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Journal Entry: Wed Apr 22, 2015, 2:37 PM

Please read this section carefully, so that you and other players can all have the best experience at DracoStryx possible!


BEHAVIOR:

RESPECT - You are expected to treat other members with courtesy and respect. If you notice anyone being harassed over group-specific things, we urge you to send a report to DeviantArt staff, and to send a note to DracoStryx. Depending on the severity of the situation, offending members will receive one warning, or an immediate ban.

OFFENSIVENESS - If you make racist remarks or display the intention to do something to intentionally be offensive, or display a hostile attitude toward the group and/or its admins, you will receive an immediate ban. 

CRITIQUES & CONCERNS - If you feel some part of the game, or plans for the group are not to your liking, you are always allowed to offer alternatives or solutions, and let us know about those concerns in general. However, you will never be allowed to present those concerns in an insulting or rude manner. The staff of DracoStryx work very hard to keep the group running, and while we are humans and may make mistakes or oversights, there is no excuse to mistreat or insult staff members, no matter your frustrations. Present critiques constructively and offer ideas for solutions, but do not lash out at staff or each other.

If you are banned, you may keep your Stryx as characters, or given a week to sell/trade them away. But any Stryx you decide to keep will be marked Deceased within the group.

Treat others as you'd like to be treated, and everything should be fine!





ADVERTISEMENTS:

You may remove and re-submit an Ad ONCE PER DAY. Any more than that, and we will consider it spam and not accept it.

If we see repeated violations of this rule, you will receive one warning. Further violations may be met with a temporary suspension or a permanent ban.




ADMINS:

If you're having trouble with an Admin, or you feel you've been unfairly treated by any staff member of DracoStryx please send a note to ashenantlers and explain the situation, and please provide screencaps as evidence of the mistreatment. The owner will be more than happy to address your issue and bring about some form of resolution.




ART RULES:

Tracing another artist's artwork is not allowed!
If you submit a directly traced image, we'll likely be able to spot it, and it won't count for any AP or activity.

Referencing photography is totally fine, however, if you're having trouble with a certain pose, and so on.



ARPG RULES:

You may not depict another member's Stryx or other Closed Species characters as prey for your Stryx without express permission from the character's owner.

These characters can be very near and dear to people's hearts, and drawing your Stryx hunting/killing them can cause hurt feelings and resentment between our groups. Fighting/conflict is okay, but again, do not treat other Closed Species characters as prey.




BREEDING RULES:

You may sell/trade/give away breeding slots for whatever price you like, so long as your Stryx has its Eye of Galyx.

No slot deals can be made if your Stryx is not ready to breed right away, with the exception of art deals made directly to help your Stryx achieve its EoG!
You can not sell slots that your Stryx doesn't have. As in, if you have reached your 5 slot limit for an Omega Stryx, you can not sell future slots for USD! You MAY, however, make art deals in order to get your Stryx to Alpha or higher, so that more breeding slots will become available.




SELLING RULES:

If you're selling hatchlings from a clutch you received, or adult Stryx that you own, you may charge whatever price you feel is appropriate.

The group will not interfere in individual member sales. However, you can only sell Stryx that you own. 

There is no co-ownership in this group, as it can often cause problems and confusion to legitimate ownership. If you enter into a co-ownership deal, the group will not step in to resolve any issues you may run into, as it is not technically allowed here. 




Play the game defensively!
It's sad, but true, that some people will make breeding/art/trade deals and then not deliver to you what they owe, though usually the chances of this are very small and uncommon. This is a reference specifically to those who hand over payment for something, and then do not receive what they paid for. This DOES NOT refer to making a deal where you're expecting some form of payment, for a hatchling or breeding slot, and the person pulls out of the deal. So long as nothing is actually exchanged between people, there is no reason to make a report about it.

Take screenshots when you've made a deal with someone, and if the time comes that you've made payment, but the other party has not given you what was promised, send a note to the group, and admins will deal with the situation ASAP!







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ZarcAdventures Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist

Non riesco a trovare la sezione domande, spero che non si disturbi qui ... ma se non potessi creare la mia stryx dopo che l'ho adottata, chi potrei chiedere?

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ZooofAlexandria Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Hobbyist
Are horror-themed images allowed? I'm thinking of nothing explicit/gory, but wild stryx hunting people. They are giant predatory birds after all... Just wanted to double-check, I don't want to offend anyone ^^;
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TheGoldenWolf132 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would think so, but I'm not sure.
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BlueElk Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi! im planning on joinging but im unsure how to get a stryx. is there a system with points or something..?
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SilveryStormWing Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I was wondering if I'm allowed to use photos that I've taken as a background for a piece of art? 
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EyeOfGalyx Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017
Yes, so long as they're your own photographs, you can submit photomanipulations with stryxes drawn on a photographed background and receive the regular AP bonuses.

--Dizzy
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okapiish Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there! Absolutely loving this group!! I currently don't have a way to draw digitally, but I am saving up for a tablet. Is there any way I could join and just roleplay until I get access to digital art, or that not okay? Thank you!
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EyeOfGalyx Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017
You can join regardless, and we also accept traditional art and literacy =3 You don't need to RP with other users, and you can just do traditional art for your stryx. However you will need digital access for designing a stryx, but some users do have designing services

~Alri
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Shavahiivallah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Are there any restrictions regarding member-held AP slot raffles? Other than the basics that the Stryx must have its EoG and that the Stryx's slots must be available to use immediately.
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Zelphaba Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Is there a limit to how many submissions we can send in in a day? Like, only five a day or three or whatever? Just curious because I know some dA groups have rules like that.
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EyeOfGalyx Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
The only limit is the limit that has been imposed by dA and that is out of our hands. I believe it is 10 per day, unfortunately, though most people don't have an issue with that~
-Damien
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Zelphaba Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, makes sense. :> Thank~
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Tinadactyl Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
Has the rule regarding needing to have EoGs in order to sell slots and do AP trades been changed?  Have seen admins buying slots to birds without EoGs and the number of journals doing so increasing of late without being corrected or revoked before accepted into the group or removed after.  

Would be nice to know if there has been a change seeing as admins purchasing the slots encourages and shows it's allowed.  If there hasn't been a rule change... speaking frankly can't expect people to follow the rules if the admins can't.
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ashenantlers Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No, the rule hasn't changed. May I ask where this is happening?
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Tinadactyl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
Thank you for the clarification.
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WynBird Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"No slot deals can be made if your Stryx is not ready to breed right away, with the exception of art deals made directly to help your Stryx achieve its EoG!"

Does this also apply to increasing a stryx's status? For example, if I sold a slot for 50 AP to get my stryx to alpha and unlock the breeding slot, would that be allowed?
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EyeOfGalyx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
That is fine, but please try to keep it within reasonable limits so that the people doing AP for slots are not left waiting. If a stryx needs a substantial amount of AP it might not be feasible to begin selling or trading slots until it's closer to the next tier.
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WynBird Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's completely understandable, thank you very much! ♥
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ashenantlers Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Also, just to be 100% clear, if your Stryx does not have its EoGs, you can't trade slots just for AP to raise its status. You must achieve the EoGs first.
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WynBird Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, absolutely! ;o;
I usually give my stryx's first breeding slot to someone for completion of EoGs, and then trade the other four for AP in increments enough to reach Alpha. One of my stryx broke that pattern, and I was a slot short an AP slot - hence my asking this question. xD
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purrcatory Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are sketches allowed to be submitted to the group? i sketch my stryx pretty often, but i've been hesitant to submit anything as i've only seen one or two sketchdumps in the galleries, and they've been high-quality. 
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EyeOfGalyx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Sketches of stryx or riders are fine to submit to the group
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Fennecfawn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question~ so if you want to co own with someone, it is not officially recognized but the group but you can do it? Like the master list doesn't say anything about it but you can co own with a member if they want as a private deal? 
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EyeOfGalyx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
yes
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Fennecfawn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay ^^ thank you
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Lunatuh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
Okay, I have designed my first stryx and with filling out her lineage, I saw two of her grandparents were reclaimed by the group.
Well, I decided now would be the ideal time to go over the rule page. What I'm reading now really frightens me though.

I am not planning on breaking any rules obviously, but I've been in a group that had no 'safety net' around banning and it caused a lot of drama in the group when there was a certain misunderstanding. It was not fun being a member on the sidelines, seeing such drama go down. No warnings, no strikes and the internet where things can be taken out of context or be misinterpreted easily, makes me feel rather unsafe as aspiring stryx owner. 

I am also concerned by the fact that the group just reclaims. I can understand bans and I can understand reclaims in cases where people have scammed. But if there was no money involved in whatever offense, I do feel like it is unfair to reclaim. You bought the character, it should be yours. People may spent lots of money on them, to reclaim without refunds, well, I would go so far as to say it's almost feels like stealing to me. 

Now I'm in no way defending offenders, but I hope and would like to see a bit more in depth thought/safety around the system. 
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EyeOfGalyx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
The thing is that we tried a "3 strikes and you're out" system in the past, and I (carnivaleart) have had a lot of experience with that kind of system in other communities I've been a part of. The thing is, when there are problem members who harass others, are racist, or go out of their way to offend people, the 3 strike system really doesn't work. They'll use up their strikes and then continue to be a problem, while worming around just at the edge of the rules. We are zero-tolerance when it comes to harassment and racism/homophobia/etc. 

If there are minor infractions and misunderstandings, which are clearly the result of a misunderstanding, no one will get banned. They'll have a warning and be expected not to repeat the mistake. Every case is on a case-by-case basis.
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Lunatuh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
I completely understand that harassment and discrimination can not be tolerated. It is wrong, period and nobody should go around making others feel bad. I however feel like it would help if there would be some nuances added. We're all people here and people are sensitive beings. You might insult someone without meaning too, especially on the internet which almost completely lacks non-verbal communication (emoticons being the exception and even then) which makes up a big part of our communication. So if there's a topic that may not be counted as discriminatory(?) directly in the rules, but can still be sensitive to others (for example I remember a conversation in chat about dying, I was lurking, but one of the participators  got upset that they were having such a topic in a public area and they called in a mod, however, since they didn't ask first to stop - the members partaking in the conversation were obviously not aware that such conversation was so sensitive to the other person - the people were not sanctioned. Another group of mine installed later that if conversations in public were not stopped if asked for, would receive sanctioning as to keep the group pleasant for everyone. They could however continue in private. )

For example what do you understand as harassment? I know a lot of members feared voicing negative opinions (in the group earlier mentioned) at the time, even politely so, out of fear that the mods would up and ban them. Furthermore people started 'whispering' about mod harassment and gosh, I even saw talk about mods covering up harassment and cheating on events, etc. I ended up avoiding the group for awhile 'cause it was such a toxic environment at the time, not to mention the mods were so fed up they almost closed the group ;-; An RP group of mine had it added in their rules that while discrimination is under no circumstances allowed, it is no problem having characters with such opinions for RP purposes. 

I am a fan of nicely structured rule pages, that are swiftly updated when problems arise and henceforth count.
If they are detailed and ever evolving (like real laws actually) it really helps keeping on top of things and creates a much safer and nicer environment for both mods and members, who can go around without looking over their backs and fearing stuff that's not there to fear at all.

Two groups who regularly add stuff for example are:
fav.me/d7h6dm8
starbornalignments.wix.com/sta…

I understand the group isn't really old yet and more rules may come as the group grows, but I wanted to bring it up as a work point, as it's something that's really sensitive and one of the foundations the group is built on. I'm maybe a bit on the pessimistic side as well courtesy to those negative experiences with groups and rules ^^;
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EmmaEatsRainbows Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm no admin, but how are you frightened? It seems to me that the only way to get banned would be to disrespect other players. I'm just curious what types of safeties you're suggesting, as I'd assume it would take more than just someone's finger-pointing to get you automatically banned (seeing as they need screenshot proof just for problems with transactions between players). Are you asking for what would constitute a warning versus a ban? Like the process the admins would go through before each?
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Lunatuh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
Okay, I have no idea what constitutes means xD But what I'm afraid of is drama coming from this that could be avoided if the rules would be a little more in-depth. 

I really hate drama and mods are humans just too, they're gonna make mistakes as well. I've seen big fights go down twice and both times more people got involved than the intial two. Mods started backing eachother up, friends friends, initially uninvolved members mods and other uninvolved members the member. And it all started with two people who both made mistakes. The only thing is member gets banned, the mod not, lots of fear on the members' side (kinda like those mods are gods that can give divine punishment if you even irk them slightly) and frustrated unmotivated mods ('cause they do all this work and get stuff back in their faces), etc...

Not fun you see. Not even as observer D:
Stuff like strikes, a defined process, that mods need to concent -so a single mod can't go kicking you out-, oh and one group has a good one that at least 24hrs need to pass between incident and ban - so bans aren't made in heat of emotion only to turn out as being an overreaction in hindsight. Stuff like that. Or what's seen as hostility for example (I know a lot of members at the time were even afraid to voice polite opinions, it was all so sad and out of hand :( )

I hope that explains a bit what I mean. 
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EmmaEatsRainbows Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It just sounds like you were a victim of a crappily-run group. So your fear is that these mods won't do their proper jobs enforcing the rules fairly? I'm just asking what you'd rather have them do with the rules besides what they've done already. xD
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Lunatuh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
I would not say crapilly-run per se, but Idk, it seems just to be humans' nature to find conflict and the internet seems to work as a catalyst at times :( It was two minor conflicts that started the whole thing at both times, it just got way out of hand.  

Well, - gosh, I'm bad at explaining and translating at the same time, excuse me for that - I would like to see more rules and sub-rules than one big rule that covers it all. It's clearly a big and important one, but I feel like more explanation helps keep things in check. It's probably why all those lawbooks ended up being so elaborate and complicated, people need it to feel the law is safe, fair and keeping the tricky ones from finding back doors. 

I hope the group never comes to such critical point of course, but we have a saying that goes: "better prevent than cure" 
I'm not saying I do not trust the mods (why even join the group at all then, lol) rather wanted to bring it up as a work point.
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EmmaEatsRainbows Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is English not your native language? I didn't realize. Maybe that's why it's a little harder to be specific. xD But either way, I think what you're looking for is to get the mods to outline their process.

If it's any consolation, with bigger groups like these that spend so much time in development I've never had any problems. Usually it's a few players who might cause drama but the group is so big it's never affected itself. Like in Tokotas--there are a TON of mods, and duties are spread out, so no one has all the power. And those with most of the power are very fair.
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UnknownLioness Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question. Have any rule about breeding slots prices and sell prices or we can set any amount or even free?
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ashenantlers Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Prices are up to you, the only rule (which will be added asap) is that breeding slots can not be sold or given away until a Stryx has its Eye of Galyx. You -can- trade breeding slots for art, but that's the only exception to the rule.
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