A Review...

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A Review...

Post by Amaryllis » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:52 am

Recently we have noticed a trend in Tavern RP. More and more content seems intended to be of a more mature graphical and sexual tone with the over use of sexual innuendos and sexual seductive type RP.

It has also been noted that language is 'creatively' being used as to out-smart our language flagging system. Be fully aware that we have a full log of every text exchange on our server. These logs can be and are reviewed from time to time. Going around the filter is against our Code of Conduct. Using replacement letters or symbols to go around the filter is also against our Code of Conduct.

You can find our Code of Conduct by visiting: http://www.secfenia.org/rules.php Located In Game on the left hand side of your screen.
Our Terms of Service: http://www.secfenia.org/legal/tos.php Located on the Log – In page, at the bottom.


Our focus of this Announcement currently, is to bring to light what we feel is developing into an issue.
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. Our Service is a place to meet others and engage in RP (whether IG, tavern, or in the forums). It is not intended as a dating, hook up, or a place to search for other to have private chats on another medium.

C. Violence/Drugs: There can and should be battles. However, depictions of gore is not permitted. Any OOC Threats of Violence will not be tolerated. Another touchy subject can be the mention of Real Life drug names. To avoid problems, your imagination for renaming it might be wise.
To expand on these above listed rules specifically:

Incest, rape, fetishes, and pornography is prohibited from being discussed on our servers. The mere mention of these terms can and will receive an instant ban. Incest, rape, fetishes, and pornography, but is not limited to, these specific terms. Implications, actions, mentions and anything otherwise included by use of these terms and their meanings, whether or not it is a joke or an attempt to be comical, can and will get points awarded and/or a ban. Our tolerance level for these is 0.

Explicit content, such as Sexual Innuendos, Nudity, Inappropriate Touching or Caresses in places a bathing suit would cover, Sexual Seductions and climaxes intent on inciting arousal and sexual excitement, will not be tolerated. These specific content rules are not open for debate or discussion.


An additional reminder:
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 privately.

To expand: No one should be discussing Real Life Information whether it be about themselves or another player. This includes specifically Real Life Ages and Real Life Locations as well as real life serious problems. For RL complex life issues, it is best to speak with a close friend or relative. This is the internet. It may feel as if you know every person you talk to. Keep in mind this can be a false feeling and is exactly what predators want you to feel. The safety of our players is our utmost concern.

Sefenia is designed to be played in a setting that is considered enjoyable and neutral to all players. Minors do play Secfenia. If you wouldn't say it to your child or your younger sibling, it doesn't really belong in Secfenia. When in doubt, ask. Nine times out of ten, if you think it might be questionable content, chances are, you are correct. We do not want to have to disable the taverns to make our point.


Edited 11.Jan.2018 By Amaryllis to make sure policy Quotes were updated to reflect current standards.

Additionally:
From Zachrin May 15, 2019
From time to time, we seem to start having issues again with Tavern RP's particularly with NPC's. This is a notice to everyone to remind them that this is not a sex line or a place to find others to invite them to cyber with you elsewhere. This is not the purpose of the game nor is it appropriate. Please be fully aware that we have a full log of every exchange that happens in the tavern. They may be reviewed from time to time.

Some problem areas seem to be the desire to have RP's of a more mature graphical and sexual tone with the over use of sexual innuendos and seductive type RP. In the past, we had to remind players that Incest, Pornography and rape RP's are not permitted. For some reason, it seems that the new attempt is to RP minors in sexual situations with other minors and adults. This is unacceptable. We do not mind players choosing a child character. However, if you think they should be engaged in sex with minors and/or adults, then you should seriously reconsider playing a child. Sexual relations between a child and an adult is illegal within many countries. If we find it on this server, you will face eradication.

Further, one of the reasons why we are strict about using outside communications is that we do have minors play here. Any evidence that we find that you are using this service to cyber with a minor as an adult, will also be subject to eradication as it is an illegal activity. We don't want to have to send this message out in the future and want it to be a clear indication of what we expect.

Finally, since the sexual issues seems to revolve primarily around NPC's in the tavern, we are going to disable NPC's from entering the tavern on a temporary basis while we continue to investigate into the NPC issues and deal with the problems we have found. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to ask us and we will be happy to clarify any questions you may have.
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A Review...2017

Post by Amaryllis » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:27 am

We are hoping that 2017 is treating you kind. At this time, we would like to have all players take a few moments out of their time to review our Policies, Terms of Service and Code of Conduct.

The point of this review is that we want everyone to enjoy themselves here. And what can interrupt that is our having to remind players about our rules. So let's view this as a way to refresh our memories and touch upon a thing or two that we are noticing, that we would like best see avoided.

You can view our Terms of Service Here:
http://www.secfenia.org/legal/tos.php

Our Code of Conduct here:
http://www.secfenia.org/rules.php

And our Faq page here:
http://www.secfenia.org/faq.php

One subject that is going to be highlighted in this letter is Code of Conduct Rule 10. And it states as follows:

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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. Requesting players to use outside communications services regularly could be a violation of this rule depending upon the situation.
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To be clear on the issue of Outside Chats; The mention of Skype, Hangouts, Chatzy, Sky and numerous other chat clients is 1) Out Of Character. 2) Never a requirement for In Game Positions.
The mention of Skype, Hangouts, Chatzy, Sky and numerous other chat clients in PASSING, is not a breach of our Code of Conduct.

However; the mention of Skype, Hangouts, Chatzy, Sky and numerous other chat clients as in INVITE, or LINK for another player to come JOIN you, is.

An example of what IS ALLOWED: (In ooc: chat) 'Maria and I were talking on Skype the other day about......' Absolutely fine. It is being mentioned in passing.

An example of what is NOT allowed and a breach of the rules: (In ooc: chat) 'Maria and I are in Skype.' or 'I am in Skype.' or 'Skype?' or 'Are you on Skype?' or 'Can you come to Skype?'

The difference between the two:
1 is a mention of,
2 is an invitation to an offsite chat client. The chat client NAME is the LINK, as well as any physical link used for an outside chat client, to be clicked upon to go there, is a violation of CoC 10.

We do our best to provide for you a way to chat freely with each other. This also provides a way for you to instantly RP either via IG messages, Tavern, and/or forum.

There are reasons why we have this in our Code of Conduct. The reason many suggest other chat clients for chatting is so that they may chat how they wish, in a place that they think is not monitored. Unfortunately, this is further from the truth, as any time authorities wish, they may request those logs. We have guidelines in place because we must abide by the laws of our governing state. The same applies for off site chat clients. Anything on our servers, if request, by law, must be turned over for investigation.

Therefore, we can not condone or support your requesting of others to use outside chat clients on our servers. This is also for your own protection. There are reasons behind asking your Real Age upon sign up to play. Again, this is for player protection. Many times as players, we believe that we 'know' someone we are chatting with, but it can be the farthest thing from the truth. We think a player is of a certain age, when in fact they are under age. Inappropriate RP with someone that is underage can become a serious problem for someone that is of age.

Edited 11.Jan.2018 By Amaryllis to make sure policy Quotes were updated to reflect current standards.
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Re: A Review...

Post by Amaryllis » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:45 am

We are hoping that 2019 is treating you kind.
At this time, we would like to have all players take a few moments out of their time to review our Policies, Terms of Service and Code of Conduct, as they have had updates recently. (Today, 11 January 2019)

The point of this review is that we want everyone to enjoy themselves here. And what can interrupt that is our having to remind players about our rules or things that we allow on our servers and what we don't. So let's view this as a way to refresh our memories and touch upon a thing or two.

You can view our Terms of Service Here:
http://www.secfenia.org/legal/tos.php

Our Code of Conduct here:
http://www.secfenia.org/rules.php

And our Faq page here:
http://www.secfenia.org/faq.php

Two other Very Hot Topics can be found Here:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9954

Our request is simple when it comes to these things. We understand it is a lot to take in, but our rules must be followed to ensure that we are offering a place for enjoyment for all.

Regards,
Secfenia Community Team
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Re: A Review...

Post by Amaryllis » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:15 pm

Greetings to all!
We hope your summer (or winter) has been mild and pleasant!

The point of this review is that we want everyone to enjoy themselves here and get the best out of their experience possible. At this time, we would like to have all players take a few moments out of their time to review our Policies, Terms of Service and Code of Conduct.

You can view our Terms of Service Here:
http://www.secfenia.org/legal/tos.php

Our Code of Conduct here:
http://www.secfenia.org/rules.php

And our Mod Faq page here:
http://www.secfenia.org/faq.php

Two other Very Hot Topics can be found Here:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9954

Please be sure to pay special attention at this time to Outside communications. Messengers, Skype, Discord, etc. are tools that we do NOT encourage the use of, as we provide a Forum that has its own PM system, Chat (Tav) complete with a Whisper function, and a PM system (IG) in the game. Outside chats are never required to play Secfenia OR to hold In Game Offices. Outside chat systems are OOC by definition here. Choosing to use these chat clients, know the risks. Using these services ties our hands and we can not process complaints about actions done solely on those servers. We do not have access to the logs on those systems nor can we enforce our rules on systems that are not ours. Proceeding with interactions outside of our server is done at your own risk and should be avoided. We can not guarantee your safety outside of our server.

We would like to encourage players to visit our forum and to get involved not only in an In Character way for Role Plays, but also in giving ideas and thoughts for improvements. Secfenia today, while similar in many ways to its original creation, has changed over the years to shape it into what our players have helped create. We always welcome ideas and thoughts, but do keep in mind implementations. Some processes can be easy, others more complex and sometimes balances have to be struck for something to be implemented.

You can find our -Out of Character- areas conveniently located near each other at the top of the forum, the exception being the Graphic Artists Guild of Secfenia, which is found in the lower section of the forum. viewforum.php?f=16

Announcemtnts: To keep up to date on all things changing
viewforum.php?f=2
Help, Development and Lore:
viewforum.php?f=4
Suggestion Box:
viewforum.php?f=3
OOC Hang Out:
viewforum.php?f=15

All other areas are considered In Character and should be treated as such by using phrases and words that will keep to character. We strive to make sure that all avenues of communication, whether it be chatting in the tavern, sending a letter (Pm's) or RP on our forum, is clear to understand that they are IN Character. Any pertinent OOC should -always- be clearly marked to avoid any confusion.

We also have a Wiki page that we welcome any player to visit, use and update.
https://www.secfenia.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Regards,
Secfenia Community Team
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