Greetings, adventurer! Welcome to Habitica, the land of productivity, healthy living, and the occasional rampaging gryphon. We have a cheerful community full of helpful people supporting each other on their way to self-improvement.
To help keep everyone safe, happy, and productive in the community, we have some guidelines. We have carefully crafted them to make them as friendly and easy-to-read as possible. Please take the time to read them.
These rules apply to all of the social spaces we use, including (but not necessarily limited to) Trello, GitHub, Transifex, and the Wikia (aka wiki). Sometimes, unforeseen situations will arise, like a new source of conflict or a vicious necromancer. When this happens, the mods may respond by editing these guidelines to keep the community safe from new threats. Fear not: you will be notified by an announcement from Bailey if the guidelines change.
Now ready your quills and scrolls for note-taking, and let's get started!
Habitica is first and foremost a website devoted to improvement. As a result, we've been lucky to attract one of the warmest, kindest, most courteous and supportive communities on the internet. There are many traits that make up Habiticans. Some of the most common and most notable are:
Habitica has some tireless knight-errants who join forces with the staff members to keep the community calm, contented, and free of trolls. Each has a specific domain, but will sometimes be called to serve in other social spheres. Staff and Mods will often precede official statements with the words "Mod Talk" or "Mod Hat On".
Staff have purple tags marked with crowns. Their title is "Heroic".
Mods have dark blue tags marked with stars. Their title is "Guardian". The only exception is Bailey, who, as an NPC, has a black and green tag marked with a star.
The current Staff Members are (from left to right):
There are also several Moderators who assist the staff members. They were selected carefully, so please give them your respect and listen to their suggestions.
The current Moderators are (from left to right):
If you have an issue or concern about a particular Mod, please send an email to Lemoness (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In a community as big as Habitica, users come and go, and sometimes a moderator needs to lay down their noble mantle and relax. The following are Moderators Emeritus. They no longer act with the power of a Moderator, but we would still like to honor their work!
Moderators Emeritus: Slappybag, litenull, Shaner, Bobbyroberts99, wc8
Habitica has two kinds of social spaces: public, and private. Public spaces include the Tavern, Public Guilds, GitHub, Trello, and the Wiki. Private spaces are Private Guilds, party chat, and Private Messages. All Display Names must comply with the public space guidelines. To change your Display Name, go on the website to User > Profile and click on the "Edit" button.
When navigating the public spaces in Habitica, there are some general rules to keep everyone safe and happy. These should be easy for adventurers like you!
Respect each other. Be courteous, kind, friendly, and helpful. Remember: Habiticans come from all backgrounds and have had wildly divergent experiences. This is part of what makes Habitica so cool! Building a community means respecting and celebrating our differences as well as our similarities. Here are some easy ways to respect each other:
In private spaces, users have more freedom to discuss whatever topics they would like, but they still may not violate the Terms and Conditions, including posting any discriminatory, violent, or threatening content. Note that, because Challenge names appear in the winner's public profile, ALL Challenge names must obey the public space guidelines, even if they appear in a private space.
Private Messages (PMs) have some additional guidelines. If someone has blocked you, do not contact them elsewhere to ask them to unblock you. Additionally, you should not send PMs to someone asking for support (since public answers to support questions are helpful to the community). Finally, do not send anyone PMs begging for a gift of gems or a subscription, as this can be considered spamming.
Furthermore, some public spaces in Habitica have additional guidelines.
The Tavern is the main spot for Habiticans to mingle. Daniel the Barkeep keeps the place spic-and-span, and Lemoness will happily conjure up some lemonade while you sit and chat. Just keep in mind...
Conversation tends to revolve around casual chatting and productivity or life improvement tips.
Because the Tavern chat can only hold 200 messages, it isn't a good place for prolonged conversations on topics, especially sensitive ones (ex. politics, religion, depression, whether or not goblin-hunting should be banned, etc.). These conversations should be taken to an applicable guild or the Back Corner (more information below).
Don't discuss anything addictive in the Tavern. Many people use Habitica to try to quit their bad Habits. Hearing people talk about addictive/illegal substances may make this much harder for them! Respect your fellow Tavern-goers and take this into consideration. This includes, but is not exclusive to: smoking, alcohol, pornography, gambling, and drug use/abuse.
Public guilds are much like the Tavern, except that instead of being centered around general conversation, they have a focused theme. Public guild chat should focus on this theme. For example, members of the Wordsmiths guild might be cross if they found the conversation suddenly focusing on gardening instead of writing, and a Dragon-Fanciers guild might not have any interest in deciphering ancient runes. Some guilds are more lax about this than others, but in general, try to stay on topic!
Some public guilds will contain sensitive topics such as depression, religion, politics, etc. This is fine as long as the conversations therein do not violate any of the Terms and Conditions or Public Space Rules, and as long as they stay on topic.
Public Guilds may NOT contain 18+ content. If they plan to regularly discuss sensitive content, they should say so in the Guild title. This is to keep Habitica safe and comfortable for everyone. If the guild in question has different kinds of sensitive issues, it is respectful to your fellow Habiticans to place your comment behind a warning (ex. "Warning: references self-harm"). Additionally, the sensitive material should be topical -- bringing up self-harm in a guild focused on fighting depression may make sense, but may be less appropriate in a music guild. If you see someone who is repeatedly violating this guideline, even after several requests, please email email@example.com with screenshots.
No Guilds, Public or Private, should be created for the purpose of attacking any group or individual. Creating such a Guild is grounds for an instant ban. Fight bad habits, not your fellow adventurers!
All Tavern Challenges and Public Guild Challenges must comply with these rules as well.
Sometimes a conversation will get too long, off-topic, or sensitive to be continued in a Public Space without making users uncomfortable. In that case, the conversation will be directed to the Back Corner Guild. Note that being directed to the Back Corner is not at all a punishment! In fact, many Habiticans like to hang out there and discuss things at length.
The Back Corner Guild is a free public space to discuss sensitive material or a single conversation for a long time, and it is carefully moderated. The Public Space Guidelines still apply, as do all of the Terms and Conditions. Just because we are wearing long cloaks and clustering in a corner doesn't mean that anything goes! Now pass me that smoldering candle, will you?
Trello serves as an open forum for suggestions and discussion of site features. Habitica is ruled by the people in the form of valiant contributors -- we all build the site together. Trello is the system that lends method to our madness. Out of consideration for this, try your best to contain all your thoughts into one comment, instead of commenting many times in a row on the same card. If you think of something new, feel free to edit your original comments. Please, take pity on those of us who receive a notification for every new comment. Our inboxes can only withstand so much.
Habitica uses five different Trello boards:
All have their own guidelines outlined, and the Public Spaces rules apply. Users should avoid going off-topic in any of the boards or cards. Trust us, the boards get crowded enough as it is! Prolonged conversations should be moved to the Back Corner Guild.
Habitica uses GitHub to track bugs and contribute code. It's the smithy where the tireless Blacksmiths forge the features! All the Public Spaces rules apply. Be sure to be polite to the Blacksmiths -- they have a lot of work to do, keeping the site running! Hooray, Blacksmiths!
The following users are members of the Habitica repo:
The Habitica wiki collects information about the site. It also hosts a few forums similar to the guilds on Habitica. Hence, all the Public Space rules apply.
The Habitica wiki can be considered to be a database of all things Habitica. It provides information about site features, guides to play the game, tips on how you can contribute to Habitica and also provides a place for you to advertise your guild or party and vote on topics.
Since the wiki is hosted by Wikia, the terms and conditions of Wikia also apply in addition to the rules set by Habitica and the Habitica wiki site.
The wiki is solely a collaboration between all of its editors so some additional guidelines include:
The following people are the current wiki administrators:
Wiki Administrators Emeritus are: Bobbyroberts99 (founder and bureaucrat), wc8 (bureaucrat)
Overwhelmingly, Habiticans assist each other, are respectful, and work to make the whole community fun and friendly. However, once in a blue moon, something that a Habitican does may violate one of the above guidelines. When this happens, the Mods will take whatever actions they deem necessary to keep Habitica safe and comfortable for everyone.
There are a variety of infractions, and they are dealt with depending on their severity. These are not conclusive lists, and Mods have a certain amount of discretion. The Mods will take context into account when evaluating infractions.
Severe infractions greatly harm the safety of Habitica's community and users, and therefore have severe consequences as a result.
The following are examples of some severe infractions. This is not a comprehensive list.
Moderate infractions do not make our community unsafe, but they do make it unpleasant. These infractions will have moderate consequences. When in conjunction with multiple infractions, the consequences may grow more severe.
The following are some examples of Moderate Infractions. This is not a comprehensive list.
Minor Infractions, while discouraged, still have minor consequences. If they continue to occur, they can lead to more severe consequences over time.
The following are some examples of Minor Infractions. This is not a comprehensive list.
In Habitica -- as in real life -- every action has a consequence, whether it is getting fit because you've been running, getting cavities because you've been eating too much sugar, or passing a class because you've been studying.
Similarly, all infractions have direct consequences. Some sample consequences are outlined below.
If your infraction has a moderate or severe consequence, you will receive an email explaining:
Habitica is a land devoted to self-improvement, and we believe in second chances. If you commit an infraction and receive a consequence, view it as a chance to evaluate your actions and strive to be a better member of the community.
The email that you receive explaining the consequences of your actions (or, in the case of minor consequences, the Mod/Staff announcement) is a good source of information. Cooperate with any restrictions which have been imposed, and endeavor to meet the requirements to have any penalties lifted.
If you do not understand your consequences, or the nature of your infraction, ask the Staff/Moderators for help so you can avoid committing infractions in the future.
Habitica is an open-source project, which means that any Habiticans are welcome to pitch in! The ones who do will be rewarded according to the following tier of rewards:
Mods are chosen from among Seventh Tier contributors by the Staff and preexisting Moderators. Note that while Seventh Tier Contributors have worked hard on behalf of the site, not all of them speak with the authority of a Mod.
There are some important things to note about the Contributor Tiers:
So there you have it, brave Habitican -- the Community Guidelines! Wipe that sweat off of your brow and give yourself some XP for reading it all. If you have any questions or concerns about these Community Guidelines, please email Lemoness (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will be happy to help clarify things.
Now go forth, brave adventurer, and slay some Dailies!
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