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Stop... Do This First!
Please begin your journey at Poisoned Youth by registering an OOC Account in order to help the staff know who plays who, easily contact you via this account rather than guess which character account you're on, and make it easier for you to bounce between different accounts! Please pick an alias that can pass as a single name rather than a phrase, description, or numbers! Additionally, please do not register as HarryPotterFan123 or anything akin to that.
This account will primarily be used to post in our OOC boards and sign up for contests! Simply register an account with your desired forum alias, post HERE or in the cbox to the left, to let the staff know so the account can be approved, and then simply continue on with creating your character account(s)! Don't forget to link all your character accounts to your OOC Account to allow you to easily switch between them!
All accounts should be registered with proper capitalization: i.e. Harry Potter.
You should register all character accounts with your character's name. ( First and last with proper capitalization! i.e: Harry Potter.) We ask that you not request to change your character's name unless you've misspelled something during registration, they are wed in-game, or any other in-game scenario occurs in which this is required. Please go into your profile and send a request for a name change in this event.
We offer a three strike rule for applications! We will always PM OOC accounts with what needs to be edited or changed to fit into our canon and are willing to work with you as needed! We hate denying characters, but sometimes they just don't fit and if it takes three times to modify what is discussed then the application will be denied.
Presently, we allow you to create as many characters as you'd like! However, you can only make one at a time! You have to have all currently played character accounts approved first. (If you've opted to place a character in our Inactive member group they naturally do not count towards this.)
We encourage diversity! Try not to corner yourself into one house, one age, or one type of personality. (Unless, of course, you only play one character.) Be mindful of our ratios when creating a new character, but don't feel obligated to fill gaps if you are not comfortable!
PY's site goal is to create an active, friendly community with realistic characters, but that doesn't mean you can't go crazy! Characters are welcome to have problems-- family, personal, or otherwise --, unpleasant histories, disorders, flaws, strengths, and weaknesses. Make them human, but remember to keep it realistic. Mind, we will not accept certain species with 'naturally' unnatural hair or eye colors (some species/abilities will exempt you from this rule) and will discuss other abnormalities as presented.
We do not hold activity checks here - just be sure to be active when you can, let us know if you're going to be absent for an extended period of time, and make a point to engage and interact when you're available!
However, we do have some time restrictions for certain things: from the time that you join with your OOC you have one week to register a character account and an additional week to complete that character's application or the account(s) risks deletion. Once approved, your accounts are safe until you go three months without posting IC; in this event your account(s) will be moved into the Inactive member group, your face claim(s) freed, and character's positions, etc, opened. Feel free to contact a staff member at any time to get your account restored! We are not responsible for lost playbys!
Posting an Absent Notice will save you from these time restrictions so long as your stated 'return date' covers accordingly.
No account risks complete deletion unless it has not been logged into for sixth months.
Posts / Posting
Before being approved you may only post your application (naturally), reserve your playby, and reply to wanted ads if you're claiming the character - please refrain from posting with unsorted accounts otherwise! However, please feel free to engage with us in the cbox! We'd love to meet you!
We encourage quality over quantity and will never punish for post length - there is no word count to abide by here! Simply try to keep the thread moving! Give and take in terms of action, make something happen, and try to give your partner something to respond to!
Posts should be written in third person, present or past tense, with appropriate grammar and punctuation! You may color or bold dialogue, but please refrain from coloring the entire post unless posting as an NPC.
Additionally, do not harass players for posts! Our members have lives and other games they are apart of and we don't expect them to be here every day nor to have time to post every time they're here! Mind, if they don't post within four days and have been online in those four days then you are welcome to send them a polite poke asking if they're still available.
Our game runs on a fluid timeline! You may have multiple threads in various areas of the board so long as they are all set in the current month they began in. If it's November in real life, it's November in the game; if it's 2013 in real life, it's 2013 in the game. Naturally, we do not mind if threads continue over the course of various months so long as they are being consistently posted in. All threads that go without news posts for two months will be locked.
We do not allow skipping forward in time, but we do allow flashing back. All flashback threads must occur in the TIME TURNER board and be dated accordingly.
We allow outside templates conditionally: they are not to be used in IC boards and shouldn't have an excess of hover/slide coding. They can be used primarily in the wanted ads and a variety of OOC areas where not already provided. You can, of course, code your own templates for these areas.
Graphics should not stretch the forum. Avatars are 200x400! There is a place for three gifs, two of which will appear in your mini-profile. If you need help, don't hesitate to ask!
If someone has made graphics for you kindly credit them!
Playbys must be moderately age appropriate. You cannot use an adult to portray an eleven year old. We generally follow the +5/-5 rule here when it comes to playbys that sometimes look older than they are; this is a trial basis, however, as some older playbys may look younger! If you're unsure, feel free to contact the staff.
All playbys must also be 'live action' -- no cartoons, anime, or other video game representations (aside from Sims specifically created to represent your character), please. You may, of course, draw your playby if you'd prefer. We accept actor/actresses, musicians, fashion models, and social media celebrities (assuming they're fairly well known).