Life outside the domain of the MUCK)
One important component of BDSM in idea and practice is safewords.
The cornerstone of BDSM is the idea of "Safe, Sane, and
Consensual" and while in this medium safe and sane don't
have to apply the same way they do in RL, consensuality applies
as much, if not more than, the way it applies in RL (see Consent
Policy). Above and beyond the idea of OOC consent
being necessary for every scene, safewords provide assistance
in controlling a scene in which consent has already been granted
(although this is by no means the exclusive use of the safeword
safeword is a verbal indicator of ongoing consent, or withdrawal
thereof. For consistency and ease of use, this policy will
adopt the most common safewords used in BDSM. A list follows,
with an explanation of each:
best way to check a safeword is either vocally or by means
of a whisper or page asking, "What color are you?"
This applies to the 'top' in a scene. Any participant in a
scene may voice discomfort, approach of a limit, or crossing
of a limit by using the safewords. Red, used by anyone, in
the connotation of a safeword, signals an immediate cease
and desist order of any activity. The use of the term 'safeword'
itself implies that a player has invoked the policy and that
the current activity should cease immediately.
Red - This means 'stop'.
Stop -now-. Step away from the situation or scene and
- This means 'slow down'. Approaching a limit, proceed
- This means 'go'. Everything is fine, all is well, go
right on ahead.