Post by Counterklock on Mar 4, 2018 15:56:24 GMT
Rules and Guidelines
The set of rules may be amended at any time without prior warning. Any changes to the rules will be announced by the Administrative Team. Offences which take place before the rules are changed will not be counted against you. By joining this forum, you agree to abide by the rules laid out here as well as Proboards’ Terms of Service. You are expected to have read all rules and plot material before joining.
First and foremost, be kind and considerate to other community members. We wish to foster a safe and welcoming community in which all members can contribute and feel included. Respectful and civil behaviour is expected from everyone. We are all here to have fun and a good time. At no point should anyone feel uncomfortable or pressured to do things they do not want to do. All community members — staff included — are here voluntarily, and do not inherently owe anybody anything by their presence alone.
Harassment and bullying will not be tolerated. This includes and encompasses discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religious belief, class or social background, sexual orientation or political belief. We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment with regards to sexuality and gender identity. Please feel free to approach any of the staff with any issue that should arise so that it may be addressed and resolved swiftly to avoid escalation of behaviour or situations. Examples of such behaviour include malicious name-calling, swearing, or general abuse. Disputes of any kind should not be discussed in the shoutbox. Please inform a staff member so that the conflict may be mediated — we will not ignore you.
No sexual content is allowed on the forum. As per Proboards Terms of Service, sexual content, sex roleplay, or cybering is forbidden upon Proboards forums and will not be tolerated. Engaging in or soliciting sexual roleplays will result in an immediate ban. If you must, please fade to black in roleplays and let implication speak for itself. Using the private messaging (PM) system does not excuse you from breaking this rule.
The Administrative Team is here for you. We are open to suggestions and always try to be impartial and unbiased when disputes arise. We acknowledge that we have faults and that we may be wrong at times, and encourage people to speak up and let us know where we might be falling short. All that we ask is that you do so in a polite manner — constructive criticism is very much welcomed!
Do not post about personal issues with or opinions of staff decisions in a public venue such as a forum board, Skype chat, or shoutbox. If you have an issue with a decision made by a staff member, please take it up with us directly. We want to work with you to cooperatively come up with a solution to a problem that works for all parties involved, but publically posting about issues is incredibly rude, counter-productive, and entirely unnecessary.
All major decisions by the staff will be made as a team, for the benefit of the majority of the members. While we are not without faults and cannot truly be unbiased, all sides of a dispute will be taken into consideration and all opinions will be carefully noted before a decision is made. This includes instances when a member might have a dispute with a staff member since it is possible for members to disagree with a decision made.
If you feel like we have made an unfair decision or reached a consensus that affects you on a personal level, please talk to us. We do not intend to hurt people. We encourage you to contact us and send opinions or questions — we only ask that you do so in a polite, non-confrontational manner.
That being said, we will take the needs and the good of the community as a whole into account when making decisions, and we will not hesitate to ban a member if issues have arisen and mediation has failed.