These are the Rules.
Break them and you risk a locked thread, a warning and/or a ban. If you have any questions, contact a staff member or an administrator. Ignorance is not an excuse for breaking the rules. If you register without reading this, you're risking a ban without even knowing why.
1. Yes, this is the internet, but this is our corner of it.
While this is on the Internet, these forums are not a democracy. We have rules, and we expect them to be followed. Most of the following is common sense and we do provide exceptional roleplaying services in return for your common courtesy.
2. Read the FAQs for each forum specifically before posting.
There are different ones for each forum. A specific rule will supersede a general rule.
Example: Advertisement for your own creative work is allowed in the Music forum, but not in the News and Current Events forum.
3. Open source roleplaying.
Any roleplay that you create is considered open source, and therefore you do not retain any intellectual property over it. Artwork and other literary work that is posted outside of the roleplaying forums are still your own, however. Roleplays Will Not Be Deleted
4. Respect the staff.
Insulting a staff member will not be tolerated, regardless of circumstances. If you disagree with someone within the The Staff Team, then discuss it politely, and intelligently via the PM system. If you feel that your complaints are still not being addressed, then take it to another staff member. Overall, courtesy when communicating with the person in question will generally get you a much nicer response.
5. Do NOT flame.
Being abusive to another user is prohibited. If they have broken a rule, use the Report button. If they need to be pointed to the Rules & FAQ, point them to it and leave it at that. In addition, any grievance given due to race, nation, sex or creed will not be allowed. Please always use our report button if you think someone is breaking the rules.
6. Do NOT spam.
One word posts, off-topic banter, and multiple posts are prohibited. Similarly, erratic and off-topic threads will be locked, and the flooding of new threads will be met with warnings, if not more.
7. Do NOT be elitist.
We will not tolerate ANYONE using any sort of Roleplay-related status to lord themselves over ANYONE ELSE. Roleplay Adventures is a community of equals, and it will stay that way. Post count, join date, member number and all other such measures are irrelevant.
For more information on what is considered elitist, please refer to the Forum Etiquette
8. Keep your avatar and signature small and tidy.
Your avatar is limited to 125 x 125 in dimensions, and 64 kb in size.
Your signature is limited to either 8 lines of text at default size and font, one 125-pixel-high sig image and three lines of text at default size and font, or the rough equivalent if you have a signature image that is less than 125 pixels high. The maximum width for a signature image is 600 pixels. Content within a spoiler tag has no limit on height nor width, but it is asked to keep it reasonable. The maximum total size for all your signature content is 256 kb. This can all be read in our Signature Guidelines
9. The forums must be work-safe.
In both compliance with the wishes of this sites creators, all content on the forums must be kept safely browsable at work and school areas. This means no explicit content in both imagery and literary devices. If within doubt, it is best to err on the side of caution. If the content must be made available, then warn of its possible unsafe nature. Pornographic content, however, is strictly not allowed to be linked to in any given situation.
10. No Site Pimping
Do not create threads to promote your website, your online recruitment game, your webcomic, or anything else. Links within your signature are allowable as long as they are redirected to areas that are appropriate, and meet all other rules. If you wish to have a thread made for your site, contact the staff for further instructions.
11. This is not a file-sharing forum.
Please do not post requests or links for illegally-obtained games, software, music, scans, etc. However, freeware is allowable.
12. No forum wars.
Don't start, participate in, or encourage forum wars directed at either here, or toward another website and/or forum.
13. Don't repost locked threads.
If threads get locked, they get locked for a reason. Don't make new threads asking why it happened, and don't whine. Apologies are also unnecessary.
14. Inappropriate usernames, avatars and signatures are not allowed.
Whereas cursing is allowed (see guidelines below., you can't have a curse word within your username. If your username is suggestive, or even quite explicit, it will be changed by an administrator. Similarly, keep your username short. Obscenely large usernames are as well inappropriate, and subject to change.
15. Do not open multiple accounts.
Only one account per person. If you are found to have more than one account then all of them may be banned. This also goes for proxy addresses. If you're found to be using a proxy ip address, you will be banned instantly. There really is no reason you should be using a proxy address.
16. Do not open a puppet account.
If you have been banned and you decide to create a new account and return, you may be immediately banned again without warning at the discretion of the staff.
17. Threats will not be tolerated.
Do not threaten other members with physical violence, or mental and psychological duress. Also, do not threaten the staff with damage toward the site or to the team itself. These matters are not merely inappropriate, but also illegal.
18. Your instant messenger conversations don't belong here.
No instant messenger / irc / live chat logs are to be posted on the site. If people wish to participate in live chat, they can do so at their own discretion, but posting logs will get you an infraction, if not more.
19. Do NOT drag the entire staff into your problems.
We can't stress this one enough. Do not make this forum your own personal battlefield, because it will not be tolerated. The staff is here to provide a enjoyable roleplay experience and make sure the rules are followed, but we are not here to indulge in your personal life.
20. We are an English speaking site.
While we love and appreciate members of all countries and creeds, posts must be made in English. The reason for this is simple: we cannot moderate posts if we cannot understand them.
21. Piracy is illegal!
Posting/requesting sites for illegally obtaining games or software, or links to movies that haven't been released cannot be allowed. Such requests and links will be edited out.