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Standing Trials: Rules and Expectations of All Users


The Website: Standing Trials (http://www.standingtrials.com/), referred to through the rest of this thread as "the website", "our website", "the site", "our site", "Standing Trials", and "Trials".
You: The person reading these words right now.
The Staff: All users who are identified as administrators/moderators (http://standingtrials.com/memberlist.php?mode=leaders) on the site. "We", "us", "our", "ours", "staff", "Prophet", "Prophets", "Narrator", "Narrators", "Versifier", "Versifiers", "Minstrel", "Minstrels", "Poet", "Poets", and "the team".
Real World: Anything that takes place in real life. "Real life", "out of character", and "OOC".

By using the website Standing Trials, you agree to follow the rules laid out in this thread as well as rules given by official staff members of the site (known as Narrators, Minstrels, and Poets). If in doubt, a Minstrel's word overrides a Poet's, and a Narrator's word will override any other. Ignorance of these rules is no excuse for not following them.

The following wall of text has been made tiny because it's in all caps, but basically says that we are not responsible for anything that goes wrong.

THE WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTY OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES' RIGHTS, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE OR ITS CONTENT WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, OUR LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.


You must be above the age of 13 (thirteen) years old to use this website. If you're twelve and your birthday is in a week, then wait and come back to register. We appreciate your enthusiasm for Standing Trials, but because the website is hosted in the United States, we're subject to laws of the United States of America and can be prosecuted for not following them. Though we try our best to ensure all content posted on Standing Trials remains tasteful, sometimes things may slip by us.

Links to external sites may be placed on our own website from time to time. We are not responsible for any content that can be found on any of these external sites. If you have a problem with content found on an external website that was linked to here, you are free to let an appropriate staff member know, but we can't do much about it.

The staff of Standing Trials reserves the right to edit or change any of these rules at any time without warning.

Part 1: Terms of Use


  • Remain respectful of all others on the site. Treat fellow members as you'd want to be treated yourself.
  • Do not harass, bully, threaten, or otherwise attack anyone on Standing Trials.
  • Your username must be your character's name, a derivative of it, an alias, or something similar. At no time should you use numbers or symbols, though spaces are acceptable. Usernames for Prophets must be words commonly recognized in the English language.
  • Keep it tasteful. Refrain from using excessive foul language or graphic depictions of sexual acts or violence. If you wouldn't want a ten-year-old or your grandmother reading it, don't post it.
  • Use the English language only on this site. It's okay to carry out a conversation with another person over PMs in German or another language, but when posting on the forums themselves stick to English.
    • Note: It's okay to use the occasional word or phrase in a foreign language. Moderation is key.
    • Using languages other than English and languages unique to Standing Trials while you are in character is forbidden.
  • You are allowed to swear. ("fuck", "shit", "bitch", etc.) You may not harass others. Excessive use of foul language will earn you a permanent spot in the Staff Post Checker and may result in us forbidding the use of swears on the site.
  • Leave the following potentially sensitive material off the site.
    • Real life religion
    • Real life politics
    • Real life current events
    • Real life illegal activities-including, but not limited to, drug use, piracy, underage drinking, theft, and rape.
    • Racism, sexism, discriminatory language, slurs, and other harassment.
  • Be aware of the rules of the United States government. If something is dubiously legal, leave it off the site.
  • If in doubt about anything, either contact a Prophet about the material in question or just don't post it.
  • All in-character written content (including character sheets) must be original.
    • Things such as theme songs or quotes are fine, as long as proper credit is given to the source. Credit can be as simple as "Song Title" - Artist.

Part 2: Chat Rules


By logging into the site's chat (http://www.standingtrials.com/chat/) you agree to follow all rules outlined here as well as the rules that govern the rest of the site. Ignorance is not an excuse or a valid defense.

  • Listen to all directives given by chat moderators or administrators (usually identified with green and red names, respectively, though this depends on your selected chat style).
  • Respect your fellow chatters.
  • Do not whine, rant, complain, or otherwise vent about your personal life and/or issues in chat.
  • Under absolutely no circumstance will conversations of a sexual nature be allowed in chat.
  • If asked to stop discussing a subject by anyone else in chat, stop. Drop it. Don't bring it back up a few minutes later, don't continue the conversation in whispers.
  • Make your best effort to answer any questions asked of you. If this means directing the asker to someone who's more capable of helping them, so be it, but attempt to answer questions first.
  • Keep the conversation related to Standing Trials. If you can draw a clear line between whatever it is you're talking about and the world of Standing Trials, then it's okay, but you must be able to provide clarification to a moderator if asked.

Part 3: In Character Expectations


  • Absolutely no plagiarism will be tolerated.
    • Again, quotes and the like are okay as long as you properly credit the source.
  • Sexual threads, while allowed, are governed by a very specific set of guidelines that MUST be followed.
    • Be very mindful of the language used in such threads. If you'd find it in pornographic material, then it is probably not okay to post it on Standing Trials.
    • All threads with content of a sexual nature must be clearly marked as such with the MATURE topic attribute. Failing to label topics that contain explicit material will be locked.
    • If at all possible, simply "fade to black".
    • If a thread looks like it's turning explicit, stop. Cut it off there. Post a new thread. Again, this needs to be clearly marked as explicit.
  • Standing Trials and its Staff are ultimately not responsible and will not be held accountable for the actions or content of the players and what they read. Though we attempt to govern mature content, we cannot prevent individuals from viewing writing that follows our guidelines. By registering and/or viewing this site, you are agreeing to these terms.
  • Controlling other player characters without explicit consent made plainly obvious in the thread is forbidden. If found god-modding in a thread, then you automatically forfeit any rewards gained in the thread.
  • Write within your skill level at all times. Novices will make mistakes and that's to be expected.
  • Though there's no limit on the amount of accounts you can have registered, only 5 (five) player characters can be registered to actively roleplay in a season. Anyone found in violation of this rule will be forbidden from posting until the issue is corrected. See this thread for more info.
  • If you have multiple characters, then you CANNOT have more than one registered in a city at a time without very special Narrator permission. Your characters can't interact in any way, shape, or form.
  • Transferring items/funds/anything in any way between two of your own PCs will immediately receive a permanent ban from the site and deletion of all associated accounts.

Part 4: Images
At Standing Trials, we encourage players to use models or face claims that allow themselves and others to better visualize characters. Keep in mind that pictures are not mandatory.

Character Images...
  • ...must be safe for work. This means that pictures may not show exposed genitalia or depict one or more individuals in a sexual way.
    • Yes, this includes breasts. Though the Narrators understand that breasts are not primary sex organs, many individuals throughout the world don't feel the same way.

Images in general...
  • ...may not originate from animated media (including cartoons, movies, and anime).
  • ...cannot depict real people engaging in activities that are illegal in the United States. This includes (but is not limited to) underage drinking, recreational drug use, and acts of a violent or cruel nature. Activities members choose to engage in outside of the site are none of our concern, but if we have reason to be concerned for a person's safety then we will intervene.

If you have doubts about whether or not you can post a specific picture, the answer is no.

Consequences


ToU Violations:
  • Anyone found using Standing Trials to harass, stalk, or otherwise attack anyone will be banned. If applicable, then a copy of the relevant information will be provided to law enforcement and charges will be pressed. There is absolutely no leniency on this.
  • Those under the age of 13 with an account on the site will have their account banned until the day of their thirteenth birthday. They will be more than welcome to re-join Standing Trials once their thirteenth birthday has passed.
  • Anyone caught under the age of 18 who has posted explicit content on the site will receive a ban until their 18th birthday. You must be at least 18 years of age or older to view and write explicit content.
  • Those who are caught making new accounts after previous accounts were caught violating Standing Trials ToU will receive an IP ban, no questions asked. All account that were on suspension will be permanently banned.
  • Anyone caught plagiarizing will have all their posts put on a moderator queue so that a moderator will need to look over and manually approve each post made by the individual. Further plagiarism will result in a permanent ban.
  • Other offenses will result in a warning and a moderator note being made on the account. If three minor offenses occur within a ninety-day period, then the player will be informed of this. A fourth infraction within the ninety-day period will result in a month's ban from the site. Another infraction after that earns the player a permanent ban.

Chat Violations:
  • First offenses in chat will receive a warning.
  • Any infractions following the warning will result in a day's ban from chat. Anyone found attempting to circumvent this ban will lose their chat privileges permanently.
  • If the offense is more serious, then a moderator may elect to ban the offender without warning.
  • All chat bans are logged by the moderators. If an individual repeatedly makes trouble in chat, then they may lose their chat privileges.

IC Violations:
  • Violators of the rules about explicit threads will receive one-and only one-warning. Failure to comply after that will result in a permanent ban.
  • Anyone found godmodding in a thread forfeits any grade they would have received. If the godmodding continues, then the individual will be rewarded with a ban.
  • Those with multiple active accounts will have all their accounts suspended until the issue is resolved. Continued violation of the rules on active accounts may result in a ban.
  • Any item transference between two accounts owned by the same person earns an immediate and permanent ban.

Moderators have the right to discipline in other ways at their discretion.

These rules will be modified over time to suit the needs of the site as the community grows larger. Please remember to bookmark this forum as to avoid being caught off guard by rule changes. Thank you!