Forum Rules

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Forum Rules

Postby Swenson » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:37 pm

These rules set forth and clarify the various responsibilities of community members here at You are bound by these rules, which shall be deemed retroactive in effect, and subject to change at any time. By logging into these forums, you subject yourself to these rules, and any changes to these rules, which may be made by Staff, without notice.

  1. Forum rules
    1. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).
      Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
    2. Members are asked to not act as “back seat moderators”. If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of Staff. Please use the “post report” feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly “act” as moderators may be warned.
    3. Posting any text, image, link, etc., including but not limited to vulgar, pornographic, violent, depicting drug-use, illegal activity, or anything deemed by Staff to be offensive will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
    4. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
    5. Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed.
    6. Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.
    7. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance.
    8. Staff reserves the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. Please note that currently any very first post is automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the present Rules. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Staff and not users.
    9. The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.
  2. Signatures
    1. Signatures may contain up to five lines of text (of small or normal size) and/or one image, valid combinations include; a single image of no more than 60px high, 468px wide and 6KiB (6144 Bytes) in size. Signatures containing an image this large may also include one line of small size text. Signatures containing an image of 30px high may include up to three lines of small size text or two lines of normal size text. Images of 15px height or less may allow up to three lines of normal size text or four lines of small size text. Animated images are not allowed.
    2. Text sizes should be between 75% and 100% (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts.
    3. Users abusing these rules will be warned.
  3. Avatars
    1. Your avatar should be either directly related to your character in Terres Rising, or a picture of you.
    2. Users are permitted to utilize a gallery avatar or to link to one of their own (subject to previous points on misuse of bandwidth). Do not hotlink directly to a website! User defined avatars are to be no larger than 150 pixels square, contain no animation, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimicking ranks or copying avatars of Staff members), may not exceed 12KiB (12288 Bytes) in filesize and have a consistently high availability (i.e. links to images on slow servers or those prone to failure may be removed).
    3. Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, and so forth.
    4. Users abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their avatar privileges
  4. Policing
    1. After having received a warning, if you incur a second warning, Staff may place a temporary ban upon you.
    2. Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban or other moderator action will lead to a permanent ban of your account(s). Circumvention includes re-registering or using an already registered account under a non-banned username. Other examples include changing IP addresses, using a new email account or other action that can be taken to evade moderator action to hide your identity as the owner of the sanctioned account.
    3. Staff reserves the right to impose an immediate permanent ban for conduct which is deemed to be particularly egregious.
Last edited by Tim-Director on Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:50 am, edited 11 times in total.
Reason: General changes.
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