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Diversions & Procrastination

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The Diversions & Procrastination forum (formerly Games, Diversions, and Other Exciting Forms of Procrastination until September 2019, and How to Procrastinate Effectively before that) is a NaNoWriMo forum for diversions of the non-productive sort. Usually abbreviated "Games" due to its former title, it is a spinoff forum from Off Topic. First named "How to Procrastinate Effectively", this forum gained the Games name because the games posted here were posted to both this forum and Off Topic in the early years of the NaNoWriMo forums. Games is one of the busiest forums in the off season and typically has a higher post count than any other forum.

In 2008, the Games forum was singlehandedly responsible for crashing the entire website when some of the longer threads reached a point where the indexing crashed the database. Because of this crash, the policy of locking posts of over 500 comments was instituted. The switch to Ruby on Rails in 2011 made this policy no longer necessary due to better stability. Since the move to Discourse in 2019, threads auto-close after 10,000 posts. Wrimos may start a new thread for the same game after the old one is auto-closed.

The Games forum once lived in the Outside the Box container category and also held the role playing games until the Roleplaying forum was born in 2007. Today Diversions and Procrastination is a top-level forum containing three subforums: Roleplaying, Polling Booth, and Sidekick Stable.

The Games forum has built a close-knit community over the years, with some threads devoted simply to conversation and chit-chat sneaking into threads. That said, it's easy for new Wrimos to jump in because of the game nature of the forum.

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"I Am Ridiculously Far Behind on My Word Count but The Simpsons are On and I've Only Seen this Episode Twice, OR: Tips on taking relaxing mental vacations from your work-in-progress" (?-2003-?)

"If there's one thing more fun than working on your novel in November, it's not working on your novel in November. Come here for a relaxing mental vacation full of bumping, egregiously erroneous information, movie-title tag, word-association, and much, much more." (?-2012-present)

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