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 on: April 22, 2017, 08:41:58 PM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
The main chat for Draconity is on Discord :)

To join the chat via Discord check out this thread: https://www.draconity.org/index.php/topic,3918.0.html (for the time being, the invite link is only available to members). You can access Discord anywhere with the browser version, desktop app, and/or mobile app.

We do also have an IRC server, which is bridged to Discord (thanks Hornwitser!), for the few remaining stragglers who are IRC-4-eva! ;)

The same open attitude of the forum applies to the chat.  See you all in there!

Special Thanks To: drae'kosRakkarn and Hornwitser. You both rock!  :confetti"

Happy chatting!

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 on: April 22, 2017, 08:22:23 PM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
Current User Agreement as of 22 April 2017:

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Greetings!  The below is a custom-written user agreement that you should read before joining our community.

Once you agree to the below and have all required fields filled in, you can submit your application.  You may find yourself waiting a few minutes, or even a day or two while an administrator personally reviews your application.  We mostly turn away bots, spam and people who can't be bothered to fill in even a couple of sentences about themselves - there's no need to worry, the questions are just there so we can see that you've demonstrated you're at least somewhat human and are here for the same things as everyone else: an affinity for dragons!

"Affinity" may be something spiritual or supernatural, or simply a love or fascination.  A "Dragon" may be the soul, mythical folklore dragons, a creature of any kind, or whatever your imagination brings up!  So technically, this site is for anyone who has some form of relationship to whatever they can apply the word "dragon" to.  Even if you can't, you're still welcome here with an open mind :)

This is NOT a roleplay site.  RP is not permitted in this community and any threads that are made will be removed immediately, regardless of which board they are in.

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person including administrators, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason.  Only one account per person is permitted.  We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

Do not abuse the technology on this server (website or otherwise). This includes, but is not limited to: spamming, flooding, phishing, data mining, malicious intent, or hacking attempts.  This will result in a permanent ban, and quite likely your ISP being contacted and certified logs given to authorities.

Do not post illegal material.  This includes, but is not limited to, certain types of porn, all types of porn where minors have access, warez, and copyright material. NOTE: copyright material also means what you use in your avatar - so be careful there!  With the legalities in mind, the owners of this forum reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.

Any member who proves themselves to be detrimental to the community health will be given an initial warning.  Further warnings and additional action will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the administration.  If the problem persists a subsequent ban will be implemented.  The length of the ban will be determined by the severity of the problem(s).

You are solely responsible for the content of your contributions - our moderation is loose and as such we are not responsible for what other users post on the site.  If something is against the law then it will be removed.  However, if something is legal but you find it offensive, we do not have rules in place to remove such material.  The site is constantly changing though and we listen to our users, if everyone on the site wanted something to happen then it more than likely will - as has been the case in the past.

You are also responsible for what areas of the site you access.  If you enter a section with heated content and then get your feelings hurt, it is not the responsibility of the forum staff to "Mother" you - use your common sense.   Participation in any topic is completely voluntary.  However, we will not tolerate cyber-bullying and will act accordingly with the laws currently in place if any such activity occurs - this includes, but is not limited to, threats of any kind, harassment outside of voluntary conversation and targeting specific members outside of context.

The administration will do their best to ensure your privacy, and protect your identity.  Emails and IPs are only visible to administrators, and passwords are MD5-encrypted.  OpenID is a registration option.  Most content is accessible only to members, and we act to prevent data mining. If you choose for us to remove your account, your posts will be maintained but your username, and the rest of your profile, will be blanked out.



Posting it here for ease of access (as I'm consolodating some of the website's pages/links).  A copy is maintained on the user registration page.  Feel free to PM any Staff Member for questions/suggestions!  This post will be updated as needed, and a reply will be made as updates are made (so you can get a notification if you subscribe)

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 on: October 20, 2016, 03:35:31 AM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
Chances are good that Draconity.org is a community unlike most others you've been to.  We've used "loose moderation" tactics for well over a decade and are proud in how the members in our community have grown because of it.  The only hard-set rules we have are what you should have read in the User Agreement (no, really, if you skipped it you should go back and read it now).  As you can tell, it's pretty short, generalized, and kinda open-ended.  This is the only document where you'll find our official rules, and anything else you see (including this topic) are simply guidelines.  Even though the user agreement is part of the website, it applies to all official features of the community (including IRC and Discord Chat), whether you've registered an account on the website or not.

I don't like quoting the User Agreement, as it may change without updating this topic, but let's take a look anyway.  As of October 19th, 2016, the user agreement has this paragraph:
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Any member who proves themselves to be detrimental to the community health will be given an initial warning.  Further warnings and additional action will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the administration.  If the problem persists a subsequent ban will be implemented.  The length of the ban will be determined by the severity of the problem(s).

Aside from the obvious violations of the user agreement, this is it.  This is what we've banned people over (but don't worry, only a handful have been given over our forum's lifetime - significantly fewer than any other community I've seen).  It's obviously very open, but that's how we want it.  It's saying we'll deal with things on a case-by-case basis, and it gives both you and us flexibility.  There's no rules we have to allow bending in order to let a member make a point.  And there's no loopholes or grey areas in which we couldn't ban someone who is actually doing harm to the community.  So long as all the content you post on Draconity.org is legal, we'll work with ya. 

That being said, you're probably not going to get in trouble over swearing.  You're probably not going to be chased off for expressing your opinion.  Chances are good you can talk shit about the staff and directly to our faces, and you wont be officially reprimanded for it.  You can even go so far as to call another member a fucking retard and not be banned, so long as it doesn't cross the harassment threshold.  Now, just because there's no rules against these things, doesn't mean you won't face a giant reaction from the rest of our community.  So, be prepared for that, should you cross that bridge...

Rather than prohibit any kind of legal content, we try to organize it, for the sake of community health.  Drama and heated arguments will be moved to Heated when possible, so those who do not wish to see or participate can skip over it easier.  Sexual or extremely private discussions are welcome in the Private Health opt-in forum for all ages to participate, so long as it's legal.  If it's not legal for those under a certain age, that's where the R-Rated forum comes in handy - where nudity and explicit sexual detail are allowed.  If you want to say something, we try to give you a facility to say it in!

So here's some things you can do here:
  • Cuss anywhere.  Say whatever the fuck you want, wherever the fuck you want.  But if you find you're starting to swear (or wanting to swear) at a person, don't be surprised if your conversation is moved to the Heated section if possible.  If it's not possible, well... continue on, but be mindful that some members may not want to see it (but there's someone wrong on the Internet and that has priority, am I right?!)
  • It's OK to say penis.  And vagina.  Let the giggles ensue.  If you wanna demean your character with an innuendo or quick lewd comment, it's pretty much OK anywhere in the community.  But, if you want to talk about your penis, then practice a bit of modesty and do so in the Private Health forum please (or we'll move it there anyway and give you funny looks). 
  • If you want to show your penis, well...  That's illegal in public.  Not only is it illegal or inappropriate in most areas, but there's kids around dude.  But, there are certain places and criteria where this kind of stuff is allowed, and it's called the R-Rated section.  We have to verify your of age as per legal requirements, but beyond that, have at it buddy.  You wierdo...
Things that will get you kicked off this forum quicker than your head can spin (and maybe even alerted to the authorities depending on the offense):
  • Doing illegal things. 
  • Admitting to illegal things.  Some of us have made mistakes, sure, but we're not harboring any criminals here.  Drug use is the one that's had to most close calls - safest to just not talk about it.
  • Member harassment.  Like repeatedly trolling or spamming or attacking a particular member.  If someone's an idiot, let them know they're an idiot, but don't go out of your way to make their life harder than it already is.
  • Spambots/data mining/multiple account abuse/ban evasion.  Does this really need to be elaborated on?  No.

Obviously, neither of those lists are all-inclusive.  They're just some examples.  Ultimately, the biggest gauge of what you should and shouldn't be doing is how others will see you.  Shame is a mechanism social creatures use, and if you're not a good fit for our society, that'd be your first clue that you're doing something wrong.  Your mommy should've taught you how to be compatible with other people, but if she didn't, then we'll probably work with ya till you fit the bill :)  Don't be surprised if your feelings get hurt somewhere in the process though, because after all, we're not your mommy.  But, for the vast majority of us, shame is never even a necessary part.  We're all obviously pretty open-minded here, and even though some places can get quite heated, we make it as easy as possible to avoid them.

The overall aim of this guideline isn't just to show you what you can do and where, but to encourage you to do so!  Think of Draconity.org like a public park - you're still in public, but feel free to let loose and just be with friends!  There's large community areas for competitive sports, and small tables for small-talk.  There's even an adults-only bar, where drinks are free!  And while we can't permit any illegal activity in this park, it's sure is a lot safer and shame-free than your parent's house or the office!  So let loose and relax, my dragony friends!  Be who you want to be, even if you're not sure who that is yet!

Welcome to Draconity.org :)

tl;dr: you really should read it.  But... in short: speak your mind.  We're not here to protect anyone from hurt feelings, but we will do our best to make sure everyone has a good time.

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 on: February 13, 2015, 03:28:02 AM 
Started by Aurelia - Last post by Selroth
Well, thread necromancy isn't a bad thing. So long as you can contribute enough to warrant the post itself. If it is 'I agree with so and so" and add nothing to the conversation, it isn't what we want to see. If you were to talk about (elaborate what you think) your opinions on the subject matter or post anything that is relevant to the thread that people can reply to (easy example would be to ask a question) then it is more than alright. I believe us staff a few months ago kinda wanted to start appropriately necroing threads because people were running out of ideas to talk about here.

Like what you just did now, you asked a quite valid and relevant question in a thread that is several years old. Perfectly ok, it's valid and it got a reaction. That's what we would want from thread necromancy. It's up to people to add stuff to conversations.  :yes:

What we don't want is happening to some threads here right now as you say. Things like pretty much saying the same thing that everyone else is saying and not adding anything new, while not checking the date that the thread was started and the last post's date as well. Not what we would want really. :No:

I deterred a bit, but our stance is that it is ok and not ok.

  • How old is the thread (check first post)? If around 2 years old at least, go to next point
  • Are you adding anything relevant to the thread? If so, go to next point
  • Is what you are saying something a lot of other people have said? If not, go to next point
  • Is what you are going to post something that people can reply to?

Basic checklist to aid with this (other staff members can improve this for me if they want.). As a rule if we see bad necroing then we will give a warning. If it continues at the odd occasion we will lock it. Not that we would want to but if people aren't going to listen then we would have no choice. I said my opinion on the necroing based on what I've witnessed/experienced and talked about with the admin and mods, their opinion will probably vary slightly from mine.

But I hope this helps somewhat.

My name's Selroth, and I approve this message.    :yes:

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 on: February 13, 2015, 12:31:27 AM 
Started by Aurelia - Last post by Dradolan
Well, thread necromancy isn't a bad thing. So long as you can contribute enough to warrant the post itself. If it is 'I agree with so and so" and add nothing to the conversation, it isn't what we want to see. If you were to talk about (elaborate what you think) your opinions on the subject matter or post anything that is relevant to the thread that people can reply to (easy example would be to ask a question) then it is more than alright. I believe us staff a few months ago kinda wanted to start appropriately necroing threads because people were running out of ideas to talk about here.

Like what you just did now, you asked a quite valid and relevant question in a thread that is several years old. Perfectly ok, it's valid and it got a reaction. That's what we would want from thread necromancy. It's up to people to add stuff to conversations.  :yes:

What we don't want is happening to some threads here right now as you say. Things like pretty much saying the same thing that everyone else is saying and not adding anything new, while not checking the date that the thread was started and the last post's date as well. Not what we would want really. :No:

I deterred a bit, but our stance is that it is ok and not ok.

  • How old is the thread (check first post)? If around 2 years old at least, go to next point
  • Are you adding anything relevant to the thread? If so, go to next point
  • Is what you are saying something a lot of other people have said? If not, go to next point
  • Is what you are going to post something that people can reply to?

Basic checklist to aid with this (other staff members can improve this for me if they want.). As a rule if we see bad necroing then we will give a warning. If it continues at the odd occasion we will lock it. Not that we would want to but if people aren't going to listen then we would have no choice. I said my opinion on the necroing based on what I've witnessed/experienced and talked about with the admin and mods, their opinion will probably vary slightly from mine.

But I hope this helps somewhat.

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 on: February 12, 2015, 06:32:20 PM 
Started by Aurelia - Last post by Deebles
What is the official stance on thread necromancy? Personally, all of these new posts on topics that are several years old that don't add anything new to the discussion are driving me up a wall, but I'm not the boss! :3

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 on: February 21, 2011, 04:01:19 AM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
Tags are a great way to organize topics depending on subject matter!  They help newcomers find information quickly, and give more information about a topic.  They can be fun to browse, and help find historic threads covering a similar subject. 

A topic can have up to 10 tags.  Tags can be added or removed.  The more threads that have the exact same tag, the bigger that tag becomes in the tag cloud

Tags only work if they're consistent.  So, below are some guidelines for making tags:
  • Prefer nouns over verbs.  For example, use "blog" instead of "blogging", and "flight" instead of "flying"
  • If tagging a noun, use the singular form.  Plural forms will be counted seperate, and not increase the size of the tag.  Example: prefer the word "dragon" over "dragons."  There are some exceptions, such as to prefer "politics" over "politic."
  • Keep tags relevent to the subject matter.  Example: do not tag based off time, such as "new" or "old" as this will obviously change. 
  • Spaces are OK to use, and do not create multiple different tags.  Example: use "grilled cheese" instead of "grilled_cheese" or "grilled.cheese"
  • Try to keep your tags in lowercase. It does not affect the results, but having a standard makes it a lot more consistent. Example: Prefer "dragon" over "Dragon" or "DRAGON".
  • Do not tag member names!  If seen, these tags should be deleted immediately.  This is a privacy concern because tags are visible to guests and search engines.  The topics list below the tag cloud will only show topics that guest or member has access to, but any tags in hidden forums will still appear in the tag cloud.
I invite anyone who has read and understood this topic to apply to become a Tagger!  Taggers are responsible for adding and removing tags to any topic as they see fit, and this can be a fun way to contribute to the community!  To apply, go into Profile > Modify Profile > Group Membership, find the Tagger membergroup and click "Request Membership."  In your application, you must prove you've read this topic by giving a new example or suggestion to this etiquette.

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 on: February 17, 2011, 04:15:41 PM 
Started by Aurelia - Last post by Aurelia
I'm new!  Where do I start?
Welcome :)  The best place to start is in the About You section of the forums and write an introduction thread.  That way people get to say hello and learn a bit about you and you get to know other members a little better too.

Can I use openID?
You sure can!  It isn't necessary to have an OpenID to access the site, but anyone who does have one can choose to use that.

Why can't I role play on this site?
That would be because this is not an RP site.  We have spiritual and emotional discussions as well as lighthearted chat and a host of other threads, but no role play is allowed because of the fact that we are not an RP site.  There are lots of role play communities on the internet, however we are not one of them.

Why aren't more games threads allowed?
For almost the same reason that we disallowed RP several years ago.  This forum is aimed at discussion, debate, general chat and lighthearted conversations (and anything inbetween!) as well as meeting like-minded people, spirituality and all associated with that, but we are not a games community.  There are plenty of other sites who have all sorts of different games, but as we are not a games community we removed all but 2 threads because the site was getting overrun with them and losing sight of it's intended purpose.

Can I have a blog?
Yes :)  Just go to the Want A Blog? thread and ask in there for an administrators to set you up with one.

How do I join the other membergroups?
We only have one voluntary membergroup and full information on how to access that is in this thread.

Can we have more site themes?
In the future, probably.  We are always updating and improving the site and there is also a lot of customization.  Themes are something we may look at again in the future, but at the moment we are more focused on functionality and making sure you guys get out of the site what you need to.

How can I report someone?
There are a couple of ways to report someone for breaking the site rules.  First, the easiest way is to click the "report" button that will be on their post(s) - there is a "report" button on every post on the site.  This lets the staff know which post has been reported and why.  The second way is to send a PM to one of the site staff detailing the problem - link any posts or threads in a PM or copy/paste from the shoutbox or PMs if the problem happened there.

I have a question that isn't answered here, what do I do?
We love to get input and feedback from the community - it's how we grow and improve the site!  So if you have any questions of comments at any time then feel free to do one of three things: 1) reply to this thread with your question and we will answer it for you.  2) Send a PM directly to a member of staff and they will answer you.  3) Start your own thread with your question(s) if you think that a discussion is needed.

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 on: February 05, 2011, 01:07:15 AM 
Started by Aurelia - Last post by Aurelia
This is just a kind of reminder of the fact we are very open here about promoting freedom.  To this end, we do not lock threads for getting off topic, or heated, nor do we delete them.  Every member has the option to delete their own posts, if they so wish, even if they are a topic starter, but we do not censor other members by removing their post content or stopping them from having their say.

We also do not lock or remove topics just because they have come to a natural end nor because the original question has been answered - threads come to natural conclusions and will stop getting posts of their own accord.  If a thread has been answered and then goes off topic we will split the thread so the new topic(s) can continue elsewhere.

If a thread becomes heated, it will either be wholly moved to the "Heated" section of the forums, or it will be split to keep the cooled part of the thread where it started but move the aggravated section into "Heated".  We do not lock threads just because people get hot under the collar - everyone has the right and freedom to speak their mind here and we try to ensure that no one person has the kind of power to stop members from speaking their mind.  Same thing goes for anything that goes off topic - we will split the thread in two (or more).

If you start a thread and don't like the replies you get, use your free will to just step away and not go back to the thread again.  Or even try to see why you didn't like the replies that you get and maybe learn from them.

If someone has been abusive or crossed legal boundaries then report that post to the staff (there is a report button on every post on the site), regardless of if you started the thread or not.  The same goes for abusive PM's or in the shoutbox - PM one of the staff, or even all of the staff, to tell us.

If legal boundaries are crossed anywhere on the site then we will step in and take necessary action in the thread/shoutbox/etc and against the person causing the legal issues.  The same goes for anyone who abuses the technology.

On a similar note of forum censorship, it has come to our attention that several blog owners have been editing and deleting other people's posts.  We, the staff, are honestly stunned to see that members are abusing their blog moderator status in such a way - you cannot edit someone else's words, you have no right to do that!  The staff on this site make it very clear that we will not edit anyone's posts unless they cross legal boundaries or are abusing the technology (ie: spam, etc), yet certain members seem to feel they are above this ethic and take it on themselves to change someone else's posts.  This is not acceptable behaviour and we will be tackling this separately.

There are going to be a few minor changes soon to stop this kind of abuse from occurring.

So, there you have it.  Just a helpful reminder that we do not use censorship because I think a few people seem to have forgotten that.

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