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Rules and Guidelines

FORUM ETIQUETTE

WE EXPECT EVERY GASRIAN TO BE CIVIL TO ONE ANOTHER AND TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT

We understand that not everyone is going to get along; We have a very diverse community and personalities are bound to clash. However, it is expected at minimum you will communicate to other members and staff in a professionally courteous tone, free of ill-mannerisms.

"MINI- MODDING IS NOT ALLOWED

As of OCTOBER 26, 2017 Mini-modding / Backseat moderating is no longer allowed. We unfortuntately have a multitude of users that, although are in good faith, happen to mis-inform other users on our Community Guidelines. Many of these mini-modders do not fully understand the rules and tend to make assumptions about it without knowing the honest/legitimate context. If you need assitance or help on a specific issue relating to GASR and its use, a moderator your best bet for true assistance.
Forumwarz: Mini-modding (or backseat moderating) is when a forum member acts like a moderator or administrator without having the authority to do so. This can include making any kind of “helpful” correctional comment that would normally fall to a moderator, such as informing people that they are violating our site rules or posting off-topic.

Due to the influx of users that attempt/ are attempting to "mini-mod," warnings will be handed out accordingly.

"TROLLING" IS NOT ALLOWED

Trolling, though a term often misused, describes a person who:
Wikipedia: Sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
Trolling, for us, refers to anyone who is simply posting to try and elicit a reaction from other users. This can also include someone who makes excessive spam threads. If you create an alternative account to "troll" - that account will not only be deleted but it will be your main account that will get the warning and potential ban. The severity of the warning will depend on the extent of the trolling.

HARASSMENT IS NOT ALLOWED

"Harassment" could include the following:
  • Posting inappropriate, rude, or threatening comments in public or private anywhere on GASR
  • Creating an alternative account in order to contact a person who has added you to their ignore list and/or explicitly asked for you to leave them alone
  • Threatening to commit either physical or emotional abuse to another person
  • Emotionally abusing someone
  • Posting someone's name in a negative light
  • Criticizing someone's work when there is no ground for you to do so
  • Death threats such as telling someone directly that they should die in any way, shape, or form. Death threats can lead to an automatic permanent ban from GASR.
The punishment of harassment varies from case to case, but will always result in at least a level 2 behavioral warning. We do not give friendly reminders for harassment.

JULY 31, 2017: Public blacklists now fall under "Posting someone's name in a negative light."

HARMFUL LANGUAGE IS NOT ALLOWED

GASR does not censor cursing as long as it’s not done with malice. Harmful language is considered:
  • Racial Slurs
  • LGBT+ Spectrum Slurs
  • Malicious swearing against another user
Usage of such language will be dealt with appropriately depending on context.

POSTING RESTRICTIONS

SPAMMING IS NOT ALLOWED

Spam constitutes as:
  • Posting irrelevant replies multiple times
  • Replying 3 times in a row, i.e., there are no users posting between your posts (this excludes bumping when done every 10 hours)
  • Posting potentially harmful links to scams/websites
  • Having an excessive amount of off-topic chatter in shops or other places where it is not appropriate
  • Soliciting off-site entities both public and private (including via PM)

TOPIC BUMPING

Bumps are allowed every 10 hours or 10 hours after the time of the last post in your topic. This rule is in place to give everyone an opportunity to have their thread on the front page. If you post bumps more frequently than this, it is considered to be spam and will be dealt with in the same manner. Our bumping system has an automatic timer to prevent misuse of the button.

OFFSITE ADVERTISEMENTS

You may advertise offsite things (e.g. etsy shops, auctions, crowdfunding, etc), but you are only allowed to advertise in these specific places:
  • Your profile
  • Your signature
  • Status updates
You cannot make a topic, post, PM, or announcement in the chatbox here to advertise your services/websites, whatever they may be. If you're interested in our ad space, check out our [ store ] for all currently available options. Advertisements to mock/stolen websites are not allowed anywhere on the website.

Disclaimer: GASR cannot be held responsible for any activities held offsite. Unless we have given explicit written permission and make a public announcement, GASR does not endorse or sponsor any offsite activities, nor does GASR's user protections have jurisdiction. Engage at your own risk.

HEAVILY REFERENCED/DECEPTIVE ARTWORK CANNOT BE DISPLAYED AS SHOP EXAMPLES

In any other circumstance, the sale of heavily referenced work would constitute as art theft. In this scenario, there is no sale of heavily referenced artwork but the artist in question is showing a possible service that can be provided. More times than others, the final product ordered is nothing like the original shown. This is more widely known as False/Deceptive Advertising and refers to an artists use of misleading information when providing a service.

CONTENT THAT GOES AGAINST GASR’S T.O.S AND COMMUNITY GUIDELINES MAY NOT BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE OR VIA PM

Such things include:
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Lolicon/Shotacon/Child-Like Pornography
  • Animal abuse
  • Drug usage (excluding the use of tobacco and other legal substances)
Posting any of the following will result in a two week ban from the website with no prior warning.

IMAGE RESTRICTIONS

EXPLICIT/NSFW IMAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE POSTED PUBLICLY

The public areas of our website need to be suitable for all audiences, since we have users as young as 13 years of age registered to this site and both members and staff may visit GASR at places of business. Therefore, what we consider explicit content may not be posted anywhere on GASR that can be publicly accessed, including inside of spoilers. You may only post them in areas of GASR that specifically state adult content is allowed.

The following is defined as Explicit Content:
  • Nudity, bondage, and other sexually themed content
  • Sexually explicit language, gestures, or expressions (ex: Ahegao)
  • Excessive gore or severe mutilation of the human body
You can post Explicit Content in public areas ONLY if they can be properly censored following our coverage guidelines listed below. You may post uncensored versions of explicit/nsfw artwork in the appropriate sections of the forum designated for adult content or via private message. Artwork depicting sexually explicit gestures and expressions cannot be posted in public.

These areas are not allowed to portray explicit content, even if it’s censored:
  • Display Picture
  • Cover Photo
  • Profile Background
  • Profile Fields
  • Signatures
Species that do not require the same coverage as a human are allowed, such as:
  • Furries (Any with genitalia must be censored and fur must cover the entire body.)
  • Species without genitalia.
Users do not need to be 18+ years of age in order to sell or post appropriately censored artwork on GASR, but must be done in private as underage users will not have access to mature content areas. If you would like access to the Mature Content areas, you may do so only if you are 18+ and your account is age verified. More information can be found here: [ Age Verification ] Underage users also accept responsibility should actions be taken against them in the event that their image(s) violate our guidelines. In order to define what is appropriate to post in public, please refer to our minimum coverage guide here:

APGuidelines


Incorrect anatomy, whether accidental or on purpose, will not excuse you from an EC related warning. Do not force a body part to fit someplace it wouldn’t naturally just to try and push the boundaries of our EC rules. These rules apply to all artwork, regardless of species.

IMAGES POSTED MUST BE PSE FRIENDLY

Users must not post anything that may trigger a Photosensitive Epilepsy (PSE) episode for those who suffer from such symptoms. Images that trigger PSE include but is not limited to flashing lights, especially with contrasting visual patterns, faster than 3 frames per second. Please visit http://wikipedia.org/wiki/PSE for more information. If you suffer from PSE and find an image bothersome, please report it using our reporting tools and explain that the photo may contradict our PSE guidelines.

YOU CANNOT USE A DISPLAY PICTURE/ARTWORK THAT DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU

Unless you have WRITTEN PERMISSION from the artist, you may not use artwork that is created for someone else. However, you can use images such as anime screenshots or GIFs from Tumblr but you must provide credit to the creator. These images cannot be resold.

Rule of Thumb: If you didn’t pay for it, you probably shouldn’t be using it.

REFERENCES ASSOCIATED TO HATE GROUPS SUCH AS THE NAZI PARTY, KKK, ISIS, ETC. ARE PROHIBITED.

This includes:
  • Symbols
  • Easily identifiable clothing
  • Propaganda

Art Theft

YOU MAY ONLY SELL ARTWORK THAT DOES NOT VIOLATE WHAT WE HAVE DEFINED AS ART THEFT

For our policy on art theft, please review the following page: [ What We Consider Art Theft and The Consequences for Stealing ] If you believe someone is selling stolen/illegitimate artwork on GASR, please feel free to report the content via the post or sending a ticket via Support.

IF YOU SUSPECT SOMEONE OF STEALING, DO NOT POST THE MATTER PUBLICLY

We are a community that believes in second chances. Please let staff handle the matter, as speaking against the user in public is considered harassment. If there is content you would like report, please do so by reporting the post (on the top right corner of the post ) or by sending a ticket via Support.

WE CANNOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR REIMBURSING ANY CURRENCY THAT YOU SPENT ON STOLEN ART

Although GASR is able to punish those who have been proven to sell stolen art on our website, we do not have the ability to force the individual to return the money that was wasted on stolen art. You will need to use all available outlets at your disposal to try and retrieve back any lost payments, including refund requests via PayPal.

WE MAY LOCK SHOPS ON OCCASION TO ASK FOR PROOF BEFORE ALLOWING YOU TO CONTINUE SELLING ON GASR

This is just a measure we use for everyone's safety due to how often theft is committed on our website by users who do not understand the various forms of art theft. This is NOT something we do lightly, however, if there is reason to suspect a person of selling stolen/illegitimate art, we will not hesitate to ask them for sufficient proof before they are allowed to continue selling art on GASR. This is to ensure the safety of all our members.

WE CANNOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT OFF-SITE THEFT

If someone has stolen your picture or is selling stolen artwork on a website outside of GASR --such as Tumblr, Facebook, or DeviantART-- unfortunately the staff here cannot help you with that. Instead, here are some suggestions for you to do:
  • Contact the original artist of the artwork and let them know
  • Try reporting the individual on that website.
  • File a DMCA takedown if you are the original artist, following DMCA procedures specifically outlined on the website.

Scamming

SCAMMING IS CONSIDERED A SERIOUS OFFENSE WILL BE TREATED AS SUCH

We understand that there is a good possibility a new or existing user can scam other users by whatever means, and will take the appropriate precautions to keep cases like these as unlikely as possible. However, we will never accuse anyone of scamming without substantial proof. If you feel you are being scammed as a seller or a buyer, please feel free to send a report via Support.

ALL CASES OF SCAMMING WILL BEGIN WITH AN OFFICIAL WARNING

Unlike most other behavioral warnings, scamming cases will have an immediate official warning and 2 bar docks. Since these warnings are treated more severely than most behavioral warnings, they will only fall off in 12 months / 1 years time.

Examples of scamming can include and are not limited to:
  • A buyer consistently "does not have the funds" or gives frequent excuses to multiple artists as to why they cannot pay for art work.
  • A buyer frequently back-charges artists for artwork without their knowing or consent.
  • A buyer continually hold's off on payment or does not reply to a sellers pm's/other contact methods in order to recieve payment for what was made. In this case, the time frame must be reasonable. Somone who has held off payment for 1 week is not the same as someone who has held off payment for 3 months.
  • A seller insists they will send what you paid for and seemingly disappears with no word on your goods.
    In this case, a transaction is made where the goods are paid for, but never received.
  • A seller is found to be selling the same piece to multiple users without their knowing or consent.

FRAUDULANT DISPUTES AND CHARGEBACKS ARE NOT TOLERATED

You must contact us with any billing questions or discrepancies. Performing a chargeback or dispute with your card issuer against any purchases made in the GASR store, GASR Exchange, or anywhere else a transaction is completed using our checkout system will result in immediate and permanent account termination. We keep detailed records of all transactions that we will fax over to any company a dispute is filed at to counter against any claims. There are no reversals to this decision, regardless of who wins the case.

If you are suspended while having an active membership, your membership will continue to run and will not be extended. If you are banned while having an active membership, your membership will be cancelled and no refund acknowledge as stated in the subscription terms you agreed to when you purchased the membership.

Copying

COPYING OTHER ARTISTS ARTWORK IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE AND SHOULD BE REPORTED USING GASR SUPPORT

However, below is a list of contents an artist cannot own. This list will be updated as we feel fit and is not strictly limited to the following items:

FONTS (JELLYKA, TIMES NEW ROMAN, PAPYRUS, ETC.)

Fonts belong to their respective owners and many users here use downloadable fonts that are free for public use. You cannot use another user's' handwriting if they have not made it public. (Don't copy and paste letters to make a word).

SIMILAR USERNAMES (INFECT VS INJECT, MOON1 VS MOON ETC.)

We cannot issue a warning for a user having a similar name to you. We can only issue a warning if they are impersonating that user.


Please note: if several of these elements are combined, it will no longer be seen as a coincidence and will be looked into. Should we find this crosses the line into copying, this may result in a warning.

COPYING OTHER ARTISTS ARTWORK IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE AND SHOULD BE REPORTED USING GASR SUPPORT

However, below is a list of contents an artist cannot own. This list will be updated as we feel fit and is not strictly limited to the following items:

THEMES (VINTAGE, PASTEL, SUCCUBUS, ETC.)

No artist can claim they own a theme. You cannot report a user due to them using the same theme you have.

COLORS (RED, GOLD, BLACK, ETC.)

You cannot own a color. If someone else uses the same color as you, it is not theft. Only when the composition and the colors match may we look at it as a possible case of art theft.

PLACEMENT OF AN OBJECT (EYES LOOKING UPWARD, FLOWERS IN THE CORNER OF AN ICON, LACE BORDERS, ETC.)

You cannot own common concepts. For example: you cannot report a user for using lace just because you may have used lace in one of your own pieces.

BASIC ART CONCEPTS (DROP SHADOWS, 1PX BLACK BORDERS, ETC.)

These are basic art concepts all artists do and some are built into programs already.

DRAWN BODY PARTS (FEET, BUTTS, ARMS, ETC.)

You cannot claim ownership over a body part. All users are free to make pictures of shoes, butts, arms, legs, chests, etc.

WORK CREATED FROM A TUTORIAL

Although it's best to use tutorials to learn, some allow you to sell what you make with them... such as the popular rose tutorial on deviantART. We cannot issue warnings for users selling this (as it is permitted), nor can we issue warnings for other users making the same rose. It is a public tutorial.

POSE (STANDING STRAIGHT UP, SITTING DOWN, JUMPING, ETC.)

You cannot own the way the body moves.

PARTS OF AN OC (BLUE HAIR, PALE SKIN, ETC.)

An OC is an original creation. Although you cannot make your OC identical to another OC, you cannot claim they copied on simple things such as the same hair color, same skin color, same age, etc. If you create an OC using an off-site source, such as gaia tekteks, imvu/secondlife avatars, etc., you cannot report a user for using the same items as you.


Please note: if several of these elements are combined, it will no longer be seen as a coincidence and will be looked into. Should we find this crosses the line into copying, this may result in a warning.

COPYING OTHER ARTISTS ARTWORK IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE AND SHOULD BE REPORTED USING GASR SUPPORT

However, below is a list of contents an artist cannot own. This list will be updated as we feel fit and is not strictly limited to the following items:

SHOP TITLES

Stealing shop content (logo/banner/header images) is theft, however, if your shop name is Sunshine and somebody else also names their shop Sunshine - this is not theft.

ORDER OF POSTS (INTRODUCTION, EXAMPLES, PRICES, ETC.)

You do not own the order of your posts. We will not issue a warning for a user 'copying' your shop with the same order of posts.


Please note: if several of these elements are combined, it will no longer be seen as a coincidence and will be looked into. Should we find this crosses the line into copying, this may result in a warning.

SERVICES THAT ARE NOT ALLOWED To BE SOLD ON GASR

CHARACTER DESIGNS BASED OFF A CREATION MADE FROM A "DOLL MAKER SITE" (SUCH AS GAIA, TEKTEK, DREAMSELFY, OR MEEZ)

If you create a character/character design using any type of doll maker, you CANNOT sell that design for profit. You do not have the rights of the design, as you are using a premade doll maker website. You cannot sell any art made from these character designs as adoptables; they must be sold as a premade since again, you do not own the rights to the design, the website you used to make them does. The tekteks themselves cannot be sold at all as premades, adoptables, or customs. Also, you cannot charge for anything related to the making of tekteks (videos, etc).

ALTERNATIVE ACCOUNTS & SHARING ACCOUNTS


SHARING ACCOUNTS IS NOT PERMITTED ON GASR

We do not allow account sharing for security reasons.  There is no reason for you to allow someone else to use your account.  If someone forgot their password or is having issues logging in, they need to click the "Contact" button at the bottom of the website to send us a support ticket.  

Please Note: If you allow a friend who is banned from GASR to log in or use your account, you are essentially putting your own account at risk of being automatically banned as well. Our systems track IP addresses from the moment of registration and/or successful log-in. It will attach their IP address to your account.

YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE ACCOUNT, USE AN ALTERNATE ACCOUNT, OR SIGN INTO A FRIEND'S ACCOUNT WHILE YOU ARE BANNED FROM GASR

If you create other accounts while your main account is suspended, the old account will be merged with the new account. The ban will then be reset and you will have to wait the full 2 weeks from the beginning. This is because you are essentially trying to undermine what you were punished for.

DELETING YOUR ACCOUNT

ACCOUNT FULFILLMENTS

If you wish to delete your account, please submit a support ticket via [ Support ] under General Support > Account Deletion. We will delete accounts upon user request if the following are true:
  • Has not received any warnings, regardless of severity
  • Does not have any pending reports against them
  • Account balance in good standing; no outstanding invoices
  • Has notified artists of any pending commissions of their plans to delete, making other arrangements to pay for and receive the commissions, or other alternatives discussed with the artist, including requests and art trades.
If any of the above exist, you may request that your personal information be removed if you plan on leaving GASR, however, we do not have to delete your account. It will remain for record keeping purposes. This is to prevent malicious users from bypassing our warning systems and consequences.

HOW THE WARNING SYSTEM WORKS

USERS HAVE A PRIVATE WARNING LOG LOCATED UNDER THEIR REPUTATION ON THEIR PROFILE:

Our warnings work on a point system where the less points you have, the better. No user is allowed to have more than 5 points at a time. Users who reach 5 points with a combination of both art theft and behavioral warnings, or 4 points with only art theft warnings, will be permanently banned.

0 Warning Points - No official warnings issued
1 Warning Point - First official behavioral warning has been given
2 Warning Points - Second official behavioral warning has been given before the first has expired or an art theft warning has been given
3 Warning points - A combination of behavioral and/or art theft warnings have been given
4 Warning Points - Third official behavioral warning has been given before the first two have expired resulting in a two week ban, OR two art theft warnings have been given resulting in a permanent ban
5 Warning Points - Permanently banned from GASR

Only staff will initially know why someone has received a warning. We believe in second chances and don't want users who have made mistakes in the past to be accosted on GASR. It is up to the user if they wish to disclose why they have received a warning; this is not against GASR rules. However, the user may not post negative complaints with the intent on being dishonest to others about why they have received a warning.

If you decide to publicize the warning under false pretense, we assume our right to clear up the situation to other users, both privately and publicly, including any information collected we used to determine the level of discipline you received. This can include reported private messages. Personally identifying information (IP addresses, billing information, etc.) will still be protected.

BEHAVIORAL WARNING LEVELS

GASR splits the warning system into two categories: Behavioral and Art Theft

LEVEL 1 - FRIENDLY REMINDER

Friendly reminders are what most of our warning progressions begin with and are common for lesser cases of rule breaking.

For Friendly Reminders you will not receive a point.

LEVEL 2 - OFFICIAL WARNING

Official warnings are given when:
  • You have broken a rule for a second time and have already received a friendly reminder about it in the last 6 months.
  • You have broken a rule that has a warning progression starting at an official warning, such as harassment.
You will have one one point added if you receive an official warning.

LEVEL 3 (First) - SECOND OFFICIAL WARNING

Second official warnings are given when:
  • You have broken a rule for a third time and have already received both a friendly reminder AND an official warning about it in the last 6 months.
  • You have broken a rule that has a warning progression starting at a second official warning, such as severe cases of harassment.
You will have another one point added and will be banned from GASR for two weeks if you receive a “second official” warning.

LEVEL 3 (Second) - FINAL WARNING

Final warnings are given when you receive another official warning that brings your total points up to 4. It does not matter if the warnings you received leading up to this were all associated with the same rule infraction.

You will have 1-2 points added depending on the warning and will be banned from GASR for two weeks.

LEVEL 4 - LOST POINT

These level of warnings are given as official warnings, but logged as lost points. If you break a rule and receive an official warning, have it expire and earn back your point, then break the same rule again, you will permanently have that point on your account, preventing you from ever having “full health”, or 0 points again.

LEVEL 5 - BANNED

Bans are given when:
  • You have broken a rule for a fifth time and have already received a friendly reminder, official warning, second official, and final warning about it in the last 6 months.
  • You have broken a rule that has a warning progression starting immediately with a permanent ban, such as severe cases of harassment (death threats).
  • You have received 4 official warnings, second official warnings, or final warnings combined in the last 6 months.
Bans are considered permanent, however, you may apply to come back to GASR one year from the date you were given a ban via our application process. More information regarding the application process is located here:

ART THEFT WARNING LEVELS

Art theft is handled on a case-by-case basis. These are just starting guidelines we use to handle them and we may adjust consequences based on the severity of the case, but for the most part this is true to accuracy going along with our “What We Consider Art Theft” guidelines. We enforce these rules to be in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act(DMCA), a law that protects the intellectual property of a person.

LEVEL 1 - FRIENDLY REMINDER

Friendly reminders are given when:
  • You have committed an extremely small case of art theft, such as forgetting to credit bases or dollmaker sites you use for your pieces.

We rarely give out friendly reminders as we take art theft seriously.

For Friendly Reminders you will not receive any points.

LEVEL 2 - MINOR WARNING

Minor warnings are given when:
  • A new user has committed an act of art theft and was not aware of the theft they were committing. (We consider a new user a registered account less than 1 month old.)
  • You have committed a small case of art theft, such as copying+pasting a small copyrighted image into your artwork. Pieces containing obvious copyright infringement or multiple infractions do not qualify for a minor warning.

You will receive two points if you receive a minor warning, but you will not receive a two week ban. You will never receive more than one minor warning. It will always be an official or ban afterwards regardless of time passed.

LEVEL 3 - OFFICIAL WARNING

Official warnings are given when:
  • You have infringed upon the intellectual property rights of another user and committed a serious art theft infraction
  • You have previously received a minor warning for art theft related infractions 12 months+ ago.
You will receive two points and a 2 week ban if you receive an official warning.

LEVEL 4 - BANNED

Bans are given when:
  • You have received any combination of two minor warnings, official warnings, or both.
  • Your case of art theft is considered outstanding and supersedes what we cover in our guidelines.
Bans are considered permanent, however, you may apply to come back to GASR one year from the date you were given a ban via our application process. More information regarding the application process is located here:

GETTING YOUR POINTS REMOVED

ALL WARNINGS ARE LOGGED PERMANENTLY TO YOUR ACCOUNT AND WILL NOT BE REMOVED, EVEN AFTER THEY EXPIRE

This is our way of keeping a record of all warnings given and to whom. The date the warning was issued, reason why, and by which moderator is logged along with the warning that is sent to you. When a warning has expired, you will regain back any points lost and restrictions lifted that were given.

Warning expirations depend on the type of warning:
  • Behavioral warnings expire automatically after 6 months.
    Exception: Harassment and cases of scamming, both buyer and artist related, will take 12 months/1 year to automatically expire.
  • Art Theft warnings are eligible to expire after 12 months/1 year and require an application to receive any lost points and restrictions lifted due to this type of warning. They do not expire automatically.

The application you need to submit to receive any lost points for art theft related warnings is located here: Click for Applications

Reminder: Using the expiration dates as a timer to when you can break the same rule again will result in a lost bar warning, even if your warning has previously expired. This is considered gaming the system and we do not allow it.

GENERAL ART SHOP RULES - FOR ARTISTS

YOU MAY ONLY SELL WORK THAT DOES NOT VIOLATE WHAT WE HAVE DEFINED AS ART THEFT

For our policy on art theft, please read [ What We Consider Art Theft and The Consequences for Stealing ]

PAYMENT METHODS ALLOWED

PAYPAL | GOOGLE WALLET | SQUARE CASH | IMVU CREDITS | CERTAIN GAME CURRENCIES

You may use these as payment options on GASR, however, make sure you read the TOS regarding game currency you are trading as not all companies allow this to happen off-site. DeviantArt points are no longer accepted as a form of payment as their TOS states the entire transaction has to take place on their website and not through a third-party, such as GASR. Please take note of payment methods accepted by the artist you are commissioning as not all artists accept all methods we allow.

TOPIC CONTROL: DELETION / LOCK

If you are done with your shop and would like to have it deleted or locked, you may do so with the following options:
  • Change the title of your shop to "Lock" or "Delete"
  • Delete all of your tags and add a “Lock” or “Delete” tag.
  • Post in the "Need a thread locked or deleted" thread found as an announcement posted here [ COMING SOON ]
  • PM an Art Shop Moderator with a link to your shop asking for it to be deleted
Note: Topics are automatically moved to the basket after a month of inactivity. Therefore, if you need to go on a hiatus, please let a moderator know so they can lock your thread. Locked threads are not deleted, even after one month of inactivity.

YOU MAY NOT SELL ARTWORK THAT DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU, EVEN IF PERMISSION IS GIVEN BY THE ARTIST

This includes:
  • Creating a shop to sell their artwork
  • Selling their artwork in the premade market
  • Selling their artwork via PM
  • Selling their artwork in a request thread
  • Or Auctioning their artwork
If the work is found to be stolen, warnings will be given to both possible parties.

Note:This is slightly different than having a shop assistant. A shop assistant would be someone who organizes and accepts your orders and takes care of your business, which is completely fine. The person who is making the art must be the one to make the topic.

YOU ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE AS MANY SHOPS OPEN AS YOU LIKE

You may have as many shops as you like as long as this opportunity is not abused. You can make separate shops for different things you are selling or you can make one shop for everything you're selling. However, you are not allowed to post the same shop more than once, as this can be considered spam. If you're done with your old shop and want to make a new one, remember to get the old one taken care of so there will be no confusion for potential customers!

YOU MAY NOT CREATE A THREAD IN ANY OF THE ART SECTIONS OF GASR TO ADVERTISE SERVICES SOLD OFF-SITE

We do not allow this because we cannot monitor or control anything that is being sold off-site. It also makes no sense to use GASR to advertise it instead of simply selling it here. You may link to offsite shops in your signature instead.

YOU MUST GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE WHEN USING RESOURCES FOR YOUR ARTWORK

(E.G., BRUSH, STOCK IMAGE, PIXEL BASE) If you use a resource that requires you to "credit" the creator of the resource, you must provide credit. "Crediting" means to provide the source or origin of the resource. If you do not provide the proper credit, it is considered theft and warnings will be given. In order to properly provide credit, the two following things must be written visibly in your thread or in the same post as the artwork:
  • Name of what was used - You must specify what resources you used, whether it be a brush, a texture, a filter, a pixel base, a stock image, a drawing base, or anything else that could require crediting.
  • Who created it and a link to where it was taken from - You must include the name or username of the creator of the resource (if there is one provided) and include a link back to where the resource was originally posted.

Example: Brush set 5 By Supercoolartist, Link: www.supercoolartist.website.com/brush-set-5

GENERAL ART SHOP RULES - FOR BUYERS

PAYMENT METHODS ALLOWED

PAYPAL | GOOGLE WALLET | SQUARE CASH | IMVU CREDITS | CERTAIN GAME CURRENCIES

You may use these as payment options on GASR, however, make sure you read the TOS on all payment methods.Some game currencies belong to companies that do not allow this to happen off-site. DeviantArt points are no longer accepted as a form of payment as their TOS states the entire transaction has to take place on their website and not through a third-party, such as GASR. Please take note of payment methods accepted by the artist you are commissioning as not all artists accept all methods we allow.

ASKING FOR "FIRST FREE" IS NOT PERMITTED

It is up to the artist ONLY if they would like to give the first order of a shop for free or at a discounted price. Therefore, you should not go into a shop and ask them for the first order to be free unless the artist has stated otherwise. We have a whole part of GASR dedicated to free art! If you're looking for free stuff go to our free / practice sub-section! [ Free Shops ]

ABIDE BY THE ARTIST'S RULES

Generally, artists have their own shop rules and guidelines. It's courteous to read through them before ordering so you are aware of their limitations and other things that may affect you.

FIND OUT BEFOREHAND WHETHER AN ARTIST SELLS CUSTOMS AS PREMADES

Artists are required to state in their rules whether or not they will sell custom orders as premades that have not been picked up/paid for. So to make sure a picture that was made for you doesn't get sold off as a premade, please read the artist's rules.

ALWAYS ASSUME THAT ART MADE FOR YOU IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY

Generally, art sold on GASR is for personal use only. Meaning, you cannot take artwork that has been made for you and make profit from it (selling it off as prints, making a product from it, etc.). If you want to use art for commercial purposes, make sure to ask the artist first before ordering.

CUSTOM SHOP RULES

YOU MUST STATE SOMEWHERE IN YOUR SHOP THAT YOU SELL ARTWORK THAT HASN’T BEEN PICKED UP/PAID FOR AS PREMADES

When you're making an image for someone, respect the fact that you are making art with their screenshot / based on their OC. Therefore, you MUST make it known to potential customers if you sell off artwork as premades that isn't picked up for/paid for. You cannot just decide to sell something off as a premade without the original customer’s consent.

YOU ARE ALLOWED TO SELL AN OCCASIONAL PREMADE IN YOUR CUSTOM SHOP

If you only plan to sell a couple of premades you may post them in your custom shop or better, post them in the premade market rather than create a new thread for them. This will actually make it easier on yourself to sell them in the long run. We are only going to force you to make a separate shop if you're going way over this limit (the limit being more than 10 premades a month.)

PREMADE SHOP RULES

PICK YOUR PRICE MEANS PICK YOUR PRICE

If you set the price of a premade to “pick your price”, or PYP, you cannot wait for offers to come in so that you can choose the highest one. These are considered to be more like auctions. If you wish to hold an auction, you may apply to do so in our [ Auction Section ]. This is why setting a minimum price is the best option to avoid lowball offers and possibly receiving consequences for not going with your first offer.

YOU MAY NOT OFFER CUSTOM ORDERS IN PREMADE SHOPS

This section is specifically reserved for premades. If you would like to offer customs, please post here [ Custom Shops ] .

ADOPTABLES AND ORIGINAL CHARACTERS ARE ALLOWED TO BE SOLD

An adoptable or an original character (OC) is a design/concept that is presented in the form of a drawing. Reselling adoptables, original characters, and any artwork related that were purchased from another artist is only allowed on GASR if you provide credit/links/proof that you have permission to resell.

Please note: If you are selling premade art, and the buyer decides to turn it into an OC, that is their decision, unless you have specifically stated otherwise during the point of sale.

PREMADE MARKETS

These rules are also posted in the premade market as a refresher every time you post.
  • Do not post premades in the market if you have a premade shop.
  • You may only post your premade(s) once within a 24 hour period.
    Exception: If you have a new premade and you are not reposting any older ones, then you can post again before 24 hours is up.
  • You MUST use the premade market form listed in the topic.
  • Images posted must follow the 700x700px max image size guideline we have in place.
  • If you are interested in buying a piece posted in the market, please PM the artist. DO NOT post within the topic regarding interest in a piece or to make comments.

FREE SHOP RULES

WHAT IS ALLOWED IN THE FREE SHOPS

There is a lot more freedom with what can and can't be offered in the Free Shops. The reason is because free shops = no profit gained from things that do not belong to you. These are the things that are ONLY ALLOWED to be made on the Free Sub-section:

EDITS / HEAVY REFERENCES OF NON COMMERCIAL PHOTOS
  • Photos of celebrities
  • Non-stock photos
  • Movie screenshots
  • Anime screenshots
  • Manga scans
  • Comic books scans

REMEMBER TO CREDIT YOUR SOURCES TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY

For example, if you edit a photo of Natalie Portman then state "photo edited of Natalie Portman". Remember that editing Artwork/Photos from deviantart requires the artist's permission as well!

OCS CREATED USING TEKTEK AND OTHER DOLL MAKER SITES

There has been a big trend of making OCs using tektek and various other doll maker sites. This is perfectly fine, as long as you are not making profit from the design (as it's not 100% your creation). More importantly, you MUST credit the website you've used to make them!

GIFS MADE FROM VIDEOS NOT CREATED BY YOU (MUSIC VIDEOS, ANIMES, YOUTUBE VIDEOS ETC)

Although making things into GIFs does take a bit of effort, you cannot make profit from making them for other people as you do not own the video content.

CONCERNING OC REFERENCES AND FANART

USING NON STOCK PHOTOS / DRAWINGS AS PART OF YOUR REFERENCES


It is okay to use a non-stock photo as part of a reference for your OC.

Example:

This is a nonstock photo from tumblr that I found randomly.
I would like to use it as a reference for my character's armour.

This is a painting by lulles .
I would like to use it as a reference for my character's hairstyle.

Even though, you do not own these images (you didn't take the photo + paint the drawing) you can use this image as a REFERENCE for how you would like the specific part of your OC to look like. Of course, using it as a reference does not give the artist permission to copy it exactly. You're only supposed to "reference" it to create your own original image.

USING NON STOCK PHOTOS AS YOUR ONLY REFERENCE

Although, it is okay to use a non-stock photo as part of your reference (clothing, haircolour, hair style, etc), you cannot ask someone to use a photo as their only source of reference.

Example:

This photo belongs to Bastet-sama .
I cannot give this to an artist to create a character based on this image. The design is the property of the person who took the photo.

This is a drawing made by Zeronis .
I cannot ask an artist to make a drawing of this character as I do not own it.

The only exception is fanart.

ASKING FOR FANART

This is where things get a bit confusing. You are allowed to ask for fanart from artists based on popular characters (Disney, Anime, Television, etc).

Example:

This is a fanart made by GENZOMAN of Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric from Full Metal Alchemist.
They used references from the Anime to create a new artwork.

This is the only time it is appropriate to copy a character design fully. If you're unsure if you're allowed to ask for a fanart of a certain thing, do not hesitate to contact a moderator! The lines are pretty blurry. Also, make sure to consult an artist before asking for fanart, because artists have their own views on doing fanart for commissions! Some do not believe drawing a copyrighted character for profit is acceptable.

REQUESTS & ART TRADES

MAKING A "FREE" REQUEST (ONE WITH NO COMPENSATION FOR THOSE WHO ENTER) IS PROHIBITED OUTSIDE OF THE FREE REQUESTS SECTION OR FREE SHOP SECTION

You must be offering something of value if you want to commission custom artwork outside of these areas. This could include but is not limited to credits, money, or other acceptable game currencies. If you are looking for something made for free there is an entire sub- section devoted to this: [ Free Practice Shops ]

Please note that offering "advertising" is not something GASR considers to be suitable compensation in a request. "Advertising" means offering someone "credit" for their work (such as a link to their shop in your signature / on your products / etc). Feel free to offer as an additional bonus to entering a request, but it CANNOT be the only thing you are offering as compensation.

SENDING PAYMENT TO ARTISTS IN ADVANCED IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK

Sending payment in advance should be agreed upon by both the artist and the requester and is to be done at your own risk. Should the artwork not be completed, GASR will not reimburse lost credits/money.

YOU MAY NOT REQUEST PEOPLE TO HEAVY REFERENCE / TRACE AN IMAGE THAT YOU DO OWN COPYRIGHT OF

If you are knowingly paying for something to be reproduced and you do not own rights to that image, then it is considered art theft. Similarly, if you create something that would be considered art theft for a request you will receive an official warning. Should this occur, warnings will be given to both the requester AND the artist.

ABIDE BY THE REQUESTER'S RULES

Generally, requests have their own set of rules. Be sure to read the request thoroughly before entering! For example--a lot of times requesters post what they like or dislike so try and keep that in mind while you are working on an image for them

IF YOU ARE MAKING A REQUEST, YOU MUST MAKE IT KNOWN SOMEWHERE IN THE RULES IF PEOPLE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SELL UNWANTED WORK AS A PREMADE

You must let them know ahead of time so they can consider the risks of making artwork and receiving no compensation for it. Otherwise, they are justified in selling as a premade if you have no intention of buying it.

On the flip side, if the Requester has clearly stated you cannot sell work as premades if they don't like it, you must respect that. The only time someone may sell something off as a premade, regardless of what the requester says, is if it is based around a generic concept.

For example: If you ask for a badge of a cookie and you choose not to buy it, then the person is free to sell it as a premade. You do NOT own the concept of a "cookie".

If they are using your screenshots or basing art on your OC, then you "own" the concept and can prohibit them from selling it as a premade. Should this happen, please submit a ticket via our support section.

YOU MAY NOT USE SOMEONE ELSE'S SCREENSHOT / OC / ARTWORK AS PART OF A REFERENCE FOR A REQUEST

Please ask permission to the original owner of the OC / screenshot / artwork before doing so.

ART TRADES ARE PERMITTED

Art trades are perfectly acceptable to be held in the designated art trade section of GASR as something of equal value is being traded amongst users. Please note, GASR cannot be held responsible if someone does not complete their part of the art trade.

HOSTING A CONTEST OR EVENT

BE AWARE THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A CONTEST AND A REQUEST

Understanding them is key to hosting them on the proper part of GASR.

A Contest - requires you to give out a limited amount of prizes (usually prizes are given to the top entries). Therefore, not everyone entering the contest will be rewarded something.

A Request - requires you to give out compensation to every image you like and plan to use. Therefore, most who enter will receive something in return.

EVENTS / CONTESTS BASED AROUND LAYOUT OR IMVU PRODUCTS (TEXTURES AND MESHES) ARE PERMITTED.

ALL CONTESTS MUST STATE THE FOLLOWING IN THE "OPENING" POST(S) OF THE CONTEST THREAD:

  • The rules
  • The prizes/compensation
  • Who the judges are
  • The deadline (the end date of the contest)

CHANGING THE END DATE OF A CONTEST IS PROHIBITED

Changing the end date of a contest / event makes it unfair for those who are entering. If there is a serious reason why you must change the end date of a contest, please talk to an Event Moderator before doing so.

EVENTS/CONTESTS MAY NOT BE LONGER THAN ONE MONTH FROM START TO END UNLESS APPROVED BY AN EVENT MODERATOR

This is to ensure that all contests in the Events sub-section remain "active".

"ADVERTISING" IS PROHIBITED FOR OFFSITE CONTESTS

"Advertising" in this case means creating a thread to promote a contest held offsite.

RUNNING A FALSE EVENT/CONTEST OR KEEPING CREDITS SUPPLIED BY A SPONSOR FOR YOUR CONTEST IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED

We consider this fraud and will result in a warning with a possible bar dock/ ban. In the most severe cases, we may prohibit you from hosting events ever again on GASR.

REQUESTING PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO ENTER A CONTEST / WIN A PRIZE IS PROHIBITED

This includes but is not limited to:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Age
  • Real life photos
  • Credit card information
  • Birthdate

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LOCK YOUR REQUEST AT ANY TIME

Should any of the following occur we will not hesitate to lock your request:
  • An inactive Contest / Event host
  • A Contest / Event suspected of being fraudulent
  • A Contest / Event that does not follow GASR rules
If your Contest/ Event was locked, feel free to contact a moderator and we will gladly assist you.

CREATING AN "UNFAIR / RIGGED" CONTEST / EVENT IS PROHIBITED

We consider the following to be an "unfair / rigged" event/contest:
  • Accepting bribes in order to win the contest
  • Being biased towards friends or popular artistst
This will result in your request being held under review to see if any further action is needed, and can result in a warning level being docked/temporary ban or permanent ban on your account.

Entering A Contest Or Event

YOU CAN ONLY PARTICIPATE IN AN EVENT/CONTEST DURING THE TIME SPAN PERMITTED

Submitting an entry late will not be counted.

IF YOU ARE UPSET BY THE OUTCOME OF A CONTEST, DO NOT HARASS THE WINNER

It is unreasonable to think that a contest is not and cannot be won fair and square. Be aware that any harassment and torment may result in a warning. However, if you believe someone may have cheated and have substantial proof of this wrongdoing please contact a moderator instead of posting in the thread about it.

ALL NON-OFFICIAL GASR EVENTS/CONTESTS ARE TO BE ENTERED AT YOUR OWN RISK

As moderators, all we can do is dock warning bars and issue bans. We cannot make up for lost prizes.

CHEATING IS PROHIBITED

Please follow the rules of the contest! The following can be considered as cheating:
  • Bribing the host
  • Swaying the votes in your / someone else's favour
  • Getting information in order to complete a contest by another user

OFF TOPIC RULES

OFF-TOPIC THREADS WILL NEED ADMIN APPROVAL BEFORE POSTING

Every topic created in the OT will not immediately show after posting. The Administration team, consisting of the Administrators and Global Moderators, will decide whether or not to approve a topic based on its content.

TOPICS MUST HAVE SOME SORT OF POINT/DISCUSSION GOING ON

Topics must encourage participation and discussion from other users! For example these are some of the topics that are not allowed to be posted in the OT:

Spam topics - Spam = Short, Pointless, Annoying, Messages.
  • Posting a topic with only "hi" or an emoticon would fall under this category. We have ONE topic for "spammy" messages - this is the OT4OT.

NON-DICUSSION TOPICS

  • This is a topic that created as sort of an "Announcement" instead of actually encouraging discussion.
  • "Happy Birthday Bob" - creating a topic for someone's birthday, although this is a kind gesture, you can wish them a happy birthday via PM or via our Birthdays OT thread, which can be found [ here ]
  • "Look at how cute my pet mouse is" - Creating a thread just to show off something of yours also doesn't encourage conversation from others.

SEXUALLY-THEMED TOPICS

The website is intended to be GA and open for users over the age of 13. Please refrain from posting Explicit Content where it is not allowed.

ADVERTISEMENT TOPICS

You are not allowed to create a new topic in the OT to advertise something (this could be your products, services, etc.)

"GOSSIP" TOPICS TARGETING ONE SPECIFIC PERSON OR GROUP

You are not allowed to create a new topic simply to talk about another person in a negative light. It does not matter if they are a member of GASR or not.

GAME TOPICS MUST BE APPROVED BY SOMEONE IN THE ADIMINISTRATIVE GROUP

Feel free to create your game thread but know your thread will not be posted in the OT until a Administrator or Global Moderator approves it. Do not be upset if we do not approve your thread, we intend on keeping spammy / repetitive topics to a minimum.

GAME TOPICS SHOULD HAVE THE RULES POSTED IN THE FIRST POST.

Should you abuse the Off-Topic, you will be denied access to it. Of course, you can still use the other sections of GASR, you just will not be allowed in the OT anymore.

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