The Laws of Cats Paw Island
"I accept you into my pack," said The Guardian.
"But here, you are on my lands,
and you will follow my rules."

If you are a victim or a witness in any of these situations, please report it to an available Administration member. Don't be shy, and don't be afraid. We are here to help you and we have the power to take action, as well as answer any questions you have. The admins are the "claw enforcement" for this chat server. Do not worry if you mistakenly report something. It is better to be safe than sorry. Remember, if there is no admin on, please make sure to save the logs and send them to an administrator via this link: www.catspawisland.com/message

To get help for anything at anytime, click the "Report" button, and type in a short message about your problem to any Admin that is on the list. Keep scrolling text history logs (the saved sections of the scroll where the event happened), record the time, date, and the room location. If there are no Admins online, please fill out a Problem Ticket (accessible from the Map interface) and it will be dealt with in a timely manner.

"But I didn't know!" is not an acceptable excuse on Cats Paw Island. As soon as you have registered, you have agreed to be subject to these rules as well as our Terms of Service. Before you participate in this site, you must read them all the way through. Also bear in mind that you are responsible for whatever happens on your account so keep your password a secret. If someone uses your account and gets banned, this ban will count towards you in the future - no exceptions. This includes allowing others to use your email account(s) to gain access to Cats Paw Island. Bans can be as short as 12 hours or as long as forever depending on your behavior and counting strikes. We typically go by the 3-strikes rule, but some special people manage to earn permanent bans on their first or second try. Also please note when registering you MUST enter your ACTUAL date of birth so it reflects your actual age. Age boosting (creating an account with an age higher than your own) will result in a request for your account to be deleted and remade or a permanent ban if you refuse to comply. Additionally any and all profile (sniff) content must adhere to the CPI rules. Any explicit language (music included) or other inappropriate content will receive a warning and may result in the content being removed by an Alpha.

Chat Rating is PG-13: Our chat is based in the United States, and so we follow our particular brand of PG-13 rules. We are not aiming for Disney - think more like The Simpson's. We do NOT go by: "Well if they don't like it, the minority can leave!" No conversations over PG-13 in the public rooms no matter how old anyone is or if they're all okay with it or not. All R-rated conversations belong in private rooms, period. Your profile and username are also subject to this rule, because they are visible to anyone at anytime. Swears such as hell, piss/pissed, damn, shit, ass are allowed, but please be light with your swearing. You are not allowed to swear at anyone either, so please keep that in mind!

Terms of Use: By using this website you agree to the terms of service described in this document.

Without further ado, here are the RULES:

A. Harassment

1. General Harassment


"To irritate or torment persistently." Harassment covers a broad area. Harassment can be (but is not limited to): cursing, name-calling, sexual innuendoes, sexual harassment, racial slurs, gay bashing, stalking, or anything else one person can do to annoy another. To further clarify, slurs/names that may seem ok to you and not to another, is not allowed. We want everyone on Cats Paw Island to have a safe, and calm chatting atmosphere. We accept every person as they are no matter where they come from, what they do, what they look like, or what gender/orientation/ etc. they are and prefer. If someone asks you to stop calling them a name, nickname, etc, you stop; the same applies if you are asked to use the correct pronouns for each person. Failure to follow this rule will consult in a warning, or a possible ban.

2. Begging


The soliciting of funds, favors or items (artwork, poses etc.) is not allowed. Begging in the public rooms and/or continuous and repeated solicitation is a type of harassment and could get you kicked from the chat.

3. Spam


This can be movement and/or text. Clicking all over the screen may slow down some people's connections. Typing nonstop is also known as "flooding" and it fills up the scroll bar, which is highly annoying to others. There is no specific limit about how much you can use capitals, but be aware that in online-lingo, it is considered "yelling", and if you do it constantly, it will constitute spam. Examples of spam: "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" "sdghksjghfksghfssfhgshfkgshgksf". Please note: Changing poses constantly also constitutes as spam as well as dots after each submission or singing song lyrics constantly.

4. Death & Suicide Threats


We have absolutely zero tolerance for death/suicide threats. Talking about killing, how to kill, threatening someone with murder, or anything of that sort is not allowed. This rule still applies to the RP (role-play) rooms. We also ask that you not talk about causing self-harm on the chat (this includes attempts at joking and/or 'Imma kms' comments): it can really affect other people emotionally, often due to personal experiences in their lives, and though it may seem callous, we need to watch out for everyone.These are the minimum ban lengths you will incur for the following death threat scenarios:
3 days to a Week for gorey/detailed Roleplay based death Threats in a public room.
1 Month for detailed/gorey Roleplay based death threats outside of a Roleplay or Private room.
A permanent ban for any discussion of intended self harm/suicide/threats of murder as well as encouraging someone else to harm/kill themselves.

5. Virus & Hacker Threats


We have absolutely zero tolerance for any kind of threat of sending viruses or hacking. Don't talk about hacking, share tricks or links, or have anything to do with it. Threats directly against the site are taken extremely seriously. Special consequence for Virus & Hacker Threats: Instant permanent ban.

6. Propositioning Minors


Cats Paw Island makes every effort to keep its chat environment enjoyable and safe for all users that visit. Cats Paw Island has a lot of younger members, and as such, WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY type of illegal enticement of minors AT ALL.

This includes but is not limited to:

Offering minors drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, sex, cybering, yiffing - this includes role play.

Important Information Regarding Propositions to a Minor:

(1) If you proposition a minor to participate in any illegal activity, you will be permanently banned from all Chatlands sites, not just this one. Instances of propositioning minors will be reported to the appropriate Internet Service Provider (ISP) and/or legal authority.

(2) As a reminder: by your act of participating in Cats Paw Island.com, you have already agreed to abide by our rules and you have already agreed to our terms of use. Any evidence of unlawful acts taking place on Cats Paw Island will be turned over to the appropriate ISP as well as possible law enforcement.

(3) If we have a reasonable suspicion that any involvement with a minor is unethical in our sole judgment, WE WILL BAN YOU, without warning, even if this situation occurs in a "role play" or "pretend" atmosphere.

Please Remember: The Cats Paw Island administration cannot be everywhere at once, so it is up to YOU, as a user, to report any suspicious activity to the Cats Paw Island administration team quickly. We will follow up all allegations as soon as we can, and we will take necessary and appropriate action as required.

Important note: If an incident happens outside of Cats Paw Island, on systems over which Cats Paw Island admins, and/or wunderwood LLC, have no control (for example: if the users are communicating via instant messengers such as MSN, AIM, YIM, or perhaps via an email messages on hotmail.com, gmail.com, etc), we aren't able to help. If you are a child and you have a problem, WE STRONGLY ADVISE that that you notify your parents or other responsible adult and get their help. They should contact those responsible for the service (such as AOL for AIM messenges, Microsoft for hotmail.com type emails, Google for gmail.com type emails, etc). Be sure to save all information and any history of the problem, as this will help the authorities as they work to solve this problem.

As always, WE STRONGLY ADVISE everyone: do not give out personal contact information such as phone numbers, street address, real life names or the name of your school, any information that helps someone else you met online locate you in real life. No exceptions.

7. Harassing an Administrator


Everyone deserves respect, of course, but these guys pitch in a little more than your average user. They accept the job knowing that they may make mistakes, that they may face constructive criticism, and that they take on these extra responsibilities without pay. You also accept the responsibilities as a member, knowing that the Administration is not perfect. Do not tell an Admin that "they suck", or how bad they are at their job. Do not beg for your poses to be accepted, or yell at an Administrator for banning you or someone you know. Do not constantly ask how to become an Admin or ask to be made an Admin. Do not harass them openly in any way. If you have a problem with how a Cats Paw Island Admin has handled a situation, or with some other aspect of their behavior, please fill out a Problem Ticket, or get in contact with a Alpha.

See the Problem Solving instructions at the end of these rules.

8. Trolling on Chatlands Sites


If you go on any Chatlands site (Cats Paw Island, Wolfhome, Willows, Siri Sola, etc.) for the purpose of harassing, disrupting, disturbing the peace, or trolling, the punishment is a minimum of a one week ban from ALL Chatlands sites, not just the one where the incident took place. Any attempt to deliberately cause strife or to disrupt others on any Chatlands site is treated as an attack against all Chatlands sites.

9. False Reports


Falsely reporting another user is completely unacceptable. If you file a report against a user, and we determine that it is not true, you will receive a warning, or if serious enough, a temporary ban. If you do this multiple times, you will receive a permanent ban from the chat as a result.

10. Ban Hopping


If you are currently banned from the chat site, and you try to access the chat on another account, this is called ban hopping. Doing so will cause that account to be banned as well. Every time you do this, your ban time will increase. This can eventually lead to a permanent ban if you do it too many times.

11. Account Responsibility


You are responsible for everything that happens on your account, whether or not you did it. If someone accesses your account and they get a warning or a ban, it will count against you as though you did it. If a banned user accesses your account and gets it banned as well, it will stay banned at the same length of time as their account, even if it is a permanent ban. If this should happen, you may submit a problem ticket to inform us that this is the case, and we will keep it in mind for future reference, so we don't base any possible future bans you may receive off of the other users issues. Keep in mind that if you try to access the chat on another account, it will still be considered ban hopping, and will be enforced as per the rules above. Also keep in mind when registering your account you are expected to enter your actual date of birth and accurate age. If you provide a false age (age boost) you will be asked to delete and remake your account in order to correct the error. Your account(s) will receive a permanent ban if the issue is not corrected.

12. Using your Avatar to harass other users


Using poses like "Attack" and "Growl" for instance to harass other users, meaning disturbing them or playing with them against their will, is not allowed. Poses can be used for fun in any rooms, public or RP, and as much as you like, but they are not there to deliberately disturb other users. Remember to respect the space of others.

B. PG-13 Rating Clarification

13. Cursing and Language


In general, you can use a couple of the lighter words such as shit, piss, crap, hell, damn, etc.. In 13+ rooms we will allow the use of a couple of the heavier swears as long as they are heavily censored (i.e B**** & F***) in moderation along with all minor swears previously listed. 17+ rooms will all the use of all swears uncensored in moderation. Please be aware you will be warned for excessive foul language if necessary. As a general note: all sniff content, music included, must be suitable for an All Ages room. If you are unsure of a swear please ask an admin!

14. Drug Advertisement


Chatting about legal substances is allowed (ex: forms of alcohol, cigarettes) in an educational sense. Talk of illegal or prescription drugs for informational purposes is also allowed (ex: This illegal drug has many side effects.) Any talk of illegal or prescription drugs in an un-tasteful manner is not allowed. (ex: Oh man. That -insert drug here- was so good. I got so wasted last night).

15. Sexual Content


Sexual slang is not to be heard at all in a sexual context, and minimally in general. Do not be graphic. "Cybering" or "yiffing" (role-playing sexual acts) is to be kept to a whisper or private rooms with the proper room rating. Mimicking sexual positions with your poses is also severely frowned upon, and is not allowed in public rooms. Your room must be the correct rating if you wish to have any sort of sexual content. You may face a ban if your private room is not the correct rating for sexual content. We would also like to make is clear that discussion of 'kinks' and use of sexual terms of endearment (i.e. 'daddy' & 'mommy') will no longer be tolerated. Furthermore discussion of prior abuse, molestation, etc should not take place on Cats Paw Island and should be instead taken to a professional or highly trusted adult. PLEASE NOTE: ANY SEXUAL INNUENDO TOWARD A MINOR WILL RESULT IN A PERMANENT BAN AND WE WILL CONTACT YOUR ISP!!

16. Private Rooms


In your room, be it temporary or permanent, you are your own Alpha, and you can pick your own rating and you can kick out whoever you want for whatever reason. In someone else's room, you are subject to their laws. If you don't like someone's rules in their room, just go somewhere else. If they are violating one of the special consequence rules, such as a death threat, a hack threat, or propositioning a minor, you should report the violation to an Administrator immediately. We also do not accept innapropriate messages along with kicks from private room owners/admins/ etc.

C. Other

17. Role-Playing


We are not going to discriminate against you for RP'ing and jump on you at the mention of "mates", but do not assume everyone wants to RP with you. Asking people repeatedly "Will you be my mate?" constitutes harassment; Asking someone multiple times to "be your mate"/"be in your clan", asking random users these types of things, or entering a room and asking if anyone wants to "be your mate"/"join your clan" etc, is not allowed. Having said that, if you are talking quietly with "your mate" about "your clan/kits / whatever" that is fine, as long as you do not disturb other users in this public room that are not interested in role play. Please note: Our rooms allow chatting and roleplaying, however please do not force people to rp if they do not want to. You will also discover several private rooms in the islands or mysts that are set up for (and interested in) role play. Outside of those types of rooms, do not bother other people and they shouldn't bother you either. Do understand that we do not allow people to use public rooms (role play or otherwise) as camps/clans/territory. You can only do this
Example of Full RP'ing:

"She came home after a long hunt, tired and weary, happy to see the rest of her clan."
"He rushed over and nuzzled her, happy she was back."

18. Art Theft


Please see the Art FAQ for further explanation. Art Theft is taken very seriously on Cats Paw Island. This includes using a pose/room on this chat when the artist has made it public they do not wish their work to be used here, modifying poses/rooms that the artist has asked not to be messed with, uploading work that is not your own without the artist's permission, and more. If you ever have a question regarding the rights of a pose, please contact a member of the Art Staff. Special consequence for Art Theft:
3 day ban for First Offense
2 week ban for Second Offense
Permanent ban for Third Offense

19. Multiple Accounts


Multiple accounts in the same room controlled by the same person are not allowed. You can pay for as many as you want and different family members may have their own account but if we learn you are logging into the same room with multiple accounts all of the accounts will be banned. PLEASE NOTE: You are allowed multiple accounts in your OWN private room. You are also allowed to have multiple accounts in DIFFERENT rooms. For example one account in 'The Jungle' and another in 'Rising Dawn'.

20. Disturbing the Peace


Generally, "Disturbing the Peace" might mean many things, but on Cats Paw Island it means behaving in ways that are deliberately upsetting or unsettling to people within the community, deliberately causing emotional grief, or trauma. Now, this may not be a crime, but it is taken very seriously here. An example of "disturbing the peace" would be faked reports of deaths, suicides, car accidents, abductions, etc. So, don't go around telling deliberate lies in order to cause commotion. Not only is it rude, it may also get you banned. We would also like to mention, that triggering topics (such as rape) is also not allowed. We do not tolerate ANY form of conversation mentioning rape. This includes (but is not limited to) joking about rape, discussing rape, ESPECIALLY threatening someone with rape. If this happens, a ban WILL be placed on your account.

21. Links to Inappropriate Content


As a service to our users, the Cats Paw Island chat software automatically converts web addresses that are typed in as "speech" into clickable links. These web links open up a new browser window and display the content found at that web address. These links are typically for sites that are external to this website and are thus not under the control of wunderwood LLC. Please note that wunderwood LLC is not responsible for any content displayed when a link takes you to an external website.

Any user who enters a link to a page with pornographic images; outwardly racist content; extreme violence; attempts at phishing, scamming, or hacking; flickering or rapidly changing images which can cause seizures in epileptic users; screamers; "shock sites"; or a site designed to affect computer performance in a negative way, may be permanently banned without warning. Cats Paw Island has a very small "black list" of websites, should any website on this list be posted in a public or private room an immediate system placed permanent ban will be placed on your account.

Additionally, any user posting a link with excessive gore, sexually explicit content, or any otherwise offensive or inappropriate content content, in a public room or in their sniff, may be banned. These bans usually begin at a 2 week length but can be higher if the content of the link is extreme enough. If you have any doubts about a particular link, DO NOT POST IT ON Cats Paw Island.

We reserve the right to judge instances where inappropriate content is linked in public or private rooms on a case-by-case basis.

22. Different languages


Please understand that we have nothing against other countries or languages, but this is an English based site. Of course our site allows everyone from all over the world, but we ask that only English is spoken in public rooms. If you wish to speak other languages, please speak them either in a private room, or in whisper. We only ask this, because our admins cannot understand all different languages, and we have to make sure the rules are being enforced. We thank you for your understanding.

23. Screamers, flashing images, etc (anxiety/epilepsy/health concerns)


Please understand that we have many diverse people on this site, some of which may have certain illnesses. Epilpsy and anxiety are just to name a few. Because of this, we ask you do NOT post quick moving images/GIFs/etc. in your sniff, as well as screamers or anything that may cause mental harm. Linking a video with screamers/popups/sudden sounds/flashing or quick moving images (this does not cover all of the possibilites which are included as well), may result in a ban. If you are unsure if something you are posting is appropriate or not, please consult an admin first.


24. Public Advertisement of other Chatlands.


As a part of Chatlands, we welcome link sharing to other Chatland sites to explore and of course, chat. We ask however, that you do this in the appropriate areas such as: Forums, whisper and private rooms. The only reason we ask you do NOT link to other Chatlands in public rooms, as it is rude to the site's owner and admins, as well as in bad taste. (We also ask you don't go to other Chatlands and do the same, though we have no control over other sites). If we find people breaking this rule, it may end up with a site ban. Asking others to join a Chatland site is also against this rule and, once again, in bad taste.

25. Recording on Cats Paw Island


We understand taping is one of the past times of users on our site, including uploading to Youtube, or any other video sharing site. Because of user confidentiality, we cannot allow this UNLESS you have permissions from EVERY PERSON in the room. So before you record, please take this into understanding and ask the users first. If you record without alerting the users and the admins are alerted, we will contact the administrators of the site to have the video taken down, as well place a (possible) ban on your account.


26. Mini-Modding


To "minimod" is to take the responsibilities and of administrators into your own hands. We understand that you may be frustrated by the behavior of others, but please do not issue warnings when you see someone rule-breaking. Simply put the other person on your Ignore list and report it to an administrator. It's fine to ask someone to stop behaving badly, but if you take an authoritative stance and try to control the situation, it reduces the importance of official warnings and undermines the authority of real administrators."
27. Third Party Agreements


The Administration of Cats Paw Island assumes no responsibility over third party agreements involving exchanged of art, currency, or any other digital sales between users that may or may not take place on this site. If User A enters into an agreement to trade their deltas for an alternative currency on another site with User B and they never receive their part of the exchange, this is not the responsibility of the Administration to make right.
Feedback & Problem Solving Strategies


Feedback is always welcome! All we ask is that you be polite and respectful, and we love it especially when solutions are suggested along with a problem. The Administration is trying to make sure everyone has a pleasant chatting experience, and the decisions we make are always made with the users' best interest in mind. The users do not vote or have an official say in the making of rules, but I can promise you that your feedback weighs in heavily on our decisions and we need that feedback in order to know what you want and how you feel about things.

ALL ban lengths mentioned in the above sections are non-negotiable. Each incident that falls under those categories are all treated the same, no matter how simple or extravagant the incident may have been.

These rules are subject to change, with or without notice. While we will make an attempt to notify of changes (via the forum or login page), we cannot guarantee notification. It is your responsibility to check for updates.

D. Problem Solving Strategies for Cats Paw Island (by Underdog)

"I want to take a minute to explain how I expect members of Cats Paw Island to approach problems with another user, whether that other user is a Subordinate, Gamma, Beta or Alpha... The goal is to try and keep the public forums clear of the acrimony that plagued the previous two incarnations of Cats Paw Island. I want to make these suggestions:

"1. When you have a problem with some other user, first you need to send a message to that person explaining yourself. Avoid sarcasm or other things that would add more "heat than light". State your case plainly and politely. If someone has done you an injustice, make it clear why you feel that way, but do not make things more complicated by attacking back. Resist the temptation to "tell them off". Try to resolve the problem in a private message.

"2. If you are unable to resolve the problem by working directly with the other person, you should escalate it to someone of higher rank. So, for example, if you are a Subordinate and you are having problems with another Subordinate, send a private message to a Gamma about it, or speak with them privately.

"3. If escalating to the next level doesn't work, continue to escalate. There's no reason why you have to go through each level, but try to if you can. If all else fails, please do not hesitate to contact me (or another Alpha) directly about problems with an administrator. Be aware that I want to think highly of my team, but that doesn't mean that they are infallible.

"4. The main goal is to try to resolve problems without turning it into a public argument. For what it's worth, any time that I see a PUBLIC discussion of some problem that should have been handled in PRIVATE, I tend to be strongly biased against the public debate. So, it serves your purpose to avoid airing "dirty laundry" in public. This means, be discreet and private. PM the Alphas, rather than post a negative topic.

"5. If all else fails, and you have moved up the ladder and STILL don't have a fair resolution, then by all means you are free to take it public. You could have done it all along, of course. But keep in mind that I am not going to cave in to mob rule. I am the Alpha at Cats Paw Island. What I say is final. I want to keep people happy, but I am going to do what I feel is right, regardless of any public vote.

"I believe that one of the root causes of the collapse of the previous two incarnations of Cats Paw Island had to do with arguments on public forums. I do not want to eliminate those, but I want them to be a last resort. Thanks for helping me reach that goal."

===underdog===

Thank you for participating in our site and happy chatting!

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