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Chat Room ToS:
The chat room follows the same Terms of Service as the forum and should follow chat-room etiquette, which prohibits teasing, bullying, spamming and flooding. Violations may result in being removed from the chat room, or a temporary ban from the chat room. In addition, there may be either a nudge or warning on the forum.

 

Please remember that EVERY aspect of chat is recorded, including private messages (PMs). Private chat messages may be viewed incidentally by Admins, as a major software update has resulted in both general and private chat messages being displayed together in the same log in the Admin Control Panel. Private chat messages will not be shared with the rest of the team nor discussed for disciplinary reasons unless reported by one of the two people involved. Exceptions to this would be messages which might be considered to encourage or indicate an intention to commit activities which might violate applicable laws. 

As chat is different from the forums, in regards to pace, there is a greater possibility of offending or upsetting other users by explicit or triggering content. In order to help prevent this, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Discussing sexuality is very important in our community, as many members are questioning their orientations and/or need to share their experiences. If you are bothered by the topic, you can start a new topic at the same time, private chat about something else, or come back later. When it comes to explicit sexual discussions (with graphic details), be aware that these can make other members uncomfortable. TMI warnings can quickly disappear; therefore, we ask that you exercise some common courtesy and check with the other users present at the time to see how comfortable they are with the discussion. Warn newcomers to the chat room of the current discussion. If several members are expressing too much discomfort with it, please tone down the explicit part, or move your conversation into private chat with users who are okay with it. Discussing sexuality is not the same as 'cybering', which is not allowed in the main chat room.
  • There is no way to post trigger warnings for chat content. Please be aware that certain topics (abuse, suicide, self-harm, addictions) are triggering and potentially traumatic for other chat users. Again, as a courtesy, ask other members in the chat room if they are okay with a discussion. You might need to take it to a private chat. Also, be aware of new members entering the chat room who might be triggered if they are unaware of what is being discussed. If a conversation is causing you too much discomfort but it continues in main chat, you can start a new topic at the same time, private chat about something else, or come back later. In any case, graphic or detailed discussions about self-harm and/or suicide are not allowed in the main chat room. Suicide threats may cause the person threatening to be removed from the chat room.
  • Although there is no requirement to speak English, please bear in mind that, while chat users may speak many different languages, the majority will probably speak English. Chats in other languages are allowed but might make other chat users feel excluded if they do not fully understand what is being said. If this is the case please refrain and you can switch to private chat if required.

Chat Room Disciplinary Procedures:
If someone has demonstrated unacceptable behaviour and there is no mod or admin present, please report them using the member report function or PM the report to an Admod. In the report, please state the time frame of the problem, including:

  • Your local time zone
  • Who was involved
  • What the problem was

If you are in the chat room and are behaving in a rude, obnoxious, or disruptive manner, or have committed minor offenses that may not be specifically against the ToS, and either a mod or admin is present, you will be requested to stop by the member of the Admod Team. Ignoring this request will result in you being forcibly removed from the chat room by the member of the Admod Team; this procedure is known as a kick. Kicks expire after 2 months.

If a user has been kicked from chat at least twice within 24 hours, or otherwise 3 times within 2 months, including on different occasions, they will be banned from chat and later informed via PM or email of the length of said chat ban.

The following guidelines may apply:

  • Nudge for behaviour in chat: 3 day chat ban that cannot be appealed
  • Warning for behaviour in chat: 2 weeks chat ban

First warnings because of behavior in AVEN chat do not necessary get a chat ban or chat suspension.

  • Examples that WOULD get a chat ban: harassing, stalking, bullying, flaming, trolling, etc. These behaviors will receive a chat ban of 2 weeks.
  • Examples that WOULD NOT get a chat ban: minor first offenses such as bad language, etc.

However, on the second warning, you will be suspended from all of AVEN for 2 weeks. Longer suspensions may happen with the second warning if warranted. Three warnings will lead to permanent ban from AVEN, chat and forums.

The Admod Team reserves the right to increase or decrease these lengths, up to and including a permanent chat ban, depending on the incident in question. Members may also be suspended from the chat room for up to three days while a report is being processed.

On behalf of the Admod Team,

GIR
Chat Administrator

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Fitzsimmons ♡   
Fitzsimmons ♡

*updates Chat ToS for clarifications*

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.Lia   
.Lia

Updated ban lengths

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.Lia   
.Lia

Added clause re: suspension during report discussions

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Kisa the Cat   
Kisa the Cat

updated with new chatban length and rule regarding appeal

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omgsospooky

Updated to give examples of what would and would not get a chat ban on the first warning

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Qutenkreepy

Edited the following portion, as general and private chat is now displayed together:

 

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Please remember that EVERY aspect of chat is recorded, including private messages (PMs), but PMs are read only if their content is cited in the report.

 

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Qutenkreepy   
Qutenkreepy

Removed this and updated:

 

Please remember that EVERY aspect of chat is recorded, including private messages (PMs), which may be viewed incidentally, as a major software update has resulted in both general and private chat messages being displayed together in the same log.

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