Rings Strike System
Each member will be given three "rings strikes" as of April 9, 2014. Admins will have a 5 "rings strike" rule. Despite the raised strikes limitations, the admins will be under a stricter set of rules that expand beyond the usual members.
You will get a ring taken from you each time you commit a punishable act (as listed below). Once you lose a ring, you lose that ring for a month.
Play nice, be careful, and keep your rings safe!
The following actions will be subject to punishments by the admins:
Getting into arguments with/Harrassing fellow deviants (Flame Wars)
Continually breaking the rules (even after being warned)
Purposely submitting in the wrong folder (More than three submissions in a row on the wrong folders each)
Posing as a threat to the group or targeted individuals
Challenge our admins with baseless accusations
*This means that if there's an offensive, punishable act that isn't covered by the rules, said punish can still apply as long as it's authorized by the Founder FreakyEd.
The following actions will be be subject to punishment by FreakyEd and authorized personnel to the other admins:
All previously established points above (Counts as two strikes, zero tolerance against unprofessional acts)
Abusing administration power*
*Including, but not limited to, intentionally sabotaging voting sessions, inappropriate behaviour towards voting receptions, ban threats, write journals without former permission (twice as likely punishable if it's non-Sonic content), etc.
All administration rules are to be gone in-depth in the Admin Area
Deviations with romantic couples are allowed, provided the deviation contains no explicit sexual content, such as:
Graphical/Subtle depictions of Sex
Sexualized underaged character
Non-artistic nudity (Sonic can stay pantsless, as long as it's not...err...anatomically accurate
Simply put, keep it family-friendly over there.
Yaoi/Yuri couples are now allowed as long as it's tasteful (See rule above)
Crossovers are allowed as long as the following conditions are met:
There must be at least one Sonic-related character involved
It follows the basic guidelines of the submission process
None of the involved parties should be involved in a negative light.
Crossover with Official characters
(Mario and Sonic) or Officials with Fan characters
and Neige The Cat
or vice-versa) go in their respective namesakes.
We won't accept Fan character-only
crossovers due to the possible confusion this might cause.
Submission Guidelines: What is NOT allowed They’re official screenshots or recolors;
Screenshots from Sonic related media, edited or otherwise aren't allowed, but fake screenshots (as in you draw a picture that looks like Silver is in Sonic X, but it's all your own art instead of an altered screenshot from the show) are allowed.
Recolors are fan characters that are too obviously derived from official characters (like a fox named Steve that looks JUST like Tails only he's purple and has twelve tails) instead of having their own design (like a parakeet named Choro...or a purple twelve tailed fox named Steve who doesn't look like Tails). The art doesn’t belong to you;
If you stole it outright or traced it, it's outta here. We don’t allow official Sonic art to be used*
. Taking stuff from other Sonic artists online is definitely not allowed! And don't even lie and say it's all your artwork, our admins know how to search for pictures on other sites to find the source and if it's not your art, it will be reported to deviantART staff. So draw your own art and there won't be a problem!
*Customization submissions are an exception.
They're made with bases, a character generator, or a meme generator;
If you create bases that are 100% your own artwork for others to use for adoptable or other things, we'll allow those bases, just not content made with them.
This is a Sonic Fan group, for Fan Art, Fan fic, and the like and hate art gets way less cool for people when you're being a jerk about a fictional character that may not actually deserve it. Haters stay hating elsewhere.
Excessive violence, gore and/or sexual content;
We're talking merciless beatdowns, blood and guts everywhere (deviantART rules say that should have a mature tag, and obviously pornographic actions (deviantART rules say that you shouldn't be submitting it to the SITE, let alone submitting it to our group) Obscene gestures and other stuff that might require a mature filter that get submitted to the group will be judged at admin’s discretion, as will borderline cases of violence and gore.
Rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t see it in the games, cartoons, and comics, there’s a good chance we might not allow it.
Those that do not follow deviantART’s rules
If you're completely unaware of deviantART's rules, or want to be up to date with their rules, please refer to the DeviantART Help/FAQ section and the DeviantART Etiquette Policy for further details not explained in this group (that would still apply).
If, you’re unsure if your deviation fits or doesn’t fit any of the established criteria for your deviation getting rejected, feel free to ask the group admins! We’ll be glad to help you out and taking the time to check before you submit will save you the hassle of submitting it anyways only for us to have to remind you of the rules you read!
The following folders have been renamed for clarity and convenience: Stamps, Icons, Etc.
==> Customization* Memes and Miscellaneous
==> Miscellaneous Official and Fan Character Art
==> Official with Fan Character Art Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
folder removed; all artwork moved to Events
*I left the original name along with the new one while people get used to the changes.
As with some of the folders that got renamed, we will take this chance to give the folders the following descriptions.A copy of each description will be found in their respective folders as well as in the Welcome Freaks!! module later.
Deviations specifically chosen by the admins for promotional, milestones or other reasons.
Official Character Art
Deviations that involve the official characters from the games, comics, TV shows, or other Sonic related media;
Does your deviation feature characters from the Sonic games? The Archie comics? Sonic the Comic? Sonic X? SatAM, Sonic Underground, or Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog? If so, it goes here!
Fan Character Art
Deviations with original characters or fan characters;
Does your deviation have a character made by you or others you know that don't appear in the Sonic games, comics, TV shows, or other Sonic related media? If so, it goes here!
Official/Fan Character Art
Involves both official characters and fan characters in the same image;
Does your deviation have characters like Sonic, Princess Sally, or Cosmo alongside your fan character? If so, it goes here! If it only has official characters, it should go in the Official Character Art folder! If it only has fan characters, it should go in the Fan Character Art folder!
Deck out your deviantART profile, your computer, and your online life with Sonic! Stamps, icons, avatars, journal skins, emoticons, wallpapers for your desktop/mobile device, etc. go here;
If you drew a comic with Sonic and the crew, this is the place to go!
Stories and written adventures featuring Sonic and his friends (fiiiine, his enemies too!)
If it moves, it goes here.
Want to help other people with drawing Sonic and the gang? If you've made a guide on how to draw Sonic stuff, it goes here.
If you have your own fan level art for Sonic or have a picture of characters going through a level where the level is just as much of a focus as the characters, submit it here!
All former previous entries regarding to SonicFreaks-United
, tags, or anything else that doesn't fit in the above categories.
*NOTE: Customization is the only part of the group that allows the use of official art provided significant enough modification is made to them as part of stamps, journal skins, etc. Any use of official art, modified or otherwise, outside of this folder will be rejected.
**This folder is closed by default unless there is a contest running and there isn't a dedicated folder running for said contest.
***By memes, we don't mean stuff that uses official copyrighted material (that's against the rules!) or stuff from meme generators (draw your own stuff!). Please check the other folder descriptions or contact an admin to be sure that whatever you submit here doesn't fit in any other folder!
End of UpdateWe are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause to you. If you got any questions regarding the new rules, let us know in the comments section below for more details.
I hope these new rules help serve a better community for all you Sonic freaks out there.