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Official Rules

The rules for VOID are broken up into parts:
  1. Rules for posting a comic on VOID
  2. Participation Rules
  3. Website Code of Conduct
  4. Discord Code of Conduct
  5. Reporting a Member

Rules for posting a comic on VOID

All comics are reviewed manually by staff before posting them for voting. EnterVOID staff will remove your entry, resulting in a default on your part, if you fail to meet the requirements.

1. All required characters must be visually represented in your comic entry.

1a. The definition of a required character is as follows:

The character is involved in the match. For example: In TL Bot vs Mimi the Mime, both artists would need to draw a comic that depicts both TL Bot and Mimi the Mime.

1b. Team Character requirements:

To determine which character needs to be drawn or killed in your comic, you need to refer to the name of the character itself.
Example A:
‘Amazing Team’ consists of 3 different characters – Amazing Boy, Amazing Girl, and Amazing Dog.
Normal Match: You must draw at least one of the Amazing Team characters, and you must also include your own character in the comic.
Scar Match: You would need to scar at least one of the characters as a minimum. You also have the option of scarring just 2, or all 3. You must also include your own character in the comic.
Death Match: Because the ‘character’ is named Amazing Team, you would need to kill all 3 Amazing Team characters and include your own character in the comic.
Example B:
‘Charlie Smith’ is the name of a character. On his design sheet, the artist included Charlie’s dog. The dog is often drawn with Charlie, however the dog is not included in the name of the character.
Normal Match: You would be required to draw Charlie and your own character. Drawing Charlie’s dog is optional.
Scar Match: You would be required to scar Charlie, as well as include your own character. Scarring the dog would not count.
Death Match: You would be required to kill Charlie and include your own character. Killing the dog would not count, but you are also not required to kill Charlie’s dog.

1c. The visual representation of the characters must be in comic form:

Drawing a character in a “cover” or “pin-up” style illustration as the only representation of the character is not acceptable. The character must be included in the comic itself.

1d. The visual representation must be clear:

If a comic is very sloppy or sketches, it must be at least clear which characters are which. For example, drawing a stick figure and saying it is one of the required characters would not be acceptable. The moderation team will make this determination on a case-to-case basis.

Action taken for breaking this rule

Your comic will not be posted, resulting in an immediate default.

2. Entries must be sequential. An entry that is simply a ‘pin up’, ‘cover’, or an image of text is not a valid submission.

Entries must be 2 or more sequential images that tell a story. Single images are not acceptable. Images that are just text are not acceptable.

Action taken for breaking this rule

Your comic will not be posted, resulting in an immediate default.

3. Art and stories in comics must be your own, unless stated otherwise.

3a. Collaborative comics are allowed, but they must be set up that way:

Your opponent MUST be aware whether they are being challenged by a team or by an individual. Having someone thumbnail, pencil, ink, color, write, etc. without disclosing that information is considered cheating.

3b. Getting advice or opinions from other artists is allowed:

On comics that are not collaborations, getting advice or opinions from other artists is allowed, but you MUST create the comic completely on your own.

3c. Photos used must be your own photography:

If using photographs to create backgrounds, the photographs MUST be your own photography or be altered in a significant way. Photobashing is allowed, but simply pasting a photo into the background is not.

Action taken for breaking this rule

If it is discovered that you had someone else working on your comic that you did not disclose upfront, your comic will be considered a default. You will also be banned from battling for a period of time to be decided by the council – minimum 1 month. Repeat offenders will be banned.

Participation Rules

Please note that this is for the entervoid.com website itself.

1. Character designs and comics cannot violate copyrights.

Your art and designs must be original. Parodies are acceptable in some cases, but all content is subject to review by the council.

Action taken for breaking this rule:

Submitting a character that violates copyright law will result in a decline. Submitting a comic that violates copyright law will be considered a default. This will be up to the discretion of the Council.

2. Comic drawing deadlines are final. Any content uploaded or emailed to admins after the deadline is not valid.

We are not responsible if you upload incorrect images, or corrupted files, or if you lose your internet connection right before the deadline. No exceptions.

If you have encountered a technical error with the website itself that is preventing you from uploading, please email your pages to staff@entervoid.com. Please double-check your file size and file type before emailing pages.

Action taken for breaking this rule:

Submitting a character that violates copyright law will result in a decline. Submitting a comic that violates copyright law will be considered a default. This will be up to the discretion of the Council.

3. Once posted for voting, you cannot change your comic or alter your pages in any way.

You may overwrite what you have uploaded as many times as you want before the deadline. We will change the order of the pages if there is an ordering error, but you cannot replace a file.

4. Dead characters cannot participate in normal matches, unless under special circumstances.

Dead characters can participate in Beyond Battles and Annihilation matches all year, but cannot participate in normal matches.

During October, the annual Month of the Dead event allows all dead characters to participate in normal matches.

Members can also use inventory items to participate in normal matches with dead characters. The Unfinished Business item allows artists to use their own dead character in a normal match, and the Necromancer item allows artists to challenge another artist’s dead character. Phoenix Feathers can be used to return a Dead character to life again (when accompanied with a Beyond Battle depicting the character’s return), but these are very rare.

5. Annihilated characters cannot participate in any matches at all.

A character who has lost an Annihilation match is permanently dead, and can never be used in any battles or Beyond Battles again. They cannot be revived with items.

6. Characters that have lost a scar match cannot enter another battle until their design sheet has been updated to reflect the new changes.

You are expected to draw your character as they appear on their updated design sheet post-scar. While failure to draw a scar in a match is not considered a default, it is considered bad sportsmanship. Unwillingness to draw your character with the scar will have a negative impact on your chances of getting into tournaments that involve scars and will reflect negatively on yourself in the community.

When you update your character’s design sheet, you can contact a member of staff to review your character to reactivate them.

7. Tracing art is not allowed.

A character who has lost an Annihilation match is permanently dead, and can never be used in any battles or Beyond Battles again. They cannot be revived with items.

Action taken for breaking this rule:

If you are caught tracing, your comic will be taken down and considered a default. You will be banned from posting comics for a period of time determined by the council – minimum of 1 month. Repeat offenders will be banned from posting comics for 1 year minimum. Please ask an admin for clarification if you are unsure if a certain reference is allowed.

8. AI generated images are not allowed.

VOID does not tolerate the use of AI (artificial intelligence) imagery for the purpose of character or comic submissions. This includes AI portrait makers such as Lensa, anime AI filters, DALL-E/Craiyon, or other apps that create images made to imitate artwork. Additionally, we do not consent to any work posted on EnterVOID.com or VOIDchat being fed into AI databases.

Action taken for breaking this rule:

If you are caught using AI imagery, your comic will be taken down and considered a default. You will be banned from posting comics for a period of time determined by the council – minimum of 1 month. Repeat offenders will be banned from posting comics for 1 year minimum. Any users discovered feeding other artists’ work into such a database without their consent, including putting them through an AI filter or similar application, will be permanently banned.

9. Comic battles must be drawn in the time frame given. Starting earlier than the given start time is prohibited.

Action taken for breaking this rule:

If you start drawing a comic before the comic countdown has started, you will be given an immediate default. You will be banned from battling for a period of time to be determined by council – minimum of 3 months. Repeat offenders will be banned.

10. In order to cancel a battle, all artists involved MUST agree to the cancellation.

All involved parties must inform an admin stating that they agree to cancel the battle. You can contact staff for cancellations in the #Ask-Staff-4-Help-Read-Pinned channel in our Discord, email staff@entervoid.com, or contact a staff member directly.

Code of Conduct for EnterVOID.com

Please note that this is for the website itself, and we have a different set of rules that are specific to our discord server. The biggest difference between the website and Discord is that NSFW content is freely allowed on the website, but it is not allowed on the Discord.

1. Votes from comics must come from legitimate accounts. Urging others to join the site just to vote for you is not allowed.

Action taken for breaking this rule:

If you show this type of unsportsmanlike conduct, you will be banned from participating in comic battles or voting for a minimum of 3 months. Repeat offenses may result in a permanent ban.

2. Votes on comics that are considered unfair will be removed.

Action taken for breaking this rule:

If you give out votes that are considered extremely biased, you may have your voting privileges revoked. What is a cheat vote and what is not is determined by the Council. A cheat vote is generally considered to be an undeserved low score for one comic and an extremely high score for another.

3. Harassment or hateful language will not be tolerated.

Action taken for breaking this rule:

This will be dealt with on a case to case basis. Punishment could include being temporarily banned from the site. Repeat offenders will be permanently banned.

4. The following is not allowed on comic comments:

Guidelines for Commenting and Critiquing

VOID exists as a community to help each other improve and grow. In order to create a positive environment for this kind of growth, we recommend the following guidelines:

Comment with Empathy

Remember that there is a real person that will read your comment about something that they spent weeks creating. Not every comic is going to be 100% done, or completely polished. Remember that people have lives outside of VOID, and sometimes unexpected life things come up. If a comic is very lacking, it’s usually not necessary to harp on how incomplete the comic is. If something isn’t your cup of tea, that’s ok!

Link to helpful resources or guides when appropriate

If you see someone struggling with a particular aspect of their artwork and you happen to have a helpful guide, link them in the comments!

Critique the art AND writing

The story and dialogue in comics are as important as the artwork. Don’t be afraid to also comment on those elements of the comic in your critique.

Don’t forget to mention the things you enjoyed

A critique doesn’t have to be a list of all the things the artist did “wrong”. It’s highly encouraged to include things that you enjoyed in your comic. Artists trying new things need to know when things are working just as much as they need to know when they’re not.

You’re allowed to critique people who are “better than you”

Many people say that they don’t feel like they have a right to critique artists that they feel they don’t measure up to skill-wise. This is simply untrue! No one has to be an expert to point out errors, or make helpful suggestions.

Guidelines for Artists Receiving Critiques

As an artist, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or upset by critiques. Keep in mind the following when reading the comments others have left on your comic

Responding to Critique

If you feel the need to respond to another critique, or if you feel you want to defend your work in some way, remember to practice charitable listening; give the critic the benefit of the doubt that they are trying to speak in good faith without intent to offend or deride, and respond as such.

Use the Critique Level system

If you don’t want to receive critique for a particular comic, please use the rating system to let everyone know what types of comments you are looking for. You can also use the artist notes section to ask for critique on specific elements of your comic, such as color or linework.

We’re all amateur critics

No one on VOID is a professional when it comes to critiquing comics. Some artists may have experience mentoring or tutoring others, but many are simply going by their natural sense of how to critique a comic. Sometimes that means critiques will miss the point, not be told in the most effective way, or will simply be wrong. Be patient with your fellow artists!

You don’t have to follow every single bit of advice you receive

It can get overwhelming when you receive a lot of advice, and sometimes you may feel that certain bits of advice are wrong for you. Part of being an artist on VOID means learning when to take others’ advice and when to let it be, as well as learning to focus on specific aspects of your comic making process to avoid getting overwhelmed by a lot of different ideas. If something doesn’t vibe with you or is too much for you at this particular moment, you can simply be grateful that someone took the time to offer their advice and move on.

Code of Conduct for EnterVOID Discord Server

Please note that this is for the Discord Server. Violating the rules of the server will result in a DM from one of our Global Moderators explaining the situation.

Infractions can have different levels of severity. If you have multiple severe infractions, this can result in a ban from the server. A moderator will give you a warning depending on the severity of the infraction.

Please note that we only have authority over the Official Discord server and the site itself. Any side-server that is related to VOID has its own rules and the mods here will not intervene on external websites or servers.

1. Please be respectful:

This means showing general politeness and decency towards other people. We will not tolerate harassment (this can include deliberate misgendering/misidentification), shaming or discrimination of any kind.

2. NSFW Guidelines:

Please note that these rules apply to our Discord server only. We do allow NSFW content within the comics on our site. Please view with discretion and read posted warnings and ratings for content.

On the discord server, you may NEVER post, or link to:

Please be aware that “Implied NSFW” is also prohibited in the Discord server.

Note: We previously had a rule about certain content needing a spoiler tag, this is no longer the case. Content that violates the rules, censored or not, will be removed. We encourage you to use the spoiler tag at your own discretion. Again, you cannot post images that are against the rules with a spoiler. But, using a spoiler tag for content that might be sensitive to some is a good practice. Some examples would include blood, animal death, and bugs.

Please be considerate to people who are browsing at work, school, or in public.

It is up to server staff to make the final call on which images are appropriate or not and we reserve the right to delete your image.

If you have questions over whether or not your content falls under these distinctions, or someone else’s post may be inappropriate, please contact a Global Moderator for clarification before posting.

3. Please consider how everyone may be affected by your posts.

Members on our Discord have differing views on what is acceptable to say or joke about. Even if you don’t mean anyone direct harm, here are some examples of things that we will take various steps to address depending on the case and the severity:

4. AI (artificial intelligence) generated images and artwork

AI-generated works are not allowed on our Discord. This includes AI portrait makers such as Lensa, anime AI filters, DALL-E/Craiyon, or other apps that create images made to imitate artwork. If you choose to feed your own works into an AI network, you cannot post your results in the official Discord.

5. Please try to keep on-topic as much as possible.

If you notice a conversation you are having is getting carried away and should go in a different channel, please try to move to the most appropriate location as much as possible.

6. Do not distribute copyright protected content or assets.

We do not allow illegal redistributing or linking to copyrighted works under any circumstances. This includes categories such as brushes, music, movies, comics and others for which copyright or trademark is infringed upon. Violating this rule may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the server.

Sharing of freely available content is highly encouraged in our resources category of channels!

How to Report a Member

NOTE - Void staff cannot assist with third party reports of bullying, harassment, or abuse. Please encourage the individual(s) directly affected by the issue to contact the Global Moderators for assistance. We DO accept third party complaints for instances of discriminatory language, spam, threats of physical harm, or other issues that require immediate intervention. A third party is anyone who is not directly involved. If you’re not certain whether your content falls into any of these categories, it doesn’t hurt to bring it to our attention just in case!

Content and behavior that puts voiders at risk or makes them feel unwelcome is something we don’t want to encourage or condone, so sometimes Global Moderators have to step in. Global Moderators are on hand to address harmful content and behaviors that do not align with EnterVOID’s rules and guidelines on our website as well as the official discord server. If you experience or see something that you believe needs to be reviewed, please file a report.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I file a complaint and report someone?

If you’re not sure if you should file a report, you can view our Conduct Rules for the EnterVOID website and Discord server here – Official Rules

If you are experiencing unwanted behavior from a fellow void member on Discord, you can mute or block them so that they can’t contact or communicate with you.

How to Block a User on Discord

How do I report someone? What is a Global Moderator?

To submit a report, you can directly DM a Global Moderator on the Discord server. They’ve been tasked to mediate issues and keep the peace. They can be found on the member list under ‘Global Moderator’. Look for the purple usernames!

You can also report via email. Contact staff@entervoid.com – the email will go to Red. Sometimes messages will go to spam, so please reach out via Discord if you do not get a response from us in a timely manner.

A voider is harassing/bullying my friend!

We cannot accept this form of complaint because you are not the affected party, and we cannot confirm if your friend gave consent to you reporting for their sake. We urge that the directly affected party come to us to assure the report is genuine and that they want action taken.

What happens after I submit a report?

After you make a report, it will be added to our Report Log by our Global Moderators, who will then investigate and look into all available information. Once the investigation is completed, the Global Moderators will come to a consensus on what action to take, according to our policies. At that point we will reach out to the reporter to inform them that we have reached a conclusion, and will reach out to the offender to inform them of the action we will be taking against them.

I submitted a report. Did anything happen?

We will confirm that your report was seen and, once the investigation is finished, will inform you whether the report has been recognized or dismissed. However, on a basis of confidentiality we will not dive into the details of the actions taken upon your case.

If I keep reporting someone, will they eventually get banned?

The frequency of complaints against a member does not determine whether they’ll get banned. If someone is continuously reported but hasn’t broken any rules or violated any guidelines, there is no reason to take action.

If I report someone and they get banned, will they know it was me?

No. Member safety and privacy are important to us, so even if a report is made and action is taken, the affected member will never know who filed a complaint reporting them.

Something inappropriate is happening in Voicechat/was posted in artshow/linked in general right now!!

Ping a Global Moderator! You can do so by typing @Global Moderator in the chat.

You can also DM one of the Global Moderators directly with a link to the post in question or with details of the situation.