1. Basic Rules Jul 15, 2010 9:05:02 GMT -5
Post by Ethereal on Jul 15, 2010 9:05:02 GMT -5
- Show Respect
Whether staff, member, or guest, please treat everyone with respect. Use courtesy and have patience when dealing with people, and do not flame or bash anyone. This means tolerance, too. Everyone has a right to their own opinions and beliefs. Any positive ("__ is great!") or neutral ("I think __.") opinions including religion and politics may be mentioned and discussed, but should not be debated; should an argument break out, try to agree to disagree or take it to private chat. We understand conflicts do still happen, but if you do clash with someone, keep it out of public eye. If it becomes too great a problem or is something that really needs to be decided one way or another, try asking a staff member to be a mediator.
- Content Guidelines
Vicious Circle is rated PG-13. This means both that you are not to post anything exceeding that rating and that you should not join if you are offended by mildly mature content. "Swearing" is fine so long as you aren't just making a point to abuse that right. If someone has a good reason to dislike (a) specific word(s), we ask you respect it, and in private chat we ask you to cater to your conversation partner's wishes. In public, however, "zomg bad words D:" is not a good reason and so long as someone isn't making a point to "swear" for the SAKE of doing so we endorse full freedom of expression.
Vulgar subjects (dead baby jokes/making light of tragedies/etc) should be avoided however. Please do not spam. Advertising should only be done in the advertising board, though we don't care if you mention another board in chat. ("Yeah I came from there" or "Once on this one board I had this character do this" are cool. If someone ASKS FOR a link you may oblige as well. "Hey join my site!!" will not be permitted, though. Offenders will be warned twice before being banned from the box temporarily.) Naturally, no illegal content is permitted (pornography, ROMs, hacks, etc).
- One Account
Only one account per member, please. It just makes it easier to keep track of who is who if all the characters are listed under one name. Also, we don't like the idea of falsely inflating our member count. ;P If you'd like to use your character's name, you may, but it is neither required nor too common here.
(Also, don't be confused if at any point you've noticed a major pattern in names among members. xP This is in no way due to any requirements; we sometimes just do things for a while for lulz. You can always use whatever account or display name you want, assuming it's not inappropriate.)
- Activity Policy
As stated in our welcome box, we are both highly active and very casual. Mod replies are quick, but we still understand people have lives. As such, we will never have activity checks or delete inactive accounts; why would we discourage you from deciding to come back some day, after all? All we ask is you do post occasionally, and let us know if you'll be on hiatus for a while. :3
- Show Effort
Whether it's roleplaying, making a character, or just chatting in the box, be sure to put a little effort into everything you do. We are intermediate-advanced, so please do your best to use proper spelling and grammar; this goes double for characters and RP. Casual grammar (like starting sentences with and) is one thing, and completely fine; a total disregard is another. Wondering how something works? Look around! Our staff are very friendly and always more than happy to answer your questions, but often the answer is right there if you'll take the time to look~ ^^
- Have Fun!
Most importantly, have fun! Roleplaying should never be stressful or feel like a chore. If you start to feel like it is, feel free to take some time to relax. Maybe chill in the chatbox for a while or even take a break for a few days and let your muse build back up. :3 We care a lot more about member happiness than our total post count, and we'll still be here when you're feeling back up to par~