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This chat is roughly based on Sonic SatAM, with a few aspects from both comic series in as well (note the factions), and a few game aspects. In respect to SatAM, it's about five to ten years later. Main area is on South Island near Green Hill and Marble Zone. Palm trees are about, but it's close enough to Marble for there to be forests and hills about as well.
Below are the rules, PLEASE READ THEM.
Acceptable and Unacceptable Characters
Original characters are acceptable, at the discretion of staff of course. All characters from any Sonic incarnation are acceptable, including Archie, Fleetway, Sega, and any other shows or games that occur in the world of Sonic.
For any other characters, click here.
Please make sure you carefully read the Registration page before submitting a registration.
If you don't like the way someone is treating you or speaking, just use the ignore command, but make sure it's within the limits of the rules. The Rules will be enforced by Moderators and Administrators. They will be clearly marked with unique symbols to the left of their handle in chat. Any disrespect shown toward Chat Staff may be subject to banning at the discretion of that staff member. Do not argue with moderative staff in the chat. If you believe you've been slighted in some way, take it out of chat with that staff member. Enforcement is as follows...
1st Offense: Warning, 1 week probation
2nd Offense: 12-24 hour ban, 1 month probation
3rd Offense: Banned for 2 weeks minimum, 2 month probation
4th Offense: Banned for 1 year minimum, 4 months probation
5th Offense: PERMANENT BANNING (permaban)
- Note: Probation means if you commit another offense during that time slot, it goes to the next offense. If probation status ends, user is given a clean slate unless otherwise stated within the rules. If several offenses are committed before a warning is given, user will be treated as having committed three offenses.
- Note2: A gag in the chat room, which essentially makes it impossible for a particular handle to post but may still view the chat, is basically a warning that you need to stop whatever it is you are doing. If a user attempts to get around the gag by switching to another account to continue whatever they were gagged for, it will be treated as breaking a rule during the 1 week probation, and they will be banned for 12-24 hours.
WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TALK TO EACH OTHER AND TRY AND SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS BEFORE COMING TO A MODERATOR OR ADMINISTRATOR. THE ENFORCEMENTS ABOVE ARE ONLY IN THE INSTANCE OF GOING TO A STAFF MEMBER. PLEASE TRY AND SOLVE THINGS BEFORE SEEING US.
Offenders may appeal their case to an Administrator. This does not guarantee that you will be unbanned. Upon return after a third offense, you will be allowed in on a trial basis. Any further offenses will result in a Permanent Ban from the chat. Members who were Permanently banned but have returned due to chat reformats or after an appeal will be given three strikes. Essentially a 3rd Offense will result in returning to permaban status. Rules are as follows...
CLAUSE TO CHAT RULES: If chat staff agree that a member of the chat is seen as destructive to the chat/community, that member can be banned even if current rules set in place were not broken.
Spreading of personal information such as personal contact information or ip addresses, or photos of a user, without permission from the person will result in an immediate 24 hour ban, no exceptions. It will then be discussed with the offender and with chat staff on the possibility of extended or reduced banning. Repeated acts of spreading personal information voids the probationary period, and automatically go toward the next offense regardless of how long it has been since the previous breaking of this rule.
No harassment. Harassment is described as attempting to continue communication with another person who has requested that you cease communication with them. This includes private messaging / whispering to a chat member (on any of their accounts) when they have placed you on Ignore. Repeated acts of harassment voids the probationary period, and automatically go toward the next offense regardless of how long it has been since the previous breaking of this rule.
No pornographic material allowed. This rule also encompasses excessive use of suggestion/offensive language beyond the PG-13 rating of the chat.
No flooding. Flooding is defined as such: Repetitive posting in a text-based communication environment (i.e. chat room, message board) in which doing so completely disrupts activity within the context of that environment, i.e. COMPLETELY DISRUPTING RP IN AN RP CHAT!
No sexual acts. Making out is fine, maybe a bit of discrete grinding, but anything further is a no-no.
No more than six non-Sonic canons for each individual. No more than six Sonic canons for each individual. Any canons that become inactive for three months or longer are subject to deletion and made available to the first person interested in using the character. All non-Sonic canons, upon registration, must explain how that character has arrived in this reality/time/planet. Whether or not the explanation is acceptable will be decided by staff and the application will be accepted based on that.
When there is an RP occurring, OOC needs to be brought to a minimum. Full OOC conversations will not be tolerated when other people are trying to RP, unless the OOC chatter is from the RPers and relevant to the RP. Take it out of PMC, otherwise. Please use outside resources for OOC chatting and communicating. Violators of this rule will first be requested to cease OOC, followed by a warning, followed by a 2 minute gag, followed by a ban if it continues.
For any event that effects a large region, or a global event, a
corresponding thread or recorded OOC discussion before or after to the event should be made describing the event and any
effects it causes to other characters.
Use of the Closed RP icon in an open and public area is strictly frowned upon. It is not as serious an offense, and as such, two warnings will be issued. After the second warning, continued offense will result in a 20-30 second ban with each offense of this rule. Continuing to break this rule after several offenses will result in more serious actions at the discretion of Chat Staff.
The ignore feature cannot be used on a person without valid reason (logging into a chat and immediately ignoring someone is right out). The ignore feature cannot be used to bar someone from participating in an Open RP, or in an Ask First RP that the person has been voted into if it is reasonable for their character to be there. Nor can the status of an RP (Open or Ask First) be changed after the RP has already begun to similarly bar someone from participating. An example of when it is unreasonable for a character to be in a situation, if a that character was last played in Knothole, and something is going on at Angel Island, there is no reason for that character to know what is going on, nor happen to be there when it occurs. The only instance that this can be ignored is if the person is invited to the role play. If you have someone on ignore and you begin to participate in such an rp, you must unignore the person (/unignore ID). With the OOC rule in place, there shouldn't be further reason to keep the person ignored at that point. If they continue an OOC discussion that you have informed them you do not wish to continue with them, you can report them for harassment to an available moderator or administrator.
As a note, the RP Status Icons (Open RP, Closed RP, and Ask First RP) are to be used at all times, and if they are not put to use, it will be automatically assumed that your rp is set to Open (anyone can participate at any time if it is reasonable for them to do so). As stated above, areas that are open and public cannot be Closed RPs, however they can be Ask First in instances where multiple characters may be having a private discussion that would not be overheard by others in the area, or some other plot related rp event. Also, if someone wishes to join in an Ask First RP, it is not up to a single person in the group, the majority rules in such instances. If over half the people say yes to letting someone into the rp, then what they say goes.
Added exception: since God Modding, Power Gaming, and Meta-Gaming are no longer in the rules but still possibly an issue, if someone is doing any of those things without any doubt, we will allow them to be ignored by someone for the duration of an RP.
It should probably go without saying, but using any method to access the chat while you are banned will result in a lengthening of that ban in a similar manner as breaking rules during a probationary period. For example, attempting to immediately access the chat after being banned for 12-24 hours will mean an additional 2 week ban after the 12-24 hours, followed by 2 months probation.