Special thanks to those who helped make these rules.
Welcome to Warriors Into The Forest Wiki! Our main goal here is to have a functional, easy, and fun running wiki. But to have all those it is best that you, as a warrior, read these rules to make this possible. If you have any questions about anything written here, just send either Kas or Mink a message, and they'll get back to you as soon as possible. If either are unavailable for any reason, contact any users listed on our Staff page instead. A page that is also recommended is the New User Guide, as it'll give a firm idea of how we, as a wiki, work to create wonderful characters and stories.
Respect other users
No one here deserves to be treated with disrespect, no matter the situation in question. If you have a disagreement with someone, do not try to solve the problem with verbal insults or by using profanities. Things said on the Internet can hurt someone in real-life, so think before you act and type. If you are found harassing another user you will be blocked for a certain amount of time (determined by past offences).
Users are not to create "hate lists" (whether for other users to sign stating their disdain for said user or for the user in question to list the users they dislike). They are also not to make polls that gauge their "popularity" (or lack thereof) or polls which are to decide whether their fellow editors wish for them to leave or not. In short, while users are free to use their userpages as they choose, their userpages should not be used to create unnecessary conflicts within the community.
If you feel you have been unjustly blocked simply state your case on your talk page and let the community determine your situation. If you have been unfairly blocked you may be unblocked. If you swear and curse at a user on your talk page the block will stay in place, or it may be extended to a longer period of time.
Number of Characters
As we would not like to overpopulate our groups. We ask you keep your number of living characters below 50 per user. This does not mean you can have all in one group as that will not be accepted. For deceased characters we don't ask anything, as this number can always grow throughout the course of the roleplay.
Mental Illnesses & Disorders
We ask that if you wish to portray a character with either a mental illness or disorder, that you thoroughly research about it. As improper portrayal of these can cause issues and be offensive to people who themselves are directly affected, or have close dealings with it. If you fail to comply with this rule, it will result in you being asked to remove said trait from your character. As you've proven unable to follow the instructions and cannot portray said character properly. This sounds harsh, but it is to create a safe and friendly environment for all.
A single person may only be in ownership of three high ranking cats at once. This either being a leader and a deputy or any other combination. Users that ignore this will have to decline their third cat earning a new rank. Or simply alert the other person beforehand.
Also, if you repeatedly ask for a high rank, and have been told no, but continue, you will be barred for creating a high ranking cat, until an admin believes that you've learnt. This bar, at a minimum will be the life of a very major leader, or other high rank.
When a high rank is given out, we ask that you stay active. If you will be gone for more than a week please let a staff member know, if this is not done so and its been over two weeks your character can and will be denounced from the rank.
We ask that you keep as active as your schedule allows you. This meaning per month roughly about a paragraph a month. Or 6-8 sentences adding up to that one paragraph. This is just so that we keep the roleplay moving, and can keep track better. If your own a high ranking character and your inactive over a month your character will be removed and named as they formerly were, then the next high ranking character will succeed them.
Roleplay pages will also be archived at the beginning of each month. That way it is easy for us to look back on them, see who is active, and update our character pages easier. Pages will not be archived until then - so please do not pester or beg for it to archived. Staff members will only allow a mid-month archive if it gets too long and causes dramas. They are in charge of archiving the pages also.
Joining Groups & Accepting
Approving Clan Members
Admins and b-crats may approve join requests only. If another user accepts your join request, the approval by the normal user will be removed and the user making the join request will need to wait until an actual admin approves it. This is in place so that there aren't an excess of cats joining and not abiding to our rules and conventions.
When joining a Clan, make sure to read the Clan's blurb on it's main page, and then fill out the required form. However, when joining, do not have your cat share it's suffix with said Clan. An example being a cat called Moonflower joining MoonClan. If that is the case you will be asked to change your character's prefix. We would also like to avoid prefixes of things that cats down know. Such as Dragon-, Solar-, Hammer-, Knife-, etc. As these cats wouldn't know what those objects or phrases are.
Names such as; Moon and Star are considered sacred to the Clans anyway, and we don't suggest using them. As a guide, or reference, we suggest taking a look at this site. As it offers many different prefixes and suffixes that all abide to a traditional naming system. As seen in the first Warriors series, for the most part. For suffixes we don't have a strict rule about them. But as long as they either relate to the character's personality or skills, you should be good!
The individual rules for each project can be read on the following pages:
Chararts - Now you don't use this category as it is the master one, and organizes the the sub-categories. But those sub-categories are to be used. Each rank of character ha a different category for its respective charart to fall into. For example, File:Smokestar.deputy.png, is given the category Category:Deputy Charart and nothing else.
Life Images - This one should be self explanatory. Once you upload your cat's life image, just quickly pop this category onto it. It's really just there so that its organized, and for people who like to look through them sometimes.
First up, life images. Preferably they should be [[File:Catname.life.png]] or [[File:Catname.life.jpg]], depending on the image type. If they are a kit, or an apprentice character, the cat's name may be their future name. But you can always ask an admin to rename the image for you anyway. This system is really just there to keep it in tune to the charart naming system.
Now chararts. Here is a list of how each image should be named. Next to each one is the respective rank of said blank. Though some a pretty obvious anyway. Catname should be substituted for the character's current page name. As you can always ask an admin to rename said image for you. You can also name it the character's future name if applicable - in the case of a kit, apprentice, or name-changing ceremony.
If you don't follow this, you will be asked to re-upload your image, or get an admin to rename it for you. Whatever is easier at the time.
[[File:Catname.mca.png]] - Medicine Cat apprentice
[[File:Catname.warrior.png]] - Warrior
[[File:Catname.queen.png]] - Queen
[[File:Catname.mc.png]] - Medicine Cat
[[File:Catname.deputy.png]] - Deputy
[[File:Catname.leader.png]] - Leader
[[File:Catname.elder.png]] - Elder
[[File:Catname.star.png]] - StarClanner
[[File:Catname.df.png]] - Dark Forester
[[File:Catname.loner.png]] - Loner
[[File:Catname.rogue.png]] - Rogue
Cats that require alts simply follow this guide; [[File:Catname.rank.alt.png]]. Alternate images are only warranted when some form of major injury occurs to the character. We do not do alternates for different pelt descriptions. As these are not official characters in any way, and can easily be mistaken in the heat of the roleplay.
I would also like to mention that if you do have a character that you would like to become leader at any point; please ask an admin before naming said character's images prefix-star. As these should be checked with the current Clan's leader in case there are other plans in mind. As it is some form of common courtesy to let the roleplayer know that your character is to succeed theirs. So that it doesn't come as a surprise and ruin any future plot that might be in mind. This also refers to checking with an admin about having a future high ranking character.
Conversations in chat should be kept to PG-13 for the sake of all users. Mild swears are allowed, but please keep cussing to the minimum. As we never know when a younger person may or may not be in the Chat at the time. Do not spam either - you will be asked to stop immediately. And if you do not comply, you'll be kicked from chat and given a warning.
Only administrators and bureaucrats can block users. This is what action could possibly be taken against users who have broken the rules.
A polite first warning explaining what the user did wrong, and asking them politely not to do it again. Can also be followed up by up to two additional warnings.
Blocks of a duration of 1 to 7 days for minor violations if the user has been repeatedly warned and continues to violate the rules.
Blocks of 1 to 4 weeks for more persistent violations and/or serious violations.
Blocks of 1 or more months for numerous, persistent violations and/or very serious violations.
Permanent blocking is usually reserved only for vandalism and sockpuppetry. This can also be reserved for people who have caused major discomfort to the editors/users of this wiki.
An administrator should leave a polite message on the rule breaker's talk page warning them of the consequence before taking action. There should generally be community consensus before blocking a user, though there can be exceptions in the case of vandalism and sockpuppetry.