1) Discusses rules for Admin 'Scrubbing' of threads which will now have the following format:
Admin Name: warning and or infraction notice along with post of infraction points and any other needed info. This red text is forbidden to be erased by anyone but an admin and even then the posting admin (original) has to be notified of edits or deletes.
2) Provides a Detailed Infraction List and point system for banning from the forums.
New Warning Policy
Admins may now 'scrub threads' as noted above and submit warnings to offending players.
Minor Infractions (12 month expiration/50 IP's)
IPs are Infraction Points and 300 IPs=banned
Minor Offenses: Mea Culpa, Restarting Locked Threads, Circumventing Forum Filters
Major Infractions (24 month expiration, 100 points): Flaming, Trolling, Inappropriate Topics, External baggage, Ignoring/Disrespecting Admins, Ignoring Admin PM's, Editing Admin edits, Vigilante Admining
Permanent Infractions (no expiration, 100 points): Extreme Flaming, Major Infractions vs. Admins, Repeated Major Infractions, 300 point policy
Ban Offenses (banned): Commit Infractions vs. an Admin, hate Speech, Criminal Activity, Commercial Advertising, Spam, Previously banned Users, Inappropriate Topics (list given)
3) Also talks about other key topics... Protesting bans, Advertising Links, Groups and message Board Users, Multiple/Alternate Accounts, Avatar Issues
Welcome to Mayhem Gaming!
The website staff for Mayhem Gaming would like to welcome you to our forum community on behalf of all of our Administrators. In order to ensure everything runs smoothly, we have instituted a series of rules and guidelines for everyone to post by. Please read them carefully, and follow them! It’ll be much easier for everyone if you do.
If you're a newcomer, please read them carefully. If you've been here a while, please read them carefully - some old rules have changed and some new ones have been added.
Please note that the staff of the Mayhem Gaming forums reserves the right to make Adminifications to the rules of posting as necessary without prior notification. As we come across new situations, we will update these rules to make certain they provide a clear understanding for all posters as to what is expected on these forums.
Mini, the creator of the OpenRPG Mayhem Gaming Server has selected a number of Administrators to help keep the forums in line; the Administrators were selected by MiniMan personally and are acting on his authority, so what they say goes. If you really feel you have been treated unfairly by an Administrator, you may contact Metroknight – but make sure you have a good reason to, because if you don’t have a valid complaint, it might just make it worse for you.
Administrators are easy to identify – they have the words "Administrator" under their usernames, and custom user titles. Each Administrator has several specific forums they focus on (and thus are the first ones you should contact if you have a question on a specific forum), but they can all take Administrator actions in any forum.
If you have a question or concern about these Rules or anything else on the Forum, feel free to send an Admin a Private Message – just be aware it may take them a while to get back to you. They’re all volunteers, and have a lot to do on the forum and in real life. Be patient, they’ll get back to you.
When an Admin is acting in their capacity as an Administrator, they will post in red text. They will also usually preface their posts with an Admin name in bold; this is a sort of alter ego for them. When they post in this manner, pay close attention to what they have to say.
Currently, the Administrators, their Admin names, titles, any specific roles they hold, and their usual forums are:
** If an admin has a title of 'Inactive Administrator' they are an Admin but you should forward any issues to an Admin with 'Administrator'. "Inactive Admins' are on a hiatus from duty.
As a poster, the best way you can help the Administrators (besides following these Rules) is to report posts you see that are violating these Rules. You can do this by PMing any Admin.
We strongly suggest you Report rule violations rather than respond to them, as responding may put you in violation of one of the Forum Rules.
Administrators handle a number of specific tasks. The obvious, of course, is looking for violations to the rules and dealing with them as necessary. But they do other things as well. Here’s a rundown of those actions, including warnings.
Admins may issue Warnings for rule violations. These are issued in the same manner as Infractions, or may appear as red text posts in a forum. Warnings serve as a reminder to you of the forum's rules, which you are expected to understand and follow. They do not incur Infraction points and thus do not count towards the possibility of banning (see the Warnings and Infractions section). We do track warnings on a complaint board in the Admin Forums.
Infractions are similar to Warnings, but are for more significant rule violations and do incur Infraction points. Earning 300 points can lead to being banned (see the Warnings and Infractions section). Infractions will always be issued via the board system and will appear in a PM.
Certain specific rule violations (such as Spamming) result in an Instant Ban that may be issued by any Admin.
Additionally, the staff of the Mayhem Gaming forums reserves the right to ban a user determined to be particularly disruptive or problematic at any time without prior warning or other Infractions. Our intent is to utilize our Infraction system in all cases, but in extreme cases we will take necessary actions to ensure the health of the forum community.
If an Admin finds a thread going off-topic, they’ll post a friendly message trying to nudge it back on-topic – how hard a nudge depends on how far off the rails the thread has gone.
Administrators will remove any part of a post that violates these forum rules, even in the case where an Infraction may not be issued. They will also remove the edited text from subsequent quotes of the original post. Generally the Administrator who edits the post will leave a red text note of “scrubbed” or a similar statement to show that the post has been edited to remove such content (these notes are for tracking by Administrators so we can tell when something has been cleaned up).
Asking Users not to Post to a Specific Thread
If an Administrator comes to the conclusion that a particular poster or group of posters is consistently causing problems in a specific thread and that otherwise the thread does not violate forum rules, the Administrator may ask those posters not to make any further posts to that thread. This will almost always occur when the user has already been warned (or received an Infraction) once for their behavior in a thread, and will most likely be accompanied by an Infraction.
Moving, Splitting, and Merging Threads
Sometimes threads get started in the wrong place; this is understandable. If we find one, though, we’ll shunt it off to the right forum. As a favor to the Admins, please do your best to make sure you’re putting your thread in the right place.
Also, Admins may also split off posts from a thread that are off-topic in order to make a new thread for the discussion, or merge two threads on the same topic into one. When threads are split, the Admin will post a note to that effect in the original thread with a link to the new one. Merged or split threads will sometimes move to a new forum as well.
Some threads reach a point where they need to be locked (which makes it so no one can post to them). This may be because the thread has reached a point where it is so off topic or violating so many rules that it can’t be recovered by other Admin actions, or because it’s a copy of another active thread. Remember that re-starting a locked thread without permission is against the rules. Admins may also lock a thread in order to review its contents without having additional posts added, and then unlock it after resolving the situation. If the thread is unlocked by a Admin, you may post to it again.
The Infraction System
On the Mayhem Gaming Forums, we utilize a built-in system to track Infractions. Administrators issue these to the 'Location line in your profile. If you list a location we will note your infraction points as IP: 0 next to your location. If you have no Infraction points we will not list an IP at all. Both can be viewed by an Administrator or by the poster receiving the Infraction on the user profile; Reasons for issuing infraction points will be tracked on our private admin boards.
Warnings are designed as friendly reminders of the rules. They are issued to let a poster know he or she has strayed close to, or a bit over, the line. They are not permanent and do not incur Infraction Points. Any Infraction may be issued as a Warning, but it will be extremely rare for a Permanent or Instant Ban infraction to be issued in this manner.
The Infraction point system allows us to track rule violations over time in two ways. First, as explained above, it provides a clear record of what the infraction was for and when it was issued (on our admin boards). The second way is by assigning a point value to each Infraction. We use a 100 point scale, with 100 points being a full Infraction.
Some Infractions are worth less than 100 points - either 25 or 50, currently - as they are more minor violations. The Infraction will list its point value when it is issued. Earning 300 total Infraction points results in an account immediately being reviewed for banning. Many Infractions have time limits, so they will expire and cease to count towards the point total after a set time. However, some Infractions are permanent and will never expire.
Below are the various categories of Warnings and Infractions we use on this forum, and explanations for each.
Disobeying Rules for Section You Are Posting In
Some sections of the boards have a set of rules just for that section. Most forums, but especially Mayhem Game Source and **Looking For Players** all have specific rules for those forums, and those rules are explained in greater detail in that forum. If any sub board has additional rules posted they apply to this ruling. In some cases, violating specific forum rules will result in an Infraction; please read each forum’s specific rules carefully.
These are offenses that will not typically result in an Infraction or banning upon the first offense, thus being issued as Warnings. However, repeated violations will eventually result in an Infraction. In some cases an Admin may edit a post or post an in thread message saying “Please don’t do that,” or (more likely) issue you a Warning under the "Please Don't" category. Please Don’t offenses have a 6 month expiration, and are worth 25 points when issued as an Infraction.
This is a written medium and people have to read what you write. Chat speaks, l33t speak and anything that has to be “translated” falls into this area. You may have something incredible to say, but it won’t be read if you use “m8” and “pwn3d” as every other word in a post. The occasional typo or confusion regarding spelling is understood and expected, but at least take a moment to read over a message before you post it.
Excessive Use of Profanity
Most profanity is censored by our filter, though a few mild terms and words that have both a benign meaning and a profane or offensive one, are not. However, the excessive use of profanity, whether or not it is filtered, is not acceptable. Most words can be determined from context, and we wish to maintain a friendly and courteous environment on this forum. Please note that an occasional filtered word or use of a non-filtered word is not an offense; if, however, your ****** posts ******* regularly look like this ******* sentence, it is in violation of this rule.
(Exception: Game Log posts might have more profanity than usual but even excessiveness in game logs might be reviewed as an infraction if it needs Adminification).
Responding to Spam
If you see a Spam post, please Report it. DO NOT respond to it, even if your response is "This is spam!" or a similar variation. All this does is draw attention to the thread, furthering the spammer's goals, and potentially make it more difficult for an Administrator to correct the problem; it does not in any way help.
Excessively Embellished Formatting
This refers to using different colors for different words, using formatting to appear smarter than someone or generally going overboard with formatting. It’s not using bold, underline, paragraphs and lists to make your post look nice and be easy to read. If your post looks like this one overall, you’re fine.
Posting Oversized Images
Giant pictures that stretch the screen are a bane to people trying to read the boards. Please link to files larger than 400pixels wide, or 500kb, rather than coding them into the post. You may also post images that exceed the width limit under a Spoiler tag along with a note that it is a large image. Please note that images under spoilers still load every time someone views the thread, so large file sizes are still a concern. The exception to this rule is in the Art Galleries or in the Used Maps or Map threads.
Any images in signatures that exceed a width of 550 pixels and are not placed under a Spoiler tag will also be considered oversized and will be removed. Any signature images over the 500kb limit will be removed, even if they are under a Spoiler tag.
Posting Copyrighted Content
Posting any copyrighted material without permission is against the rules. Posts containing such content will be edited to remove that content. In particular, posts containing copyrighted material from game books that are not designated Open Gaming Content (OGC) will be edited to remove the copyrighted portions. As an example, mentioning a specific rule item or general mechanic, or explaining in general how it functions, does not violate this rule. However, posting an entire stat block for a monster would. OGC is published under the Open Gaming License. OGC may be reproduced in full, as per the terms of that license. Please keep in mind that material under the d20 License may not be OGC. When in doubt, refer to the primary source to see if there is a copy of the OGL included. Note that any content in the System Resource Document (SRD) can be reproduced as well.
One Topic, One Thread
There should be, in most cases, one active thread for a specific topic. Please check and see if there is already an active thread (one that has been posted on in the last six weeks and is no further back than page 3) discussing a topic before posting a new one.
Bringing a thread back from “the dead.” If a thread has fallen to page three and hasn’t been posted in for a month and a half, don’t post to it. Start a new topic if you want to discuss the subject.
Discussing Post Counts
This also includes discussing user level or time being a member. Some people may think that a large post count is a status symbol, or grants them spooky powers. It doesn’t. We try to treat all posters as equal, the ones that just started posting and the ones that have been here since the dawn of time have equal importance.
Posting twice in a row is generally frowned upon. If you are responding to multiple points, please use quotes and other post formatting to clarify this. Please use the Edit option to Adminify information in a post instead of immediately making a new one. If you do accidentally double post, you can delete the extra post under the Edit option.
Spoilers Outside of a Spoiler Thread or Not Under Spoiler Tags
Some posters can’t see a movie the day it comes out, or read that book the day it comes out. So please either mask spoilers with the appropriate tags
or post a thread with spoiler in the title if you wish to discuss something that people may or may not wish to view due to spoilers.
Minor spam refers to posts that do not add to any discussion; often, one word posts will fall under this ruling (outside of SMBG games which require one-word responses of course). For example, quoting another users post and putting "QFT" or "quoted for truth," or a similar agreement, without adding any additional information of your own would fall under this rule. Posting any page or response claim - for example, "first page! or "first response!" would also fall under this heading, even if you include other discussion in your post. Posts of this type will be removed or edited, and the poster may be issued an Infraction.
These are offenses that will garner you an Infraction from an Admin and most likely an Adminification of the offending post. Minor Infractions have a 12 month expiration time and are worth 50 points.
"Mea culpa" Offenses
Attempting to ward off an Infraction by admitting your behavior violates the Forum Rules is not tolerated. This will, instead, result in a second Infraction. Acknowledging the fact that your activity is breaking the rules is not a defense. If anything, it's flaunting breaking the rules, which is very insulting to both the staff and all the posters who take the time to try to follow the rules. If you know, or even think, that what you are about to do is worthy of an Infraction, then just don't do it. Find another way of saying what you wish to say, or hold your peace altogether. Here are some examples of a "mea culpa" offense:
"I know this is probably flaming, but you're a jerk." This would be worthy of two Infractions: calling someone a jerk is flaming, and acknowledging that you are flaming earns you a mea culpa penalty.” I’d really love to tell you what I think of you, but it'd be against the rules."
This would also be worthy of two Infractions. Passive-aggressive flaming is still flaming, and, once again, it earns a mea culpa penalty.
Circumventing the Board Filters
If a poster attempts to circumvent the board's language filter in order to post profane or obscene content, their post will be Adminified and they will be issued an Infraction. This includes masking (using non-letter characters in place of letters).
Re-starting a Previously Locked Thread Without Permission
Certain threads will be locked by Admins for a variety of reasons, including excessive flaming, inappropriate subject matter, or simple redundancy. If a poster decides to start a new thread on the exact same discussion topic without first gaining permission from the Admins, the thread will be deleted or locked and they will be issued an Infraction—even if the new thread does not, in and of itself, violate any other rule! Which means that if an Admin decides to lock a heated debate over a subject, starting a new thread with a calmer, more well-reasoned point of view is STILL breaking the rules. Re-posting is only allowed if an Administrator gives express permission beforehand.
These are offenses that will garner you an Infraction from an Admin and most likely an Adminification of the offending post. Major Infractions have a 24 month expiration time and are worth 100 points.
Any poster that openly attacks, insults, belittles, or abuses another poster will have their offending post Adminified and an Infraction issued to them. You can be critical of another poster's viewpoint in a debate, even going as far as to explain why you believe them to be mistaken and backing your points up with rules quotes as appropriate, but the moment your criticism extends to the person who posted that viewpoint, it has crossed the line.
Specific things you cannot do on this message board that might be allowed elsewhere:
Tell a poster to shut up or to stop posting on the current thread.
Name calling, including terms obviously meant in a pejorative sense such as "troll" or "fanboy".
Use passive-aggressive insults, such as "Anyone who believes that is an idiot," or "I'd call you an idiot, but it's against the rules." Yeah, we know that technically, you didn't call him or her an idiot, but guess what? It's still not allowed.
Harassment of other posters, such as repeatedly following them from thread to thread to dispute them, personally.
Tell a poster that they clearly didn't read what you wrote. Alternately, any statement that implies that the only way someone could disagree with you is because they don't understand you/can't read properly is likewise not allowed.
Responding in kind to a poster who has flamed you. Please inform an Administrator via PM and wait for the offending post to be scrubbed or deleted. Remember, the more they flame, the deeper a hole they dig for themselves, but don’t spur them on.
Belittling people who care more about role-playing than mechanics.
Belittling people who care more about mechanics than role-playing.
Putting down or insulting ANY play preference, including (but not explicitly limited to) choice of game system, choice of preferred levels, classes, or races, choice of setting, choice of power level, etc. You cannot call another poster a munchkin or make any other disparaging remarks about how they like to play the game. You can express your own preference, you can express why you don't care for their preference, but you can't put someone down for feeling differently.
Belittling or putting down anyone or their opinions based on post count, member rank, or how long they have been a member.
Posting insults or slurs based on anyone's race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation is a Permanent Infraction (see below).
We run a much tighter ship when it comes to flaming than many other places you might post. We have tried to create a place where people can have discussions about gaming and other topics without the rampant personal attacks prevalent at other RPG boards. If you find you are incapable of participating in a debate without resorting to attacking your opponent instead of his position, our suggestion is that you find another board to post at.
Any post that, in the judgment of the Administrators, was made solely or primarily to incite angry responses and/or flames, or attempts to disrupt a thread so that it becomes a flame war, will be edited to remove the offending content and the poster issued an Infraction. If a thread is judged to have been started for this reason, it will be locked, and the poster issued an Infraction.
In particular, editing a quote of another user's post to make the other user's words appear misleading, inflammatory, or insulting is considered trolling, and any such Adminified quotes will be removed and an Infraction issued.
Posting on Inappropriate Topics
Any post that includes anything in the Inappropriate Topics (see below) will have that text deleted and the author will be issued an Infraction. If another poster ventures into an Inappropriate Topic matter, it does not give you a free pass to respond to his post with more discussion in that vein; there is no "He started it!" defense. Do not take it upon yourself to publicly reprimand the poster, either; you're not an Administrator. Simply report the post, and the Administrators will address the situation as necessary.
Each thread should exist in a vacuum, free from outside influences—especially those outside of these boards. What this means is that you can't carry over anger from a debate in another thread into a new discussion, and you can't harass anyone over anything they did in another thread, on another website's board, or in real life. If you can't check your baggage at the door, you'll end up earning an Infraction.
Ignoring or Disrespecting a Admin/Posting Under Their Admin Name
Any poster that deliberately ignores or disrespects a post made by an Administrator using their Admin Name will be issued an Infraction. In the situation of a very short amount of time existing between the Admin Post and the offending post, a 10 minute window will exist in which the offending poster may Adminify his post without incident. Certain posts that are deemed too damaging will result in an instant bans deemed by Administrators.
Ignoring or Disrespecting an Administrator's Private Message sent under their Admin Name
Any poster that deliberately ignores or disrespects a Private Message or Warning/Infraction sent by an Administrator using their Admin Name will be issued an Infraction. Please check your PMs regularly – “I didn’t see the PM before I posted” is not an acceptable excuse. As with Ignoring Admin Posts, in the situation of a very short amount of time existing between the Admin PM and the offending post, a 10 minute window will exist in which the offending poster may Adminify his post without incident.
Editing of Admin Edits
If you Adminify a red-text edit to one of your posts by an Administrator in any way, you will be issued an Infraction unless you first inform the original posting Admin. This includes deleting entirely a post that has been edited by an Administrator.
If you’re not an Administrator, don’t act like one. MiniMan has selected a few people he trusts to keep an eye on conversations here. Please refrain from chastising other posters over breaking the rules, especially concerning minor things. The proper response when you see someone breaking these rules is to report the post as discussed above or to a PM to the local Administrator. At most, you may courteously link to this thread. But whatever you do, do not tell other posters what to do, what rules they have broken, that they are "spamming", etc. Posters who do so excessively will be issued an Infraction for their actions.
Discussing How to Circumvent the Forum Rules
We have developed these forum rules to ensure that we maintain a friendly community. As such, we expect all users to abide by them, and discussing or explaining ways to circumvent these rules makes it much more difficult to ensure that. Such posts are therefore themselves against our forum rules. Posts of this sort will be edited and the poster issued an Infraction.
These are offenses that will garner you an Infraction from an Admin and most likely an Adminification of the offending post. Permanent Infractions have NO expiration time and are worth 100 points.
A flame that includes insults or slurs based on anyone's race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation is a Permanent Infraction, at the least, and may result in an Instant Ban for Hate Speech. Additionally, this Infraction may be issued in the case of a particularly nasty flame of any type at the discretion of the Admins.
Major Infraction Against an Administrator
Committing any Major Infraction against an Administrator other than the specific Ignoring or Disrespecting an Admin or Editing an Admin Edit results in a Permanent Infraction.
Repeated Violation of a Major Infraction
If a second Major Infraction is earned for the same offense as a current active Major Infraction issued in the last month, the second will be issued as a Permanent Infraction.
300 Infraction Points
If you earn 300 or more active Infraction Points at any time, your account will be reviewed for permanent banning upon exceeding that 300 point limit. It should also be noted that flagrant offenses may result in a ban even if they do not result in a 300 Infraction Points. Repeated and excessive violations of the same rule, especially over a short period of time, will also result in an immediate ban.
Violating any of the following rules will result in an immediate ban from the Mayhem Gaming forums, regardless of how many active Infraction Points the user has.
Committing an Infraction Against MiniMan or an Administrator
It's our home, after all. Additionally, the Administrators are the people chosen by MiniMan to run the forum, and committing Infractions against them is just as bad.
Particularly flagrant examples of insults or slurs based on anyone's race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation, and especially any post advocating violence towards those of a certain race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation will result in an immediate ban.
Posts containing illegal content - including but not limited to discussion of how to commit illegal activities, discussion of the use or acquisition of illegal substances, or posts that violate a law in and of themselves - will result in an immediate ban for the poster.
Commercial (For-Profit) Advertising
Posting advertisements for commercial products, services, or events will result in an immediate ban, and all advertisements removed. Note that a suggestion of a product in the course of a related discussion is not considered advertising (unless the poster holds a personal stake in the finances of the company suggested). For example, if you are posting to a thread regarding d20 rules for shipboard combat, feel free to point other posters to a sourcebook on the topic. You can even link to the company that publishes it—as long as you don't work for that company. But don't start a thread whose sole purpose is to trumpet Book X and declare its greatness to the population at large. The exception to this is our Advertising thread but spam of any kind is not permitted. If you wish to advertise a non-commercial website, please refer to rules regarding advertising.
Chain letters, get-rich-quick schemes, and overseas investment opportunities are considered spam, as are a variety of other pointless topics. Generally, you know when you're posting spam, so don't. Posting spam to the boards is a banning offense, especially when it violates the "one topic, one thread" guideline. Any account created solely for the purpose of posting spam will be deleted immediately, and the spam removed.
Previously Banned Users
Any user found to have been banned while using a different account will have his or her new account banned as well. If it is found that another user is allowing a previously banned user to post using his or her account, the account of that user will also be banned.
The following topics are always off-limits on these forums, no matter what (hence, Inappropriate Topics). Any posts including these topics will be edited, and any threads started to discuss these topics will be locked. Please note that, as specifically stated below, these topics remain off-limits even where they intersect with gaming or other activities discussed on these forums, and that putting an alert for “Adult” or “Mature” content on the thread does not allow circumvention of this rule.
Real-world religions (including religious reactions to gaming)
Real-world politics (including political reactions to gaming)
Explicit or implied sexual content
In addition, we included a few barred topics that are specific to these forums. These particular topics are barred as they have been found to be generally inflammatory and do not contribute anything useful to the forum as a whole.
Our forum rules have all been carefully considered before being implemented, and we do expect that all users abide by them, even if they do not fully agree with them. We are happy to answer questions about the rules via PM, but any threads that are purely complaints about existing rules will be removed, as would any threads consisting of complaints about specific Administrators, or the Administrators in general. If you have a concern involving an Administrator, we ask that you send a PM to Metroknight, an admin for these forums.
Protesting Banning/Glorifying or Discussing Banned Posters:
We value our posters, and take care only to ban posters who commit egregious or repeated violations of our Rules. Once that action is taken, though, it is an Inappropriate topic to discuss, glorify, or memorialize banned posters or their rules violations. We have found in the past that such displays are disruptive to the community. If you have a concern regarding a banned poster, we ask that you send a PM to Metroknight, one of the admins for these forums.
As noted above, commercial (for-profit) advertising is not allowed on the Mayhem Gaming Forums(except for non-spam ads in our Advertising board). However, you ARE permitted to start threads advertising non-profit websites; either charity events or merely amateur/fan sites that don't sell anything. Please be sure to observe the rules governing Spam and multiple-thread cross-posting, however, and make sure your plug is in the most appropriate forum (usually Advertising).
You may always advertise or link to works of art online, such as other web comics, fiction sites, music sites, or anything else that generates original artistic content—even if that site also makes a profit off of that work. We don't want the rules against advertising to prevent people from discovering new creative works that they will love, and don't want to penalize artists for trying to make a living off of their work. However, if a site only resells creative work and does not have any of that work available online, then it is primarily a commercial site and cannot be advertised here.
Groups and Message Board Wars
While we encourage our members to form whatever social groups they wish, we will not allow societies based solely on the exclusion of, or opposition to a certain group of posters (much less a certain group of real-world individuals, such as a ethnicity or sexual preference). Groups that set themselves up as superior to, in direct opposition to, or as the controllers of or protectors from specific individuals, other groups, the staff, or the forum at large will be disbanded, and Infractions will be issued as the staff deems appropriate.
In order to help you understand what groups may or may not be appropriate, we offer this general guide. Groups convened to discuss a particular subject are perfectly fine. That is, after all, what a thread is. It's even OK if the discussion is specifically critical of that subject, as long as it falls within the boundaries of the other Rules of Posting. For example, you can form a group to discuss how much you don't like James Bond, and call it the Anti-James Bond League.
Groups convened in good fun to enact a fantasy of some sort are also acceptable. For example, "churches" to various characters, persons, or causes (provided they don't directly duplicate a real-world religion), fan clubs, contests, role-playing exercises, etc.
Here are some kinds of groups that are not acceptable:
Groups where the function is to oppose another group. This means that the group is out to attack, defame, or oppose the other group, not the other philosophy. For example, if someone forms an Anti-James Bond group, you may not form an Anti-Anti-James Bond group whose sole purpose is to attack or belittle members of the Anti-James Bond group. You may, if you wish, form a Pro-James Bond group to discuss the virtues of the British secret agent.
Groups where the function is to voice opposition to a specific real-world person or group. While you can form an Anti-James Bond group, you cannot form an Anti-Ian Fleming group, because Ian Fleming is a real person. No, it doesn't matter that he is unlikely to post in these forums on account of the fact that he died in 1964; groups set up in opposition to real people are not permitted.
Each individual user may maintain one active account on the Mayhem Gaming forums. Registering more than one account, including the use of identified alternate accounts, is not allowed. Though there are several legitimate advantages to such accounts, particularly in the role-play environment, these accounts are too easily abused and allow rule violators too many additional options to avoid the repercussions of their actions to be allowed.
If a user is found to have multiple accounts, all but the main account (the one with the most posts) will be closed, and any Infractions earned under the alternate accounts will be transferred to the main.
Using copyrighted artwork as an avatar is technically illegal unless you have the permission of the copyright holder. Even if the art is Adminified in some way, the original copyright still stands and you can't use it as an avatar. Any avatar image that is found to be used without the permission of the copyright holder will be removed. If the creator of an avatar personally approaches the Mayhem Gaming staff and claims that their creation is being used without permission by another poster--as might be the case if they requested credit for the avatar and then were denied such--the Administrators will remove the avatar immediately. The first instance of this will incur a Warning, but should the member reinstate his or her violating avatar or create another avatar that also violates the rules, he or she will be issued an Infraction. Additionally, no sexually explicit or overt sexual avatars. No nudity or graphic images, cuss words in cartoon bubbles etc.
No sexually explicit or overt sexual avatars. No nudity or graphic images, cuss words in cartoon bubbles etc. Also no links to non-gaming related websites.
Questions and Concerns
If you do have any questions about the rules of posting, please contact an Administrator. We are happy to explain why certain rules have been put into force, but each one has already been carefully considered and discussed before it was added.
So those are the rules, in all of their wordy glory. We ask that you try your best to follow them to keep the spirit of community these boards have built up over the past year, and avoid looking for loopholes or exceptions to let you get away with stuff.
These boards are only as good as we all make them, after all.
Thanks, and happy posting!