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PostSubject: Its da Pokecenter Board Rules.   Its da Pokecenter Board Rules. I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 04, 2008 6:12 am

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1. No inappropriate language or discussion!

This rule is very important. Unlike a lot of Forums that like to let things slide, the Pokecenter Forums are rated PG. The Pokecenter Forums are to be appropriate for children and parents, and are to be family-friendly.

Please, do understand that this rule is not in place because we want to spoil anyone's fun. This rule is in place so parents and younger children may enjoy our wonderful Forums as well.

If you do not wish to watch your tongue and are looking for a Forum that does allow harsh language, these are not the Forums for you, I'm sorry.

To help prevent people from using offensive language, a censor system is active on the Forums. It is there to catch any words that I feels is inappropriate.

All words considered to be offensive will either automatically be replaced with a less harsh word, or will be converted to a red block of text saying removed, like this: [REMOVED]

As effective as our censors are, inconsiderate people will of course try to get around them somehow. This constitutes as censor bypassing, and will not be tolerated. People that behave in such a manner will be issued a Warning for offensive language.

If a word is caught by the censors (i.e., you see [REMOVED] in someone's post), it is not considered to be offensive language, and no Warning will be issued.

The same holds true if the word itself is completely illegible to read as an inappropriate word. For instance, if "Milk" were to be considered an inappropriate word (it's not, but for this example, it is):

[REMOVED] is ok.

!@#$% is ok.

**** is ok.

Mi1k is NOT ok.

M**k is NOT ok.

M*** is NOT ok.

Not all words are considered offensive alone, but when they are used in particular context, they become offensive. And remember, even the context alone can be considered offensive if you use it in a derogatory fashion.

No discussion of suicide or thoughts of suicide on the boards. This can be a very delicate matter and is not appropriate for our Forums.

2. No Flaming, Bashing, Pressuring, or Insulting other users or people!

One important rule on the Pokecenter Forums is respect. We at the Pokecenter Forums believe that respecting other users and people is very important and helps keep everyone friendly.

Posting a distasteful or inappropriate message directed at another user or another person is disrespectful and will not be tolerated. Show some courtesy, and refrain from saying anything of the sort in the first place.

Racial slurs are not acceptable at any time on our boards and may result in your account being banned at our discretion.

Be understanding of the fact that yes, someone may be wrong, or at least in your opinion, but it is not your sole responsibility to force them to believe that your way is right. Don't make people feel insignificant or like fools.

Debating is fine. Arguing can be fine as long as the argument remains civil. But going on and on about something that is clearly only irritating a particular user or group of users is definitely drawing the line.

If you have a problem with a certain member on the Forums, please, do not say it directly to their face. Don't take it up with them, and don't purposely try and antagonize them. The best course of action you can take towards someone that you just don't care for is to just ignore them and their posts.

If a user is harassing or insulting you, please contact a Moderator or Administrator about it immediately. If the insult took place over a Private Message (PM), please contact an Administrator about it, and include the URL to the Private Message! If the harassment or insult took place on another Forum, or in an instant messenger client, there is unfortunately nothing we can do, because it did not occur on the Marriland Forums and we can not prove that the harassment even took place.

Here are some good examples of what behavior is considered to be appropriate and inappropriate, as far as this topic goes:

"Hey, what type is Luxio?"
"It's an Electric-type." = GOOD

"Hey, what type is Luxio?"
"its an Electric-type, you n00b." = BAD

"What's up, guys?"
"u are stupid" = BAD

"Where do I find ________?"
"You can find _________ at _________." = GOOD

"Where do I find ________?"
"u idiot how do u not no were it is!! loser" = BAD

"I'm new here!"
"no one cares" = BAD

"I'm responding to a prexisting topic."
"i hate u and u need to leave da forums" = BAD

"I don't want to battle."
"c'mon chicken battle me chicken!!" = BAD

"I don't want to battle."
"alright." = GOOD

"Respond to my private messages!" = BAD

3. No posting, linking to, or promoting offensive, inappropriate, or illegal activities!

Being a Forum where anyone is able to post freely, without prior validation, it is important to make sure that this rule is followed. No offensive, inappropriate, or illegal activities should be discussed, promoted, linked to, or encouraged on these Forums!

Examples of such behavior include:

Posting a link to a website that contains inappropriate language or content on the other end.

Posting an image from a website, or using an image from a website, that contains any of the following in it:

Distasteful amounts of Blood

Excessive Violence

Racism or Prejudice

Offensive Language

lovey-themed images

Anything that could offend numerous people

Basically, if you think it might be controversial, don't post it. It's not worth it.

Posting links to inappropriate sites is also against the rules. Examples of such sites would be sites that contain:

Offensive or inappropriate language

Inappropriate material or themes

Racism or prejudice

ROMs, Emulators, MP3s, Crackz, Warez, or other ILLEGAL material.

YouTube (or similar service) videos of U.S. Released Anime Episodes, such as episodes of Pokemon or Dragon Ball Z.

Numerous pop ups or other disruptive ads, without prior warning

Viruses, Spyware, or Malware

Products that you are trying to sell, or trying to encourage people to click links or sign up for something (advertising)

Posting any form of [REMOVED], images or links, will result in a full account and IP ban, removing your ability to ever visit the Forums again. There are minors on this Forum that do not need to be exposed to such material. Your IP address will be logged and your ISP will be informed of your posting [REMOVED] material to minors, resulting in either removal of your internet connection or possibly further legal action.

All of these rules apply to your posts, signature, avatar, location, website URL, and every other part of your account and its presence on the Forums.

We at SilverStorm Forums cannot be held responsible for the posting of offensive materials such as images or links with offensive language or content in them, as it is beyond our control. We will remove any images or links as quickly as it is brought to a Moderator or Administrator's attention, but we apologize in advance for any exposure to such material that may have occurred during the time of the incident and the time of removal.

4. No Spamming, Flooding, or Disruptive Posting

Spamming, which is the act of repeatedly posting pointless messages for the sole purpose of gaining points of post count, is not tolerated here. Please, when you post, make sure that your post is:

On-topic with the theme of the topic

Longer than 3 words

Not annoying

Not for the sole purpose of gaining posts.

This kind of behavior is not to be tolerated on any Forum of the Pokecenter Forums. One Forum here, Games and Other Randomness, is typically more lenient to the quality of posts.

"Bumping" posts, which usually results in short posts being made, will be covered in the next section. "Bumping" is exempt from the Spamming rules.

When responding to a topic, please try to avoid saying non-contributive responses, such as "Cool," or "Awesome." It's not really against the rules, but it is not a good example of a quality post, and continually posting those kind of messages over and over may result in a Demerit.

If you need to say something else in a post but forgot to say it, DO NOT MAKE A NEW POST ABOUT IT! Instead, use the {template:edit} button that is located at the top-right corner of your post. Doing this lets you edit your existing post to add any additional information or content to your post. Failing to do this is counted as double-posting, and is a form of spamming.

"Flooding" is the act of posting numerous new topics (instead of just replies) in any given Forum, each serving little point of purpose. Doing this is disruptive to the Forums, as it pushes down all of the legitimate topics to the next page or so. If you have numerous questions you'd like to ask or points you'd like to bring up, please do so in one topic instead of 10. There is no point to "flood" a Forum with numerous topics. If you do such a thing, you will receive a Demerit for flooding.

It's better to post in an existing topic than to create a new one! If there is a topic on the first few pages asking "Who's your favorite Pokemon?", you don't have to make a new topic asking the exact same question. But there's also no sense in bringing back a topic from 8 months ago just to post in an existing topic (see Rule #5).

Disruptive Posting can be many different things. Basically, anything that is very annoying or unnecessary in your posts, such as using an excessive amount of smilies, or using a thousand exclamation points. If your post causes people to have to scroll their page over (due to a long string of text without any spaces), that is considered Disruptive Posting. If you use a ton of smilies in your post (20+), that is also considered Disruptive Posting. Even purposely posting in l33t or StIcKy CaPs is considered disruptive, if not called for (I mean, doing that once here and there is fine, but if EVERY post you make is like that, then it is disruptive).

5. Revive topics only when necessary

This is undoubtedly one of the trickiest rules that exists, simply because so much of it is either up to interpretation or is situational. To "revive" a topic is to post in it after it has been inactive for a long period of time. When people do this, the topic that was posted in is bumped up to the top of the Forum, regardless of how old it was. Normally, that's to be expected of posts, but when people "revive" old topics that have already been answers or are no longer relevant, then it gets disruptive and annoying, because not everyone checks that dates of the recent posts.

But, not always is it inappropriate and out of line to revive topics. As a general rule, you are encouraged to avoid going back more than 3 pages, or 1 week (in Diamond / Pearl boards), or 3 weeks (in other boards). These are just guidelines to give you an idea of a respectable time span.

Here are a few examples of when it is appropriate and when it is inappropriate to revive a topic:

If you are the creator of the topic, you may freely revive your topic whenever you wish, because if you choose to do so, then there is clearly a reason (such as you not getting the answer you wanted, or you want more discussion on the topic. This is OK.

If the topic is talking about where to find a certain item or something from one month back, even if the question was unanswered, it is not appropriate to post and answer it. It is no longer relevant after that amount of time, and chances are, the person would have already found what they were looking for. This is NOT OK.

If the topic is talking about something generic, like what your favorite type of music is, then it is probably ok to revive it. (Look at some of the posts and see if you think it's worth it.)

If a topic is already on the first three pages, going back and reviving a similar topic is NOT OK.

There are undoubtedly more situations regarding reviving topics than just these, but hopefully the aforementioned will give you an idea of when it is ok and when it is a bad idea to revive topics.

6. Advertise only in designated areas!(coming soon)

Do not post links in an attempt to promote your site or a friend's site in any Forum other than the Advertise Your Site Forum.

Posting links to sites that contains the information or content that the topic is about is acceptable.

You may freely have a link to your site or Forum in your Signature, as well as a link in your Website URL field of your Profile.

Any links posted must be appropriate for the general audience, and must follow - for the most part - the rules of the Pokecenter Forums, at least as far as appropriate content is concerned.

7. Avatar and Signature size restrictions

In order to accommodate to the users that have slower connections, all Avatars and Signatures must be reasonable in height, width, and filesize.

For Avatars, the following restrictions are in place:

The maximum size for Avatars is 100x100. Anything larger than that stretches the posts and makes the viewing experience unpleasant.

The filesize for Avatars must be 40kb or less. This means no long, animated Avatars.

Avatars must follow all rules of the Pokecenter Forums, which include (but are not limited to): No inappropriate language, offensive, bloody, lovey, prejudice, or otherwise inappropriate content contained in the Avatar. Also, you may not use our 'Banned' image for your avatar.

Failure to comply with these restrictions will result in your Banage.

For signatures, the following restrictions are in place:

You have 511 characters to work with in your signature, and are limited to a 600x400 space below each of your posts. Anything larger than that size will be cut off and not shown.

Each image in your signature may not be larger than 600x200 in dimensions.

Inappropriate language, remarks, or content in your Signature (either in text, images, or resulting links) is not allowed, and all signature content must comply with the Rules of the Pokecenter Forums.

Avatars, Signature images and any images posted on our boards may NOT contain any rapidly flashing 'seizure' style designs. They can be visually irritating and actually harmful to people with epilepsy, so we don't want to chance negatively affecting anyone by having them on our boards.

8- No Sport Arguments

The members of Pokecenter forums should not get into fights over their teams unless you make a topic of a negotiation of it. Please be nice to all members, no need to be rude.
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