Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.
Most problems with your account will need to be handled by forum staff. Please post in the private Ask the Moderators subforum rather than making an open post on the forum for account related issues. This includes:
Questions posted in Ask the Moderators can only be read by you and the forum staff, and an active Moderator will answer your question as soon as possible.
Moderators can be identified by the colored wings displayed beneath their names.
Active Moderators (also known as Seraphim and Cherubim) can help you via PM or in Ask the Moderators.
Inactive Moderators help with daily forum maintenance, participate in Moderator discussions, and help implement rule changes and forum design. However, they do not generally help with member problems or actively moderate discussion threads. Please do not PM Inactive Moderators about issues that do not relate personally to them.
In general, it is best to post in the Ask the Moderators subforum if you need assistance.
Before posting, please use the Search to make sure that your question has not been answered already. We encourage members to bump old threads rather than starting duplicates.
Some common questions...
Because DoA's community and Marketplace safety is built heavily on reputation
and member feedback, members are only allowed to have ONE account. There are
no exceptions, and users who are found to have multiple usernames or share an account will be fed to velociraptors.
For the same reason, we do not allow name changes. There are very specific exceptions, but they are few and far between. For this reason, we suggest that you choose a username that is not time or trend based. It might be embarrassing to you, two years down the road, to have "JustinBieber4ever" as your username.
If more than one account accesses Den of Angels from your IP, we recommend that you post in the Ask the Moderators subforum to let us know that you are separate people.
To find other local doll owners, check the Meetups subforum to see if there are any meetups happening in your area. (Please note: This section is only visible to registered users).
If you are interested in chatting with other doll owners, we have a Wiki directory of DoA members on other sites.
Another great way to meet people is to simply comment on their gallery posts and respond in conversation. PM someone you'd like to get to know better!Off-topic
You may notice that your post count does not always go steadily upwards. This
happens for a few reasons.
First, there are certain areas of the forum where posts do not count toward your total post count (i.e. Games). No matter how much you post there, your post count will not increase.
Next, there are areas that are routinely pruned. For example, the Marketplace is frequently purged of sold items, threads are removed from the galleries occasionally when the image links no longer work, and threads are deleted from Doll Arrivals! after three months of inactivity.
If you already have marketplace access, dipping below the required number of posts will not affect your access level. The only way that you can lose access is if an administrator changes it manually.
Members may receive a forum-wide ban or suspension for:
Den of Angels has taken a stand against the principle and practice of recasting dolls, therefore we reserve the right to ban those who engage in recasting, those who aid and abet recasting by procuring legitimate dolls for the purposes of recasting, and those who provide ordering services for recasters. Using Den of Angels to promote any of these actions is a bannable offense. Reference to ownership of recast dolls either in photos or in writing on Den of Angels is a bannable offense.
If you are suspended or banned, you will receive a notification via email. You may also appeal the ban via email.
If you are caught sneaking back onto the forum, your new account will be gleefully banned also.
For legal reasons, we are not able to list who has been banned or for what reasons. In cases of dishonesty, we recommend checking the Problem Transactions Index and keeping up-to-date with warnings of known scammers. This information can be found in Problem Transactions Feedback.
Members may receive a marketplace ban or suspension for:
For problematic Marketplace transactions, a marketplace ban may be lifted after all outstanding transactions are resolved. However, in most cases, the ban will be permanent. In very serious cases, a marketplace ban will turn into a forum-wide ban.
When you receive a marketplace ban or suspension, the shopping areas of the marketplace will be invisible to you. Your sales and WTB threads are removed; your in-progress splits or group orders may stay, at the modsí discretion.
A marketplace ban or suspension means that you may NOT:
If you receive a marketplace ban or suspension, itís OK to:
You will need to contact a moderator to have your suspension lifted. Once the time is up, you may contact any moderator, not just the one who suspended you.
A lot of members have created signature banners with small images that list their doll families.
These icons can be found here:
In order to combine them, you will need a graphic editing program such a Photoshop or Paint. A good, free option is pixlr.
Please make sure that your finished banner fits within the signature guidelines.
Den of Angels is a 13+ forum.
We do have profanity filters in place, but they are fairly limited and mostly limited to racial slurs and the strongest of the 4-letter words. Though we do not block many words, we ask that members use maturity and taste in their use of profanity.
We do not allow highly sexualized images or excessive gore. Certain sensitive topics (i.e. rape, incest, pedophilia, torture) are not allowed in images or textual content, including comments made to the original post. Please keep dark backstories vague.
There is no concrete list of things that are allowed or disallowed; please use your common sense. If you feel that something you're considering posting may be a bit too much, feel free to post in the Ask the Moderators subforum to get approval. Offensive or inappropriate posts/threads that are reported by other members may be removed; any post/thread may be removed by a moderator at any time, for any reason, at their discretion.
If you are looking for adult alternatives and are over 18, we recommend visiting ControversialDoll or Resinality.
You may invite friends (up to 7 per week) after 25 days of membership and 40 posts. Users who are on any sort of restriction may not send invitations.
To invite a friend, choose the Invite Friends link below the dark blue toolbar. On the next screen, enter your friend's email address, your name (if you feel like it), and click submit.
Invitees will still be screened by the moderators before their accounts are approved; this is done to avoid allowing banned users (particularly those with Marketplace issues) to re-join the forum.
People who don't know any community members may email email@example.com to request an invitation.
Please note that the invitation log is available to the moderators, so we will know who has invited whom. If you are caught attempting to help a banned member re-register, you will also be banned.
If you post an image and the web address (URL) for that picture belongs to someone else, you are hotlinking. Hotlinking uses someone elseís bandwidth without their permission and may cost that person more money. Itís not good netiquette. We do not allow hotlinking. So how can you avoid it?
You can simply link to that image. Right-click the image you want to link to. Select View Image. Copy the URL for that image from your browserís address field. Donít use the Insert Image feature (that would be hotlinking). Just paste the URL into your post. Done.
You can save the image to your computer and upload it to your own hosting service, then post it. To do this:
Youíll want to be careful not to violate the ownerís copyright. It is polite to secure permission before using any images that belong to others.
Mods and Virtues edit hotlinked images so they appear only as links. If you routinely hotlink, you may receive a warning.