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Newbie Questions

How do I join Iwaku?
Just click the "Log in or Sign up" link at the top right of the page and fill out the form. It's as easy as that!
What if someone else in my house wants to join, too?
That is totally okay! Just make sure we know that it is a family member or roommate so that you don't get flagged for multiple account use. This can be easily done by clicking your name at the upper right of the screen, selecting Contact Details from the menu that pops up, and adding their Iwaku user name to the Household Members field.
What are the "Posting Expectation" levels?
POSTING EXPECTATION LEVELS

You may have seen content tags on roleplay threads that mention a "posting expectation", or seen these levels mentioned in the info section of a roleplay's first post. But what exactly are "posting expectations"?

Put simply, this level system is a handy resource for Game Masters to use so that players will know exactly what sort of posts they're looking for, and for players to refer to in order to avoid games which will frustrate them and not suit their aptitude or playing style. The Staff encourages all GMs to use this labeling system for their roleplays. You can quote this list in your posts, tag your threads with the posting expectation level tags, and specify in your roleplay preferences under your account details on your profile. You can also link to the Resource version of this guide.

Levels are ordered from "easiest" to "hardest".


GIVE-NO-FUCKS

You can expect to post absolutely anything in this roleplay as long as it doesn't break forum-wide rules. If there are at least two letters or numbers that form a legible word (even if only in chat speak), it's fair game.


BEGINNER

This roleplay asks for minimal effort and is open to players who are just starting to learn. You should have a grasp of basic sentence structure and be prepared to actively contribute to the story. Chat speak is not appropriate here.


ELEMENTARY

Elementary-level roleplays are ideal for those who are still learning but are comfortable with roleplay fundamentals and etiquette. An understanding of simple character roles and loose adherence to a basic plot line is expected.


INTERMEDIATE

At this level, you should exhibit a distinct writing voice and style. All players must be familiar with common grammar and punctuation and write clearly legible posts with varied sentence structure. You will be expected to have more fleshed-out characters and adhere to the setting.


ADEPT

An Adept roleplay is best suited to players who have a varied character repertoire and a grasp of complex themes. High reading comprehension is expected. There should be little to no "fluff" posts.


ADVANCED

Players should be confident in their writing ability and have a thorough understanding of genre, themes, story elements, and character dynamics. You will be expected to take an active role in driving the plot forward without derailing the focus of the game. You may be expected to create and/or control NPCs as necessary. Grammar and spelling mistakes should be few.


PRESTIGE

Every post should be written as if you are drafting and editing a professional manuscript. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors oughtn't be present. You are to prove yourself proficient in creating and orchestrating subplots, carrying out full scenes, expanding upon world lore, and smoothly integrating your narrative with other players as if you are a Game Master in your own right.


DOUCHE

You will be impossibly perfect.
How long will I be listed as a "newbie" and have a yellow-orange name?
New users to the site have the rank of "Newbling" until they have 1. been a member of the site for at least 14 days AND 2. made 20 posts anywhere on the forum!

Promotion to the regular Member rank (and a blue name) does not always happen automatically, so don't sweat it if it doesn't update right away. This doesn't affect your ability to use the forums in any way.
What do all these different username colors mean?
Administrators: The bosses of Iwaku.
Benefactors: Previous administrators who have retired from active work on the site but continue to offer their support.
Staff - Security: Staff who manage site security by enforcing Iwaku policies and handling issues.
Staff - Roleplay: Staff who guide and maintain the roleplay aspects of Iwaku.
Staff - Site Support Staff who provide assistance and distribute information about policy to members.
Staff - Community: Staff who guide and maintain the community aspects of Iwaku.
Interns: Potential staff in training.
Donators: Members that have recently donated money to Iwaku.
Members: Active members.
New Members: Brand new members of the site.
Lurker Members: Someone that has not posted on the forums in 30 days.
Inactive Members: Someone that has not visited the site in 90 days.
Banned Members: (Black Name) Banned members.
What are these Element Clans?
Element Clans are a meaningless selection to replace the old gender selection field because we can't remove it from the system. Select one on a whim or craft your own deep, meaningful lore behind it; either works.
What is a "roleplay resume"?
The Personal Details section of your profile contains a number of questions and checklists about your roleplaying habits. It's the perfect way to let potential partners know what kind of genre, styles, characters, and plots you are interested in playing. Keep your resume up to date, and other members will be able to review it and know if you're the right person to invite to their roleplay.
What do the post reactions (Like, etc.) mean?
Most of the post reactions are pretty straightforward, but there are a few weird ones. Here's a full guide to Iwaku's post ratings.

LIKE
I like this post.

LOVE
I love this post.

USEFUL
This post was useful.

THANK
Thank you for this post.

BUCKET OF RAINBOWS
A general positive rating. The actual meaning is up for interpretation.

ROFL
This post made me laugh.

AH SEEN'T IT
Used to acknowledge that a post has been seen, without any particular connotation.

SYMPATHY
This post is sad.

NICE EXECUTION
This post was badass or flawless as fuck.


  
There are additional reactions only in roleplay areas:

ACCORDING TO PLAN
This post plays right into what you were hoping to happen.

CREATIVE
This post included a really creative idea or was worded really prettily.

OMG
This post contained something really shocking or unexpected.

SWEET
This post warmed your heart or included something really cute.

SPICY
This post included something exciting or sexy.
What do the heart and star icons by usernames mean?
The icons by your username indicate your age group! A blue icon is for teenagers (17 or under) and a red icon is for adults (18 or over). This helps you identify which age group a member is in so you know right off the bat and can more easily avoid breaking our policies about smut RP across age lines.
What are the Roleplay Realms?
There is a yearly contest called the Worldbuilding and Roleplaying Game Master Challenge (WaRP) in which all members meeting a certain criteria can submit an entry to win a spot in the Roleplay Realms.
This is intended to allow GMs an opportunity to create large-scale, long-term roleplays with multiple threads and even subforums.
What does "pending deletion" mean?
On Iwaku, as long as someone isn't trying to evade punishment for rulebreaking behavior, accounts can be self-deleted. There's a week-long period in between when the user initiates self-deletion and when it will go through, so that they are able to cancel the deletion if they change their mind.

During this time, their user title will display as "Pending Deletion".
 

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Edgenoble
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Avatars and Profile Settings

How do I edit my profile?
If you hover over or click your name in the top right corner, you will see a dropdown menu for editing many different aspects of your account! To edit your profile page, you would choose "Personal Details".
I've become a Lurker and my name has turned grey. How can I change back to a normal member?
Make a post on the main forums. Within 24 hours you should revert back to the normal active member color.
Can I have more than one account?
No. We do not allow people to have multiple accounts on Iwaku. There is no reason to!
What are the requirements for working animated .GIFs in avatars?
HOW TO MAKE .GIFS WORK FOR REGISTERED MEMBERS:

204kb Max Filesize
200px Max Width
Max Height is a percentage we're unclear about.

FOR DONATORS:

Avatar Filesize is unlimited.
200px Max Width
Max Height is a percentage we're unclear about.

If it is over these limits it will resize the picture as a .JPEG and kill the animation.
How do I edit my roleplay resume?
Go to your username in the top right. In the dropdown menu there will be a link called "Personal Details"! This allows you to edit your profile page, including filling out your roleplay preferences.
How do I delete my account?
Click your name in the top bar at the right corner of the screen. Hover to bring up the dropdown menu. Select "Personal Details", then go down the list of options on the left-hand menu (on mobile you may need to turn your device sideways to see it). Select "Delete Your Account", which will be near the bottom under "Settings". Follow the instructions there and your account will be deleted after a one-week period. You can cancel your deletion at any time during that waiting period.
How do I change my username?
Click your name in the top bar at the right corner of the screen. Hover to bring up the dropdown menu. Select "Personal Details", then go down the list of options on the left-hand side menu (on mobile you may need to turn your device sideways to see it). Select "User Name Change", which will be the first option under "Settings". Put in your password and desired username where prompted, then hit "Change Name". There you go!
What is the signature for and what are the size limits?
Your signature appears under your forum posts and can be used to advertise for roleplays, show off .GIFs that make you laugh, link to your character blog, and more. Images and hyperlinks work in signatures but div boxes and several other fancy bells and whistles don't.

We ask text signatures be less than 800px tall (roughly equivalent to 35 lines of standard size text) and less than 3MB total for all images and text combined. This means that when expanded, a signature will fit within a single Iwaku page on an average screen without need to scroll. Signatures taller than 200px will be collapsed automatically for easier browsing by default.

Signature viewing can be disabled under Preferences.
Do old/inactive accounts get deleted?
Yes. Accounts that have not been logged into for 2 years are subject to deletion. Accounts cannot be restored once they are deleted. Posts in threads from these users will still exist, but other content (such as Gallery items, profile posts, and private messages) may be deleted entirely from the site.

We will also delete certain accounts by a site member's request. If an account has never made any posts and has not been logged into for at least 6 months, but they have a name that an active member wants to use, then we will delete that account to free up the name. If the inactive account has made even a single post on the forum then the account will not be deleted until it reaches 2 years of inactivity.
 

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Edgenoble
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Customization

How do I change my style and color settings?
There are two ways to change your site style!

Scroll down to the BOTTOM left hand corner. You'll probably see "Dark" or "Midnight", something like that. You click that link and it'll pop up a chooser for the styles.

OR you can go to the TOP right hand corner, click your username to get the menu and then click "Preferences". The style choices will be right there!
The black background is hard on my eyes. Is there a light style?
Yes! We have several light style options. Clicking on your name on the top menu bar, then Preferences, will bring you to a screen with a Style selection at the top of the options. The style options can also be accessed from the menu bar near the bottom of any Iwaku page, and this is also where you can find options to customize the site theme colors to your liking.
How do I do the fancy stuff like create boxes around my post and such?
You can find our complete BBcode list in our bbcode page! If you're looking for somewhere to try things out, your own thread in the Test Chambers is a great place! You can ask questions for tricky coding in the BBCode Help thread.
 

Iwaku

Edgenoble
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Iwaku Policies

Where can I find the rules, rights and privileges, etc.?
The Terms of Service and Rules page can be accessed by clicking that handy link or going to the bottom menu bar of any Iwaku page and clicking Terms and Rules.
How do you decide to ban people?
When a member starts becoming a problem to the community, they are reported to the Security Staff. They collectively discuss these situations on a case-by-case basis. A member's case is considered only by their own actions, behavior, and interaction with the community. Banning is only done if no other solutions can be found!
Why was ____ banned? You should have a thread or listing of banned people somewhere.
We will never post up a public list about banned members because we feel this promotes undue attention and needless fire-spitting toward our banned members, but we do encourage members to approach us if they have any questions.

When we ban people on Iwaku, they have earned that ban through multiple site violations or doing something really bad. Ban reasons can be viewed at the bottom of any post by a banned member. If you ever want to know more about why a certain member was banned, you can ask Kitti, Astaroth, or Jorick. They are the Administrators that approve bans and will know the reasons why. All Security Staff members also have access to case files and should be able to give you an adequate answer as well.
What do I do if I witness someone breaking a rule?
Politely let them know that they are breaking a rule. Most people that do this are usually new and have no idea it's a rule. If they KEEP doing it, or are deliberately doing it, you can Report them.
How can I report a specific post that is breaking the rules?
At the bottom of posts there is a "Report Post" button. It's a rectangle with those words and a circular icon with an exclamation point symbol. On mobile devices you may have to click the Tools option (with the wrench icon) and then select Report from the menu that pops up. You can also report a member's behavior with the Report a Member link found on the Home page, or report directly from their profile.

For further information on how to report members, read this Resource.
 

Iwaku

Edgenoble
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Getting Assistance

Where do I post questions about Iwaku?
Post any questions you have in the Help Desk.
How do I get a thread closed, moved, or deleted?
You can use the Thread Moderation form to submit a request and an Intern or Maintenance Staff member will take care of it for you.

If you have a Donator account, you can lock your own threads using the Thread Tools option at the top right of the thread. Uncheck the box that says "Open" and save your changes to prevent new posts.
Someone is plagiarizing my work or someone else's. What do I do?
We do not allow plagiarism or art theft on Iwaku! If you suspect someone is posting work that isn't theirs and claiming ownership, send in a report by hitting the "Report" link at the bottom of the post or via the report form with proof. Staff will look in to it.
What do I do if I think I am being treated unfairly by the staff?
You can send in an official complaint through our Report Staff Dispute form. Only the Admins will see it.
Can the request thread moderation button be used to revive an old roleplay?
Yes, yes it can! It works the same way, by linking the thread and saying which forum you need it moved to. A staff member will put it in the place you asked for and open it up so you can reply again.
I got a message from a staff member. Am I in trouble?
First off, read the message to see what it says! If a staff member is messaging you about Iwaku business, they will usually tell you in more detail what's going on. You might not be in any trouble at all. They could even be asking about something unrelated. You don't know unless you check!

Even if you have broken a rule, the best course of action is to carefully read the message and respond. More information about staff, and messages can be found here.
I entered the wrong date of birth when making my account. What do I do?
Use the Contact Us form to let us know. We will address the issue as soon as possible! It is very important that your account has your correct date of birth, even if it is just the day that's wrong.
 

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Edgenoble
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Site Errors

Which browser is best for Iwaku?
Iwaku is (hopefully) excellent on all browsers. Any popular browser should be fine, but if you encounter errors or bugs that you suspect might be a browser compatibility issue then please report them in the Help Desk so they can be investigated.
Why does it say that I have insufficient privileges to view a forum? How do I fix it?
"Insufficient privileges" means that you are trying to view a thread or post in a section that you don't have permission to view. The most common reason for seeing this message is that you are trying to post in the wrong Star forum for your age group! Redstar areas are accessible only by 18+ year old members, and Bluestar areas are accessible only to members younger than 18 years old.

If you are seeing this message in error and you are supposed to have access to that section, contact an Administrator or post a bug report in the Help Desk.
I’m getting a lot of lag. What do I do?
This can be anything from the server being busy to your own internet connection acting up. If it's only Iwaku lagging, wait 15 minutes and try again.
I keep getting errors saying the site is busy. What do I do?
When the server says it's busy, that means it's either doing a site backup and needs to keep people from viewing the pages OR there are too many people online. Wait 15 minutes and try again.
Something odd happened that you haven’t covered. What now?
You can report strange errors in the Help Desk as a help topic OR in the current stickied bug thread. If you are unable to post on the forums, we have a Contact Form.
 

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Edgenoble
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General Iwaku Questions

Where does the name "Iwaku" come from? What does it mean?
"Iwaku" is a word taken from Japanese, back when Iwaku was first created c. 2004 as a fan roleplay forum for the .hack// franchise of anime and games. According to RomajiDesu:
いわくiwaku 【 曰く 】
(n) pretext; history; past; story
(n-adv) according to ...; ... says

ふふ・・・いわくがあるのさ、あそこには。
He-heh... there's a tale behind that, for that place.
Who are the past/current Administrators and owners of Iwaku?
Peridox
Creator of Iwaku.
Started Iwaku as a .hack// fan roleplay forum. Gone forever into the ether of the internet, never to be heard from again. A mythical creature that many do not believe ever existed.

Homac
Second Admin of Iwaku, chosen by Peridox.
When the original site died, Homac moved Iwaku to new forums on Proboards and made it an all-genre roleplay forum. Last in charge many years ago, before a ragtag team of misfits hijacked the community and ran away with it. He popped in once on Iwaku's current domain in 2013 to say hi, but has since poofed once more.

Gabriel Zero
Third admin of Iwaku, chosen by Homac.
Built Iwaku up into an active community filled with dynamic and creative roleplayers. Is famous for his aggressive advertising techniques. Retired and started a new roleplay forum: Role Play Adventures. He has not been seen for many years.

Blind Hemingway (Rory)
Fourth admin of Iwaku, chosen by Gabriel Zero.
Retired From Service.
He is famous for historical costume reenacting, secret identities, and surreal roleplays. He is an elusive and introverted creature, rarely seen on the forums unless he is sharing interesting pieces of news or terrorizing the new people.

Asmodeus
Fifth Admin of Iwaku. Chosen by, uh... Who the heck chose this guy?
Retired From Service.
Known as Iwaku's Big Daddy, who you either loved to hate or hated to love. He terrorized threats to Iwaku with satire and intense sarcasm. Earned his fame through story-intensive plotlines and detailed forum culture mythos. Ran off with his wife to write books, but he still hangs around.

Diana Notacat
Sixth Admin of Iwaku, chosen by Rory.
Retired From Active Service. CURRENT SITE OWNER OF IWAKU.
Blowing in like a hurricane, she reformed the site, hijacked Iwaku from Proboards to its own domain, and enforced an organized community structure. Expanded Iwaku's community size and supports the site financially by paying the bills. Famous for playing Mary Sue damsels and being a muse engineer.

Jack Shade
Seventh Admin, chosen by Asmodeus.
Retired From Service.
Famous For: "Who Is Jack Shade?" Jack's stint as an admin was brief due to life conflicts and other interests getting in the way.

Vay
Eighth Admin, chosen by Rory and Diana.
Retired From Service.
Hired so Rory and Diana wouldn't kill each other, Vay became an intricate part of the team as Evil Queen of the Banhammer. She prevented murder amongst the masses and provided the community with fun generator tools. She has since retired from forum RP and runs around doing Facebook things with Rory somewhere.

Astaroth
Ninth Admin, chosen by Diana.
CURRENT ADMINISTRATOR.
Hired along with Kitti and Jorick to take over so Diana could move on to other projects. He focuses on the Roleplay Staff and related matters.

Kitti
Tenth Admin, chosen by Diana.
CURRENT ADMINISTRATOR.
Hired along with Astaroth and Jorick to give Diana some rest (which was promptly ruined by Diana starting a new forum). She focuses on the Community Staff and related matters.

Jorick
Eleventh Admin, chosen by Diana.
CURRENT ADMINISTRATOR.
Hired along with Astaroth and Kitti because sometimes Diana makes poor life choices. He focuses on the Security Staff and related matters.
How did Iwaku get started and become what it is today?
Once upon a time, Iwaku was created by someone named PERIDOX. It was a .hack//sign roleplay fan forum!

But alas, life came and took Peridox away. Soon, HOMAC took over as administrator, moving the old forum to a new forum and creating the new form of Iwaku: general roleplaying!

Homac hired up GABRIEL ZERO as admin, and through Gabriel Zero's excellent advertising skills, they grew Iwaku Mighty.

But one day Homac retired, leaving Gabe to run the show. Gabe hired up RORY and ASMODEUS. But soon Gabe too fell vicitim to life and vanished in a crazy haze!

Iwaku met a difficult era where Iwaku wasn't growing and many members were dying off. Rory asked DIANA for help and she soon became Admin.

Diana, Rory and Asmodeus whisked Iwaku away from Proboards to its own private server! There, Iwaku was able to rebuild after craziness and the oppression of a strict Terms of Service.

Iwaku's life became badass. The community became a happenin' chillax place of wicked awesome roleplaying.

Eventually Asmo had to retire and JACK SHADE took his place. No one knows who Jack Shade is, but he haunted everyone's souls!

But Jack fell victim to life's cruel busy fingers and VAY took the reigns.

Come to the recent era, Iwaku is a booming community aimed at keeping a relaxed atmosphere for roleplayers while providing tons of learning tools, inspiration, and entertainment in between.

But it wasn't exactly a happily ever after scenario. Over time the burdens of real life pulled Rory and Vay away from their Iwaku duties. Diana worked her butt off to keep things running as smoothly as possible, and to keep the community open and friendly, but eventually she decided she needed to hand the reins over to new admins and move on to new projects.

Astaroth, Kitti, and Jorick were all hired at the same time to free Diana from the shackles of administration. Fools, the lot of them, but they agreed to it so they couldn't really complain too much. Diana remains the owner of the site and enjoys their struggles to this day.
Who are the former staff members of Iwaku?
Because Iwaku is SO OLD, has cycled through so many staff members, deleted accounts and name changes, we can no longer maintain an accurate list of former staff members.

However, we still want to humbly thank all of our members that have volunteered their time and energy to working on the Iwaku Staff. We appreciate your contribution to our growing community! Iwaku would not be what it is without the contributions of dedicated members.
Why do you keep upgrading/changing the forums?! Why can't things stay the same?
Upgrades provide vital bug fixes and features for a growing community. We are trying really hard to avoid any more major system changes. The Iwaku community is constantly changing and evolving, so its forum system needs to stay up to date with it.
 

Iwaku

Edgenoble
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#9
Inbox Conversations (PMs)

Are conversations private or can all members view your conversations?
Only you and the members invited to the conversation can view them.

The only exception is when a conversation message gets reported.
How do I find a conversation that I left?
When you leave a conversation that conversation is GONE forever unless the other person still has the conversation and can reinvite you to it.
Is there a way to invite people to existing Inbox Conversations?
There is! Regular members are able to invite up to 20 people to a Conversation. For unlimited invites, you may purchase a Donator account upgrade.

To send invites, make sure you have the side bar open when viewing the Conversation and then click the "Invite More" link. This link can be found at the bottom of the side bar.

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If you don't see the side bar, click the little arrow button shown in the image below.


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How can I keep new conversations from showing up in my email?
Go to "Contact Details" in your account and uncheck the option that says "Receive email when a new conversation message is received"!
 

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Edgenoble
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#10
Notifications

Is it possible to get email alerts from watched threads?
Yes! When you watch a thread it pops up with an option to choose from just site alerts or additional email alerts. You can change this setting in your watched threads listing and your preferences.
Is it possible to get the notifications from iwaku to stop showing up in my email?
You want to go to "Preferences" and make sure all options that say "send to email" are turned off. After that, make sure your Watched Threads or Watched Characters/Albums are not still checked to send email.
Is there an option to consolidate notification emails to one a day instead of one per alert? My inbox is flooding.
Unfortunately this does not seem to be an option, and we were unable to find a modification to make it happen. Until one becomes available, we recommend turning off email notifications or being more selective about which threads you get email notifications from.
My alerts are broken and aren't always sending like they are supposed to.
Iwaku's forum system has a feature that TURNS OFF alerts to prevent members from being spammed by unnecessary alerts.

When you receive an alert from a watched thread, the system prevents any future alerts from that thread until it is flagged as read—which happens when you have read the LAST post of the thread. Not always the post you got the alert for, and never the alert itself. That's why the alert points out that "There may be more posts after this."

The quickest solution is to read the last post of the thread, and your alerts for that thread will be fixed.

If you think that you may have missed something, check Watched Forum and Watched Threads, which may show where there are replies you haven't read.
I'm getting a "watched category" alert about new images! I'm not watching any categories, so why is this happening?
This is an alert for new entries in the Character Gallery! You may have accidentally added a category in the Gallery to your watch list. You can turn this off the same way you would other watched categories/forums/threads.
Can edit alerts be turned off for ONLY my own bookmarked posts?
Unfortunately, the only option to turn off notifications for edits to bookmarked posts will affect notifications for all bookmarked posts. The system does not distinguish posts you own from the rest.
Is there a way to enable mobile push notifications for Iwaku?
Iwaku does not currently support push notifications. If you have push notifications for emails enabled on your phone, you can enable email notifications in your account settings. This might be the best workaround. Go to Preferences, then check "and receive email notifications" for any alerts you'd like to get emails for.
 

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Edgenoble
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#11
Post and Thread Options

What is this "Throw a dice" thing?
That is a dice roll feature, where you can roll dice in your posts. Perfect for any dice-based roleplay systems or for getting fun random results for games. But be careful, once you roll, you can't remove it from your post!
How do I make a dice roll on my roleplay posts?
After you make a post, you will see a "More Options" link at the bottom right-hand corner. When you click that, you have the option of rolling dice or having a random item picked from a list.
How many images can I upload to my attachments?
Each member can currently take up to 5MB of upload space. DONATOR accounts have unlimited space.
Is there a way to access saved post drafts?
We're afraid there is not. Drafts save every 60 seconds and keep in the database for 24 hours.

Sometimes drafts do not automatically save, due to server error or flukes in the system. Always make sure to keep a copy of your post in a program like Notepad, just in case.
How do I create a poll?
When you post a new topic, there are options under the big post form that allows you to create a poll.

If you want to ADD a poll to an already existing thread, you click "Thread Tools" and then "Add Poll".
Can I delete or create a new poll in a thread that already has a poll?
At this moment: NO. Once you add a poll to a thread, that poll is stuck there.

We are hoping this option becomes available in the future.
What does the "Ignore Thread" option do?
There are three ways to use the Ignore Thread option:

1. News Feed

This prevents this thread from showing in your activity News Feed; you will not see new updates in your feed when people you follow post in this thread. (This does not affect old updates in your feed.) It will also be hidden from the thread list when viewing the forum.

2. New Posts

This thread will not show when viewing the "New Posts" page even when it has received new posts, and also will be hidden from the thread list when viewing the forum.

3. Thread List

This thread will be hidden in the thread list when viewing the forum. However, it will still show in the news feed and on the New Posts page when there is new activity.

If you have ignored a thread, you will only be able to view it with a direct link.
 

Iwaku

Edgenoble
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#12
Social Interaction

Are followers the equivalent of friends?
That is correct! In order for a follower to see your friends-only content you must follow them.
Why is my friend now marked as "Guest"?
When someone is marked as a "Guest" that means the member self-deleted their account or they were inactive for so long that their account got deleted.
What do I do when I don’t get along with someone, if I find something they say is offensive, or I believe they are trying to troll people?
Ignore them. Discord allows you to ignore members, and there is an Ignore List on the forums! Should this person be breaking rules of Iwaku or harassing you and other members, please send in a Report about them.
When do I use my status to tell people I am going to be gone and when do I use New Arrivals & Departures?
Any time you are going to be gone longer than a few days, use both the status feature AND post a note in Arrivals and Departures. That way your roleplay partners will know you aren't available for posting.
How do I ban a member from viewing me?
You cannot ban a member from viewing you. However, you can press ignore user and you won't see anything they post.
How do I tell the difference between someone's account being deleted, or being put on ignore by that person?
When someone's account has been deleted, they will no longer have a profile page. Their account is totally gone.

When you are on ignore, their account still exists and you can view their profile, but they can't see anything you post or receive messages from you.
I started a thread and want to invite someone else. How do I do that?
You can share the link with them. You can also alert someone to a thread by tagging them in a post like this: @usernamehere
 

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BB Code

Why do my codes keep breaking?
If you are having trouble with basic codes, try turning off the Rich Text Editor first. You can do this by toggling the wrench icon in the upper right corner of the post editor. This activates the BB Code Editor, which displays full BB Coding in plain text. You'll be able to see any mistakes or issues caused by rich text.

If you're still unsure where you've gone wrong, you can ask for help in the BBCode Help thread.
 

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Roleplay Questions

Where do I post a new roleplay?
FOR GROUP ROLEPLAYING:

Post your in-character roleplay thread in the Group RP In Character section. If your roleplay is going to have explicit sexual content, it belongs in the Redstar Bedroom Group IC or Bluestar Bedroom Group IC depending upon your age group (Redstar for 18+, Bluestar for Under 18).

If you need to share information and chat outside of your roleplay and/or require character approval before players may join, post your Out of Character or Signup thread in Group RP Signups. You are allowed one thread in Signups; any additional threads may be posted in Roleplay Extras.

There are also Redstar Group Connections and Bluestar Group Connections sections to use for Out of Character and Signup thread placement. Additional threads belong in the corresponding Redstar Extras or Bluestar Extras forums.


FOR ONE-ON-ONE ROLEPLAYING:

If you are looking for a single partner for a two-player roleplay, you can post requests in the Partner Connections forum under Roleplay Connections. Post your roleplay thread in the One on One In Character section.

If your roleplay is going to have a high amount of explicit sexual content, it belongs in the Redstar Bedroom or Bluestar Bedroom depending upon your age group (Redstar for 18+, Blustar for Under 18). Occasional sexual content is allowed in the regular One on One section as long as both partners belong to the same age group and use spoiler tags or warnings on relevant posts.

You can search for partners specifically for sexual roleplays in the Redstar Connections and Bluestar Connections partner request forums.

If you need a thread to share info or chat with your partner about your existing roleplay, it can be placed in the Roleplay Extras forum (or corresponding Star Extras forum).
Is there a special style of RP here?
No! Iwaku hosts multiple styles of roleplaying. There is no right or wrong way to roleplay, and we encourage all members to try different styles to see what they like the best.
What is the best place to post a Partner Request for private, one-on-one roleplays?
If you are looking for a single partner for a two-player roleplay, you can post requests in the Partner Connections forum under Roleplay Connections.

You can search for partners specifically for sexual roleplays in the Redstar Connections and Bluestar Connections partner request forums, depending upon your age group (Redstar for 18+, Bluestar for Under 18).
Are there chat RPs here? How do I learn about them?
We do not have Discord roleplaying channels (except for during maintenance downtime) or an on-site chatroom. You are allowed to advertise for chat roleplays on our site, but must post them in the Off-Site Ads forum and follow our rules for advertising unless you intend to make active use of an on-site Out of Character thread in Group RP Signups. (This does not apply to one-on-one roleplays done over instant messenger or Discord).

You can search for existing chat roleplays by searching the charp content tag.
What is the complete list of available content tags?
The complete list of Content Tags is viewable here.
What are the "Posting Expectation" levels?
POSTING EXPECTATION LEVELS

You may have seen content tags on roleplay threads that mention a "posting expectation", or seen these levels mentioned in the info section of a roleplay's first post. But what exactly are "posting expectations"?

Put simply, this level system is a handy resource for Game Masters to use so that players will know exactly what sort of posts they're looking for, and for players to refer to in order to avoid games which will frustrate them and not suit their aptitude or playing style. The Staff encourages all GMs to use this labeling system for their roleplays.

Levels are ordered from "easiest" to "hardest".


GIVE-NO-FUCKS

You can expect to post absolutely anything in this roleplay as long as it doesn't break forum-wide rules. If there are at least two letters or numbers that form a legible word (even if only in chat speak), it's fair game.


BEGINNER

This roleplay asks for minimal effort and is open to players who are just starting to learn. You should have a grasp of basic sentence structure and be prepared to actively contribute to the story. Chat speak is not appropriate here.


ELEMENTARY

Elementary-level roleplays are ideal for those who are still learning but are comfortable with roleplay fundamentals and etiquette. An understanding of simple character roles and loose adherence to a basic plot line is expected.


INTERMEDIATE

At this level, you should exhibit a distinct writing voice and style. All players must be familiar with common grammar and punctuation and write clearly legible posts with varied sentence structure. You will be expected to have more fleshed-out characters and adhere to the setting.


ADEPT

An Adept roleplay is best suited to players who have a varied character repertoire and a grasp of complex themes. High reading comprehension is expected. There should be little to no "fluff" posts.


ADVANCED

Players should be confident in their writing ability and have a thorough understanding of genre, themes, story elements, and character dynamics. You will be expected to take an active role in driving the plot forward without derailing the focus of the game. You may be expected to create and/or control NPCs as necessary. Grammar and spelling mistakes should be few.


PRESTIGE

Every post should be written as if you are drafting and editing a professional manuscript. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors oughtn't be present. You are to prove yourself proficient in creating and orchestrating subplots, carrying out full scenes, expanding upon world lore, and smoothly integrating your narrative with other players as if you are a Game Master in your own right.


DOUCHE

You will be impossibly perfect.
How do I see what a roleplay's "posting expectations" are?
A roleplay's posting expectations may be tagged at the top of the thread, along with other content tags. If it's not there, check the first post of the roleplay where the GM is explaining their game. And if you don't see anything there either, they don't have expectations!
What’s a "trigger" and when should I be careful about them?
"Triggers" are content such as violence, abuse, or other material that could make some members very uncomfortable. Because it's impossible to know what might be a trigger for someone, we just ask members to use relevant content tags on their roleplays or use spoiler codes on any roleplay scenes they feel might be extra violent.
Can I write a roleplay in a language other than English?
Yes, but you must post an English translation of your post in spoiler tags. It's already a big job for staff to moderate the forums. Having to translate people's roleplays on top of it would be very difficult.
Are users younger than 18 able to write non-sexual roleplays with users who are 18+?
Yes! You can play almost anything with people outside of your age group, with the exception of sexual content. Sex scenes are segregated to protect people from legal issues or predators.
What is a "playing style"? What is "passive" versus "aggressive"?
"Playing style" refers to the approach a player takes to roleplaying. A passive player is someone who needs direction and likes their partner to lead the story. An aggressive player likes directing action and controlling the plot. Many people are good with doing both!
Can I bump my roleplay thread? How often can I do it?
Members are allowed to bump their threads once a day as long as they are not making posts like "BUMP", "UP", ".." or other spam-like posts to do it.

We recommend posting updates as a way to bump your threads.

For example in a Signup thread: "We still need a few more players." or "We need more girls to join."

Or in a Partner Request thread: "I'm still looking for X more partners." or "I need more guy character partners!"

This lets people know what you actually need and you'll be more likely to get a response.


Additionally, all donator subscribers have a "Bump" feature link in their Thread Tools. It will bump your thread without making a post. They can use this once an hour.

For a more in-depth look at bumping, check this handy resource.
Is it okay to make a character whose gender isn't male or female but something else like genderqueer?
Absolutely! We don't have rules restricting what kind of character you can play. If you are applying for someone else's roleplay with that character, though, just make sure they don't have any rules that would restrict it. Game Masters have creative control over their own roleplays.
What is an NPC?
NPC stands for "Non-Player Character", meaning a character that is not purely controlled by a single player and/or is a side character created and controlled by the Game Master.
 

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Sexual Content

Why are there two Star sections? Why can't I play in the other one?
We have two sections for sexual content roleplay. Red Star (for Adults 18+) and Blue Star (for 17-). This separation of age groups is necessary to prevent issues while also allowing freedom of creative expression through writing.

It protects ADULT members from legal trouble that comes from playing with a minor and allows them to play without fear.

It protects TEEN members from creeper adults, and allows them to play in a safe and moderated environment.

Trying to circumvent the age groups by lying about your age or using multiple accounts can earn an automatic ban. Roleplaying in One[x]Ones, Clans, or private Inbox Conversations to avoid these rules can also earn a ban.
When are sex scenes acceptable outside the Star forums?
Sometimes sex scenes happen as a natural part of plot development or progression. This is allowed on occasion outside of the Star areas. All you need to do is wrap them with spoiler BB Code tags and give a content warning.

Note that this does NOT mean you can do these scenes with members outside of your age group. You can easily tell which age group a member is in by checking the heart icon near their username. Red means they're an adult, blue means they're a teen.
Can I post nude pictures in my threads?
Before posting any images, please review our policies concerning NSFW content.

***A GOOD RULE OF THUMB: Would someone get in trouble if they were caught looking at that picture during school or work? If the answer is YES, put it under a spoiler tag with a warning.
I can't get into my Star section. What's wrong?
If you have a NEW account , it can take up to an hour for your account to automatically update your access. If you still can't access your appropriate section after 24 hours, contact a Security moderator for assistance.

If you are 17 or 18 and seem to be having rollover issues for your appropriate section, you should also contact Security for assistance. There might be a bug with your account.
I'm 17 and my partner is 18. Could we bend the rules a little?
No, we're afraid not. We have to have a line somewhere! Bending these rules could still get members and the site in trouble.
If my partner isn't in my age group, can we just play sex scenes in Inbox Conversations (PMs) or somewhere off-site?
No. In order to allow ALL of our members to have the freedom to roleplay sexual content, it's important we follow the age group rules strictly. This is to protect our Teen members from sexual predators and to protect Adult members from legal issues.

If we have suspicions that you are trying to circumvent age restrictions by playing sex scenes with someone outside of your age group in PMs or taking it off-site, you account could be investigated and then permanently banned from Iwaku.
Are we allow to write sex scenes in Clans?
No. Because it is very difficult to effectively moderate the Clans area and because we are unable to age-lock clans, we do not allow sex scenes in any Clans.
In my country the age laws are different. Can you bend the Iwaku rule for me?
No. We must adhere to the laws that our server site is hosted in.
I don't want to see Star Content. Can I turn it off?
Yes, you can. This will prevent you from being able to see the Star forums; it will also cause problems if you try to follow a link to a thread within one, however.

To do this, go to your preferences, check the box next to "Zero Star Content", and save changes. Note that it might take a day or so for the system to reflect this change with complete accuracy.
 

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Clans

What are Clans?
Clans are areas where members have control and get to create their own spaces.

When it comes to socializing, Clans give members a more intimate chatting space away from the larger crowds of the main boards. They are able to create niche topics, fan groups, or maintain project groups using organization and detail that they can't have in the rest of the forum. While we don't recommend roleplay content in the Clans, many members like to use them for hosting private or larger scale roleplays.
What are the rules for the Clans area?
THE ALLOWED CONTENT IN CLANS:
Members are allowed to create any topic group they like, be it a fandom, a club, a roleplay, anything. As long as the group follows Iwaku Site Policies, you are welcome to create anything!

The Clan Owner is responsible for managing and maintaining the activity and behavior of their group. Should a member break Iwaku Rules while inside of a group, the Creator must A) enforce those rules by warning and/or removing that member from their group, or B) send in a report to staff about the misconduct for it to be handled. Should a Creator allow misconduct in their Groups, they will receive one notice from staff reminding them about their responsibility. Upon a second incident, the Creator will receive a warning. On the third, the Group will be closed.

FOR A QUICK LIST OF WHAT WE DO NOT ALLOW:
  • No malicious hate groups, including but not limited to those promoting racism, sexism, homophobia, or religious persecution.
  • We do not allow sex scenes in the clans at all. (Sexual roleplay OOCs are also prohibited.)
  • We do not allow the sharing of illegal or pirated data.
  • We do not allow dating, bootycall, or other hookup groups.
  • We do not allow groups that promote badmouthing other websites.

CLAN AREA MAINTENANCE:
The Clans area is an additional feature to Iwaku. It is not one of our vital content areas. Because of this, we do not have any obligations to keep groups active or alive. Nor do we save content posted in Clans. If a Clan dies, it dies and gets removed. Our maintenance instructions are as follows:

Groups are DELETED after 2 months of no posts or activity within the group. Exceptional Groups with a great topic and a considerable amount of posts CAN be adopted out. Staffers may ask group members if someone would like to volunteer as the new group leader.
What shouldn't be in a Clan?
All groups are subject to the Iwaku Site Policies.

FOR A QUICK LIST OF WHAT WE DO NOT ALLOW:
  • No racism, bigotry, sexism, homophobia, religious persecution or other malicious hate groups.
  • We do not allow sex scenes in the clans at all.
  • We strongly advise against the sharing of illegal or pirated data.
  • We do not allow dating, bootycall, or other hookup groups.
  • We strongly advise against groups hating on other websites.
How do I make a Clan private?
When editing your Clan, you can set it to "Moderated to Join" or "Invites Only". You can also set a group to only be visible to members of the group.
Do Clans ever get deleted? When does a Clan get deleted?
Non-Roleplay Groups are moved to the Deletion Queue after 60 days of no posts or activity within the group. They will then be DELETED after 7 days. Clans with no significant content or members (essentially empty Clans) will be moved the delete queue after 30 days.

Exceptional Groups with a great topic and a considerable amount of posts CAN be adopted out. Staff Members may ask group members if someone would like to volunteer as the new group leader.
I don't want my Clan anymore. What do I do?
You can transfer your Clan to another member by making them a Clan Leader, then revoking your own group leader privileges.

If you do not want to transfer ownership of your Clan, you can move it to the Delete category and Staff will delete it.
How do I add a thread in the Clan I just created?
When viewing your Clan, go to the "Clan Discussions" tab. You will see a button on the top right of the discussion page that says "Start New Discussion".
How do I get members for my Clan?
You can send invites to members directly from the group.
Can we have more than one Clan Leader?
No, but you can add moderators.
Is it possible to put someone on ignore in a Clan?
If they are on your forum ignore list, they should be ignored within Clans too.
I'm making a Clan, but I want everything set up before I add members. Can I change the invite only/private/public setting after the Clan is made?
Yes you can!
What are the dimensions for Clan banners?
The clan banner dimensions are 220x80.
Why can't I edit my post?
Only the owner of a Clan is able to edit content within Clans at this time.
 

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Creative Content

Can anyone post a writing guide or prompt in the Creative Content areas?
Yes! We just ask that you don't post too many threads all in a single day. Spread them out!
Am I allowed to post adult content in the Creative Content sections?
Yes. Just make sure you put a content warning or hide adult content under spoiler tags. Make sure to review our policies on NSFW content before posting any images or media.
What are some tips for posting prompts?
SO YOU WANNA POST A PROMPT?

You do NOT have to be a staff member to post either one-time prompts or prompt series. All you need is a unique idea! Something that provides both a chance for people to exercise their skills in writing or creativity, but something to entertain them while waiting on roleplay posts.

For reference, here are our tips for prompts and how to give your prompt the best chance of getting responses.


You can post a "One Shot" prompt of ANY type or theme, even if you see someone else doing that type of prompt.
Sometimes we have a random idea and don't want to do a regular feature. Thus, anyone at any time can post a one-shot prompt. Any of the types or themes, without any worries about it flooding Inspiring Muses.

If you want to a prompt series (Daily/Weekly/Monthly) you DO need a unique prompt theme that is not already being done as a feature.
Multiple people doing a feature prompt weekly of the same type would be too much. So make sure your prompt idea is not already being done!

Don't flood the prompts with too many in one day!
If you have a bunch of ideas, spread them out! Post them once a day or once a week. This way, there is new content every day/week, instead of everything all at the same time.

Every time you post your prompt, make sure you are posting a description of what your prompt is and the rules of it. EVERY TIME!
That thread might be the FIRST one a member sees of your prompt. If the description of how your prompt works and the rules of it aren't in each post, people will not know what your prompt is about or how to do it.

"Thanking" people for replying is encouraged.
Members have taken the time to do your prompt. Giving them a little thanks is a nice thing to do.

You are more likely to get responses to your prompts if you advertise a little or invite people to try your prompt!
You can submit a banner to the ad rotation to get word out about your prompt.

Remember that we are a roleplay and writing community.
Art prompts or other random prompts are fun, but that is not our target community demographic and those sort of prompts might not be very successful!
Can I have more than one showcase, shop, or request thread?
Yes! You can have as many threads as you want. Requests will be archived 30 days with no new posts.
 

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Thread Archival

Does archiving mean my RP is locked away forever?
No! You can Request Thread Moderation at any time to get a thread revived. After moving your thread back to the active forums, a moderator will use the Bump Thread feature to update the last posting date and ensure that your thread is safe from being archived again for inactivity.
When are roleplays archived?
Most roleplays are moved to the Thread Archive when there has not been a new post in the In Character thread or Out of Character thread for over 60 days. Roleplays featuring sexually explicit content are instead moved to the Star Graveyard after 60 days of no posts in either thread.
How do I move a roleplay out of the archives?
You use the Request Thread Moderation form that is linked at the bottom of the site!
When do Showcasing threads get archived?
If a member has gone inactive for 90 days, we send their Showcase threads to the Thread Archives. Once active again, a member can request their thread be reinstated.
 

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Advertising on Iwaku

What can I do to advertise or generate interest for a multiplayer roleplay?
You can ask people if they are interested in your idea or advertise an existing roleplay in Group Brainstorming & RP Search. If your roleplay focuses on explicit sexual content, use your age-appropriate Redstar (18+) or Bluestar (Under 18) Group Connections forums.

You can also make a roleplay advertisement banner and have it added to the rotation of banners at the top of the site. See the rules for advertising banners for more details.
What can I advertise in the Off-Site Ads forum?
You can advertise anything you want in the advertisement forum. It does not have to be related to roleplaying. However, please review our rules first as there are some exceptions.

Advertisements for on-site roleplays go in Group Brainstorming & RP Search or in Partner Connections (or the appropriate Star sections).
Do you have statistics for your banner ads?
There should be stats visible on your ads page. However, the ads system is fickle and doesn't like to do what it's told. If the columns under Views and Clicks show only N/A, then stat tracking is broken. We will try to fix this whenever possible.
What are the rules for the advertising banners?
Choose the banner package appropriate to your roleplay. Bluestar Banners for roleplays in the Bluestar areas, Redstar Banners for Redstar areas, Roleplay Banners for all other roleplays, and Iwaku Banners for threads in other places (for example, a guide in one of the Creative Content sections).

You may only have one package per roleplay. Each package can have up to three additional banners. That means that whenever the system selects to display your advertisement, it will choose one from the banners that you have submitted at random.

Do not include NSFW images or excessively sexual language in your advertisement.

Roleplaying and writing-related websites may submit an advertisement banner using the Non-Atabye Roleplay/Writing Site Advertising banner package and must pay the associated fee. Due to cooperation with Atabyte Hosting, roleplaying and writing sites hosted by Atabyte may instead use the Iwaku Banner package and waive the fee.

Other websites may submit an advertisement banner using the Non-Writing/Roleplaying Offsite Advertising banner package and must pay the associated fee. We do not waive fees for Atabyte-hosted sites unless they are focused on writing or roleplaying.
How do I delete my banner?
In order to delete your advertisement banner, it needs to be out of the active banner rotation. If the advertising period has already expired, you should be able to go and delete the advertisement. If it is still active, pause your advertisement, then go into the edit settings and you should be able to delete your banner while it is paused.
How can I renew my ad banner?
It's possible for someone with the proper access (an Admin or a member of Security) to manually go in and renew an ad for you, but the ad system unfortunately does not have a built-in option for renewing ads on the user end. The fastest way to get an ad renewed is to just make a new one.
 

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Character Gallery

What is the Characters section for?
The character section is for storing and sharing character bios. It is an optional resource for members to use if they like having a place to stash their characters!

For more information about what is allowed in the Characters section, check out this resource!
Can I use nude, hentai, or NSFW images in the Character Gallery?
Nude (images that full display genitalia) and porn images of REAL people are not allowed in the character gallery.

Hentai or other artworks are also not allowed in the gallery.

Images with lots of skin, subtle nudity, or other "Not safe for work" images can be allowed in the Star sections or otherwise IF you change the thumbnail to warn people that an NSFW image is inside.

Please keep in mind that these sorts of things can be VERY SUBJECTIVE. It safer to NOT use risque images for your character bios. If you are ever in doubt, you can send the picture to an Admin and ask.
It says "The uploaded file does not have an allowed extension". What does that mean?
That error usually means the file you are trying to upload is not a .GIF, .JPG, or .PNG. It might also mean the file is too big to upload.
How do I add a character bio?
AFTER you have uploaded and saved the image + tiny summary, you will see your character page.

There is a tab called "Edit Tags and Fields." That is where you can fill out a full character bio.
What are albums used for, and how can I create one?
The albums are used for storing your characters in the character gallery! Simply use the "Add Media" or "Add Character" button when viewing the Character Gallery.
Can I upload more than one image for the same character?
We're afraid you CAN'T upload more than one image for a character (though you can change the thumbnail image to a different picture).

If you want to add more images to your character bio, you have to upload them by different means and then post them in your bio with IMG BBcode.

We do NOT allow uploading multiple picture versions of your character through the Gallery unless these are meant to be significantly separate versions of the character.
Are character images required for the character bios?
The Character Gallery is an image gallery, so the tool requires an image to be uploaded to create an entry. If you don't have an image for your character, you are allowed to use a "placeholder" image as long as the entry is for a character, but it's simply not possible to upload text only to the gallery.

You can of course post your text-only characters elsewhere if you don't want to use placeholder images. The Showcasing forum is a good place to store characters, or you can make a thread in the partner request areas with bios for available characters you're looking to play in a one-on-one.

You're not required to use the Gallery at all. It's simply there for people who like to use images to advertise or show off their characters. Many people do not use it!
Can I put my character in multiple categories?
Sadly this is not currently a feature. We are hoping this becomes available in the future! Please do not reupload your character into different categories.
Why is the bio text limit so low when I upload a character image?
That text is meant to be a SUMMARY of your character. Not the full complete bio.

AFTER you upload the image, you are able to edit and create a full bio for your character.
Do I have to use the fields given to me for my character bio or can I create my own form?
The bio fields provided are completely optional and are just there as a tool and example for you to use.

If you wish to create and style your own biography form, the last text box called "Character Biography" allows full use of BBcodes.
 
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