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SLFFVII Midgar: Forum Guidelines
« on: February 01, 2016, 11:43:23 PM »
GENERAL FORUM RULES
  • Treat members as you would like them to treat you. Keep personal grudges and arguments off of the forum. If you feel that you are being harassed by another member, please contact an administrator or moderator and we will look into the problem for you. Everyone here is responsible for behaving in a civil manner, and showing respect to the posts of their fellow members.
  • Personal attacks, slander/libel, insults, flames, and other inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. These posts may be deleted or locked, at the judgement of the Management Team.
  • There is no automatic censorship, but please keep in mind that our members have varying ages and life experience. If there are complaints about a topic, post, avatar, or signature, you may be asked to remove the offending image or text, or have them removed for you.
  • Bumping topics is frowned upon, as is spamming the forum in order to increase your post count.
  • Please try to stay on-topic with your posts. If a discussion begins to veer too far off-topic, an administrator or moderator may request that the topic be brought back on course.
  • Proper grammar and spelling are appreciated. "'Net speak" and "1337 speak" are frowned upon. We understand that not everyone who visits has English as their first language, but please try your best!
  • Administrators and moderators are here to keep the SLFFVII forum running efficiently and smoothly. They are also here to address the concerns of members. Please contact them if you notice a problem on the forum, rather than dealing with that problem yourself (aka, "wanna-modding").
  • You are expected to listen to the moderators and administrators when they have told you to stop breaking the rules or to stop behaving inappropriately. Moderators and administrators are in charge of the forum and making sure that members obey the rules.
  • Breaking the rules repeatedly or maliciously may lead to your account being suspended.
  • Most of all, have fun! The SLFFVII forum is meant to be a place for the community to gather and enjoy each other's company.


AVATAR & SIGNATURE RULES

AVATARS
  • Avatars should not exceed 150 tall x 150 pixels wide.
  • No graphic or offensive content is permitted.

SIGNATURES
  • Signatures should not exceed 300 pixels tall by 700 pixels wide.
  • If you have an image in your signature that is 150 pixels or taller, keep in mind that the 300 pixels limit is still in effect. You may not have more than 1-3 lines of text below your image.
  • If you prefer to have text in your signature with no image (or a very small image), please keep in mind that 300 pixels tall is still the limit for a signature.
  • You should be able to right-click on your image and look at the properties to see what the size is in pixels.  If everyone would just check their image sizes before they post them, it would save you guys the trouble of having to change the images later after you've already spent the time on them.
  • The words "moderator", "administrator", "mod", "admin", "GM", "Arbiter", or anything that could be misunderstood to be those words, are not allowed in signatures or avatars. This is to avoid any confusion over who are the official Management Team Members.
  • If you find that another member's avatar or signature is offending you in some way, contact them privately and politely explain why you are offended. If you would rather not contact them yourself, PM a moderator or administrator. Offending avatars and signature are dealt with on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee that it will be removed; freedom of speech is also important here.

WARNING SYSTEM

We are now running on a "three strikes" warning system.

  • After receiving three official warnings, your account will be suspended & deactivated for a minimum of 7 days, depending upon the severity of the offense. This will be decided upon by the administrators and moderators of the forum on a case-by-case basis. You will be notified by email of the date when your account will be reactivated. You will still be able to read messages on the forum, but you will not be able to log in to your account and post.
  • Official warnings will be received via PM from one of the administrators or moderators, clearly stating that it is an official warning and the reason behind it.
  • Warnings do not expire over time. If you are given a warning, you will always have that warning on your account UNLESS you have shown a marked improvement and behavior and the Management Team reviews your previous strikes to determine if they should be removed.
  • If your account has to be suspended more than once, your account or IP address may be banned and you will no longer be allowed to participate at the forum. This is an extreme, but an action which will be taken if deemed necessary.  In more extreme instances, this may also result in a ban from the in-world sim.
  • Members will be told to stop breaking the rules before a warning is given (depending upon the severity of the offense). If they continue to break the rules, or repeatedly break the rules after being told to stop, an official warning will be given.
  • These are some examples of things that could lead to an official warning:
    • Continuing to break the rules, after being told by a moderator or administrator to stop.
    • Posting spammy comments all over the place. Spam is anything that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand, gibberish, inside jokes that have nothing to do with the topic, etc.
    • Attacking another member: throwing insults, screaming obscenities, threats, insinuating that another member is stupid, etc.
    • Being told multiple times during the week to stop double posting.
    • Everyone on the forum begins with zero warnings as of the start of this system.


    If there are any questions or suggestions about the rules, members can PM the administrator or moderators for a clarification or post in the Suggestion Box forum area.

    The site administrator reserves the right to edit, delete, and add new rules as they see fit.

    Enjoy!
« Last Edit: February 05, 2016, 05:39:06 AM by Jade »



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