Welcome to the True Path!! The site is a constant Work in Progress so you can expect to see some constant minor changes. Anything that might have bearing on your character however will be announced prior to any changes!
Within this topic you will find all the rules regarding our site and how we, as staff, expect you to behave. Breaking the rules will lead to punishment in accord to the offense. Any questions in regards to the rules can be brought up either in our support section or by kindly asking within the Cbox. Do note that the rules within this handbook are changing based on need and flexibility, and as such could be updated at any moment. Check the announcement board for latest information.
When on a site with many others, it is expected of you that you show your best possible side to its members, and True Path is no exception. We tolerate joking, and in general we have a good time. If issues arise between members, or even towards staff, we expect you to either write a complaint in our complaints section, <link here> or bring it up with the staff. Constant whining is not acceptable. This translates slightly into IC conversations too. Be mindful not to have an overly obscene language, moderate the swearing.
While in general we do not moderate any external chats (like direct messages) for obvious reasons, if we do find proof of any external harassment of any member, the punishments will be harsh.
2. Acknowledge Staff Decisions
For the most part, we're very open about the changes that we make. Occasionally these changes will even be based on discussions with the sites member group. Alas, there are times when viewpoints will differ, and at those times we expect you to understand that staff is doing everything we can to improve and better the site, for the good of all of us. Constructive critisism is welcome in the suggestions tab on the site, and will always be appreciated. Badgering on staff members for any reason is unacceptable - and when it comes to getting your stuff graded, it is more likely to prolong the grading period rather than shorten it. Constant attempts to badger staff for grades will result in warnings. Multiple warnings will lead to punishment.
3. No Copy-Pasting
We'll be keeping our eyes out for profiles, characters, abilities and techniques copied from other places. If the characters, techniques and so forth are yours, we'll obviously be understanding, so long as it can be proven. If a member is found copying other peoples work and/or artwork/coding, without giving the proper credit, it will result in suspension or permanent ban from the site, depending on severity. If people are found copying threads or posts of other members on the site it will lead to severe sanctions against said player.
In general, we'll be accepting many different kind of images, but there is a border. Anything directly pornographic will be punished harshly. Highly suggestive images will be judged on a case-by-case approach. Be mindful that we're here to roleplay together, not start an erotic RP club. There are better places for suggestive material. Likewise we won't tolerate offensive images. This includes malicious ridiculing material (Nazi symbols, political propaganda etc), graphic violence and other such images.
5. Abusing the rules
This pertains to trolling, baiting, and otherwise being unpleasant. Bordering trolling through sarcasm can happen occasionally, and will mostly result in a soft warning to stop. If negative behavior is constant, or staff finds you borderline, punishment may be issued. Abusing our experience systems or the limitations placed on us from Proboards will result in immediate suspension from the site. If you've found something you believe is a loophole, bring it up to staff's attention. Abusing it, then thinking it's probably fine will result in punishment.
6. This Site is PG-13
Kissing and cuddling is completely fine. Romance and hinting at something deeper is fine. If you get too graphic though, either fade to black or drop it completely. Proboards enforces PG-13 and it is ground for closing the site down. Occasionally being borderline is acceptable. Constantly seeking the border however will result in warnings. Multiple warnings will result in temporary or permanent suspensions.
7. Don't be Afraid to Ask Questions
We're all here to RP, so if anyone gets confused, that concerns all of us. If you're feeling wronged or disrespected (in relation to rule 2), then it's better to ask us and allow us to air reasons for decisions. We will not be unpleasant towards any member looking for help or explanations. Abusing our kindness to badger us with questions you can read about in the information system however, will be considered borderline trolling. We're here for you, so do us the courtesy to be there for us too.
8. Posting Order
When creating a new RP (normal or event) a posting order will be decided once the creator of the RP posts a second time. Players are more than welcome to join after the first turn has passed, all this will do will modify the posting order for the next turn.
It is mandatory to follow posting order to create a fair and fun environment for all players. No one likes to get skipped! If a player however hasn't posted within 48hrs of it becoming their turn, then the next person in the order is allowed to skip them.
If a player is skipped, they are removed from the posting order until they post once again in the thread. They can then post at any time, modifying the posting order at that point.
Note: Any abuse of this system (I.E skipping your turn to react at a more convenient time) will be dealt with directly by staff and most likely have your post voided.
9. We have the right to add/remove rules
There will most typically be an announcement if we in any way shape or form make additions or alterations to the rules, so don't get worried about being caught off guard. The reason for this rule is that we might change our stance to specific issues, or the proboards TOS might change. This is to allow the site flexibility in these events. So don't complain if things change!
Naturally all the rules which apply for the on site experience apply to the chatting experience as well. Any kind of breach will have direct consequences to your allowances within the Discord itself, but may also stretch onto site-wide repercussions.
We request that you, when picking and registering a name for the Discord, stick with as few names as possible. This is because we on site use the Discord name as the author to all of your characters, so that others will be capable of instantly finding you or catching you in the Discord. It makes communication easier, and having multiple names will only confuse everyone.
Pick a name, stick to it.
3. No Spamming
Images in the Discord can be fun. As can links. As can all sorts of chat. Do keep in mind though, that in addition to the Discord being meant for casual talk and hanging out, there's also people wishing to reach each other. As such, filling the Discord with spam messages, gifs, and links at a speed where others cannot communicate properly with each other won't be tolerated. Please be considerate in this regard.
There will be specific channels on the Discord which can be used for memes, spam, etc. We're lenient on allowing some where they can be used funnily. When asked to stop however, you are expected to take your posts to the appropriate channel of the discord.
4. Asking Staff To Work
No, the Discord is not the place to be asking staff for work. We'll be wanting to have room to hang out and relax, too. When needing staff work done, either send us a PM or use the on-site notification threads. If we're in the Discord not grading your stuff, it is because we're taking a break. Lord knows, we need them too! Pestering staff in the Discord will be leading to timeouts. Asking questions and the like is naturally allowed - and most of the time, members will assist you too if you ask nicely. If the grading time seems to be long, please make sure you properly posted in the Submissions Thread
Try keeping linkage of to-be-accepted profiles out of the general chat, too.
The community of True Path is meant to be a warm and welcoming one, for everyone. With a growing member base, we understand that members will often disagree on certain subjects, or have conflicting interests. The discord general is not the place for arguments. If you have a disagreement and wish to debate it, please take it up in private with whomever may be responsible. Alternatively, if such an approach is impossible or undesirable, contact staff. Heated arguments not only make other members uncomfortable, but reflect badly on the chat and site. If staff asks you to take a breather, or calm down, you are expected to cease the arguing immediately. Any further and time outs will be issued, time varying on the situation.
Godmodding is when you, in your post, take control of another players character(s) actions, determining the outcome on some events and/or the effects actions will have on others. In the roleplaying setting, you're only capable of controlling your own characters, (and the occasional NPC) - and the outcome of actions directed towards you. In addition to this, power play is akin to perfectly dodging attacks in situations where your character shouldn't be able to, or marginalising the damage an attack should do to you. The only cases where you can expect some powerplay, is when there's storytellers involved. There may be a reason why a storyteller needs something specific to happen for the sake of the story. Naturally, these instances will be monitored thoroughly.
Metagaming is the acquisition of knowledge your character shouldn't have. This can pertain to an enemy's strenghts and weaknesses, or even the location of a place where the character has never been. Depending on the severity of the metagaming, the punishments will be harsh.
In extension, if others are planning plots in which you are not directly involved, avoid partaking in it. (Say, if the IC chatbox is used for a villain meeting, and your character decides to rat them out to the police or heroes of the site - avoid doing this, it makes all the chatting messy.)
3. Convenience Changes
This kind of roleplay is a lot harder to really pin down. Don't add things that don't belong to the scenario, like a giant meteor convienently falling down on your enemy, etc. If its been specified that you're in a gladiators arena, and nothing else was mentioned, pillars cannot conveniently be placed to protect your character. Keep in mind that this is different from subtle hints, in which you didn't simply give a full explanation but, rather, alluded to it. If different means of cover was mentioned, describing a pillar as being said cover is naturally encouraged.
4. Details in Combat
Whenever your character finds themselves in a combat situation, whether it be against another player character or NPCs, make sure to include the necessary level of detail in your post when making a move or responding to one. You don't have to describe every single aspect of what your character is doing, but always make sure to provide all the information which could have an impact on the outcome of the situation. If you say that your character used a nearby object to defend themselves from an attack, do specify what the object actually was so that the other person knows what they are up against. Leaving out important details or using vague wording, not only makes it more difficult for others to respond to your posts but it also leaves room for others to fill in those details for you, which could of course have consequences for your character in combat.
Missing information in regards to your opponents attacks or movements will result in a deduction in exp earned for the thread. If the thread is Death Enabled, the staff member overseeing the thread will be deciding on a consequence for your character.
If a thread is not death enabled, you'll need permission to maim, maul or kill characters. On disputes where your character would normally become hostile enough to turn a thread Death Enabled, as a result of another's actions, contact staff.
5. Double Posting
When in a roleplay setting with other people, double posting means that you'll be posting twice before others have had a chance to react to your first post. We request that you for most threads abide by a posting order - meaning that you'll be waiting until everyone else in the thread has posted before you post again. In some cases the threads will explicitly state that another system is in place. Otherwise, please assume that a posting order is in effect!
6. Inactive In Character Time
Occasionally a thread may stall because a member hasn't been able to post for a certain amount of time. In the cases where multiple people in a thread are being held up due to the absence of an individual, they can be skipped or written out of the thread entirely. In the case of events or arcs, there'll be specific consequences to missing the inactive timer, such as being booted, discredited or in rare circumstances even killed. Be mindful when signing up that you should be capable of finishing. Should you be incapable, please inform the staff and/or event holders of the happening, so they can come to an agreement of how to proceed.
7. Timing, Place and Death Enabled
On site we use liquid time, which means you can be in multiple threads at once without specifying an exact date and time. The maximum amount of threads you can enter at one time isn't limited, but we highly recommend keeping to a healthy amount, rather than overburdening yourself. Events and Death Enabled threads cause a slight change to this. Since your character could perish, you should not create threads that take place after the events. You are still able to start threads that timewise lie before the event. Normal threads are per default not death enabled. If your character is creating a large enough mess, staff may impose death enabled onto your roleplay. Be mindful, the world is not your personal playground!
8. Respect your Origin
If you're purchasing an item, a power-up, or complete a quest for some goodies etc, these changes only take effect in threadsstarted after the purchase/change was approved. This means that even if you wait with entering a thread till after a purchase/change was completed, if the thread you're entering was started beforehand, the changes are not in effect for your character.
Attempting to circumvent this rule means that anything you've purchased will be voided, and the credit you used to buy the upgrades with will be lost. Additionally, any actions taken against you in any such thread will be considered critical hits.
That being said, at the START of every competetive thread, death enabled thread or event, you are to list all of your abilities, and their current rank. Competetive threads are considered non death enabled conflict threads, where the fight is based on RP-skill, rather than predetermined by story. (This includes a cook-off, dance off or whatever have you based on mundanes.) This way if you rank up during an active thread, you will always know what rank you were when you started it so there is no confusion.
Example of this would look like:
Martial Arts: F Rank Cooking: D Rank Quirk: C Rank
Forget to do this, and there may be penalties pending the setting of your thread!
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