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 on: April 02, 2018, 11:27:22 PM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
User agreement updated.

 on: October 23, 2017, 08:06:46 PM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
I think you mean est. 2003?

Ah, yeah =P  Good catch :)

 on: October 23, 2017, 08:57:49 AM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Airy
I think you mean est. 2003?

 on: October 22, 2017, 08:35:43 PM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
Greetings newcomers!

I’m going to assume you just stumbled onto this community without really knowing anything about us.  Well, welcome to our 14+ year-old corner of the Internet (est. 2003). 

What we are is simply a community of people, who currently enjoy a web forum on this very website and other services like our Discord server.  Generally, we all have an appreciation (or affinity) for dragons in some way, but topics of discussion are as varied as are those who partake in them!  We are not strictly a dragonkin or otherkin site, and anyone’s welcome, but the majority of our members do identify with dragons in some way.  Spiritual and supernatural topics are welcome, but so is any legal topic ranging from religion, politics, current events, personal affairs, or just general hanging-out-with-friends topics. 

We make sure all of our members are safe, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to protect anyone from hurt feelings.  Conversations are allowed to get heated, and arguments often deliberately go unmoderated.  However, we will draw the line and act swiftly if there is any harassment, bullying, or illegal activity, as these often result in more than just hurt feelings. 

That being said, you’re invited to join us and give your own perspective to our conversations and events, just watch, and/or make some new friends!  You’re welcome here!

 on: October 19, 2017, 05:37:10 PM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Deebles
I've never seen it quiet, but it depends on your timezone! :) Generally I find I can hardly keep up with it.

 on: October 19, 2017, 02:22:23 PM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Condit
How active is the Discord channel? I know it's becoming more and more popular.

 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!

 on: April 22, 2017, 08:22:23 PM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
Current User Agreement as of April 2nd, 2018:

Greetings!  The below is a custom-written user agreement that you should read before joining our community.  This agreement applies to all official areas of Draconity.org, including our Discord server.

To become a member of Draconity.org, you must demonstrate you’re a real person with an intent to participate in our community in a healthy way.  We accept all types of people, regardless of their identity or affiliation with dragons (if any).  However, we do not welcome spambots, data-miners, or automated account registrations.  We also do not welcome people who intend to do our community harm.  To demonstrate you’re a well-intentioned real-life person, you should completely fill out the registration fields on the website.  Or, if you’re a Discord user, simply chat for a while until a Staff member is convinced of your intentions.

This is NOT a roleplay community.  Roleplay is not permitted on the forums, nor the discord. The exception to this rule are simple emotes/actions, which are permitted in moderation.

You may only have one account per person.  Duplicate accounts will be considered to be abuse of the technology, and thus removed.  You are responsible for your account’s security, so be sure to use a complex and unique password to prevent account theft.  Abuse of the technology also includes, but is not limited to: spamming, flooding, phishing, data mining, malicious intent, or hacking attempts.

Do not post illegal material.  This includes, but is not limited to, certain types of pornography, all types of pornography where minors have access, counterfeit or counterfeiting material, and copyright material. With the legalities in mind, the owners of this community reserve the right to provide authorities any relevant information about you and your interactions in the event of a formal complaint or legal action.

Any member who proves themselves to be detrimental to the community health will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.  This may include an initial warning, or restriction of services.  The degree of which will vary by the severity of the problem(s).

We consider all participation in this community to be voluntary. You are responsible for which areas you choose to access, and the content you post. We welcome and encourage lively discussions and debates, and as such you may find some content/users offensive. If this happens, we encourage you to stop reading/participating in such channels/topics, and/or stop interacting with the person who posted the content, and report it to the Draconity.org staff - especially if you feel it has crossed into illegal behavior. If you choose to continue participating in such channels/topics, or conversing with the person involved, we will take that into consideration. The Draconity.org staff are not here to prevent hurt feelings, nor censor anyone. We are here to look after the health of the community, which includes freedom of speech. But if someone is being detrimental to the community, the reports you provide will help us to act swiftly.

While your participation is always voluntary, we recognize that the environment others create for you is not.  Therefore, we do 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 (sexual or otherwise), and maliciously targeting specific members.  If you find anyone’s advancement or targetting of you unwelcome, be sure to clearly tell them to stop, disengage from the situation, and report any further contact / aggression.  Staff will handle such reports on a case-by-case basis.

This is not a dating site and, unless otherwise designated, minors may be present.  Keep this in mind when discussing topics, posting content, or beginning a private conversation.  Known age and observed maturity levels may be considered when investigating a situation.

Our members have been enjoying this community since 2003, and we hope you do too!  As always, we welcome feedback on any topic (including this user agreement).

A copy is maintained on the website user registration page, and the Discord #our-community channel.  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)

Old user agreements can be found here: https://www.draconity.org/index.php/topic,10751.0.html

 on: October 20, 2016, 03:35:31 AM 
Started by Selroth - Last post by Selroth
With the latest revision of the user agreement, the old guidelines post has been archived until a new guideline is written. 

This is the new user agreement:  https://www.draconity.org/index.php/topic,10338.0.html

Below is the old version of the guidlines following the old user agreement:
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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 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 April 2nd, 2018, the user agreement has this paragraph:
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.

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.

 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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