Hypnoponies Terms of Service
Effective as of July 24th 2017 7:00 GMT
I. SITE INTRODUCTION AND INTENT OF THESE TERMS OF SERVICE
Welcome to the Hypnoponies community! This website was created by a group of people with a desire to connect with the world and characters of the My Little Pony series through the power of the mind, whether it be through hypnosis, meditation, or other legal means. Much like the brony community as a whole, the Hypnoponies community includes people from all walks of life who have stumbled across this fascinating fusion between hypnosis and MLP.
In order to ensure tranquility amongst all members of this site, these rules have been put in place. Please read through these rules and refer to them as you utilize and access site materials and services. You will be expected to know these rules and comply with them as you use the site and any of its materials and services. Ignorance is not a valid excuse for violating the rules! If you do not agree to these rules, stop and immediately discontinue your access to this site, related materials and services. In such circumstances, you may request for your account to be deleted by an administrator. By continuing to use this site and access site materials and services, you agree to be bound by these terms of service.
As the site evolves and changes, new terms will be put in place. These terms may be put in place at any given time and do not require prior warning beforehand, however notifications will be put up on the site in order to notify of these changes. Upon the site Terms of Service changing, you, as a user of the community, will be expected to know of these changes and comply with them. Again, ignorance is not a valid excuse for violating the rules.
II. DEFINITIONS OF TERMS USED THROUGHOUT THESE TERMS OF SERVICE
The intent of this section is to describe terms used in these terms of service in order to better objectify otherwise subjective terms, and, as a result, give a better expectation of what behavior is welcome and is not welcome on this site.
A. User: Any person or entity utilizing community services or materials
B. Staff: The team of administrators and moderators with elevated privileges, designated to maintain and moderate the site.
C. Webadministrator: The designated primary administrator, has intimate access to the server and resources necessary to maintain the site.
D. Administrative Action: Any action taken by staff beyond a warning (i.e. a ban or moderated posting)
E. Staff Consensus: A vote held amongst the staff. This is to be used for appeals, adding new staff members, some administrative actions, and other scenarios in which staff consensus is deemed necessary. An overwhelming staff consensus means all active staff within a given minimum 72-hour period must agree.
F. Site Resources: Any hypnotic content that has been posted, linked, or otherwise associated with the community.
G. Backseat Moderating: When a user behaves as if they themselves are site staff, despite not holding a staff position; this may include publicly or privately calling out other members for breaking site rules and chastising said members.
H. Flaming: Hostile, possibly insulting behavior, regardless of intent, or any action that can be considered bullying, harassment, or trolling.
I. Manipulative Behavior: Behavior in which someone uses their influence over another person to gain benefits from them. Usually can be sneaky, deceptive, and devious, and does not usually result in any benefit to the person being manipulated.
J. Spam: Communication which is meaningless to the topic at hand
K. Petship: A relationship between two users in which one person (the owner) is the caretaker, owner, master, mistress, parent, dominant, or any other similar term, towards another person.
L. Designated Pet: The pet, child, submissive, or any other similar term, in any given petship between two members of this community.
M. Designated Owner: The owner, mistress, master, caretaker, parent, or any other similar term. in any given petship between two members of this community.
III. FLEXIBILITY OF THESE TERMS IN REGARDS TO SITE MODERATION
Why does this section exist? There are some circumstances which may arise that fall outside of the rules given in these Terms which, while do not directly violate a rule given in these Terms, is still behavior which would be considered unacceptable and intolerable within the Hypnoponies community. In such situations, this rule exists to allow staff to take action against such behavior, so that said behavior may be discontinued without requiring immediate modifications to these Terms, at least until these Terms are updated to include the behavior in question. The intent of this section is not to permit warnings and/or administrative action without a reasonable cause.
As the staff of the Hypnoponies community, in order to sufficiently maintain good conduct and harmony within the community, we reserve the right to carry out whatever action(s) deemed necessary against a given user’s conduct, up to and including termination of access to the community, regardless of whether said conduct is not directly violating a rule stated in these Terms. Attempting to “bypass” rules by working on loopholes and technicalities that exist within the text can and will still be punished.
IV. APPEALING AGAINST AN ACTION TAKEN AGAINST YOU
All staff decisions will be made objectively and as fairly as possible in any given circumstance. If, however, for any reason you feel a decision carried out against you is unfair, unless if you are told otherwise, you may appeal your punishment by engaging in communication with one of the site Administrators. Please explain your side of the story in a calm, collective manner. The details you submit will be brought up to the staff and a consensus will be made amongst the staff whether the warning or action placed against your account was fair. If said action is declared unjust, the warning and/or administrative action will be reversed. All decisions made as the result from an appeal are final and cannot be re-appealed, unless if outstanding evidence proves another appeal is necessary, in which case the decision to accept an appeal is up to staff consensus.
A decision from a moderator may be overturned by an administrator. A decision from an administrator can be overturned by the Webadministrator. A decision from the Webadministrator can be overturned by a staff consensus. A decision made by staff consensus is final and cannot be appealed.
V. IN REGARDS TO THE HYPNOSIS FILES ON THIS WEBSITE
The V3 Mane Six hypnosis files on this site were created by Foxxxy, a long time user of this community. While hosted on this site, they were not created by the site staff.
All files hosted on this site are provided for educational use to study the effects of hypnosis. While every effort is made to ensure the safety of these files, including a screening process for any new file submitted on the website, NO GUARANTEE CAN BE MADE REGARDING THE SAFETY OR FITNESS OF THE HYPNOSIS FILES ON THIS WEBSITE, OR THE BEHAVIOR OF OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SITE (INCLUDING STAFF) THAT MAY GIVE HYPNOSIS SESSIONS OR HYPNOTIC SUGGESTIONS. YOUR ENGAGEMENT WITH THIS SITE AND ANY SITE RESOURCES IS PURELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:
A. I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THIS COMMUNITY AND UTILIZING SITE RESOURCES.
B. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMMUNITY AND USAGE OF SITE RESOURCES, SUCH AS PHYSICAL AND/OR PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY, PAIN, SUFFERING, ILLNESS, DISFIGUREMENT, TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT DISABILITY, DEATH OR ECONOMIC LOSS.
C. THESE INJURIES OR OUTCOMES MAY ARISE FROM MY OWN OR OTHER’S ACTIONS, INACTIONS, OR NEGLIGENCE.
D. NONETHELESS, I ASSUME ALL RISKS OF MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMMUNITY AND USAGE OF SITE RESOURCES, WHETHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN TO ME, INCLUDING ANY EVENTS INCIDENTAL TO THIS COMMUNITY.
VI. IN REGARDS TO YOUR CONDUCT AS A MEMBER OF THIS COMMUNITY
As a user of this community, you are expected to follow the terms and services of this website as well as in your usage of site services and resources. Failure to follow these rules will result in a warning and/or administrative action proportional to the severity of the rule violation and if a history of such offenses exist.
A. Reporting Content and Backseat Moderating. If you see something that goes against the Terms of Service in this community, you are encouraged to report this behavior, either by using the Report button found in any given post on the forums, or by contacting a staff member directly and providing logs and/or links to the violation in question. Do not try to be a backseat moderator, as not only will it aggravate the issue, but it is also against these rules and will result in a punishment usually ranging from a private warning to future posts requiring post approval.
B. Flaming. Flaming and behavior that could be considered flaming is not welcome on Hypnoponies, and those found to be exhibiting such behavior will receive a punishment ranging from a public warning to termination of community access, based on the severity of the violation.
C. Discrimination. Do not treat any member of this site any differently, or behave in a way that could be reasonably considered insulting to another based on their skin color, culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, country of residence or origin, or species identity. This is behavior akin to flaming and is also not allowed on Hypnoponies, and those found to be exhibiting such behavior will receive a punishment ranging from a public warning to termination of community access, based on the severity of the violation.
D. Profanity. When communicating with others in the community, behave as a pony in Equestria would. Since profanity does not show up in the canon Equestrian world, it won’t show up in the Hypnoponies community either. You are to refrain from using swear words in conversation, even if the swear you are using is not contained in the filter. Punishment for swearing usually ranges from a private warning to your future posts requiring moderator approval in extreme or repeated cases. Punishment may be aggravated if it is found you are attempting to circumvent profanity filters.
E. Sharing of Private Content. Refrain from revealing personal information about yourself or others on this forum, or information that can be used to identify you. This includes information such as names, E-mail addresses, IP addresses, addresses, etc. Punishment usually ranges from a private warning to all of your future posts requiring moderator approval, and may result in termination of community access in severe cases.
F. Sensitive Topics. Some topics, such as religion and politics, can become very controversial and can get out of hand very quickly. Therefore, please keep conversation of such topics to a minimum and tread lightly when discussing such topics. If you are asked to stop by a reasonable number of members or a staff member, discontinue the conversation immediately, or move it away from the public eye. Failure to comply with such requests will result in punishment usually ranging from a public warning to a temporary ban.
G. Manipulative Behavior. Potentially harmful manipulative behavior is not something that is tolerated on Hypnoponies. Punishment for a case of manipulative behavior will be decided on a case-by-case basis upon being discovered, unless if circumstances require immediate action, in which case the user in question will be banned from the community until a final decision is made.
H. Spam. Spam is not tolerated. Spammers will be punished, with punishments ranging from a private warning to termination of community access. Accounts which are determined to exist solely to spam will be terminated and their IP address will be reported to an anti-spam service.
I. Multiple Accounts. Multiple accounts per IP are permitted if requested before creation and with sufficient reason to exist (i.e. there are multiple members of a household using the Community). Please do not make multiple accounts without prior consent. Duplicate accounts made without prior approval will be removed. Attempting to make another account to circumvent a ban on your account may worsen the punishment on your banned account, or if your access to the community has been previously terminated, further reduces your chance of ever being able to return.
J. Legality. The community is not a place to discuss topics which are illegal in the United States of America. Please leave such conversation off of the site and in private discussions and discussions not on the community. Discussion of prior use of drugs is permitted, however publicly promoting the use of drugs is not permitted.
K. Tulpae. In order to keep conversation organized and non-confusing, the tulpae/host of a member are to be easily identifiable in such a manner so that they can be told apart from one another. All tulpae and the host in a given body/system are subject to follow these Terms, and are bound by them. Members will be punished accordingly if another entity in their body/system breaks a rule.
L. Additional Rules. These Terms are to be followed along with the Code of Conduct, posted below these terms. If anything on the linked Code of Conduct conflicts with these Terms, these Terms will take priority.
VII. IN REGARDS TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF HYPNOSIS WITH OTHERS
When using hypnotic suggestions on other users, the utmost care must be taken to ensure that the suggestions you give will not harm them in any way, or will modify them in such a way that will render them unable to function normally in society. The safety of hypnosis is something that is taken seriously on this site, as a lot of members are very receptive to the effects of hypnosis, and demonstrating carelessness towards the that safety when administering hypnosis is one of the quickest ways to find yourself no longer a member of this community. That being said, the following actions have been determined by staff to be a danger to the site community, and performing such actions towards another user, regardless of whether done privately or in public, can lead to termination of community access:
A. Having another user use a file, or read any hypnotic text, that has been determined to be unsafe. (i.e. having your pets listen to the banned pet file.)
B. Giving hypnotic suggestions that can be considered manipulative.
C. Continuing to give hypnotic suggestions after discomfort towards such suggestions has been clearly stated.
D. Using suggestions that impair one’s ability to tell what hypnosis was placed on them (i.e. inability to remember the contents of a hypnosis session)
E. Giving suggestions that can be reasonably expected by the hypnotist to cause pain. (i.e. a suggestion that causes the recipient to feel pain upon not complying with the contents of the session)
F. Demonstrating carelessness towards the safety of a recipient of a hypnosis session.
G. Using a hypnosis trigger on someone else without their consent.
H. Anything not covered in this list that can be reasonably expected by the hypnotist to cause potential danger to the community or its users. Writing files for controversial characters or files that have some increased level of risk involved in listening is not considered a violation of this rule, given that such is done carefully and that every measure is taken to ensure the safety of those who listen to it. In such situations, while the liability for the file lies in whoever wrote the file, it is the listener’s responsibility to accept the inherent risks in listening to such a file.
If you are found to be performing such actions, the staff will review such actions and determine what action to take, determined on if the actions appear to be deliberate and harmful in nature and what damage it has caused.
VIII. IN REGARDS TO PETSHIPS BETWEEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Safe petships that respect the wishes of both the designated owner and designated pet, as well as the community, are permitted and welcomed on the site community. However, a petship that does not properly respect the wishes of this community, of the designated pet, or the designated owner, is not welcome. These rules exist to ensure safety for designated pets and the community.
Designated Owners must:
A. Obtain expressed, informed consent from the pet prior to beginning the petship that has not been coerced, manipulated, or otherwise has brought the potential designated pet to a state of mind in which they cannot make a rational decision as to if they should be the designated pet.
B. Provide a designated, easy-to-remember “safe word” for the designated pet to use in the event the designated pet feels uncomfortable, and remind them of their safe word and their duty to use it if the pet appears to be under an excess amount of stress.
C. Encourage the use of the safe word at any time when the designated pet feels uncomfortable.
D. Permit a pet to leave for any reason, without causing undue stress, regardless of the reason, and not create any barrier to the ability for a pet to leave.
E. Request permission before performing any punishments that involve harmful physical contact, whether roleplay or not, on their pets, which can be revoked by the pet at any time.
F. Take care of their designated pets and ensure that they are not brought to harm.
Designated Owners must not:
A. Break any rules specified in section VII, In Regards to the Administration of Hypnosis with Others. (This section applies to everyone, however historically some petships have broken, or would be considered to have broken some of those rules, so this is repeated here to ensure the point has been made.)
B. Until one has been officially deemed safe by the staff by an overwhelming staff consensus, administering, condoning, or in any way, shape, or form, suggesting the use ofany hypnosis files that attempt to establish a petship. As of the release of these Terms, no absolutely safe files exist, even if they state that they are safe.
C. Give any command that suggests a pet who is unable to give consent is to perform any sexual action, or any action related to sex (for example, sending nude/suggestive pictures). This applies to any pet who is under the age of 18, is under the influence of drugs, or has been mentally influenced in some way, shape, or form that affects their ability to make such a decision rationally.
D. Give any command that invades the privacy of members that are not their designated pets. An example of this would be requesting non-redacted logs of a private conversation that involves members that are not their designated pets.
E. If the designated pet is a staff member, no commands can be given that interferes with their ability to operate as a staff member.
F. Coerce, use hypnotic suggestions, or manipulate towards a designated pet beyond things that the designated pet specifically requests or that goes beyond what is necessary to establish a petship between a designated pet and a designated owner.
G. Coerce, hypnotically suggest, or perform any action that would affect a potential designated pet, in an attempt to convince them to become a designated pet.
H. Give any command, coerce, or hypnotically suggest anything that would prevent a designated pet from leaving the petship.
I. Give any command, coerce, or hypnotically suggest anything that would make the removal of any command, coercion, or hypnotic suggestion more difficult.
J. Give any command, coerce, or hypnotically suggest anything that would violate the Terms of Service.
K. Give any command, coerce, or hypnotically suggest anything that could be reasonably considered unacceptable for a safe petship by the community staff.
L. Ignore usage of the designated safe word. Usage of the safe word is considered the revocation of consent.
M. Perform any punishment that involves harmful physical contact without consent.
Designated Pets must:
A. Ensure that they are well-informed and decide, rationally, if they want to become someone’s designated pet prior to engaging in a petship.
B. Do not express consent to engage in a petship until they have made a rational, well-informed decision.
C. Remember safe words and use them in the event that they feel uncomfortable.
D. Allow a dominant to disband a petship, without causing undue stress, regardless of the reason.
These rules apply to any dominants/owners and pets on-site. Anyone who is, or is considering being, a pet to a dominant either on or off-site is strongly advised to take utmost caution to ensure their dominant will treat them fairly and safely as advised in the rules written above, and to report any abusive dominant to the staff of the communities they are a member of.
IX. IN REGARDS TO THE PUNISHMENT SYSTEM ON THIS COMMUNITY
The forum punishment system works on points. For every violation of the site rules, you will receive an appropriate number of points. Until staff has decided on such, there is not a designated expiration date for points, however you may ask for point(s) to be removed after a reasonable period of time and, if the staff decides it has been long enough, the point(s) may be removed.
A typical violation of site rules will add one point to your account. (Note that more severe punishments will result in a higher number of points being added to your account.)
Upon receiving the third point to your account, you will be suspended for one week.
Upon receiving the fourth point to your account, you will be suspended for two weeks.
Upon receiving the fifth and final point to your account, your access to the community will be terminated.