Fundamental Rules of the Guild

We are laid back. We let a lot of things fly. We are only here to provide a social experience for those with the common hobby of roleplaying. We don't believe in policing the community. The community can police itself by reporting issues.

Deal?

So here are the fundamental rules of conduct:

1) Don't be an a-hole.
  • Don't spam.
  • Don't advertise.
  • Don't excessively flame others.
  • Respect the community and the staff.
  • Don’t behave disruptively or “hijack” discussions.
  • Don't treat all sub-forums like the Spam sub-forum.
  • Don't use racial/sexual/other epithets or otherwise discriminatory language or jokes.
  • Threats of violence, incitement to violence, or violent language directed against another person is a no-go.


2) Keep your conflicts private.
  • When disagreements arise in discussion, address them respectfully and in good faith.
  • Unable to address disagreements respectfully and in good faith, try to work it out in private.
  • Harassment/Griefing is not allowed, and it's easy to avoid someone if you can't keep your cool with them.
  • If a user asks you to stop communicating with them in private messages, then stop. If you ask someone to stop, then you need to stop, too.
  • GMs and Co-GMs have the final say on disagreements within their threads. It's fair to discuss disagreements in the OOC tab, but keep it civil and don't belabor the point. They can ultimately ban you from the roleplay thread. You can always start your own roleplay with your own rules.


3) Don't post mature content.
  • No explicit Images, including gifs. No nip-slips other permutations of nudity and explicit sex, which includes Japanese anime-style blurred genitalia. (err on the side of caution)
  • No smut in the public forums. Keep it to PMs.
  • Tagging for mature content should be in the form of either putting "Adult" or "18+" or "Mature" in the topic or beside a pairing list or plot title
  • Listing the variety of acts/kinks that you want to do is a no-go; take that stuff to private.
  • We ban bestiality, pedophilia (and any other -underage- relationships) and other heinous and illegal acts -- there are forums that cater to that stuff, we want it off ours.


4) Don't waste Staff's time.
  • Don't troll; A troll is anyone that intentionally does something that wastes our time.
  • Don't be super edgy.
  • Don't instigate, or get into, e-fights. Remember Rule #2.
  • Don't acknowledge trolls. Don't post in their threads, don't make threads about them.
  • Determining whether or not a ban was fair is also a waste of Staff's time, so err on the safe side.
  • GMs and Co-GM RP thread bans are up to them. Unless especially egregious, don't expect site Staff to police RP thread bans.
  • If a troll gets off on getting other people banned by compelling them to post, then they are doing the Guild a service by revealing other people that waste our time.


Conflict Resolution

If you’re experiencing problematic interactions with another user, when possible attempt to resolve the issue through direct communication without site Staff.

  • Privately communicate with the other user and try to work it out then and there.
  • If someone approaches you about an issue they're having with your behavior, hear them out.
  • Look for a "win-win" solution if one exists.
  • Realize no one wins with e-fights. Winning an argument isn't usually possible, or the best goal. Know when to disengage.


Report Violations

We depend on you to help us keep the community clean. Why have Moderators painstakingly scan the forum for problems when we have hundreds of active users?

There currently isn't a Report User button; we suggest bringing any problems to Staff via the appropriate forum while the site is under development or just PMing them directly. If you ever have to talk to site Staff, you'll find that we are fair and easy-going.



Moderation Policy

Site Staff reviews all submitted reports of violations; including reviewing threads and PM screen caps, as well as talking to the parties involved in the reported incident. Even if we determine no formal violation of rules has occurred we may informally contact a user about their reported behavior to discuss the issue without issuing a formal warning.

Most of our decisions are made collectively behind the scenes.

When it's determined a violation of the rules has occurred consequences may vary depending on the severity, history, and context.
  • First offenses may receive a formal warning or have offending content removed.
  • If the reported party has already received a warning for the same class of violation or for anything similar, we may take action including:
    • Removal of offending content.
    • Temporary ban of the user's account from 1 to 24 hours.
    • Permanent ban of the user's account.
  • For severe violations we may permanently ban the user's account without warning.