The Rules

Code of Conduct

If you are at a Queensland tournament, or hanging out at a Queensland club meeting or other event, the following is required of you.

  1. No disrupting the play. No cheating, no mind games, no sandbagging at club, abide by the local rules of go, no interrupting or kibitzing without asking first. Especially no breaking the remaining rules in such a way that players either can't or aren't playing go anymore.
  2. No trolling. Have opinions, sure, talk about whatever, think inside the box, outside the box, burn the box. If your natural style of you doing you mostly ends up with arguments and drama, and especially if you are deliberately doing it when you know it's violating Rule 1, you are trolling. Bad troll, no biscuit. Worse troll, no playing. If you're wondering what else to talk about that won't detonate, try talking only about the go. Weather, cake and pizza are is good topics, too.
  3. No violence. Defence of self or others had better be proportional and/or have a really good story attached. Enforcing a suspension or expulsion is allowed.
  4. No getting caught in immorality or illegality. Well, technically, we should phrase that as "do not conduct yourself in a way injurious or prejudical to the character or interests of the Society", but we're relaxed and it's amazing what our members get up to that doesn't stick to us. That said: don't break the law. Don't act dishonorably or immorally. Don't make us have to care whether you might have. Especially do not make us have to clean up your mess or report your violation. If it does leave a stain on our characters or rep, we will share the impact with you.
  5. Be nice. Volunteers, organisers, convenors, and councillors should try to run their meetings and events without drama or partiality. Yes, we have watched Roadhouse too many times. Players and NPCs should respect that the organiser is trying for this ideal, and not do or say things to make it harder.
  6. Do the right thing. If there is any doubt as to what that is, the club convenor or tournament director will tell you. Hear and obey, yes? In the meantime, be cooperative and honest and respectful of others, and play good clean go.

Frequently Asked Questions about the code of conduct

Why should I be afraid?
Penalty is either forfeiting your game, expulsion from the tournament, being thrown out of the club meeting, being suspended from play for one or more weeks, or being thrown out of Queensland go entirely. (Yes, the general secretary can suspend or unsuspend you like a yo-yo, and you get no say. He thinks that kind of thing is funny. No, he can't just expel you for extra entertainment value. An extremely annoyed general meeting who had to stop playing go to deal with you will vote on that.)
My opponent is giving me grief. Who do I get to make them stop bugging me?
The tournament has a director. Get their attention, either by yelling out (between rounds) or, believe it or not, sticking your hand up and waving (during a round, because quieter). Tell them what is going on, and/or show them the blood. They'll take it from there.
This ...person at the club meeting is giving me grief. How do I get them to stop?
The club is a chapter of the Queensland Go Society and so there's a convenor somewhere. They're either around, or they've deputised someone because they're not here today. Find them, tell them what is going on and/or show them the blood. They'll take it from there.
I'm not a player. You can't make me abide by these rules, right?
People come along and watch go or interact with the players, yes. NPCs like this have to abide by the rules, too, and may get a friendly warning or instruction on what we'd like you to not do. Only, because you're not a player, we skip straight to throwing you out and/or calling the police, and the player you're griefing gets the benefit of the doubt. Remember, you decided to come and visit us. Private gathering. If you are sometimes also a player, see above.
But I was only joking!?
Ha. Ha. Ha. Nope.
Everybody does it?
Ha. Ha. Ha. Nope.
Freeze peach?
Only so long as it doesn't get in the way of the go. After that, we classify you as a troll and drop the hammer. Note: people are a veritable rainbow of special snowflakes. Sometimes what you are saying freaks them out or squicks them or otherwise pulls their mind away from the go and on to how to escape you. Don't aim for this effect, in fact stop if you see you're doing it. Stop faster if it's someone vulnerable like a kid or handicapped or autistic. Not cool.
They thought or said or believed a Bad Thing. Can I be offended at their existence and demand you hammer them for me now?
Hah, hah, aha. No. The convenor/director will make the call about when they're over the line to trolling. The other player? They are supposed to keep it down and not get in people's faces such that everybody is yelling instead of playing go. The flip side of that social contract is: you have to tolerate their existence as a polite go-playing person next to you.
Buuuuut. Baaaaaaad Thiiiiiing......?
Here is a safe place for playing go. Here we sanction bad behaviour, not thoughts or words. If we had to read everybody's mind that played go in Queensland, we would never have time to get any go done. You don't want that. We'd also have to read yours.
Isn't this a cool loophole?
Well. It was a cool loophole. Well done. Alas, the general secretary can change the code of conduct at will, and retroactively, to erase your loophole from the timestream, and you've just come to his attention.
This is wrong. How do I appeal?
You can appeal a decision of: Purely go decisions usually get adjudicated by the tournament umpire or the nearest senior player of the club. You could push that all the way through (see list above) and then past that to the national committee of the Australian Go Association, who will be advised by the honorary national coach (who is an eighth dan professional who came up the hard way in South Korea). But why on earth would you want to? And who would play with you afterwards? Just accept the ruling and move on to the next game.
Rules are for the weak. I defy you, puny go society?
If you can't be civil here, play elsewhere and take your drama with you. Various online go servers await. We look forward to your achieving eighth dan rank and coming back to gloat. Not holding our breath, though.
Wait! This go group is also part of some other organisation as well! I am beyond your power!
This happens. Griffith Go Club is angling to be affiliated with the Griffith University student union, and the USQ go players are more or less defined as those members of the Bun Bu Ryo Do who play the ancient oriental game of go. That doesn't mean you have less rules. It means you have their rules, and ours. They may also have different ideas about acceptable speech and conduct, in which case you get the worst of both worlds. Your chapter convenor will advise how this works in practice.
These are all hypotheticals, right? You're writing these rules down as an exercise in overblown rigid paranoia? Right? Right?
Oh, how we we wish. Over the decades of go in Queensland, just about everything has happened at least once. For a lot of things, once was more than enough. Relax, and play good clean go, and be nice, and you won't be one of the stories told to future generations of go players here. Sound good?

The Big Picture

The Society operates as a federation of chapters, according to its constitution.

The Serious People

There is a council. These are the people on it as of the 2017 annual general meeting.

The last meeting was at the 2017 Gold Coast Classic over lunch.

General meetings?