The Fox Haven
The Fox Haven, a place to be yourself.
 

The Fox Haven Covenant

DISCLAIMER - By visiting or using services provided by The Fox Haven™, you agree to abide by the most current available Covenant (TOS). Ignorance of our covenant does not immunize you from punitive actions as defined in our covenant.
The contents of this page will herefore be referred to as "this covenant" "our covenant" and / or "covenant".


Greetings, I am Vyacheslav, and the Fox Haven™ is a community I've founded!

When you are involved in part of the Fox Haven™, you must behave according to our rules. These rules are called a "covenant", and are in place to foster a welcoming environment for all, promote the ideals of cooperation, tolerance, and community. The covenant also helps keep drama out of our lives, and the lives of those who live at, work in, and visit Fox Haven™.

The contents of this page will henceforth be referred to as "this covenant" "our covenant" and / or "covenant".

0. General Rules  


One of the reasons that our community was founded is that our founder was tired of seeing others treated poorly or excluded because of what makes them different. Fox Haven is a place which truly welcomes those of multiple fandoms, beliefs, and ways of life, and offers them a chance to play games together, socialize, and make lifelong friends. Although disagreements happen and differences do exist, we refuse to allow that to divide us. Attempts to ostracize, exclude, or abuse others solely for being different will not be tolerated.


Because we do not exclude people based on what they like or how they identify, many different ideas and beliefs come into contact with one another in our community. We define tolerance as understanding that differences of opinion and belief exist, and that others are entitled to be different without being the targets of hatred, and moreover; that others have the right to their own beliefs and opinions. One need not accept the differences of others as “right”, but one must accept that other opinions and beliefs are valid, and those who have them do not deserve to be hated for being different. Expressions of hatred for others will not be tolerated.


Use of unauthorized scripts in conjunction with Fox Haven’s assets and/or services - including, but not limited to our website, social media accounts, and any servers we may operate - will not be tolerated.


Notes: For terms applying to use of scripts in SL, see section 5.

Roleplay amongst community members is a regular occurrence in Fox Haven. Roleplay is not expected, but mostly welcomed; although there are a few caveats:

  • Roleplay must not cause a disruption or fall under the definitions of griefing or trolling.
  • Roleplay must not obstruct the conduction of normal business or events.
  • Roleplay must be limited to places it is appropriate. Use common sense.
  • Roleplaying of a sexual nature may not be conducted in our public chat channels.
  • Roleplaying an underage person in our community is prohibited, in all cases.


Notes: If a member of our staff requests that you cease a roleplaying engagement, you must comply. Any objections should be submitted as a formal complaint.

Our staff work very hard to help make Fox Haven what it is. Our Admins and Moderators do it for zero pay, and most other staff are paid by way of tips, alone. Please offer them your respect and courtesy, as anything they do to enforce our rules and/or preserve our community is done out of a love for Fox Haven and our guests.

  • Do not insult, berate, belittle, challenge, or argue with our staff.
  • Do not ask staff to perform Fox Haven related duties outside of their official roles.
  • Do ask them any relevant questions you may have about our community.
  • Do be patient, as they may have multiple persons asking for their assistance.

  • Notes: Because we want to provide a positive environment for everyone - including our staff - disrespecting our staff will not be tolerated.

Fox Haven owns and operates several game servers and gathering places which offer us the convenience of using voice-based communication. Courteous and conscientious use of voice channels is required at all times. We highly discourage discourteous behavior over our voice channels, which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Open microphone use
  • Performing bodily functions
  • Engaging in extended real-life conversation
  • Interrupting / Shouting over others

We totally prohibit the ongoing occurrence of the following intentional behaviors over our voice channels, which includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Loud background noise, including media
  • Playing music / DJing over voice
  • Shouting others down
  • Insults and abuse


Responsible use of our voice channels is required of all who choose to use them, and repeat violations will not be tolerated.

Fox Haven owns and operates several game servers and gathering places which offer us the ability to communicate via text, links, and images.Courteous and conscientious use of chat channels is required at all times. We highly discourage discourteous behavior in our open chat channels, which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Chat of a sexual nature
  • Roleplaying ( it pollutes the chat )
  • Link spamming ( posting multiple links in succession )
  • Interrupting and/or derailing conversation
  • Discourteous behavior
  • Typing in all caps, or in ‘text-speak’.

We totally prohibit the ongoing occurrence of the following intentional behaviors in our open chat channels, which includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Posting images/video of a pornagraphic nature, or links to pornagraphy
  • Posting images/video of violence and/or death, including gore, or links to such
  • Promoting hatespeech, or links to images/video promoting hatespeech.
  • Posting the private information or chat logs of another member.


Responsible use of our chat channels is required of all who choose to use them, and repeat violations will not be tolerated.

We allow for our members to barter and trade items, services, and digital content with one another. We also allow for our members to sell items which they create, which range from physical objects, to music, to 3D models. As in the case of advertising, there are a few caviats:

  • No sales or bartering may be directly in competition with or opposition to the values the Fox Haven embodies.
  • All transaction details are to be negotiated by the parties involved. If they wish for a trade mediator, the Fox Haven will provide one.
  • Any items or services to be exchanged must perform / be executed as advertised, without exception.
  • All items or services to be exchanged must be unambiguously legal in all applicable jurisdictions, including the jurisdictions where the Fox Haven is based (Connecticut, United States, and Queensland, Australia).


1. Respect and courtesy  


We define griefing as any action solely intended to cause disruption in Fox Haven, its groups, and/or its activities. Because acting with intent to disrupt is against the spirit of our community, griefing will not be tolerated, and everyone is encouraged to report any griefing they may have witnessed or experienced.


We define trolling as any general behavior intended to provoke retaliation from an individual or group of individuals, for the end purpose of the troll’s entertainment. Because antagonizing others is against the spirit of our community, trolling will not be tolerated, and everyone is encouraged to report any trolling they may have witnessed or experienced.


It should be fairly obvious that the Fox Haven unequivocally opposes hate and griefing. Because we hold that position as one of our community’s most important cornerstones, we have a zero tolerance policy concerning the promotion of hate groups, griefing groups, and/or trolling groups. If you are a member of a group or community which promotes hate and/or griefing, it is most likely that you do not belong in Fox Haven.


We define Harassment as an intentional repetition of undesired behavior toward a single individual or group of individuals. These behaviors include but are not limited to the following:

  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Pestering / Demanding attention
  • Immature humor


We define Bullying as a targeted behavior meant to belittle, intimidate, or coerce another individual or group of individuals.

  • Shaming / Degradation / Humiliation
  • Insults & Put-downs
  • Sharing of others’ private information; aka Doxing
  • Stereotyping
  • Threatening


This is self explanatory. No stalking will be tolerated. If someone asks you to leave them alone, please do so. If you are the target of these behaviors, or witness these behaviors taking place, we encourage reporting them to our staff. We take these reports very seriously, and assure that they will be followed up on, and that all measures will be taken to preserve anonymity of the whistleblower.

2. Conflicts and Drama  


We strive to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for all of our members and guests. It is in this spirit that we may ask you to cease any disruptive public spectacle, such as repetitive mention of personal drama, and drawn out arguments.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, two or more people may have a dispute within our community. This is not wrong, but needless escalation of these situations will not be tolerated.


This includes but is not limited to:
  • Instigating arguments between others
  • Inserting yourself into someone else’s dispute
  • Encouraging further dispute, rather than amity

Spreading rumors and libeling others is rude, immature, and malicious. As we strive to provide an environment that is as free from malice, slander and defamation of other members, guests, and/or associated organizations will not be tolerated.

3. IP, Advertising, and Trade  


Advertising We may make available the opportunity to advertise your goods or services with the Fox Haven, but there are a few caveats:

  • No advertisement may be directly in competition with or opposition to the Fox Haven, the Fox Haven’s members and/or staff, and/or the values that the Fox Haven embodies.
  • All visual advertisements must meet a minimum level of aesthetic quality
  • All advertisements must be approved by Slava or Digi
  • All advertisements must meet our formatting requirements.


We allow for our members to barter and trade items, services, and digital content with one another. We also allow for our members to sell items which they create, which range from physical objects, to music, to 3D models. As in the case of advertising, there are a few caveats:

  • No sales or bartering may be directly in competition with or opposition to the values the Fox Haven embodies.
  • All transaction details are to be negotiated by the parties involved. If they wish for a trade mediator, the Fox Haven will provide one.
  • Any items or services to be exchanged must perform / be executed as advertised, without exception.
  • All items or services to be exchanged must be unambiguously legal in all applicable jurisdictions, including the jurisdictions where the Fox Haven is based (Connecticut, United States, and Queensland, Australia).

Although we allow sales and trade, we do not allow unauthorized solicitations for donations or handouts. If your need is truly great, we may be willing to work with you to officially establish a campaign for your assistance, but any such campaigns must be approved by our owners, and you must be a member of our community.

“the Fox Haven”, its associated logos, and proprietary art and models are trademarked copyrights, held individually and/or jointly by the Fox Haven’s owners. Any and all use of “the Fox Haven”, its associated logos, and/or proprietary art and/or models must be authorized and licensed by the Fox Haven and its owners, in which case the Fox Haven reserves all rights to its trademarks’ usage, and may revoke licensing at any time.

Although we strive to gather many elements under our umbrella, the Fox Haven cannot do it all. Sometimes, there will be gaps we do not or cannot fill, and that is where affiliates can step in. We define “affiliate” as a service provider who wishes to associate their services with Fox Haven, becoming an officially endorsed part of our community.

  • Affiliates are trusted, and have full rights to use our name and trademarks without individual prior authorization.
  • Affiliates are expected to adhere to the same community guidelines that are outlined in this covenant.

Many members of our community are content creators. They are artists, programmers, graphic designers, writers, and musicians. They create because they love to, and because they love to share their passions. Many of them create content for the Fox Haven to use. We ask that you respect their wishes and ours, and not attempt to pirate or redistribute their work.

4. Animal Abuse  


We love animals. Our founder loves them so much, he is vegan. You are not expected to be vegan, but promotion of animal abuse will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to the following activities:

  • Advocating in favor of animal cruelty
  • Advocating in favor of generally accepted animal cruelty (fur, hunting, farming, captivity)
  • Open speciesism
  • Hatespeech directed toward a species of animal(s), or their defenders
  • Posting videos or pictures of animal cruelty, or descriptions thereof

Consequences  


Here in Fox Haven, we want to give people a chance to learn from mistakes and become a constructive and participating member of the community. We will  NOT  ban except as a last resort, or if the person has ill intent against the community; such as griefers, trolls, and the like.


To handle disciplinary actions in a fair and equitable manner, we follow a linear progression of censures and sanctions.

 Stages Summary of Actions
Primary  Warning Verbal or written warning with link to our covenant which references the section(s) violated, and gives information about further possible discipline if the behavior is continued.
Secondary Warning Suspension of any community privileges pending a conference with an Administrator or Owner.
 Eject or Removal Removal / Ejection from SecondLife groups, Voice servers, Game servers, etc., pending a conference with one or both of our community's Owners.
Fox Haven  Ban On rare occasion, someone doesn't get the hint after all the previous warnings. Unfortunately, in cases like these we are forced to ban the offending individual.

An appeals process will be available to those who have been removed, ejected, or banned.

Submission of an appeal is not a guarantee of reinstatement to our community.


General Age Policy

    While we follow general policies of tolerance and acceptance, the Fox Haven is a community for adults. Because we sometimes engage in adult-oriented speech and activities - as well as sharing media that may be of an adult nature - we must prohibit minors from joining our community. If you are a minor engaging with our community and are found to be misrepresenting your age, you will be permanently banned from any future membership in our community. Sorry, kids.

General Disclaimers and Limitations


A. : Those provisions of our covenant that by their terms, nature, or sense survive any termination or expiration of this covenant shall so survive in accordance with their terms.

B. : Whenever used in this covenant, or any appendices, addendum, or exhibits hereto or thereto, or in any communication required or permitted to be given hereunder, you agree that terms herein shall have the meaning set forth in our covenant.

C. Fox Haven™ shall not be liable for failure to comply with any of the terms of this covenant to the extent that such failure was caused by fire, flood, earthquake, storm damage, war, insurrection, government restrictions, telecommunications outages, internet outages, power outages, acts of terrorism, force majeure, or other causes beyond the Fox Haven™'s reasonable control.

D. No failure or delay by the Fox Haven™ in exercising any right, power, or remedy hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof. The waiver by the Fox Haven™ of any breach or series of breaches of any provision of our covenant by you will not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach by you of that or any other provision of this covenant.

E. : the Fox Haven™, its associated logos and slogans, including but not limited to those appearing on the Fox Haven™ servers and website, are trademarked and owned by Geoffrey Kellum.

F. : the Fox Haven™ reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, discontinue or terminate the Site or Services or to modify this covenant, at any time and without prior notice. If we modify this covenant, we will update the "Revised Date" at the top of this page. By continuing to access or use the Site or the Services after we have posted a modification on the Site or have provided you with notice of a modification, you are indicating that you agree to be bound by the modified version of our covenant.