These are the rules under which this site operates. There are no exceptions and no special circumstances. Failure to follow them as written will result in a warning or a ban, depending on cooperation or moderator's discretion. Read them thoroughly, reread them periodically and PM a staff member with any questions or concerns. If you observe any of these behaviours, please report them to (or better still, PM) a staff member immediately. 1. To be a part of this site, you must be 18 years of age or older. This is a requirement, your listed age MUST be your real age. If for any reason this is suspected to not be the case, you will be given the option to verify your age (Consider it a compliment, you are older than you appear). Failure to do so will result in a ban. If you suspect an underage user, please inform a staff member. 2. Respect must be shown at ALL times to fellow users, to staff and to the site itself. We’re all here to write. Please let cooler heads prevail and keep drama to a minimum. Failure will result in a warning or ban depending on the offence. Additionally: a. We are NOT a dating site. Friendliness is encouraged, but this is not a place for relationships or relationship drama outside of Roleplays. b. We are also not Facebook. Personal drama, excessive angst and obvious attention seeking are not what this site is here for. c. As both an anti-spam measure AND a question of respect to fellow users, mass recruitment PMs are forbidden. If you wish to start a roleplay, either post a request thread/interest check in the CORRECT FORUM (Link) or read through and respond to ones by other users. Sending identical PMs without having read the user's threads WILL be treated as spam. d. All Roleplay Threads and threads of solo work in the forums are limited to the creator of the thread and their partners. No other user may post there. Free joining of threads is allowed only to The Unfinished Tales forum and in the Sanctum Tavern, where OOC and casual discussions occur. 3. Characters under the age of 18 ARE permitted, with three major stipulations: a. The child will NEVER be exposed in any way to sexual acts or extreme violence (the latter can be implied). This will result in an IMMEDIATE BAN. You will then be un-banned, just to give us the pleasure of banning you again. Seriously DO NOT DO IT. b. The Child CANNOT be the main character of the roleplay or story. Side characters only. Likewise, the existence of the child CANNOT be the central premise of the story (New Parents, Unexpected pregnancy, etc.) Again Ban, unban, and ban again. c. If you wish to include a child character in any significant role (more than one or two posts), you must message a moderator. Your message should say who they are and what their role is. You must have an established roleplay (At least 3 pages of significant content) before it will be considered. - warning or ban. Note: The literal age of the character is not the deciding factor. An ancient vampire that looks 15 is considered 15. Also, any scenario that HEAVILY IMPLIES underage characters is forbidden. So a High School Roleplay is not permitted, even if you say your characters are 18. Any scenario where under 18 would be the logical assumption will be viewed as underage roleplay. 4. Under no circumstances are pornographic links or images permitted. If your avatar or cover photo are deemed pornographic, they will be changed by our Staff (you don't want that). Mild or artistic nudity is allowed, but must be placed in a spoiler. 5. No Bestiality. Furries, anthros and weres are okay, as long as they are able to speak and think like a human. Animal shifters are okay if they shift to human. 6. Large Images in signatures must be put inside a spoiler. GIFs are forbidden entirely (they use absurd amounts of resources and space - and can distract readers). Likewise, refrain from including them in posted threads without spoilers - USE YOUR SPOILER! Spoiler: Example Code: [SPOILER="Example"]Example [/SPOILER] 7. Do not give out or ask for ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION outside of PMs. In PMs, you can share Email and Skype contacts, nothing more. a. These are permitted only for sharing in ESTABLISHED conversations for the purpose of offsite OOC or conversation. Recruiting for offsite roleplays is not allowed, as we cannot monitor these and they frequently lead to offsite harassment. Likewise, we do not allow sending or asking for contact details without established conversation. b. If you wish to share another service, ask a staff member FIRST. There are several we consider as blacklisted, usually due to an abundance of underage users. 8. Do not link to outside content or sites unless it meets our outside content policy (which is basically the same as the rules) and if you aren't sure - contact a staff member. Links to other roleplay sites are forbidden. If your Character Sheet or world are on another site, you can post the CONTENT of them in this forum. 9. No Role-playing of any kind in PM. If you have questions about appropriate forums, ask a staff member. PM is for OOC (out of character) and conversation ONLY. We reserve the right to read all private messages to ensure compliance. 10. Confine all Role-plays which are PREMISED around Sex to The Forbidden Sanctum forums. Other sections may contain sex, but it cannot be the central point of the plot.No bestiality. When in doubt, assume it goes in The Forbidden Sanctum - or ask a staff member. 11. Accounts that are inactive for 6 Months or more will be sent an e-mail with a query if they are still interested in our community. If there is no answer, we will take it as a 'No' answer and will delete the account. 12. Do not spam the Profile wall. Greetings should be done primarily through PMs and Introduction threads, anything longer than the character limit should be continued as a comment on the same post. Consecutive posts by the same user will see all but the first removed unless posted at least 1 hour apart. 13. All Usernames, Signatures, profile posts and other public content outside of roleplay threads must be kept appropriate. Staff have the discretion to remove posts or require name/signature changes if they deem the content to be otherwise. This includes vulgarity, explicit sexual references and anything unduly offensive. 14. The Staff have FINAL say in the interpretation of all of these rules. If they say you are breaking them, arguing is the fastest way to turn a warning into a BAN. We want things to be handled amicably whenever possible—but that does not mean you have wiggle room when you’re told you’re doing something wrong. Look here for a full guide to our forums and threads. When in doubt, ask the Staff. We'd rather provide you clarification now than have to ban you later. Staff positions: Administrators: Purple names. They are the ones in charge of discipline, of forum oversight, of tech support and directing other Staff. Moderators: Blue names. They can do almost everything an Admin can, know the site in and out and can move it up the chain if need be. Heralds: Green Names. These staff are in charge of overseeing our chat feature and enforcing those rules and in charge of greeting new users, they can answer most questions you might have or direct you to someone who can. Chat Rules: 1. General chat is for general discussion. The Forbidden Sanctum is for roleplaying. If you are chatting in the Sanctum or Roleplaying in the General chat, you WILL be asked to move it over 2. No Harassment, Creepiness, Temper Tantrums, or drama. If the staff feel you behaviour toward another user crosses the line, you are subject to either a warning or removal from the room, at their discretion. Any and all Ranting, whining, complaining or melodrama, as well as any discussion that is becoming too heated. should be redirected to the "Sanctum Confessional" room 3. Likewise, no attention seeking is permitted. This includes:a. Melodrama. If your day was so bad you don't even want to talk about it, why is it being mentioned? b. Aggressively trying to redirect the conversation or insert yourself into it. Doing this politely is fine c. Discussion of psychological issues. These are better handled in private and no one in chat is qualified to or able to help you. It is also not possible for us to distinguish genuine conditions from seeking sympathy points. d. Godmoding in all its forms, which includes forcibly inserting yourself into roleplay scenes 4. Chat is meant to be lighthearted, keep it that way. If you have a problem with something being said or done there, bring it to the attention of the staff via whispers or PMs. Any "Calling out" will not be tolerated. 5. Whispers are subject to viewing by staff and these rules will be enforced there. They are not for extended private conversations, as they make it difficult to monitor chat. Any exchange more than a few messages long should be handled in PM. Do not use it as a place for Roleplay OCC. Proposing one is fine, but it should be moved to PM as soon as it is agreed to. 6. No sharing of personal information, including Skype or email. This includes in whispers. 7. All other site rules still apply, especially in the Forbidden Sanctum and Sanctum Confessional 8. The Forbidden Sanctum is not a place for Cyber-sex. If you are being too vulgar or explicit, you will be made to leave. It’s only for light Role-play or Adult conversations. a. Do-s Spanking, Touching, Tying up, Cuddling, Kissing, General play flirting, Playful troublemaking. Think you are in a room full of people. You wouldn’t do certain things, right? Right. Remember, this is only Role-Play. Everything is fun and games. If it gets serious – take it to a thread. b. Don’t-s Full on RP, semi-para. Just take it to a Thread. That’s what the forum is for. Detailed interactions, dry humping. Honestly, we don’t want to see it. Being possessive, being a dick about something that someone “did”. 9. The Sanctum Confessional is the ONLY place where ranting, arguing and excessive complaining is permitted. It is also a good choice for any discussion that is likely getting too heated. 10. The rules are subject to change and Staff interpretation. Our one and only goal is to make chat an enjoyable addition to this site. If we feel your behaviour is in contravention to this principle, change it or be removed. If you feel another User is acting inappropriately, message staff. If you feel you are being unfairly treated, message an admin. If an Admin makes a decision, it is final.