No godmodding. Seriously, don't break rules to make other characters do things or to win. It's not cool.
Nothing that breaks the PG-13 rating. This will be strictly enforced. We are a fade to black forum.
No canon Face Claims or full character names. General concepts and semblances are fine if they otherwise fit into site rules.
If you don't claim your Face Claim, Class Spot, etc. and someone else finishes their application - you're sharing. If you can't bother to fill out your claims, especially if they're popular, don't be surprised when someone else does.
Please change your display name to be your character's first and last name. If your account name is IceCreamMafia, for instance, while you may have good taste in criminal organizations you're going to have to change it before your application gets accepted. OOC accounts are allowed, but they must be separate from your IC ones.
This site uses liquid time. Time progresses at the same rate it does IRL, so if it's July 21st in real life it is July 21st on TRP! You can have as many threads as you want going at the same time, and each can be at different points in the 'timeline' so long as they all fit together. Say it's July 21st on the forum, and you want to make a thread set a year before then. That's absolutely fine! Setting threads in the future is generally not allowed, but at any point in the past and having multiple threads going on simultaneously is not only allowed but encouraged. In your tracker, most people will put a rough chronological order of threads in it -- but specific dates for each thread is not needed. 'This was before that in the timeline' is more than enough.
Leave your previous baggage at the door. Every single forum roleplayer who has done this hobby for long enough has it, and to pretend otherwise is silly. Talking trash about people who most of the member base will never meet or interact with is not how a community is built. Build each other up, and don't focus on tearing people outside the community down.
No bullying other members to get your way. Harassing people for IC outcomes you want is not something that will be tolerated. This will be particularly monitored around PvP events.
Don't barge into threads not marked as 'Open' without permission. That's rude, dude.
You can't kill or permanently injure another character unless the thread is marked as 'Death Enabled'.
No harassing people for posts. We all have lives, and this isn't a rapid fire forum.
No harassing staffers to approve your stuff. A staff team is only as big and active as the members who volunteer to contribute their time and effort into making the site better. Note that term, volunteer. Do not be that jerk who abuses people who are volunteering to help you, seriously.
On that note, no harassing people period. Using 'it was a joke' as a defense might be fine the first time, but if someone got offended and you continuously use the same 'joke' to rile them up you're just a jerk. I also don't want to hear any arguments of 'I didn't mean to' when there is documented evidence of being a jerk. Actions speak louder than words, and if your actions are that of a bully and a jerk you will be treated like one.
Word counts are appreciated but not required, but warnings will be issued for highly inflated word count numbers on posts. Claiming to have 450 when you actually have 445 could be coding or a system error, but claiming to have 500 for the extra experience point when you only have 445 is attempted cheating and will be treated as such.
Posting templates are not required, but can be used. If it's unreadable, I promise people will tell you. As a general rule please use font sizes that are 10 or above whenever possible for at least the main text of a post. Be considerate to those who don't have the best eyesight.
Characters after the first are allowed, but the first character needs to have 20 (twenty) posts before the second character can be made. This pattern continues indefinitely, with the member being required to have 20 (twenty) posts on every existing character before a new one can be made. This rule is made to lessen the load on staffers to ensure that most applications that they work to approve will actually see play. There is no upper cap of characters allowed, so long as this rule is followed.
Activity checks will be done semi-regularly. This may be every month or every few months, and will be done mostly to archive characters who are inactive. These activity checks will include Discord as well, because I firmly believe that the Discord count should accurately reflect the actual number of players on TRP as much as possible. All that you need to do is post in these activity checks with your character within the time frame of what will usually be around two to three weeks.
The following are the member moderation actions that staff and members will use on The Remnant Project. This list was meant with Discord in mind, because honestly on forum roleplay I've very, very rarely seen anyone go ham on the forum itself since Discord was made a common thing.
Private Messaging the Member or a Direct and Public tag: This is the lowest level of member moderation, and should be the one most often used. Staffers with member moderation ability are generally expected to use this step first. This is a 'hey, stop.' This can either be done in DMs or in the channel where the incident is taking place. The tag ensures that the member and everyone else in the chat room sees what's going on. This does not and should not be done only by staffers, by the way. If you see someone doing something out of line and being a huge jerk, you are well within your right as a member or guest of this site to tell them to knock it off. A member telling someone to stop being a jerk in public, using the tagging function described above, is treated the exact same as a staffer telling the person to stop. Staffers are not exempt from this earlier, it is very important to note and should be told to stop if they are ever being jerks. Guests, members, and all levels of staff can use this level of action.
Discord Mute: This is the second lowest level of member moderation, and should be the second most often used. Quite frankly, not all of us are up for confronting people on the internet and I'm not going to force someone who only wants to help with applications for TRP to play therapist or conflict mediator to people too against their will. That isn't cool at all. Some of the staffers have no member moderation responsibilities whatsoever, but are given the ability to mute people so they can stop the worst of crazy stuff from happening when the member moderations aren't directly there. What a mute does is it prevents the person from posting in any of the channels of Discord for as long as the role is slapped on there. This is essentially a forced timeout period for the person to calm down. People suffer through stress and oftentimes change as people under stress sometimes -- and we get it. Shit happens, mistakes happen, and sometimes people get too high on their high horse and want to argue way past the point it's necessary. You do it, I do it, the Pope probably does it too sometimes. These mutes are generally used as cool off periods for when two people get into it. Some members of staff will can use this level of action.
Temporary Ban: This function will be the least used, quite frankly. The Mute function will replace it in almost every case, and I honestly can't think of an instance where this would be the appropriate step. This is on the list mostly to transparently say that this is a possibility. Only Discord Moderators or Admins can use this level of action, but there must be justification and it must be public.
Permanent Ban: Is the realistic step above Discord Mute, and is done when people flagrantly break site rules. This may be a bunch of minor offenses over a long period of time or much fewer high level offenses. A huge part of our goal here at TRP is to create a solid community, and a huge part of that is being aware of common but ultimately toxic behaviors that can hinder a site. That link has a list of 5 Geek Social Fallacies, but we're going to focus on #1 here because it's the biggest site killer I've seen. If the hypothetical Cat Piss Man shows up and heckles people nonstop, they're going to be removed for the sake of the greater community. There's inclusiveness, and then there's toxic inclusiveness. If one person makes the majority of the site people miserable constantly, they're just not a good fit and it's healthier for both parties to just separate. This is the highest level of member moderation possible, and admins have to approve this level of action and post up justification publicly.
As an addendum, I'm going to post some additional guidelines that fall beyond the usual rules, mostly dealing with staff actions. I'd rather have guidelines for unlikely situations in advance rather than have an unlikely event happen and have no guidelines is the logic behind this one.
Any changes to the Experience System when the site is in public opening must have at least a month of forewarning unless it is specifically to fix a very specific issue. In that case, a public post will be made a week in advance in a public forum so that members can give feedback on the solution and everything is transparent. The entire site can very easily fall apart if the experience system is fucked with, so changes are not to be taken lightly at all. Experience changes are not 'staff business' or 'admin business', it's site business because it has ramifications for everyone.
Admin Veto. Simply put, I'm giving myself the right to escalate to permanent bans people that I know who did some really heinous shit on previous sites. For the guy who posts his dick on every discord he goes on, I reserve the right to boot before he gets the opportunity. I really don't want to see it again, and none of you want to see it either trust me. This requires some trust in me, but quite frankly if you're not willing to give me enough trust to prevent discord from being spammed with dick pics I got nothing for you. This also extends to really heinous stuff like death threats, doxxing, etc. that are bad enough to ban on a first offense.
Suggestions/Critiques go in the Suggestions and Discussion board. This is so the issues and the answers are all public, so the same answers do not need to be written down multiple times. If you have a problem with a system or the way that something was handled, you are more than free to post your issues with it alongside an alternative solution. That's the key here, alternative solution. 'You're bad and you should feel bad' is not constructive feedback, but 'You did this bad and here's how you could do it less bad next time' is exceptional.
Any changes in rules must be announced by staff if they're going to bop anyone for not following a new one. If the rule isn't announced and you didn't see it, that makes total sense. It's on the staff team to announce when rule changes happen and make people aware of it, that's what announcements and updates are for.
Inter-member issues that cannot be resolved between members happen. The solution here is to DM a member moderator or admin with the issue, and chat logs if you feel you've been wronged. This is very important, because doing member moderation actions on someone with no proof is... well, especially on a platform like Discord where you can easily snip conversations, not a thing I'm going to do. General complaints without chat logs will also be marked, but nothing will be done about them quite frankly unless there's a decent number. One complaint over 'being <insert negative thing here>' with no chat log is one thing, for example. Ten people complaining about the same thing, even with no specific or inconclusive chat logs is a whole 'nother matter entirely. To prevent this from happening to you, please refrain from making enough of the site angry enough to send formal complaints. Not a high bar to clear. Staff and member complaints are considered equally in terms of non-chat logged complaints.