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THE GRADUATION PROCESS So you've joined up--congratulations and welcome to the best roleplaying forum the internet has to offer! You may be wondering, "What is a student?" or "When can I graduate?" Here at Surreality, we pride ourselves on offering quality writing, and we want all of our members--new and old--to feel like their writing skills are consistently improving. As such, when new members join up, they have to meet a few minimum requirements in order to be accepted as a skilled "graduated" role player. These requirements are not steep, and more than 90% of our students graduate fairly quickly. THE PROCESS In order to graduate, a student must be involved in a role play (either with another student, graduate, Scholar or a combination of all three). You will need 5 posts total to apply to graduate. When you have made 5 posts, find your way to this thread and request a Scholar to review your posts. A Scholar will then review your posts, and then send you a PM to let you know if you have been "Accepted" or "Declined". If you have been accepted, you will be added to the Graduate member group and will gain complete access to the forums. If you are declined, you will need to start the process over (getting 5 more posts and then requesting for a scholar). Either way, the Scholar will attach some critiques about your writing, good and bad, to help you become a better writer (we all have room to improve!). THE REQUIREMENTS Now you may be wondering: "What is a Scholar looking for in my posts?" Good question! The Scholar's job is to review your posts for grammatical errors, spelling and continuity within your posts--do your posts make sense? It is important for your posts to be grammatically correct, as well as contain strong content for your fellow players to work with. The 5 post requirement allows us to better determine these qualities in your writing. FAQS Q: I was declined, now what? A: Not to worry! The Scholars exist not only to grade your efforts, but to help you along the way! Please feel free to PM any one of the Scholars and ask them for one-on-one help--that's what they're there for! After you've accumulated five new and different posts, feel free to post in this thread to have your posts graded again. Q: Can I be involved in more than one role play? A: Yes, however 3 out of 5 of your submitted posts need to be within the same role play. The Scholars want to see you flesh out a character in a story. They cannot grade 5 introduction posts. Q: Everyone involved in my role play has since graduated, can I have my role play moved to the ~Official~ Roleplaying Forums? A: You certainly can! Please PM one of the Scholars to have this arranged. Q: Hey! I have more questions than this! What's the deal? A: We're here to help! Please send a PM to a Scholar and they will help you out with any additional questions you may have.
ROLE PLAYING RULES & INFORMATION Of course there is a set of rules for role playing! Before you start a role play, please be sure to read through this thread. If you fail to follow them all, you may receive a warning. If you have any questions, please contact a Moderator to clear up any details. THE RULES EVERY role play must be rated! To rate a role play, please use the "Topic Tags" found underneath the "Topic Title" input field. Then, make sure "Use first tag as prefix" is ticked. Why do we require this? The rating system makes it easier for potential readers or participants to know if its a role play they may be interested in. These ratings are based on the MPAA system. G: All ages! Fun, comic mischief, no foul language, no wounds sustained from action. PG: 10+, More mature themes (death, war, love, passion) without explicit content or foul language. In a fight you'd get bruised but not bleed. PG-13: Moderate foul language, blood, sexual innuendos, implied sex, and generally more mature content up until the point of explicit gore or sex. R: Mature content, sex and violence. Not especially graphic or detailed, though. NC-17: Same as R, but might have longer or more detailed mature themes and content. X: Graphic content. Significantly explicit. Absolutely NO X-Rated role plays in the student role playing forums. Use the topic tags. Although not required like the rating tags are, it is encouraged that you apply tags to your role play to display what type and genre your role play is in to other users. â€‹Post your role plays in the appropriate forum. People who enjoy role plays about robots will browse the Fantastical Role Plays section. If you have a high school romance story there, you will not generate any interest because people do not browse the Fantastical Role Plays section looking for high school romance role plays. Please stick to the terms you initially choose at the beginning of your role play. If you state in your OOC topic, "there will be no sexual themes in this role play," please do not change this later in the role play because you want to add sex into your story. Keep everyone on the same page. (This can be bypassed if everyone in the role play voices that they are okay with this change.) Listen to the Game Master. If the GM says you are not accepted into the role play, you are not accepted into the role play. If you feel the GM is being unfair, for any reason at all, contact a staff member to straighten it out. If you take it upon your own to harass the game master and their game players, it will be much harder to prove your case to a staff member. All role plays are private by default. This means even if you see a role play with an OPEN tag, you still must ask the Game Master if you may role play with them. Obey the forum rules within your role play. This means be respectful towards your fellow players. Keep all OOC chatter out of the IC topics. Role plays here are not required to have an OOC topic, but it is very much encouraged. OOC topics can be used to discuss advancing the story, announce absences, etc.
Surreality User Guide After discussion among the staff it has been decided that we are going to reassess our rules on the forum. This thread will highlight what we consider to be rules, why they are in place, and exactly what they involve. This will not affect rules for the Role Playing sections of the forum which are in place to make sure everyone has a particular standard in their writing experience. Please consult the Role Playing Guidelines if you are not familiar with them. Surreality Guidelines Rather than give you strict rules to follow we are now going to offer you some guidelines. These particular points are here for the express purpose of keeping the forum tidy and organised. We do not want members to feel they will get in trouble for breaching these guidelines. We are asking for your respect, and in return we will trust you to use your better judgement when posting. So here are our guidelines. 1. Please remain courteous and respectful to your fellow members at all times. This is a pretty simple one. Surreality is a community and we are here to have fun, learn, improve and get creative with each other. Please try to show each other the respect that we all deserve. Weâ€™re all human, and sometimes there are going to be disagreements. Sometimes harsh words will be said. Itâ€™s unavoidable. Weâ€™ll tackle those issues on an individual basis, however, in the event of any serious disagreements, if the situation is resolved amicably, then no party will be punished in any form. Essentially kiss and make up and thereâ€™s no problems. 2. Post discussions in the appropriate forum and keep discussions friendly. This is simply to keep things tidy. At Surreality we encourage discussion and interaction between members. We are going to allow people to be off topic in discussion threads. This allows for conversation to be much more natural. We do ask, however, that you guys try to keep on track. If the conversation begins to completely derail then have some respect for other users who may want to talk about the original topic and move your discussion to a new topic. Nobody will be punished in any way for being off topic, with the exceptions that are highlighted in the rules section below. So as always, use your better judgement on this one and respect your fellow members. 3. Try not to double post. This isnâ€™t hard. We have a pretty intuitive interface here, and it includes an edit function. Ultimately this is just keeping the place tidy, and avoiding the encouragement of rapid spam posts. Again nobody is going to get their butt kicked for double posting, however, a staff member may merge your post with your previous one if they feel it necessary. This ensures that we tidy the place in a non-destructive fashion. We will endeavour to avoid deletion of any posts with the exception of malicious or explicit ones highlighted in the rules. 4. Any thread that is not a role playing thread is rated PG-13 by default. Basically donâ€™t be disturbing or depraved. Casual swearing, etc, is fine but donâ€™t be excessive. The Rules So here it is. The Rules. Unlike our guidelines these rules will be enforced quite strictly. These rules are in place to maintain a happy environment within the forum. Each breach of the rule will get you a warning. You can have 3 warnings. After that you will be put on a trial of sorts. Staff will discuss the issue and come to a consensus as to what to do, whether it be another warning, a temporary ban, or a permanent ban. In the event of Gross Misconduct Admins may decide to ban a member immediately, examples of Gross Misconduct include spambots, posting malware or pornographic links, selling of illegal goods, etc. 1. Do not discuss any illegal activities. This includes piracy, hacking, fraud or basically anything Illegal. An exception to this rule is for academic debate. By all means feel free to discuss opinions and hypotheticals, i.e Drug legalization, Piracy Laws, etc. Do not, however, confess or admit to performing illegal activities, or conspire to commit an illegal activity within this forum. Do not discuss your consumption or purchase of illegal drugs or attempt to sell illegal drugs. 2. Do not be deliberately abusive to other members. Bullying is 100% not tolerated. While disagreements and arguments are bound to happen, measures will be taken to any comments that are seen as bullying or a personal attack on a member. This includes attacks on peopleâ€™s appearance, their opinions, their sexual persuasion, their gender, or their religious beliefs. Extreme cases may be considered Gross Misconduct and result in a ban. 3. No Spambots/malware/pornography. Pretty simple. Spambots will be deleted. Pornographic material will be deleted. Malware links will be deleted. Any actual member of this forum will unlikely have issues with this. Basically donâ€™t be a spammy robot, guys. If you have any questions please feel free to PM a staff member. Alternatively create a topic and perhaps some of our older members can help you out.