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PostSubject: Rules and FAQ   Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:01 am


THIS ENTIRE THREAD IS STILL A WORK-IN-PROGRESS POST!

This thread will be updated every time a new rule is thought of. We plan to have a variety of rules for you to follow so the forum can be neat, tidy, and organized.

If you have any rules that you want us to add, please PM me. If you have any questions you want answered, please PM me (sometimes your questions are answered in the FAQ right at the top menu).

We will have this thread split up into different sections.
These are the current sections right now.

- Rules of the Forum -
- Rules of Art Threads -
- FAQ -
- Roleplay Rules -

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PostSubject: Rules of the Forum   Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:02 am


These are the basic rules that you MUST follow if you are part of this forum. It keeps the forum tidy, neat, and organized so please take some time to actually read this.


Forum Free
- This forum is free! There's no cost in joining.

Harassment
- Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, including but not limited to harassment concerning opinion, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs. All users are expected to treat each other with respect. No flaming, name-calling or put downs will be tolerated.

Language
- All language and material posted must remain PG-13 and under, which means that there will be zero tolerance for posting pornography, gore, nudity and heavy swearing.

Contacting Staff Members
- All Angel and Demons staff members, especially our moderators, are open to suggestions, comments, complaints and concerns. Please feel free to contact any of them. Their names are highlighted and bolded in RED.

Signatures
- To keep the forum neat, we have limited signatures to 500 characters. We don't allow images over 600x100 pixels here.
To put an image in your signature, copy this code and just replace URL with the current URL of the image.
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[img]URL[/img]
To add a link, here's the code. Just replace URL with the correct URL of the link.
Code:
[url]URL[/url]

Roleplaying
- Roleplaying is allowed here but there are specific boards that you must go to. Sometimes, they're located at the bottom of the Home page. It will say ROLEPLAY in its category title if so.

Applying to be a Moderator
- We usually don't do this, but, if the administrators are too caught up with RL problems, a good member of the forum will be appointed as a Moderator. The moderator, however, will be one to three people that have done well in the forum to gain the position of Moderator. The members get to pick one of the three in a poll and at the end of a week, the one with the highest votes becomes Moderator.

A Staff Member has been acting out of content...
- If this happens, it would be best to contact the main forum owners. Please make sure you have proof of the incident because we want you to back it up with evidence of it actually happening.

One-Word Replies
- We don't like one word replies such as 'cool'/'nice'. Try to post some constructive criticism or a lengthy comment.

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PostSubject: Rules of Art Threads   Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:03 am


These are the basic rules that you MUST follow if you wish to post your art in this forum. It keeps the art threads tidy, neat, and organized so please take some time to actually read this.


Someone stole art...
- We don't take kindly to this. If someone has stolen art and posted it here, the topic will be deleted immediately as soon as a moderator logs on and the member who posted it banned. If someone stole art off here, we will close the art board for a specific amount of time so we can track down the person that committed the act.
- Art theft or character theft is NOT permitted. Credit must be given to all lineart and references. No copywritten art or photography may be used without artist's permission and/or proper citation. Credit must be given at all times.

Content
- Do not post any adult content.

One-Word Replies
Don't comment other's work just by one word like 'cute'/'nice'/'lol'/etc. Try to write something constructive to help someone get even better!

Attitude
- Be nice! If you think something doesn't look good be calm and explain why you think so and give some advice how to change it.

RUDE
- Do not post your work in other people's topics. It's just rude.

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PostSubject: FAQ   Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:04 am


This is the current FAQ of the forum. It tells you the current questions that some members have on this forum. We want to help members and want them to understand the forum.
Some questions are copied from the FAQ in the menu bar at the top.


Why do I get logged off automaticly?
- If you do not check the Log me in automatically box when you log in, the board will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access the board from a shared computer, e.g. library, internet cafe, university cluster, etc.

How do I prevent my username from appearing in the online user listings?
- In your profile you will find an option Hide your online status; if you switch this on you'll only appear to board administrators or to yourself. You will be counted as a hidden user.

I've lost my password!
- Don't panic! While your password cannot be retrieved it can be reset. To do this go to the login page and click I've forgotten my password. Follow the instructions and you should be back online in no time.

I've registered but cannot log in!
- First check that you are entering the correct username and password. If they are okay then one of two things may have happened: if COPPA support is enabled and you clicked the I am under 13 years old link while registering then you will have to follow the instructions you received. If this is not the case then maybe your account need activating. Some boards will require all new registrations be activated, either by yourself or by the administrator before you can log on. When you registered it would have told you whether activation was required. If you were sent an email then follow the instructions; if you did not receive the email then check that your email address is valid. One reason activation is used is to reduce the possibility of rogue users abusing the board anonymously. If you are sure the email address you used is valid then try contacting the board administrator.

I've registered in the past but cannot log in anymore!
- The most likely reasons for this are: you entered an incorrect username or password (check the email you were sent when you first registered) or the administrator has deleted your account for some reason. If it is the latter case then perhaps you did not post anything? It is usual for boards to periodically remove users who have not posted anything so as to reduce the size of the database. Try registering again and get involved in discussions.

How do I change my settings?
- All your settings (if you are registered) are stored in the database. To alter them click the Profile link (generally shown at the top of pages but this may not be the case). This will allow you to change all your settings.

How do I show an image below my username?
- There may be two images below a username when viewing posts. The first is an image associated with your rank; generally these take the form of stars or blocks indicating how many posts you have made or your status on the forums. Below this may be a larger image known as an avatar; this is generally unique or personal to each user. It is up to the board administrator to enable avatars and they have a choice over the way in which avatars can be made available. If you are unable to use avatars then this is the decision of the board admin and you should ask them their reasons (we're sure they'll be good!).

How do I change my rank?
- In general you cannot directly change the wording of any rank (ranks appear below your username in topics and on your profile depending on the style used). Most boards use ranks to indicate the number of posts you have made and to identify certain users. For example, moderators and administrators may have a special rank. Please do not abuse the board by posting unnecessarily just to increase your rank -- you will probably find the moderator or administrator will simply lower your post count.

When I click the email link for a user it asks me to log in.
- Sorry, but only registered users can send email to people via the built-in email form (if the admin has enabled this feature). This is to prevent malicious use of the email system by anonymous users.

How do I post a topic in a forum?
- Easy -- click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message. The facilities available to you are listed at the bottom of the forum and topic screens (the You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc. list).

How do I edit or delete a post?
- Unless you are the board admin or forum moderator you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post (sometimes for only a limited time after it was made) by clicking the edit button for the relevant post. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic that lists the number of times you edited it. This will only appear if no one has replied; it also will not appear if moderators or administrators edit the post (they should leave a message saying what they altered and why). Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

How do I add a signature to my post?
- To add a signature to a post you must first create one; this is done via your profile. Once created you can check the Add Signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio box in your profile. You can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box on the posting form.

How do I create a poll?
- Creating a poll is easy -- when you post a new topic (or edit the first post of a topic, if you have permission) you should see a Add Poll form below the main posting box. If you cannot see this then you probably do not have rights to create polls. You should enter a title for the poll and then at least two options -- to set an option type in the poll question and click the Add option button. You can also set a time limit for the poll, 0 being an infinite amount. There will be a limit to the number of options you can list, which is set by the board administrator.

How do I edit or delete a poll?
- As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator, or board administrator. To edit a poll, click the first post in the topic, which always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote then users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if people have already placed votes only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it; this is to prevent people rigging polls by changing options mid-way through a poll.

Why can't I access a forum?
- Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post, etc. you may need special authorization which only the forum moderator and board administrator can grant, so you should contact them.

Why can't I vote in polls?
- Only registered users can vote in polls so as to prevent spoofing of results. If you have registered and still cannot vote then you probably do not have appropriate access rights.

What is BBCode?
- BBCode is a special implementation of HTML. Whether you can use BBCode is determined by the administrator. You can also disable it on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML: tags are enclosed in square braces [ and ] rather than < and > and it offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page.

Can I use HTML?
- That depends on whether the administrator allows you to; they have complete control over it. If you are allowed to use it, you will probably find only certain tags work. This is a safety feature to prevent people from abusing the board by using tags which may destroy the layout or cause other problems. If HTML is enabled you can disable it on a per post basis from the posting form.

What are Smileys?
- Smileys, or Emoticons, are small graphical images which can be used to express some feeling using a short code, e.g. Smile means happy, Sad means sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen via the posting form. Try not to overuse smileys, though, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may decide to edit them out or remove the post altogether.

Can I post Images?
- Images can indeed be shown in your posts. However, there is no facility at present for uploading images directly to this board. Therefore you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.some-unknown-place.net/my-picture.gif. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible server) nor to images stored behind authentication mechanisms such as Hotmail or Yahoo mailboxes, password-protected sites, etc. To display the image use either the BBCode [img] tag or appropriate HTML (if allowed).

What are Announcements?
- Announcements often contain important information and you should read them as soon as possible. Announcements appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted. Whether or not you can post an announcement depends on the permissions required, which are set by the administrator.

What are Sticky topics?
- Sticky topics appear below any announcements in viewforum and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them where possible. As with announcements the board administrator determines what permissions are required to post sticky topics in each forum.

What are Locked topics?
- Locked topics are set this way by either the forum moderator or board administrator. You cannot reply to locked topics and any poll contained inside is automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons.

What are Administrators?
- Administrators are people assigned the highest level of control over the entire board. These people can control all facets of board operation which include setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc. They also have full moderator capabilities in all the forums.

What are Moderators?
- Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) whose job it is to look after the running of the forums from day to day. They have the power to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally moderators are there to prevent people going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

What are Usergroups?
- Usergroups are a way in which board administrators can group users. Each user can belong to several groups (this differs from most other boards) and each group can be assigned individual access rights. This makes it easy for administrators to set up several users as moderators of a forum, or to give them access to a private forum, etc.

How do I join a Usergroup?
- To join a usergroup click the usergroup link on the page header (dependent on template design) and you can then view all usergroups. Not all groups are open access -- some are closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the board is open then you can request to join it by clicking the appropriate button. The user group moderator will need to approve your request; they may ask why you want to join the group. Please do not pester a group moderator if they turn your request down -- they will have their reasons.

How do I become a Usergroup Moderator?
- Usergroups are initially created by the board administrator who also assigns a board moderator. If you are interested in creating a usergroup then your first point of contact should be the administrator, so try dropping them a private message.

I cannot send private messages!
- There are three reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the board administrator has disabled private messaging for the entire board, or the board administrator has prevented you individually from sending messages. If it is the latter case you should try asking the administrator why.

I keep getting unwanted private messages!
- In the future we will be adding an ignore list to the private messaging system. For now, though, if you keep receiving unwanted private messages from someone, inform the board administrator -- they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages at all.

I have received a spamming or abusive email from someone on this board!
- We are sorry to hear that. The email form feature of this board includes safeguards to try to track users who send such posts. You should email the board administrator with a full copy of the email you received and it is very important this include the headers (these list details of the user that sent the email). They can then take action.

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PostSubject: Roleplay Rules   Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:04 am

These are the basic rules that you MUST follow if you are part of the roleplay part of the forum. It keeps the forum tidy, neat, and organized so please take some time to actually read this.


Post Content
- Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation are respected and highly appreciated. Your post should appear neat and organized, making it easy and enjoyable for other role-players to read. Using websites like Dictionary.com can assist with spelling, as well as provide an opportunity to expand your vocabulary with the thesaurus.
- You should always fill your post with things like thought, feelings, reaction to the environment and descriptions of your character. If all you do is write your character's action, you don't allow for in-depth role-play. Other role-players need to know what's going on with your character, since all they have to visualize the role-play are your words and descriptions.
- You should write a minimum of 4-5 complete sentences each time you post, but strive for 1 or 2 full paragraphs. Remember to fill your posts appropriately and make sure you don't over-do it. If your character has nothing much to do or say when your turn rolls around, a 4-5 sentence paragraph is perfectly acceptable.
- When deciding whether or not to write in first or third person, if is best to consider what you are most comfortable with. Be aware of which style you write best in. Third person is the most commonly used style in role-play. It is also courteous to tell those you are role-playing with if you'll be using a different point of view, to avoid confusion. For example, if you are coming into the role-play and will be playing in 1st person while the others role-play in 3rd person, it is considerate to tell them before hand. You may also want to mention whether or not you'll be role-playing in past (He was...) or present (he is...) if the role-players have obviously leaned towards one type.

You as a Roleplayer
- It is important that you create a character biography because it is vital to understand who your character is. You can't role-play a character until you establish what kind of personality you'll be role-playing. Think about personality traits, likes and dislikes, values and social identity. Will you be role-playing a character that is social and friendly, or one that is hostile and unfriendly? Having identified something like your character's likes and dislikes can help determine how you will react in certain situations. If the other character mentions a thunderstorm is coming and your character is afraid of lightning, you know to react with fear or concern. Knowing these details leads to enriched, in-depth role-play. Having established unique personalities for each of your characters creates variety in the story.
- You need to be aware of the environment in which you'll be role-playing. It is important that you know where you are; what the weather is like and what time of day it is. Always check your fellow role-player's posts for this information. The player who started the role-play will usually include these details in the first post - if not, feel free to ask them out of character. If they say it's raining, you'll need to include that in your post. If they say it's night time, you cannot make it day.
- Make sure you carefully read the other role-player's posts so you know exactly what's going on. If you skip posts or ignore some details (like you may want to do if the post is really long), you could risk missing important things or messing up the storyline in the future. Every role-player should take the time to fully read other player's posts, because you would want them to fully read your posts, especially when you've worked hard on them.

Post Order & Joining
-All role-plays should be turn-based. It is both respectful and fair to give every player a chance to post. A posting order is generally easy to establish; most role-players will follow an order based on entry. An order will often look like this:

  • The person who started the role-play.
  • The first person to post/join.
  • The second person to post/join.
  • The person who started the role-play.
  • The first person to post/join.
  • The second person to post/join.

- If you join a role-play with several role-players, especially one that has been established already, it is important that you post regularly. If you take days to post, the other players may be forced to exclude you. In general, you probably shouldn't join if you don't have the time to post regularly. But remember, you can join the role-play and leave it when you no longer have the time to post regularly; as long as you role-play your entry and exit from the RP. However, there may be some role-plays that don't mind extended periods between posts, and prefer people post whenever they have the time - these are easy to spot by the flow of the role-play and distance between the times players have posted.
- If the role-play you wish to join is clearly marked as a private or limited role-play, you'll have to contact the creator of the RP to ask if you may join in.

Insulting
- Never insult somebody else based on their role-playing abilities and experience. You need to remember that everyone has to start somewhere and every post is technically practice. If you want to suggest something to the player or perhaps refer them to a role-play guide or FAQ, do so privately. Do not interrupt the role-play to make these kinds of suggestions.

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