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General Forum Rules:
These rules apply everywhere and should always be followed.

  • Search Before Posting - SEARCH for keywords related to your query before you ask anything, most of the questions have been asked and answered before. Bumping old topics (even ones that are years old) is preferable to creating a new one on the same subject.
  • Illegal Content - No warez, illegal materials or pornography.
  • Multiple Accounts - Do not create alternate or multiple accounts.
  • Discrimination - No racism or any other forms of discrimination.
  • Don't Advertise - A link to a site related to the topic is fine, spamming your home page is not. This includes advertising your servers and services. However, you are allowed to put advertisements in your signature. A rule of thumb is that "Here is something interesting others might like." links are allowed, "Please click this to benefit me personally." links are not (moderator's discretion is final). Note that "links that benefit you" includes pay-per-click links and advert click-through links (adf.ly etc), use direct links instead.
  • No Spam - If you are adding no useful information to a topic, you are spamming. This includes memes of any sort, especially in the more serious areas of the forum.
  • No Double Posting - There is a modify button, use it. However, bumping a topic in which you have or require further information is allowed after at least 24 hours. Note that two identical posts appearing at the same time is usually a mistake attributed to lag, and will not be penalized (but the second one will be removed).
  • English Only - The main bulk of the forums are English only.
  • Offensive Language - Do not insult, curse at, tease, or make offensive comments towards other members. This includes reputation messages, we can see who sent what.  We are a mature community so some language will be tolerated at the Moderators Discretion.
  • Do Not Request Private Help - These are public forums where anyone can request free help in public. If you are not willing to post what is needed publicly, then you are not participating in a "community" in which everyone can learn from each other. Do not post topics requesting private help via Skype, private message, or other non-public system. This includes contacting people for help without making a topic first.
  • Don't Stir Up Arguments - Do not post religious, political or other controversial threads purely designed to cause arguments. Additionally do not "troll" other forum members in an attempt to anger them. Similarly, report trolls and do not respond to them.
  • Do Not Abuse Forum Systems - Do not abuse the private message and reputation systems. This includes rep-for-rep requests.
  • No Duplicate Topics - If you have opened a topic on a subject, do not start another one. If you have a follow-up or other closely related topic, continue using the original topic to provide context.
  • No Plagiarism - Do not try to pass something someone else has made as your own.
  • Use A Proper Subject - So not "[HELP] GAME CRASH[HELP] SERVER DOWN [CRITICAL]!!!!!!!!!!" but something like "Game Crashes when connecting". It should summarize your issue, not just state that there is an issue.


Signature & Avatar Rules:

  • Height - Signatures can be a maximum of 250px high.
  • File Size - Images in your signature and avatar can't exceed 250KB in total size.


Reputation:

  • Abuse - Just because someone gives you negative reputation (-rep) does not mean that they are abusing. The vast majority of people complaining that they lost reputation simply don't understand that the person didn't like what they said, and expressed that dislike in a perfectly fine manner.
  • Topics - Speaking of posts people don't like, if there's one sure-fire way to lose all your reputation, it's making a topic about reputation. People give out -rep for topics they don't like, and people REALLY don't like topics about reputation... Not making topics is not a rule, but a handy warning, and they tend to get locked pretty quickly anyway to save further embarrassment.
  • Begging - Do NOT solicit other members for the sole purpose of asking for rep. This is considered "begging" and a form of harassment. If people want to give you rep, they will. Otherwise, don't ask.


Forum Specific Rules:
These rules are specific to one or more sub-forums, not everywhere.

  • Screenshots and Videos
    • In-Game Content Only - Do not post anything about games as a whole.
    • Screenshots And Videos Only - Do not treat this a graphics/"GFX" section.
    • No Advertising - Do not advertise servers in your posts, you are free to do so in your signature though.
    • Be Constructive - When replying to a thread in this section, be constructive with your posts. Tell the creator what you liked/didn't like about the work, or any ways you think his/her work could be improved. If you just post "hahaha" or similar, it is highly likely that your post will be deleted without warning.
  • Minecraft
    • Content - Only minecraft related content

 

  • Everything & Nothing
    • Post Count - The post count is disabled in this forum.  So anything that has nothing to do with anything else on this forum, feel free to post it, taking forum rules into account.


Reporting Rule Breakers
If you notice a forum member who is breaking those rules, please report it by clicking on the Report Post button. As mentioned above, DO NOT post in the topic stating that you think there is a rule violation going on. For one thing, you are not a moderator so even if you're right YOUR post is off-topic and thus also breaking rules, so you can get in trouble for reporting other people in that case. The other possibility is that you are wrong, and the post is not breaking any rules, in which case all that remains is one post that is perfectly fine, and another post that is off-topic and incorrectly accusing another user of breaking rules. In that case, who do you think will receive an infraction? Submitted reports that are wrong are simply discarded - we do not give out infractions for an inaccurate report.

Penalties
There are three main types of penalties for breaking rules - a warning is basically a "don't do that again" slap on the wrist, a ban is reserved for serious or repeated rule breaking, "infractions" fall between these two and can add up to a ban. Every infraction type has a points value and an expiry time, if you get 10 infraction points at once you will be automatically banned. The categories are quite generic, so messages will often come with an additional explanation from the moderator that gave the penalty. The point costs and expiry times (i.e. how long it takes to lose those points from your total) are:
 

Generic Infraction Points Given Expiry Time
Posting in wrong forum 2 30 Day(s)
Thread Bumping 2 30 Day(s)
Inappropriate Language 3 30 Day(s)
Signature Rule Violation 3 30 Day(s)
Useless, unneeded or off topic post 3 30 Day(s)
Discussing cheat programs 5 30 Day(s)
Inappropriate Post Content (Offensive/Adult/Other) 5 60 Day(s)
Insulted Other Member/Flaming/Trolling 5 60 Day(s)
Spammed Advertisements (Existing member) 5 30 Day(s)
Trying to increase post count with 1 line posts 5 60 Day(s)
Spammed Advertisements (New User or Bot) 10 30 Day(s)

 

Credits: Y_Less

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