1. Rules
  2. General

General

These reflect the most basic rules that CoSC uses, and defines elements of conduct that are expected of players.

This file is subject to change without notice. Changes will be announced on the forum when they are made.

Harassment

Contains further detail on What is harassment, harassment investigation, Unintentional violation, and intentional violation.

Harassment will not be tolerated. Players found to be harassing others, through any medium will suffer a permanent ban from CoSC.

Accounts

Contains further detail on IP Addresses, Families, Multiple Account Investigations, Ignorance violation, and intentional violation.

Each player (who shall be identified through their IP Address) is limited to a single account. Multiple-player households MUST report (via Private Message) to Kitsufox with the name of ANY and ALL accounts that will share IPs or it will be addressed as a purposeful violation of this rule.

Images

Contains further detail on Avatar Rules, Signature Image Rules, Forum Image Rules, and Character Sheet Image Rules.

Each player should comply with the rules for image use on the website.

Leave

Contains further detail on filing a Leave of Absence.

Players may file a Leave of Absence to avoid loosing characters to inactivity following the instructions in this policy.

Verbatim Policy

Harassment will not be tolerated. Players found to be harassing others through any medium will suffer a permanent ban from CoSC.

In Detail

What is Harassment

CoSC defines harassment as any act that violates the rights of another player in any way.

CoSC Assigns the following rights to other players:

  1. Respect: The players have the right to be treated with respect by all other players. This includes other players honoring things like requests for them to be left alone.
  2. Non-Confrontational Environment: While conflicts between players do happen, CoSC expects players to not intentionally initiate conflict with another, and when finding themselves in conflict with another will work with staff to settle that conflict peacefully, without extending the conflict.
  3. Non-racist Environment: Every player has a right to a CoSC experience free of racism. This applies only to OOC areas, as inter-Clan racism should be expected.
  4. Lack of Religious Persecution: Players have the right to use the greetings of religious holidays when appropriate, but are expected to accept the sentiments of others (even if they do not share the same holiday). Respect for others’ religions is to be expected, and in the same vein religious soap-boxing is frowned upon.
  5. Non-Sexist Environment: Every player has the right to an experience free of OOC sexism.
  6. Respect: The players have the right to be treated with respect by all other players. This includes other players honoring things like requests for them to be left alone.
  7. Non-Confrontational Environment: While conflicts between players do happen, CoSC expects players to not intentionally initiate conflict with another, and when finding themselves in conflict with another will work with staff to settle that conflict peacefully, without extending the conflict.
  8. Non-racist Environment: Every player has a right to a CoSC experience free of racism. This applies only to OOC areas, as inter-Clan racism should be expected.
  9. Lack of Religious Persecution: Players have the right to use the greetings of religious holidays when appropriate, but are expected to accept the sentiments of others (even if they do not share the same holiday). Respect for others’ religions is to be expected, and in the same vein religious soap-boxing is frowned upon.
  10. Non-Sexist Environment: Every player has the right to an experience free of OOC sexism.

Harassment Investigation

When harassment is discovered or reported an investigation will commence. In some cases, this may include a suspension of the reported-harasser account for the duration of the investigation. The investigation will first establish whether or not harassment actually took place. If harassment is decided to have taken place they will then proceed to determine if it was intentional or unintentional. The final step is to decide a punishment for the violator.

Punishments for Unintentional Harassment

Unintentional Harassment, being unintentional, is not punished as severely as intentional.

The CoSC staff will generally ask for an apology to be issued to the person harassed. Whether or not this apology is public or private will be decided based on the situation. Should the harassment be public, so shall the apology. In the case of publicly executed harassment, the harasser will also be expected to issue an apology to the other members of the game for disrupting things.

It should be noted that people guilty of consistent unintentional harassment will leave the staff no choice but to take severe action against them, up to and including eviction from the game.

Punishments for Intentional Harassment

Intentional harassment will result in expulsion from the game. There is no place at CoSC for players who abuse others.

Verbatim Policy

Each player, signified by an IP Address, is limited to one account to prevent abuses against other limitations that are in place.

Houses in which multiple players live MUST PM Kitsufox with the names of those accounts so that she does not make assumptions that intentional rule-breaking is being undertaken.

In Detail

IP Addresses

Every computer that is on the internet is identified by an IP, or internet protocol, address. These IP Addresses can be used to establish identities and here at CoSC. We consider “Correlation” between IPs to be consistent matches between your IP(s) and those of another player or players.

Families

Members of the same family are permitted individual accounts, and in accordance we permit players to report accounts that will have IP Correlation. Should the players fail to submit the list of correlated accounts, then CoSC can and will take action against those accounts. This includes the possibility of deactivation of the account, an act that cannot be un-done.

The CoSC Staff reserves the right to limit the number of correlated accounts a family has in the situation that we feel is suspicious. Family Permission is granted on a trust related basis, and if we are presented with a reason to lose that trust then we will be left with no choice but to take action.

Correlation to Deactivated Accounts

It should be understood that correlations to Deactivated Accounts that have been retained (IE: You no longer have access to but have been retained on this website to retain RP that account has participated in) do count in the same way as an active correlated account.

A single player is permitted one active account, but must report any correlations to accounts that are deactivated, even if that deactivated account belongs to the same player. A player may possess any number of deactivated accounts, but will NOT be permitted adoption of any characters that belonged to their previous accounts. Additionally, it should be noted that players with a long history of correlated accounts will have a very rough time gaining access to staff positions or character adoptions.

Multiple Account Investigation

In the case that suspicious activity is detected, the staff will open a private discussion with the correlated account and the owners of those accounts will be given an opportunity to explain themselves.

Once the explanation is given then it will be up to the staff to decide the punishment.

Ignorance to Rules Punishment

Should the situation be deemed the result of ignorance of the rules (something that is inexcusable, but lesser than intentional violation) the punishment will be in scale with the crime. The players will be subjected to a 3 Month Period in which they will not be permitted to create additional characters, after which they will be reviewed and (should it be deemed appropriate) they will regain those rights.

Intentional Violation Punishments

Should the situation be deemed intentional violation of the rules the players involved will all be banned and their characters confiscated.

Image Rules

Avatar Rules

  • Avatars must be tasteful. What is Tasteful is decided by Kitsufox: Generally if it’s not a violation of other rules or profane, it is permissible.
  • Colors in avatars may not be those that clash with the website. Remember, even what you add reflects the image of this game.
  • Avatars maximum size is 100 by 100 pixels.
  • Avatars may not contain copyrighted images.
  • Avatars may not contain animation that poses a risk of triggering epileptic seizures.

Signature Rules

  • Signatures may remain reasonably sized. They may contain 1 (one) image of 100 pixels high and 600 pixels wide (or multiple images not adding up to more in either direction) in addition to a maximum of 3 lines of text. Signatures without images may contain a total of 8 lines of text.
  • Signature images and text must be tasteful. This means no profanity or nudity.
  • Signature image and text colors may not be those that clash with the website. Every image and word on this website reflects it’s image, and we wish to project a mature and positive image.
  • Signature images and text may not contain copyrighted images or text.
  • Signature images may not contain animation that poses a risk of triggering epileptic seizures.
  • Just because signatures permit the use of 1000 characters does not mean you need to use them all. This high number of characters is in place to make it possible for a player to link all of their current characters in their signature, not to let people go on for pages with random images and quotes.
  • Please keep links to other games, sites, etc., out of your signature. If you wish to post links, please do so in areas approved for Advertising.
  • Players found to be in violation with this policy will have their right to use Signatures removed.

General Forum Image Rules

  • Images must remain reasonably sized. No image, or string of images, may produce a line of more than 400 pixels. No single image should be larger than 100 pixels high.
  • No post may contain more than 2 (two) images per character portrayed in the post. The image or pair of images may not amount to more than 400 pixels wide by 100 pixels high worth of images per character.
  • All images must remain within copyright laws.
  • Images may not be colors that clash with the website.
  • Images may not be Hot Linked from other websites. This means that to use an image anywhere on the forums you must upload it to your own server, or a free image hosting service such as Photobucket. This rule counts for both the Forums, AND on character sheets.
  • Images taken from another sort and displayed in character sheets MUST be accompanied by a letter of permission if they are not altered. Altered images may be displayed in character sheets.
  • Images that are linked from character sheets or the forum must be linked IN CONTEXT. This means that you may not link directly to the image, but instead must link to the page that image is located on. (This rule does not effect directly linking images for image requests, but image requests are the only place in which this rule is not in effect.)
  • Image may not contain animation that poses a risk of triggering epileptic seizures.

Character Sheet Image Rules

  • Images used on character sheets need to be approved by the Character Images Department.
  • These images will be pixel-style images intended to portray every character as accurately as possible.

How to File a Leave of Absence

  1. Navigate to the Players area.
  2. Click the words “File an LOA”.
  3. Set leave status to “I am on Leave”.
  4. Set the dates to the desired leave window.
  5. Click the gray “Save Changes” button.

How to End a Leave of Ansence

  1. Navigate to the Players area.
  2. Click the words “File an LOA”.
  3. Set leave status to “I am Not on Leave”.
  4. Click the gray “Save Changes” button.