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Sanctuary FAQ

Last updated by: Arnox on 09/19/2022

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 forum dedicated mostly to freedom of speech. Due to this, we can be classified as a general all-purpose forum. One of the main goals behind Sanctuary is for people to start asking questions, even if those questions may not actually lead anywhere sometimes. As to why it's called Sanctuary, it's 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. I often like to remark that we are on the edge of the civilized internet because we try to give our users as much freedom as possible while still maintaining a baseline of order, and also due to our somewhat "edgy" presentation. 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. With that aside, 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, such a system has been shown repeatedly to lead to 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.

Q: What are all the titles underneath someone's username and what do they mean?
A: The user titles are as follows in alphabetical order.

Administrator: Given to those who have both full front-end and full back-end control of the Sanctuary site. Only Founders outrank them. Currently, this position is not in use.

Founder: Given to those who first created the Sanctuary site and have absolute administrative control. Founders cannot give up control, though they may take breaks from their position.

Frozen: This title is actually an indicator of a state that users may be put into by Sanctuary moderators, global moderators, or staff. Frozen means the user has been locked out of editing ther posts or their account entirely. Most of the time, this state is temporary.

Game server maintainer: Given to those who own and/or maintain official Sanctuary game servers.

Global moderator: Given to those who moderate the entire site. These users also moderate other Sanctuary-controlled areas as well. Currently, this position is not in use.

Moderator: Given to those who moderate a sub-forum of the site. Currently, this position is not in use.

Retired staff: A staff member who has retired from their position by choice temporarily or permanently. Although they may resume their original position at any time, they do not have any administrative or moderation powers.

Sanctuary contributor: Anyone not a staff member who has taken their time and/or money to promote, improve, or pay for Sanctuary and its services. While this does include Sanctuary game server owners, the title of "Game server maintainer" takes precedence.

Sanctuary legend: A title given on 6/17/2020 to those who have stayed with Sanctuary and kept it active.

Staff member: Anyone who always has at least some say in the official decisions of Sanctuary. Includes global moderators as well but not regular moderators.

UT2004 champion: Anyone who has placed 1st in an official Sanctuary UT2004 tournament.

XF Admin: Given to those who have full front-end control of the Sanctuary site. Extends to other Sanctuary-controlled areas as well such as the official Sanctuary Discord server. Currently, this position is not in use.

Q: What restrictions do unregistered posters have?
A: Unregisted posting, also sarcastically called "peasant posting", allows anyone without an account to still make threads and posts. Unregistered users have the following restrctions. They,

  • need admin/moderator approval for all threads and posts that they make.
  • do not have any say whatsoever in official matters of Sanctuary and its events and servers. Any posts or threads with suggestions or complaints will be flat out ignored by all Sanctuary staff.
  • cannot register for any official Sanctuary events.
  • cannot vote in any polls.
  • cannot edit their threads or posts.
  • do not have access to any profile customization elements whatsoever.
  • cannot pick a username for their posts or threads that a registered member already has.
  • cannot PM other members or view PMs.
  • cannot post a new public verification code.
  • cannot post in the Chatbox.

Q: Is unregistered posting a permanent feature?
A: Unfortunately no. Sooner or later, Sanctuary will begin to receive too many unregistered posts awaiting approval. When this begins to seriously impact the time of the Sanctuary staff, this feature will be removed.