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There are four main types of threads that will find a home here in The Circus: games, quizzes, polls, and conversation about sports. Here are the criteria used to determine if a thread qualifies:

Games

> Offline games that most people will recognize (for example Cluedo or Mornington Crescent).

> Has a specific set of requirements for posting (e.g., Everlasting Sentences, Thread without the Letter O).

Note: How to tell if your fun idea for a thread is a game: Do posts to it have to take a particular form, or meet a specific requirement? Then them's rules, and it's a game! If you are starting a game, please spell out the rules in the opening post. New people join the Ship every day, and even if a game has been played countless times already, not everyone will know how to play it. If the rules are complex or long and involved, please consider simplifying the game, or link to a site that explains them clearly. Similarly, those wishing to join in with a game should read the opening post carefully to ensure that there's no confusion about the rules.

Quizzes

> A quiz designed by a member (e.g., Knockout Quiz).,

> Quizzes and tests on the Internet (e.g., Test Your Spiritual IQ, Political Compass).

Note: If you are starting a quiz in the latter category, please provide a link to the quiz so that others can find it easily.

Polls

Polls can be serious (e.g. about current affairs or theological issues), or frivolous (e.g. Whom should I marry? or What should I have for tea?). Please make sure that questions are phrased in an unambiguous way and that the answer selections provided cover a wide range of options.

Sports threads

> These tend to focus on professional sports, but conversations of your own sporting pursuits are welcome too.

Note: conversations about sports can naturally get a bit partisan and a bit heated. That's absolutely okay in The Circus so consider yourself warned, but please be mindful that the 10 Commandments (especially numbers 1 and 3) still apply.

In addition to these guidelines, the normal Ship of Fools 10 Commandments continue to apply. Your ringmasters are listed at the top of the board. Feel free to give them a shout if you're hopelessly confused.
 
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