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Forum Rules & Guidelines [Updated 20 Jun '13]

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These rules are subject to change at any time. It is the responsibility of the user to read and understand these rules before participating in the forum.

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SUPER CONDENSED RULES FOR PEOPLE SHORT ON TIME!
• Don't lie!
• Don't steal!
• Don't be a jerk!
• Don't spam!
• Don't double post!
• Don't post one word posts!
• Don't post illegible or nonsensical posts!
• Don't post porn!

• Don't post unmarked spoilers!
• Don't have a huge signature!
• Listen to the mods and admins!
• Have fun!

Yes, there are exceptions, but you'll have to read the full post to see what's appropriate.

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Useful Links

Forum FAQ
IRC Tutorial Index
What is Spam?

The Spam Litmus Test!
Signature Size Limitations
The Moderating Team
Kametsu Facebook Page
@Kametsudotcom

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General Forum Etiquette
• Staff and members are expected to maintain an environment safe for and conducive to discussion and the open sharing of ideas.
• All opinions, neither right nor wrong, will be respected.
• Abusive, threatening, or hostile content will not be tolerated.
• Proper spelling and grammar, as well as keeping the use of smilies to a minimum, is encouraged.
• Adult content is subject to removal, revision, or relocation and should be limited to the Mature Realm.

• Adult content is defined as any material inappropriate for a PG-13 audience and includes, but is not limited to, graphic depictions or descriptions of violence or sex, nudity, and excessive profanity.

• Material in the Art & Literature section containing such content may remain there provided it is labelled properly.

• Content that may be triggering to other users must be labelled appropriately.

• Spoilers must marked and denoted with spoiler tags.

• Libel, or otherwise purposely spreading false information, will not be tolerated.

 

Accounts
• Multiple or alt accounts are not allowed.

• Falsifying information to maintain multiple accounts will result in punishment.

Profiles
• Forum etiquette applies.

Posting
• Forum etiquette applies.

• No duplicate threads or cross-posting.

• Threads closed for length or age may be revived as a new thread.

• The reopening of closed threads may be requested via PM.

• Necro-posting (reviving old threads) is allowed, as long as there is something relevant or constructive to add to the thread.
• Do not double post or bump threads.

• Exceptions are made for posting new content (graphics, stories, news, &c).

 

Personal Messages (PM)
• Forum etiquette applies.

Exception: Adult or triggering content exchanged between consenting members is not subject to removal or supervision unless a report is made.

Signatures and Avatars
• Forum etiquette applies.
• See Signature Size Limitations for more details

 

Statuses

• Forum etiquette applies.

• No spoilers of any kind.

 

IRC
See Channel Rules.

Reporting System
• Should only be used for official forum business.
• May be used to notify the staff of any thread or post that requires their attention, regardless of whether anything is specifically wrong or in violation of the rules.

Examples: Requesting a thread be closed or moved; requesting a post or posts be moved or deleted; requesting the merging of posts or threads.

• Staff will deal with reports accordingly. Not all reports will be actioned.

 

Punishment
• Users are encouraged to report any and all infractions to members of staff.
• The rule of precedent is not employed here and all cases will be reviewed separately and individually.
• Punishments include, but are not limited to: loss of posting privileges, loss of signature and avatar privileges, deletion or editing of posts/threads/avatars/signatures, suspension, being put on a moderation queue, or being banned.
• Evading punishment will not be tolerated.
• Serious infractions may result in a ban/IP ban without prior notice to the user.

Member Privileges
• All work posted by users remain the property of the user. Ownership is not transferred to the forum upon posting.
• Concerns or questions regarding the forum may be sent via PM to any member of staff, so long as it is done in a respectful manner.
• Private messages are to remain private between users and will only be pulled in situations where safety or security is a concern.

Staff Privileges
• Failure to comply with a moderator’s instructions will result in proper punishment.
• In the absence of a specific rule concerning a topic not covered above, members of staff are expected to act judiciously.

Koby Privileges
• He’s the boss.

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Due to an increasing amount of spam from new and old users alike, we have created a simple test.

The Spam Litmus Test
1. Is your post relevant?
2. Does your post contribute anything to the discussion?

If you answered “NO” to either one of these questions, your post is probably spam!

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Think of it this way: if I took your post and removed it completely from the context of the thread, including any quotes, would people still be able to tell what that post is about? Would people know what thread it belonged to?

Let's take a look at an example.

the plot and characters


What thread does it belong to? A thread about what you think the weaknesses of One Piece are? A thread about why you like Saiyuki? Why you prefer anime over western animation?

How about this one?

Hulk And Loki Nuff Said


What thread does this belong to? Who you think should hook up from the Avengers? Your favourite male characters? Reasons why you hated the Avengers? Characters you think deserve more or less screen time?

We'll end with this one.

Le Pony


Want to try guessing the context of that post?

If your post can't stand on its own, you may want to rethink what you're posting. There are exceptions, but this holds true for most discussion threads.

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One sentence and one word posts are not conducive to discussion.

Read board descriptions before posting! You'll save yourself a lot of hassle in doing so.

Hijacking a thread or derailing it from its original topic? This is also spam. Make a new thread instead in the appropriate location.

Were you the last poster in a thread? Replying to yourself is double-posting and is considered spam. Edit your post instead. Bumping threads is unnecessary—people will respond if they have something to say.

If you’re offering opinions on something, give details. Tell us why you think the way you do. For example, if you’re talking about your favourite anime, you could easily give it a rating, explain that rating, and offer a brief synopsis for people unfamiliar with it.

Instead of just saying that you like or dislike something, try to incorporate other people’s opinions into your post. If someone earlier in the thread says they love Naruto but you disagree, quote them and tell them why you disagree.

If you're ever unclear on whether your post is spam, do not hesitate to ask a member of staff to look over it!

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Remember: Discussion is key! Giving details and responding to other people directly is the easiest way to contribute to the discussion.
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Updated 20 Jun 2013

Added points about spoilers.

Added Statuses section.

 

Updated 28 Jan 2013

Removed superfluous line about PMs requiring screenshots/copies. Should be covered by report system.

Added exception line to PMs. We don't care what you talk about with each other as long as all participants consent.

Moved stuff around for the adult content bullets in Forum Etiquette section.

 

Updated 19 Oct 2012
Added post link to Spam Litmus test.
Expanded the post on spam a little bit.

Updated 18 Oct 2012
Added section for the reporting system.
Added link to IRC tutorial index.

Updated 15 Sept 2012
Added condensed section.
Changed "messages" in Etiquette section to "content".
Added caveats to duplicate thread rule.

Updated 11 Jul 2012
Added section for profiles.

Updated 8 Jul 2012
Moved some stuff around.
Added Etiquette section.

Updated 1 Apr 2012
Added entry for accounts.

Updated 26 Mar 2012
Added entry for IRC.

Updated 14 Mar 2012
Added entry for spam.

Updated 19 Feb 2012
Added entry for double posts.

Updated 18 Feb 2012
Removed entry for non-existent ChatBox.

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Previous versions for posterity.

Accounts
• Multiple or alt accounts are not allowed under any circumstance.
• If you are in the same household and on the same network as another user, your IP will likely show up as the same. Send a message to a moderator or admin to notify them of the situation.
• Falsifying information to maintain multiple accounts will result in punishment.

Posting
• See below regarding spam.
• Do not threaten, harass, or insult another user.
• Do not post duplicate threads. Do a search of the forums before posting a thread to ensure it is not a duplicate of another established thread.
• Necro-Posting (reviving old threads) is allowed, as long as there is something relevant or constructive to add to the thread.
• Do not double post or bump threads. Exceptions are made for posting new content (graphics, stories, &c).
• No adult content allowed outside of the Mature Realm.

Personal Messages (PM)
• Rules of posting apply to PMs.

Signatures and Avatars
• Rules of posting apply to signatures and avatars.
• See Signature Size Limitations for more details

IRC
See Channel Rules.

Punishment
• Rule-breaking will result in appropriate punishment.
• Punishments include, but are not limited to: loss of posting privileges, loss of signature and avatar privileges, deletion or editing of posts/threads/avatars/signatures, suspension, being put on a moderation queue, or being banned.
• Evading punishment may result in an IP ban.
• Serious infractions may result in a ban/IP ban without prior notice to the user.
• Users are encouraged to report any and all infractions to members of staff. In the case of PMs, a copy or screenshot of the PM must be sent to a member of staff to ensure validity of the report.

Staff Rights
• If instructed by staff to do something, you are to comply. Failure to comply with a moderator’s instructions will result in proper punishment.
• In the absence of a specific rule concerning a topic not covered above, members of staff have the right and responsibility to judge the situation and act accordingly.
• These rules are subject to change at any time. It is the responsibility of the user to read and understand these rules before participating in the forum.



Posting
• See What is Spam. First and last posts.
• Do not threaten, harass, or insult another user.
• Do not post duplicate threads. Do a search of the forums before posting a thread to ensure it is not a duplicate of another established thread.
• Necro-Posting (reviving old threads) is allowed, as long as there is something relevant or constructive to add to the thread.
• Do not double post or bump threads. Exceptions are made for posting new content (graphics, stories, &c).
• No adult content allowed outside of the Mature Realm.

Personal Messages (PM)
• Rules of posting apply to PMs.

Signatures and Avatars
• Rules of posting apply to signatures and avatars.
• See Signature Size Limitations for more details

Punishment
• Rule-breaking will result in appropriate punishment.
• Punishments include, but are not limited to: loss of posting privileges, loss of signature and avatar privileges, deletion or editing of posts/threads/avatars/signatures, suspension, being put on a moderation queue, or being banned.
• Evading punishment may result in an IP ban.
• Serious infractions may result in a ban/IP ban without prior notice to the user.
• Users are encouraged to report any and all infractions to members of staff. In the case of PMs, a copy or screenshot of the PM must be sent to a member of staff to ensure validity of the report.

Staff Rights
• If instructed by staff to do something, you are to comply. Failure to comply with a moderator’s instructions will result in proper punishment.
• In the absence of a specific rule concerning a topic not covered above, members of staff have the right and responsibility to judge the situation and act accordingly.
• These rules are subject to change at any time. It is the responsibility of the user to read and understand these rules before participating in the forum.



Posting
• Be courteous to other users. Do not threaten, harass, or insult another user.
• Libel, or false information, is not condoned. False accusations fall under the category of libel.
• Post in English. If you wish to post in a language other than English, a translation to English is required.
• If your post is deemed illegible because it is done in l33t speak, sTiCkY CaPs, uses excessive punctuation, unnecessary formatting (inappropriate size and color), or contains excessive typing errors/abbreviations, you will be asked to retype your post in a more readable manner.
• Do not double post or bump threads.
• Do not post duplicate threads. Do a search of the forums before posting a thread to ensure it is not a duplicate of another established thread.
• Necro-Posting (Reviving old threads) is allowed, as long as there is something relevant or constructive to add to the thread.
• Do not spam. This includes posts that are irrelevant to the thread topic (off-topic), duplicate posts, flames/inflammatory posts, and non-English posts.
• Posts that contain only a link and no description are considered spam. You must give a brief summary or description of the website linked.
• No adult content is allowed. This includes sites containing excessive vulgarity and pornography. All content must be appropriate for users thirteen and up.
• Do not quote an entire post and reply to it with “I agree” or something similar that does not add constructively to the conversation.
• Do not advertise your site within posts. You are allowed to advertise in your signature and in the Web Design section of the forum.

Personal Messages (PM)
• Do not threaten, harass, or insult another user via PM.
• Do not advertise via PM.
• Do not spam users with PM's.

Signatures and Avatars
• Avatars and signature images are not to contain any adult content. All images must be appropriate for users aged thirteen and up.
• Do not insult or threaten users in your signature.
• Do not link to inappropriate sites. This includes sites that have adult content, sites that bombard users with pop-ups, or fake sites.
• The combined sizes of signature images and text must not exceed 220 pixels in height and 600 pixels in width.

Shout Box
• All forum rules apply to the Shout Box.

Punishment
• Excessive rule-breaking will result in appropriate punishment. This may include loss of posting privileges, signature and avatar privileges, deletion or editing of posts/threads/avatars/signatures, suspension, being put on a moderation queue, or a ban.
• Evading punishment may result in an IP ban.
• Serious infractions may result in a ban/IP ban without prior notice to the user.
• Users are encouraged to report any and all infractions to members of staff. In the case of PM's, a copy or screenshot of the PM must be sent to a member of staff to ensure validity of the report.

Staff Rights
• If instructed by staff to do something, you are to comply. Failure to comply with a moderator’s instructions will result in proper punishment.
• In the absence of a specific rule concerning a topic not covered above, members of staff have the right and responsibility to judge the situation and act accordingly.
• These rules are subject to change at any time. It is the responsibility of the user to read and understand these rules before participating in the forum.

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