Rules

Last Revision: 03-15-2021


Trade Cool-Down Transferring Ownership Reselling, Trading, Vouchers, and More Resales Trades Vouchers Acceptable Vouchers NOT Acceptable Vouchers Voucher Agreement Protection when Vouchering/Trading Co-Ownership Voiding, Locking, and Archiving Redesigning a CCCat or Crook Submitting a Redesign for Approval Submitting a MYO Design for Approval Masterlist Image Requirements Cosmetic Updates VS. Redesigns Acceptable Redesigns Old-Gen CCCats Copywritten Themes Inappropriate Behavior Purchasing/Creating Copy-CCCat designs Scamming Strikes, Temporary Bans, Watchlists, Greylists, Black-listing

Trade Cool-Down

The Cool-Down Period is 2 Weeks!

CCCat/Crook ownership cannot be transferred during this time. A cool-down is a period of time that the CCCat/Crook ownership cannot be transferred to anyone else. This rule was put into place to limit 'trade foddering' designs as well as give our admins time to get all ownership up to date, which in turn will help raise awareness among members in any attempts to scam them in unauthorized trades/sales. While the CCCat/Crook is on cool-down you are not allowed to post them as "on cool-down" to look at offers to accept after the cool-down is over with or offer them to others while still on that cool-down. Offering to other users while still on cool-down, even while acknowledging the cool-down, is considered active circumvention of our rules and will result in a warning.

IF YOU:

  • Purchased a NEW adopt: Cooldown starts from date of purchase, not date of upload to the CCCompendium
  • Purchased/Traded a adopt that already is on the Masterlist: Cooldown will start from date of the transfer comment
  • Are trading a MYO that you designed: Cooldown starts the day that the design is APPROVED, not the date you received the slot
  • Are trading an unused MYO slot: You will not be able to trade/resell/gift the slot without specific permission from WellHidden.

Transferring Ownership

To transfer ownership to another user, please locate the 'Requests' tab in the user portion of the side bar. Directions and a template for transfers is listed there. Send in a request at the bottom of that page with the information asked. You cannot trade or resell a CCCat/Crook unless it is listed as yours on the Skire Masterlist. Please do NOT send in a request if you are the one receiving the CCCat/Crook. Only make a transfer ownership request if you are the owner of the CCCat/Crook.


Reselling, Trading, Vouchers, and More

A CCCat/Crook that you personally purchased may be resold for the same amount you paid.

If the CCCat/Crook was received in a trade or as a gift you may only trade the CCCat/Crook.

  • You may trade for art, designs, or promise to make a bid for a design that is currently available through voucher/autobuy trade.
  • I do want to stress that, even if receiving them through a Voucher, it is still considered a trade. You will not be able to resell them for cash. It's to be treated the same as if a character was given in exchange.

Once a trade or purchase is complete, send a request to the Skire Masterlist with the ownership transfer form filled out. Additional proof may be required if the transfer request is too vague.


Resales

A CCCat that you purchased yourself can be resold for the same amount that you personally paid for it.

  • Gift art, art trades, or art done by you will not add to the resale cost of your CCCat/Crook. You may not charge other users extra money for pre-existing art that you did not pay for. (Please see below for acceptable vouchers.)
  • If you have proof of the cost of commissions that you paid for you may add the value of the commissions to your CCCat - approval from a mod will need to be given.
  • You may ask for the cost of your CCCat in the denomination that you choose. (Example: deviantART points, USD, Gift Cards, etc.)
  • CCCats are initially sold in USD - whatever denomination the CCCat is resold as will be compared to the USD value. International denominations may fluctuate with time. (Example: A $50 CCCat may be resold for 5000 Points because the exchange rate is 100 Points per $1 USD.)

Trades

If the CCCat/Crook was received in a trade or as a gift (and have not paid for additional work after you have obtained the design) you may only trade the CCCat/Crook or give it away as a gift.

  • You may trade for art, designs, or promise to make a bid for a design that is currently available through voucher/autobuy trade.
  • Users who receive a design via a trade or gift and then later buy art or buy other types of commissions (crafts like plushes or fursuits, theme music, writing, or 3d work, etc) can include that price on the resale value of the design afterwards as long as they can prove amount and purchase of those commissions.
  • (Example: If my friend gifted me a CCCat for entirely free and I buy a commissioned plush for this design after I get for $100, I can go to the CCCat admins when I am seeking to update the value of my design. I would start from 0$ monetary value on the design because I paid 0$ to receive the design, but by saying "Hello, I have a design I obtained as a gift and I bought this plush of this design for $100 and would like to update the resale value of my design for $100, I can then ask for $100 when I want to look at offers for trades or sales for my design.)
  • I do want to stress that, even if receiving them through a Voucher, it is still considered a trade. You will not be able to resell them for cash. It's to be treated the same as if a character was given in exchange.

Vouchers

If you are wanting to obtain a voucher please see below for the required voucher format when submitting a trade journal.

Vouchers are when you offer your CCCat/Crook in exchange for someone purchasing a design or artwork for you.

  • A voucher is considered a trade.
  • Vouchers become invalid when the design/artwork being requested for the voucher is not obtained.
  • You, as the current owner of the CCCat/Crook, do not get the money promised in the bid. No CCCat/Crook changes hands until the other person has the character in which to trade.
  • Vouchers may only be offered for something that is readily available for purchase/a specified sale date is known.
  • You may request a voucher regardless of how you obtained the CCCat (Sale, Resale, Trade, Gift, etc.)
  • You may ask for any monetary amount on the Voucher to gain the design that you are wanting.
  • (ex: You can offer to trade your $250 CCCat for a $600 Browbird, or you can offer to trade your $500 CCCat for a $250 Crook, but you can't ask for $600 to purchase a Browbird yourself unless you've spent $600 on your CCCat as that emulates a resale.)

The person requesting the voucher should never be the one you send money to. If this is done it is considered a resale, and therefore should follow resale rules.

Vouchers may be referred to as an Autobuy Trade/AB Trade when referencing purchasing a design specifically.


Acceptable Vouchers

  • Physical custom goods/art (IRL painting, fursuit goods, fashion, etc.) from a specified artist
  • Digital art from a specified artist
  • Adopts, MYO slots, custom designs from a specified artist that are for sale/trade upon voucher request
  • Asking for an amount that is lower than the total amount you need for the adopt/commission/etc

NOT Acceptable Vouchers

  • Vouchers where money goes directly to the person asking for it
  • "IOU" vouchers - or vouchering for something that is not available nor is there a specified date for availability
  • Physical goods that are not custom made (such as laptops, merchandise, pre-made items on etsy, eBay, Amazon, etc.)
  • Gift Cards
  • Physical custom goods/art that are not currently available, from specific artists, or left intentionally vague
  • Asking for an amount that is higher than the total amount you need for the adopt/commission/etc
  • Asking for a lump sum for multiple transactions (an adopt plus art, multiple pieces of art from multiple people, etc) - Please keep all transactions separate for clarity's sake as it makes it easier to enforce and track
  • Vouchering for something that has already been purchased/ordered
  • (vouchering a CCCat for a custom that has already been paid for, or vouchering to pay for a portion of an unpaid fursuit that was ordered prior to the CCCat voucher, etc.)

Voucher Agreement

This will be a required addition to a journal or trade/resale post if you are attempting to get a voucher in exchange for your CCCat/Crook.

Vouchers should only be offered by the owner of the CCCat/Crook. They should NOT be offered for CCCats whose owners have not specified that they are not seeking them.

CCCat/Crook Offered: Provide a link to the Skire Masterlist entry to the design you are offering - additional links may also be supplied at this time.

Seeking: a link, screenshot, or form of specific information about the adoptable, design, commission, etc you are seeking in exchange for the above linked design. You may specify dollar amount if that is applicable. If you are not comfortable with sharing what the item is publicly please note either the CCCats group, @/hydrateeth, or you can DM any available Admin on our Discord server for voucher approval. A moderator will comment on your journal to show that it is an acceptable voucher.

I have read and agree to the voucher rules provided by the Skire team.


Personal Protection when Vouchering/Trading for Art, Custom Designs, Crafted Items

There are always risks when ordering custom items and limited things we can do when more than two people are involved in a transaction.

  • As the person getting art/custom items, you understand that you are taking the risk that the other party may not finish the art/custom/item to your satisfaction (whether through quality issues or failure to complete at all.)
  • If you traded your CCCat/Crook through an art trade without a voucher we encourage that nothing is transferred until after the art is completed. If a trade is made before art is completed we may not be able to reverse the trade (especially if the other user trades them beforehand. If someone attempts to trade the design before finishing their part please notify a member of staff and we may attempt to lock the CCCat/Crook for trading until the transaction is completed.)
  • If you traded your CCCat/Crook through an art trade with a voucher the CCCat/Crook should be transferred immediately as the buyer has completed their part of the trade. As the person who is owed art it is your responsibility to make sure you get what you are owed from the artist, and if you do not get what was paid for it is your responsibility to work out compensation with that artist. Once the trade is made we will not be able to reverse a trade.
  • Again - you are ultimately responsible for any and all third-party transactions when involving vouchers. If the other party does not finish their art we cannot reverse a trade.

Co-Ownership

As of 4/25/2020 we will no longer be allowing new co-ownerships of CCCats/Crooks.

We've been made aware of some potentially harmful exploitation regarding co-ownership and ultimately have made the decision to discontinue it.

If you currently co-own a CCCat/Crook we will still be honoring co-owns made before this time.

We will not ask anyone to remove their co-owns.

Previous co-ownership rules are as follows:

  • If a co-owned CCCat/Crook is traded, both owners must agree to the trade. The new owner will receive full ownership of the CCCat/Crook.
  • A co-owned CCCat/Crook will not be able to earn CCCash in the ARPG.
  • A co-owner is not allowed to sell or trade 'their half' of a CCCat/Crook unless it is to the other co-owner.
  • If a co-owner sells their part to the other co-owner, it can only be for whatever part they themselves has paid for
  • (i.e. if one person paid entirely for the CCCat, the one who did not pay may not resell 'half' of the CCCat)
  • Once locked in, a co-ownership cannot be revoked by one person
  • (i.e. the person who paid entirely for the CCCat, once locked into a co-ownership, may not 'revoke' the CCCat from the other co-owner)

Voiding, Locking, and Archiving

Users may request to have their CCCats/Crooks voided or locked, or it can be done automatically during specific situations. You may not request to archive your designs at this time, but it has been added for users to know the difference between the terms.

Voiding is to void a design of its ties to the species and make it look like something else unrelated to the species.

  • Approval much be given on the final design to make sure it is not recognizable as a CCCat or Crook in any way.
  • Upon approval the CCCat/Crook is removed from use as a member of the species.
  • The design should not be advertised as having been a member of the species if ever traded or resold.
  • This is NOT REVERSIBLE.

Locking is regarding trading and transferring and is treated like a longer cool-down. You may request to lock your CCCats with any admin, who will then discuss the full rules and ramifications for locking a design.

  • Once an admin discusses the locking terms with you and you agree to them, a note will be added to the CCCat's/Crook's masterlist entry with the date they can be unlocked.
  • A design that is locked cannot be unlocked for three months. During this time they cannot be traded, gifted, or resold.
  • Offering to other users while still locked, even while acknowledging the lock, is considered active circumvention of our rules and will result in a warning. Any future requests to lock your CCCats/Crooks to be denied.
  • After the specified unlock date the design will remain locked until you request to unlock it.
  • Locking can be done by admin or is done automatically if a situation of chargeback occurs and ownership of the design is in limbo

An archived design is one that is retired altogether and will not be allowed to be used by anyone, in or out of the group.

  • This is group/admin determined and is generally reserved for unsold designs, original designs of NPCs, and old designs based on copywritten themes. We will never archive an active design in ownership by someone other than the maker.

Redesigning a CCCat or Crook

Edits must be added to the Masterlist once approved with the admin-approval comment attached in a screenshot for proof. Unapproved designs are not to be advertised as 'potential redesigns' if a CCCat is offered for trade/resale due to the risk of it not being accepted.

Do NOT upload the redesign publicly before that approval has been given.

(Using sta.sh is a great way to upload the redesign and keep it private.)

For the most part as long as the CCCat is recognizable compared to the original design there is a decent chance of approval being given but all changes are judged on a case-by-case basis.


Submitting a Redesign for Approval

Redesigns are sent directly to Skire Club via the Request System for approval.

Your note should include:

  • A link to your CCCat/Crook's Skire Masterlist entry. (Or their original post if they are not yet uploaded to the Masterlist.)
  • A link to the new design that is being approved
  • A list of your CCCat/Crook's new traits

Once approved, you will be asked to send a request on skire.club. Directions and a template are there for you to fill out - make sure you have a screenshot of the approval note.

The image being uploaded to the Skire Masterlist must be the same as what was submitted for approval.


Submitting a MYO Design for Approval

New MYO designs should be sent through the Skire Club Request System.

Your request should include:

  • A screenshot of your proof of ownership of said slot - generally sent as a note or message over Discord from WellHidden or a mod directly
  • A link to your CCCat/Crook's Skire Masterlist entry. (As most slots should be uploaded to the ML already - if not, please send in a request following the directions in the MYO Slot Registry section of the Requests page.
  • A link to the design that is being approved
  • A list of your CCCat/Crook's traits

Once approved, you will be asked to send a request on Skire Club. Directions and a template are there for you to fill out - make sure you have a screenshot of the approval.

The image being uploaded to the Skire Masterlist must be the same as what was submitted for approval. If it is not the same (such as if you were submitting a completed reference for the ML and only sent a fullbody image for approval) the image must be included to show that they are indeed the same design.

Make Your Own/Redesigns Guide!


Masterlist Image Requirements

Each CCCat needs:

  • A clean full body colored image with crowns attached
  • all traits clearly visible
  • teeth, tongue, and eye (with minimal shading or flat color swatches to color-pick from)

Each Crook needs:

  • A clean full body colored image with tendrils attached
  • all traits clearly visible
  • main and cluster eyes (with minimal shading or flat color swatches to color-pick from)

Cosmetic Updates VS. Redesigns

A redesign changes markings, colors, traits, and/or features of a CCCat/Crook.

  • Do NOT post an unapproved redesign publicly OR get art of the unapproved redesign - changes to the redesign may be requested.
  • Redesigns must be approved by sending a request to Skire Club. Once approved, you will be asked to send a request on Skire Club. Directions and a template are there for you to fill out - make sure you have a screenshot of the approval note.

Cosmetic updates do not change the design of the CCCat/Crook but may alter something like hairstyle, body type, or add accessories/tattoos. It also may just update the art without changing anything about the CCCat/Crook at all.

  • Cosmetic updates/art updates do not need to be approved beforehand - you can send a request directly on skire.club to update the image for your character.

Acceptable Redesigns

All redesigns should be based off of the original designs. Because different designs have different 'defining traits' there may be variable levels of acceptability regarding how much can be changed.

You may change one or all of the following (as long as it is recognizable when compared to the original design):

  • Colors
  • Markings
  • Traits
  • Silhouette/Shape of the design

Keep in mind the more you change the less likely it will be for us to recognize the redesign.

Rarity swaps on traits are generally fine as long as it doesn't alter the overall shape of the CCCat too much. An example of things that are more likely to be accepted would be trading marking traits for other marking traits, whereas trading a Myth marking trait for Overgrown would likely not be accepted.

If a design trait has been retired or dropped in rarity it doesn't enable you to claim an alternate higher rarity trait.

Here is a list of all current rarities if you need some help!


Old-Gen CCCats

Due to the construction of the lore, some CCCats were made with grayscale, pastel, or out-of-range colors on their tongues and eyes. In lore this means that the CCCat is dead, dying, or revived and without a lore reasoning is considered "oldgen." You will be allowed to keep the tongue/eye the same to keep the dead colors through subsequent redesigns (though we will require that the eye and tongue remains similar in color or theme to avoid mimicking other traits (ie: Please don't make a white and yellow striped tongue pure black) ) and give them personal lore to explain the colors.

"Oldgen" traits cannot be swapped out for other traits.


Copywritten Themes

You are allowed to take inspiration from things that are protected by copyright, but we should not be able to look at the design and say "oh that's obviously Link from Legend of Zelda." Use common sense when designing your MYO!

In the past CCCats were made using copywritten themes and we strive to improve as a species and as designers to not allow this in the future.

Please do not use real-life people or online celebrity personas, likeness, or name with the intention of implying a specific real-life individual we would prefer and ask such is not done unless it is you personifying yourself onto a design you own.

Voice claims are fine, having a character cosplay or wear merch of a person is fine, but to say this character is intended to be the real-life individual is not!


Inappropriate Behavior

  • Do not note or solicit users for a CCCat/Crook that is not up for trade. This can be considered harassment and spamming.
  • Do not harass users under any circumstances. This includes (but is not limited to) harassment over how many CCCats/Crooks a person has, how much people spend on CCCats/Crooks, or the fact that someone is not willing to trade/sell you a CCCat/Crook.
  • We do not tolerate guilt-tripping. Any transactions taken while being guilt-tripped can be considered a contract taken while under duress and depending on the circumstances may void it altogether.
  • While this doesn't always seem like inappropriate behavior please refrain from 'mini-modding.' This includes going after Copy-CCCat creators on your own answering questions on behalf of the CCCat group. Please leave all of that to the admin team!

Purchasing/Creating Copy-CCCat designs

If you purchase or create a Copy-CCCat knowingly (the design is listed as obviously from an offbrand account, offbrand specific base, or listed as "Offbrand CCCat" "Knockoff CCCat" "Not-CCCat" "DDDog" "CCCreature" etc) you will be put on a hard-greylisting and will be unable to participate in any events from either group nor will you be allowed to get a CCCat until discussion is had with you about the intent of having purchased/traded for the character.

This can be lifted and does not mean you are permanently banned without any warning, but we do not want members who create an unsafe environment of potential art theft or rule-breaking in the community. Repeatedly doing this (especially after being warned) can result in a blacklist which can potentially be discussed for appeal but is far less likely to be removed unlike a hard-greylisting.


Scamming

Scamming is taking advantage of someone for profit - whether it's designs, money, or art. This is why all trades must have the current owner listed for each CCCat/Crook before it is transferred.

If you have evidence of someone scamming you/another user please note the group with the evidence.

Depending on the severity it could lead up to a full ban from the group/species.


Strikes, Temporary Bans, Watchlists, Greylists, Black-listing

A strike is a warning given when a rule is broken. The general rule is 'three strikes' before corrective action is taken, but depending on the severity of the warning corrective action may be taken before then.

A temporary group/species ban may be given when multiple strikes are given within a short period of time for the same action. You will be told when your ban ends, or you may appeal your ban by noting the group or an admin if you were blocked by the group.

You may also be temporarily banned from participating in the species Discord based on behavior. By itself this does not ban you from participating in the group on dA unless specified otherwise, but it will result in you either being muted in the Discord or kicked until a specified time.

When a user is placed on a Watchlist they may not be notified of being placed on this list as this just means that the user is being watched closely. This does not stop someone from obtaining CCCats/Crooks or participating in events unless specifically told otherwise.

Hard-Greylisting is a term used mainly towards offbrand situations and is rarely used elsewhere. A user may be put under a Hard-Greylisting if they are found to be endangering to the community either because of monetary theft, character theft, harmful behavior (violent/aggressive/stalking), or ban-evading from other individual users. A user may not always be alerted to receiving a hard-greylisting until a situation pops up where the user is found trying to be active in the group or community, however the hard-greylist can be removed through discussion if discussion is brought up once alert is given. Reasons a user may not be informed about receiving a hard-greylisting is because: difficulty to reach out (blocked admin, off-site, uncertain on how many accounts the user is in possession of.) However we will attempt to hear out the person if they seek to contact us with a reasonable desire to lift the hard-greylisting.

A black-list is generally only applied under the most extreme of circumstances such as repeat offenders or have done something that we do not want in our community (such as scamming, harassment, hate speech, etc.) Black-listing is generally permanent depending on the specific circumstances. You may still try to appeal your ban by noting the group.

When a user is black-listed from the group and species under no circumstances do we revoke that user's CCCats/Crooks. They will not be allowed to get more CCCats/Crooks in the future nor will they be allowed to participate in the group (such as advertising commissions or posting their art in the group), but they will be allowed to trade, gift, or resell their CCCat/Crook (if they have resell permissions) to leave the species.


All rules are subject to change.*

*A note of 4/24/20: We on the CCCat team are open to hearing and discussing any issues found in our rules, be them unfair to users or potentially exploitive among the members. The rules put in place in this journal have been ones we've been using for a long time (save for the 2020 update on Co-Ownerships, Voucher terminology, as well as the inclusion of allowing members to lock designs if they desire) and needed to clarify in a proper, more up-to-date journal here. This updated phrasing of the rules has been in the works for a while as many on the Discord team know from how often I (Kid/WellHidden) have been mentioning them. We thank you for your patience with this update as we wanted to make sure we were clear and concise!

However, if our wording is confusing or our rules are not clear, you are more than welcome to ask for further explanation on them. Equally, we are open for discussion if something seems to be unhelpful or harmful, however please understand these rules were made with members' safety in mind and fairness of both community members both new and long-lasting, and were often made once rare situations popped up that required such a rule be clarified or put into action.

Please forgive us if we have a hard time translating exactly what we mean as serious jargon like rules can be misinterpreted or poorly phrased and once again we stress to please ask questions if something seems off!! We will make updates with dates if we update this to fix our phrasing or wording. Thank you all for your understanding!