Code of Conduct (Updated: 6/30/14)
Secfenia was designed with the goal of creating a community of gamers
working together to create intricate story lines while having fun. We
wish to stimulate a pleasant and creative place for all of our players whether young or old.
As such, we have developed this Code of Conduct for our community which
sits in addition to the policies and Terms of Service. Any violation of
this code of conduct done by a player by any account they use is tagged to the individual. Please see the Moderation FAQ for additional
information on the Point System.
Section 1: Flaming/Baiting
A. Out of Character (OOC): It is okay to make your opinions known
when it comes to the evolution of Secfenia's code or OOC interactions on
the Server. However, it is not okay to use disparaging or abusive
language to bash the players, Moderators or Administrators who
contribute their time to this project. These posts will be removed and
considered to be a serious offense. If you can not add something
constructive to an OOC discussion, we recommend refraining from
B. In Character (IC): It's acceptable to disagree and debate a topic,
but we ask that you keep disagreements civil, constructive and on-topic.
Debate and discuss the content/topic and refrain from personal comments
about those participating in the thread. Remember the goal is for
everyone to have fun. Battles are great to see. Constant insults not so
Section 2: Translation
We recognize that English may not be the first language of many of
our players. It is expected that any words used other than in English,
whether based in fantasy or reality, be provided with a translation so
that others can enjoy the story as well. You can do this either at the
top of a forum thread, besides the word/phrase, or directly afterwards.
Section 3: Inappropriate Content
A. Cursing and Profanity: We recognize that different backgrounds see
different words as profane. We use a very conservative set based upon
the strictest sense to protect our players. If you are unsure, use
another word or ask a member of our Community Team. Using replacement
characters is not acceptable. However, a creative person may say "What
the Potato" and it would be acceptable.
B. Sexual Content: Discussions past hugging, kissing, or touching
places outside of what would be visible in typical bathing suits are not
permitted. You should follow a "lights out" policy on this. While sex
may happen, it should at best be implied and never directly stated. Full
discussions leading to or heading to climax will result in eradication
as a breach of our Terms of Service. Incest, rape, fetishes, and pornography is
prohibited from being discussed on our service.
C. Violence: There can and should be battles. However, depictions of
gore is not permitted. Any OOC Threats of Violence will not be
Section 4: Harassment
The community is designed to have fun. As such, Harassment is
strictly forbidden. It is defined partially as (but not limited to):
following a player/character from thread/room to thread/room
deliberately insulting them instead of contributing to the topic in
hand; bringing up the same topic or argument over and over again
(especially when it is not related to the topic at hand); continuing to
post insulting responses or OOC comments once notified that the posts
are unwanted; making unwanted advances to other players; talking about
ways to force a player to leave the game.
Section 5: Discrimination
It is strictly forbidden to discriminate against any player on the
basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, spelling, grammar, language
spoken, or religion.
Section 6: Advertising/Spam
A. Advertising: If you have a fan site or a family site, by all means
let the community know about it, but advertisements and promotions that
are unrelated to Secfenia do not belong on our service. This includes
links to or promoting: commercial services, donations to organizations,
or anything that would net you monetary gain.
B. Spam: It may be your dinner, but please don't do it here. Some
types of spam may include: opening up multiple topics on the same theme
either in the same or different topics; posting several times in a row;
posting comments that have no relevance to the topic or resurrecting a
thread that has had no post in over a month; reposting a message/edit
that had been moved from the thread by our moderation. An RP event
announcement (such as weddings) may posted in the towns and vicergeal
inns if it is Role-played as an announcement or letter to the people of
Section 7: Images and Signature Limits
As this is an international website with a global community of
players, individual bandwidths vary. The forum signature may contain
multiple images so long as the total area does not exceed 200 pixels in
height or 600 pixels in width nor above 200 KB in size. Text may be
under the Signature banner as long as it is not excessive as deemed by
our Community Team. All other images can not exceed 600 pixels in width or height nor be above 200 KB in size. If
multiple images are used in a single post, the images can not exceed a
total of 600 pixels in height.
Section 8: Bypassing a Ban
Banned players may not post either by their PC or NPC characters.
Proxy posting for a banned player is prohibited. If a message needs to
be delivered to the Community Team for the banned player it should be
done via PM or emailed to our Support Team. Remember, you are
responsible for ALL content that you post, even if you are only quoting
someone else. Just because someone else did it, does not make it right.
Section 9: Private Messages
Forum PM's, Tavern Whispers and IG OOC messages may not be reposted
as IC factual statements without the permission of the original player
who said it. IG IC messages may be reposted without permission as it is
an RP letter from one character to another. Messages from a Private or
Restricted forum are not covered by this rule. However, Private or
Restricted forum groups may make their own rules regarding this matter
punishable by IC methods only (including the banning of the individual
from the Private/Restricted Forums and Court Cases)
Section 10: Outside Communication
Any communication or interaction made outside of the Secfenia servers
(either via Instant Messenger, email, skype or any other source) are
prohibited from being posted and is prohibited from being a requirement
to hold any position in the game. These outside tools are considered Out
of Character discussions and as such are not part of the role-play
environment. Official role-play of Secfenia is done via the IG
interface, the taverns, and the forums. Links to outside chat services is prohibited from being posted in any portion of Secfenia whether it be public, via whispers, or mail.
Section 11: Private Identities
No one may post any content, quoted or paraphrased, that includes any
identifying real life information about another player (i.e. pictures,
age, location, etc) that is not publicly given and consented to. A
player's visible timezone in game is only available if the player
consents to it. Always be safe when it comes to your personal
information. Never share messenger/email information in public forums.
Players are not permitted to discuss for any reason who the Identities
of players, NPC's, Elders or Mages are via any medium. If you suspect a
player of violating our Terms of Service, contact Zachrin directly and
Section 12: God-modding
We recognize and encourage the use of role-playing within our
community. The IG (In Game) component is the base of all role-playing
opportunities. However, it is not okay to force someone's character into
situations that they have not agreed to or did not occur IG. If you wish
to write a story about another character, it's best to contact them and
get a sort of agreement. Failure to do so is called "God-modding" and is
Section 13: Inciting Others to Violate
Inciting Others to Violate the Code of Conduct, Our Policies, or our
Terms of Services is considered a serious offense.
Section 14: Complaints, Appeals and Disciplinary Actions
A. OOC Complaints about Players: All players are expected to handle
complaints regarding OOC matters via the appropriate non-public
channels. We have designed a system to help our players receive a fair
and equal process without discrimination. If you feel a player has broke
any rule, please follow the steps below. You should not proceed to the
next step until you have attempted resolution with the previous step.
Forums: Moderator of Forum > Amaryllis
Tavern/IG Issue: Amaryllis
It is imperative that all players understand that our moderators and
players have real lives. It's best to give 48 hours from the first
contact before a second.
B. Appeals: All decisions made by our Moderation team may be appealed
following the proper chain of command (Community Team > Amaryllis > Zachrin). All appeal decisions are final.
C. Disciplinary Actions Discussions: We understand that sometimes
people may have questions or concerns about a moderation disciplinary
action. We're happy to discuss and review specific moderation actions,
but we ask that you please contact Amaryllis privately. We do not
allow discussion of specific moderation actions on our forums or in the
taverns. Also, please remember to be respectful to the Moderation Team.
They are doing their best to make your experience a great one.
D. Disregarding the Instructions of the Moderation Team: Receiving a
warning and/or infraction and then repeating the same behavior within a
short period of time is considered to be disregarding the instructions
or directions of the Moderation Team. This is a serious offense and is
weighted heavier than if one were to receive another infraction for the
Section 15: IC/OOC
Remember that in Role-playing environments there are always two
different sides of a coin. On one side, there is the character who is
based in the World of Secfenia in the 17th Century and on the other is a
human based on Earth in the 21st Century. These two need to stay
separate and mixing the two only leads to problems. If you need to go
between the two, make it very clear what is what and that you are
speaking from the other point of view.
Remember that what transpires between characters are is not the same
as the interaction between the players behind the characters. Characters
may be aggressive with each other and this should not transcend to the
players behind the character. Keep each side of the coin to the
The rules above cover 98% of situations that we will run across in
the game and the other 2% are left to Community Team's discretion. If we
feel that anything in a post is inappropriate for our service, for any
reason, we do reserve the right to take appropriate actions for the
overall good of the community, even if it's not specifically mentioned
in our Code of Conduct. In a nutshell, please be respectful,
constructive, and civil at all times while on our service.
Have fun! The service is a friendly place with a lot of really great
players and we're glad you've chosen to spend time with us. Remember,
we're all here to have a good time.