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PostSubject: The Laws of Haven City[Rules]   Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:32 am

Commandments of New Haven City

The following list of rules is law, each of the rules must be followed and any break from them is subject to varying punishments. The following Rules are all general site rules, which must be followed and may or may not include rules for the chat, creation, RPing and chatbox. Their is no excuse for not knowing these rules, as everyone should have read them. Each rule will be further explained bellow. [Staff Reserves the right to update list as needed.] (If you believe anything should be added, notify a staff member and it will be discussed.)


Respect:
  • The golden rule of New Haven City, Respect all Members. Respect yourself, your peers, and the staff. There may be times when someone posts something you disagree with or think is stupid, but that is no reason to start an argument. Also, as a member you should respect that the members from this forum are subject to the many diverse situations of the world and as such, you should not insult their race, gender, sexual preference and/or religion. Ageism, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Xenophobia or any other form of discrimination is strictly forbidden.

  • It is a given that from time to time people will rub each other and an argument will break out. For the sake of other members, it is asked that arguments are kept as privately as possible, with minimal involvement from outside parties.[Excluding Staff] If the issue is RPing related, a staff member with help sort it out and if the issue is a personal matter it is hoped that it can be sorted out and the members can go back to RPing peacefully. While it is not forbidden to discuss 'touchy' topics such as politics or religion, let it be known that if an argument breaks out, staff will intercede. Also note that if one member of said discussion wishes to stop, then the topic should be dropped.


Rating:
  • While I myself dont particularly care about the rating, for the sake of other members please keep all content at a PG-13 level unless otherwise stated. This rating applies to posts, chat box language/discussions and/or images posted on the forum. Adult Topics [Including, Heavy Violence, Language or Sex] should be marked with a tag in the title. For example: A Silent Night[Heavy Language] or A Fateful Meeting[Adult Content]. Also, while a little swearing is okay, if you are constantly swearing then you will be asked to stop. This rating also means that no X rated material should be posted on the site.


Member & Staff Relations:
  • In a larger sense, as a member, you are expected to obey staff decisions and the rules. However we recognize that the staff is human and as such, they do not know everything and they do make mistakes. If you disagree with a Moderator/Admin on a decision based on your application then you should politely discuss the issue with said Moderator/Admin. If the issue become out of hand a higher ranking staff member may step in and make a verdict regarding the issue in question.

  • Also note that the Staff are people and just like everyone else, they have school, work, family, friends, relationships as well. And as a result, they may not be able to check your application right away due to different issues, while this does mean it may take longer for your application to be looked over, it does not mean you may constantly ask and/or bug the staff to check your application, this includes via the chatbox or PM. In order to assure your application is checked, you may bump it every 24 hours and if the application is not checked within 5 or more days you may ask or PM a staff member to look it over.


Member Expectations:
  • The Members are what make any great RP site thrive. As a member of the site, it is primarily expected that once you join you will remain active. So, what is considered 'active'? That you create a character and Role Play at least twice a week. Posting in Off-RPG areas does not mean you are active. It only means you're here to chat and not role play, something that this site is not based off of.

  • As a member you are also expected to respect others creativity and not plagiarize.

  • It would be extremely helpful towards the staff and other members if you maintain basic knowledge of the site and terms, this includes keeping updated with the rules and understanding important terms.

  • Have Fun


Posting:
  • Do not CAPTILALIZE, bold, italicize, underline, blind, size, or font your posts in a manner that we can not read. (Do not capitalize, bold, italicize, underline, blind, size, or font your posts in a manner that we can not read.) Please. Use common sense on this one: if we can't read it, we won't read it. Its okay if you do it for small sections of your posts, but if you do it for your whole entire post it hurts the eyes and no one will actually read it. It's just wasting your time and our time. If you're going to change the font for the whole post, please keep it to a readable font like Arial or Times New Roman; and if you're going to change the size for the whole post go up or down one size only. Everything else should be common sense.

  • Additionally, do not post one liners. The only place you could post one liners and get away with it is in the general discussion in spam topics. That place is meant for one liners and spam and what not. But everywhere else you should give at least a paragraph or if you can't do that, two sentences. Don't just put something like 'I don't like it.' or 'I love this idea.'.

  • Also, please try to use proper grammar when posting at all times (unless its in general discussion, spam topics). And this should be obvious, but type in English please. It doesn't help at all if you're typing in a language we can't understand. (And quite frankly, if you can't type in English or read English... we are wondering why you are here in the first place. You don't have to know it well, just enough so that you can RP with other people.) Use a spellcheck! (And don't you dare counter with 'I don't have spellcheck.' You have access to the Internet; therefore, you have access to an online spellchecker. USE IT!)

  • Remember! Hit preview before you post things and just skim through your post. Fix errors, and change things if it looks weird, too small, too big, unreadable, etc. The old excuse of 'I didn't know it'd look like that.' isn't acceptable at all when you have a preview option. So add in those periods, commas, question marks, and quotation marks.

  • Also keep in mind that holding a higher rank, while it does grant more power, also requires a higher post count.


Accounts:

  • Currenly you are only allowed one character.[This will change once we gain more members]
  • Only one account per person, those found using multiple accounts will be punished. [If you and a sibling or other family member RP from the same IP address, then you should inform the staff to avoid undeserved punishment.]
  • No account sharing.


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