Den of Angels Rules & Terms of Service

Sep 13, 2007

  1. Every member on Den of Angels is responsible for knowing these rules. If you have any questions, please post in Ask the Moderators.

    Please see the FAQ for information on bannings and suspensions.

    Mission Statement
    Den of Angels is intended solely for the appreciation of ball-jointed dolls (BJD) that meet our criteria. Though we have an extensive Marketplace available to members, our focus is on being a community and resource for people to share and enjoy their dolls through photography, customization and discussion.

    Den of Angels Rules
    • Be respectful of others and have good manners. If you wish to discuss a potentially sensitive issue, handle it with tact. Flaming, trolling, or harassment will not be tolerated. Critique belongs in the Critique forum, not in the Galleries.

    • Conduct yourself with honesty and integrity. Stealing, impersonating another member, or claiming to be two (or more) different people will result in a permanent ban.

    • Each member gets ONE account ONLY. Members may not have multiple or shared accounts because DoA's community and Marketplace safety is built heavily on reputation and member feedback. There are no exceptions, and users who are found to have multiple usernames or a shared account may be banned. For the same reason, we do not allow name changes. If more than one DoA member shares your computer or IP address, post into Ask the Moderators, so that we can make a note of your separate accounts.

    • DoA is an English-only forum; with some exceptions, all foreign-language posts will be removed. (We do not consider netspeek, l33t, lolspeak, or txt spk English.) Additionally, we frown on typing in all caps, capitalizing the first letter of every word and committing other typographic crimes. Comic Sans was removed from the dropdown choices for a reason.

    • DoA is a 13+ forum, so we do not allow the following in photos, photostories, videos or textual content: pornography, rape, paedophilia, extreme gore, or glorification of torture. Do not link to adult material. Members who are found to be under 13 will be banned due to COPPA regulations. (Please see the rules for appropriate content below for more information.)

    • No buying, selling, trading or advertising outside of the Marketplace. This includes (but is not limited to these examples) and applies whether what is involved is an item, a service, or an offered commission of either:
      • asking if anyone is selling a specific item.
      • selling items listed in the marketplace to members without marketplace access via conversation.
      • mentioning that your item is for sale or trade.
      • answering a "Where can I buy..." question with your own sale.
      • asking members to sell items that are not listed for sale.
      • asking members to contact you if they decide to sell an item.
      • cross-posting images in your sales thread and outside of the Marketplace at the same time.
      • using images outside of the Marketplace stamped with your shop logo.
      • soliciting commissions (even for free) outside of the Commissionable Services marketplace.
      • asking members if you may commission them.
      • asking members if there would be any interest in: a group order, a split, a custom manufactured head.
      • asking members to help you price your item for sale.
      (Also see Marketplace Rules)

    • Stay on topic. Photos, videos or posts that focus on other dolls, your boyfriend, your cat, etc., are considered off topic. If a thread is only about your specific situation, please take it to a personal blog. Posts that are only about the "character" aspects of the hobby (roleplay, fanfiction, fanart) are considered off-topic. Off-topic threads will be removed. Do not repost deleted content.

    • No drama. Do not discuss offsite snark or drama on Den of Angels. Do not attempt to involve forum staff in personal rivalries or disputes.

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    Suspensions and Bannings
    • Banning is always at DoA’s discretion. Den of Angels does not ban lightly and without good reason. If you or someone you know feels you have been banned mistakenly or unfairly, please send an email to
    • For legal and privacy reasons we cannot publicly state why individual users are banned from the forum.
    • Helping a member to get around a ban (Marketplace or full-forum) is a bannable offense. Do not let a banned member sign on from your house or use your account.

    Bans related to recasts
    Recast dolls are not allowed on Den of Angels; this includes fully recast dolls as well as those that have any recast parts. You may be banned without prior notice if you:
    • have any business relationship with a recaster
    • have sent a doll to be recast
    • mention being ‘recast friendly’ or ‘recast neutral’ on DoA
    • post a photo of a recast doll on DoA, even if it does not belong to you
    • list a recast doll for sale in the DoA Marketplace
    • list or mention your recast doll anywhere on DoA, even if its recast status is not disclosed
    • post links on DoA to sites that sell, promote or discuss recasts
    There is no penalty for posting about recasts in Ask the Moderators. We do not ban members simply for owning recasts, so if you have any questions about these rules, please ask.

    If you have specific questions about moderated posts, threads, or other concerns, ask the moderators.

    DoA is not liable for off-site links; users should follow links at their own risk. Posts made by members of this forum are not the opinions of the moderators or owners of the forum, and we do not claim to have censure on all opinions or topics posted by private members.

    Den of Angels is a privately owned and run forum and reserves the right to: ban a user for any reason or for no reason at all; remove any post at any time; edit any post for content at any time; remove access to the site for any user at any time, at its sole discretion.
  2. Appropriate Content

    Den of Angels is a 13+ community that caters to a wide range of ages, nationalities and sensibilities. Controversial topics like war, politics, religion and vices are discouraged. As certain content is not appropriate for minors, we evaluate questionable content on a case-by-case basis. Decisions about inappropriate content are at the discretion of the moderators and are final.

    Do not post photos or videos that show other people's faces unless you have permission. This includes coverage of meetups or events; photos/videos of crowd scenes or with people's faces in the background may be removed.

    As a courtesy to other members, we ask that you label threads that include nudity, mild expressions of attraction, gore or any potentially offensive content. If you don't know whether the content you want to post is appropriate for this forum, please ask the moderators.

    Sexually-explicit topics
    • We allow tasteful, artistic nudity.
    • We allow pictures of body blushing, body resin comparisons and arrival photos.
    • We allow mild expressions of attractions between consenting adults – this includes shonen-ai.*
    • We do not allow posts that are explicit in nature. Pictures showing dolls simply hugging or kissing are fine. Anything more graphic than that is probably not allowed.
    • We do not allow explicit yaoi* or yuri*
    • We do not allow links that go directly to explicit pictures on another website.
    Other graphic, R-rated topics
    Posts about these topics have a high chance of being removed based on how graphically or sensitively the issue is handled:
    • Depictions of suicide
    • Depictions of abuse
    • Depictions of self-mutilation
    Extreme topics
    Photos and text – including backstories – with these topics will be removed.
    • Glorification of torture
    • Depictions of rape
    • Depictions of paedophilia – this includes shota* and loli*
    • Extreme gore. Mild gore is permissible provided you include 'gore' in the thread title.
    • Offensive content. This includes profanity, volatile subjects that are handled in an offensive way and glorification of those who have committed atrocities (for example, Nazis, murderers, rapists, etc.)

    Shonen-ai refers to romanticized but non-sexual relationships between men. Shojo-ai is often considered the female counterpart, although in Japan it technically refers to manga targeted to young girls.

    Yaoi refers to sexually explicit relationships between men.

    Yuri refers to romantic relationships between women. These relationships are not always depicted in a sexually explicit way.

    Shota (Shotacon) refers to a sexual complex where an adult is sexually attracted to an underage boy, an underage girl is sexually attracted to an underage boy, or, most commonly, two underage boys are sexually attracted to one another. Depictions are often explicit in nature.

    Loli (Lolicon) refers to a sexual attraction to girls below the age of consent or an individual attracted to such a person. Most commonly in loli, childlike female characters are depicted in an erotic manner.
    #2 DoA Mod Squad, May 3, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 26, 2016
  3. Terms of Service

    While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made on this site express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

    You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, violent, hateful, threatening, overtly sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrators and moderators of this site have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, the webmaster, administrators and moderators cannot be held responsible for any actions by member or outside party (such as a hacking attempt) that may lead to the data being compromised.

    Please note that there is one exception to our data disclosure policy: in the event of a fraudulent transaction such as sale of counterfeit items or theft, non-public information such as your IP or email address (as well as information furnished by you to the other party in your fraudulent transaction(s)) may be made public, shared with other affiliated doll forums, or disclosed to appropriate law enforcement or other regulatory agencies. Use of the DenofAngels Marketplace is not mandatory; by using the site to buy, sell, trade, or engage or offer commissionable services, you are agreeing to this portion of our Terms of Service.

    DenofAngels is not responsible for any business or sales by its members, found through links in posts or signatures or advertising banners, or suggested through private conversations. It is up to the buyer and the seller to investigate the reputation of the other party and make their own determination. DenofAngels does not serve as any sort of arbitrator in disputes. You must settle any buying/selling/commissioning problems you have with the other party privately, or contact the appropriate authorities. DenofAngels is not responsible for verifying information contained in transactional feedback left by members; we will investigate and remove libelous content, but this is done at the discretion of the staff and only upon request.

    DenofAngels reserves the right to remove any post, any time. DenofAngels reserves the right to edit any post for content, any time. DenofAngels will not necessarily contact users in the event that their post has been removed/edited or their membership revoked. DenofAngels reserves the right to declare any topic, company, or product "off-topic" at any time, for any reason. This does not represent any negative judgement against the quality or reputation of the doll, company, or poster. DenofAngels does not expect (or accept) compensation for dolls being ruled "on-topic," conversely we not not accept responsibility for any loss of sales due to a sculpt or company being ruled "off-topic."

    DenofAngels may remove access to the site for any user, at any time, at its sole discretion.

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    In the event of loss of website access (due to user removal or software and/or server issues), DenofAngels is not liable for any loss of data or interruptions in Marketplace transactions. As DenofAngels may at any time remove content at its discretion, users are responsible for keeping backups of any data that they may need to access in the future.

    DenofAngels provides the following service to you, subject to these Terms of Service ("TOS"), which may be updated periodically without prior notice.

    By clicking Register you agree to be bound by these conditions.
    #3 DoA Mod Squad, Dec 31, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 11, 2015