Mature Content Guide
Pandora's content-rating is 3-3-3, which means that mature themes and situations can and do come up in threads. We require that all mature content is flagged as such with the appropriate tags and descriptors.
What is considered 'mature content'?Mature content includes anything that is related to heavy themes such as drug abuse, graphic violence, and sex. For simplicity's sake, potentially triggering topics (suicide, addiction, mentions of abuse, etc) should also be included when deciding whether to flag your thread for mature content.
How to handle mature themesWhile we encourage players to explore all sort of themes on Pandora, please be respectful of how darker themes are handled. These aspects should not be romanticized, but handled with care, as well as properly tagged. If it's in character for your character to either not understand or even enjoy these darker themes, content warnings should reflect that. Additionally, all participants in a thread must be comfortable with the type of content being touched upon in a thread. Always communicate with your roleplay partners in regards to such topics.
Mature themes not allowed in status updates. All status updates should be kept roughly pg-13 and family friendly.
Sexually Explicit ContentTo participate in sexually explicit content players must be 18 and older and choose to opt into this particular content. This can be done by going to your Account Details on your OOC account and checking the box for "View and Create Sexually Explicit Threads". This option is only available after you have inputted your birthday and are verified as 18+.
Any player who is discovered to be lying about their age will be instantly banned from the site. Characters involved in sexually explicit scenes must also be both mentally and physically 18+. If a character is 17 when they're brought into Pandora, they must wait a full calendar year to be involved in sexually explicit threads regardless of their upcoming birthday. Long-lived characters who are designed to resemble children (such as Nowi or Sothis from Fire Emblem or Zoe from League of Legends) are not permitted to partake in sexually explicit threads regardless of how old they actually are.
We appreciate that sex is a part of life and a natural part of some relationships, but we expect players to exercise their best judgement in ensuring that sexual themes are approached with sensitivity and tastefulness.
Flagging RequirementsWe required that all threads that include mature content place an [M] tag in the thread's title and a Content Warning, using the correct bbcode, at the top of the first post.
Threads that include sexually explicit content must additionally be created with the "Explicit Sexual Content" thread option. Players who opt into Viewing and Creating Sexually Explicit Threads will find this checkbox available when creating a new thread. These threads will only be visible to other players who have opted into viewing and creating explicit sexual content.
Content WarningsContent Warnings are special bbcode spoilers that contain information about the nature of a thread's content. These don't have to be detailed, they just need to have enough information that players know ahead of time what they're getting into by reading your thread. While we require a Content Warning at the top of the first post in the thread, you also have the option to put a warning directly in the post where the content occurs.
The following is an example of what a Content Warning for a thread with mentions of drug abuse and descriptive violence might look like:
Drugs, drug abuse, descriptive violence
Below is the bbcode format you should use for Content Warnings.
[contentwarning]content warning description here[/contentwarning]
Content WarningsContent warnings are required in the signatures of certain characters. If you are writing a character who frequently references dark, mature, or other potentially troubling content in their posts, please include a summary of what anybody interacting with that character may expect. If you are uncertain if your character qualifies, it is best to be cautious and include one.
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