Forum Rules


Introduction
Please note that these rules apply everywhere on this Forum.
For more information on specific Rules for each section, please check out the Posting Guidelines for each individual section or the General Description which is written out in the Board Index.

The Wolfhome Administration no longer accepts requests for account deletion or Permanent Bans.
If you wish to leave, we ask that you put it upon yourself, as a mature user, to care for your wish.


Much of what is stated here is in our Chat Rules as well.


Be Sure to Read Over the Rules in Full

Similar to the Wolfhome Chat, "But I didn't know!" is not an acceptable excuse on this Forum. As soon as you have registered, you have agreed to be subject to these Rules as well as our Terms of Service. Before you register or participate in this site in any manner, you should read the rules all the way through to ensure you will abide by them. Also bear in mind that you are responsible for whatever happens on your account so keep your password a secret. If someone uses your account and gets banned, this ban will count towards you in the future - no exceptions. This includes allowing others to use your e-mail account(s) to gain access to Wolfhome and the Wolfhome Forum. Bans can be as short as 24 hours or as long as forever depending on your behavior and counting strikes. We typically go by the 3-Strikes Rule, but depending on how serious the issue is, a Permanent Ban may be given. For more information on Forum banning, please see the The Forum Ban Ladder & How It Works!. Also please note that our Forum is based in the United States and follows US Laws.

Age Requirement

As of March 2nd, 2013, Wolfhome became a Chatlands site for users thirteen years of age or older. Wolfhome established this rule to ensure that children were not exposed to content above their age level. If you are not thirteen years of age, please do not sign up for Wolfhome. Wolfhome Administrators will permanently ban users under the age of thirteen from this site, whether or not they have parental consent. These users are allowed to return upon turning thirteen years old, but must send in a Problem Ticket appealing their ban by stating they are now old enough to use Wolfhome.

Also please note when registering for Wolfhome you MUST enter your ACTUAL date of birth so it reflects your actual age. Age boosting (creating an account with an age higher than your own) will result in a request for your account to be deleted and remade, and or updated or a Permanent Ban placed if you refuse to comply or found in the Mature Section of the Forum.

Index
Inappropriate Content
Spam
Disturbing the Peace
Trolling
Harassment
Administrator Harassment
False Reports
Multiple Accounts
Safety Threats
Hack & Virus Threats
Propositioning Minors
Art Theft
Profile Content
Posting Guidelines
mChat Rules


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All Rules below follow the regular Ban Ladder unless otherwise noted after the Rule in italics; however, if the situation is deemed serious enough or a user continuously breaks a single rule, their punishment may skip rungs in the ladder (even after their ladder is reset).All Rules are also open to discussion for action taken.



1.) Inappropriate Content

All content deemed above the PG-13 limit will be removed. This is also stated in our FAQ for the chat.
  • We do not have swearing restrictions in effect; however, we ask that you continue your consideration when using these words. If you have a problem with cursing, please turn on your word filter. This is accessible via the User Control Panel (UCP).
  • Controlled substances (including prescription medications and illegal drugs) are allowed to be discussed on Wolfhome as long as it is done in an educational or constructive manner. Discussion of controlled substances without the intent to inform in this way is not allowed as it is a home to all varieties of people. Much like alcohol, we will not allow users under the age of 21 to talk about being under the influence or usage (unless again, it's a medical or educational discussion). Pressuring other users to try controlled substances or glorifying it's use is still against the rules and will be handled appropriately. Also please note that our chat is based in the United States and follows US Laws. Further information can be found here.
  • Sheaths are acceptable in artwork if there is no detail, it is a slight bulge and isn't sexualized. Bulges on anthros are acceptable if it is a smooth, round bulge such as the ones present on our crinos poses or on a Ken Barbie Doll; there is no more than one bulge; and there is no indication of a phallic shape. Nipples may only be present on feral artwork on the forum as well as on flat chested characters on anthros. Nipples are NOT permitted on any female identifying character or on any non-flat chest/breast, regardless of the gender.
  • Linking to pirated or otherwise illegal software or websites that harm the viewer's computer.
  • Linking to or publishing images in your profile that may trigger epilepsy.
  • Subjecting others to or directly linking unfiltered NSFW ("not safe for work") content, such as an image, a gallery, or video, to others is not acceptable. Linking to offsite content that is filtered for viewing audience, for example, content that is only viewable to individuals who have the "NSFW filter" on, is acceptable. If you wish to have adult conversations, please do so in a private setting (private message). We do not allow R-rated content to be discussed or posted in public. This includes, but is not limited to: discussing sexual positions, scenarios or contexts, linking to pornography and shock sites. ** Linking to shock sites or porn will result in a Permanent Ban across Chatlands.
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2.) Spam

All types of spam are prohibited on this Forum. If you post spam of any sort, it will be removed and there will be disciplinary action taken upon your account. This includes:
  • Posting four or more topics containing similar or the exact same content.
  • Creating a new topic or poll for something that has already been posted or has no relevance.
  • Posting indecipherable or unneeded content on a topic. All content posted should relate back to sub-forum or forum posted in.
  • "Keep me off the forum", “what do you think about me?” and “do you like me?” topics. These topics should be kept to sites such as Blogger or LiveJournal. Journal posts regarding personal achievement or progression are acceptable on this forum.
  • Topics can only be bumped every 24 hours. This does include bumping topics made by other users. Bumping means that you push a topic back to the top of the active listings. If your topic is on the second page of the active listings, it does not mean you can bump it. You must only bump your topic before the 24 hours if it is on the second page of the specific section it is in.
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3.) Disturbing the Peace

In most cases disturbing the peace refers to behaving in ways that are upsetting or unsettling to people within the community, causing emotional grief, or trauma. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Creating unnecessary drama to intentionally disturb another user. This includes misrepresenting administrative action and falsifying administrative statements.
  • Faking your own, or someone else's trauma (such as death, an accident...etc.). ** Severe DTP such as this will result in a Permanent Ban across Chatlands.
  • Subjects, images or content that can trigger other members of the community (such as talk of: rape, self-harm, suicide, hate group propaganda or extremist speech, etc.). For further details pertaining to Trigger Warnings on the Forum please see HERE. ** Hate group propaganda and extremist speech are taken very seriously and most instances it will lead to serious consequences, such as a Permanent Ban depending on the severity of the situation.
  • The impersonation of anyone other than yourself, regardless of context. ** Impersonation can result in a Permanent Ban depending upon the severity of the situation.
  • Public Blacklists of ANY kind and Do Not Interact (DNI) lists of any kind. If you want to blacklist someone from using your artwork, please contact a member of the Art Review Team.
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4.) Trolling

If you go on any Chatlands Sites (Wolfhome, Cats Paw Island, Felicity, etc) for the purpose of harassing, causing grief, being disruptive, disturbing the peace, being vulgar, malicious behavior, etc the punishment will be a Permanent Ban across Chatlands, not just from the site where the incident occurred. Any attempt to deliberately cause strife or to disrupt others on any Chatlands Site will be treated as an attack against all Chatlands Sites.

** Trolling will result in a Permanent Ban across Chatlands.

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5.) Harassment

Harassment, which is “to irritate or torment persistently" members of this community, is not acceptable. There are many different types of harassment, but harassment of any kind will not be tolerated on this website. This includes but not limited to:
  • Irritating, annoying or tormenting members of this community persistently through means such as "flaming", "egging on", or "shaming".
  • Uncalled for and inappropriate name calling, racial slurs, inappropriate and hurtful slang (such as terms against homosexuality, racial groups, political affiliations...etc.).
  • Sexual harassment or sexual innuendos. ** Sexual harassment may easily lead to a lengthy ban depending upon the situation.
  • Stalking members of this community. ** Stalking may easily lead to a lengthy ban depending upon the situation.
  • Targeting other users in regards to personal issues or differences. Using the chats to criticize or upset others you have personal differences with is not tolerated.
  • Doxing members of this community (making someones address, information, identity, or other information public) ** Doxing may easily lead to a lengthy ban depending upon the situation.
  • Uncalled for or negative criticism against your fellow community members.
  • Demeaning an artist for their skills level in artistry (such as mocking, making fun of, or speaking ill of another user and their works of art, literature, etc.).
  • Prejudice against religious or spiritual beliefs and extremist points of view. Please keep these to yourself and do not force them upon others.
  • Naming & Shaming and/or pointing out Art Theft. If you do see Art Theft, please contact a member of the Wolfhome Administration and we will handle it.
  • Cursing at other users if it is done so in a belittling, demeaning, or malicious manner. This includes flipping off other users, a group, or an affiliation with a pose or other image that includes the middle finger. Jokingly cursing at friends or calling them names is allowed in moderation, as long as all parties involved understand that it is in jest. If it is reported to the administration and there is no clear joke intended, action will be taken against your account.
  • Any racial, derogatory, or gender slurs will absolutely not be allowed under any circumstances.
  • Begging on the forum and/or continuous and repeated solicitation is a type of harassment and could get you removed from the forum.

To further clarify, slurs/names that may seem ok to you and not to others, is not allowed. We want everyone on Wolfhome to have a safe, and calm chatting atmosphere. We accept every person as they are no matter where they are from, what they do, what they look like, or what gender/orientation/ etc they are and prefer. If someone asks you to stop calling them a name, nickname, etc, you stop; the same applies if you are asked to use the correct pronouns for each person.

**If we have credible evidence of offsite harassment directed towards another Chatlands user appropriate action will be taken, to help prevent further harassment here on site.

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6.) Administrator Harassment

Wolfhome is a place where respect is highly encouraged and harassment and disrespect is not tolerated. The Wolfhome Administration pitches in a little more than your average user. They accept the job knowing that they may make mistakes, that they may face constructive and negative criticism, and that they take on extra responsibilities without pay. You also accept the responsibilities as a member, knowing that the Administration is not perfect. This also includes:
  • Telling an Administrator that “they suck”, or how bad they are at their job
  • Repeatedly asking or harassing Administrators about pending poses, rooms, bans, warnings, disputing bans or idle kicks publicly
  • Repeatedly asking or harassing how to become an Administrator or ask to be made an Administrator
  • Yelling at an Administrator for banning you or someone you know
  • Reuploading rejected poses or rooms multiple times without correction
Do not harass them openly or in any way. If you have a problem with how a Wolfhome Administrator has handled a situation, or with some other aspect of their behavior, please fill out a Problem Ticket, or get in contact with an Alpha.

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7.) False Reports

While we encourage you to report any suspicious activity you see, in no way do we promote falsely accusing other users. If you make false reports against another user, we will take action against your account instead. So please be respectful of other users and do not purposely try to get them in trouble if they did nothing wrong.

** False reports automatically result in an NG. However, if it appeared to have good intentions, you will receive a Reminder.

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8.) Multiple Accounts

On this Forum, we have a "One Account Rule". We ask that you do not create a new account in order to "start over" ; instead, you can simply change your name. If you're not sure how to change your name please look here. If you have more than one account, those accounts will be merged.

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9.) Safety Threats

Safety Threat rules do not follow the normal Ban Ladder Procedure, as ban lengths vary for each safety threat (higher ban lengths may be given if deemed necessary). If a user has made a safety threat or is threatening to harm another user in any way even in a private room, they are still subject to a reminder/warning and bans.

**A Permanent Ban will be placed if the safety threat is deemed serious enough.

Death Threats
Wolfhome has zero tolerance for death threats. Talk of killing, how to kill, threatening someone with murder or anything of the sort is not allowed. This rule applies to death threats made in joking manners and death threats made in relation to public. Despite this fact, if the death threat is deemed too serious/graphic or it is unclear that the threat was made in role-play, a ban can be placed on your account. Please note that if a roleplay death threat given is too graphic / violent in nature, it will fall under a breach of PG-13 (gore).

Suicide & Self-Harm Threats
As members of a community, we want to look out for one another and be sure that everyone is okay. The Wolfhome Administration does take suicide threats and self-harm threats very seriously, because we want to ensure that our users are safe and have access to help if they need it. Equally, we want to ensure that users who may be triggered are not negatively impacted by this type of talk, which is why we do not allow public discussion of suicide or self-harm threats. Talking about recent self-harm or talk of suicide, either on your behalf or the behalf of someone else on the site, will result in an e-mail being sent with helpful links. This is in order to make sure individuals get the help they need. If talk of suicide or self-harm persists, it will result in warnings or bans being given. The authorities or Internet Service Provider (ISP) may also be contacted if the case is severe.

Rape Threats
We also have zero tolerance for rape threats. Talking of raping, how to rape, or threatening someone with rape is not allowed. This applies to both serious, joking, and role-play contexts.

To further clarify, discussion of current or prior abuse, molestation, eating disorders, violence, etc should not take place on Wolfhome and should be instead taken to a professional or highly trusted adult.

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10.) Hack & Virus Threats

Threatening to hack or send viruses, or even talking about potentially hacking or sending viruses to another user or website, is not tolerated on this site. We ask that you do not talk about, share tips or tricks, or share links about hacking, sending viruses, or discuss potentially hacking or sending viruses. Even talk of hacking or sending viruses in a joking manner will result in serious action taken, as it is something we must take seriously.
  • Hack & virus threats almost always result in an immediate Permanent Ban across Chatlands.
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11.) Propositioning Minors

Wolfhome will in no way tolerate the propositioning of minors. We make every effort to keep this site safe and enjoyable for all users. Minors should not have to be exposed to illegal enticement while on Wolfhome. Anyone caught doing so will be permanently banned from all Chatlands sites straight away. No exceptions. Instances of propositioning minors will be reported to the appropriate Internet Service Provider (ISP) and/or legal authority as possible law enforcement. This also goes for any minor who is caught propositioning an adult. Action will be taken against any minor who does so. This includes but not limited to:
  • Offering minors drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, sex, cybering, yiffing (this includes role-play)
**A Permanent Ban across Chatlands will be placed for any cases of propositioning a minor or a minor propositioning an adult.

PLEASE REMEMBER: The Wolfhome Administration cannot be everywhere at once, so it is up to YOU, as a user, to report any suspicious activity to the Wolfhome Administration Team quickly. We will follow up all allegations as soon as we can, and we will take necessary and appropriate action as required.

As always, WE STRONGLY ADVISE everyone: Do not give out personal contact information such as phone numbers, street address, real life names or the name of your school, any information that helps someone else you met online locate you in real life. No exceptions. Further information can be found here.

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12.) Art Theft

Art Theft is something that the Wolfhome Administration takes very seriously on both Forum and Chat. For a full definition and explanation of what Art Theft is, please see the ART FAQ. Art Theft is something the Wolfhome Administration will never tolerate. This includes:
  • Posting material that is not yours (otherwise known as copyright infringement).
  • Posting traced or very heavily referenced artwork and claiming it as your own work.
  • Selling or trading material that does not belong to you.
  • Using artwork that you do not have permission to use (whether it be it belongs to someone else, you did not pay for it, or thieved another user's character and/or artwork) as your avatar or signature image(s).

These are the minimum ban lengths that will occur for Art Theft scenarios (higher ban lengths may be given if deemed necessary, for example, users who have other prior offenses):
  • A warning sent via e-mail and private message on the Wolfhome chat for a first offense.
  • A three day ban for a second offense.
  • A two week ban for a third offense.
  • A Permanent Ban for a fourth offense.
  • Bans for art theft are counted towards all other types bans, but in a much harsher manner. For example, usually a 12 hour ban would increase to a 3 day ban on your next offense. However with art theft it works as follows:
  • If you have been banned for twelve hours on chat, a second Art Theft offense would result in a one week ban.
  • If you have been banned for three days on chat, a second Art Theft offense would result in a two week ban.
  • If you have been banned for one week on chat, a second Art Theft offense would result in a one month ban.
  • If you have been banned for two weeks on chat, a second Art Theft offense would result in a Permanent Ban.
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13.) Profile Content

Wolfhome users are expected to have profile content (signatures, avatars, profile fields, etc.), both on the chat and forum, that abides by all Forum Rules as well as the following:
  • All signature content (i.e., images, text, spoilers that are opened, spoilers that are closed) must be no more than 300 pixels in height. Single elements, such as images, must be no more than 600 pixels in length. Text, multiple smaller images, and other content are allowed side by side as long as they fit our height requirement. For a visual representation of the 300x600 signature size limit, please see this image. Your signature should be no larger than the box in the image provided.
  • Avatars and signatures can be no more than 500kbs in file size. We also kindly ask that members of this community try not to have gif heavy avatars and signatures, as it can lag (otherwise known as slow down) other users.
  • Copyrights should always be added for images used in profile content, or on the image it's self. Users who are utilizing their own artwork in their profile content do not have to add copyrights.

Any content that is above these guidelines in profile content will be met with a reminder. If the content is not removed after the 24 hour period, and you have logged in after the Private Message has been sent and seen, you will be pushed up your ladder and the content be manually removed by a Forum Administrator. If the content is not removed within the 72 hour period, and you have not logged in after the Private Message has sent, it should not count against your ladder. The content will be removed by a Forum Administrator and you will notified as to why it has been removed with no action taken. After any three subsequent warnings on the forum, content in profiles that break these guidelines will result in a ban. Usernames that break these guidelines will be met with an private message warning or e-mail warning. If the username is not changed upon the next login, a ban will be placed.

**Please note that these are the General Rules of this board; this means they apply to all sections. Each sub forum has a sticky note that contains Rules respective to that section.

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14.) Posting Guidelines for the Wolfhome Market Place

**Posting Guidelines for the Wolfhome Market Place
  • Black Lists
  • Art Theft & Naming & Shaming
  • Request Threads
  • Third Party Selling
  • Animal or Pet Transactions
  • Copyrights and Permissions for Character Transactions
  • etc
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15.) mChat Rules

**mChat Rules

Advertising is strictly prohibited - this feature is meant for fun! This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Posting a link to your commission/premade/YCH/or other sales thread
  • Posting anything that would direct someone to your sales thread. IE. "Hey guys, I'm open for commissions"
  • Posting links to other websites in an attempt to advertise that site
  • Posting a link to your art thread is fine, as long as it is not an attempt to persuade people in to commissioning you
  • Any post that infringes on the Rules is subject to being removed from the mChat
  • You will be contacted by an Administrator (either by email or by forum PM) should your post be removed
  • The Administrators can and will restrict access to the mchat should it be abused
  • You Forum Ban Ladder will apply to any action taken against your account for mChat violations
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These Rules may be updated as time goes on.
All changes will be reflected in this thread.

If you see something suspicious or that violates these Rules, please let us know! While we do our best to catch everything, sometimes things can slip. You can help by reporting the thread (you click the red "!" that is in the corner of the post or PM a member of the Administration directly.

If these rules are broken, we will be following a protocol which can be found on the The Forum Ban Ladder & How It Works!. Thread(s) and/or content may be removed as a result of violating these Rules as well.

Permanent Bans on Chat lead to Permanent Bans on the Forum as well.

*If you are at all confused by these Rules, feel free to ask a member of the Administration! Clarification is the best way to avoid issues in the future. Here is the list of the Wolfhome Administration. It is always up to date. In there is every Administrator up to this day and the Departments they are in.*

Updated 3/6/2022
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