Terms of Use

The Website: Owasiwa (http://www.owasiwa.com/), referred to through the rest of this thread as “the website”, “our website”, “the site”, “our site”, and “Owasiwa”.
You: The person reading these words right now.
The Staff: All users who are identified as administrators/moderators on the site. “We”, “us”, “our”, “ours”, “staff”, “Mod”, “Mods”, “Moderators”, “Moderator”, and “the team”.
Real World: Anything that takes place in real life. “Real life”, “out of character”, and “OOC”.

By using the website Owasiwa, you agree to follow the rules laid out in this thread as well as rules given by official staff members of the site (known as Moderators). Ignorance of these rules is no excuse for not following them.

By using the site, you share the writing you post with the community and all contributions to Owasiwa, both IC and OOC are Public Domain. Should you later use your material in a different context, that does not give you rights over what is posted here and we can not be charged with copyright, nor can you demand we remove the work.

The following wall of text has been made tiny because it’s in all caps, but basically says that we are not responsible for anything that goes wrong.

THE WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTY OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES’ RIGHTS, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE OR ITS CONTENT WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, OUR LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

You must be above the age of 18 (eighteen) years old to use this website. If you’re seventeen and your birthday is in a week, then wait and come back to register. We appreciate your enthusiasm for Owasiwa, but because the website is hosted in the United States, we’re subject to laws of the United States of America and can be prosecuted for not following them. Though we try our best to ensure all content posted on Owasiwa remains tasteful, sometimes things may slip by us.

Links to external sites may be placed on our own website from time to time. We are not responsible for any content that can be found on any of these external sites. If you have a problem with content found on an external website that was linked to here, you are free to let an appropriate staff member know, but we can’t do much about it.

The staff of Standing Trials reserves the right to edit or change any of these rules at any time without warning.

Part 1: Terms of Use

Remain respectful of all others on the site. Treat fellow members as you’d want to be treated yourself.
Do not harass, bully, threaten, or otherwise attack anyone on Owasiwa.
It is forbidden to use external social media / other communications to harass, attack, bully or threaten our volunteer staff in reference to their role on Owasiwa.
Your username must be your character’s name, a derivative of it, an alias, or something similar. At no time should you use numbers or symbols, though spaces are acceptable.
Use the English language only on this site. It’s okay to carry out a conversation with another person over PMs in German or another language, but when posting on the forums themselves stick to English.
Note: It’s okay to use the occasional word or phrase in a foreign language. Moderation is key.
Using languages other than English and languages unique to Owasiwa while you are in character is acceptable but you must put in an OOC translation in the post.
You are allowed to swear.
You may not harass others.
Leave the following potentially sensitive material off the site chat or OOC discussions.
Real life religion
Real life politics
Real life current events
Real life illegal activities-including, but not limited to, drug use, piracy, underage drinking, theft, and rape.
Racism, sexism, discriminatory language, slurs, and other harassment.
Be aware of the rules of the United States government. If something is dubiously legal, leave it off the site.
If in doubt about anything, either contact a Moderator about the material in question or just don’t post it.
All in-character written content (including character sheets) must be original.
Things such as theme songs or quotes are fine, as long as proper credit is given to the source. Credit can be as simple as “Song Title” – Artist.

Part 2: In Character Expectations

Absolutely no plagiarism will be tolerated.
Again, quotes and the like are okay as long as you properly credit the source.
Sexual threads, while allowed, are governed by a very specific set of guidelines that MUST be followed.
No children are allowed in any thread involving sex. Whether that thread is in the AF or tagged as mature – sex and under 18s do not mix.
All threads with content of a sexual nature that verges on erotica must be posted inside the 18+ Forums. Failure to post smut/erotica in this section will earn you and your partner a warning if not a possible ban. A minor reading erotica is cause for legal action which is something we will avoid at all costs. Therefore, the penalty for posting such writing outside of the Adult Forums will earn you a possible ban.
Your character must be over the age of 18 to participate in sex. There is not exception to this. NO UNDERAGE SEX OF ANY KIND.
If at all possible, simply mark your topic as ‘Mature’ in the regular forums and “fade to black”.
If a thread looks like it’s turning explicit, stop. Cut it off there. Post a new thread in the Adult Forums.
Any thread that has excessive violence (i.e. detailed torture scenes of someone removing limbs, organs, etc.) must be posted in the Adult Forums.
If you’re confused as to what should go in the Adult Forums and what should not, please PM a moderator and we’ll let you know.
Owasiwa and its Staff are ultimately not responsible and will not be held accountable for the actions or content of the players and what they read. Though we attempt to govern mature content, we cannot prevent individuals from viewing writing that follows our guidelines. By registering and/or viewing this site, you are agreeing to these terms.
Controlling other player characters without explicit consent made plainly obvious in the thread is forbidden. If found god-modding in a thread, then you automatically forfeit any rewards gained in the thread.
Write within your skill level at all times. Novices will make mistakes and that’s to be expected.
Though there’s no limit on the amount of accounts you can have registered, only 5 (five) player characters can be registered to actively roleplay in a season. Anyone found in violation of this rule will be forbidden from posting until the issue is corrected.
If you have multiple characters, then having more than three registered in a city at a time should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Your characters can’t directly interact with each other in any way, shape, or form.
Transferring items/funds/anything in any way between two of your own PCs will immediately receive a warning and possible invalidation of related threads.
Part 4: Images
At Owasiwa, we encourage players to use models or face claims that allow themselves and others to better visualize characters. Keep in mind that pictures are not mandatory.

Character Images…
…cannot depict real people engaging in activities that are illegal in the United States. This includes (but is not limited to) underage drinking, recreational drug use, and acts of a violent or cruel nature. Activities members choose to engage in outside of the site are none of our concern, but if we have reason to be concerned for a person’s safety then we will intervene.
If you have doubts about whether or not you can post a specific picture, the answer is no.

Consequences


ToU Violations:
Anyone found using Owasiwa to harass, stalk, or otherwise attack anyone will be banned. Anyone using any form of social media / communication site to harass staff members in their staff role will be given one official warning and then banned. If applicable, then a copy of the relevant information will be provided to law enforcement and charges will be pressed. There is absolutely no leniency on this.
Those under the age of 18 with an account on the site will have their account banned until the day of their eighteenth birthday. They will be more than welcome to re-join Owasiwa once their eighteenth birthday has passed.
Those who are caught making new accounts after previous accounts were caught violating Owasiwa ToU will receive an IP ban, no questions asked. All accounts that were on suspension will be permanently banned.
Anyone caught plagiarizing will have all their posts put on a moderator queue so that a moderator will need to look over and manually approve each post made by the individual. Further plagiarism will result in a permanent ban.
Other offenses will result in a warning and a moderator note being made on the account. If three minor offenses occur within a ninety-day period, then the player will be informed of this. A fourth infraction within the ninety-day period will result in a month’s ban from the site. Another infraction after that earns the player a permanent ban.
ToU violations are dealt with, whenever possible, by all staff. Issues which arise (either brought to us by a player, or in response to a ToU violation reported by a volunteer) are discussed among staff in order to maximise fairness and to avoid individual bias. In situations where violations are alleged to have occurred, private messages that are directly related may be referenced in these discussions.

IC Violations:
Violators of the rules about explicit threads will receive one-and only one-warning. Failure to comply after that will result in a permanent ban.
Anyone found godmodding in a thread forfeits any grade they would have received. If the godmodding continues, then the individual will be rewarded with a ban.
Those with multiple active accounts will have all their accounts suspended until the issue is resolved. Continued violation of the rules on active accounts may result in a ban.
Any item transference between two accounts owned by the same person earns an immediate and permanent ban.
Moderators have the right to discipline in other ways at their discretion.
{*]These rules will be modified over time to suit the needs of the site as the community grows larger.
Please remember to bookmark this forum as to avoid being caught off guard by rule changes. Thank you!