Design Central Rules

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Exclamation Updated 2-5-2020: Submitting placeholder comments in DC will earn you an official warning from the group. Submissive-Average boost in Soul Pool clarified to not include faction HP bonuses (only HP tokens may be used). 
Exclamation Updated 9-7-2019: HP tokens may now be applied to submissive genos via Soul Pool. The design should be placed on the average background.
Exclamation Updated 6-12-2019: Non-physical traits, tack, and companions may no longer be applied via DC (previously could be applied via Soul Pool and Import Updates threads). The application of these items may be done instantly via "Edit" on your Tokota's Tokotna.com page.


User Submission Limits


  • You may submit a maximum of 5 designs total per month to All Members, New Members, Soul Pool threads, and Design Den.
  • You may unlock a 6th monthly submission slot with Lioness Totem
  • Import Updates thread does not have any monthly submission limits.




Submitting Your Designs

How to Submit Your Design


1. Upload Your Design to Sta.sh

  • Design must be PNG format at original import size (2543 x 1936) for all new designs; Import Updates that keep the same design (paint/item/scar application, etc.) may have upload-size PNG file (1024 x 780).
  • Design must be in the sta.sh of the owner of the Tokota.
  • Exclamation As of February 28, 2018, submissive poses are no longer in use. If you are submitting a submissive Tokota, simply use a submissive background on standard (average) pose.
  • Do not delete your sta.sh file until your Tokota is uploaded. Do not delete designs that received corrections, as you’ll need the previous designs when submitting to corrections.

2. Fill Out the Import Information Template as the Description for the Sta.sh Image

  • Exclamation As of January 2019, the Import Information Template has changed. Please only submit the most recent version, found at the link above.
  • Do not fill out the Import Information Template as a comment on your sta.sh image.

2. Fill Out the Correct DC Form as a Comment on the Sta.sh File

  • Correct DC forms may be found at the top of each corresponding DC thread.
  • Failure to use the full form provided will result in a correction.
  • Full geno must include the number from the litter.
  • Base coat must be listed as either “from guide” or a specific Tokota from the lineage. If using a swatch from the Special Base Coats guide, please note that, and which Tokota in the lineage allowed you to use that special base coat.
  • Similarly, if using Balan shoulder marked, you must link to a specific Tokota from the lineage. To use the marking, the Tokota with the marking must be in the visible lineage.

4. Reply to the Correct DC Thread with a Link to Your Sta.sh

  • Failure to reply to the correct DC thread will result in being asked to repost to correct thread.
  • Only one design per comment.
  • Failure to fill out the Import Information Template and DC form before you submit your Tokota to the DC thread will result in an official group warning. This is considered using "placeholder comments," or saving a space in line, and is not acceptable. 




DC Threads

Your design must be submitted to the correct thread, or else you will be asked to repost.

All Members


All Members thread is the standard thread for submitting designed Tokota genos. 
  • Anyone may use this thread.
  • You cannot apply items to your Tokotas on this thread.

New Members

New Members thread is restricted to members submitting their first Tokota.
  • This thread may only be used once per user.
  • You may only submit your first Tokota to this thread. The Tokota does not have to be designed by the owner. You are disqualified from this thread if you have uploaded Tokotas or have submitted to any DC thread.
  • You cannot apply items to your Tokota on this thread. If you are applying items to your first Tokota, you must post to Soul Pool thread instead.

Soul Pool

Soul Pool thread is for submitting designed Tokota genos with items applied.
  • Anyone may use this thread.
  • Corrections will be sent to Soul Pool corrections rather than a DC admin’s corrections.
  • All items must be in your possession before being applied to a design. You cannot have multiple people "confirming" that admins can pull items from their bank -- the items must all have already been transferred and belong to the owner of the Tokota being submitted.
  • If co-owning a Tokota, the owner submitting the design to DC must have all bankable items in their bank. If applying some items via redeem comment, they may be in either owner’s name - but there cannot be items coming from both Tokotna banks.
  • When applying Small or Large Items, you must list what is being added/changed on your Tokota in the DC form comment.
  • When applying HP tokens to a submissive geno (38 HP tokens must be used to reach average), the design's hierarchy background should be average. HP Tokens cannot be combined with Faction HP bonuses or any other forms of HP to reach average status in DC.
At Soul Pool, you may apply these items:
  • Small and Large Items
  • Hand Paint Dyes & Aippaq's Hand Paints
  • Scar Packs
  • Soul Pool Water (Physical Traits)
  • PotA Tokens (Please see the Passage of the Alpha Journal for more information on the requirements and benefits of PotA Tokens.)
  • HP Tokens (38 Tokens to boost Tokota to Average Hierarchy)
  • Elemental Hearts (Removal of Blindness, Deafness, or Spinal Injuries)
  • Sivoganik's Charm (Glowing Eyes) 
  • Sikrinerk's Stone (Backgrounds)

Import Updates


Import Updates thread is for submitting changes to uploaded Tokotas.
  • Anyone may use this thread.
  • Unlike other threads, there is no monthly submission limit. Submissions to Import Updates will not count toward your monthly DC limit.
  • Corrections will be sent to Soul Pool corrections rather than a DC admin’s corrections.
  • All items must be in your possession before being applied to a Tokota. You cannot have multiple people "confirming" that admins can pull items from their bank -- the items must all have already been transferred and belong to the owner of the Tokota being updated.
  • If updating a co-owned Tokota, the owner submitting the updates must have all bankable items in their bank. If applying some items via redeem comment, they may be in either owner’s name - but there cannot be items coming from both Tokotna banks.
  • When applying Small or Large Items, you must list what is being added/changed on your Tokota in the DC form comment.
  • Note: If a Tokota was approved - and uploaded - with a missing marking or a marking that is not in the genotype, you do not have to update the design to match the genotype. If wanting to change the design, it would require a Do-Over Token.
At Soul Pool, you may apply these items:
  • Makeover Tokens
  • Do-Over Tokens
  • Small and Large Items
  • Hand Paint Dyes & Aippaq's Hand Paints
  • Scar Packs
  • Soul Pool Water (Physical Traits)
  • Elemental Hearts (Removal of Blindness, Deafness, or Spinal Injuries)
  • Sivoganik's Charm (Glowing Eyes) 
  • Sikrinerk's Stone (Backgrounds)



Member Conduct

  • Please be respectful to the admins who review your designs. If you are confused about a correction, feel free to ask for clarification or help.
  • Arguing with or insulting admins who comment on your design will not be tolerated. Keep in mind that we are a group of volunteers who devote our free time to helping run Tokotas - we do not want to send your designs to corrections.
  • Do not reply to other members' DC comments or comment on sta.sh files with design judgement or tips. Only DC admins should be correcting designs.
  • Do not "save your space in line" by submitting placeholder comments on DC threads, without filling out the full Import Information Template and DC form. This will earn you an official group warning.

Correction Clarifications / Second Opinions


While we do encourage members to ask for clarification on corrections, second opinions on every design is just not possible and it slows DC down. If you are unsure about a correction, please respond to the DC admin’s correction comment. We are making an effort going forward to have all of these questions answered in a timely manner. If your DC admin is not sure, they bring it up to the entire DC team and it is discussed, so it can still effectively get you multiple opinions.

If your DC admin does not respond to you after one week, you may note the Tokotas group and ask your question again there. Please do not note the group sooner than that; we do our best to get to your questions quickly, but sometimes either real life situations or discussion about the question will cause a few days’ wait.


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snini9's avatar

Kinda confused, but where can I find the current DC? I haven't been able to find it

TotemSpirit's avatar

The Cycling Journal Hub has been moved over to the frontpage of Tokotna.com

You can find the current DC journal and all other member request journals there.


~Berk

Toko-Acan's avatar

Hello,


I have a few old tokota with what would now be considered an illegal designs (for example; a grey tokota, with a coat that would now be considered lilac): if I want to make them Alpha, will they be able to keep their original design on the new Alpha import?


Thank you :)

TotemSpirit's avatar
Changing a tokota's design is completely optional, and if you wanted to do so, you would need a make-over or do-over token item. So your tokotas design would stay the same when their hierarchy changes!

If you have any more questions you can comment here so we can find it quicker~ FAQ


- Peep
Venaku's avatar

i think im ready to submit my design but i am a bit confused by the

2. Fill Out the Correct DC Form as a Comment on the Sta.sh File

where can i find this?

TotemSpirit's avatar
When you go to the most recent Design Central journal this form it's referring to can be found in the parent comment when you click through one of the links of whatever section you need.

Design Central - March 2020 [OPEN]
So if you go to the journal and click the big All Members link, the DC form is in that comment. :>

The forms are different for the different areas, so make sure you are grabbing the correct one for your designs. ^^

~Bark
Venaku's avatar

Im sorry if i just missed it, but where do you get the ID number of your Tokota?

TotemSpirit's avatar
It's automatically assigned to your tokota by the uploader at the time of uploading! So just leave that field empty when you're filling out the information~

~furr
Venaku's avatar

Thank you very much.

ReoTokotas's avatar

Quick question; how many soul pool waters can be applied to a single geno? Is it just one?

TotemSpirit's avatar
There's no limit on SPW. :)
ReoTokotas's avatar

Brilliant, thank you!

1unaMoon1's avatar
Ok so, i made my tokota with the submissive pose and only now saw that i shouldnt really use it, so can i just submit the submissive one or do i have to make it with the average pose?
TotemSpirit's avatar
The submissive pose is no longer used so you will have to make your tokota be on the average pose with the submissive background in order for it to pass DC.

~furr
1unaMoon1's avatar
Ok, thank you!
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