Post by Bonetrousled? on Aug 21, 2017 22:38:13 GMT
This notification is potentially one of the most—if not, the most—important announcements I can make here. It is here that I will take the opportunity to list the rules of the Forum. These rules are here for a reason, boys and girls, so I expect you to pay close attention to them and commit them to memory! Obey them at all times, and we can keep this site as friendly and clean as possible!
RULE #1 — READ ALL OF THE RULES!
Obvious as this one is, it's true—we've had members in the past ask us questions on where to go to find specific rules and guidelines, when it should clearly be outlined within the rules themselves. Should you have a question on how a specific postulation of our site works, please refer to the Rules first! If they cannot provide you with the answer you desire, contact the "Questions" subboard for further information. <link here.>Remember! Just because something isn't physically in the rules doesn't make it legal! It's the law of common sense, people—use it! It's there for a reason! Additionally, notify a Staff Member if you have any questions regarding something that isn't in the rules, yet appears to be questionable in its nature. If we agree with your point and think it deserves further spotlighting, we'll be sure to put it into the appropriate rule topic. Thanks a bunch for helping us catch it!
This is the section for general rules and site conduct. While the rest of our rules threads can be found in our Rules section, we also have an index here to help you navigate more easily. (all links to be filled as we restructure)
- Beginner's Guide (Coming soon!):
An introductory list for DFRP's newcomers to help make getting acclimated to the site a bit less intimidating.
- Setting Information (Coming soon!):
Information on our site's setting, both Shibuya and the Digital World, and how to comfortably integrate your character into it.
- Character Creation Rules and Guidelines:
A thread all about making sure your characters are the best that they can be. These include advice on the process of character creation, informational links on Japan, and a list of requirements for making characters, both human and Digimon alike.
- Digimon Information:
Information on Digimon and Digivolution, including our ban list, levels for traditionally unranked Digimon, and guidelines for making your own custom Digimon.
- Combat Guide (Coming soon!):A guide to how combat works on the site, both before, during, and after the fight. This includes guidelines for acceptable movesets, how battles should be carried out, and where you can get into fights.
- Shop and Money Guide:
An explanation of our site's monetary system, Bits, as well as our site shop and the many items you can buy with them.
- Character Templates:
A list of templates you can use when making your character, whether human or Digimon.
- Mission, Job, Team, NPC, and Monthly Roleplay Challenge Rules:Specialized rules for some of the many activities we have on this site. You don't need to commit them to memory, but for an idea of what you can do on here they're worth the read.
The pages linked here are the only set of active site rules. Anything contradicting these is outdated material and is to be ignored.
RULE #2 — R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
I'd like to break into song, but this is serious as well! The "Golden Rule"—as referenced by various cultures and traditions around the world—is a staple in any social system. "Treat others as you want to be treated yourself." I don't think I can stress it enough as it is: don't disrespect other people, and it won't happen to you. For an idea of what counts as rule-breaking disrespect, think "is this something I want people doing to me?" For example, please do not constantly push members or staff for posts, especially during busy times in their life. Do not completely freeze people out of the site, whether unintentionally or not. Cliques can become major problems as sites grow, and they make things very exhausting for new members trying to fit in. Do not call others out in the chatbox or in posts, whether passive-aggressively or bluntly. Airing drama publicly like that makes things worse for everyone. If you have a problem with another member please keep it to PM, or request a staff member to help arbitrate if things absolutely won't work out otherwise. Overall, please try to treat people fairly, kindly, and justly. It's the least they deserve. People who try to abuse or exploit this rule to their advantage will be dealt with accordingly.
As a particular note on respect, I would like to quickly mention art credit. A lot of artists work really hard on their pieces, and it's only fair to give them the acknowledgment that they work so hard to deserve. Whether in your signature, or at the end of your app, please give credit to the artist behind any fanart that you use for avatars, signatures, or jazzing up your profile. If you truly cannot find the source, make sure to make note of the fact, but for any sourced art we prefer that credit be given where credit is due.
RULE #3 — Do not spam or flood!
"Spamming" is classified as reckless and impulsive posting of redundant or useless posts, quotes, images, messages, video links, or anything else in an incessant or repetitive manner. It's offensive to some people and it clutters the boards up. Advertisements and Affiliations have their own part of the board, so anyone who wishes to advertise must do so there. (The link has been provided <here>, for any inquiring minds). In the chatbox, this also qualifies itself as "Flooding". Do not post various, shortened messages one after the other—this can easily be taken care of in a single, longer post. Be mindful of others attempting to work on the site: they have to put up with that little "tick" noise, too, so don't make it worse for them!
RULE #4 — No Trolls Allowed!
On this site, "Trolling" is classified as actions designed to cause distress or chaos to members and/or the community of the site—those who do this are "trolls". Trolling and trolls are unacceptable, period. Methods of trolling include "flaming" (or "bashing"): intentionally harmful or derogatory comments said by the "flamer" designed to offend or upset a member (or members); "baiting": the posting of comments or subjects designed to draw negative responses from a member (or members) or cause general chaos; or simply causing unwanted or unneeded stress and discord on the community through various, destructive actions. This also amounts to those who put themselves on a pedestal for the sole purpose of gaining attention: it's disrespectful to other members, and it's unwelcome behavior.Remember! If you feel you are being subject to trolling, baiting, flaming, or any kind of unwarranted behavior—do not take matters into your own hands! Instead, notify a Staff Member for assistance, and it will be dealt with.
RULE #5 — Keep it PG-13!
We're all about freedom of expression, but there comes a point where certain elements within certain topics are just "too much"; to the point it may even be offensive to our more sensitive members. Our site is rated PG-13, so anything here may not be as "kid friendly" as one would expect of a Digimon-based website. (A clearer definition of what "PG-13" entitles can be found <here.>) Despite this, we still ask you to please keep with the site's listed guidelines—and please, use common sense! If you feel these constraints make certain thread concepts impossible, you can still utilize them so long as the tag "MATURE CONTENT" is in your thread title. This is a little bit more leeway for you to incorporate some darker or more mature themes in your posts. While it is still important to watch what you write and ensure it doesn't spill into tastelessness, this will at least warn others what they're getting into if they choose to read or participate in your thread.
Even with this extra wiggle room, however, we must insist all of your work still abides by Proboard's content rules. Namely this section; "are libelous, defamatory, abusive, or threatening, excessively violent, harassing, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or pornographic." Even with the mature content tag, ultraviolence and highly sexual content is still not allowed. Not only can this hamper others' experiences, but it can also get the whole site shut down by Proboards, so please be understanding about this!Remember! If you feel you aren't willing to cope with the fact that there may be suggestive themes or content within this site, by all means, we will not hold it against you if you choose not to join! On the other hand, those who do understand this must be responsible about the content they post! Failure to do so will result in immediate action, followed by appropriate punishment.
RULE #6 — Don't cheat!
This site is a site devoted to fairness and equality amongst the members—this includes through the Post Count system. You are, by any means, not allowed to alter or manipulate your post count whatsoever. You cannot chain-post with insignificant or poor-quality paragraphs, delete posts and quickly repost them, or post content that is irrelevant to the site. All posts must be at least 150 words in length, or at least attempt to be such. This rule is more stringent in solo threads, where many small, short posts can lead to unchecked post farming. In solo threads, posts must be at least 500 words in length, and only three of these posts can be made in a single day. For the purposes of convenience, and due to not providing post count benefits, Monthly Roleplay Challenge posts are exempt from this requirement. Posts within the roleplaying sections of the forum must be relevant to the In-Character world and your characters entirely. Finally, in order to prevent new characters from being artificially inflated, a single character may only receive 100 posts in transfers in a single month. Should Staff catch you attempting to cheat your way up the scale, we will not hesitate to remove an allotted number of posts (or all of them!). This punishment will be delivered as is appropriate, dependent on whether or not the offense is repeated.
RULE #7 — Be responsible with image use!
A good image can really spice up an app or post, but a bad image can be a major eyesore for members to deal with. Whether in a post or as part of your avatar and signature, please consider whether the image you are posting is necessarily appropriate or not. Firstly, make sure to monitor your image sizes. In order to avoid stretching out the forum, images wider than 500 pixels must be either placed within spoiler tags or resized to be of acceptable girth. Secondly, if using a gif keep your animations simple. Small amounts of movement in an avatar or signature are fine, but overly long or detailed animations can be very distracting. Worse still are those with intense flashing lights or very rapid movement, which can cause headaches in many or seizures in those with epilepsy. Due to the health hazard, any images such as that will be removed swiftly and without warning. Finally, all images must be in compliance with the forum rules. Anything grotesque, illicit, or otherwise not PG-13 cannot be posted. Neither can anything designed to harass, bait, or passive aggressively call out other members. Your images are just as important as your posts, and the rules will not discriminate between the two for the purpose of determining offenses.
All avatars on proboards are re-sized to 150x150 pixels. All signatures shall be no larger then 500x200 pixels. This is to avoid forum stretching. Here are blank examples:
Failure to meet guidelines will result in staff removing the offending signature. The same applies to avatars.PUNISHMENT — FROM WARNINGS TO BANHAMMERS
Of course, those who fail to comply with all of our rules are regarded as troublemakers—as such, we practice strict forms of discipline for those who are unable handle themselves in an unprofessional and respectable manner.
The first time a person breaks a rule, usually a Staff Member will give them a strict warning and a wag of the finger—nothing too bad. However, the warning will stay in place for a week.
Should a person continue to break rules within the week of receiving the verbal warning, they will receive a 33% warning level on their profile. If the rule broken has been a rule the person has already been warned about, they will also received a 33% regardless of the time elapsed. This warning stays active for a month afterwards.
This first infraction comes with a ban of one day. In addition, if the ban was for a postcount violation, the gained posts will be taken away.
Now if a person is insistent on continuing to break rules on the forum while that 33% is still active, their warning level will be increased to 66%. This infraction will be a ban of one week, and if posts were gained from the broken rule they will be taken away. After this one week passes, the 66% will remain for another month. Afterwards it will drop back to 33%.
In cases where the rule breaking does not stop, we will unfortunately be forced to use the third strike of our three strike system. Your warning level will be set to 99%, all of your posts will be removed, and you will be banned for an indeterminate amount of time. Depending on the nature of the ban, this isn't necessarily permanent. If down the line you decide you're truly sorry and want to rejoin, you may be allowed to come back if your actions haven't hurt anyone too badly. However, your posts will not be returned to you, and if future rules are broken your past banning will be kept in mind.CHATBOX RULES
The chatbox may be a separate portion of the site, but that doesn't mean it isn't subject to the same rules. Every rule you see here applies to both the site and the chatbox. Bans made on the site will be echoed in the chatbox, whether temporary or permanent, and vice versa.
However, we understand that the chatbox tends to move more quickly than the forum, and sometimes people do the wrong thing in the heat of the moment. To account for this, there tend to be more warnings given in the chatbox before proper bans are handed out. The first warning is simply verbal. The second is a 15 minute time-out ban, with no corresponding forum ban. The third is a 1 hour long time-out ban, with no corresponding forum ban. These warnings will be kept note of for one week, after which point they will go inactive. Any chatbox infractions after these three warnings will translate to full forum bans, as described above.
Please show them every bit as much respect as you would full site staff.
Chatango also has some convenient systems in place that can be used for quickly reaching our members and building deeper communications with them. While these are very convenient, they can also be sources of stress and contention. Please use them responsibly.
First is the tag system, where adding @ to a member's chatbox name will automatically ping them with a notification. While this is fine in moderation for important updates and notifications, it can be overwhelming when spammed after every message or used to rush people. In addition, some members are just innately grated by the sound. Please use tags judiciously, and if a member expresses discomfort try to keep their preferences in mind.
Second is the Chatango PM system, allows one-on-one messages in a separate tab from the main group. To use this, simply click on the speech bubble in the bottom left corner of the chatbox. While many use this to try and talk with their friends, it is also a tool that can lead to harassment outside of moderators' sight. We can't monitor chatango PMs or other forms of communication as consistently as we can site communications, but we will not tolerate our site being used as an intermediary for hate speech, unwarranted solicitation, or verbal abuse.
Any member who uses this private channel, or any other, to make members feel uncomfortable or unsafe will be subject to the same rules as our forum posts and chatbox. You do not have to step forward if you are not comfortable with doing so. We want to ensure the harassment of our members is taken seriously instead of waved off, but we also do not want anyone to feel pressured to share details that might trigger them once more.
Above all, please, respect your fellow members, both in public and in private.
Finally, we have a tagbox now! This can be found in our sidebar, labelled Notification Box, and serves as a quick and easy way to catch the attention of members and staff alike. Whether looking for a profile edit to be approved, participants for a mission or open thread, or a partner to take on a job or MPC with, the tagbox helps keep these requests obvious in the public eye.
The rules of the tagbox are simple. Do not spam the box with your request every day, and don't post unrelated posts in the tagbox. Once your request is satisfied, a staffer will delete the post to free up room for more notifications. Use this box responsibly, and hopefully it will help ensure that no thread goes unfulfilled.[If you have any questions or need anything clarified, feel free to ask a staff member. We are always more than happy to help. :3]