Adoption Board Rules UPDATE

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Adoption Board Rules UPDATE

Postby Sorren Fey » Sat May 27, 2017 8:49 am

We have done a little update to our Free Adoptions rules. Most of the rules have just been reworded to be more clear and easier to understand, but we have also some little additions so please read carefully through them.


Topics must follow these rules. Topics breaking these rules will be deleted or modified by moderators or admins.

General Adoption Board Rules
  • You may only have one topic at a time on this board. Even if you are hosting multiple types of adoptions they must all take place in the same topic. If you need a topic locked so you can create a new one please use the ! button to report it and ask moderators to lock it for you.
  • This is the location where you should be looking for free pets or items. You are not allowed to contact players to ask for free pets or items, unless you found their topic in this section of the forums or they have stated somewhere in their trade rules or signature that they are giving away free pets/items.
  • Only make a topic in this board if you have pets or items that you're giving away for free. You may not make a topic asking for donations before you have enough pets/items available for adoption. Also, if you run out of pets/items to give away you may not use your empty topic to ask for donations.
  • Don't make topics asking for free pets or items. Browse the topics in this board to adopt from others if you would like free pets/items.
  • If you require users to visit/join another website, click something, or otherwise benefit you in order to get a pet then this is not considered a free adoption. These requests belong in the Other Websites board.
  • Be careful to follow the adoption rules of the player giving pets/items away. Don't ask or beg for pets or items which aren't offered as part of their free giveaway.

Adoption Topic Rules
  • Clearly state any rules you would like users to follow when adopting from you. This avoids confusion and allows you to specify what may be adopted, how many pets/items may be adopted, and by what method they should be requested.
  • Don't encourage or require adopters to fill out long/detailed forms. It is not considered a free adoption when participants spend a lot of time to be able to receive something. Adoption forms which call for art, detailed writing, stories, coding, or substantial effort do not belong in the "Free Adoptions" board even if these creations do not directly benefit you or are optional. If you want other members to draw art or write stories for you, or you want to otherwise judge adoption entries based on the artistic effort used to create them, you should start your topic in the Art Competitions board. This is because free adoptions may be cancelled at any time; we do not want entrants to lose out on the effort they put into a contest.
  • You may require users to advertise but you may not offer perks for users who participate in optional advertising for your adoption topic.
    Donations
    • You can't force users to donate when they are adopting. Donations must be optional, or else your topic belongs in the trade boards, since your pets/items aren't really free to adopt.
    • You may not have special pets or items or a special group of pets available only to users who donate.
    • If you're taking donations, you must be willing to accept all unwanted pets/items. You can't only request certain outcomes, species, or rarity.
    • Any donations received must be given away for free in your adoption topic. You can't trade donations for any reason or keep any donations for your own personal collection.
    Raffles and Lotteries
    • If you want to give pets or items away in a raffle format you cannot charge for tickets or entry fees. All raffles and lotteries must be free to enter.
    • Explain clearly what people can win, and how they can win it (e.g. let them guess what number you're thinking of).
    • You can take donations to add to the prize pool, but the donating has to be optional and you can't give the donators any benefits or a higher chance of winning.
    Disallowed Topic Types
    • Users may not offer, promise, or accept requests for specific pets or items that they do not currently own on their account. This means we do not allow Dreamie Centers, Pound Pet Catchers, or other similar topics.
    • Don't make topics where posters gift the person above them.
    • Only the creator of the topic may be giving away free pets/items. We do not allow group adoption topics where multiple users are giving pets/items away. If your friend wants to give away free pets/items they can do so in their own topic.
    • Do not create topics that encourage spam. This includes topics that offer prizes to users who make the most posts, reach a certain number of posts, post many times, or otherwise spam the topic. Please refer to the spam guide.
    Closing an Adoption Topic
    • Adoption topics may be canceled/closed, with or without any/all pets and/or items being distributed, at any time.
    • However, if you decide to close your adoption topic prematurely you must return any donated pets/items to their original owners, donate them to another adoption center, or send them to the pound.
    • When all pets and items are gone, please change the topic title to "CLOSED - Please Delete" or report the topic with the ! button so moderators can lock it for you.
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