- Getting Started
All rules on PonyIsland are actively enforced by the administrators (ADM) and moderators (MOD). All material from users on forums, presentations, signatures, galleries and avatars should be appropriate for users of all ages.
Any persons joining this site should make themselves familiar with the rules of PI. It is the responsibility of each member to fully review and understand the rules. Not knowing or not understanding the rules is no excuse for breaking them and all rule breaking will be handled the same, whether intentional or unintentional. If you are not sure what a rule means, do not understand the rule, or not sure if something breaks a rule, please ask a parent to explain it to you. You may also ask a Moderator by opening a support ticket.
Members violating the rules of this site are subject to disciplinary actions including but not limited to: a warning sent by one of PI's staff, temporary removal of game features such as use of the forum or private messages, or total ban from the site with or without warning. Threads in which violation of the rules has occurred may be moved (in case of being in the wrong forum), locked, or deleted; similarly, individual replies which violate any rule are subject to deletion with or without warning.
To report inappropriate content or trolling on the forums please click the "Report" button. To report other rule violations on the forums or elsewhere on the site, please open a support ticket.
§1 No Profanity, Offensive, or Adult Themes
a. All content on PonyIsland must be appropriate for users of all ages. Due to the inability of many members to keep conversations on certain subjects civil, restrictions on the following topics are in affect:
* Declaration of your religious/political affiliation and sexual identity is permitted in your personal account presentation only. Religious or political proselytizing and/or propaganda are not allowed on PI through any means, including the use of images and banners for such purposes in signatures, contest banners, contest prizes, avatars, personal presentations and pony presentations. Discussion of any religious and/or political content, including declaration of your religious/political affiliations and sexual identity are banned from all public forums, signatures, contest banners, contest prizes, avatars, and pony presentations.
* Discussion of personal relationships of all kinds are allowed as long as details regarding sexuality and sexual identity are left out. Topics which result in the discussion of sexuality and sexual identity will be deleted since history has shown such discussions become uncivil, heated arguments.
* Adult themes are also not permitted. This includes any discussion of sex (consensual or non-consensual), physical or domestic abuse, self-harm and cutting, suicide, murder and other violent acts, underage drinking, smoking or driving, drugs and other controlled substances, or any other illegal acts.
* Other emotionally charged, controversial and strongly debated topics, such as the emo subculture and pitbull dogs.
The same restrictions apply to profiles and presentations, where it is encouraged that content be PI-related and inoffensive by standards reviewed and set at the discretion of the admin. Admin reserve the right to review content and remove any content that they find inappropriate for general audience.
b. Profanity in any form is not allowed. This includes implied profanity, where a swear word is hidden behind abbreviations, stars, dashes, random symbols, or words to the effect of 'expletive', 'censored' or 'bleeped'. In short, any instance where it is obvious that you are attempting to post profanity around PonyIsland's filter will be treated the same as if you had posted the word itself.
c. Graphic or adult themed pictures, text, pony names or account names are strictly prohibited.
d. Posting links to sites or personal pages that contain content not appropriate for users of all ages are not allowed anywhere on PI. This includes entire websites, such as YouTube or DeviantArt, where the image or video you are linking to may be appropriate but the user comments underneath are not, or there are other images, videos or pages linked from that page that are inappropriate.
e. Requests for medical advice are prohibited. If you or someone you know have health problems, please talk to a grown up you trust and/or see a professional health care provider. PI is not the right place to bring up these problems, and posts asking for or giving such advice will be deleted as inappropriate content. This applies also to pet health problems which should be handled by a veterinarian, and severe emotional/psychological problems which should be handled by a therapist, counselor or psychologist.
§2 Treat others with respect.
Our community is made up of users of all ages and backgrounds. All members of PonyIsland are expected to treat each other with respect. Threats, meanspirited remarks, harassment, bullying, and name-calling are not tolerated anywhere on PI for any reason. We do not expect all our members to agree with and get along with each other all the time, but we do expect disagreements to take place in a respectful, polite and civil manner.
* Meanspirited remarks are comments which are deliberately malicious and spiteful in nature. These are remarks made with the intent to cause harm, insult or belittle another player and will not be tolerated, however they may be disguised.
* Harassment where a user is subjected to continual badgering from another user is not tolerated on the forums or in PMs for any reason. If you feel you are being subjected to harassment on the forums, please use the Report button to report them. If you feel you are being harassed via PMs, please block the user. If they continue to badger you on another account or through other means, please report to a MOD by opening a support ticket.
* Personal disputes have no place on the public forums. If you have a personal dispute with another player please take it off the forums and handle it in private via PMs. All PI rules still apply to PMs, even in the case of a dispute so keep it civil. If a dispute cannot be settled in PMs, you may also refer to a MOD for assistance, advice or mediation.
§3 Multiple trial accounts is forbidden. Paid users may not have any unpaid trial accounts.
Each user is allowed to create one trial account for the purpose of trying out the game before paying for a subscription. If you do not pay for the trial account when your trial period ends, you may not create a new trial account. If you decide to pay for your trial account, you cannot under any circumstances make a new account without intending to pay for it. Users found with any number of unpaid trial accounts will be given a minimum 1 week total ban - it does not matter if you were intending to pay for the account later, you must be able to pay for it as soon as you create it.
A user is allowed to have multiple paid accounts (also known as sub accounts). These accounts must be paid for as soon as they are created to avoid suspicion. This means you must have the funds available to pay for the new account before creating it. Creating a new trial account and then asking for payment on the forums is not allowed. A paid user found with an unpaid trial account will receive a minimum 1 week total ban.
New user accounts may not be created to raid the Trial Market of ponies prior to payment. Ponies in the Trial Market are meant for NEW trial users and is not to be used as a source for cheap ponies to resell on the regular Pony Market. An exception will be made for users who send a pony to the trial market by mistake. Only you may retrieve the pony, you may not ask a trial to do it for you on the forums. ONLY the pony sent to the trial market by mistake may be retrieved by you with a trial account and the account must be paid for immediately once the pony is rescued.
If you suspect that someone has multiple trial accounts, please report the user to a MOD or admin by opening a support ticket. Remember to provide evidence in the support ticket.
§4 Always Practice Basic Netiquette Rules
a. Always be polite, welcoming towards new players, tactful, and nice to other people in the game.
b. PonyIsland's official language is English. Please try to write in clear, proper English at all times. Do not use lots of capital letters (CAPS), alternating capitals (aLtErNaTiNg), or chatspeak (I l1k3 sk8boarding, do u?). Keep things like punctuation marks, symbols and non-word letters to no more than 3 in a row.
c. Do not use excessive smilies in your thread. Keep them to no more than three in a row whenever you use them. Posts which consist of nothing but rows of smilies will not be allowed. They are meant to supplement your replies, not replace them.
d. Use appropriate titles for your threads. For example, if you're posting in the Help forum, don't title your thread "Help!". We know that you need help since you are in the Help forum. Please write something more specific, like "Can't figure out how to use the gallery" or "Confused about contesting". People will respond better when they know what your thread is going to be about.
e. Do not make posts with the purpose of bringing negative attention to another user or their ponies. How other people take care of their ponies is solely their business. Telling other users how to play the game is not acceptable, that includes PMing other players telling them to feed/vet their ponies etc.
f. Feedback posts, whether negative or positive are not allowed. This includes any transaction feedback and popularity polls like "Which user do you like most?", "Which user is most helpful?", "Which user do you want to know/meet/stalk?", etc.... History has shown that such polls result in hurt feelings and unnecessary drama when someone's name isn't mentioned, forgotten, not mentioned enough, or comments are negative in nature. As a result, please keep all kinds of feedback posts off the PI forums.
g. Before posting a new thread, read through the most recent threads in a forum and any pinned threads (marked with a "P" icon) to see if your topic was already posted about. Other than in the Help forum, multiple threads about the same topic will not be allowed and are subject to deletion.
h. Mini-modding or mod-vigilantism is not allowed. We do not tolerate the bullying or harassment of users over rule breaking. If you see rule breaking, whether on the forum, in PMs or elsewhere in the game, report it by opening a support ticket and DO NOT RESPOND to it. Please refer to Rule #14 for Reporting Other Players.
i. Treat the Moderators and Admin with respect. Everything they do, they do with the intention of making the forums and PI a friendlier place. If you disagree with the decision of a moderator, you are welcome to PM them and politely discuss the issue or open a support ticket.
j. If you are leaving the game or thinking about leaving the game, do not make a dramatic "I'm leaving!" or "Should I leave?" post. This leads to unnecessary angst. The decision to leave this game should be a personal decision you make yourself. If you decide to leave the game, please do so quietly.
k. Do not post images or links of other players' ponies in the forum unless you have the owners permission. This includes adult pictures of baby ponies.
l. Do not comment on a sellers price, starting price, auction terms, etc. unless the user asks for it.
m. Sending PMs to multiple MODs for non-urgent matters is against the rules. If you've received an answer from one Mod/Admin, you may not keep asking the others the same question in hope of a better answer. Urgent matters include inappropriate content and trolling. All others are considered non-urgent and you should open a support ticket instead for fastest assistance.
§5 No Forum Flooding, Forum spamming or PM spamming
Please do not flood the forums, post spam on the forums or send spam to other players' inboxes. Use common sense to post reasonably and responsibly. Please refer to the manual and the sticked posts in the "Help" forum before asking game questions on the forums or raising a support ticket as most answers will be there. If you do need to post a question, please use the "Help" forum for all Pony Island related questions and use the search page to see if a question has already been answered before posting it. Do not send spam, advertisements or announcements to other players unless they have requested it.
a. The following are considered forum flooding and/or forum spam and will result in deletions, warnings and/or bans.
- Multiple threads for the same topic
- Multiple threads with little to no discussion content
- Threads with no topic for actual discussion or other random comments like "I am bored", "Goodnight!", "I'm hungry!", etc...
- Bumping a post before it has fallen off the first page of the forum it is in.
b. The following are considered PM spam and will result in a ban.
- Advertisements of any kind. For example, asking users to buy your ponies, breed your ponies, buy your adoptables, and or participate in contests. Exceptions are mailing lists which the user has asked to be added to.
- Announcements or any mass PMs sent to a mailing list which the receiver has NOT asked to be added to.
- Any kind of chain mail and/or chain letters
- Asking/begging for donations of PG, BP, ponies, breedings, cash, for any reason.
c. Games and/or contests which encourage users to post spam on the forums or send spam to individual users are not allowed and will result in bans for the organizer of the event as well as all users who participate in sending/posting spam. Some examples of such things are: recruiting games, invite a friend, longest thread games, bump-this-thread competitions and all variations of these types of threads where users are encouraged to post random spam and/or comments to garner post count or bring up a post, etc...
d. Certain forums have specific rules tailored to them to control spamming. Please be sure to review all stickied posts in each individual forum for these rules before posting.
§6 Post in the correct forums. Keep Forum Posts Relevant and On Topic
Before posting your thread, please review the forum descriptions to make sure you are posting in the correct forum. If you are not sure, you can always ask for help by opening a support ticket. Threads which are posted in the wrong forum will be moved and continuing to post in the wrong forums despite having several threads moved will result in a ban.
Please read what the topic is and stick to that. Hijacking other peoples threads by writing about something completely different to the subject of the post is considered very rude and will result in a deletion of your reply with a warning or forum ban.
§7 No Begging or Asking for Donations
Begging or asking for donations is not allowed. You must offer a service and/or item to PI players in order to accept payment of any kind. Such services/items must be offered upfront and should not be dependent upon the occurrence of a separate event. In other words, you cannot accept payment for something on the conditions that it may or may not happen. All trades of this nature are "at your own risk", and PI Administrators can not help if you've been scammed so please handle with care.
§8 No General Fundraising
General fundraising for a specific cause, be it personal or political, charitable or non-charitable is not allowed on PI. Advertising the acceptance of donations or pledges for any cause is not allowed. Any thread found to be directly or indirectly asking for funds or donations of this nature will be immediately deleted. Only in trading a specific item or service can you obtain money from other PI players. You may mention that funds from your sale will be applied to a specific cause, but the focus of the thread must be on the items for sale and you may not advertise nor post propaganda for your cause within your thread.
An exception is granted to those asking for donations of PI currency, items, ponies or adoptables to be redistributed in a PI Sanctioned event, provided that none of these will be taken by any persons managing or helping out in the event and all donations acquired are given out during the advertised event. Asking for donations for a contest or event that will not be completely open to the public is not allowed. Associations are also exempt from this, provided they ask for donations only within their own forum.
PI staff reserves the right to remove threads that advertise fundraising, donations, pledges, or pledge-motivated trades that are deemed inappropriate.
§9 Forum Specific Rules
Many individual forums have rules that are specific just for them. All users are expected to review pinned posts at the top of each forum that contain these forum specific rules as they are enforced just like the general rules are.
§10 No Advertising or linking to offsite content unrelated to Pony Island. All offsite content must adhere to Rule #1
Advertising or providing links to websites, webpages, game sites, events and/or any other offsite website, webpage, and/or content that is not related to PonyIsland is not allowed.
We will allow 2 exceptions to this rule for the following:
-Links to informational websites or webpages (i.e. wiki pages, dictionary.com, tutorials, etc...) may be provided as a response to a user's thread requesting help or information. These websites and/or webpages linked to must contain information that is relevant to the topic being discussed and adheres to Rule #1 where all content is appropriate for users of all ages.
-Adoptable related websites provided they are made to supplement an existing PI adoptable and adhere to Rule #1 where all content is appropriate for users of all ages.
§11 Picture Abuse
Picture abuse is the use of any image which does not belong to you or for which permission to use it has not been given to you. It's illegal to use someone else's tattoo/gallery/prize/presentation/artwork/photograph/off PI graphic without their written permission. If someone is using your graphic without your permission, please report it by opening a support ticket. This includes if someone is using your graphics from someplace else on the web.
§12 Banned Accounts
If you've been banned, you may not use your other accounts or friends accounts to get around the ban.
a. You cannot post from another account of yours, or anyone elses if forum banned.
b. You cannot ask someone to post for you while banned.
c. You cannot post/PM for someone who is banned even if you're not banned, doing so will get you banned.
d. You cannot use other accounts to PM while PM banned.
e. You cannot start trial accounts and/or use other accounts while being total banned.
Failure to follow these rules will always result in a extension to your ban. Repeat failure to follow these basic rules may result in a total ban.
§13 Permanent Bans
We understand that we have a lot of rules to remember and as such, honest mistakes can happen. However, repeated rule breaking and/or breaking the same rule(s) you have already been warned and/or banned for is not tolerated. Initially, repeated rule breaking will earn extended bans. However, if rule breaking continues despite receiving multiple warnings and/or bans, then these actions will result in a permanent ban being applied to all your accounts even if you've paid for your account(s) and/or there is time left on your account(s).
§14 Reporting Other Players
Rule breaking should be reported so that it can be handled properly by PI staff. PI staff will never divulge the identity of any player reporting rule breaking except in cases of stolen artwork that is reported by the original artist since we must present proof of theft to the person being accused of stealing artwork.
If you see rules being broken on the forums, on the site or in PMs, please report it by opening a support ticket, which can be found by clicking "Help" -> "Support". Include a detailed description of the problem and provide links to threads or pages where the rule breaking occurred if needed.
Rule breaking on the forums can also be reported by using the "Report" button at the bottom of the thread where you see violations occurring. When using the "Report" button, a support ticket is opened for you with a link to the thread you reported added to the ticket automatically. You just need to fill in the reason and click "Submit".
Please do not abuse the Ticket System/Report Button. The Ticket System/Report button is meant to provide assistance with Rule Breaking and other game related issues which cannot be answered in the manual or on the Help forum. Excessive use of the Ticket System/Report Button for other purposes or in an attempt to harass other players and/or PI staff will not be tolerated and will result in warnings and/or bans.
The PonyIsland staff will NEVER ask for your password!
NEVER give out any personal information to anyone on the net, not your full name, address, phone number or similar info. NEVER give out your password to another player, it's never called for or needed, if someone would hijack your account it's not in our power to rebuild what they have destroyed.
The forums are the heart and soul of the tight-knit community we have on PI. On the forums, you can do anything from roleplaying and exchanging art to discussing the finer points of breeding and contesting. Below is a description of each forum you can post in.
The news forum is designated as "read and reply", which means that only the administrators of Pony Island (VeeZ and ZarqX) can create new threads in it, but everyone can reply. The news forum is where we find out about the newest features on PI, such as changes to the contesting system or new types of ponies. The most recent news topics are also featured at the bottom of the Pony Island layout for easy access.
The discussion forum is for topics that are about Pony Island, but don't fit into a more specific forum. Subjects in the discussion forum can have anything to do with Pony Island. Some popular threads include discussions about the popularity of certain pony breeds, the impact of projects on the economy, and the number of males versus females people have in their stables.
The official events forum is used for all PI Official events such as Extravaganza, Costume Contests, etc. Only authorized users can create threads in these forums, but everyone has the ability to reply to the threads posted here.
Giveaways and Games The giveaways and games forum is where all free games and giveaways should be posted. Please note that naming contests do not belong here, and neither do tattoo contests.
The friends forum is for off-topic discussion, meaning it doesn't have a strong link to Pony Island. In the friends forum, users can share what's going on in their lives, celebrate birthdays and accomplishments, relax and have a good time.
Artwork is the forum you can go to when you want to show off art you have worked on, or art you have had commissioned from someone else. It is a place where artists can go to ask for advice, critiques and get help on art-related things. Artists can give away free things in this forum for users as well. However, if you are looking to open commissions, or are looking to purchase commissions, you should not be posting here. This is not a forum for selling artwork, or finding artists to commission.
Show 'n Tell
Did you finally get the pony of your dreams, or reach the level you needed to complete your quest? Did your pony give birth to twins or triplets? Post here to celebrate!
The clubs forum is where users interested in the same thing can get together to discuss their interests. Please note that only one thread per topic is permitted.
If you have a question about gameplay or the site in general that isn't covered by the manual, you're confused about the manual's answer, or you are having what you think is a technical issue for the site, post here and you'll receive replies from other users. If there's one thing our players like to do, it's help out others! This is not the place for pricing help, however. Questions about pricing belong in the appropriate Advertise forum.
The decision help forum is where to post if you need help making a decision. Can't decide which test breed you like? Need help deciding if you should keep or sell a pony? Can't find the right name? Your thread belongs here! As with the Help forum, this is not the place for pricing help, however.
If you'd like to test your forum signature to make sure it works, post here. You can also use this forum to practice posting images and links or to test the layout of a thread for another forum. This forum should not be abused, or used to get around PM bans.
If you need help with a quest, be it advice on how to proceed, or a search for certain colors, look no further. The friendly people in the quest forum are sure to help you out.
Advanced breeding In the advanced breeding forum, you'll find discussion of color combinations, genetics, interesting breeding projects users have going on, and similar topics. It is also a place to get help with these kinds of subjects.
The strategy/contesting forum allows users to get together to discuss different contesting strategies that they use with their ponies.
**If these forums do not appear on your forum list, it is likely an ad blocking program/add-on causing the problem. Please make sure that you tell your ad blocker to allow PI addresses.**
If you're running a contest or looking for one to participate in, the contests forum is a great place to check out. Find the best contests with the coolest prizes advertised here. Please note that naming contests do not belong here, and neither do tattoo contests.
Are you planning to buy a pony? Post a want ad here with what you're looking for and someone will answer soon!
Advertise your ponies for sale here so people know you're having a sale! You can also scan this forum if you're in the mood to buy ponies. You'll surely find a bargain.
This forum is for the selling and buying of anything that isn't a pony. Post here if you need to buy a resurrection scroll to revive your dead pony, or if you need your account paid for. You can also advertise your items and bonus points. Always remember to offer something in return!
Going once, going twice, SOLD! Items and ponies up for real-time auction can be found in this forum. Post here if you need to sell a pony quickly or if you're looking for good prices. Please check the rules for this forum in the posts at the top of the forum before participating, however. Live Auctions sales are binding, and if you bid or offer something for sale here, you are obligated to pay for it or sell it.
Artwork Trades is a forum where artists can gather to sell their artwork. Whether you are looking to commission someone for sketches, lineart, shading, templating, etc you can certainly find someone in this forum.
Adoptable Help and Ideas
Adoptable Help and Ideas is the forum users post in when they want constructive criticism regarding their upcoming adoptable, their artwork for an adoptable or just generally want feedback from other users before entering their adoptable in Introductions - you may also find a partner or long-term staff here willing to help you as well! This forum is meant for helping and aiding those who wish to start an adoptable gather ideas for one. It should not be treated like the Introductions forum - games should not be played, prizes should not be given away.
Adoptables Introductions is the forum where you can find all new adoptables to PonyIsland, or adoptables that have had a change in ownership. Adoptables must spend three weeks in this forum and are only permitted to host free events.
Adoptables Generals is the forum where all active adoptables post their events or chat threads. In this forum adoptables are released and events and games are hosted. Here adoptable owners are permitted to give things away for free or they may charge for currency (site currency or other forms of currency).
Adoptables Brag is where excited adoptable owners can post about a new adoptable they have recently won or purchased. This forum is very similar to our regular, pony Brag forum but it is limited to only adoptables.
Adoptables Breeding is where you can find advertisements during a particular adoptable's breeding season.
Adoptables Approval is an old forum that is no longer in use.
Roleplay and Fanfiction Forums
For information about how to post in these forums, please see The Writer's Guild information on the Writing/RP tab here
Beginner's roleplay is for everyone just starting out in the world of role-playing!
A forum for those who are experienced in the world of role-playing!
For those users who enjoy writing long, detailed replies for their role-plays.
The PonyIsland fanfiction forum is where to go if you'd like to read or write stories about the ponies at Pony Island.
The Non-Pony fanfiction forum is where to go if you'd like to read or write stories based on existing works.
The original fanfiction forum is where to go if you'd like to read or write stories based on original works.
For information about how to post in these forums and join in events, please see Azuyan Roleplay information on the Writing/RP tab here
This forum is used for all Azuyan run events!
This forum is where you can find all player content, world-building, fan groups, artwork, fanfics and characters.
This forum is where you can explore the world of Azuyan!
This forum is used for all player-run role plays!
The Very Boring Grownups Association
The VBGA is for those users 16+ who wish to talk about topics that may not be suitable for the public of PI. Please review the Association's main page (here) for information on how to join.
The Pet Association
The Pet Association is a place where all chatter concerning pets, pet care, pet advice, etc should be posted. Please review the Association's main page (here) for information on how to join.
It is always important that you make sure you read over what is and isn't allowed in each of the forum categories. Posts that do not belong in any of the forums are posts that break any of the rules states above, or topics that are already being discussed in an earlier post. Our staff has the right to remove replies and/or threads that do not adhere to our rules - both written here, and in the pinned threads inside the individual forums.
Artwork & Adoptables Manual
The Artwork and Adoptables Manual and rules have moved to their own tab for ease of review. Please click >here< to review the artwork and adoptable rules.