[Rules] 20130903 - Rule 18 Added

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[Rules] 20130903 - Rule 18 Added

Postby Accelevi » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:19 pm

The Rules
1. Staff have final say.
This goes without saying. Should be pretty easy to understand. If a moderator or an admin or the like requests something of you, you should listen to them. They will be reasonable. For example, if we ask you to stop arguing with another user, we expect you to stop. Don't argue with us unless there is an amazingly good reason. That is disrespectful, and you will get a warn each time this happens.

2. No inappropriate content.
Another obvious one. Even if language and some pictures might make it to PG-16, nothing beyond that should exist here. Excessive profanity will receive 2 warn points. Anything inappropriate besides that (you should get my drift) will result in an automatic ban for a week. A second time will result in a permanent IP ban (you will not be able to view the forum at all) as well as a permanent account ban and e-mail ban. Threads made to be humorous such as the SnK Humor Thread will have a bit more leniency, but still, nothing too serious.

3. Nothing illegal.
This is something which I shouldn't even have to explain. Nothing that breaks the law. We should not see pirating links, or anything of the like, nor are you allowed to give away others' information. It is private. This shall result in an automatic 7 day ban, the second, a full ban of IP, account, and e-mail.

4. No spamming.
Spam can be interpreted in various ways. On this forum, it shall be interpreted as:
• Making an excessive amount of short posts repeatedly.
• Posting twice in a row (double posting) within a 24-hour period in one thread.
• Posting in the wrong location.
• Intentionally driving a thread off-topic.
• Flooding a forum.
• Stalking members' threads or replies by constantly focusing or beating down on solely their posts.
• Making a thread or post which is identical or close enough to a thread which already exists.
• Advertising of any sort except user-owned blogs or forums which do not advertise actual goods.
• Having just a quote for a post.
• Having just a picture for a post if it is unrelated to the thread or topic.
• Posting excessively to gain post count. (If this happens, I will be notified and your post count will be disabled for a period of time which the staff will decide)
Each time this happens, you will get a warn. (Excludes Off-Topic)

5. No trolling.
Trolling can be interpreted in many ways, like spamming. This includes, but is not limited to flaming or any posts of the like which are meant to provoke a user. Harassment of any sort shall result in a 7 day ban, the second infraction will be a permanent IP and account ban.

6. No making multiple accounts.
Self-explanatory. If any of the mods catch you, the extra account will be banned, and you will receive a seven day warn. Second time, full and permanent ban of every type (IP, account, e-mail).

7. Don't necrobump.
Don't post in a thread that is more than a month old. If you own the thread, you may post in it only if it adds something constructive which has not already been discussed by newer threads. If you do it more than 5 times, you will receive a seven day ban. If you do it 3 more times after that, you will get a month ban. 3 after that, and permanent ban of every kind.

8. Try to have decipherable grammar/spelling.
At least try to be understandable. Occasional spelling misses, or some difficulties from not writing in your native language can be alright, but if it is too severe, you will receive a warn each time it happens.

9. Read the stickies and announcements.
Read them. They have important information. If something has been posted which is already mentioned in an announcement or sticky, it will be locked. If this happens frequently (after 3rd time, but not including the 3rd time), you will receive a warn each time this happens again.

10. Respect other users.
Be respectful to other users. Don't call them noobs, or other derogatory terms. Warn every third time this happens.

11. Be informed.
If you are wrong, then don't criticize others based off your incorrect information. Learn and move on. Warn every 3rd time this happens.

12. Cut down on the smilies/"lol" and Caps Lock.
Caps Lock and excessive smilies or "lola" are frowned upon. Just don't do it. A warn if it happens more than 3 times, and every time after that.

13. Don't whine.
Don't. Warn every time.

14. Don't mix fact and opinion.
When you discuss things, make sure you don't mix these two things. Warn every third time.

15. Don't argue.
Please don't. We'll tell you to stop. If you don't, a warn. If you keep up after that, a one day ban. So on, and increasing severity with it.

16. Shrink your ego.
This is annoying, and you will receive a warn each time this happens.

17. Please have small sigs.
No sig should be ridiculously large. If they are, we will notify you and give you 24 hours to change it. After that, you receive a warn and we will do it by force.

18. No minimodding please.
Please do not act like a mod please. If you see something that breaks the rules, just report it. Don't post about it, or you will receive punishment (1 warn point for each minimod post). I'm sorry, but warning people they are breaking the rules counts as minimodding as well. Just don't.
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???. Anything that would generally be frowned upon.
Self-explanatory.

Warns
This is mostly for the mods to see. If something warrants a warn or a ban, feel free to go ahead and give the user the punishment. But state the reason so the staff and the punished user can see why. If it is something which is a warn every (number) times, in the note, write the fraction of which it is, for example, 1/3, or 2/3, or such. Also, users with less than 10 posts are exempt from warns. They may not delete posts to retain this immunity though.
Warns to a Ban
A warn will fade seven days after it is issued. Keep low on them though. Too many can result in various bans. When the warn is issued, and the warn number counter reaches into these bounds, you will receive appropriate punishment. It is not all of the above, just the punishment for that range. Also, when they are released from their ban or punishment (if applicable), and they receive another warn, they will receive the closest punishment, rounded to the closest. Perfect middle will mean rounded up. It will be near impossible to receive a higher one, due to the fact that a warn will fade after 7 days.

7 warns: 5 day ban.
12 warns: 2 weeks ban.
15 warns: One month.
20 warns: One year.
25+: Permanent of the appropriate sort (deemed by staff)
Bans to a Harsher Ban
If you receive multiple bans, then you may get a harsher ban. These can stack. If you get a 4th ban for getting three bans, then get another ban, which will make it 5, it will trigger the 5 ban punishment, and so on. Your ban counter will not disappear. I will keep a thread where this will be noted.

3 bans of any kind: 3 months.
5 bans: 6 months.
7 bans: 1 year.
9 bans: Permanent of the appropriate sort (staff will decide).
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