The Asylum FAQ

  1. Um, what exactly is this place?
  2. Where did you people come from?
  3. How do I get my title changed, whatever the hell that is?
  4. Are there any rules?
  5. Can I really say whatever I want?
  6. Wanna see my cool-ass website?
  7. Why do people keep asking me to show them my tits? I'm a guy!
  8. Reserved
  9. People keep saying bad things about me. How should I respond?
  10. There are lots of forums, which one should I post in (Forums and Functions)?
  11. I posted a thread in The Lost Forum and now it isn't there! What the hell?!
  12. This place seems like a tight-knit community. Why should I bother participating?
  13. Who is this MooP guy everyone's always talking about?
  14. How do I become a moderator?
  15. How do I do all that nifty italic and posting pictures and stuff?
  16. What the hell are WotA, TLF, etc.?
  17. What's the deal with chat?
  18. Reserved for future abuse.
  19. What are Profiles?
  20. What is trivia?
  21. When I want a title changed, or an official request to the Webmaster, or something like that, whom do I go to? (Who are the administrators of this site?)
  22. How do I get my cam on the cam portals, and please put my cam as high up as possible!

Basic Do's And Don'ts ... Asylum Etiquette

1. Um, what exactly is this place?

Do you mean where the hell did we come from, how the site came to be, that sort of thing? Well, if that's your question, check this out: The History of the ASYLUM.

Or are you asking that in a deeper sense? If that's the case, the question is kind of a difficult one to answer. We are a lot of different things for a lot of different people. We are, at heart, a community. People from around the globe, a wide variety of ages, locations, experiences, all coming together and just...well...talking, joking, discussing, bullshitting, writing, whatever. The Internet is a remarkable innovation for personal interaction; this site is a testament to that. If you've ever seen forum driven web sites in the past, this should be old hat to you. What makes us a bit different, aside from our rather unique inception, is probably the community itself. It's not too small, things are rarely if ever stagnant, but we're not some gigantor site either where everything goes so quickly that you have to spend hours sifting through stupid h4x0r talk and nonsense before finding anything of any substance, and you come back the next day and the topic you were just reading is nowhere to be found. We're also unique in that there is no common bond, no single common element that links us all, save this place. This is not a site dedicated to anything, except its users.

So I guess, when you ask what exactly this place, the best answer I can give you is "It is whatever you want it to be".

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2. Where did you people come from?

This used to be an easy answer (once again, read the History), but it's been a long time since we started up the place and now you're just as likely to find somebody who wandered in off the street as you are those that have been here since day one. The stories are many and varied. If you're asking a "who the hell are you people" sort of question, feel free to browse the profiles for info on any Asylum members, assuming they provided it.

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3. How do I get my title changed, whatever the hell that is.

A title is one of the many features available to help you create your persona here (it appears immediately under your name when you post). On many forums, a title is achieved through reaching successive posting levels, and serves as more of a ranking or status symbol than a reflection on who you are. On this forum , you decide what your title says. If you choose to not customize it, you'll receive one of our standard titles (like "Adorable Pussycat"). Ain't that cute?

In the past, you would have to enlist the services of an admin to change your title; now you can do it yourself. By clicking the "options" button on top of any page, you'll be presented with a screen from which you can handle most of your administrivia related to the site (this is your personal control panel). From here, click the "Edit profile" link, and you'll find the phrase "Custom User Text:" partway down the page. This is where you update your title. See question 19 for more about profiles.

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4. Are there any rules?

Not in the traditional sense. There are some guidelines below (Asylum Etiquette) that will tell you a few things that are frowned upon and may get you yelled at, but that's more stuff you can do to not get yelled at rather than concrete rules. But please be advised that some things are considered a DEFINITE no-no, and will be met with the full force of the moderation committee.

First, there is NO pedophile porn posted, linked or traded here. Not only will you be kicked out, we'll dig up some hackers and eat your shit alive. Also, you're free to link adult content (images), but don't put it on our server by attaching it to a post or uploading it to the Image Bin. And also again in addition to the above and furthermore, No bestiality pics. It isn't that we don't like them, it's just.... we just can't cover that. Oh yeah, for those that like to push the edge of the envelope, kiddy porn is not just photographs, it is any depiction of the act, drawings, claymation, etc. So don't go there, mmmk? good.

Second, we will not tolerate the posting of true names and addresses without the permission of the person stated, or the posting of private logs and things of that sort if the other party objects. This is not an arena for revenge, and there is no one here to do your dirty work for you.

Third, we are not very fond of spammers or scrollers. Repeated postings of anything that is done just to fill a page or the forum index page is frowned upon and could be dealt with in a very unpleasant fashion. Ask around about the last putz that tried spam/scrolling the forum. He was not very happy with our reaction. Likewise, no posting nonsense in several threads just to see your name propogated down the last poster column on the index.

Also, no public trading of warez or other like illegal software.

Basically, when it comes to rules, almost anything goes so long as the admins won't get put in prison. You may want to check out our legal notice as well.

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5. Can I really say whatever I want?

One of the major reasons most of us left the other forum was due to censorship. We do not believe in censorship in any shape or form, except for the extreme cases listed above. However, if you decide to post a highly thoughtless post on how great Hitler was and how we should examine the benefits of slavery, don't be surprised if someone like Paint CHiPs launches a series of highly personal, cutting and amazingly articulate insults at you. So I guess it just depends on how you look at it. You can say VERY little that would force the moderators to take action against you, but if you run around like an arrogant little shit, people won't like you.

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6. Wanna see my cool-ass website?

We sure do, as long as you keep your link in your sig. It's like keeping your zipper up - we know you have a huge dick, just don't wave it in our faces, ok? Do note though that if it is your first time here and all you talk about is how cool your website is, action against you is likely to be taken. If your only motivation in visiting this site is to get hits for your site, you will find yourself sorely disappointed. However, if you have been around for awhile, if it is apparent you are not here just to spam, it's okay every once in awhile to link your site and ask for constructive criticism and things of that sort.

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7. Why do people keep asking me to show them my tits? I'm a guy!

The Asylum is rampant with open and honest people who would love to get to know you better, in all sorts of ways. Just do it and they'll leave you alone. If you are a female and do it they will respect you forever, honest (actually, it has become sort of a traditional greeting around here.)

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8. When we come up with something new, maybe we'll put it here.

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9. People keep saying bad things about me. How should I respond?

When people criticize you in a degrading manner, it is called flaming. Flaming is an art form that is developed over time, and mastered by few. You are encouraged to defend yourself, as we will ridicule you for life if you wimp out. Not sure how? Paint CHiPs has written a wonderful essay on the subject: The Fine Art of Flaming.

But on this point, let me say this: as this is a forum where anybody can say basically whatever they like, we get the occasional assholes who are intent on tearing anybody down they can. Granted, 95% of the forum members are all very nice people, online and off, but the 5% that are intent on being antagonistic kind of stand out on occasion. Just either ignore them or, if you feel up to it, hit them right back.

We are all very strong willed and independent thinkers as well, so arguments and discussions are a common occurrence. The best way to handle it is to just dive in and swim. You think somebody is making a real stupid point on a subject, post and say so. Somebody gets nasty to you, get nasty right back, or tell them you aren't interested in being nasty and ignore them. They have the right to say you are a fucktard, you have the right to yell right back at them or to not worry about it. Don't forget, it's a community, but a virtual one. Political debates and other hot button discussions often get heated, there will likely be one person who vehemently disagrees with somebody and will outright say so, all of that. Just remember it's (mostly) all, at the end of the day, in good fun. The best way to get the most out of the whole experience is not to huddle in a corner and cower. If you have strong opinions, speak your mind! That is respected far more, in life and in here, than shutting up and running away when challenged.

And for the record, 75% of the time, the discussions are civil, most threads are not arguments, most people don't run around insulting each other, this place isn't about everybody running around in a frenzy bashing heads so don't think that and certainly treat everybody how you would like to be treated. But it does happen. This place is all about people speaking their minds. No two minds think alike.

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10. There are lots of forums, which one should I post in (Forums and Functions)?

All of them!

Breakdown of their forums and their functions:

The Lost Forum (TLF): This is the bread and butter, the hub, the heart of the site. It is here that people go to just discuss things in general. No real function for this one, just a place for people to go and post whatever they like.

Políticás der Monde: A mostly serious discussion forum for politics on a local, national or global level. Flaming and other attacks discouraged.

Sensory Overload: This is for discussion relating to music and movies.

Images of Desanctity: This is where you post threads relating to pictures. Great porn, some photos you took of the countryside, some cool art by some artist, a funny picture, a comic, whatever.

WIT - Whore Institute of Technology: This is for computer and tech related discussion. If you are having computer problems and aren't sure how to fix them, ask this forum. If you are upgrading your system and want suggestions, if somebody released a new operating system and you want to talk about it, those sorts of things.

Pissups - A term we've appropriated from our Limey friends here. This forum is the photo and descriptive evidence of all the various forms of debauchery when more than two Asylumites gather for drinks, concerts, and/or hotel-room abuse.

Some people think that since people most often visit The Lost Forum, that the only way to get a good discussion and thread views is by keeping everything there. This isn't true at all. The other forums, due to their specialized nature, do tend to run a bit slower than The Lost Forum. However, you should consider that we all lurk around the entire site. A thread about the music of Julian Lennon's music posted in The Lost Forum will drop to the bottom very quickly, and thus the few that would be interested in commenting on Mr. Lennon will never see it. In the other forums, the threads hang more, and so more people are likely to see each thread, people who are actually interested in the topic at hand, it will just take a bit longer for them to do so. Also, threads tend to stay on topic MUCH better in the other forums.

So just so you know, don't be hasty about bypassing the other forums. Many members actually prefer them.

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11. I posted a thread in The Lost Forum and now it isn't there! What the hell?!

Chances are, what happened was you posted a thread that should go in another forum, i.e., if you posted a thread in TLF regarding this great new movie you saw or a new album from Tool coming out, it will get moved to Sensory Overload. If you posted a tech question, it will go to WIT. If you posted a thread with a bunch of images in it, it will get moved to Images of Desanctity. If you notice a thread you posted missing, go check the other forums before asking about it. Chances are you'll find it in one of them. If not, you must have been doing something really bad. Even then, we will normally edit out the illegal stuff in your post and lock the thread.

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12. This place seems like a tight-knit community. Why should I bother participating?

Ah. This one's a doozy.

I've heard that in the past and here is my response.

This site is ALL ABOUT INTERACTION AND COMMUNITY. That's the whole point. We've had members that have known each other online for a long time, and are interacting on an almost daily basis. Thus, it is natural that they would form bonds, cliques, have in-jokes and personal references, things of that sort, and we have a helluva time doing it.

But think of it like going to a party where you don't know anybody but most of them know each other. You have two options. You can grab your drink and sit in a corner not talking to anybody the whole night, or you can walk around, mingle, and get to know the other people. Which option do you think yields you having the most fun? Same thing here.

Our advice to you: dive in and swim.

The people that most love this place are often the people that lurked for a few days and then just started posting, and kept at it. If you don't understand a reference, ask about it. If you have an opinion, speak it. If you are in chat and want to get to know a person you found interesting on the forum, private message them and strike up a conversation. After an hour, you'll have a new friend most likely. To some this seems daunting, but it really isn't. All you have to do is talk, to be yourself.

You'll find this group of people to be more receptive to newcomers than any other online community I have ever been a part of. The vast majority of us welcome new perspectives, fresh ideas, and new blood. All you have to do is go for it. And once you do, I promise you won't be disappointed.

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13. Who is this MooP guy everyone's always talking about?

MooP is MooP. You're a newbie who will never understand the depth of emotion concerning this subject. Just walk away, and pretend you never saw that name... (He's actually our official mascot.)

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14. How do I become a moderator?

Why on earth would you want to be a moderator?

Anyone can be a moderator, actually. That is, if you meet the basic requirements. First, you must show that you are a trustworthy and fair person who's not easily offended or swayed by the daily occurrences here. Second, you must both give up all hopes of having a social life and stay online 24-7, or join the commune. Third, you must have some sort of real dirt on at least two of the admins, we are talking serious extortion info. And finally, if you have nothing to offer (i.e., technical expertise, money, blackmail), you're probably going to be kindly refused, after which Fiend will commiserate with you in chat over a few beers and pee on you.

Summary: hang around a while and don't piss off the admins. In truth, there's little to do here as a moderator.

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15. How do I do all that nifty italic and posting pictures and stuff?

An explanation of UBB code (the "tags" that allow people to manipulate their posts in those ways) can be found here. Read through that and you'll have a good head start. Or, click the little edit button above any post containing something you want to mimic and see how someone else did it.

Either that, or HTML in most forums works as well if you know it (which you probably don't as you are asking the question).

As far as pictures go, please bear in mind that you have to upload them to a site before you can post them (either that or you can steal a link from a picture somewhere on the web and link it directly). If you are having problems with that, PM somebody in chat or post a thread in WIT asking about it.

The alternatives are to attach a picture (using the forum feature when you post), or upload it to our image bin and link it from there (the instructions, on this page, are straightforward on how to use it.) Just note that since you are now putting pictures on our server using either of these methods, we can't accept adult content due to our hosting agreement.

There are some limitations. Any HTML that goes outside of the bounds of your post space (thread backgrounds, mp3s, real player links) will sometimes be frowned upon and even edited it out if it causes too much of a problem. But that's all pretty elite stuff, so you probably don't have to worry about it.

Oh, and make sure you close your tags.

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16. What the hell are WotA, TLF, etc?

Abbreviations for various aspects of the site. Pretty much anything on the web with more than a single word for a name gets abbreviated by those familiar with it.

  • TLF - The Lost Forum, the general discussion one.
  • WotA - Stands for "Whores of the Asylum" or "We Own the Asylum"; it's our chat channel.
  • IOD - Images of Desanctity, our images forum.
  • WIT - Whore Institute of Technology, our Tech Forum.
  • SPF - Stile Project Forum. An old forum that many of our members migrated from when the site first began.

You'll also find that members' names often get abbreviated as well and, as I said, pretty much everything on the Internet gets abbreviated so you will find plenty of random letters that mean something or other. If you don't know, don't be afraid to ask.

Just don't ever call Paint CHiPs "PC" or he'll have to put the hurt on you.

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17. What's the deal with chat?

Chat has seen a healthy chunk of our interaction here (over 5,000,000 lines in three years). Not everybody who posts comes into chat, but most have been there at some time or another. It is a great way to ask people questions about themselves personally, to quickly gain acquaintances and friends at the site, to ask questions about the site -- all of that. Or, log onto our network and start your own channel, becoming the master of your own domain! And if you frequent another site that is looking for a way to get people together to chat, you're more than welcome to invite them to our server. Highly recommended that you check it out. If you need help, contact any of the admins you find there.

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19. What are Profiles?

Profiles are the oldest feature on the site, even older then the forum itself. Basically, at most forums, the profiles that are used are very bare-boned and rarely filled in completely. Here they are customized to allow people to say as much about themselves as they desire. It is encouraged that one of the first things you do after you register is to fill in your profile completely.

And because we have in-depth profiles, it is considered poor form to start threads saying "where y'all from?", "what's your ICQ/AIM/MSN/Yahoo ID?", "how old are you?" or questions like that. We will likely merely tell you to go check out the profiles. If the info you are looking for isn't in the profile, chances are that person doesn't want you to know.

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20. What is trivia?

Trivia is a competition we used to hold frequently. We've stopped it for now as some of the activity on the site has waned. Essentially, a person is asked to run a session of trivia, they gather together 30 or so questions, and then the whole thing takes place in #trivia (a chat room on our server that can be accessed by going into our chat and typing /join #trivia). Basically, a group of people gathers in the room, and then the person running trivia asks a question and says how many trivia points it is worth. The first person to type in the correct answer earns that amount of trivia points.

On occasion we may have trivia on the forum, though very rarely.

It's a helluva lot of fun and something you should check out if you see it advertised again on the forum.

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21. When I have an official request to the Webmaster, or something like that, to whom do I go? (Who are the administrators of this site?)

While the site is essentially self-policing and run by the members, a few of our members are required to keep the place running.

The admins:

Unlike most other sites, our admins are not faceless automatons that you never see, but try to be as active in the community as anybody else. Please keep in mind that we the admins are also members, as you are, and thus when we have an opinion, it is not an Official Asylum Position, but rather is our own personal opinion. But in site-related matters, we have the final word.

We also have forum-specific moderators, whose names appear next to the forum names.

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22. How do I get my cam on the cam portals, and please put my cam as high up as possible!

To get your cam up on the portals, all you have to do is click on one of the "Your Cam Here!" spots on the portal, and you will be whisked away to a registration page. If no such spot can be found, just ask an admin about it. Note: we can not host your cam image on the server, you'll have to find your own.

The idea of the cam portals is to give people a visual window into the people that make up this community. Because of that, we prefer that A: You update your cam regularly, and B: You are a part of the community. Meaning, if you post a few times, get your cam on the portals, and then never post or come into chat ever again, we will likely take your cam down.

Oh, and let us know if you are under 18 so we can take down your cam if you get naked.

As far as cam placement goes, it's a highly guarded secret. Let's just say it's based mostly on how many views your cam image has been viewed. We'd prefer people not figure out all the trick(s) just to get their image on top all the time.

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Basic Do's And Don'ts ... Asylum Etiquette

These are things that aren't set in stone rules, except when stated otherwise. But just because they are guidelines doesn't mean an admin won't take some action if you push the envelope too far, too often.

A. Do not simply hit the quote button then type in your response to someone else. Clip/Snip the parts that aren't pertinent; the audience doesn't need to reread someone else's post yet again. If you are responding in general to someone's entire post, and they weren't the original poster in the thread, then quote just a few words from the first sentence, and follow them with ellipses. If they were the original poster, you need not quote anything.

Likewise, do not quote pictures at all. Everyone in the thread already saw them.

B. Try to keep it on topic. If there's a tangent that seems important, consider a new thread. And don't throw gratuitous comments into a thread that is intended to be serious.

C. When using HTML or UBB code, make sure you close your tags. For things as simple as font color, leaving them open means when you are quoted, you change somebody else's font as well. More elite HTML that isn't closed can really screw up the forum. And, on a side note, fuzzy fonts are irritating, don't use them in your posts.

D. Sigs should be no higher than three normal lines of text. You're welcome to reduce the font size to fit in more text.

If you include images in your sig, they should total no more than 20k. Their dimensions should not exceed 75 pixels (H) by 300 pixels (W). Do not place images in succession that would stretch the page for someone using an 800x600 resolution. One animated gif per sig is acceptable. Text and images only.

If you use both text and images, everything still applies, but the overall height should not exceed 100 pixels.

E. Don't start threads directed solely at a single person and that nobody else would be interested in. For an example, don't start a thread titled "Person X" and then have the only text be "Check your e-mail". Nobody but Person X would care at all about that thread, and the forums are not your personal instant messaging service. When posting threads that may be in the gray area in this regard, think to yourself "would anybody besides Person X and myself care?" If not, don't post.

F. Some consider it best to lurk for a bit before posting. There's nothing wrong with just diving in feet first, mind you, but if you want to get a feel for the place, read around for a bit. Just make sure at some point you start posting.

G. Don't top threads gratuitously. If you have new and relevant and interesting things to add, by all means post them, but don't post in your own thread just for the sake of bumping it back to the top. If nobody is posting in your thread, chances are it is because nobody has anything to say to it, for one reason or another. A thread with few replies does not mean the thread or you suck. A thread with many, many replies does not make you cool or popular, especially if half the replies are from you. Expect to have your thread untopped if you repeat this behavior.

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