This is a suggestion sheet. Here I will list off rules that are part of the club currently and will not be changed, as well as suggestions for rules, and leave the comments for what you want as rules.
Solid Rules (unchangeable Rules basically)
~No sexuality: No over-showing of cleavage or sexual body parts, no sexual gestures, no blatant porn, no Yuri or Yao, in roleplays, stories, or pictures. This club has already gone through a month of porn pictures being flashed on it and we don’t want that to start up again. It doesn’t matter if characters are married, in love, or if it’s just TOUCHING a body part, we need to keep things clean. (Now before I go on, because these are Mobians, yes nudity is allowed, but only in the context where you don’t show parts. I’ve posted unclothed characters of both gender before but I never draw the parts meant to be covered. Everyone can do the same.)
NOTE: You aren’t going to be flagged as inappropriate if you show a small amount of cleavage or naval. This should be AVOIDED but for the most part this sort of thing is usually much less important than the effort put into the pictures or stories and such. It is not our goal to make sure that everyone’s pictures and hard work is removed which is why people need to be careful with what they post. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s day so please don’t make it so anyone has to.
~No overgore: Now gore in general can be used for certain things. If you show a bite-mark, or you’re showing special kinds of bones or body parts that are supernatural or something along those lines, revealing that sort of thing is allowed as long as it isn’t overly gory. We don’t want to see intestines spewed all over the place, nor do we want to see blood gushing from someone’s shoulder. A cut, or even a little bit of blood is perfectly fine, but please don’t go crazy lest you ruin someone’s Dinner.
~No spamming: Basically don’t post things that aren’t sonic-fan-character related. If you have something non-fan-character related that you want to talk about you may post it once in the comments or in the links, but only one or the other. This does NOT include constantly saying “Hello” or “I’m back” or “I’m leaving”. Those comments were not allowed to begin with, but people just kept doing that and ignoring that rule. These comments are almost never productive, they almost never turn out to be true as people leave and come back constantly, and they cause other comments relating to the club to be sidelined. If you have something important, and by important I mean life-threatening-important, then you can post about it, but try to keep things on a small scale.
Also yes this does mean that unless you’re posting a music-video for someone’s theme song, what you post needs to have to do with Sonic FAN CHARACTERS. Sonic-Franchise stuff in general isn’t supposed to be here. Unless you’re posting something like Sonic Shorts 6, with it’s Fan-character guide, it’s SONIC-related, not SONIC-FAN-CHARACTER related.
NOTE: This does NOT mean that you are not allowed to show things that combine both fan and cannon-related material, such as pictures with Sonic and your fan-character, or them in a fanfiction. Those are fine. But if it’s something that’s just cannon-Sonic, it doesn’t belong in our
~No Recolors: Recolors take the art from an actual artist and change it slightly, then show it off as your own when it isn’t. Regardless of that, even if you get permission from that person we don’t allow it. Recolors don’t look pretty and cause the club to look messy. Keep them from being in our community please.
Based on the other hand, and Furry-Doll-Makers, are suggested AGAINST, but they are not illegal on this club. We do not consider Furry-Doll-Maker drawings to be hard-worked art, but they can be used to model designs for characters, and are therefore useful. Bases are good also for modeling and creating templates to help people along in a stuck design.
The reason however that these are warned against is because of how often they are used. Constantly these can be seen on the club if allowed to spread. Thankfully of recently it hasn’t been very bad, but if you’re using either of these please keep it to a minimum. Thank you.
(These are rules that I wish to add but are not set in stone unless I am given enough support for them)
~Language: I understand that this club doesn’t cuss too often, but let me be clear about something here, there is a reason that Cuss-words are called that. They are meant to be foul versions of other words to cause offense. No one here is going to use the N-Bomb right? Then why do we use the F-Bomb? Or the FM-Bomb? Or the S-Bomb?
My suggestion is that there be a limit on the type of language allowed. I understand that people aren’t going to stop cussing all-together but I think we need to be more civil about the words we use.
~No F-Bomb “Literally meaning sex and rape, this word is extremely unprofessional”.
~No S-Bomb “If you’re going to say poop in the first place then at least just say poop, not a word that is meant as a comparison to poop as an insult”.
~No N-Bomb “Self-explanatory”.
~No religious Cussing “This is something that I PERSONALLY cannot stand. There are religious people in our club. Every day they come to this club and have to put with “Oh my god” and “What the Hell”, or “God Dammit”, along with “Damn you” most of us have to restrain a lot of negative feelings. We don’t appreciate hearing people lightly use words that we are very serious about. One could argue that saying “Damn” would be an exception, and you can argue that if you’d like, but at the very least we all should be respectful enough not to use the word “God” in vain as a cuss-word.”
This suggestion applies to chat, roleplays, and anything else text-related. I understand that some use Cuss-words as a way to express emotional tension in their character’s personalities, or to show traits and fables and such. My suggestion to those is to simply replace the words with something else if you have to at all. Regardless of that however it does not apply when concerning religious cussing, or the others listed above. Those would not be allowed regardless. If you want to talk like that you may do so in your own area, but it does no harm not to cuss, but it can do harm when you do cuss.
~Common respect: Always show respect to one another. If you are in a disagreement you may debate, that’s fine, healthy even. But as soon as hostility rises up, or if blame/name-calling is put on to the table, it needs to either stop or be moved elsewhere.
This also applies to those who wish to reveal something about another person. Before you decide to post something against someone I suggest that you tell one of the users longest running here about it. If you feel that it was one of us who has done the deed, or that you cannot trust us, then talk to a different person about it for approval. If someone has done something against the club then it is best to keep the peace as best we can. That means that we need to allow the person you have something against to privately speak about it first before jumping to conclusions.
NOTE: However, in the end if it is something that greatly affects the group, or is a matter of abuse against a user, the information is free to be revealed. Anyone who does not want people to see their skeletons has every right not to show them, but people should know that no one around them is perfect. The other reason to reveal such evidence in an event like this is that of proof to those that may doubt or call names to someone for what happened.
Also, public attacks will not be tolerated. It is the very last resort that someone should be reported, and their account removed, which is why we must do everything we can to end the attacks if done, convince the person to stop, and then if we need to report them. If offensive content is shared then reporting it is your duty as a member of the club, but those who post it should always be allowed to defend themselves. However to those that feel upset that progress may be lost, such as in roleplays and such, if you post something offensive in the club, publicly, then that means there’s a chance someone may find it who shouldn’t see or read something like that, so unfortunately if offensive enough such posts will be reported on the spot. Please remember to keep courteous about what you post.
~Self-Control: Most know that I quite enjoy being random-happy-fun-times, but constantly bouncing out spasms of energy all over the club can greatly irritate people, and alienate them as well. Joking about, even acting completely insane, is perfectly fine, but only when anyone who is involved with the content you are doing in that in, approves of it.
FOR EXAMPLE: If you post a picture or a post, and start up a random laughy-taffy adventure in it, you should make sure examine how the people react who also comment on it. You should ask if they are okay with being crazy. To those who did NOT post the content however, remember that this was not yours and regardless of what you may want the post is someone else’s and they are allowed to do what they like as long as it does not violate the main rules.
This suggestion also stretches to that of the Chains. Now Sara, myself, and a few others came up with an idea for a Chain-Club already, so you don’t have to worry about that, but posting dozens of random comments, or repeatedly going berserk in roelplay comments, those things are not allowed. Self-control is a constant must around some people. When both people are perfectly fine with crazy, do whatever you’d like, but if one is not alright with the situation, please be courteous.
~Involvement: Our club has a HUGE problem and that is the fact that almost NO ONE gets involved with ANYTHING larger than a small roleplay. We almost NEVER get answers to contests anymore, group-stories are non-existent, Forums die quickly, and stories are rarely read. There is a simple solution to this.
>If you are asked to read a story, take time to at least read the first few parts. If you aren’t interested then you don’t have to continue but we should always give something a chance.
>If you want someone to read your story then take time out of your day to read one you’ve seen.
>If you see a contest being held, go through your schedule and think of if you can enter. If you see three or more entries then you don’t have to try it, but we should NEVER see a Question that says “Help Wanted” for any other reason than no one being online.
>If you agree to be part of a Forum Roleplay, always try to stick with it. If you can’t continue do NOT vanish from it, but at the same time don’t say you’re going to leave right off the bat. Talk to the members, mainly the creator of the forum, and talk it over until there is an agreement. In the end you can always leave when you want, but at least give warnings first.
>Feedback: Whenever you are part of a forum, a roleplay, see a picture, hear music, watch a video, read a story, etc. make sure that you at least say SOMETHING about it, whether you’re talking about a suggestion, a compliment, or just asking about it, to show that you at least remember what it was about. Something was cool in it? Tell the person. They won’t know unless you tell them, and always do your best to be supportive and make them happy. If you think it’s terrible, then suggest a way to make it better, but mention strengths in it as well.
In the end I think this will always just be a suggestion, but it’s quite rude when someone puts together a huge even, taking a lot of time out of their life, and a lot of planning to do it, only to have almost no one, or no one, enter into it, (Most recently being the drawing contest, and the Godless World story ideas by Grace).
~Understand the Report system. I will go over what the buttons are for.
>Inappropriate: Something that is offensive, vulgar, or insulting by any means.
>Spam: Something unrelated or repeated; something unneeded.
>Broken: Not-working correctly, half-loaded, glitched
>Outdated: Expired, no longer usable or reference-able (I will note that this rarely happens on the club, but this does apply to contests, story/game-suggestions, etc. that never happened and will note return. These just confuse new users)
These are there for a REASON. They are there because if something fits that criteria then they are allowed to be reported. Before someone says “Someone can just say that something like a spoon is offensive” most of us are mature enough to tell the difference and not play that card, but either way you can always tell what is offensive based on the club rules. If something is in contrast to them then it is inappropriate.
Do NOT be afraid to use these if you have to, but only do when you have to. These are not your enemy. A lot of users get very upset when something of theirs is removed, but most of the time it’s removed because it was against the club, and facebook, rules. These people sometimes go after those who reported them. While people should always discuss problems first, if you feel that you need to report something, you should do so and not choke. No matter how upset someone may get it will need to be done and the longer you wait is the longer that it is there, breaking the rules, and/or offending someone.
THOSE ARE MY SUGGESTIONS BUT I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS THINK AND WHAT RULES YOU WANT TO ADD YOURSELVES. POST THEM IN THE COMMENTS BUT PLEASE TRY TO BE BRIEF. THIS WAY WE CAN IDENTIFY WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TO BE A RULE AND THEN WHEN PROMPTED WE CAN GO OVER THE SPECIFICS SO THAT IT ISN’T TOO COMPLICATED TO UNDERSTAND.
Thank you for reading.
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