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  1. Falah

    Falah aka the Chiaroscuro

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    Welcome to tulpa.io's forums! This site began as a pet project by Kettu (Isatis and KT), as an additional tulpamancy resource site that would compile information scattered across various communities and examine tulpamancy from a wider plural perspective. As time went on, it grew to include not only articles from multiple authors and a blog, but this forum, which we hope to make into a warm, respectful space for both the gathering of knowledge and personal growth.

    Please heed the following rules while you are here:

    Observe general forum logistics.

    Post in the correct section. Questions about tulpa creation and early skills such as visualization, including questions from prospective tulpamancers about the abilities and logistics of having a tulpa, should go in Beginner and Creation Help. Questions about advanced techniques should go in the Advanced Techniques board. Happenings with your tulpa that you want to share should go in the Personal Happenings area under the Social section. Topics in the wrong area will be moved, and repeat offenders will be temporarily restricted to posting only in question and Social areas.

    Post progress logs in the Progress Logs area. Each system may have one thread. Post only in your own thread. Try to stay roughly on the topic of tulpamancy and plurality--you are welcome to use your thread as a place for personal reflection, but please do not spontaneously post the entire script of The Bee Movie in your thread.

    Read stickies before posting. Your question may have already been answered!

    You must be at least thirteen years old (in body age) to join the forum. If you are found to be younger than this age, your account will be banned and you will be asked to return when you are older.

    Doubleposting is not permitted except in areas where it is logical, i.e. progress logs, submitting very long guides, personal art threads. Different system members on their own accounts replying one after the other to the same thread does not generally count as double-posting--however, each must have something unique to say rather than simply echoing a previous member's sentiment. Likewise, system members are discouraged from making multiple posts in a row just to banter back and forth--take it to headspace, please.

    Do not post on threads older than three months unless there is new information to be contributed.

    You may have a maximum of ten subaccounts. Subaccounts are meant so that individual system members may have their own accounts that are linked to the others in their system and can be quickly switched between. Subaccounts are able to create subaccounts, but subaccounts of this nature are still counted under the global limit. In other words, you cannot get around the subaccount limit by creating more subaccounts with your subaccounts--violating accounts will be deleted without warning. (For more information on subaccounts and how to use them, see here.)

    The maximum signature image size, all images combined, is 150 by 500 (height by width) pixels. Violating images will be removed.

    Post in English except for quotes from sources written in other languages and translating resources (guides, tips, articles, etc.) into other languages in the Translations section. This is simply a matter of logistics, as most moderators and users here only understand English, and the forum was founded in English. Likewise, do not criticize the language skills of people for whom English is not a first language and thus have difficulty posting. In addition, if the forum gains a large number of members who would prefer to speak in their own language, then an official dedicated language thread will be made for their enjoyment. If even more members are interested in it, an official dedicated language subforum will be created.

    We encourage translations of resources (guides, tips, articles, etc.) written in English to other languages, as well as translation of non-English resources to English. There is a derth of tulpamancy resources written in other languages at the present time. Also, not all tulpamancy knowledge and insights come from the English speaking tulpamancy communities. The forum has a dedicated section (Translations) for translations of resources. There are subfora for translating to different languages. If a subforum for the language you are translating to doesn't exist, put it in Languages Awaiting A Subforum. The staff will then make a dedicated subforum for that language and it will be moved to it (or you can PM the staff ahead of time to make it to save a move). You may translate your own resources, or those of others. In the translation, you must link to the original and say whether it is an official translation (you were the author of the original, the original author requested that you to translate it, you translated it and the original author gave their seal of approval, etc.) or an unofficial translation and use the appropriate thread prefix ("Official Translation" or "Unofficial Translation" respectively). More than one translation to a particular language of the same guide, tip, etc. is allowed.

    Keep content appropriate.

    No spam or blatant advertising. While you are welcome to link to a personal site in your signature or profile, along with linking resources on other sites to help out others, you are not permitted to make threads for the sole purpose of promoting personal sites or blogs. Please submit your tulpamancy/plurality-related blogs and personal sites to the stickied thread in General Tulpamancy Discussion.

    Users are permitted to post research threads for the community in the proper areas. Please do not send unsolicited PMs asking other users for information or interviews. The only exception to this rule are research studies and interviews conducted by professionals. Such individuals must send the staff a request in advance with proof of their credentials, and if approved, also make a post on the forum itself explaining that they will be PMing users and what their project is about.

    Do not promote illegal activities. While you may, for instance, speculate on the effects of drugs on tulpamancy, you may not promote or endorse drug use as a form of forcing.

    Mature/NSFW discussion should go under Mature Discussions. However, things must be kept PG-13 even there. Explicit material, pornography, and sexual solicitation are not allowed anywhere on the board, including explicit images or links.

    While we do require users to warn for highly traumatic topics (specifically: abuse, self-harm, suicide, rape), warnings for anything else are optional. Graphic or explicit discussions are still prohibited.

    Respect copyright and artists. Do not post links to pirated material, and do not use art without crediting the original artist. Link to an artist's site directly rather than hotlinking the image if at all possible. In addition, if an artist requests that you do not repost their work, respect their request.

    Respect other users, both those on and off the forums.

    Respect the identities, experiences, and personhood of others. People have their own subjective realities, and "science" is not an excuse to invalidate others. Personal attacks, aggression (passive or otherwise), harassment, and trolling of any kind (including concern trolling) are not permitted.

    In addition to tulpamancy systems and singlets, this forum is open to other plural collectives. While you are welcome to respectful skepticism, we do not allow users to demean or talk down to others, regardless of whether the other is a host, a tulpa, or a multiple systemmate. In other words, we do not treat anyone here, regardless of what kind of systemmate they may be, as less or more "real" than another member, or their opinions or feelings as less valid than another's. We judge posts by their content, not the identities of their author.

    Bigotry and prejudice--be it racism, sexism, transphobia, ableism, or homophobia--will not be tolerated. (Important note: while we do not allow mockery of otherkin identities here, species is not a gender and no one here is obliged to observe nounself pronouns, nor nonbinary pronouns/neopronouns beyond what is currently listed in the preferred pronouns field.)

    Respect the beliefs of others. You have a right to request proof for extraordinary claims that affect physical reality (e.g. tulpas manifesting physically, lighting trees on fire with thought alone). However, if someone's belief is inherently harmless and ultimately unprovable (like believing other worlds exist or that a systemmate is a spirit), "proof or die" attitudes and belief shaming will not be tolerated. (You are still welcome to state your own beliefs respectfully ("this is how I believe things to be" rather than "this is how things actually are") if they are relevant to the discussion rather than you "correcting" someone's beliefs. For example, in a thread asking if tulpas will enter an afterlife, "there is no such thing as an afterlife" is not accepted, but "I personally do not believe in souls, or an afterlife. But if they do exist, I don't see why not" is a-okay.)

    While you are welcome to debate, please remain respectful and use proper logic (i.e. no ad-hominem) to back up your points--previously stated rules regarding respecting identity, experiences, and personhood are still in play. You have the right to ask respectful questions (e.g. "Why do you believe in an afterlife if there's no physical evidence for souls?") and to politely decline questions that you don't care to answer--you do not have the right to insult others (e.g. "You're pathetic for believing in souls") or attack people for politely asking questions about your beliefs.

    Please keep threads on topic and try not to derail them. Trolling of any kind and the active derailment of threads are not permitted--this is a place for personal growth, not heated debate or bickering.

    Do not impersonate others. Impersonating others will result in an immediate ban.

    Do not post trash-talk, even if it trashes people outside the forums or trashes other websites.

    You are your brother's keeper. If one system member misbehaves, their whole system will face consequences. We do not ask that you censor your tulpas any more than you may censor yourselves, but we do expect hosts to teach their tulpas proper courtesy and civility before allowing them to front. This goes for non-tulpa systemmates as well.

    Respect privacy.

    Keep in mind that this forum is only semi-private, and that anyone with an account will be able to read the members-only boards. Be mindful of what you post and who may see it.

    That being said, do not upload images or content from the forums to other sites for the purpose of mocking or "spreading dirt" on members here. Users who engage in this activity will be immediately banned.

    Do not leak personal information, whether you are leaking a member's physical-world identity here or spreading identifying information posted on this forum elsewhere. Post potentially identifiable information at your own risk.

    Penalties: With the exception of offenses specifying immediate bans and obvious spamming/trolling, violations will result first in warning, then in temporary bans, then in indefinite bans. Particularly blatant offenses will result in immediate indefinite bans, including and especially threatening to harm another member.

    In addition, as of 11/27/16, there is now a new policy in effect: if a member joins who has a history of trolling. flaming, or harassing behavior elsewhere in the community, we reserve the right to be harsher with penalties than normal. Please see the corresponding announcement later in this thread for an explanation of why this rule was implemented.

    To report an offense, please use the Report function at the bottom of the offending post.

    **By joining the site, you assert that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by our rules.

    Thank you for reading, and enjoy the site!
     
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  2. Falah

    Falah aka the Chiaroscuro

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  3. The Outlaws

    The Outlaws Procedimus una, moriamur una. Administrator Mixed-Origin System

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    Update: 13/01/2016

    A new policy on research and interviews has been instated.
     
  4. The Quandary

    The Quandary Colors and Contrast Administrator Moderator Mixed-Origin System

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    Update: 11/27/16

    A new rule is now in effect:
    As for why this rule was implemented:

    A time ago, a system joined our forums who had been banned for trolling and flamebaiting over on Tulpa.info. They expressed a desire to start anew and we were willing to provide a chance. However, as time went on, they proceeded to exhibit the same behaviors as they did on .info, and despite giving them multiple chances and warnings, we were forced to ban them.

    As it turned out, they had a pattern of doing this. After being banned from here, they moved onto another sector of the community where they proceeded to repeat the same behaviors, as well as bragging about their bans and openly admitting to trolling others. They were subsequently banned from there as well. As if what they had done wasn't already enough, they began making alternate accounts in order to evade bans elsewhere in the community.

    We understand that mistakes are a natural part of learning, and we believe that people should have a chance to make up for the past. However, there needs to be a balance between providing second chances, and protecting the rest of the userbase from those who have not or will not learn from their mistakes.

    This rule won't apply to tiny mistakes like posting in the wrong subforum, accidentally posting mature material outside of the Mature Discussion area, or other logistical matters like that. Nor will it apply to those who've let their emotions get the best of them once, as it happens to all of us. This applies to those who have repeatedly trolled, harassed, flamebaited, or otherwise severely disrespected other members in the community elsewhere.

    Thank you for your time and understanding.
     
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