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 and character development free for alls. We don't expect you to have every element of your character's history and personality worked out when joining, but we want to help you explore different aspects through your writing for richer characters and richer interactions.
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, pbs and examples
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. Please have an IC spam/friends only post and an OOC contact post (which can be the same as your bio page or not, up to you). 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. Please label if your examples are NSFW. Your PB must be "famous" (a Wikipedia entry, representation as a model, a verified social media account), and we're happy to let you know if your pick fits our standards before adds.
While we understand that there are famous people in all major cities, this is not an AU/faux community. Please do not try to "claim" a celebrity's career or try to claim hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. There are other games for that sort of thing.
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! At a minimum, you must wait two weeks before applying a second character, and your first character must be active with a written and interactive link already dropped off.
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, and this post cannot be your intro since even members grandfathered into the next activity cycle must intro.

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.
If you were removed for inactivity or failure to drop off activity links, note that you will need a written update in your journal within the last month to reapply. Please include this link in your application in lieu of examples.

    removals
We reserve the right to remove your character if:
1. You fail to post an introduction.

2. Your friends list has not been updated for more than two weeks (exceptions made for those who notify the mods of a hiatus).

3. You engage in any OOC conflict. This has already been stated in the rules - keep IC/OOC separate. At Portlander we have a zero tolerance policy for any OOC bullying.

4. You failed to drop off your links in the activity tracker.

5. You only seem to interact with one person and do not answer your comments. This is a community, not a home for your PSL.

6. We notice a pattern of you updating hastily with numerous typos, as this indicates to us that you do not care about the community. If the quality of your writing is well below the standard set in your examples, you may be up for removal.

    if you are rejected
We do not provide individual feedback about why we did not approve your application. Here are a few reasons why we have rejected characters in the past:
1. The character would not fit in with our community.

2. The quality of writing not being up to community standards

3. You did not apply to subcommunities/add the mod journal.

4. Examples submitted are of a graphic/offensive nature without flagging such.

5. Mod discretion concerning whether a player seems capable of handling serious subjects accurately rather than just for drama.