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Introduction

Welcome, everyone, to Canterlot Avenue!

We hope that your stay here is a pleasant one, and we hope to see you around the site as well. But, much like any other place, there are rules and regulations that everyone must follow, in order to make this place a more enjoyable experience for everyone. These rules are meant to assist users and staff in making sure that our times here are memorable. Please read each section carefully.

If you have any questions or concern about any of the guidelines set in place here, please feel free to contact one of our staff members by reaching us through our Staff Page.

Of course, please keep in mind that these rules are subject to change at any time, the staff reserve the right to the final interpretation of these rules, and every user is responsible for periodically checking this page for any changes. Being unaware of the rules is not an excuse to break them.

Hope to see you around!

Founder’s Clause

Unfortunately new situations happen all of the time in an ever evolving site, and those situations may not be covered by the current rules. We reserve the right to create new rules in the interim if the situation is deemed necessary to make amendments to the current rule set for the betterment of the community. Any new rules or amendments created under this clause will be added to the rule set once finalised by the administration.

NSFW Content

NSFW Content is not allowed publicly on Canterlot Avenue, as the site is designed and intended to be age 13+ friendly.  We understand that not all of the content which is against the rules here is considered to be “NSFW” to all groups and ages, but we ask that you respect the rules and take these things off-site regardless.

If you would like to know if your content is suitable for sharing, please contact a staff member, and they will determine its appropriateness.

Canterlot Avenue defines “Not Safe For Work (NSFW) Content” as any of the following:

  • Suggestive or Sexual images, including:
  • Art containing suggestive poses/facial expressions, such as an obvious focus on the butt, breasts, or crotch.
  • Art with undergarments such as panties, bra, or other sorts of clothing which normally cover specific, sex-related areas of the body
  • Naked characters (Naked being defined as “Having parts uncovered that ought to be covered”, such as breasts or genitals, even if it is not suggestive)
  • Cleavage, or any other obviously suggestive displays of skin
  • Greatly oversized butts or breasts/visible nipples and nipples pressing through clothing
  • Obvious fetish content (subject to interpretation of context), including:
  • Vore
  • Scat/Watersports
  • BDSM/Slave/Pet/Bondage play
  • Various “Body Transformation” fetishes
  • Pregnancy fetish
  • Diaper/Infant fetish
  • Breeding/Heat/Any sort of feral sex concepts
  • Zoophilia
  • Any characters specifically associated with pornographic content (Including the SFW variant images)
  • Sexual acts, Impending sexual acts, or obvious sexual tension, including:
  • Sexual toys, masturbation, or any references thereof
  • Wing/Horn play (e.g.: “wingboners”)
  • Rape, implied or otherwise
  • Heavy innuendo
  • Reference to genitals or other inappropriate areas of the body
  • Violent content, including:
  • Excessive gore/blood, or visible internal organs
  • Torture or abuse
  • Mutilation, self-inflicted or otherwise
  • Suicide

Anthro/Bipedal

Anthropomorphic/Bipedal characters (and character references) require clothing to be allowed on the site. Clothing needs to cover areas such as the breasts, rear and crotch area. Clothing such as undergarments are considered suggestive and thus needs to be covered. However if it is innocently portrayed, it can be taken into consideration for example:
- A bra strap peeking out under a fallen sleeve, a small amount of bare chest showing or a bare back.

Bikinis and such can also be taken into consideration depending on the context of the image for example:
- A character in a float toy in the water, splashing and having fun IS allowed. A character exiting a swimming pool with the water dripping off their body looking alluring towards the user is NOT allowed (These examples are suppose to give an idea between what is ALLOWED and NOT ALLOWED).

Lingerie is not allowed.

Images are not allowed if the character is doing a provocative action towards the users such as pulling down clothing to show cleavage or a certain part of cleavage such as breasts, rear and crotch.

If the anthro does not have cleavage such as breasts, sheaths and visible crotch and is innocently portrayed as a bipedal without provoking users in pictures, it is allowed.

Screenshots/cropping

Screenshots of feral/anthro/bipedal characters that are clearly taken from a NSFW image are not allowed. This includes if the breasts were visible in the original image, crotch or anything that provokes a sexual response. Reverse image searching is not strictly required in order to remove a crop. In some cases, image searching does not work but if the source image is found to be NSFW, the crop/screenshot will be considered NSFW under this rule.


All content defined above as “NSFW” content is not allowed to be shared or posted in any public manner on Canterlot Avenue.  Staff may take down content that is believed to be in violation of the rules stated above.

If a cropped NSFW image stands immediately questionable at first, or even second glance, the image will be subject to a reverse image search. If the original image is indeed NSFW, then it will be subject to removal and strike.

General OOC Behavior

Everyone is expected to have good behavior on the website. There are certain types of behavior that are not tolerated or appropriate on Canterlot Avenue.

This is including but not limited to:

  • Hostile or overly aggressive behavior, such as:
  • Insults based on race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or political views.
  • Disrespecting other users or staff and stepping beyond a primarily civil, polite discussion.
  • Threats or attacks of any kind directed towards other users or staff.
  • Trolling, spamming, or acting in an otherwise disruptive manner, such as:
  • Abuse of the report system
  • Excessive profanity
  • Encouraging users to engage in rule-breaking behavior. This is not limited to just usage of Canterlot Avenue, but also promoting activities that break rules on other sites, such as organized spamming or ‘raiding’
  • Custom text or languages aside from English

Mini-Modding (When a Non-Staff member takes the job of any member of staff to try to enforce the rules, warn or punish users).  This applies to artists who have had their content stolen, and/or modified. Please refer to the Copyright/Plagiarism Policy section for instructions on how to report art theft.

  • Publicly sharing private information on the feed or with users not involved without permission of the owner of said information. This is including, but not limited to:
  • Name
  • Email
  • Physical Address
  • Private Message Logs (Including off-site Private Messages such as Discord)
  • Photos of users in real life

Photos of people in real life (selfies) are not allowed on the public feed, profiles/profile pictures, pages, contests, forums, or any other sections, except the Private Messaging System of Canterlot Avenue; however, photos such as sceneries, or images utilized for casual photography purposes are allowed.

  • Impersonating other users (without permission) or staff (with or without permission).  Impersonation may include copied traits such as their Username/Display Name or Profile/Avatar.
  • Statuses, images, videos, music, links, events, pages, contests, and polls containing/ referencing to any of the following:
  • Illegal content
  • Abuse or illegal use of substances (ex: Alcohol, Marijuana, etc        )
  • Racism (Slurs, Supremacy, and Racial Issues) applicable to the real world
  • Political views (for example, views on individual politicians, views on sexuality, derogatory slang for a certain political view, political memes, etc) applicable to the real world
  • Past events that are likely to cause drama (for example, 9/11, mass murders/genocide, etc)
  • Offensive names
  • Self harm and suicide
  • Religious views
  • Mockery of potentially inflammatory subjects such as race/religion/disability, etc
  • Mockery of disabled individuals
  • Other questionable content (subject to staff’s discretion)

Arguments that do not violate the rules are not likely to be subject to any disciplinary action.  Having an opinion or disagreement does not constitute a strike, so long as things are kept civil and respectful.

If you have an issue with another user, please resort to using the “Block User” button instead of causing a scene on the website. The staff is not responsible of maintaining harmony between users on the site, but is responsible for maintaining public civility.

For any issues or concerns, you can contact a member of staff at: pr@canterlotavenue.com making sure to label on the email if the issue is for a Moderator or Public Relations.

For issues that have higher priority, you may contact an administrator at: administration@canterlotavenue.com.

 Taking matters into your own hands will not be tolerated.

General Roleplay Behavior

You are free to roleplay in Canterlot Avenue, but under the following guidelines:

  • Private Erotic RP with users under the age of 18 is NOT allowed.
  • Staff does not actively monitor messages sent through the Private Messaging system unless reported; however, you, the user, is responsible for reporting any violations that may occur in your use of the Private Messaging system.
  • Wall RPs and character images may not contain or have references to:
  • Racial slurs applicable to real life
  • Illegal content
  • Illicit Drugs
  • Real Life political views
  • Past events that are likely to cause drama (i. e. Terrorist attacks, Genocides)
  • Offensive names
  • Self harm and suicide
  • Real religious views
  • Content that mocks disabled individuals
  • NSFW Content
  • Disrupting others’ public role plays with OOC discussion is not allowed.
  • Custom text or languages aside from English are not allowed.
  • If you have multiple characters, you must use the “Bio” section of your profile to list all of your roleplaying characters, along with their information.
  • Multiple accounts for one user are not allowed at this time, but a feature to allow separate profiles for multiple characters on a single account is in the works.

Staff takes no responsibility for whatever occurs between users on Private Messages, unless the issue is reported.

Copyright/Plagiarism Policy

No content is allowed which may infringe on intellectual property rights of others, or whose source(s) explicitly prohibit distribution on other sites.

Before uploading content that is not yours (including recolors), we ask that you:

  • Confirm that the original artist or copyright holder allows distribution and/or modification of the content
  • Include any credits or links back to the artist or copyright holder of the content

Content posted without following these rules is subject to removal.

When dealing with stolen or infringing content, do NOT harass, spam or otherwise attempt to "correct" the user suspected. Doing so will be treated as harassment according to our rules of conduct. Instead, follow the instructions given below to report the content, and allow our staff to handle the situation.

If you are the original artist or copyright holder:

  • State the claimant's name and address
  • Identify the copyright material that is alleged to have been infringed and the claimant's interest or right with respect to that material
  • Specify the location data (e.g. the web address or Internet address associated with the alleged infringement)
  • Specify the infringement that is alleged, and
  • specify the date and time of the alleged infringement.

If you are not the original artist or copyright holder:

  • Contact the original artist or copyright holder, and inform them of the steps that need to be taken in order to submit a notice.
  • Please keep in mind that action will not be taken pre-emptively, and that full proof of a violation of any sort is required before we will take action.

If you have any questions about the Copyright/Plagiarism Policy enforced in Canterlot Avenue, please refer to the following link, in which explains by detail the Canadian Notice to Notice law. Click Here

Forums

Canterlot Avenue has various places to freely socialize and roleplay, and the forums are divided into many sections to choose from; however, much like the general site, they too contain their guidelines. The guidelines for forum use are as follows:

  • OOC chats are meant for OOC discussion of the RP
  • Keep chat not relevant to the RP to a minimum
  • Disruption of roleplaying forums by entering without authorization is not allowed
  • The thread creator is responsible for moderation of his/her thread
  • They are also responsible of making sure the members and the content follows the rules of the site. In any case that staff figures out without a disclosure from the thread creator, they are subject to receive a strike.

With that said, the moderators and admins are also available in the event that a thread owner requires the assistance of the staff.

  • Global website rules apply to the forums as well.
  • Content in the forums must be relative to the topic of the thread at all times.

If you have questions or concern about these guidelines, please contact a member of staff or administrator for assistance.

Advertisement

- Discord servers [ Allowed on personal profile information ]

To avoid your Discord server advertisement being drowned out in the news feed, we advise advertising on your profile information or using pages.

- Commission sheets [ Perfectly fine on Pages & Journals ]

Using Pages and Journals to write and post your commission prices for art is more useful for you and other users to access, edit and search for. Posting in the news feed will more often than not be drowned out, difficult to edit and refer to, hard to search for and link to users.

- Open requests for art [ Perfectly fine on Pages & Journals ]

Open requests for art is more typically appreciated when advertised using Pages and Journals. It is not likely that a post in the news feed will result in being lost, however it comes at your own risk (And by meaning lost, it means being pushed down in the feed so users can't see it).

- Role Play [ Fine on all platforms ]

Advertising that you are open for role play and are seeking certain types of RP and partners is okay. Asking for/ suggesting ERP is NOT allowed.

- Competing websites [Ask staff permission or on Journals & PMs]

If you wish to advertise another website that proposes a means to draw more user attention away from Canterlot Avenue, staff should be notified first and spoken with. Creating pages dedicated to competing sites can be taken as a means to herd user base somewhere else. We understand if the site is shared discretely and is perfectly fine to share a link in a description on a personal information page. Public sharing in news feed is very low brow and will result in removal.

- Partnerships [Ask staff for potential site partnership ]

If you believe you are ready to partner up with Canterlot Avenue and work together to advertise each other, we encourage you to contact our founder or administrators to discuss further.


Disciplinary Action

Users who disobey the rules will receive a punishment based on the context of their issue.

This is down to the judgment of the staff; these punishments can be one of the following:

  • Verbal Warning
  • This is sent by our staff to try and educate you on what rule was broken, why it is a rule, and what you can do to avoid repeating your mistake. These messages are always meant as an educational tool and are never an official warning.
  • Official Warning
  • This will be sent via the  "bot" account, which all our admin systems are linked to. It will explain in a more professional way what you did wrong, why it is wrong, and what you can do to avoid it happening again. Depending on the severity and frequency of strikes, a user may be allowed between 1 to 3 official warnings.
  • Infraction
  • This will be sent via the "Sunshine Serenade" account, which our moderation system is linked to. An infraction is the next step after an official warning. It is a very severe form of punishment and is just one step away from a ban. Receiving one of these places you in a direct line to your next issue resulting in an account ban. Infractions have a 90 day limit, in which if the user goes without any issue during that time, then they will resort back to receiving an infraction in their next strike.
  • Ban
  • Banning is split into two different types. Account & IP.
  • Account bans are given to accounts that have proven to be serious offenders in their usage of the site, that it warrants their removal.
  • IP bans are given to IP Address that are being used to disrupt the site, and/or avoid bans on accounts, and/or other related offenses.

If the user is found frequently breaking the rules (within the staff’s own interpretation), then they can be placed under probation. Probation periods can make a user jump to a more serious offense within their next strike. Probation periods typically last 30 days, but the length can be shortened or raised.

During the duration of the ban, it is not permitted to create additional accounts. Any accounts created during that time will be permanently banned along with an extension of the punishment on the original. Should the staff feel it's justified, your IP access may also be banned.

If a user intentionally breaks the rules after a counseling from staff, the userr is subjected to a 3 day ban

If for any reason a punishment was made unfairly, you did not agree with it or you felt you wanted more information on said punishment; send an email to administration@canterlotavenue.com

Be sure to include all important information such as the username, the action being committed, and a reason why the account should be reinstated. These appeals will be reviewed by our appeals team.

  • An apology is not an appeal, it can be used in an appeal to help us show that you understand the rule breaches you committed, but it cannot be an appeal.
  • Appeals should also be done both professionally, and calmly. Whilst the staff understand that you may be upset; or angry by a ruling, our staff have the right to deny an appeal should you threaten, attack, or lash out at them.
  • The appeals team do not handle your punishments, and as such are not responsible for the punishment you have been given.
  • Depending on the type of punishment you are appealing, your appeal can be looked at by either the appeals team or by a higher admin of staff.

If at any point in time during work on your appeal you feel you need another viewpoint on the situation, you are free to request one; and another staff member will come, and review your appeal.

If you have questions or concerns about the guidelines given above, feel free to reach out to one of the staff members or contact an administrator by sending them a Private Message.

Naming Policy

Canterlot Avenue allows the ability to create usernames for your profile, along with Display names. Names must be alphanumeric, which means letters A - Z, and numbers 1 - 9. The following name usage is not allowed, including, but not limited to

  • Names with racial slurs.
  • Names associated with degrading, or offensive content.
  • Names containing Soviet Communism, Nazism, extremist political views, religious beliefs, gender/sexuality, past events, or sensitive topics.
  • Names containing symbols that are not accessible on a standard keyboard.
  • Names with invisible/unreadable text.
  • Names containing the use of alternative (Ä, ì, etc) English letters.
  • Names containing symbols such as “! @ # $ % ^ & *” etc.

If you have any questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact any member of staff for assistance.

CSS, BBCode, Unicode, Custom Languages & Bugs

Your cover & CSS are exempt from the general rules in what content can be applied to them, providing that they do not break our rules on mature and NSFW content. As such, you are generally free to customize your profile to a large degree to make it feel more at home for yourself.

There are, however, certain restrictions to what you can do with your CSS:

  • CSS that rotates the page in any orientation other than default is not allowed
  • No CSS that hinders the ability to contact a user in any way
  • CSS that removes the ability to add/remove or report a user.
  • CSS that hides or alters the membership of users
  • CSS used to hack or hinder the performance of the website
  • CSS that could potentially cause seizures or trigger light sensitivity.

Use of BBCode is allowed for the purpose of customizing your profile, blogs, forum posts, and PM's. BBCode is allowed on status posts and comment threads with the exception of the following.

  • Rainbow text
  • Text size
  • Text color
  • obfuscated text

If you use BBCode on your profiles, you are solely responsible for the issues it may cause to your profile, thus making you, the user, responsible for fixing the issue.

Custom Text/Languages (aside from English) are not permitted in all areas of the website (outside of Private Messages.)

This is in place because Canterlot Avenue's standard language is mainly English. While we do understand that there are users from many countries, we also understand that many users would not appreciate having the global feed filled with statuses and comments of different languages that they will not understand and may report them as Spam.

Unicode, with the exception of Emojis and accents, is not allowed across the site, except in Private Messages.

Keep in mind that the staff reserves the right to remove all CSS from user’s profiles if it is found to be in violation.

With any website, there’s always the possibility for bugs. Choosing to exploit bugs or vulnerabilities found within the software of the site is against the rules and will be punished.

If you find any bugs or exploits that affect the user experience at Canterlot Avenue, please contact a member of the Development team from our staff page, or email us at administration@canterlotavenue.com