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By using BAForum, you are agreeing to our TOS

This page covers all Rules and Terms of Service for BAForum ( Blossom Arts Forum. ) All of the Rules and TOS apply TO ALL areas of the forum.

Firstly, Welcome to Blossom Arts Forum! We hope you enjoy your time spent on the forum, please ensure that you read these thoroughly, any questions can be answered by staff via private message

Please read the rules carefully.
By using our forum, you are acknowledging that we may ask you to stream, post WIPS, and/or record your art process to ensure that art theft, and scams are avoided.

Admin Notice: Terms of Service were changed on Sep 06, 2017.

Table of Contents
  1. Social Behavior
  2. Alt / Secondary Accounts
  3. Image Restrictions
  4. PSE (Photo Sensitive Epilepsy) Images
  5. Using Artwork
  6. Posting Rescrictions
  7. ( Only for IMVU Users, PLEASE READ ) IMVU Layouts / Badges / Textures
  8. SoundCloud / YouTube / Other Vocal Arts
  9. Theatrical Arts
  10. (Coders / DA / OTHER ART SITES)
  11. Auto-Play Music
  12. Signatures
  13. Art Theft
  14. Warning Bar Levels
Social Behavior

1 ) Bullying, Harrasment, Threatening is NOT TOLERATED in BAForum. We understand that all our users have different opinions and morals, and can cause people to butt heads, and disagree. However, this does not make this type of behavior appropriate on BAForum. Not only is it unacceptable, but it looks negative on you. Immediate bans will be issued for anything violating this rule.

2 ) Have Respect for the Staff Members. Each of our members do their part on this forum, they are working hard to make this community a better place for us all. Please respect them as you should respect a human being.

3 ) Triggering Subjects ARE NOT allowed. Self harm, molestation, rape, mental illnesses, bringing up someone’s past trauma etc. is NOT ALLOWED. If you must talk about it publicly, like in events / contests, please use a spoiler and label it “ Trigger Warning . “ Joking is also not appropriate for the forum, such as asking someone to molest or rape you in a joking way. If someone else posts, and you can’t agree or say anything nice, just don’t respond. If you deem it necessary, report it to staff and we will take care of it. Depending on the severity, bar docks will be issued accordingly / or friendly reminders.

4 ) Racism, Sexism, Discrimination of any sort isn’t tolerated. We are a family. This will result in a dock.

5 ) We DO NOT tolerate anyone bad mouthing other forums, or other sites. We support all forms of art, and other sites wishing to spread our same idea. Art is for everyone, and never exclusive.
Alt / Secondary Accounts

There is ABSOLUTELY no reason to have an alt account on BAForum. If you’re caught with a second account, you will be BANNED for 6 months, further offenses will lead to a year, and eventually permanently.
Image Restrictions

We are open minded, and love all types of work, however forumation doesn’t allow pornographic or drug paraphernalia.
Directly from their TOS:

Anything abusing these will result in a friendly reminder, and removal of said images.
-     Discriminatory / Discriminatory Party Images (Blood Drop Cross, Swastika, KKK, etc).
-     Animal Cruelty Themes and/or Images
-     Drug Usage (excluding cigarettes and marijuana)
-     Sexist Themes

Forumotion also does not allow:
-     NSFW (Not safe for work ), Nude images.
You may post them, but they MUST be censored, please refer to our guidelines below for what is, and what isn’t appropriate for male and female.
Female:


Male:


Breaking this rule will result in friendly reminders and image removals, however if done repeatedly after being warned, can result in docks, and possible bans, so on and so forth.
PSE (Photo Sensitive Epilepsy) Images

Flashing images can be rather frustrating for some of our users, especially those that have seizures due to them.
Even slightly triggering images can be taken seriously.

Please take PSE seriously, and learn about PSE before posting anything related.
As quoted from Epilepsy.com:

Seizures in photosensitive people may be triggered by exposure to some of the following situations:
-   Television screens or computer monitors due to the flicker or rolling images.
-   Certain video games or TV broadcasts containing rapid flashes or alternating patterns of different colors.
-   Intense strobe lights like visual fire alarms.
-   Natural light, such as sunlight, especially when shimmering off the water, flickering through trees or through the slats of Venetian blinds.
-   Certain visual patterns, especially stripes of contrasting colors.
-   Some people wonder whether flashing lights on the top of buses or emergency vehicles may trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy too.
(Source: http://www.epilepsy.com/ - Photosensitivity and Seizures – 2013)

More information can be found here:
http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/triggers-seizures/photosensitivity-and-seizures.

If you see an image that could be considered, please message a moderator with links, pictures, and proof.

If you feel a picture is not PSE friendly, please put it in a spoiler named “PSE Warning”.
Using Artwork

You are not allowed to use artwork that doesn’t directly belong to you and you do not have permission to use. This does not include free-to-use things. You can never claim something you did not draw as your own. This will result in a friendly reminder; repeated offenses will result in an official warning and two week ban.
Posting Restrictions

Be respectful with your bumps, don’t spam your bumps. Give everyone a chance to have their topics / shops at the top. You’re more than welcome to bump 2-3 times a day, if bumping occurs an inappropriate amount of times, you will receive a friendly reminder, and given a proper bump suggestion.

Of course, with that being said, Spam is not allowed.

Spam is considered:
•  Replying to a topic three or more times in a row, without anyone else responding, in a short amount of time. ( You’re able to edit your posts, so if mistakes are made, please edit rather than spam. )
•  Posting harmful links to viruses, scams, or NSFW websites. This will result in an instant bar dock.
•  Advertising your own shop/link in someone else’s thread/shop. Your post will be removed immediately and you will receive a friendly reminder for the first offense.
•  Making a separate Off-Topic thread to advertise.
You may, however, advertise things in the correct areas:
•  Your profile
•  Your signature
•  Appropriate Off-Topic Threads
•  Your shop

Please keep in mind, you are allowed to link off-site, but do NOT link off-site shops. This defeats the purpose of BAForum.
( FOR IMVU USERS ) : Layouts, Badges, and Textures

Layouts: Make sure any and ALL layouts you’re selling are 100% yours. Stock is either free, or bought and paid for! Make sure to thoroughly explain the process so any user ordering / purchasing premades from you understand the Layout process. Coding has to be 100% yours, unless of course ( F2U ) is involved.

Badges: We love the badge community, badges are more than welcome.

Textures: We are welcome to it, given everything involved is purely yours. We will KNOW if it’s not.
SoundCloud / Youtube / Other Vocal Art sites


Anything you upload MUST follow our rules:
•  No marijuana paraphernalia
•  Drugs
•  Anything through the years 13 and 17 years of age, could be deemed inappropriate.
•  No Theft / Claiming of someone else's hard work.
Theatrical Arts


Make sure to keep things appropriate, if anything at all can be triggering, please make sure to make a “ spoiler “ labeled “ trigger warning.

If anything is deemed inappropriate by our staff, we will message you with friendly reminders. If further offenses take place, understand more punishment will be added.
( Coders / DA / OTHER ART WEBSITES )


You’re more than welcome to sell your codes here for other sites, just make sure to explain your process. Understand that you CAN NOT link to your shops, you must use the BAForum for sales. It would defeat the purpose of our site to allow you to link to off-site shops. If you have any questions, please message a moderator, we’re more than happy to assist!
Auto-Play Music

You may have youtube links, and video’s on your profiles, shops, etc…
But, you may not allow it to AUTO-PLAY.

Abusing this rule will result in Friendly Reminders, but if done repeatedly after the fact, more punishment will be given as deemed necessary.
Signatures

Signatures must follow ALL of our guidelines, omitting what we allow you to advertise in Posting Restrictions.
Art Theft, and How BAForum Handles it
These are all possible scenarios, and consequences.
Punishment will be given, depending on your situation.


ART THEFT ( EXAMPLE ) SCENARIOS
Scenario Consequences
Scenario 1

A user claims that a copyrighted image as their own, but cannot prove so.
The user will receive a two week ban, no exceptions. Should the same user repeat the same offense again, they will receive another bar dock and a month (or longer) ban – the ban depending on how many times they’ve done this.
Scenario 2

A user is using a copyrighted image however they aren’t giving credit to the creator.
The user will receive a friendly reminder. the user will receive a friendly reminder. If they do not give credit to the creator of the piece, they will be given an official warning and 24 hour ban.
Scenario 3

A user is using a copyrighted image but is giving credit – however, they do not have permission to use this.
The user will receive a friendly reminder.
Scenario 4

A user heavily referenced an image that’s copyrighted (i.e., their own drawing or a copyrighted photograph). They are giving credit to the original artist, but are claiming that the new “remade” piece is their own.
First offense: will result in a friendly reminder and a 48-hour ban. They will not receive an official warning or bar dock, but they will receive a ban.
Second offense: The user will receive an official warning and a two-week ban.
Should a user return and continue to do this, they will continue to receive docks and bans until they are banned for a year.
Scenario 5

A user is using a non-stock image for a background on a banner or image and is attempting to sell said image for profit.
User will receive a friendly reminder for first offense.
Second offense will result in a bar dock and two week ban.
Scenario 6

A user is taking bits and pieces from multiple artworks and making it into their own piece. This is called “Frankendolling”.
First offense: will result in an official warning and two week ban. This is not tolerated.
Second offense: will result in another bar dock and a month ban.
Third offense:will result in a 6 month ban and another bar dock.
Fourth offense: will result in a year ban.
Fifth offense: will result in a two year ban.
Any more after that will result in a permanent ban.
Warning Bar Docks Not Related To Art Theft

Warning bars appear like this:


The bar shows whether or not someone has broken rules. Full bars that are green are people that haven't had any official warnings / or any at all.
Any color below the green means that they have been docked. ( For breaking rules / theft / breaking TOS numerous amounts of times. )
There are 5 bars, but depending on the severity of the offense, the consequences will be decided as to how many are lost at a given time.

Banned is quite obvious, the user has been banned for breaking numerous Rules stated.

( This information is not allowed to be asked of the Moderators.That is private information. However, if the user that is banned tries to make anything of it, public files will be shown WITH proof. )

How To Get Your Bars Back
We keep a record of any and all friendly reminders and bar docks. You will receive a bar back after three months to a year of good behavior, depending on the number and severeity of the offenses. All bar recovery times will vary.

Warning Bar Levels
Levels Descriptions
Level 1

Friendly Reminder
These do not result in a bar dock, but can sometimes lead to a 48-hour ban, depending on the severity of the offense.
Level 2

First Official Warning
You can receive an official warning if you:
  • *Harassed a user when you were asked to stop.
  • *Broke the same rule after being asked to stop.
  • *Committed art theft for the second (or more) time.
Level 3

Second Official Warning
This will result in having another bar docked:
  • *Breaking the same rule more than twice.
  • *Severely harassing or bullying a user after being told to stop.
  • *Committed art theft.
Once receiving a second official warning, you will receive a suspension (or ban) from the Cafe. This ban can last from a week to longer, depending on the severity.
Level 4

Third Official Warning
Receiving a third warning will start your ban at a month and rise depending on the offense.
  • *Breaking the same rule again.
You can bypass the other warnings and jump to three bar docks by:
  • *Posting harmful things to another user.
  • Spamming offensive links multiple times and / or creating multiple threads to spam links.
Level 5

Fourth and Final Official Warning
Once you receive four warnings, your next will be a ban.
To bypass all other warnings and jump to the fourth warning, you would have to:
  • *Threaten another user.
Level 6

Banned
As the level name states, once you break the rules enough or severely enough, you will be banned for one year, or longer (depending on your offenses). You would have to:
  • *Break the rules more than four times.
  • *Commit extremely severe cases of art theft.
  • *Make an alternate account during your ban.
  • *Commit art theft once returning.
If you are permanently banned, you have committed one of these offenses:
  • *Issued a death threat to another user.
  • *Told someone to kill themselves (includes ‘kys’ if it is in a serious manner).
  • *Told someone something terrible should happen to them.
  • *Told someone you hope something horrible happens to their family.