First things first - read our Membership Manual You can find these on the "Home" tab under "Rules & Regs." These will give you a basic outline of who we are and what we do Secondly, create a TarValon.net message board account (if you haven't already done so), and then fill out a citizen application form which can be found here. The message board account is to get your username and password and to be able to post in the visible threads. The citizen application is for if you wish to gain access to the city and more forums Please remember to make your full name (forename and surname) on both these applications the same, and make sure it follows our guidelines. You will then get an account activation e-mail. Don't panic if it doesn't arrive straight away, but if you've been waiting for a week, e-mail email@example.com and explain the situation, and we will be able to help you out. Don't forget to make yourself a thread to introduce yourself in our 'Introductions' forum! We all want to get to know you and this is the easiest way Tell us a bit about yourself and you'll soon have lots of interested members replying! It's also helpful for the Mayor and her team. Once you have 25 posts, we can start to process your citizen application. We have this rule to try and make sure that you're someone who's going to stick around. You can check how many posts you have by going to your profile page, which can be found by clicking the 'profile' button by any post you've made, or by clicking on your name in the 'Who is Online' section at the bottom of the forums. Note: A post can be either a new topic started or a reply to an already existing topic. Private Messages don't add to your post count. You should soon receive a confirmation e-mail from our Mayor, Feon Ceseth, with instructions on how to be added to the Citizen usergroup. Please remember that it is real people sorting through these applications, and so it can take a little time for them to be processed. Include your profile link (found as above) in your reply. If there are any problems with your application, we'll let you know in another e-mail, and tell you how you can sort it out. If you send in your application before you have 25 posts and are unsure what to do when you've reached 25 posts, please check the email received in response to your application, as this tells you what you should do next. It involves sending reply to that email containing a link to your profile. It could just be that you slipped through the cracks or the application didn't go through correctly. Once you are a citizen Once you have been added to the Citizen usergroup, you'll be able to see more forums, and you will find the word 'Citizen' underneath your avatar. Because this can take some time (each application is individually processed,) you can consider yourself a Citizen as soon as you've submitted your application. You will also have to follow the final instruction in the email welcoming you to citizenship, which involves visiting City Hall and posting in the appropriate stickied threads. Also Note: There have been a number of applicants who have come before the City Staff in the past complaining about the rules regarding copyrighted and duplicate names. There are guidelines put into use for the well-being of the community. We are not going to approve a name we feel violates those guidelines, no matter how much you beg and/or try to explain to us why you feel you are above the rules. Also, there are members who joined this site before those guidelines were set into place. For something to be 'Grandfathered in' means that one is allowed to continue a pre-existing use despite a later regulation. Those who had such names before this guideline was put in place were and are allowed to continue use of those names. They/their accounts are 'grandfathered in'. This does not mean that you can try to use those members as a bargaining chip to achieve what you want. So, in conclusion, if, when you submit your Citizen application, it is found that your name is copyrighted by Robert Jordan or a name that is being used by another member, you will be asked to choose a new name that is accordance with the guidelines set in place by the site administration. If you do not comply with that request, your Citizen application will be denied. If there's anything you need - any problems or questions - a good place to look is in the Ask the White Tower forum. If you have a look through there the chances are you'll find the answer to your question. If you don't find what you're looking for, post a thread in the Ask the White Tower forum, PM any member of the Welcome Committee or e-mail the Mayor Feon Ceseth at firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck! As an added FYI, please try not to use Ask the White Tower for questions relating to your application. It WILL be processed, although some may take longer than others depending on RL commitments. If it's been longer than 7 days, email email@example.com, and Sa'areah Sedai will look into it.