The Laws of Wolfhome
"I accept you into my pack," said The Guardian.
"But here, you are on my lands,
and you will follow my rules."



Wolfhome is not just a chat, it is a community. In order to best preserve the nonchalant atmosphere of the site and to also serve the community better, we have established some rules that every member (including the Administration) is expected to follow. We have listed these rules below, but before you delve into them, there are some things we would like you to keep in mind in order for you to have the best experience on Wolfhome as possible.

While we will be actively enforcing these rules, we trust that you are able to handle the more minor annoyances on your own by way of communication with the other party or by utilizing the ignore feature. Communication is key in a community like Wolfhome and we suggest to always be cordial when approaching problems you may have with other users. However, if this does not work for you, please use the ignore feature. The ignore feature is a great function of Wolfhome that can immediately alleviate problems you are having with another user.

Be sure to read over the rules in full
"But I didn't know!" is not an acceptable excuse on Wolfhome. As soon as you have registered, you have agreed to be subject to these rules as well as our Terms of Service. Before you register or participate in this site in any manner, you should read the rules all the way through to ensure you will be able to abide by them.

Age Requirement
As of March 2nd, 2013, Wolfhome became a Chatlands site for users thirteen years of age or older. Wolfhome established this rule to ensure that children were not exposed to content above their age level. If you are not thirteen years of age, please do not sign up for Wolfhome. Wolfhome Administrators will permanently ban users under the age of thirteen from this site, whether or not they have parental consent. These users are allowed to return upon turning thirteen years old, but must send in a Problem Ticket appealing their ban by stating they are now old enough to use Wolfhome. 

Users under the age of thirteen who joined and were actively using the site on or before March 2nd, 2013 are considered 'grandfathered in users', and are allowed to use the site as long as they have parental consent. 

I. All users who are below the age of 13 and joined after the cut off date will be permanently banned from the site. These permanent bans can be appealed upon or after turning 13 years old.

Account Responsibility
Please bear in mind that you are responsible for whatever happens on your account, so it is advised that you keep your password a secret. If someone uses your account and gets banned, this ban will count towards you in the future. This includes allowing others to use your e-mail account(s) to gain access to Wolfhome. Be sure to take extra precautions, such as making your password difficult to guess, and utilizing the '!lock' command.

Private Rooms
Owners of the private rooms are responsible for what happens in said room. This means that when you enter another user’s room, you are subject to their rules. If you do not like the rules laid down by the room owner, go to another location. The only exception the Wolfhome Administration handles situations in private rooms are when: a death threat, a hack threat, a virus threat, a suicide threat, or the propositioning of a minor occurs.

Opening or entering another person's private room on Wolfhome, without their knowledge and without their consent, is not acceptable. Using another's personal room without permission will be considered a form of theft, and said user can be removed from the room and given an official warning. If this occurs, the room owner will need to report it to the Wolfhome Administration directly so it can be handled.

Mini-Modding
'Mini-modding', which means a subordinate behaving as a ranked administrator, is something we frown upon here on Wolfhome. In some cases, it can lead to degrading or shaming of another user publicly. Mini-modding is more hurtful than helpful, and should be avoided. Administrators are promoted and trained to properly deal with these issues. So when issues arise, please notify an on duty administrator.  While mini-modding is not necessarily against the rules, if it evolves into harassment the Administration will handle it as such.

Golden Rule
Remember to treat others how you wish to be treated! If you cannot get along with a user, you may always use the ignore feature, which is available to all users of the site.

Profile Content
Any content that is above the following guidelines in profile content will be met with a reminder. If the content is not removed after 24 hours of your next login, an official warning will be given. If you do not login 72 hours after receiving the reminder, you will be notified that the profile content has been removed via a chat message, but not given a warning. After any three subsequent warnings on the chat, content in profiles that break these guidelines will result in a ban. Usernames that break these guidelines will be met with an e-mailed warning. If the username is not changed upon the next login, a ban will be placed.

All rules below follow the regular ban ladder unless otherwise noted after the rule in italics; however, if the situation is deemed serious enough or a user continuously breaks a single rule, their punishment may skip rungs in the ladder (even after their ladder is reset).





1.)   Inappropriate Content
2.)   Spam
3.)   Disturbing the Peace
4.)   Harassment
5.)   False Reports
6.)   Role-playing
7.)   Multiple Accounts
8.)   Safety Threats
9.)   Hack & Virus Threats
10.)   Propositioning Minors
11.)   Art Theft

1.) Inappropriate Content (back to top)
 
While Wolfhome does not abide by established PG-13 standards, it allows those who are 13 and older, so we ask that you be mindful of those around you when you are having certain conversations or discussions. Illegal URLs and discussing illegal activity is also against our guidelines. 

  • We do not have swearing restrictions in effect; however, we ask that you continue your consideration when using these words. If you have a problem with cursing, please put the user on ignore.
  • If you wish to have adult conversations, please do so in a private setting (private message). We do not allow R-rated content to be discussed or talked about in public. This includes discussing sexual positions, scenarios, or contexts, and linking to shock sites and other inappropriate content. ** Linking to shock sites or porn will result in a permanent ban.
  • Illegal substances are allowed to be discussed on Wolfhome as long as they are done so in an educational or constructive manner. Discussion of illegal drugs without the intent to inform in this way is not allowed. Derogatory slang is not allowed on Wolfhome as it is a home to all varieties of people.
  • Subjecting others to or directly linking unfiltered NSFW ("not suitable for work") content, such as an image, a gallery, or video, to others is not acceptable. Linking to offsite content that is filtered for viewing audience, for example, content that is only viewable to individuals who have the "NSFW filter" on, is acceptable. ** Linking to porn will result in a permanent ban.
  • Sheaths are acceptable in artwork if there is no detail, it is a slight bulge and isn't sexualized. Bulges on anthros are acceptable if it is a smooth, round bulge such as the ones present on our crinos poses or on a Ken Barbie Doll; there is no more than one bulge; and there is no indication of a phallic shape. Nipples may only be present on feral artwork on the forum; we do not allow nipples to be present on any anthro artwork or human photographs, regardless of sex or gender.
  • Linking to pirated or otherwise illegal software or websites that harm the viewer's computer.
  • Linking to or publishing images in your profile that may trigger epilepsy.
2.) Spam (back to top)
 
Spamming the chat by sending many messages rapidly is not allowed. This includes sending nonsense, such as "dkfjsdkljfaklsdf". We do not allow this because it can slow down other users' connections. There is no specific limit about how much you can use capitals, but be aware that in online-lingo, it is considered "yelling". You will be warned after four lines of any kind of spam, even when broken up by slight chatting. 

The following is an example of text spam: 

Guardian: a
Guardian: b
Guardian: c
Guardian: d
3.) Disturbing the Peace (back to top)
 
In most cases disturbing the peace refers to behaving in ways that are upsetting or unsettling to people within the community, causing emotional grief, or trauma. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Creating unnecessary drama to intentionally disturb another user.
  • Faking your own, or someone else's trauma (such as death, an accident...etc.).
  • Subjects, images or content that can trigger other members of the community (such as talk of: rape, self-harm, suicide...etc.).
  • Trolling, which can be defined as joining the site for the sole purpose of harassing, causing grief, or otherwise disturbing the peace. ** Trolling will either result in a week ban across Chatlands or permanent ban across Chatlands depending upon the severity of the situation.
  • The impersonation of anyone other than yourself, regardless of context. ** Impersonation can result in a permanent ban across Chatlands depending upon the severity of the situation.
  • Public blacklists of any kind.
4.) Harassment (back to top)
 
Harassment, which is irritating or tormenting members of this community persistently, is not acceptable. There are many different types of harassment, but harassment of any kind will not be tolerated on this website. This includes:
  • Irritating, annoying or tormenting members of this community persistently through means such as "flaming", "egging on", or "shaming". This can also mean using avatars/poses as a means of harassing users (such as directing the 'attack' and 'growl' poses from the default sets at other users) or not respecting the personal space of others.
  • Uncalled for and inappropriate name calling or inappropriate and hurtful slang (such as terms against homosexuality, racial groups, political affiliations...etc.).
  • Sexual harassment or sexual innuendos. ** Sexual harassment may easily lead to a lengthy ban depending upon the situation.
  • Stalking members of this community. ** Stalking may easily lead to a lengthy ban depending upon the situation.
  • Targeting other users in regards to personal issues or differences. Using the chats to criticize or upset others you have personal differences with is not tolerated.
  • Repeatedly asking or harassing Administrators about pending poses, bans, warnings, disputing bans publicly, asking to become an Administrator, etc., as well as reuploading rejected poses multiple times without correction.
  • Uncalled for or negative criticism against your fellow community members.
  • Demeaning an artist for their skills level in artistry (such as mocking, making fun of, or speaking ill of another user and their works of art, literature, etc.).
  • Prejudice against religious or spiritual beliefs and extremist points of view. Please keep these to yourself and do not force them upon others.
  • Naming & Shaming and/or pointing out Art Theft. If you do see Art Theft, please contact a member of the Wolfhome Staff and we will handle it.
  • Cursing at other users if it is done so in a belittling manner. This includes flipping other users, a group, or affiliation off with a pose or other image that includes the middle finger.
5.) False Reports (back to top)
 
While we encourage you to report any suspicious activity you see, in no way do we promote falsely accusing other users. If you make false reports against another user, we will take action against your account instead. So please be respectful of other users and do not purposely try to get them in trouble if they did nothing wrong. 
** False reports automatically result in an NG. However, if it appeared to have good intentions, you will receive a reminder.
6.) Role-playing (back to top)
 
Role-playing is also known as the act of changing one's regular disposition to perform as another character. Role-playing in low population or empty public rooms is okay as long as you are not disturbing other users in the room. As soon as a user has a complaint about your role-play, however, you will need to stop and instead go to a designated role-playing room where role-play is always allowed. Role-play does not just include acting out actions; it includes recruiting for packs, mates, and other role-play roles as well as discussing the status of the role-play. 
** Role-play in non-roleplaying rooms, if not stopped when asked or in a high population room, will be met with a warning. After any three subsequent warnings on the chat, any further role-playing in non-roleplaying rooms will result in a ban.
7.) Multiple Accounts (back to top)
  You are allowed to have as many accounts as you wish. Each e-mail can host up to four accounts. However, try not to use multiple accounts in the same room. This is known as "multi-accounting" and is frowned upon because it takes up slots in rooms that other users could use. Multi-accounting is acceptable until the room is more than halfway full or another user has a problem with it. You will then be asked to remove your additional account by an Administrator.
8.) Safety Threats (back to top)
 
Death Threats
Wolfhome has zero tolerance for death threats. Talk of killing, how to kill, threatening someone with murder or anything of the sort is not allowed. This rule applies to death threats made in joking manners and death threats made in relation to public (able to be seen by all; do not get this confused with open/closed role-play rules) role-play as well. Role-play death threats, however, are allowed in private settings. Despite this fact, if the death threat is deemed too serious/graphic or it is unclear that the threat was made in role-play, a ban can be placed on your account. These are the minimum ban lengths that will occur for death threat scenarios (higher ban lengths may be given if deemed necessary):
  • A three day to a one week ban will be placed if the death threat is made in a roleplaying section.
  • A month long ban will be placed if the death threat is made in a roleplaying context outside of a roleplaying section.
  • A permanent ban will be placed if the death threat is deemed serious enough.
Suicide & Self-Harm Threats
As members of a community, we want to look out for one another and be sure that everyone is okay. The Wolfhome Administration does take suicide threats and self-harm threats very seriously, because we want to ensure that our users are safe and have access to help if they need it. Equally, we want to ensure that users who may be triggered are not negatively impacted by this type of talk, which is why we do not allow public discussion of suicide or self-harm threats.
  • Talking about recent self-harm or talk of suicide, either on your behalf or the behalf of someone else on the site, will result in an e-mail being sent with helpful links. This is in order to make sure individuals get the help they need.
  • If talk of suicide or self-harm persists, it will result in warnings or bans being given. The authorities or ISP may also be contacted if the case is severe.
Rape Threats
We also have zero tolerance for rape threats. Talking of raping, how to rape, or threatening someone with rape is not allowed. This applies to both serious, joking, and role-play contexts. These are the minimum ban lengths that will occur for death threat scenarios (higher ban lengths may be given if deemed necessary):
  • A three day to a one week ban will be placed if the rape threat is made in a roleplaying section.
  • A month long ban will be placed if the rape threat is made in a roleplaying context outside of a roleplaying section.
  • A permanent ban will be placed if the rape threat is deemed serious enough.
9.) Hack & Virus Threats (back to top)
 
Threatening to hack or send viruses, or even talking about potentially hacking or sending viruses to another user or website, is not tolerated on this site. We ask that you do not talk about, share tips or tricks, or share links about hacking, sending viruses, or discuss potentially hacking or sending viruses. Even talk of hacking or sending viruses in a joking manner will result in serious action taken, as it is something we must take seriously.
  • Hack & virus threats almost always result in an immediate permanent ban.
10.) Propositioning Minors (back to top)
 
Wolfhome will in no way tolerate the propositioning of minors. We make every effort to keep this site safe and enjoyable for all users. Minors should not have to be exposed to illegal enticement while on Wolfhome. Anyone caught doing so will be permanently banned from all Chatlands sites straight away. No exceptions. Instances of propositioning minors will be reported to the appropriate Internet Service Provider (ISP) and/or legal authority as possible law enforcement. This also goes for any minor who is caught propositioning an adult. Action will be taken against any minor who does so.
  • A permanent ban will be placed for any cases of propositioning a minor or a minor propositioning an adult.
11.) Art Theft (back to top)
 
Art Theft is something that the Wolfhome Staff takes very seriously on both Forum and Chat. For a full definition and explanation of what Art Theft is, please see the ART FAQ. Art Theft is something the Wolfhome Administration will never tolerate. This includes:
  • Linking material that is not yours, but claiming that it is; otherwise known as copyright infringement.
  • Posting traced or very heavily referenced artwork and claiming it as your own work.
  • Selling or trading material that does not belong to you.
  • Using or attempting to use artwork that you do not have permission to use, whether it be it belongs to someone else, the the artist requests that it not be used on Wolfhome, modifying artwork that you do not have permission to modify, not paying for the artwork, or thieved another user's character and/or artwork.
These are the minimum ban lengths that will occur for Art Theft scenarios (higher ban lengths may be given if deemed necessary, for example, users who have other prior offenses):
  • A warning sent via e-mail and private message on the Wolfhome chat for a first offense
  • A three day ban for a second offense.
  • A two week ban for a third offense.
  • A permanent ban for a fourth offense.
  • Bans for art theft are counted towards all other types bans, but in a much harsher manner. For example, usually a 12 hour ban would increase to a 3 day ban on your next offense. However with art theft it works as follows:
  • If you have been banned for twelve hours on chat, a second Art Theft offense would result in a one week ban.
  • If you have been banned for three days on chat, a second Art Theft offense would result in a two week ban.
  • If you have been banned for one week on chat, a second Art Theft offense would result in a one month ban.
  • If you have been banned for two weeks on chat, a second Art Theft offense would result in a permanent ban.

---

Please note that these rules may be updated as time goes on. All changes will be reflected on this page. By agreeing to abide by these rules upon registration, you are responsible for also abiding by any changes made to the rules. This also includes abiding by the Wolfhome Forum rules, regarding rules such as: blacklists, animal transactions and third party selling. 

If you are at all confused by these rules, feel free to ask a member of the staff! Clarification is the best way to avoid issues in the future. 

Last updated: 09/09/2017 

---

Problem Solving Strategies for Wolfhome (by Underdog)

    "I want to take a minute to explain how I expect members of Wolfhome to approach problems with another user, whether that other user is a Subordinate, Gamma, Beta or Alpha... The goal is to try and keep the public forums clear of the acrimony that plagued the previous two incarnations of Wolfhome. I want to make these suggestions:


"1. When you have a problem with some other user, first you need to send a message to that person explaining yourself. Avoid sarcasm or other things that would add more "heat than light". State your case plainly and politely. If someone has done you an injustice, make it clear why you feel that way, but do not make things more complicated by attacking back. Resist the temptation to "tell them off". Try to resolve the problem in a private message.


"2. If you are unable to resolve the problem by working directly with the other person, you should escalate it to someone of higher rank. So, for example, if you are a Subordinate and you are having problems with another Subordinate, send a private message to a Gamma about it, or speak with them privately.


"3. If escalating to the next level doesn't work, continue to escalate. There's no reason why you have to go through each level, but try to if you can. If all else fails, please do not hesitate to contact me (or another Alpha) directly about problems with an administrator. Be aware that I want to think highly of my team, but that doesn't mean that they are infallible.


"4. The main goal is to try to resolve problems without turning it into a public argument. For what it's worth, any time that I see a PUBLIC discussion of some problem that should have been handled in PRIVATE, I tend to be strongly biased against the public debate. So, it serves your purpose to avoid airing "dirty laundry" in public. This means, be discreet and private. PM the Alphas, rather than post a negative topic.


"5. If all else fails, and you have moved up the ladder and STILL don't have a fair resolution, then by all means you are free to take it public. You could have done it all along, of course. But keep in mind that I am not going to cave in to mob rule. I am the Alpha at Wolfhome. What I say is final. I want to keep people happy, but I am going to do what I feel is right, regardless of any public vote.


"I believe that one of the root causes of the collapse of the previous two incarnations of Wolfhome had to do with arguments on public forums. I do not want to eliminate those, but I want them to be a last resort. Thanks for helping me reach that goal."


===underdog===


Thank you for participating in our site and happy chatting!



[ Wolfhome FAQ ] [ Wolfhome Rules ] [ Terms of Use ] [ The Art FAQ ] [ Uploading Poses ] [ Uploading Rooms ] [ Back to Wolfhome ]