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Mycena Cave rules

All members of Mycena Cave are bound by the following sets of rules. This is a living document and we will update it as necessary. If any major changes happen, you will be notified via announcement in the announcement forum.

Last updated: July 6, 2016


Section 1: Account access

  1. No more than one account per person. One person with multiple accounts will result in a site ban, and the closure of all of their accounts
  2. Account sharing is allowed under the following circumstances:
    1. You inform the administration ahead of time
    2. The shared account is your only account: neither of you may have a separate account of your own, share a different account with someone else, etc.
    3. If you both already have accounts and want to "move in" together, contact an administrator
  3. Non-shared account password sharing is not allowed
    1. If an account's password is known to multiple people, the account is considered shared with all of the restrictions noted in section 1.2
    2. Should you need to give someone temporary access to your account, generate a Guest Key from your Account Settings page
    3. Logging in with another user's password is strictly forbidden
  4. Trading accounts is allowed
    1. Account trades must involve an administrator to perform the switch
    2. Never share your password with whomever you're trading accounts
    3. Your login information, forum posts, echos, etc. will all be transferred
  5. You must be 16 years old or older to register an account at Mycena Cave
  6. Site bans are not merely for the account but for the person behind it, and ban evasion is a bannable offense.

Section 2: Forum rules

  1. All site rules apply to the forums.
  2. Follow instructions given to you by a moderator.
    1. Aggression and/or harassment toward a moderator can result in a temporary or permanent loss of forum privileges.
  3. Use proper spelling and grammar
    1. If you're struggling with spelling, making consistent grammar mistakes, and/or our moderators are having trouble deciphering the content of your posts, our moderators will flag your post and give you information so that you know how to fix your post.
  4. No spam (this includes real life things and trading threads).
    1. Posts you make should fulfill at least one of the following:
      • It starts a rational discussion or conversation.
      • It is relevant to and/or contributes to an on-going discussion or conversation.
      • It does not impede or derail an on-going discussion or conversation.
    2. Links to places where you sell things are fine, as long as it's not done in a spamming way.
  5. Thread bumping is allowed in moderation when:
    1. A major change has occurred to your thread.
    2. Your thread falls off of the first page.
  6. Post new, original content.
    1. Copy/pasting material such as your old stories or old roleplays from other sites to our paid forums is not allowed.
    2. If it is important to your current characters that an old roleplay is moved on-site, contact a moderator.
  7. Tag your threads for any mature content:
    1. Untagged threads:
      1. Anyone on Mycena Cave can view an untagged forum thread. An untagged thread should be safe for the majority of our users to view.
      2. May contain mild violence, infrequent use of strong language, and/or minimal suggestive content/themes. Liken a public, un-tagged thread to a PG-13 movie.
        • Example of use: If your character gets hit, don't go into graphic detail. If they curse, then it's only a couple of times.
      3. Avoid topics that discuss anything illegal.
      4. Avoid controversial subjects.
    2. Tagged threads (content descriptors and notes):
      1. Anyone on Mycena Cave can view a forum thread tagged with a content descriptor, but the viewer is informed that it may contain sensitive content, whether it be topic, themes, or language.
      2. If you tag a thread with a content descriptor, we recommend filling in the content notes to detail why the thread is tagged with a content descriptor, so that other users can make an informed decision about viewing the thread.
      3. Strong language, heavy violence, and/or sexual content/themes are allowed when appropriately tagged. Liken a tagged thread to an R movie.
        • Example of use: Your character curses like a sailor and injuries are detailed more explicitly.
        • Must adhere to the rules in section 4.5.
      4. Respectful discussion, roleplay, art, or creative writing involving controversial or sensitive topics is allowed.
      5. Be careful to not sanction illegal activities in discussions or roleplays.
      6. Be cautious and respectful when discussing or roleplaying controversial topics.
      7. If you do want to broach a controversial topic, your thread must be appropriately tagged.
      8. It is the responsibility of the thread creator to select tags appropriate to the thread
    3. If you think your thread falls “in between” a category, or if you are unsure of which category, it is best to pick the category that promotes the more restrictive viewing.
  8. It is the responsibility of every post author to ensure that their post conforms with the content descriptors of the thread they are posting in.
  9. Breaking forum rules will generally result in a moderator warning. Repeated warnings may lead to temporary or permanent loss of forum privileges.

Section 3: Official chat rules

  1. All site rules apply to all chat rooms both public and private.
  2. Follow instructions given to you by a moderator.
    1. Aggression and/or harassment toward a moderator can result in a temporary or permanent loss of chat privileges.
  3. While in official chat rooms, remain peaceful and friendly to other users.
    1. If a topic/word makes you uncomfortable, politely request that it is dropped.
    2. If a user states that a topic/word makes them uncomfortable, try to not bring topic/word up around the user, and be receptive to reminders if you forget.
    3. Utilize the report feature when needed; do not escalate a tense situation with aggressive confrontation.
  4. All chat inside official chat rooms should adhere to the untagged content standards described in section 2.7.a
    1. For a more personalized space, create your own chat room. User-owned chat rooms can be made private, and may have their own additional rules.
    2. All user-owned chatrooms must comply with overall site rules.
    3. If relevant, utilize the "[M]" tag in your chatroom name. More in-depth content descriptors are optional (e.g. "[M]" Chat Room Name and "[M for Language]" Chat Room Name are both acceptable).
  5. Move extensive conversations about other sites to a non-official chat room.
  6. Breaking official chat rules will generally result in a moderator warning. Repeated warnings may lead to temporary or permanent loss of chat privileges.

Section 4: Content rules

  1. General content (e.g. pet profiles, etc.) should adhere to the untagged content standards described in section 2.7.a
    1. If you have mature content outside of the forums (e.g. profile or geness page), put it under spoiler tags. Prefix the spoiler description with "[M]" and optionally add a content descriptor (e.g. "[M for Violence]").
  2. If you submit potentially offensive content, you agree to proceed carefully and be ready to respond with respect and sensitivity to any opposing viewpoints.
    1. Understand that our moderators' jobs are primarily to keep the peace, not to provide you with a place to express potentially inflammatory views.
    2. Understand that what is not offensive to you might be offensive to others.
    3. Profanity is allowed in moderation, but it may not be directed at another player.
  3. Handle disputes in a mature way
    1. In the event of a dispute (e.g. a trade gone sour, taking offense, etc) resolve it outside of public spaces such as, but not limited to, the forums or official chat rooms.
    2. Either resolve the issue with the person in question directly via private message, or contact a moderator.
    3. Do not try to engage parties not affected by the dispute (e.g. "I told all of chat and they totally agree with me!").
  4. Be excellent to each other:
    1. Be respectful, courteous, and kind.
    2. Be direct and forthright.
    3. Do your best to be aware of how your words may appear through text -- avoid harsh, mean, or aggressive behavior.
    4. When posting constructive criticism:
      1. Make sure the recipient has stated that they are willing to receive constructive criticism.
      2. Make sure that your critique is polite and generally objective.
        • e.g. "The eyes in this drawing look a little lopsided" (good) versus "The shade of yellow you used is really ugly" (not good).
      3. Try to include positive remarks within your critique.
    5. If someone is posting spam, aggressive comments, and other content not suitable for carrying on a level-headed discussion, do not encourage them, refrain from replying, and report them to a moderator.
  5. THE FOLLOWING ARE UNACCEPTABLE FOR MYCENA CAVE MEMBERS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ECHOES AND PRIVATE CHAT ROOMS:
    1. Anything illegal under U.S. law.
    2. Plagiarism.
    3. Prolonged, unproductive arguments between two or more opposing parties.
    4. Sexually explicit content.
      • This means no descriptions or depictions of genitalia and/or sexual acts (e.g. pornography).
    5. Intolerance towards racial, sexual, gender, religious, personal identity, or disability.
    6. Incitements or promotion of violence, self-harm, abuse (human, child, animal, etc).
    7. Bullying is absolutely not tolerated under any circumstances.
      • This applies anywhere your identity as a member of Mycena Cave may be inferred, including off-site.
      • If you harm the Mycena Cave community by contributing to and/or allowing bullying posts to an anonymous blog, we will aggressively respond and investigate through legal avenues, and it will result in a ban when we determine who you are.
      • If you believe someone is breaking the rules, report it to a mod instead of inciting other users to treat them badly.
  6. Breaking content rules will generally result in a moderator warning, though a more severe action may be taken in instances where rules listed under 4.5 are broken. Repeated warnings may lead to temporary or permanent loss of forum privileges or account access.

Section 5: Game rules

  1. You may not under any circumstances access the games in any account other than your own.
  2. You may not automate the playing of any game. This includes:
    1. Software or extensions that automatically click things for you
    2. Software or extensions that send requests
    3. etc.
  3. You may not use outside software or computer programs of any kind. This includes:
    1. Sudoku solvers
    2. Anagram generators
    3. etc.

Section 6: Event rules

  1. You may not under any circumstances access raffles or events in any account other than your own.
  2. Unlike games, events do not need to be self-contained:
    1. Using outside tools or software is allowed (as long as they conform to the rules in section 8.2)

Section 7: Trade rules

  1. Trades completed entirely through our Trade utility are guaranteed by Mycena Cave
    1. If something goes wrong, we'll fix it
    2. If the goods you traded for were illicitly generated and need to be removed, you will be compensated
  2. Trading by any other means ("gift for a gift", etc) is done entirely at your own risk
    1. If something goes wrong, we may or may not be able to help you
    2. If the goods you traded for were illicitly generated and need to be removed, you will not be compensated
  3. Trade agreements involving Paw Prints to be purchased for a future order are not supported
    1. We do not support or endorse these kinds of deals: Paw Prints may only be traded to orders existing at the time of trade
    2. If a situation arises where a deal involving future-order Paw Prints is not held up, there is nothing we will do for you
  4. Cross-site trading (trading for goods or services on another website) is allowed, under the following conditions:
    1. The site you are trading with explicitly allows cross-site trades in their Terms of Use
    2. You understand that a cross-site trade is entirely at your own risk (see section 7.2)
    3. You are not trading for anything which can be exchanged for real money
    4. The site you are trading with does not allow you to trade things for real money
  5. Do not inquire, publicly or privately, about a player's pets or items that are not explicitly listed or marked for sale.
  6. Transactions involving real money or equivalent (pre-paid visa cards, gift cards, etc) are permissible only in the following scenarios:
    1. Transactions involving Mycena Cave and one player:
      • Players may use any of the official on-site shops with a debit or credit card
        • The exception to this is players located in the EU purchasing gems, which must be done via Paypal
      • Players may contact glitch to organize Paypal payments
      • Mycena Cave staff will never ask players for their credit card details
    2. Transactions involving two players:
      • This is permissible if and only if ALL of the following are true:
        1. No part of the sale involves Mycena Cave instruments or property
        2. The entirety of the transaction occurs through an official merchant service
        3. The transaction incorporates all aspects of the sale, and offers dispute functionality to the buyer
        4. The merchant service used properly reports tax information to the IRS
        5. Both parties agree to handle any disputes through the merchant service used
    3. Some examples of acceptable inter-player sales:
      • Informing players of your Etsy shop, on which you sell physical objects
      • Directing the buyer to DeviantArt to perform the purchase of digital art
      • Sending the buyer an official Paypal invoice, and then sending the goods to the buyer when the invoice is paid
    4. Some examples of unacceptable inter-player sales:
      • Anything that involves Mycena Cave items, gems, nuggets, pets, mockups, etc.
      • The buyer pays for their purchase via Paypal's "send money" feature
      • Anything where Mycena Cave staff may need to get involved in the case of disputes
  7. Follow the Trade Policies

Section 8: Tools / extensions

  1. Mycena Cave is a developer-friendly area
  2. If you want to use or make an extension or user-script, go for it! Such tools are allowed as long as they follow these rules:
    1. It may not make requests on behalf of the user (e.g. autorefreshers, auto-forum-posters, etc)
    2. It may not provide unfair advantage
    3. It may not interact with the games in any way
  3. Sharing your tools or extensions with the community is encouraged
    1. If you make something really cool and we actually build some of your functionality into the site, you'll get something nice from us :)

Section 9: Exploits, cheating, etc

  1. Report bugs and exploits directly and privately to the administration
  2. Any intentional action which results in you having an unfair advantage over other players is considered exploiting the site. Some examples of things we consider to be exploitative include:
    1. It was briefly possible to mine tiles after the Summer event ended by going directly to the mining page
    2. It was possible to get multiple starter pets by collecting your free pet, putting it in a trade, getting another one, then canceling the trade
    3. Private staff information was briefly visible in some staff members' "recent posts" page
  3. We reward people who report exploitable bugs to us (usually a number of gems, depending on the severity) under the following conditions:
    1. User has exploited it minimally, for testing purposes only
    2. User reported it privately to administration, not e.g. in chat or on the forums, etc
    3. User did not tell other users about the bug until after receiving confirmation that it was fixed
  4. Unless told otherwise, feel free to tell people / brag about exploits that you find after they have been fixed
  5. If you inform another user of an exploit before it is fixed, you will also be held responsible if that user exploits it
  6. Repercussion for cheating or exploiting bugs range from a warning echo to a permanent site ban, and depends on:
    1. Whether what you did can easily be rolled back
    2. How much you (would have) gained
    3. Whether you impacted other players
    4. How important it was that we drop whatever we were doing to clean up after you, and
    5. How much time we had to spend cleaning up after you