Group and Dream Standards
Furcadia's chat channels, public areas, and player dreams each have been assigned a standard. A standard is a bit like a rating, though Furcadia is unrated. Furcadia has live chat so it is important to note that we cannot stop what players type before they type it. Even in an E dream, you may see unsuitable content. The standard of a dream or channel tells you what audience it is intended for, but also gives you an indication of the behavior we require there.
Below is a list of all standards that are currently used in Furcadia and a brief explanation what each means.
Player dreams uploaded in a public area should generally follow the standard of the area they are uploaded in, but may be one standard higher or lower as indicated below. Players can set the dream standard in the dream editor under patches/dream settings. Dream Owners are responsible for maintaining standards in their dreams. When entering a player-owned dream, pay close attention to the standard that is displayed in the entry message displayed in the text area. If you are uncomfortable with the standard, or the player-set rules outlined, hit the back button or press Ctrl B.
NOTE: Parental Controls and the Profanity Filter can be turned on in the Dream Editor for any Dream Standard. This is because Dream Standards are based on levels of behavior expected in an area, not individual words. You can expect an E level of behavior and still only want adults in your dream.
Additionally, standards also apply to Group Pages, Group Chat Channels, and Group Dreams (which are treated like Player Dreams). It is possible for a Group, as a whole, to have a different standard than the associated dream, so it is worthwhile to check on this. You can see the standard of a Group on the related webpage, and the Dream Standard when you enter the Dream. If you are uncertain about what behavior is acceptable in a Dream, a Chat Channel, or a Message Center, please check with the players who run and moderate the respective Group. Furcadia Staff, and the Beekin Volunteers, cannot assist with player- or Group-run dreams and channels, unless Dreams or Groups violate Furcadia's general rules or encourage players to engage in rules-violating activities.
Players under the age of 13 may play Furcadia only under direct supervision of their parents or a legal guardian.