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-- All new members go through probation period of 25 posts until they can make new threads. So mingle, discuss in threads already made, and introduce yourself. Do NOT, by any means, spam posts simply to reach the 25 post mark.
-- Obey and respect all moderators and RPGamer staff members. If a staff member or moderator warns you or requests something of you formally, do it. If you feel the moderator or staff member is asking too much or have an issue with the moderator, contact the board administrator; currently, this is Paws.
-- Do not create duplicate accounts under any circumstances. This will result in the banning of both accounts. If you need to discontinue the use of an old account, and would like to create a new account, contact the board administrator for permission.
-- In the case of a forum ban, ban evasion immediately invalidates any possibility of future ban removal and, if aggressively repeated, will not only result in the user's ISP being banned entirely from the boards, but an abuse report being filed with the ISP. If you wish to contest a ban, the correct course of action is to contact the board administrator by email.
-- Send all media and RPG news links to <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org." onclick="window.open(this.href,'_blank');return false;"> This is critical in our news team being able to react as fast as possible to important news without constantly checking all of the forum threads. If you are unsure if it is news, send it to them anyway. Threads created regarding news stories and/or media updates will be locked when the news and/or media update is posted by RPGamer staff.
-- Requests for new or other game coverage should be sent to [email="email@example.com."]firstname.lastname@example.org.[/email] If you have an old game you'd like to see retroactive coverage for, or otherwise believe any game deserves attention from RPGamer, please send your requests there.
-- No linking or requesting illegal items. This includes warez, mp3s, emulated roms of games, etc. These can cause legal problems for RPGamer. Don't do it. Ever. Do not offer to do so or in any fashion utilize the boards to communicate a willingness to distribute illegal material; this includes via PM. Discussion concerning these subjects is fair game, however.
-- No "spamming". Our definition of spamming is being excessively and disruptively off-topic and/or rapidly posting numerous posts across the boards. Creating topics for the sole purpose of linking to any external site with the intentions of accumulating "points" is spam. Posting links to these sites in a fashion that does not contribute to the conversation is also spam even if the topic concerns that game.
-- No trolling. Our forums are meant to be a friendly place for everyone to visit and post, not just for you and people you like. However, this is not to say that negative comments or heated debate are not allowed, but there is a line that should not be crossed that should be predominantly defined by common sense. If a member is thought to be going over the line, or deliberately provoking the forum body in an attempt to garner a negative reaction, action will be taken.
-- No flaming. This goes hand in hand with forum trolling, but deserves its own mention, just to be thorough. The Administrator and Moderators are not in the job of patrolling what every member says; ultimately, everyone should and does have a chance to say what they think here. Remember that saying what's on your mind can easily cross the line from opinionated to offensive.
-- No website advertising in posts. Here at RPGamer we allow you to advertise your web address in your signature, but ask you not to make a post advertising your website.
-- No petitions. No exceptions.
-- Keep your language PG-13. No f-bombs, which includes changing the "u" to a "v," or to an asterisk, or to some other character(s), thinking it makes you cool and edgy. Gay is for homosexuals, Nazi is for World War II, and are to be considered off-limits for anything other then these uses.
-- No sales, ebay ads, etc. Anything utilizing RPGamer forums for commercial sales will fall under this.
-- When creating a topic that will likely be image heavy, flag it with something that warns users on slower connections. Members on slower connections are encouraged to modify the "Do you wish to view images in posts, such as smilies and posted images?" option in the Account Options section of the Member Control Panel to view these threads if they wish. Embedded images placed within a post should be no larger than 300 KB; anything larger should be remotely hosted and linked.
-- Please try to avoid spoilers with current games; major plot points should be placed under a spoiler tag at all times. This includes older games that are slated for re-release and in sequel discussion threads. When in doubt, please try to err on the side of caution by using the spoiler tags, in order to avoid ruining interesting information for games.
-- All posts must abide by the rules stated here as well as any rules created within the individual forums. These rules may be created without any warning of any kind. If you are discovered to be breaking a rule the following actions can be taken in no certain order and without warning: post editing, post deletion, thread editing, thread deletion, link removal, posting restriction, account banning, IP banning.
-- When a member accumulates 100 posts, that member will be able to create a custom "member title" in his/her control panel.
-- All members must, at all times, abide by the rules and regulations on this page and requests from moderators, staff members, and administrators. If, at any time, a member refuses to follow the request or demand of a staff member, RPGamer moderators and administrators reserve the right to take the avenue of action that most fits the occasion.
-- Do not resurrect old threads without good reason; I agree/me too/+1 posts are not contributing to the discussion. While there's always room for fresh discussion, if a post is older then one month in Latest Updates or three months in other sections, please do not resurrect it. Unnecessary thread necromancy may result in topic locks and raised warning levels, at the discretion of the moderator team.
-- Do not double-post. This means posting twice in a row, no matter the length of time that has passed between the first post and the second post. Double-posting is permissible in a few situations: mainly, the RPGamer Podcast threads. If you're not sure if double-posting is allowed or not, assume that it is not until you verify. Use the Edit button; it feels unloved if you do not.
-- If there are any posts you find that are not following forum guidelines, you are encouraged to make use of the 'Report a Post' feature or private message a moderator, staff member, or administrator to alert them of the problem. If you are on the Old Boards, you will not be able to report a post so you will have to contact an administrator by using the e-mail above the link to the Old Boards. At no time should you take it upon yourself to publicly address the offending post; that is the duty of the moderation staff. Failure to abide by this policy could result in a warning.
-- A note on font types -- please have some consideration for your fellow posters and keep your posting to a font that won't require colored filters or eyes like a hawk to read. We ask this as a courtesy for all our readers.
Avatar and Signature Rules
-- All signatures must fall within an area of 500 width x 150 height pixels in dimension total, graphics plus text. Going beyond this will result in the erasure of your signature if it is too much larger than those guidelines. Graphical signatures must not exceed 50 KB in filesize.
For simplicity purposes, please use this as a general guide:
Three text lines (including blank lines) and no graphics
Two text lines ... graphics no taller than 70 pixels
One text line ... graphics no taller than 100 pixels
No text ... graphics no taller than 150 pixels
Note this is a guide for easy following of the stricter rule above. In all cases of dispute, that rule shall provide the final guidelines. Avatars cannot exceed 150x150 in dimension or be over 150 KB in filesize. All signatures/avatars must abide by our forum signature and avatar rules; if they do not at any time you may receive a request it be removed, or it will be erased. If repeated problems arise concerning your signature or avatar, administrators will remove avatar/signature options for your account.
-- Discipline for violating the rules of RPGamer's message forums revolves around Ikonboard's "warn" functionality. When a rule is broken, the user's warn level will increase, dependent on the severity of the violation and the moderator's whim, but moderators are not encouraged to give more than one warn level for minor violations.
-- When a user's warn level reaches three, that user will be moved into the Restricted Member group which will bar him or her from editing his or her own posts, creating new topics, changing his or her avatar, changing his or her title, or editing his or her signature. When a user's warn level reaches five, that user will be temporarily banned for seven days, and upon returning that user's warn level will be decreased to four. If a subsequent violation occurs before the user's warn level is decreased that user will be permanently banned.
-- While a user is in the Restricted Member Group, the board administrator is free to publicly humiliate that user in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: changing the user's avatar, changing the user's title to "Special Friend of the Administrator," deleting the user's signature and replacing it with an amusing yet insulting graphic, etc.
-- Warn levels will be decreased at a rate of one warn level every two weeks. Warn reduction is a process that is carried out manually by the administrator, so if he or she neglects to reduce your warn level in that time period be sure to private message him or her. Do so respectfully; failure to maintain a civil tone when PMing the administrator is likely to result in a lengthier stay in the Restricted Member group. Do not PM the moderators to perform this service; they are unable to lower warning levels.
-- Staff members have moderator access, in order to help address emergency situations if and when they arise, and can assist the other moderators if necessary. Note that any actions taken by staff members or moderators can be overturned by the board administrator if warranted. New staff members are discouraged from using their moderation powers.
-- The administrator reserves the right to immediately skip all warning levels and ban a user outright, but this will only happen on special occasions or as a consequence to gross violations to the rules.
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