These rules are non-exhaustive guidelines. Please respect staff decisions, and remember that it's more important to follow the spirit of the rules than the letter of the rules. If you feel like you need to challenge a decision, if you do so respectfully and in private, using the /mod command.
This page doesn't supersede the Terms of Service, and we reserve the right to take any disciplinary action, up to and including banning your account, for any conduct regardless of whether it is explicitly addressed here.
If you have any questions about the rules, or want to report any behaviour which you feel is a violation, please use the /mod command in any channel! We may not respond immediately, but we'll be notified and will deal with your problem as soon as possible. You're welcome to contact mods with other questions or concerns too, even if you don't think anyone is directly breaking any rules.
Don't be a dick. Be civil, treat people respectfully, don't troll, and don't cause or fuel public drama or witchhunts.
Please tag NSFW, NSFL, and hypnotic images. NSFW means erotic or suggestive, including softcore porn, and NSFL means stuff that's creepy or disturbing. This is obviously subjective up to a point, but please err well on the side of caution.
Spoilers should be tagged || like this ||, but if you're using spoiler tags, please give enough uncovered information that people can make an informed decision about whether to click or not.
Don't try to make anyone change their privacy settings without making sure they actually understand what they're doing.
If you're using the site in good faith, you're welcome to exchange off-site contact info with friends. However, we don't allow people just to use the site to farm IM contacts, or to bait people off-site. Also, please don't put contact info in your profile; this also includes anything that could be regarded as inviting people to ask you for contact details.
We're very unlikely to be able to investigate any allegations of non-con or other issues that arise on other chat platforms, since copypastes and screenshots of logs can all be faked. Unless we have a very good reason not to, we'll always take the side of the other person if it was you who asked them to go offsite. This means there's shared responsibility, since a subject shouldn't be asking to go off-site with a hypnotist they don't trust not to violate their consent, just as a hypnotist shouldn't be asking to go off-site with a subject they don't trust not to bring false allegations against them.
You're not allowed to link to other chatrooms, or promote them. This includes gratuitous namedropping.
If you want to shorten an image URL, consider using Imgur. Otherwise, link directly to your target, and don't use third-party link shortening services like TinyURL and Bitly which obscure their actual destination. First-party link shorteners like youtu.be are fine.
The site saves your logs for you, indefinitely. If we ever shut down, we'll provide you with plenty of warning and a means to download your logs. Unless you get explicit permission, please don't save off-site copies of logs without the consent of all users involved, even from public rooms. If you have saved logs of another user, including in the past, you must delete them when asked by the user in question or by site staff, for any reason or none.
You're allowed one account per physical person. If you want to change your name, for the time being please ask the staff. We usually accept name changes unless we have a good reason not to.
If you're not registered, try to stick to one name - we don't like people swapping names every day. Once you've registered, please use your account. If you need to change your name, contact the staff.
You should set your gender symbol either to that which most closely aligns with how you identify yourself, regardless of your assigned gender at birth, or undisclosed if you'd prefer not to share.
If you're genderfluid or engage in gender play, and are likely to be changing your symbol a lot, it would be helpful to make mention of this in your profile.
In general, you're not allowed to advertise or promote other websites. However, if you're creating primarily freely available content on a site which doesn't run ads, you'll usually be allowed to link to your site in your profile, but please ask first! If you're organising a large hypnosis convention, you can promote it as long as you have a good reputation in the wider hypnosis community.
Main Chat is for general conversation. Please don't intentionally do trances or extensive roleplay.
Playground is for public trances. If Main Chat is busy, conversation is obviously allowed in Playground, but please move it to Main Chat when possible, or when asked by the staff.
User Public Channels
If a conversation is getting very in-depth in Main Chat, or a session has been going on for ages in Playground, you may want to consider creating a public channel to give other people a chance to talk! However, please don't spam-create public channels for no reason. Also, the system will clean up idle channels eventually, but please try to clean up after yourself by typing /close when you're finished with a channel!
We require informed consent before doing hypnosis. Remember that consent can be withdrawn at any time, for any reason or none. You can't assume that someone is consenting just because they're on the site, or in the Playground channel.
Hypnotists are not allowed to gain personal information (last names, addresses, pictures) or contact information (Skype, Hangouts, Discord, etc) via hypnosis or other suggestions.
You're not allowed to offer hypnotherapy services here, and if you claim to be a hypnotherapist, even without the intention of offering services, you'll be required to provide certification, and even if we've verified your credentials, you're not allowed to claim to be a hypnotherapist in your profile.
Neither hypnotists nor subjects are allowed to ask for any kind of payment for sessions conducted on the site. You're also not allowed to do findom (or equivalent) that involves transfer of money or property in any form.
Alters and Tulpas
The creation of alters or tulpas is not allowed, even with consent. If you have alters or tulpas, you're still allowed to use the site, but you must stick to one account per physical body. For ethical reasons, any alters or tulpas who are underage, or would be perceived as such, aren't allowed to use the site.
No age play is allowed in public rooms. You can roleplay as a child in private rooms, but if any participants are ageplaying, your roleplay should be SFW. Also, if we become aware of an ageplayer, we're very likely to ask for verification of their real age. Age regression under hypnosis is a potentially harmful therapeutic technique and isn't allowed.
You can delete messages if you send them by mistake, such as dropped whispers. However, please don't abuse this by deleting messages in sessions, unless you've got explicit consent.
If it's not working for you, tell your hypnotist! Don't fake trance without discussing it, or it ruins it for everyone since your hypnotist won't be able to learn from their mistakes.
Details about our admin and moderation procedures, to eliminate ambiguity. If you feel like a member of staff isn't observing one of these procedures, please report it and we'll investigate.
If there's a procedure that you'd like to see detailed here which isn't, please let us know!
If site admins have any reason to suspect you might be under 18, we'll challenge you for age verification.
When challenged, you'll usually be required to email an unmodified photo of any legally acceptable ID to one of the admins (using firstname.lastname@example.org or <admin name>@dreamychat.com). If you comply immediately without making a fuss, we'll usually allow you to physically censor (for instance, with paper or electrical tape) sensitive data such as full name, address, or your photo. Refusal to provide ID once challenged will result in a permanent ban, but you can be unbanned as soon as you've sent it through.
If you believe you're being targeted unfairly or if you're uncomfortable showing ID to the specific staff member challenging you, you're allowed to choose a different admin to review things instead. However, if you request an admin who's unavailable, you won't be allowed to use the site until they've been able to check your ID.