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General Forum Rules and Guidelines

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Welcome to the Forum!

The Forum and its Wiki supplement the r/OStan subreddit and its Discord server.



Behave well, respect others, follow standard behavior rules. Do not post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where the Forum is hosted (Switzerland) or International Law. Keep public discussions in English.

Various subforums are proposed, and they may have additional rules, please read and follow them. Always make sure that you create topics at the appropriate places.

We have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should we see fit.

Always credit properly copyrighted work and avoid copyright infringements. Avoid using shortened links or redirections.

Except in rare cases like creating a temporary account because you cannot access to your current one, only one account is allowed per person, and you may not share nor transmit it.

Don't use the forum if you don't agree with the rules. They may also be modified at any time.


When posting for the first time, your posts must be approved by a moderator before being published. Once done you can post normally.


The cookie system and how account information is stored are explained in this page.

The IP address of all posts are recorded and any information you have entered is stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent (unless required by the law or to fill complaints if you misuse the forum), we shall not be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

Deleted posts are actually just hidden and remain in the database, but we will delete them permanently once a while.

Use of Tor or proxies is currently not disallowed, but this may change if such services start to be abused for any malicious activities. We do not guaranty nor support the correct operation of the Forum under these conditions.

You have the right to be forgotten and may ask a Forum Staff member to delete completely all your information at any time. Banned IPs and Email Addresses will however always be retained. We may also keep offending posts in our database if we deem it necessary. Please also note that we don't have influence over caching or archival websites so you may have to contact relevant sites to delete your posts there as well.

If you have issues with the forum, you can contact a Forum Staff member. They moderate or administer the forum.

Account for the Wiki

If you want to use the Forum account in order to contribute to the wiki, just make a request to join the Wiki Users group via your User Control Panel. Once accepted, you will be able login on the wiki, and we will be looking forward to seeing your contributions!


Failure to follow the rules or misbehaving will result in a caution Image or a ban Image that can either last a month or be permanent depending on the gravity of the offence. The moderator should consider the user's intention and attitude before cautioning or banning.

Examples of cautionable offences include:
  • Image Posting, creating topics at the wrong places (if you hesitate between some places, don't worry, but in this case do not make duplicate posts);
  • Image Repetitive or uninteresting off-topic content;
  • Image Low effort posts;
  • Image Vulgar/NSFW material (also as username or profile picture);
  • Image Promoting/suggesting irrelevant websites;
  • Image Posting referral links;
  • Image Excessive or inappropriate use of Private Messaging;
  • Image Using multiple accounts;
  • Image Not following a forum or subforum rule.
Warnings reset after a month. Users can know if they have an active caution by looking at their warning count in their profile.

Nasty behavior will lead to a direct ban. Examples include
  • Image Spamming (join just to advertise, post nonsense messages...);
  • Image Gratuitous criticism, trolling;
  • Image Impersonating a member;
  • ImageImageImage Getting a second active warning will result in a one month ban;
  • Image Hate speech and threats will result in a permanent ban;
  • Image Circumventing a ban will get all your accounts permanently banned;
  • Image Harming directly or indirectly others, the community, or encouraging harm, will result in a permanent ban. This applies even if it takes place outside the forum.
For particularly serious offences, we may take additional actions like notifying your ISP or the authorities, fill reports to blacklists, etc.


PhpBB Forum

The Forum is based on PhpBB. If you frequent other PhpBB forums, using the this one is the same. Otherwise take a look at the FAQ.

To format your posts, use BBCode, there is a guide here.

Collectibles section

The Forum provides a Collectibles section to buy, sell and trade OS-tan merchandise, and also other interesting Anime collectibles. In order to ensure smooth transactions and reduce risks, please follow these rules and guidelines.

OS-tan Canon

A wise person once said,
Shinjuku wrote:まさに絵師の数だけOSたんワールドが存在しているともいえる。
It can be said that there are as many OS-tan worlds as there are artists.
So, even though some may be more popular than others, no OS-tan work is more "canon" or authoritative than other ones.