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"PG-13ish" Rating Clarification

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  • What's the "ish" mean?

    We're PG-13ish. Why ish? Because the people who rate movies don't have their own rules straight. What knocks one movie from G to PG-13 might go ignored in another, and what is normally fine for PG-13 sometimes knocks things into the R category.

    There's a number of documentaries on how arbitrary the entire process is. In the end, such guidelines are entirely subjective, up to the sensibilities of individual people. The sensibility that ultimately defines PG-13 is "I wouldn't want my kid to see that." Different people raise their kids different ways, and so we tend to err on the side of caution.

    If something happened that made one of our moderators uncomfortable, you've probably crossed over the ish line.

    People often assume that the most extreme thing they've seen allowed in a PG-13 movie defines the norm, when in fact it may just be the exception that proves the rule. Naked breasts, for example: These almost always cause a movie to have an R rating, but every now and then they are allowed to sneak by in a PG-13 movie anyway. It causes a lot of confusion.

    For the record, bare boobage is not allowed in any publicly displayed image on the RP repository. This goes doubly for icons.

  • Swearing

    Our PG-13ish rating does allow for some occasional swearing. Unfortunately, this does leave us with a bit of a grey area. How much is too much is up to the discretion of the moderators.

    There are some words that always exceed this rating: F-bombs, a certain c-word having to do with female anatomy, and racial slurs. Homophobic references are also vigorously discouraged. For these words, partial starring or abbreviations are not considered different from the actual word.

    Cussing in names is not allowed at any time because it's like opening a conversation with cussing every time, everywhere you go.

    The exception to this is "hell", which is in fact the name of a place and a useful noun for anyone within a thousand miles of the fantasy genre.

  • Nudity

    Genitalia and visible nipples are not allowed on the RP repository in any images that can be seen without a warning. This includes any image you post on the forums, and all character and player icons.

    You're welcome to post that stuff in your gallery widgets, so long as they are properly labelled with our warning system.

    We know this is terribly Victorian, and we're sorry. But we'd rather strike the balance of everyone feeling comfortable first, and then having the option to view more mature content if they indicate it won't make their heads implode.

  • Violence and Gore

    Again, discouraged where it can be seen without a warning. Try not to gross people out who don't want to be grossed out. How much is too much is entirely under the discretion of the moderators.

  • PDA (Public/Physical Displays of Affection)

    Get a room!

  • IC Exceptions

    Things are much more lenient for IC actions. In Character violence, kissing, and general enmity is allowed, so long as good IC/OOC boundaries are being observed by both parties in a RP. We all have to be nice to one another; our character's don't. Obviously, this doesn't mean that posting with a character on an OOC board gives anyone the right to be cruel to anyone else.

    Again, the point at which it gets too graphic is up to the discretion of the moderators. If a RP thread crosses the line too many times, they may suggest to you that you move to private messages or into a group. We can help you move your entire RP thread onto a group forum, if you'd prefer.

  • What if I disagree with your rules or ratings?

    We really work hard to keep the atmosphere light and everyone feeling safe on the RP repository, and that does mean some tighter controls to prevent flaming and keep things clean.

    I've tried to provide opportunities for people to cut loose in the form of groups, where you can make your own forums for you and your friends, make your own rules, and pick your own moderators.

    The public forums, however, are still public, and you will be expected to follow the rules.