These rules must be followed by all members of the forum. Any members who do not abide by these rules will be subject to penalties - including post removals/edits, warnings and messages from the forum staff and eventually temporary or permanent removal from the forums. These rules may be changed if and when new issues arise, meaning it isyour responsibility to stay updated to avoid penalties and to keep the forums as clean and friendly as possible for those of all ages.
Stay on topic for the post and keep posts in the correct sections.
Keep all content as minor-friendly (ie avoid swearing, adult topics etc...) as possible (not 100% enforced, but use some common sense).
Be friendly towards all other members, even when you disagree on something - discussing/debating and arguing are not the same thing.
Message staff directly if you have any issues, rather than cause conflict in the open.
Avoid posting personal information. This includes but is not limited to names, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, pictures, etc
Post about anything you wish to, as long as it follows all other rules, and get some discussions going!
Please do not:
Advertise other servers
Post Spam (See 'Spamming' below).
Backseat Moderate (see 'Moderating' below).
Disrespect other members in any way.
Post in threads created by spam bots.
Please report them and ignore.
Bump threads needlessly.
Double-post (use the edit button instead, if you accidentally double post, delete one!).
Post strange links of which we can't verify the safety.
Post any NSFW material/links.
Upload any material that is considered illegal.
Provoke/bait others into breaking any of the rules/guidelines
Openly argue with other members, or staff - contact them via a private message.
We will ask you to take it to a private message if needed - ignoring this will result in warnings.
Create alternate, backup, or multiple accounts. Accounts are meant to be one per-user.
There just isn't a need for multiple accounts on a forum. Doing this to get around any bans may also result in an IP ban.
Publicly post or otherwise share Private Messages with other users unless you have the expressed permission of the sender to do so. Private Messages are intended to be just that - private.
Spam bots will be permanently banned regardless, as expected.
In general, breaking any of the rules will result in a penalty of the offending post be edited/removed as needed, and messages/warnings sent to the relevant member so that they know why it was edited/removed. Continued abuse/ignorance of any of the rules, and ignoring the warnings received, may result in temporary or permanent bans but this is a last-report penalty for extreme cases (depending on the circumstances - for example continually bumping a post will not be treated anywhere near as severely as continuously being offensive to other members, but it will still result in a ban if it happens a lot and warnings on the issue are ignored).
Writing or creating multiple meaningless replies/threads for attention or for purpose of arguing is not permitted. This also includes general spam/bot posts that have no relevance to the forums in general or the section that they are in, or linking to external websites that could be considered a scam/phish.
Penalty: Posts will be moved to the right place as needed, or be removed - scam/phish/bot posts will be deleted. Warnings will be issued as needed.
The staff are here specifically to handle certain situations - Please let the staff do what they are there to do. Backseat moderating is when a user who is not a staff member attempts to enforce the rules on their behalf. When you see a rule broken please private message a staff member so that they can handle the situation as needed.
Penalty: There is no penalty for this as such, but we do ask that it be followed as this can cause issues/arguments in some cases which would then result in warnings etc...