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Disney's Online Worlds fan forums' Policy Guidelines

Welcome to the fan forums of Disney's Online Worlds. We specialize in hosting fanforums and a wiki for Disney's MMOs. Please read these policy guidelines as they apply to all public and member-only areas of Disney's Online Worlds fan sites and wiki. To help you get started, we do have a welcome thread which shows the basics of forum navigation and how to post. Please read carefully as there is no valid reason for violating any policy with the excuse "I didn't know it was a policy" or "I didn't think that was the meaning of that rule." Ignorance of the rules is never acceptable. If you are questioning yourself on whether or not your actions are in violation of the site rules, then you should refrain from doing that action and ask an Administrator (Admin) or Moderator (Mod) before proceeding. Keep in mind that Administrators have final say about what happens on our sites and their decisions are final. Please report any problems or policy violations you see on the forums by using the report a bad post button located at the top right-hand corner of every post and PM.


Advertising - Any site in direct competition with our sites, containing obscene content, or those seeking for personal gain are not to be linked to or mentioned.


Back Seat Modding - A person may not act like or impersonate a moderator or an administrator of this forum unless they are one. Back seat modding includes but is not limited to: correcting another user or taking matters into your own hands by replying, PMing, or scolding another user. This behavior often ends in a flame war or makes the targeted user upset and therefore is not tolerated.


English Only - The moderators/administrators and other users must be able to read and comprehend your posts. To ensure this, we ask that everyone posts only in English. Disney games primarily use the English language and therefore set a common ground of communication. You may, however, write in other languages to your friends in PM or ask a specific question/answer for foreign language homework.


Flaming - Deliberately attacking another user on the forums will not be tolerated for any reason. This includes, but is not limited to: race, religion, gender, or s**ual orientation. An attack is considered any word, phrase or image that casts any user in a negative light.


Hacking and Hacker Discussions - Any discussion of third party program usage or altering game files to change game play as it was not intended by Disney will be removed from our websites. Using third party programs or altering game files can result in your Disney account being suspended or terminated. Inherent bugs and/or glitches of games are allowed to be discussed.

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Originally Posted by Disney's FAQ
Q: "How can I be sure to avoid being banned for hacking?

A: There are two kinds of activities that can result in your account being banned for hacking: altering/tampering with code and using third party software.

Altering code means manipulating Disney's programming (or telling other players how to do so), in order to change the way the program behaves. This can cause damage to the game and take our programmers away from projects that will make Toontown better for everyone.

Third party software is any program that interacts with Disney's Online games, and does not come from Disney. Do not run third party software programs from other players, websites, or forums. These programs include, but are not limited to: programs to prevent logout, engage in automatic gameplay, modify the results of gameplay, or circumvent Chat filters. These programs can impact the experience of other players in Disney's online games, and often pose a security threat to players who use them.

Highly Controversial Topics - Discussions designed to educate or explore a topic are permitted; however, ones designed simply to inflame or generate conflict will not be tolerated. Posts containing political subject matter (i.e., new governmental laws, candidates, etc.), promotion of religious beliefs, or other topics which can cause debates to go beyond a civil debate will be removed.


Inappropriate/Non G-Rated Discussions - This site is family friendly. As such, nothing obscene will be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • foul language/cursing
  • nudity and/or s*x
  • violence (cartoon violence is acceptable)
  • drug or alcohol use (or any other illegal substance)
  • modern weapons (guns, grenades, torpedoes, etc)
  • severe or life-threatening illnesses
  • death
  • unmoderated chat rooms or instant messaging apps on user pages
  • and other topics not suitable for all ages
Users found in violation of this policy may receive an automatic ban depending on the severity of the infraction.


Multiple/Sharing Accounts - Members are allowed only one user account per person per household. Sharing an account with other family members and/or friends is strictly forbidden. You are responsible for anyone and everyone who uses your account and/or accesses other accounts from your computer. Stating that you share accounts with another user isn't allowed. This promotes others to do the same which isn't allowed on our sites or in-game by Disney.

In terms of guideline violations, moderators/administrators may track multiple shared accounts from single or multiple computers as one account. If a guideline violation is severe enough, it may become necessary to ban one or all of the user accounts on the same computer, depending on the severity of the infraction. Therefore, the actions of one person could easily directly impact all known accounts that access the sites from a single computer. Users who have been grounded from the site should not attempt to make another account. Users who do; risk an extension of the suspension or possibly being permanently banned from the forum.

NOTE: This does not apply to Admins/Moderators, as they often need multiple accounts to test technical issues that come up from various user levels and to do that properly it requires us to create "test" accounts.


Name Changes - One name change each year will be allowed per account. To request a name change, please PM an admin with your new name. Do not PM a mod as they can't help you with this request. If you have been suspended for a period of 7 days or more, you are no longer eligible to receive a name change. We will not allow any name changes that contain characters which cannot be typed on a conventional English keyboard. We no longer allow non-alphabetic or non-numerical characters to be included in usernames other than an underscore (_) due to the problems they may cause with certain aspects of our site's software and the hassle of having to copy/paste certain usernames that would contain them. The decision whether to allow the new name is based on the guidelines and the discretion of the Admin Staff.


Off-Topic/Nonsense Posts - If your post/thread does not make sense, hijacks, disrupts, is filled with gibberish or contributes nothing to the discussion, it will be removed. While we expect that some topics will stray a bit, if a series of posts completely takes over the discussion and/or disrupts the flow of conversation, those posts will either be removed, edited, or split into a separate thread.


Personal Information - This site has children present therefore asking for or volunteering personal information is not allowed.

Personal Info consists of:
  • Real Life Names (either first OR last are allowed - if not unique, never both)
  • Age
  • Gender (Stating which you are is okay. Asking another what they are, is not.)
  • Location (Saying which country, state, or province you live in is acceptable; but anything smaller, such as city, is not.)
  • Links to profile pages on social media or other sites
  • Password/Account Information
  • School Information (includes grade)
  • Posting personal pictures including yourself, family, other users, schools or homes


Personal Relationship Discussion - The forums are not to be used as a dating service. No one is to be asked if they are dating or married nor any reference to being "taken" or seeking. Within a story, users may use SOME personal relationship terms as seen in the Disney animated movies. It must remain appropriate for all ages of viewers.


Scamming - Charging for services or taking advantage of another user is prohibited. Users may not ask for membership codes or for "gifts" in exchange for membership codes. Membership Codes can be given away, but not requested. This refers to membership codes, Disney Movie Reward codes, etc.


Signature Lengths - Users should be considerate of other users on the forums. Excessive signatures cause the flow of the threads to be disrupted. Therefore, 500 x 200 in pixel length and width is the maximum size of the TOTAL signature permitted (this includes graphics, text, spaces, smileys and tickers).

So the total dimensions of the signature should not exceed this size:



Spamming - "Spam" refers to posting identical, irrelevant, or hard-to-read posts that make it difficult to comprehend what a user is attempting to say. These types of posts are irritating and often hard to read. These will be removed at the discretion of the mod staff:

  • Mass PMing people you do not know or who have not invited you to PM them
  • Posting for the sole purpose of boosting your post count
    • Certain areas of the site have their post count shut off for this reason.
  • One or two letter replies (i.e. ok, LOL, Yes, agreed, nods)
    • A post requires a minimum of 10 characters
  • Caps/Lowercase variances (I wAnT A sEcReT fRiEnD)
  • Poor color choices for YOUR text versus the forum's skin color (such as white text on a yellow background)
  • Excessive punctuation (yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • Letter repetition in a word (Wooooooooooooooot!)
  • Excessive use of smileys
  • Exceptionally large images placed within posts which may cause some browsers to scroll
    • Instead of using [img][/img] try using bbcodes.
  • Multiple postings
    • Authors are allowed to put chapters into different posts within the Story and RPG forums only.
  • Excessive bumping of threads
    • An ORIGINAL poster is allowed one bump per twenty-four (24) hours after the last post was created in their thread!



Trolling - Trolling is trying to make someone or a group of people angry by forcing them to respond to you, either through wise-crackery, posting incorrect information, asking blatantly stupid questions, or other foolishness. This is done by unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander and/or by baiting people to flame at you, stating false arguments, or putting the forum down and/or encouraging people to leave. Using a poll or post to claim that another user is better, smarter, cuter, or in any way a favorite is also trolling. Claiming copyright or trademark infringement without true possession of said documentation is another form of trolling. This type of behavior is not permitted on our sites.

However, any user replacing previously deleted/edited posts that have already been reviewed by a mod/admin is considered trolling the mod staff by not only ignoring our sites policy guidelines, but also the actions of that mod. This action will be cause for an automatic suspension. Please contact a mod first and use the appeal procedure below if you do not agree with an action taken.


Reputation System Misuse - The Reputation system allows our members to leave positive feedback comments about other user's posts, and thereby contribute to their overall 'reputation'. Common use is to show one's appreciation for someone posting a guide or being helpful with their answers to a thread. Rep comments are subject to all other site policies and will be enforced. If you obtain any reputation comments that violate any of our policies, contact a mod about this immediately.

Reputation Begging - The act of requesting reputation from other users is called reputation begging. Acts of requesting or bribing or having others feel sorry for them to obtain additional rep from people are prohibited.


Netiquette
  • Mod Shopping - When you have a concern you'd like to discuss privately, please only PM one moderator/administrator or post in the mod hotline forum. When messages are sent to many different moderators it is difficult to know if the questions have already been answered. The entire mod staff operates under the same rules and policies; therefore, attempting to solicit a more favorable answer is a waste of the staff's time. If you post in the mod hotline forum, the first mod that has free time will respond to your message. They will only PM you if they need to follow up with you concerning the matter of your message.
  • Typical Mod Contacts - First contact will be a reminder to look at the policies. Next will come a first warning, then a second warning. Then the suspensions begin: 3 - 5 days the first time, 5-7 days the next, two weeks, a month, etc. Each time a user is suspended from the site it will be for a longer period until they are permanently banned from the sites. The mod is not limited to these guidelines if the infraction is severe enough. Please check the edit reasons as a mod will often 'fix' a post and take no further action if the problem is very minor.
  • Search Feature - Many common questions can be answered by searching for similar posts. Answering the same questions over and over, or merging multiple threads of the same topic, is time-consuming for our volunteer staff and could be solved by simply checking to see if the topic exists before posting. Please look at the thread "How to use the search button" for more information.
  • Moderation Queue - Posts/threads/pictures subject to approval are reviewed often throughout the day. Please be patient while waiting for your post to appear. Badgering the mod staff to get your post approved will not help it get approved any faster than it would have otherwise.
  • We greatly appreciate the support our users voluntarily wish to give us for providing a great fan site for Disney games we all enjoy. Donations and Subscriptions to the site are just that -- a donation, it is not a payment. We have provided users with extra features/subscriptions for donating as a courtesy and a "thank you for supporting" but other than that it is a donation. We do not provide refunds on donations. If a user decides not to use the features/subscriptions or decides to quit the site or violates the policies of the site and loses their account, it has nothing to do with their donation.
  • Please report any problems or policy violations you see on the forums by using the report a bad post button located at the top right-hand corner of every post and PM.
  • We do not let donations or seniority dictate to or influence us on the decisions that are made in keeping this site fun and safe for all of our members.
Moderators and Administrators of these sites monitor your compliance with the rules of the site and dispense disciplinary action at their discretion. Disciplinary decisions may be appealed through the Appeal Procedure. All appeals should be kept within PM's and/or e-mail correspondence and should not be publicly posted or sent via friend. If you have concerns regarding an incident, please feel free to discuss the matter with the mod or admin via e-mail or PM. Do not create a new topic simply for the purposes of questioning a moderator's decision. In addition, user infractions and disciplinary actions will only be discussed with the individual account holder and no other person(s). If you have an issue with actions taken or displayed by a Moderator please report it to an Administrator. If you have an issue with an Administrator please report it to Batleth or Zilly. If you have an issue with Batleth or Zilly, please contact Nick.

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Old 12-12-2011, 03:11 PM
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The above is a entirely new set of policy guidelines for the site as well as our other sites. Please, take the time to review these as there are many changes from our previous version that we were using and it's your responsibility to know these when posting! We've worked very hard to provide a more user-friendly set of policy guidelines for everyone that now coincides with new standards for G-rating, changes made in Disney's policies, and the newest trends of the internet.

Since there are so many changes, we will be allowing a period where we will be ignoring most minor violations. We are giving everyone a chance to review these without getting into trouble for site violations. I am leaving this thread open for discussions. Please, do not attack the policies or the mod staff in your replies. I will only be answering civil questions and concerns about this new set of policies.

Please, be patient as we make several changes to the site to adjust things in accordance with these new policies. Such as; We will no longer have an approved hosting site thread, since advertising has been completely rewrote and now allows the use of just about any hosting site on the internet. Our filters will soon be adjusted to reflect this as well and other changes we will be making over the next few days.
Past policy violations will have to remain on a user's history as they happened under the policy guidelines in place at that time. However, a mod will take that into consideration if a new violation under the current policy guidelines (those above) happens. That mod will not necessarily move to the next level of contact unless the action is really bad.We understand that some users may have a history of past policy violations that really no longer apply to our new policy guidelines. Past violations of currenlty suspended users can be reviewed and decided upon on a case by case basis. Those user may send in an e-mail to [email protected] for admin review.

There's a couple of links going back to threads on Toontowncentral.com site which we plan to add to DOW for easier access by everyone.

We hope that everyone will enjoy these new lighter and user-friendly policy guidelines!

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Old 12-12-2011, 07:12 PM
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Thx, I just printed them and now I can keep it posted on my cork board. Wow that was alot of work! thx for the post Batleth. Olivia
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Thanks for taking the time to lay out the new guidelines in such a clear, concise and easy to understand manner. Most of them seem like common sense, but with the age of some of your posters, being so young, thanks for taking the time to make it so easy to understand.
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Thanks for outlining the guidelines, I will always do my best to follow them!
I printed them out too (hee hee, thanks for the idea Olivia) so now they will be within reach whenever I need them.
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Thanks for posting the new guidelines. I always try my best to
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thanks for posting the new guidelines! i will try my best to follow them.
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Thanks for posting the new guidelines.
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Thank you very much for posting the new Policy Guidelines! I will be sure to keep them in mind while posting.
I am still rather curious about what hosting sites are allowed. Should we PM a mod and ask if the site is appropriate or not? Of course, that would be after all the new changes are made.

Edit: Wow!! That is amazing! Thank you Em!

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You are pretty much open to use any hosting site you like.

As Batleth has said (taken from TTC.com thread):

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We no longer have an approved list.

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I just read through the whole thing. My brain feels completely full of knowlegde! Thanks, Batleth, for posting this. Hopefully this will help me have better posts.

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Old 12-14-2011, 05:26 AM
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So, when it says "Within a story, users may use SOME personal relationship terms as seen in the Disney animated movies", I don't really understand what it means by that. Is it saying that we can't go past anything personal-relationship wise that Disney didn't go past? (like, in the Disney movies sometimes characters will kiss- is that okay in stories now as long as it is not overused?)
If someone could clarify this for me that would be great, as I am a constant poster in Pixie Tales and want to make sure I follow the forum rules while writing.
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thank you pixie hollow for reinforcing the rules to make it safe for all of us pixie pal friends i appreciate all your hard work in getting this ready

Does this include just saing u are sick with a cold or something like that?

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Old 12-14-2011, 01:28 PM
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thank you pixie hollow for reinforcing the rules to make it safe for all of us pixie pal friends i appreciate all your hard work in getting this ready

Does this include just saing u are sick with a cold or something like that?
Yes, you can now discuss that you got the flu, a cold, broke a limb, etc. We would prefer if you didn't get into any graphic details of accidents, surgeries, or violent deaths. These can be disturbing to some users.

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So, when it says "Within a story, users may use SOME personal relationship terms as seen in the Disney animated movies", I don't really understand what it means by that. Is it saying that we can't go past anything personal-relationship wise that Disney didn't go past? (like, in the Disney movies sometimes characters will kiss- is that okay in stories now as long as it is not overused?)
If someone could clarify this for me that would be great, as I am a constant poster in Pixie Tales and want to make sure I follow the forum rules while writing.
As much as it is part of normal life, many Disney movies and TV shows include some form of relationships. You can now include these within your stories. A occasional kiss, hug, holding hands, a look across a crowded room, stating a relationship status, etc are all acceptable to post now. We do ask that you leave it at that and not start some racy storylines just based on relationships.

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As much as it is part of normal life, many Disney movies and TV shows include some form of relationships. You can now include these within your stories. A occasional kiss, hug, holding hands, a look across a crowded room, stating a relationship status, etc are all acceptable to post now. We do ask that you leave it at that and not start some racy storylines just based on relationships.

If you have any questions, please contact a story mod for advise.
Cool, thanks! And about the racy storylines, of course not! Thanks for the help, good to know.
 

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