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Chat Policy
 
The Steven Universe Roleplay Chat is a feature on the wiki where users can talk in real time with other users.
The chat is designed to give members of the community a place to discuss anything, even topics not relating to Steven Universe, or the wiki. It serves as a social hub and allows users get to know each other better.

Primary Rules
As with the rest of the site, the chat feature has its own rules and guidelines. Please make sure you are familiar with them. All of the main site policies remain in effect in the chatroom, including:
  • Do not invade the chat, or invite others users to bombard us and cause a riot.
    • No organization of chat invasions of other wikis.
  • If a staff member warns you to stop doing something, listen at immediate notice.
    • Do not disrespect or backtalk to a staff member, as this may lead to further conflict and could potentially result in punishment.
      • If the problem persists, or the staff member is handing out inaccurate orders, take the problem to a private message.
    • If you feel that a staff member is unfairly warning you, contact an Administrator about the situation.
      • With the exception of an argument in main chat, you will be given the opportunity to say more on the subject to an Administrator, and then you will cease all discussion of said subject, or it will have to be resolved by the staff.
  • Speak in English. This is an English wiki, and thus English will be the only language used to communicate in the chatroom.
  • Observe civil behavior; do not argue, insult, threaten, harass, purposefully offend, or disrespect users or their opinions. Discussing leaks is among these, and can spoil other users.
    • Insulting or antagonizing other users is not allowed, unless it is used in a jokingly manner.
    • Actions that disrupt rational conversation will result in a ban. This includes trolling, spamming, and speaking in all caps.
      • Chat games are allowed, but only if they don't obstruct the flow of conversation.
    • Linking to jumpscares will result in an immediate day ban minimum.
    • Using false evidence or spreading malicious lies about another user will result in a kick or ban. Do not attempt to frame a user with false evidence.
    • Users are allowed to discuss/speculate or link previews released for upcoming episodes that contain major spoilers, so long as a warning is given beforehand to protect users who do not desire to see such content.
      • If you do not wish to know vital information on plot/character elements in a story, you may not wish to read beyond this warning. We hold no responsibility for any negative effects these facts may have on your enjoyment of said media should you continue.
  • Do not share, post, or discuss leaked content, including fake leaks.
    • Leaked content is any media released by Cartoon Network without approval from the creators.
    • A fake leak is any media that that has been created to imitate official content in order to purposefully misguide people.
      • If a user knows a leak is fake, and is trying to falsely spread it, they're kicked regardless based off the first half of the rule.
      • If a user doesn't know if a leak is real or fake, the rule continues to be enforced on the first half alone. They may make the leak known to a staff member, who will assess the situation.
  • Act appropriately when discussing real-world politics, religion or other controversial topics. If you do discuss controversial topics, do so in a polite and respectful manner. Do not berate someone for their opinions.
    • When requested to drop the subject by an Administrator or Moderator, do so immediately.
    • If you know you might state something that could cause controversy, such as your personal affiliations and beliefs, then try to keep to yourself.
    • If a user feels uncomfortable or offended by a topic of current chat discussion they may make their opinion known to a Moderator, who will assess the situation.
      • If the topic is found to violate any other policies, it must cease immediately or offending users will be removed from chat. Users may continue the topic in Private Messages.
      • If the topic is found to not be violating any policies, the Moderator will ask for chat's majority opinion to determine if the topic will be continued. If the topic is continued the offended user is free to go AFK or leave chat until the discussion is over.
    • Don't go out of your way to irritate others. You can have arguments and debates, but don't get too passionate. Avoid unnecessary conflict, and don't start drama (grief slinging, inferiority complex).
  • Keep the chat appropriate. Deliberately avoid discussing sexual or profane topics.
    • Inappropriate topics include, but are not limited to, sex, drugs, pornography, gore, and graphic discussion.
    • If a link you are posting contains foul language or other similar material, please warn users before sharing it. However, the following topics will not be tolerated even with a warning:
      • Pornography of any graphic nudity.
      • Extreme violence and gore. Minor violence and bloodshed will be acceptable.
      • Criminal activity.
      • Links containing discrimination towards any party.
    • Innuendos or jokes are allowed.
    • When requested to drop the subject by an Administrator or Moderator, do so immediately.
  • Profane language may be tolerated so long as it's used sporadically and not directed at another user.
    • This also includes any words that plays a role in human sexual activity (referring to genitalia), or declared otherwise.
    • Swear abbreviations (such as wtf, stfu, lmfao, etc.), certain swear substitutes, and abbreviations that can be translated into profanity is treated as though the swear had been said.
    • In addition, users must not use profane language in an abusive manner. It should not be hateful towards another user, and should not be racist, homophobic or offensive to any religious group.
  • No spamming, which is defined as excessive posting of the same message multiple times, or posting numerous messages of gibberish with no legitimate meaning. This includes, but is not limited to, song lyrics, links, repetition of the same word or phrase, and sending a separate message for every word typed. Spamming floods the chat and prevents users from reading other messages. Spamming is considered a nuisance and will not be tolerated after notice.
    • Do not use uppercase excessively. This indicates a rude gesture of language. As a rule of thumb, one line is the limit.
    • Do not use more than six emotions in a message. This is considered disruptive and can cause lag for many users.
    • Please do not test chat functionalities. This includes, but is not limited to testing emoticons, slash-commands, and chat tags.
    • If an large piece of text is in a message, please add a disclaimer prior and afterward the message. This includes ASCII art and link results from search engines, as it creates a long link and unnecessary stretch, causing the sidebar to appear.
      • Messages that are longer than five line breaks must be warned for prior to sending.
    • Do not abuse the ChatTags. This is a privilege for the community and an Administrator or Moderator can ask you to stop at anytime without reason.
      • Be considerate of other users. Be sure that your ChatTags will not hurt another user's eyes. Do not use the ChatTags to capture unnecessary attention or just to annoy other users.
      • Don't use the same tag repeatably. This is a form of spam and Moderators and Administrators will not hesitate to initiate kicks.
      • Big text is typically reserved for use by Moderators or Administrators so that they may warn a user. Regular users are allowed to use big text, but only sparsely and not multiple times in succession.
  • Refrain from giving away personal information or pester to ask other users into revealing personal details about themselves. Do not post or transmit any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any Wikia user.
    • This includes information such as phone numbers, your home address, or sensitive contact information.
    • However, it is acceptable to reveal certain aspects of yourself (your name or what city you live in), as long as you are aware of the risk you're taking and are comfortable in doing do. An Administrator or Moderator may take necessary precautions if they decide you are putting yourself at risk.
    • Violation of personal privacy will result in a ban. This includes revealing personal information about users (real name, location, age, gender, etc.) and violating confidentiality on particular issues (such as issues asked to be kept confidential by other users or Administrators).
      • Notably, publicly linking to websites such as Facebook or Myspace that violate personal privacy, is not permitted without prior consent from the user whose privacy might be violated.
  • Do not use the chat for advertising. Advertising is defines as the act or practice of calling public attention to one's product, service, need, etc. Sharing links with the community is acceptable.
    • Linking to one's own creations (art, videos, etc.) is acceptable so long as it is not done excessively and not done to solicit something to anyone.
      • Users are able to link videos, writing, drawings, and other user created content essential for community building.
    • Do not advertise other wikis. Linking to other wikis for the purposes of sharing information is okay. Attempting to attract users to another wiki is not. Linking to other wiki chats is not allowed in the main chat.
  • The chatroom is not an emotional dumping ground. If you're having emotional problems outside of the internet, do not use the chat to vent. If you do share real life troubles, keep in mind you may be asked to change topic if it becomes disruptive, meaning it could break the chat-mood and make people feel uncomfortable.
    • Occasionally discussing unfortunate events or asking for advice on something (relationships, argument with a friend, etc.) should be allowed, so long as it isn't brought up to be disruptive. Serious issues that should be brought to a counselor (self-harm, major depression, abuse, etc.) should be forbidden.
  • Do not bring off-site conflicts onto the chat. You will not bring drama from other sites and wikis to this site and continue them here.
    • To elaborate, do not bring any off-site issue onto the chat or wiki grounds for enforcement by our Administrators and Moderators, even if the conflict exists between existing Wikia users. This could mean bring a conflict off-site for enforcement, or using off-site conflict for enforcement here.
    • Troll raids fall under this as well.
    • However, users may bring up the situation if it is on-wiki with a staff member in a private message.
  • Do not enforce these rules. This is commonly referred to as "mini-modding". Staff members are appointed for a reason. They are able to identify when rules are being broken and know how to respond. Enforcing the rules yourself can result in confusion and miscommunication to staff members.
    • If no Moderators or Administrators are present within the chatroom, leave a message at the Reporting Center with a screenshot of the rule breaking.
    • It should also be noted, that you mustn't tell a staff member what to do, as it borders on mini-modding.
    • However, in more severe situations with no help available, take action under the rules.

Disputing Warnings and Bans
Administrators and Moderators have the ability to ban users on chat, making the user unable to use the chat for an appointed amount of time. They can also unban a user from chat. Users who break the rules will be warned in the first instance and may be 'kicked' if they continue to break the rules after warnings. A kick will cause the user's window to close and refresh. Please note that staff members are free to warn and kick at their discretion. No two staff members are the same and thus they all have different moderating styles.
If you wish to dispute a warning you have been given, do so calmly and politely in a private message. Arguing, particularly in the public chat, is counterproductive and may lead to the ban you're trying to avoid. Similarly, if you've been banned from the chat and you want to oppose the decision, you can still contact an Administrator or Moderator on their message wall. You should appeal the decision with the Administrator or Moderator who banned you.
Do not involve other users. Explain to the Moderator/Administrator who banned you what happened and why you feel the ban should be overturned. They will consider your case and respond in due time. Preferably, a screenshot or other form of evidence should be provided, failure to do so will make your claim null and void, and may get your account blocked or the ban extended for spreading false information. If not, feel free to contact another Administrator or Moderator, who will then discuss it with the other staff members to see if it truly was a mistake. If you still remain banned, do not contest the ban further.
If you feel that the Moderator or Administrator who warned/banned you is behaving unfairly, you may then bring in another Administrator or Moderator to mediate the conversation. The Administrator will then discuss the issue with the Moderator who banned you and the two will come to a conclusion on whether or not to uphold your ban. If you still remain banned, do not contest the ban further.
If you witness rule-breaking when no staff member is present, take screencaps of the incident onto the Reporting Center. From there, an Administrator or Chat Moderator will get ample proof to investigate the issue.

Private Messages
Private messages are messages between two or more users which cannot be viewed publicly by other users present. As such, all of the main site policies can be ignored whilst in private message, provided all users involved are comfortable with it. If all parties are not comfortable with ignoring the chat policies, then the issue can be brought to an Administrator or Moderator's attention for enforcement. Do not bring private message issues to the main chat.
If a user is being abusive, click their avatar and select "Block Private Messages". In addition, be aware that any user can screenshot your actions. Anything goes within PMs, although harassment via PMs will lead to a block. If you are found to be harassing and/or sending NSFW content without consent from the other user with evidence from them, it is grounds for a ban or block.

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