You may hear the term "Door Etiquette" mentioned in discussions, reviews, or at an event. What IS Door Etiquette you ask? No worries, we're here to help. Door Etiquette refers to the status of a room door at an event (like a hotel takeover) and references the room occupants privacy level. It's defined in the 3 stages as follows:
Door Closed (Latched/Locked) - This means the occupants want privacy, so don't knock or try to enter. Even if you hear "fun" going on inside, they want to keep it to those in the room at the time.
Door Chocked (Closed, but cracked open) - This means knock first/peak and ask if ok to come in and wait for a response. The occupants may be "busy" or otherwise engaged.
Door Open (Fully open with a door stop) - This means Come on In and see what's going on!
Now to clarify a few things here which always apply.
CONSENT IS KING - ALWAYS WITHOUT EXCEPTION!
When invited into someone's space, you are a guest there. It's perfectly acceptable to watch when invited in or entering an open room. It's also ok to ask to to engage if play is going on, but it's NEVER ok to just "jump in and join". If you have any questions or comments on door etiquette feel free to comment or ask.