=========================================================== Staff Decisions 1. Staff decisions are final. Ultimately, staff has complete discretion over what is and is not acceptable on the site. Discussion of Decisions 2. Public discussions of staff decisions are not permitted. If you have any concerns or queries relating to a staff decision, please take it up in private with the administrator. The Golden Rule 3. All members must be treated in a respectful and adult manner. All members should respect and adhere to the promotion of harmony within the community. Do not attempt to disrupt the community in any way. No Trolling 4. No "Trolling". Do not post anything that disrupts the peace and harmony of this board. Don't create pointless threads with the sole purpose of starting a dispute. This also includes messages in profiles and signatures. No Spamming 5. Don't Spam. Joining the forum for the sole purpose of hawking your wares is prohibited. Making posts for the sole purpose of increasing your post count will also be considered spamming. No Offensive Material 6. Please do not make posts that are vulgar, obscene, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, and/or otherwise violate of any local or international laws. This includes links in your signature, profile, posted images, photos and avatars. Yes, we have a couple sections that are more relaxed on this rule. The rules specific to that area are posted there. Staff will ultimately decide if something is appropriate or not. Self Promotion 7. If you're here for the purpose of promoting your whatever, consider being a productive member first. Places like this cost time and money to operate. We'd appreciate it if you didn't just show up to leech off the fruits of our labor. Multiple Accounts 8. One member having multiple accounts is not allowed, only one account per member. What's an Infraction Direct bans do not happen often, so this will mainly focus on explaining the infraction system we have set up to handle rule violations. Infractions, what the heck are those? Firstly, it doesn't mean we hate you, or that we want you gone. We just want you to stop doing whatever it was that got you the infraction. Simply put the forum software allows us to give users infractions for various behaviors which violates the rules. Each infraction has: 1. A description 2. A point value 3. An expiration date 4. The option to give it as a warning (in which case the infraction carries no weight, it's just a heads up to not do whatever you did again) When an infraction is issued, if it is not a warning, the points for that infraction are added to the users total infraction points. If and when each infraction expires, those points are removed from the total infraction points. Additionally every time an infraction is issued a private message is sent to the user explaining why and the forum will alert all moderators to the new infraction for any necessary review. If a user reaches a certain level of infraction points, this will result in an automatic ban (sometimes for a day or two, sometimes forever) depending on the amount of points they have. I don't feel it's appropriate to share the exact levels for fear of exploitation of the system, but i'll say this... things start going downhill at 10. Rules Are Subject to Change We tried our best to cover everything, but I'm sure we've missed something. In the event these rules need to be changed, a public announcement will be made stating the change.