|Board Rules; (Updated: 8/6/08)|
|Topic Started: Jun 8 2008, 11:03 PM|
|DarkBahizzle||Jun 8 2008, 11:03 PM|
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The staff of Fantasy Central do their very best to make the experience of every member as satisfying and as smooth as possible. In order to maintain that, we follow certain procedures that keep the board active, spam-free, and with as little trouble as possible. So basically, we need rules for eveyone to follow in order to help maintain that and make the life for the fellow members in a manner that is reasonable, and reflects to the way they want it to be like.
The age group of visitors on FC ranges from around 10 to as old as 22. Despite your age or your personal view on this issue, sexually explicit language and/or images will be deleted on site, and the offender punished for posting such material. These rules also apply to sigs, avatars and custom titles.
Otherwise known as flaming, this basically means insulting another person, usually a harsh insult or a derogatory remark. If you really have a problem with another user, then keep it between the two of you. Send an Email or AIM, YIM, ICQ or MSN them, instead of posting it ‘live’ in the forum. On the flip side, arguments started in such places should be kept there, and bringing them onto the forum is unacceptable. If somebody insults you, please ignore them and wait for a member of staff to take care of them. However, if he or she keeps up with this, or a staff member does not notice, PM a staff member about your problem. Likewise, if you have such problems in private messages, let a staff member know. This should also be a part of the above, but us staff would also like to make it clear that although it is rare online, any racially motivated comments will not be tolerated. Likewise, any remarks such as “You’re gay” or anything along the lines of that will also be counted as an offence.
Please try to keep swearing to a minimum. Swearing is allowed at FC, but the staff would like to make it clear that swearing for no apparent reason is frowned upon. Light swearing to emphasize or back a point up is fine, but swearing for no reason is something that will be edited. If any staff member finds your use of swearwords over the limit, you may receive a private message, and have your message edited.
Please keep Spam messages to a minimum. While they are allowed in the Asylum forum, spamming in other forums is strictly prohibited. “Spam” includes excessive misleading or advertising, posting excessive off-topic posts, and posting of “no-topic” type threads or posts. On top of this, please do not flood a forum with new topics. If you have lots of different things to say, try to say it in as much as you can in as few new topics as possible. If you honestly feel the need to post 5 new topics which just read “Whoo”, do it in the Asylum. Try to make a point of your topic or reply, rather than just replying “yes” or “I agree”. Try to say why, and give your post that extra substance. If you forget to say something, please edit your previous post rather than having 2 of your posts together in a row. Also, if nobody replies to your question after a short time, don’t ask again, just wait patiently. You’ll get a good answer in the end.
Posting entire posts in colours has been known to make the board hard to see in certain themes. Due to this, we would like to ask you to refrain from using colours because of the above reasons. It is perfectly acceptable to use colours to emphasize certain sentences, or make them look more 'pretty', like this, but please do not post entire messages in anything but the default colour.
Usernames are subject to exactly the same rules as everything else: They should be appropriate for the forum members. Originality may score you a few bonus points with the older members. Also, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to have more than one active screen name, and those discovered with such will have one name deleted. And, yes, the staff can see the IP you’re posting with, so it’s easy to tell if people have more than one name.
FC has a whole lot of forums, and it can sometimes be bewildering and you might post in the wrong forum. It’s not a big deal, but to help the staff, please try your very utmost best to check the forums over first to ensure you’re posting in the correct place.
Basically, this isn't really a rule... just a procedure. As it stands, I will only allow two members with the same IP address (for details on these, take a look at your Internet connection setting) If I find any IP address that have 3 or more accounts, I will either delete one of them, or IP ban that IP, depending on circumstances (such as NTL, etc.), and also if someone continues to create more accounts, I will delete them and ban the IP. Sounds harsh, but its something I'm willing to do if a member is particularly troublesome.
On the internet, the only way people form opinions of you is from what you say, and how you say it. Therefore, conduct itself is very important at FC. In addition to the rules and guidelines listed here, it’s a good idea to brush up on your spelling and grammar so you can communicate your points clearly, and learn to take long running jokes and insults as just, that, rather than retaliating nastily. Also, please be constructive when criticizing others, and make something of your point, rather than typing in and posting “no that sux cox lolz”.
Please, as said in the spam section, if nobody replies to your post, please don’t make another post saying “Somebody Answer!”, or asking the same question. Wait for a while and you’ll get a good answer.
The staff members of this board are just normal people, just like everybody else, with a life and many other things to do besides FC. Over many months of ‘service’ if you will, seeing topics that need to be moved, locked, edited, pruned and all similar actions can become an annoying and frustrating process. However, keep in mind that all staff members reserve the right to delete, edit, move prune, copy, or any similar action to any of your posts on the forums. Please do not complain about this.
Likewise, staff can abuse powers and break rules just as easily as any other member. In the event that this does happen, please PM or contact another staff member, and let them know this is going on. Also, keep in mind that flaming a staff member is a bigger offence than most on FC. If you do not agree with the actions of a staff member, politely PM, AIM, YIM, MSN, ICQ or message on IRC that particular staff member. Flaming a staff member on or off the boards may result in a ban or permanent ban. You have been warned.
This will go in the following manner:
Spam - 1 warning/verbal warning
Flaming (Low intensity) - Verbal warning
Flaming (Severe) - 2/3 warnings
Pornography - post previews/5 warnings/ probably a ban
Plagiarism - 5/ban
Lonely hearts - 1 warning or a verbal warning if it's not taking the piss (Most do)
Not giving credit for graphics/sigs/avs etc - Verbal warning
Staff pisstakes/Flaming a staff member - Ban/5 warnings
If it continues:
Spam - 4 warnings - continued - Ban
Flaming (Low intensity) - another warning - Continued - Post previews
Flaming (Severe) - Ban
Pornography - Ban
Plagiarism - Ban
Piss take threads - Severe verbal warning/ban
Lonely hearts - post preview/ 3 warnings
Not giving credit for graphics/sigs/avs etc - Ban/5th warning
Staff pisstakes/Flaming a staff member - Ban
And each ban level will be sanctioned in the following way/s:
Warning Level 1 - Regular warning
Warning Level 2 - Warning with posts moderated and certain privilages removed
Warning Level 3 - Short-term banning (1-7 days)
Warning Level 4 - Long-term banning (1 week-6 months)
Warning Level 5 - Permanant ban
Any of these are ignored, and they take place, actions will be immediately taken, so keep this in mind.
Sigs are a privilege, not a right. Sigs should look nice, but not to the extent where nice means a 640x480 picture and 12 lines of text. Here are some basic guidelines for you to follow at all times when creating a sig:
1. Keep it at around a height of 400 pixels, and the width shouldn’t be more than 550 pixels. Some people are running on lower resolutions and really don’t want to scroll an entire page to get past your sig. Anything that takes about three quarters of a screen in 1024x780 resolution is too much. Either resize the pictures or remove them.
2. If you’re going to use HTML, please, please use it correctly and be sure to close the tags, otherwise it can cause serious problems.
3. For the benefit of users on slower connections, if you have images, please try to be sure that one image does not ever exceed 150k. If you can, try to keep it at around 100k, but we understand that some have to be bigger, but 150k is the limit.
4. For the same reason as above, if there is more than one image, add the KB together. If the total exceeds 250k, then you’re borderline. Try compressing the images differently.
5. Make sure the content of the pictures/text in your sig corresponds with the Derogatory Remark, Swearing and Pornography rules.
6. As said in the Signature rules earlier, Sigs may not include Flash animations of similar. Not everybody has these plugins, and to force people to download them or to cause errors on browsers is considered an offence.
That just about covers it. Please make sure your sig fills these guidelines, and good luck sigging.
Thanks for reading these rather extensive rules. It’ll help you in the long run.
Credit to UFFSite for these rules - I have edited them to suit FC
THIS IS A STRICTLY ENFoRCED RULE
Everybody should abide by 'omae's Law of No Capital o'. In this case, no capital o's, p's and q's to be included in posts, sigs, and otherwise.
Lastly, since the board was recently upgraded to Zetaboards:
YouTube, or other, videos
For those with slower connections or bad video cards, when you embed a video into a post, don't make it too large - 400x300 should be more than enough to view the video by other members. Also don't flood a topic with videos, for bandwidth reasons, as well as, again, for slower connections and graphics adapters.