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Sanctuary FAQ

Last updated by: Arnox on 01/02/2020

This page is for, you guessed it, frequently asked questions... Alright, maybe I haven't been actually been asked some of these questions yet, but eh. My forum and stuff.

I will update this page as needed.

Q: What is this site anyway?
A: Sanctuary is a site and dedicated forum located on the edge of the civilized internet. The site is called Sanctuary because it was designed to be a sort of oasis away from all the heavy-handed moderation, corporate influencing, reputation systems, and spurious social media outrages. It was inspired directly by Jeff Hunter's TOTSE of old, but it does not seek to emulate that. We are not TOTSE 2.0 but we go by the exact same ideals. We tend to focus on gaming, but also tackle a wide variety of subjects as well. We also do somewhat regular talk videos. And finally, we also host rare files that we've deemed worthy of preservation.

Q: I don't like the site theme.
A: Go to the bottom left of the page and look for a paintbrush icon. If you're on the default theme, it should say "Night Mode" next to it. Just click it and change it to whatever you want.

Q: How can I change the Chatbox position on the portal page?
A: Click on the cogs (Settings Menu) and change the display mode. There are only two real choices though. "All pages" will put the chatbox on the bottom of the browser window. Almost anything else will dock the Chatbox back with the page. Keep in mind, in "All pages" mode, the browser tab won't show if you have any new unread messages or not.

Q: Can we have a Thanks/Reputation/Upvote-Downvote system here?
A: I have seen a whole lot of rep systems in my time on the 'netz and all of them have been retarded. A normal rep system where it keeps a total of all the rep you earned leads to reputation spam. A thanks system where it only keeps track of the thanks given to each post is hardly better.

When we're talking about a normal upvote/downvote system or anything in between though, what it leads to is friends upvoting each other just because they're friends, funny posts getting upvoted instead of the more smart and thoughtful posts, posts getting upvoted because it tells people what they want to hear instead of what they should be hearing, posts getting downvoted because it tells people what they should be hearing instead of what they want to be hearing, the entire system getting gamed by paid clickers and/or bots, and posts deserving of upvotes not getting them simply because they're on the last page of posts and some users TL;DRing all posts past the first or second pages or initial replies. Not to mention the small amounts of drama it causes when someone gets a lot of or all the upvotes and another doesn't, no matter how intelligent or well they conduct themselves simply because of something that happened in the past and people are holding a grudge...

TL;DR - Tyranny of the majority. So... No, there will not ever be a rep system.

Q: What are all the posting ranks?
A: The posting ranks are as follows:

Ghost: 0
Outlander: 1-19
Adherent: 20-99
Devotee: 100-249
Disciple: 250-499
Arch Disciple: 500-999
Zealot: 1000-1499
Commandant: 1500-1999
Veteran: 2000-4999
Master: 5000-Infinity

Q: Help! I can't post images!
A: In order to prevent certain types of nasty spam from being posted by sleeper accounts, all users will not be able post images until they've made at least 10 posts. I'm sorry, I know it's a pain, but getting to 10 posts will go quickly. I swear.

Q: Help! Someone here has been impersonating me/posting false information! You need to ban them/remove the false content!
A: I'm sorry to say this but Sanctuary will not be monitoring whether or not someone or the things they say or do are 'legit', with the exception of any official Sanctuary-endorsed content. Anything posted should be taken as is and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of anything posted by members on the site nor can or should we involve ourselves in the sticky issue of verifying people's actual identity (barring alt accounts). Having said that, keep in mind, if you feel like someone is posting BS or is BS, feel free to make a thread in the appropriate sub-forum about it. When it comes to issues of fake or real information or posters, these will be delegated to the members themselves.

Q: Can you change my username?
A: We will not be doing this, barring two exceptions. One being that you accidentally named your account wrong upon registration, and two being that personally identifying information is in the username.