Forum Rules **PLEASE READ** before posting

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Forum Rules **PLEASE READ** before posting

Post by Schtooping on Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:20 pm

The guidelines and information below applies to the entire forum.

PLEASE DO
• Be Nice And Polite - Every member deserves to be treated with respect. Positive and polite posts create a friendly and welcoming environment that all members will feel comfortable in. Bickering, flaming, and insulting are all unwelcome.
• Search Before Posting - Most questions have been asked before, searching for an answer to a question before posting gets a question answered faster and keeps duplicate content low.
• Think Before Posting - Sensible, well thought-out and legible posts help other members understand what you are trying to explain. A lack of punctuation can also affect others and their ability to understand.
• Report Content - Reported content is sent to staff members for review, if a post needs to be removed or modified then reporting it will make that happen.
• Post In Relevant Section(s) - Posting in the most relevant section will ensure topics are seen by members most interested in the subject. Topics posted in the wrong section will be moved by moderators.
• Remain on topic - Topics should remain on the topic that they are discussing, they should not be discussing other topics. A new topic should be made for a new discussion.
• Embed images - When posting a topic which requires embedded images or videos by the section specific rules, embed them. Do not use data:image links, as they only look messy and take up a lot of space
• Post in English - While the site caters to an international audience, the primary language of the forum is English. When creating a new thread or post, please be courteous and at least include an English translation of your post.



PLEASE DO NOT
• Use Excessive or Pointless Profanity
• Spam - A spam post is a post that provides no value to the discussion. The most common spam posts are posting "tl:dr;", "+1", "this", posting image macros, and nothing but memes or images. These sort of posts really rustle our jimmies.
• Reply to Inappropriate Content - If inappropriate content is posted the report feature should be used, replying to inappropriate content escalates the issue and can result in all involved parties receiving infractions.
• Trade or Sell Minecraft Accounts
• Offer or Request Services/Products that is not related to the server
• DO NOT advertise other servers here. This will get you banned!
• Requesting donations of in server or real world money is not allowed - NO BEGGING
• Deliberately posting misleading or inaccurate information to confuse members is unacceptable. This includes sightings of Herobrine.
• Access other members Accounts Without Permission - Keep your account safe, You are responsible for what other post on forums with your hacked account. Bans will not be reversed because you were hacked or because you claim your were hacked.
• The only member permitted to access an account is the owner, unless permission is explicitly granted by that member.
• Troll - Trolling of any kind is not tolerated. Accusing someone of trolling, which is known as "Troll Calling" is also disallowed, eg: "Stop trolling", "You're a troll!". If someone is trolling they should be reported.
• Flame or Provoke - Do not insult or flame other members of the forum. Similarly, do not post with the intention of provoking a reaction from fellow members. This includes encouraging flame wars. Instigation is not tolerated.
• Grammar Harass - Please do not correct or insult other members grammar/spelling. Grammar harassment does not add to the discussion, and is not tolerated.
• Linking to websites that provide you with cash or prizes in return for getting people to view their page is not allowed. This includes affiliate programs.
• Necro Post (To post, as on a forum, to revive a long inactive discussion thread) - Please do not reply to extremely old threads unless you are continuing substantial discussion of the topic. Content-less bumps which add very little to the discussion will be removed.
• Post Provocative/Offensive Material - this will result in an immediate ban from the forum and the server. Provocative and/or offensive material of a sexual, violent or otherwise inappropriate nature is strictly not allowed. Please consider the types of content posted to a family friendly forum. Always ensure your content is both "Safe For Work" and suitable for children.
• Impersonate Staff - Do not impersonate staff, this includes the use of fake banners and titles.



Illegal Activity
• Piracy - Distribution of any content not owned by the member is unacceptable, this includes all forms of media piracy (music, film, video game etc). This rule also extends to linking to sites that primarily function as a facilitator of piracy.
• Hate Speech - As a family friendly and all inclusive community we do not allow any form of discrimination, this includes -- but is not limited to -- age, race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and disability.
• Spread Malicious Content - Viruses and malware are forbidden, any intentional distribution of either will result in permanent ban from thi forum and for our servers.

Moderator Action
The following information is about what to do when you find people breaking the rules and what happens if you break the rules outlined above.
• Reporting A Post - Rule breaking posts should be reported by any member that comes across them. There is a "report" button on every post, when a post is reported the moderators of the site are alerted, reports automatically include the post content. Reports should contain an explanation of why a post is being reported. Any content that needs moderator attention should be reported. There are no penalties for mis-reporting content.
• Mini Modding - Mini-modding is replying to a rule breaking post with information on the rule break. Some forms of mini-modding are allowed: If a member has broken a section specific rule (such as posting in the wrong section or not including required information) members are allowed to reply to the member explaining what rule has been broken and how to fix the issue. To be acceptable "Mini-modding" the post must meet the following requirements:
Explains which rule the post breaks
Explains (where necessary) how the poster can rectify the issue
Does not make statements such as: "reported", "I've told the mods", "This will be locked now" etc.
Then the member must report the post. "Mini-modding" without reporting the post is not allowed.
"Mini-modding" type posts will be removed once a moderator has dealt with the thread/post in question.



Infractions & Bans
When a rule is broken an infraction will be issued. There are 2 types of infractions, formal and informal.
• Informal - An informal infraction is used to remind a member that they have broken a minor rule for the first time. Informal infractions are used as a record of when a member has been informed. There are no infraction points issued with informals, they do not count towards the posting suspension limits.
• Formal - A formal infraction is issued when a rule has been broken and we believe continued violation of this rule should result in a posting suspension. Every 30 days infractions "expire" and the current total of a member's points is reduced.
• Points - When a member's total infraction points reach 2, then posting suspensions are issued based on the points the last infraction gave.
1 point infractions will give a 3 day suspension
2 point infractions will give a 6 day suspension
3 point infractions will give a 9 day suspension
Suspension times may be changed at the discretion of the administration.
• Permanent Bans - Permanent bans are never automatically issued, they are reserved for members that we believe to be detrimental to the [Links disabled] community. They are issued to members that continually break the rules and do not provide any value to the community.

Disclaimer
The administrators and moderators are responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the site. The staff reserves the right to take whatever action is deemed appropriate in any given situation, regardless of whether there is a specific rule covering that situation or not. If there is a misunderstanding or dispute, then please bring the issue up politely with that staff member in private. In all matters, the decision of the administration is final.
Private Messages are not an official method of requesting support and we do not guarantee that a private message sent to any staff member will be replied to.

Ban Appeals
If you wish to appeal a ban, please message Schtooping including your account information and IP address.
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