UPDATED JANUARY 17, 2017
There are two sets of rules: those that can get you banned, and those that we describe as "common courtesy". The latter will not provoke a warning or ban unless broken excessively (which, in fact, is a breach of rule 1.4) or broken again after the staff repeatedly asked you to stop (breach of rule 1.3).
1. RULES THAT CAN GET YOU BANNED
1.1. Politeness. All members shall act in a civil manner. Please be polite and respective of other members’ beliefs. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
1.2. Language. Language shall remain professional at all times, excessive vulgarities or slang which will include slurs and chat language is prohibited. We are a PG/PG13 board.
1.3. Staff. Members of the administrative staff have the final word, we are open to discussion, but not argument. If a staff member is using red font, they are making it clear that they are talking as a mod/admin, they have the final word, and everything else has to be handled via PM with them or an admin, not in the current topic.
1.4. Drama. This forum is here for support, as well as for learning. Content or placement of petty personal issues that serve to detract from these goals is prohibited. Save the drama for your journals please.
1.5. Introduction. After your account is activated, please have the courtesy to introduce yourself in the appropriate subforum. We don't mind if after that you prefer to read more posts as opposed to posting, but an introduction gives our members a chance to welcome you properly to the forum and to get acquainted with you. If you have 0 posts after a month of activation, your account will be deleted.
1.6. One account. There will be a limit of one account per physical body. If you need help with your account, please do not create another, just contact the team
1.7. Spamming. Is not permitted and users will be banned.
1.8. Advertising. Is allowed as long as it's relevant to 'kin-related issues, or with permission from the mod team beforehand.
1.9. Follow the Rules. You must abide by the rules and we will assume you have read them. Ignorance is no excuse. However if you have questions, the staff is open and friendly and is more than willing to help you in any way they can.
2. COMMON COURTESY
2.1. Readability. Please watch your spelling and grammar. We have members who do not speak English as their first language so please be mindful of your punctuation and spelling. If you need help, please contact a staff member.
2.2. Stay on topic. Do not hijack topics or partake in extended off-topic discussion. Open a new thread or ask a moderator to split the existing topic in two.
2.3. Drama prevention. Assume that everyone here is your friend. In case of ambiguity, expect the other person to have meant their statement in a non-offensive way. Written media doesn’t transport emotions very well. Also, don't forget that you can always ask questions if you're unsure about the other member's intentions. This goes especially for questions about your kin nature - they are posted out of curiosity, not malevolence.
2.4. Duplicate topics. Browse the section and/or use the search tool before opening a topic - perhaps it has already been discussed before. We especially advise you to make use of the "I'm leaving" and "I'm back" topics in the introductions section. Please spare the moderators the work of merging topics.
2.5. Posting elsewhere. Everything on OKP stays on OKP. In respect to members privacy, no information may be re-posted elsewhere without the owner's permission. This is for security and is also just common courtesy. The reverse is also true: leave drama/issues/concerns about other forums, social media sites, personal blogs, other members, etc. off of OKP.
2.6. Attitude. A warning that OKP is for those curious, intelligent and rational individuals. While questioning and even grilling is allowed, members must still do so in a respectful, adult-like manner. Be respectful of others beliefs and the same courtesy will be shown to you.
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