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Series-Related/Miscellaneous Roleplay Forum Rules and Guidelines


Welcome to the Series/Misc Roleplay forum! Series/Misc is intended for roleplaying based on a TV series, movie, manga, book, game, or any other form of media or entertainment.

As a member, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the forum's rules before posting. Posting in this forum implies that you read and understand the rules and guidelines and that you accept responsibility for the appropriateness of your thread or post.


Navigation:
  1. Introduction
  2. General Posting Guidelines
  3. Rules & Guidelines for Posting in Series/Misc
  4. Slave Roleplays - Rules and Restrictions
  5. How to Report
General Posting Guidelines

Please be sure to follow the Terms of Service and Rules and Guidelines here, as in all forums.

Common violations to avoid:

    Sexually explicit content. Posting, requesting, distributing, or offering sexually explicit material is not permitted anywhere on Gaia. Sexually explicit content includes explicit photographs, text, artwork, video, or cybersex conversations.

    Spam. Posts that are gibberish, off-topic, contain advertisements or begging, or have low or no content are considered spam. Please ensure that your posts are on topic and contain an appropriate amount of discussable content.

    Flaming & trolling. Posts directed at another member which are hateful, abusive, or intentionally inflammatory are considered flaming. Making intentionally inflammatory or provocative posts to incite responses from other members is considered trolling.

Terms of Service violations may result in a warning or a ban on your account.

If you find Terms of Service violations, or threads that may need moved to a different forum, please use an appropriate report. The procedures for doing so can be found here.

You can find online moderators by following the "View Forum Moderators" link at the top of the forum.


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Rules & Guidelines for Posting in Series/Misc

What belongs in Series/Misc?
  • Threads in Series/Misc should be created for the purpose of roleplaying based on existing series/characters/worlds. Examples include:
    • TV series (e.g. Heroes, Dr Who, Teen Titans)
    • Manga/Anime (e.g. Fruits Basket, Inuyasha, Fullmetal Alchemist)
    • Books (e.g. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Eragon)
    • Video games (e.g. Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts)
    • Other media

  • Slave roleplays are to be posted in this subforum only, and must abide by these restrictions.

  • For roleplays which may crossover a number of subforums (e.g. Hogwarts school is both series-related and a university/school roleplay), use your discretion. What is the focus of the roleplay? If the emphasis is on roleplaying the school activity of the Hogwarts example, perhaps with original characters, it is better suited for the University/School subforum. If the emphasis is on roleplaying existing characters like Harry and Hermione or continuing the book plot, Series/Misc is a better choice.

  • Roleplays posted in this forum should have content. The more detailed and thought-out your roleplay idea, the better your roleplay will be! Please ensure that any roleplay you post here has at least one paragraph outlining the main concept - it could be an opening paragraph, a description of a location, a summary of the story or characters, anything you like! Roleplays which are not deemed to have this level of content may be moved to the Chatterbox.


What does not belong in Series/Misc?
  • No Cybering
    The explicit roleplay of sexual encounters is strictly forbidden. The posting of explicit and graphic content, in written or visual forms, is a violation of the Terms of Service. For details on how far is "too far", see the Gaia-Appropriate Content in Detail post.

  • No Explicit Roleplay Encouragement
    Users often post rules regarding inappropriate content within their own roleplays. Using ratings like "PG-13" is fine, but directing users to "take cybering to PMs", or using ratings such as "Rated R" which clearly indicate adult themes, is not permitted. In all cases, the Gaia Terms of Service and forum rules override individual roleplay rules.

  • No Abusive Comments
    This includes abusive comments to other users, flaming, trolling, harassment and stalking. You are allowed to swear on Gaia, but you are not allowed to insult other users, go into their thread without permission and start trouble, or refuse to leave after the creator has asked you to.

  • No Advertising
    Advertising in this forum is not allowed; you may not create a new thread with the intention of advertising, or post in existing threads purely to advertise your own content. If you wish to advertise a roleplay please see the Barton OOC forum. Please note that although you may also roleplay offsite, offsite advertisements are not permitted at all in the roleplaying forums.

  • No Hate Based Roleplays
    Hate roleplays that are negatively directed towards a Gaia user, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation are not allowed on Gaia. These roleplays that are found will be removed and the owner punished.

  • No "Copycat" roleplays
    Just like art theft is not allowed, copying another person's work for a roleplay is also not permitted as it infringes copyright. If you want to use another person's writing for your roleplay, word for word or only slightly changed, you must get permission and credit them or else you will face the same serious consequences that art theft does on Gaia Online.



Commonly Misplaced Threads

Certain topics are not suitable for Series/Misc; please follow the guide below to find out where to post these threads, and be sure to read the rules of other forums before posting there.

    General roleplays based on original ideas: Barton Town

    Roleplays centered around a school, university, college, dojo, or any form of educational site: University/School roleplay

    Roleplays centered around a family, mansion, or a place of residence: The Gaian Neighborhood

    Gaia roleplay advertisement/Threads recruiting other roleplayers/Out of Character threads/General roleplay discussion: Barton OOC

    Character profile threads: Barton OOC

    Roleplays centered around a bar, inn, tavern, hangout, or any form of business: Gaia Commerce

    Private roleplays intended for a pre-selected group of people: Invitation-Only Roleplay

    Threads that are for bumping, randomness, or for other oddities: Chatterbox
Slave Roleplays - Rules and Restrictions

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Slave roleplays:
  • are permitted on Gaia Online in the Series-related/Miscellaneous Roleplay subforum only, with specific restrictions.
  • must be non-sexual and non-abusive in content.
  • must not contain rules which encourage sexual or violent/abusive content, either in the thread or in the private messaging system (e.g. "take cybering to PMs", "Rated R", "No limits").
  • must not make use of collar/charm systems which are used to categorize slaves for sexual pleasure, abuse or other violating concepts.


What is considered a slave roleplay?

Slave-based roleplays typically involve users roleplaying the parts of slaves and their masters.

Are slave roleplays permitted?

Slave roleplays are permitted in the Series/Misc subforum only, and are required to adhere to the Terms of Service and Gaia-Appropriate Content restrictions.

Rules and Guidelines for Slave Roleplays

All slave roleplay content must adhere to Gaia's Terms of Service and Barton Town's Roleplay Content Guidelines. The most important rules are outlined below:

  • No sexual content (such as cybering) or themes are allowed.
  • Slave roleplays must not encourage or contain slave/master abuse or other violent content.
  • If you set a rating for your slave roleplay thread (such as "PG-13" ), this rating must not encourage adult content or content which otherwise violates the Terms of Service and forum rules. Similarly, rules such as "Take cybering to PMs" are NOT permitted as cybering is not allowed anywhere on Gaia, even in the private messaging system.
  • Collar/charm systems should not be used to categorize slaves as preferring or being the targets of sexual advances/"pleasure" or torture/abuse.


Roleplays which violate these guidelines, other forum rules or the Terms of Service will be removed from the forums, and all accounts involved in the violating content will receive appropriate penalties.

What to do if a slave roleplay is violating the rules

Report it! Please report posts or threads which breach any of the stated rules and regulations so that a moderator can take action. Remember - roleplay creators must monitor their roleplays for violations and report them appropriately. You will NOT be punished for roleplayers violating the Terms of Service in your own roleplaying thread if you have not encouraged the behaviour, and have taken appropriate action to stop the behaviour by reporting the relevant posts.
How to Report

Abuse of the report system will result in a warning or ban of your account.

Report a Post

Use the User Image button when an individual post in a topic contains inappropriate content.

    Reasons to Report a Post:

    • The content of the post violates the Terms of Service or forum rules.

    • The content of the post is off-topic.

    • The member who made the post has a signature which violates the rules.


Report a Topic

Use the Report this Topic button at the bottom of the page when a topic is not appropriate for the forum.

    Reasons to Report a Topic:

    • The topic violates the Terms of Service or forum rules.

    • The topic is in the wrong forum and should be moved to a more appropriate forum.


If you need to contact a moderator via Private Message, please use the "View Forum Moderator" link at the top of this forum to find a moderator.



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    Use this form to report ongoing Abuse or Harassment. If you are reporting harassment or abuse that is occurring directly in a thread, please use the "Report This Post" button instead.

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