Forum Rules

This Page was last updated on: 01/25/2016 by ®i©hie

List of Contents

1: General Rules
2: Signatures and Advertising
3: Polls
4: Attitude towards other members and/or staff
5: Warning levels
6: Member ranks and custom titles
7: Useful Links
8: Reporting a Moderator
9: Post Reporting System
10: Sharing your Personal Information

1: General Rules

1) Don't make a post announcing your new wonderful post count or asking for a custom title. Once you have 1,000 posts. PM one of the Staff Members with the custom title you would like. should, whenever possible, be kept under the size of 500 x 300 (width: 500 pixels, height: 300 pixels).
2) Participants may not use the forums to post or transmit advertisements or commercial solicitations of any kind. This includes promotion of PB forums.
3) Don't post misleading subjects. Make the subject of your thread relevant to your topic.
4) Do not reply to obvious spam threads. Spam is considered any thread that lacks any point of discussion or is inappropriate to be discussed at ProBoards. If the first post should never have been made, then replies to it are considered as spam.
5) Do not create a thread saying you are leaving, you are back, or that you love peanut butter.
6) Do not post any 'I'm Bored' threads, there are plenty of other topics for you to post in, or maybe even consider reading a book, or catching up with the sun.
7) Do not create threads where the subject at hand is already being discussed
8) No "word games" or any threads which result in many just 1 or 2 word replies at fast intervals.
9) Staff may lock a thread at any time for any reason. If the reason is not obvious, a justification post will be made to explain the action. Do not make threads about locked threads.
10) Do not post any material that may cause distress to others, this includes flashing images (triggers epilepsy), and 'screamers' (images that suddely change to a screaming face)
11) You may post solicitations or information in your signature to allow members to fund you or a cause, participate in a site, vote for in a contest, follow your page, etc. You may not directly solicit funds by way of a post, nor may you post threads which require members to visit a site if it involves registration in order to vote for you, follow you, etc.

2: Signatures and Advertising

1) Personal banners and signature areas (in the event of text) should, whenever possible, be kept under the size of 500 x 300 (width: 500 pixels, height: 300 pixels).

Please follow this guideline and consider those with a smaller screen resolution when adding an image to your signature.

Should the size of the signature exceed that, you might be asked to change or remove it.

2) Logical size of the signature should not exceed 300KB.< br/> 3) When signing your post, please don't do it as a link, you have plenty of space in your signature area and in your profile for links.
4) Avatars should be kept under 75KB in logical size.
5) Out of consideration to those with epilepsy, excessively flashing avatars and signatures are not allowed.
6) Do not use banners that display IP's, while they seem to be a novelty, we don't know what the banner hosts do with the information they collect.

3: Polls

1) Polls must have at least 2 choices.
2) When making your poll, be sure to promote discussion, to back up the choice they made (why did they choose that option).
3) The poll starter should post their choice and why.
4) Think carefully before posting the poll, do some research if needed (don't want to miss an option).
5) No tournaments.

Any poll that does not follow the above guidelines will be locked.

4: Attitude towards other members and/or staff

1) 1) Posts that belittle other members will not be tolerated.

If someone comes here and asks for help, please give them a sensible answer and point them in the right direction. Do not make fun of them solely because they are new. We were all new one day and we all might have needed help likewise.

2) If you cannot be civil when replying, please do not reply. This is a friendly community.
3) We do not appreciate members belittling derogatory terms that relate to Special Olympics and to those that partake in them.
4) Please do not try to convert anyone to your way of thinking whether it be your internet browser/religion preference/or any other kind of preference or choice. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and should not be made to change theirs because you don't agree with it. If someone does ask for help with anything relating to 'their opinion', then either help them in a friendly way or ignore the thread/post.

5: Warning levels

1) Any violation of the rules of this forum results in a 10-25% warning level being added. Upon reaching 100%, a temp. ban is issued (length to be determined by a staff member). This policy is in place to limit bad behavior on this forum. Members with a custom title that receive a warning will have the custom title removed. The title can be restored after the warning is gone.

The warning percentage is only visible to staff and the member. Other members CANNOT see your warning level, unless you have received a written warning for a bigger offense.

2) Do not post about your warning or your warning level. If you have a question about your warning, PM a Staff Member. Warning reductions are not automatic, you need to PM a Admin/Gmod each month to request one, a reduction will only be done if behaviour has been ok since last increase or reduction. The reduction amount to be determined by the Staff Member (5-15% warning reduction).

6: Member ranks and custom titles
- Member Ranks

Posts Rank Stars
0 Noob Gamer 1
50 Junior Gamer 2
100 Decent Gamer 3
250 Pro Gamer 4
500 Master Gamer 5
1,000 HardCore Gamer 6
2,500 Veteran 8
5,000 I Have Many Lives 10

- Custom Titles

Basically, there are two ways to get a custom title now, and they are as follows:

1. By gaining 5000 posts - When you have 5000 posts, you may PM a staff member and request a custom title, and you should get your custom title inserted into your profile, however, we reserve the right to deny any member a custom title for any reason.

2.You can be offered a custom title, otherwise known as foozlebootz law. If we feel that a member here deserves the right to a custom title, we will offer that member the opportunity to have one. However, I must stress, that this is purely at our discretion, and we will choose the members. If anyone PM's a staff member to request one, this will result in a note being put on the account which may result in a custom title refusal at a later date (see 1).

3. NO IMAGES will be allowed in custom titles, except with an Admin's Approval.

7: Useful Links

2) PSN Server Status
3) Playstation Store

8: Reporting a Moderator

I feel that a moderator has acted unfairly. What can I do?

If you feel that a moderator has taken inappropriate action, there is a set procedure you can take to resolve this issue. Creating a thread about the problem in public is not the proper procedure and will result in the thread being locked, and a warning increase for established members who should know the rules.

1) Send a PM to the moderator that you believe has acted unfairly.

2) If you can not resolve the issue with the moderator in question, you may then contact one Global Moderator to state your case. Your complaint will be posted on the staff only board for review by other staff members. Once a final decision has been made regarding the situation, you will be informed via PM.

3) If you have a complaint regarding the actions or decisions of a Global Moderator, you can send those complaints to ®i©hie. As with the other messages, please be clear and to the point.

9: Post Reporting System

In the event that you see a post that you believe breaks one of the rules above, or could be considered offensive / distasteful, please bring it to a staff members attention by reporting the post. You can report a post by clicking the gear icon found in the top-right hand corner of the post, then choose the "Report Post" option. Be sure to include a valid reason for your report, even if you think the reason is blatant. The staff will review each report and, if necessary, you will be contacted to discuss the outcome or for additional details. Please refrain from using the report feature unless you think it is an actual infraction. Repeated reports without proper justification or any abuse of the system may result in a warning or loss of privileges.

10: Sharing your Personal Information

Please be sure to be careful when sharing your personal information online.

This is a forum, and as such has many members from all over the wor0ld. If you are under 18, you should not share your personal information with anyone without the permission of your parents. Even if you are 18 or older, please be careful with who you share your personal information with.

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