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Forum Rules and Regulations

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Forum Rules and Regulations

Post by Koga Urufu on Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:11 am

These rules and regulations are subject to change at any time, it is the users own responsibility to ensure they abide by these rules, to avoid punishment. Ignorance is not an excuse.


General Etiquette

- Offensive language / names.
Minor cursing can be overlooked, however heavy cursing and offending other users (see harassment) is not allowed. Penalties will be handed out at the staff's discretion, and are non-debatable.
Offensive usernames are subject to be banned and deadlocked on sight. Consciously making an offensive username is against the rules and will not be tolerated. This can be done at anytime, so you are heavily advised to not test your luck, because an account with 500 posts is no different from an account with only 15. Rule of thumb, if you think it might be offensive, it probably is.


- Language:
In this forum, any language besides english is strictly prohibited.
Our moderator team cannot possibly know every language, and as such, cannot moderate any messages in languages they do not understand. To prevent harassment out of the staff's control, all other languages are only to be used in private messages.


- Harassment:
Harassment, trolling, or otherwise pestering a user is most obviously not allowed. Bans will be granted after written complaints to moderators / administrators by the user involved. Valid proof must be submitted to warrant the ban.

Sufficient proof consists of:



•Copies of private messages, reported by the report feature

•Messages posted in the tavern, reported by the report feature


The exact punishment is induced at the discretion of the staff and will depend on the severity of the violation.


Avatars/Signatures

Avatars/Signatures are subject to moderation. Inappropriate avatars/signatures will be removed on sight, and a warning or ban will be issued.


- Spamming

Posts that are deemed spam will be deleted on sight and the poster shall be warned to cease such activity. If the offender fails to comply, they are liable to lose the ability to post. Repeated offenders can expect harsher punishments until the practice stops.

Spamming includes:

•Useless threads/posts

•Posts with the same content in different boards (cross-posting)

•Threads with no stated topics

•Posts that artificially keep a thread alive. i.e Thread bumping

•Advertising of any sort


Some spam definitions do not apply to the off-topic sections. Advertising and posts with overuse of Caps will be counted as spam anywhere in the forum.



Accounts

- Account responsibility:
The owner of the account is, at all times, responsible for anything that occurs on his/her account. Hackers, little brothers, cats, or mysterious glitches are no excuse.


- Account Sharing
For your safety, account sharing is explicitly forbidden for all users. If any user is found sharing their password, both users can expect bans up to 48 hours, and a forced password change. As always, repeated offenses result in increased punishments.


- Account Buying / Selling / Trading / Giving away
Trading, selling, or buying accounts is explicitly forbidden. All accounts involved in this process are subject to bans, and any accounts that actually switch ownership may be permanently removed. Giving away accounts also falls under this rule.


- Account limits:
Each user is allowed to one account. If this limit is exceeded, the newest account(s) will be removed and the main account may receive a ban. This is being based on the userID's. Deleting an account to create a new one is only allowed when the old account has been fully deleted.



Staff

- Impersonating a moderator / Administrator:
Anyone found impersonating moderators / administrators will be banned on sight. This rule extends to usernames with great resemblance to that of a moderator, or usernames implying moderator or admin privileges such as "4dmin1istrat0r","SiteOwner" and the likes.


- Moderator / Admin positions:
Users are not permitted to ask for staff positions. We have a selection process that does not involve applications, and asking often puts you on the bottom of the list. Additionally, you may be warned or receive a ban for asking about it... so just don't do it. Don't call us, we'll call you.


- Inquiring about the staff panels:
Inquiring about the moderator / admin panels is strictly forbidden. Anyone found doing this will receive a ban.



miscellaneous

- Changes to user data:
The administration will, under no circumstance, manipulate a users stats on request of the user.
Users asking for stat increases or anything of the sorts are subject to bans.


- Glitching/Hacking
As it would go without saying, exploiting faults in the code and hacking the PokeSoul Forum is strictly forbidden. Anyone found doing either can expect the wrath of the administration to fall upon their account.


*Case-by-case interpretations of the rules are within the jurisdiction of the moderating staff and are not set in stone. Scenarios and consequences include, but are not limited to, those listed above. If you disagree with a moderator's handling of a situation, alert a Head Mod or Admin; it is not and never will be an excuse for inappropriate conduct or rudeness on your part.

**If you are a repeated offender - your account is liable to be permanently banned. We understand people make mistakes, but people are also expected to learn from their "mistakes"

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