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#1 winter soldier

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:16 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

General Conduct

 

Copyright Rules

 

Posting a gallery

 

Requesting Area

 

Up for Grabs

 

Resource Area

 

Critique Corner

 

Duelling Arena

 

Tutorial Central

 

Off Topic Section

 

 

please click on each section to get taken to the specific post.


Edited by Mercury, 31 July 2014 - 05:11 PM.

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#2 winter soldier

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 01:23 PM

GENERAL CONDUCT AND RULES

 

Introduction

TDA has a 15+ code of conduct (comparable to PG-13) for both graphics as well as behavior.

 

What is allowed?

 

  • Mild swear words in accordance to the 15+ rule. for examples, see here. THIS goes for both language on graphics as well as general language use.
  • Up to the shoulders nudity, meaning face, neck and shoulders ONLY.
  • Weapons without appearance of blood or gore (so a knife is okay, but a bloody knife is not)
  • Random blood splatters
  • Cigarette smoke or cigarettes held in hand (not in mouth)
  • Unlabeled liquor bottles

What is not allowed?

  • Anything that does not fall under the above. This includes:
  • R rated swear words such as the f-word or the c-word,
  • full or partial nudity
  • any implication of graphic violence / death
  • any implication towards substance abuse.

For artists: All graphics in your galleries must be safe for work. Anything that does not stroke with the 15+ rule must be put under a link with appropriate content warning.
Please be aware that for full or partial nudity, we will not accept anything pornographic even if placed under a link.

 

Respect all members! this means no posting anything offensive to any gender, sexuality, race, creed, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle, ... 

We do not tolerate harrasment or bullying of any kind. Any type or form of harassment will result in a ban.

 

For that reason, we would prefer, even though they are in accordance with the 15+ rule that words such as sl*t, bitch or any word with the same derogatory meaning towards women are not to be used on TDA

 

Though we know it might not be easy, we'd like for any form of harassment or bullying to be reported to either a moderator or an admin. We will handle your claim with discretion and seriousness.

 

 

 

Registering



 

Only one account per member is allowed. We admins usually check this by looking at the IP address of every account that is in the process of getting validated.
IMPORTANT: If you have a brother, sister or other family member registering under the same IP address, please notify an admin via PM of this before they register! 
 
Signature Size
 
Signatures must not exceed 500x200 pixel size and in addition to this, the text in your signatures must not exceed 500x100. Anything larger will be removed by the Mods and you will be given a verbal warning.
 
On requesting a name change

You may request a name change in the following instances:

  • If you want your username to match your username on another site (such as HPFF, LiveJournal, FanFiction.net etc etc),
  • For safety reasons, e.g., if you feel like you are being harassed or stalked.
  • Your current username contains a spelling error
  • You've had your username for more than two years.

If you want a name change, please put the reason why in your initial PM. This will save us time!
 
Personal Information

Personal photos, pictures of friends or family, detailed information on where you live, where you go to school or any other address you frequent, are not allowed to be posted here. This is for your own safety more than anything else!
 
For that reason, we don't allow links to Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, ... to be posted in your signatures.
 
Since a lot of members have started using twitter and tumblr these past few months and the popularity of those sites keeps on growing, the admins have decided that it is allowed to link to tumblr and twitter in your signatures. However be aware that this is at your own discretion! Also, because we are expanding into more forms of art, we will also start allowing links to professional websites. Please do make sure that no personal addresses or private telephone numbers are posted in this website. 
 
Spamming

What do we understand under spamming? Any posts in galleries or posts in the critique corner that basically contribute nothing and are clearly only posted to up your post count. I'm thinking of those posts going only "wow so beautiful" or "this is amazing" and nothing else. Snag posts in new galleries count under spam too. I understand it's exciting to have the first post in a new gallery, but please have the courtesy of editing it immediately after you posted it. 
 
What don't we understand under spamming? Any posts in the resource section where you state that you will use and credit, or posts in the off topic forums. Though even in the off topic forums, we do expect you to post more than just 3 word posts.
 
All newly registered members are placed under moderator preview to prevent spamming to get to the tutorial section. If we do catch you spamming after you're off the mod preview, it will result in a warning point.
 
This includes double posting - double posting is only allowed in the requesting arena section of the board!
 
Ripping/Altering Graphics (see also our copyright rules)
 
Ripping means taking portions of someone else's graphic, or using another artist's PSD by simply copying their layers onto your graphic and then passing it off as your own. If we catch anyone ripping, it will result in an automatic demotion and 6 month promotion ban or even a full ban from the site, depending on how severe the ripping was.
 
PSD use on TDA is not allowed! This means that any graphic you've made using someone else's PSD you've found on DeviantArt or Tumblr are not allowed here (or at least not without the appropriate credit). 
 
Altering Graphics, (mostly for requestors), means taking a graphic that was made for you and then making your own alterations upon it, without asking the artist's permission. This will result in a warning raise and a ban in case of multiple infractions.
 
 

If there is anything unclear, there are moderators, staff moderators and admins that you can PM, or you can post your question in the Q&A forums!

In case you notice a rule infraction, please use the report function to report it to a moderator.

 

The current administrators are: golden., starbuck., and miss atomic bomb.

 

HERE is a list of all current staff moderators


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#3 winter soldier

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 01:49 PM

COPYRIGHT RULES

 

very important

please click each question to get taken to the relevant topic

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN AN IMAGE IS COPYRIGHTED?

 

WHAT SITES/IMAGES ARE SAFE TO USE?

 

WHAT SITES/IMAGES ARE NOT SAFE TO USE?

 

WHERE DO I GO/ WHAT DO I DO WHEN I'VE CHECKED ALL OF THE ABOVE AND AM STILL NOT CERTAIN?

 

 

Obviously, the "safe to use" and "copyrighted" images lists are in no way complete yet, so while you should use those as reference, please always be sure to check for yourself as well if you are not sure, by using the guide in the first link as well as google reverse image search if you're not sure what the actual source of your picture is.


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#4 winter soldier

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 02:40 PM

POSTING A GALLERY

 

Click here

 

REQUESTING ARENA RULES

please click relevant part to be taken to the appropriate topic.

 

 

 

Rules for requestors

 

Rules for artists taking requests

 

 

 

UP FOR GRABS SECTION RULES

 

 

Please click here!

 

 

RESOURCE ARENA RULES AND GUIDELINES

 

Please click here!

 

Any infraction of these rules will result in a warning raise.


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#5 sammm

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:56 PM

CRITIQUE ARENA RULES

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Please click here

 

DUELLING ARENA RULES

 

For general challenges

 

For rank specific challenges

 

For ultimate challenges

 

TUTORIAL CENTRAL RULES

 

For posting tutorials

 

For using tutorials



#6 winter soldier

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 03:35 PM

OFF-TOPIC RULES
 
HERE


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#7 winter soldier

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 05:13 PM

for questions, please go here


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