Here at Ideal World, we recognize that, in fact, we don’t actually live in an ideal world. People don’t always act the way they’re supposed to, or should, so with this in mind, we have created this list of guidelines to facilitate an understanding. While most of them are fairly common sense things, we do have a few specifics, so we do ask you to read and agree to all these before you hit the button to register. It’s only fair.
Respect each other. People will have disagreements and not get along. It’s part of associating with other people. That being said, however, if you can’t treat each other the way you want to be treated - whether that’s to a member, a staffer, or even a guest - then you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Keep the drama in-character only. We’re not asking you to keep bad days and negativity to yourself, but please, remember that we’re here to have fun. We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to fighting and drama, so if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. While we’re willing to help mediate disputes, at the end of the day, we’re just your staff team, not your therapists.
Create and manage an out-of-character account. Due to an assortment of reasons, we require all members to have a personal or out-of-character account for organizational purposes. As they are the only ones capable of replying to activity checks, creating trackers and plotters, and linking subaccounts, they are not an optional feature, so be sure to get yours made and sorted properly in the Mod Request as soon as possible.
Don’t rip, steal, copy, or otherwise use other people’s work without permission. This extends for templates, icons, graphics, biographies, and anything else that might be under the sun. We have many talented creators on the site, as well as links to more than a few resource sites if you need them, so really, there’s no real excuse to take things that don’t belong to you.
All graphics should be appropriate for the site. This means that all images must not be exceptionally risque, regardless of the account it is attached to, and that the large image on character accounts must be of your chosen faceclaim. If you're ever in doubt, you're welcome to ask one of the staff for advice (or, in some cases, for them to crop you a suitable image).
We are a premium site, and as such, we do permit mature topics such as sexual content or extreme violence. However, we ask that such threads be marked with an [M] in the topic title and placed within our Mature Board, so that we may keep the vast majority of the forum accessible to any of our members under the age of 18. If you need a thread moved there after its start, no worries, just hit up the Mod Request and the staff would be more than happy to move it for you.
Do not god-mode, metagame, or powerplay. In other words, do not manipulate powers and abilities to extremes, do not start spurting out information your character wouldn’t have reason to know, and do not control other people’s characters without their permission. Keep your character’s powers in check, permission is the golden standard, and just in general, don’t be that one guy no one likes to roleplay with because it’s not fun, okay?
Activity checks are held once a month at the end of the month, running through the last week unless otherwise extended. For each check, members will need to post to show that each of their characters meets the activity standard - an in-character post during the month, a work in progress biography, or a staff approval made within the bounds of the check - unless a hiatus notice is otherwise posted.
Should you fail to meet the posting deadline but your accounts are included in the check, your accounts will be placed in an Inactive member group and your claims will be crossed out, meaning they are eligible to be claimed by someone else upon request. To remove the status, simply post in the Mod Request either with a request to be sorted back (for player or unapproved accounts) or a link to a post made since the check (for formerly approved characters). If a character is listed as inactive more than 3 times in a 6 month period, the account will be cleared immediately and the player will be unable to reserve that character again for 2 weeks and any other character for 1 week. All Inactive accounts are cleared at the end of each activity check, no exceptions.
Should the staff feel like a character is only being posted with to be counted as active for our activity checks, we may end up initiating a conversation and trying to figure out what to do. Life gets busy and muse may come and go; we understand this. But that being said, it's unfair to hold onto a claim for weeks on end and keep others from being able to properly progress, hence why we have this check in the first place.
Please try to keep all of your characters active. We don’t have a limit to how many you can have, as long as you can keep up with them. It’s not fair to take claims and then not use them, after all. We do understand that muse will come and go, or that some characters will naturally be more active than others, but if there’s consistent problems with staying active, we will have a conversation about it.
As a note tacked onto this, we operate with a character slot system. This means that your first four characters can be created with no penalty, but in order to add more, you must purchase the corresponding character slot from the site store.
Try not to take characters who are closely related to each other. This rule is open to some interpretation by staff, but the point of it is to try to avoid having people essentially roleplaying with themselves. Issues will be handled in a case by case basis, in regards to both the individual characters in question and the closeness of the relationship, but when possible, please try to avoid it.
Ask permission before including other characters in major noncanon events in your biographies. There’s some significant leeway associated with this, of course, but whenever possible, we prefer if you ask the corresponding roleplayer before placing a character into a biography in a way that the roleplayer may or may not be comfortable with.
Keep powers and stories reasonable. While this rule mostly applies to metahuman / powered original characters, it also can apply to canons in certain situations. Yes, there’s some things in Marvel and DC both that stretch the realms of believability or raise Mary Sue / Gary Stu concerns, but please, try to keep it reasonable. Just because there is canonically a werewolf symbiote centaur with diabetes doesn’t mean there should be one.
Please remember that, like character slots, any powered original characters of any kind must be purchased from the site store. While we will allow for first characters to apply for a debt waiver for species-based original characters (meaning characters who would be considered "alien" races such as inhumans, asgardians, and other such races which would be difficult to fill without these allowances), they will be subject to stricter standards in the application than normal applicants so as to prevent abuse of the system. Mutant or "enhanced" original characters, however, are a site purchase only and will not be accepted for first characters.
When it comes to face claims, any living celebrity over the age of 18 can be used, though certain celebrities are restricted due to having expressed discomfort with their images being used for roleplay. As a note, however, we do not allow politicians or porn stars for face claims, regardless of their age or living status. For canons, the most recent actor that played them is considered reserved for that canon, but you are entirely welcome to change the face claim to someone you feel more fitting.