These requirements are to be performed prior to submitting your roleplay to our directory. We try to approve directory listings quickly and that means that we can approve your listing within 30-60 seconds after you have submitted your listing. To keep from wasting the staff's time or your time always make sure that you have completely complied with the following.
You must have 10 posts or more. The site automatically promotes you to be able to add your link to our directory without staff intervention.
Your site must be active, meaning it must have at least 1 IC posts within the last 30 days.
Your site must maintain a link back to The Initiative and must meet the following criteria:
The link back to RPG Initiative must be from your sites main page (normally the one you are linking to in the directory).
The link back must be an 88x31 button link with The Initiative Logo on it. If you are unsure how to link back on your software please ask us.
The button must be in a static position and is preferred to be with other directory or listing sites.
The link cannot be hidden behind tabs or at the bottom of scroll boxes.
Once you have complied with the above rules go to our Directory and press "Add new Link" in the top right just like adding a topic on the forum this will bring you to our directory form. It is long and looks pretty complicated but in the next section we're going to show you a few images and explain what each of the fields do for your listing.
Show and Tell Directory bits
Full Directory Template
We know that we have a form that is unlike any other site and that can be confusing. It's not something that you simply copy pasta and fill in the nitty gritty bits and you're done. So this is an itemized understanding of what each of the form items do in coordination with the above images.
An automated tag that indicates to other users if you are an active, posting member on the Initiative. This calculates whether you have posted within the past week.
Your site name.
Your site link.
A 1-2 sentence description of your site. This field is limited to 140 characters.
The date or month that your site opened.
A simple indicator to whether your site only allows members of the age 18 or over.
Whether or not your site is a Fandom Site or an original site.
Up to 3 Fandoms that your site includes, anymore than three and we consider that a "Panfandom" and you should choose that in this field instead.
This is only shown to staff. If your fandom is not listed please provide the Fandom in the syntax of Media: Fandom and we will get it added and add it to your listing automatically. Multi-Media Fandoms are listed under their primary, known media.
This would be up to three genres that you consider your site to be, anymore than three and we consider that a "Multi-Genre" and you should choose that in this field instead.
This is only shown to staff. If we have a genre that is not listed that you believe applies to your site please place it here and the staff will get it added. We not have, nor will we add, a fantasy genre. If you consider your site "fantasy" please utilize genres that said "Magic".
The Language rating using the current RPG Rating system. This will be changed soon.
The Violence rating using the current RPG Rating system. This will be changed soon.
The Sexual Content rating using the current RPG Rating system. This will be changed soon.
Tags for your site for easier searching via our search function.
The URL to your Site rules.
The URL to your canon/premade list.
The URL to your sites "wanted ads" for your members.
The URL to your sites chat (Slack, Discord, cBox, etc).
The URL to your sites Twitter. This only shows when viewing your full site information.
The URL to your sites Facebook. This only shows when viewing your full site information.
The URL to your sites tumblr. This only shows when viewing your full site information.
The URL to your sites google+. This only shows when viewing your full site information.
We didn't put in there there are 2 fields for number 3.1 because you will only see the other if you are a patron or a staff member, however we do have a "Custom Cover Photo" field where you can upload your own custom profile image.
As a normal Initiate member you have the option of a few different default cover photos too choose from and this is where you can do it. Here are previews of each of them:
This image must be static.
This is customizable for all accounts and shown where cover photos are not.
This field is the icon that we use on our challenges forums as well as in our sponsors/patrons block.
When your site is spotlighted, this is the image that we display in our site header to promote your site.
Your general site advertisement. Most people put their advertisement here.
This is where you can post site updates like new events, upcoming releases and more. This is meant to be a place where users can see that you have been doing on your site.
If you don't have it, don't worry just leave the field blank and the image will not show.
Here on the Initiative you do not need to comment on your listing in order to bump it, or to even provide site updates, we provide that all int he listing itself. By simply editing the listing you will find a section for "Site Updates" where you can post recent going-ons of your site, new events or whatever. Once you update that it will bump your listing to the top.
As with all of our site our standard bumping rules apply.