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 Forum Rules & Guidelines, Procedures to follow on the forums.
 Posted: Jan 24 2016, 09:41 PM

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Please read the following rules and guidelines very carefully. By proceeding to post you agree to these guidelines and must obey them at all times. Refusing to obey these guidelines will result in warnings or bannings.

The Guidelines (not really rules set in stone, but what you can expect on this forum)

We have implemented the following guide for using our community forums. This guide is designed to strike a balance between the main goal of our forums, providing support, and keeping the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for the user community.

It is beneficial to your forum experience that you post in a manner that is polite, constructive, and on topic. If a post goes off-topic, keep it brief and make an effort to rerail the topic.

The administrators of this site reserve the right without notice to access or view all such material (including posts, profile information, and Personal Messages (PMs).
-Moderators and Administrations reserve the right to edit the subject of a post, edit anyone's post (has to be for a good reason), to move, reclassify, and/or, delete any post or other material that is deemed inappropriate or disruptive, fails to conform to these forum rules, and/or to ensure proper indexing and searchability.
-Please note that, from time to time, topics may be removed for being inappropriate even though your individual post in that topic may have been perfectly fine. Please do not feel this reflects badly on you, as the removal of topics is intended to keep the atmosphere of this forum clean.

We have set up an account system in an attempt to keep banned members and spammers outside of coming into the forum.
-If you have any problems registering or if your account was accidentally pruned, contact an administrator. They will help you out.

Having fun is good thing. We like, and we love, to have fun here. Please keep it positive and polite.
-We may take action against posts and/or topics that could cause unrest in the community beyond a civil and polite disagreement.

Any activity outside of this forum is at your OWN RISK, as we are not liable for what happens to you outside this community.

We reserve the right to ban any member who violates our guidelines or disrupts our community. We will be fair and impartial in all cases.
-Consequences are determined on a case-by-case basis. All rule interpretations will be interpreted strictly as it was written.
-If new issues are brought up that requires a change of the board rules, it is the job of the staff to encourage activism to reflect the time and nature of the situation must be exercised while still maintaining a strict interpretation of the rules.

Comments made in the shoutbox and IRC channel of this forum are also subject to the rules and guidelines of this forum, because they are extensions of the community.

If you have an issue concerning our services, policies, or staff, please use a personal contact method such as a private message, IM client/service, or email to a staff member. All moderators, administrators, and support staff are highlighted in the active members list. We take user complaints into consideration and will do our best to address them.

The Rules (What is binding for all to follow)

1.) There will be no posts meant to offend or hurt any other member, in a manner which is offensive or inflammatory, or commit acts of discrimination against other members.
-If there is a flame war, the person who started the flame war will receive a 1 day ban, a 30% warn, and all people who participated in the flame war will get warns.
-The topic starter, if involved in the flame war and does nothing to stop the drama resulted from the flame war, will get a 30% warn.
-You may not make "ad-hominem" attacks on other users or staff members either in public forums or private messages. Arguments especially.
-If there are ANY signs of a flame war brewing, report the topic to a moderator or a higher power so they can take action.

2.) Spamming is not permitted; please keep all your posts as constructive as possible. If there is spam it will be deleted.
- Do not respond to spammers. Use the report button.
- Spammy topics will be deleted. Any user who took upon themselves to respond to spammers in a spammy thread will have their posts deleted.

3.) By default, Pornography depicting photos of humans engaging in any provocative acts meant to incite arousal, and warez, may NOT be linked in any shape or form.
-If the pornography is user-made (that is, a drawing, fan-art, or pixel art), it may not be in the form of:
+Depiction of minors engaging in whatever act and/or be full-body.
+Depiction of adults in engaging in a sex act, or displaying full body nudity
+Depiction of violent acts that feature the above two.
-Other than what is listed, spoiler your art and tag your topics "NSFW". Violations of this rule, you will receive a 30% warn.

4.) Users may not argue with a moderator's decision publicly. Any and all complaints directed at a moderator must first address the moderator in question via PM. If the problem can not be resolved, then the moderator and user must send their positions to any staff members! They will make or change any and/or all final decisions.

5.) If you plan to post a gallery of screens and if its huge and stretches tables, please link the images rather than screening.

6.) Advertise only in signatures, or your profile status, not in a topic. Repeated offenses will get one warning.

7.) Remember to post in the correct forum. Take your time to look at other topics and see where your topic should go. If your topic is placed in the wrong forum, it will be moved by a moderator. Habitually posting or deliberately posting in the wrong place will get you one warning. Feel free to PM me or any moderators to ask where your forum should be directed to.

8.) If a topic is recognized as being posted in the wrong forum, or if the post is a violation of our guidelines then please contact a moderator either via PM or the report post feature; please do not respond publicly to the member. A member of the staff will do what is required upon contact. Violators will get a 10% warn.

9.) Any person/s who attempt to present themselves as a Moderator by posting negatively to a member's topic (which has been posted in error and requires locking or moving to another forum) will receive two warnings.

Any impersonation of a user within these forums, in any mode of communication, and be it as a joke or to cause legitimate harm to another user, is strictly prohibited and will result in a banning (max is 1 month) and a warning.

10.) Linked and locked topics may be pruned regularly to reduce page clutter. If you have a question about where your topic went, please PM a Moderator or Administrator before starting a new topic asking where it went, or posting a duplicate of the original topic. We will be happy to provide you with a link to the new location, or a reason why it was locked and/or removed.

11.) When typing in the Shoutbox, if you are talking to someone, type @name: or say the person's username. That way we would know that you are talking to someone to prevent confusion.

12.) Should something (a user bringing up an issue that cannot be properly addressed by the current ruleset at that time) come up that the current rules do not explain what is and not allowed, or if a rule doesn't fully cover the scope in which it was made to cover or rectify, then a solution shall be posted and the rules shall be expanded to be more clear and to cover ground through deliberation and general consensus of the community and the decisions of the staff (the staff has more weight in the decision-making process).
-By default, moderators and administrators will not punish users for doing an act that is wrong, let alone lack a little common sense, but not covered in the rules at the time the offending post was made (grandfather clause).
-They will punish however if the act is covered in the rules that say that it is not allowed for users to act out on that. If not covered by the rules, yet bad enough if the security of the board is compromised, that they will act to rectify that situation.

13.) Bumping a thread is allowed as long as the post is relevant to the topic and or contains new information. If not, then the topic is closed and/or the last user who "bumped" a topic will get a warning. The exception to this rule are the topic starter or if the topic is run by a team (ex: Level Masters) designated by the topic starter, they have every right to revive a topic.
-Only the topic starter or if they're is more than one person involved designated by the topic starter, can request a lock if something is not an infraction of the rules.

14.) You have to be 13 years or older to register on the forums. It's under COPPA. If we find out that you lie about your age, you will be banned until your thirteenth birthday. But if you have your parents' consent and are under 13, you can join but DO NOT reveal ANY personal information.

Since you have read the current guidelines, overall, you have a fun time here on the forums!

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