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Forum Rules - Updated June 13, 2016
« on: June 06, 2008, 10:36:10 am »
UPDATE (June 13, 2016):  Completely rewrote rules, including new policies.

Welcome to Furry Teens!  This site is a community for young members of the furry fandom (typically aged 13-20) to meet each other, develop a social network of their peers within the fandom, and learn about what it is to be a furry.  Our site is primarily geared toward furries, but all are welcome here!  You don't have to be a participant in the furry fandom to join.

While the target audience of this site is teenagers, there are some active members who are older.  Members who joined when they were teens are allowed to stay indefinitely, because we trust them, and they can lend their experiences to teach newer/younger members about the furry community.  We also allow some new members who are older than the target age, if they're trusted/respected in the furry community, or they're known to the staff.

For an explanation of what the furry fandom is, visit http://www.softpaw.eu/about/furry.php


Here are the rules of the site:

1.  You MUST be at least 13 years old to use this site!
Furry Teens is hosted in the US, which has a very strict privacy law regarding the collection of personal information from minors under 13, called the COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act).  Under this law, minors under 13 must have written parental approval to use a website that collects any sort of personal information (any forum, for example).  If you are under 13, check the "I'm Under 13" checkbox when registering, and you'll be given a copy of the form that must be filled out, and a postal address to send it to.  You'll also be given a phone number your parents can call if they have questions.

Anyone who lies about their age to circumvent this rule will permanently be banned from all sites hosted by Lupinia Studios.  It's not because we don't like you, but saying you're over 13 when you're not in order to bypass this rule is a massive legal liability for the site host and administrators.  If you did lie about your age, and you turn yourself in, you'll be given a copy of the form, and your account will be re-activated once it's returned.

2.  Respect the beliefs, ideals, opinions, hobbies, and identities of other members.
This is by far the most important rule of the site, but also the vaguest.  Basically, intolerance of any kind will not be permitted, including (but not limited to) age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, political views, or other characteristics.

This is a LGBT+ safe space. All identities must be respected or you will be banned. We have a one-strike policy regarding intolerant posts, which you can read more about here:
http://www.furryteens.org/forum/index.php?topic=23317.0

Pronouns must be respected at all times. A user’s pronouns are displayed right at the bottom of every post, in the signature field, so ignorance is no excuse. You are expected to use whatever pronouns listed there, or disciplinary action will be taken. For more information about our pronoun field, please see:
http://www.furryteens.org/forum/index.php?topic=25873.0

3. All info posted in Members-Only boards (Anger Management, Teen Health/Orientation & Identity, Debate/Discussion, Gender Blender) is confidential.
Sharing these posts publicly or privately to non-members (i.e. screenshotting) is grounds for an immediate permaban. These boards are Members-Only for a reason.

4.  This site is rated PG-13, and discussions must be legal.
Since Furry Teens caters to users 13-18, we have to keep the contents of the forum clean enough to match.  So, please avoid discussions, images, and media of an overly sexual nature, gratuitious violence/gore, or other obscene content. If you wouldn’t see it in a PG-13 movie, do not post it (e.g. excessive swearing, pornographic/suggestive imagery or linking people to such).

Similarly, in order to keep the site from being shut down, do not post any material, or openly discuss any activities, that are illegal in the United States and/or in the state of Florida.  This includes drugs, underage smoking/drinking (the smoking age in Florida is 18; the drinking age in the U.S. is 21), software/music piracy (this includes ROMs), and other crimes.

5.  Harassment and bullying will not be tolerated.
Harassment includes repeatedly contacting a user, after being asked to stop. Bullying can include harassment, as well as things like screenshotting a user’s posts, joking about someone, calling for others to harass them, etc. This includes both on-site AND off-site. If a user is harassing you through PMs, please use the “Report PM button”. If a user is harassing you off-site, please come to a staff member with evidence (actual links preferred to screenshots) and it will be discussed and handled appropriately. (To prevent this from becoming a witch hunt, only members being harassed/bullied are allowed to report it, unless there are extenuating circumstances).

Flame wars will not be tolerated.
A flame war is a rapid, heated argument, and usually occurs when everyone involved has run out of constructive points.  These sorts of arguments have no useful purpose, and only serve to hurt feelings, so any thread determined to be a flame war will be locked, deleted, or otherwise dealt with.

6.  No excessive spamming.
This is a hard rule to define, especially since we have a forum especially for, well, spamming.  However, the spam forum is merely for entertainment value, and is not to be abused (posts to it don't count toward your overall post count anyway).  So, if you make an excessive number of irrelevant, off-topic, or useless (i.e., blank, random characters, irrelevant images) posts in non-spam topics, disciplinary actions will be taken.

We have special policies in place for the Spam board & PMs to help prevent strain on our server. For more details on that, please see:
http://www.furryteens.org/forum/index.php?topic=9242.0

“Bumping” is not allowed. Please only bump up your thread if you have relevant info to add, and the edit window has passed.
Similarly, double-posting is not allowed. A few instances are okay, but excessively double-posting is considered spamming. For more information, please see:
http://www.furryteens.org/forum/index.php?topic=11099.0

Necro-posting is allowed. Duplicate threads just get merged anyways, so we would much prefer an old topic dug up, than a new one started.

7.  No public accusations of staff misconduct.
Our staff members go through a rigorous training and screening process. They are highly trusted to perform their duties in a professional manner without bias, and they are required to be as fair as possible.  If you have an issue with the behaviour or performance of a staff member, please do not post about it publicly.  Such accusations are very serious, and will be treated as such by the administrators.  Instead, send an email or private message to one of the administrators, and your issue will be handled confidentially by us. We want to make sure everyone feels welcome here, but we also put a large amount of effort into recruiting and training the best staff members we can. Additionally, please do not publicly post about bans.

No callout posts, of anyone, are allowed. If you have an issue with another member, please contact a staff member privately about it. Repeatedly calling out member(s), directly or indirectly, is grounds for further action.

8. No chatrooms are to be planned or posted about here.
Since we cannot be held responsible for what happens in a fast-paced chatroom, all links and mentions of chatrooms are forbidden. For more info, see:
http://www.furryteens.org/forum/index.php?topic=24016

9. You MUST have a valid email address on file at all times!
This is important!  We will never spam you or sell your email address, but to keep the site running smoothly (and keep bounced notification messages to a minimum), the email address in your account must be accurate.  This also means that we don't allow known "throwaway" email domains to be used when registering, or when changing email addresses.  Additionally, due to long-standing technical issues with AOL's mail servers, email addresses at aol.com, aim.com, and netscape.com are also disallowed.

10.  One account per person
In order to keep database size under control, you may only have one account (unless approved by an administrator) as long as you're a member here.  Your display name can be changed at any time by you, and an administrator can change your username if needed, but you are not permitted to create a second account for any reason.  If, for some reason, you are unable to login to your existing account, creating a new one is not an acceptable alternative. Send an email to an Admin to have your existing account fixed. It may be something as simple as an email address correction (see rule 7).  If you do create a second account, it will be deleted, with further action possible depending on the context.

We do not delete accounts. Mass-deleting threads/posts causes havoc on everyone’s post count and breaks discussions. If you’d like your account shut down, please contact a staff member. We can delete/edit any posts containing personal info (provided you link us to them) and can assist you in any other cleanup needed.

11.  The Teen Health board is not a substitute for your doctor
While this section of the site exists to discuss mental and physical health issues, and our members are capable of giving helpful advice in these matters, please note that this is a forum for teens, not a medical forum.  No FT member, present or future, is qualified to give medical advice or make medical diagnoses.  Do not use this forum, or any internet forum for that matter, as a substitute for seeking proper medical advice/treatment from a qualified professional.  If you have a medical condition, problem, or question, seek the advice of a trained and qualified professional.  Any posts determined by the staff to be serious, critical, or life-threatening medical conditions will be locked immediately, and the only advice given will be "You need to contact a doctor/psychologist/medical professional about this".

Misc. Policies:
http://www.furryteens.org/forum/index.php?topic=12098.0
http://www.furryteens.org/forum/index.php?topic=11146.0
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