the basics
The same applies here as it does every other community: no blurring ic/ooc, respectful treatment of others is a must, no harassment of any kind (doing so will lead to your immediate removal), and no plagiarism. Everyone's here to have a good time, so while drama in character is expected, that's where we want to keep it.
If you see something, say something. We want to cultivate an environment of excitement and fun, focusing on character development, and that's only possible if we are all in this together.
What sets us apart from other communities? Writing prompts. Each week we have new challenges to encourage you to interact with new people, dig into your character, and share in some brilliant writing and creativity.
To respect your fellow players, if you're writing about a particularly heavy subject (violence, abuse, hard drugs, etc.), we strongly encourage you to use a trigger warning somewhere before the text. It's not a rule, but since we have received concerned comments, we want our members to feel comfortable with what they read on the friends list.
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or whatever else to help us make portlander a better place, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

    applying
Because we know it takes some time to get into a character and develop a real personality, we only need your character's full name, birthdate and age, occupation and hometown. Using an in-character journal related to your character's name, dropbox a few examples of your writing (ideally at least one narrative/entry and one thread) and request membership, then you'll be good to go! If you have any questions as to whether your examples are substantial enough, we're happy to work with you before adds.
Due to the size of our community, at this time we have a two character limit. Please be active with your first character before bringing in another! We reserve the right to reject new applications if we feel your first character in the game is too new.
If you have been removed for inactivity in the past, please reapply as before. Unless several months have passed, you will not need to resubmit your examples. If you were removed for inactivity in the previous month (ex. removed for not submitting April activity and then reapplying in May), please make sure you have a recent written entry in your journal so we know you're not just flouting the activity requirements.
To apply for a PB change, please comment the members post with your intended switch and, if necessary, any biographical changes you would need to make to be age appropriate to your PB. We cap changes at three per character.
We do not currently have an override system in place. However, if you notice that a face is inactive, you can always reach out to us.

    activity requirements
Activity at portlander is based on three things:
1. An update in your journal once a month, either with 250+ words or significant coding effort (such as a phone/bag entry, especially if there is writing involved as well). We would need to be able to tell that the coding is your effort and not just a template.

2. One subcommunity update or other interactive update within your journal each month. You must answer comments to your interactive post.

3. An up-to-date friends list at the end of each activity period.
Please dropbox your posts by the end of each cycle for your activity to be counted! Our activity cycle starts on the first of each month; if you were added after the fifteenth of the month, you are grandfathered into the following month's activity cycle.