Global Rules For the Pokécharms Forums

Discussion in 'Entrance Gate and Hall of Justice' started by Sem, Jun 12, 2010.

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  1. Sem

    Sem The Last of the Snowmen Former Administrator

    Welcome to the Pokécharms forums! The Pokécharms forums are a place for more in-depth discussions, taking place over days, weeks, or even months. What this means is that this is not a chatroom, and this is not Facebook - we expect some effort to be put into posts here, and for people to post in a specific style and length.

    These rules are designed to help you understand how to post here, and we ask that everyone posting on our forums follow them.

    No Spam

    Spam is where you post messages that don't add anything to the conversation. This can come across in a few different ways - here's a few examples:

    Overly Short or Pointless Posts
    This is posting only "yes", "no", "I don't know", filling posts with nothing but smilies, or something similar. If you have something to say, please take the time to write a proper message. Similarly, if you say you like or don't like something, explain why!

    For example, if we were posting in a thread about our favourite Pokémon, a bad way to reply would be like this:
    Instead, try posting something like this:
    Similarly, if you want to express your liking for something but have nothing more constructive to say about it, click Like instead of replying.

    Attention Seeking Posts
    On the same note, posting things like "is anybody there?" or 'why has no-one replied?" is just as pointless. All new posts are clearly visible in forum listings, news feeds, and so on, and posting multiple times or in multiple places will not make them any more visible.

    Completely Off Topic Posts
    This one's pretty simple: don't change the subject in a thread. If we're posting about the relative merits of Dunsparce, talking about what you'd evolve a shiny Eevee into isn't going to be appreciated. If you want to talk about something else, post a new thread about it!

    "Message For Someone" Threads
    Please don't post public threads on the forums just to talk to one specific person - we have several excellent ways of contacting someone directly. Post on their profile, or start a Private Conversation with them - Conversations are just like forum threads, but private and are only for people you specifically invite.

    Use Correct English

    We ask that you speak English on the forums, and use proper grammar and punctuation. Because the forums are extended, long-form conversations, you have the time to write correctly when posting. This means textspeak or chatspeak - saying "u" instead of "you," "2" instead of "to", and so on is not allowed. Speaking like you would on a mobile phone simply makes you harder to understand, and on a forum it comes across as lazy.

    Please note, we do not demand perfect spelling and grammar - we simply ask that you make an effort.

    Do Not Post Multiple Times In a Row

    Please do not post several times in a row in a thread. Every post you make has an "Edit" button below it. If you have something more to add, please click Edit and add the new information into your original post.

    This rule does not apply for Pit of Creativity boards - Art, Spriting, or Writing threads can be double-posted in by their author to add new material (new artwork, new chapters of the fiction, etcetera).

    No Advertising

    Advertising is where you post links that aren't relevant to what is being talked about. We don't want you posting about (for example) your YouTube channel on the forums unless someone specifically asks you about it. You can post links like that in your signature or About Me section on your profile.

    Be Polite, Do Not Flame

    Pokécharms is full of a wide selection of people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Because we are so diverse, flaming - being deliberately rude, insulting, or argumentative - is not allowed at all. Nor is discrimination of any sort - racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other judgement against your fellow human beings is strictly forbidden. Be nice to your fellow members.

    This rule also applies to problems caused by mental health issues or similar: many of us suffer from mental health conditions, but this can't be used as an excuse for bad behaviour. If you feel you are likely to be overly harsh or otherwise impolite, we ask that you refrain from posting.

    Swearing Is Allowed

    Swearing is allowed and not censored on Pokécharms. However, we ask that you don't abuse this right - excessive swearing, or abuse aimed at another member, is against the rules.

    Regarding Posting In Old Threads

    Generally, reviving old topics is allowed as long as you can add something new. However, we ask that you not revive threads on page 3 or beyond in a forum.

    No Mini-Modding

    The Pokécharms staff are the only ones capable of giving out warnings and punishments. Please do not try and police the forums for us - posting in a thread to tell someone they have broken the rules is mini-modding and spam. If you see a post that has broken the rules, press the Report button and let the staff know that way.

    Pokécharms Is Not For Children

    Despite being a Pokémon site, we are not a site willing or able to deal with young children. Although we do not hand out bans purely for being under 13, we are more likely to ban children if they break the rules or we deem the site unsuitable for them.

    But It Isn't For Porn Either

    At this time, no pornography or hentai can be posted anywhere on Pokécharms - whether that be on the forums, your About Me or signature, or in the Creative Corner. This rule also extends to erotic fiction.


    Warnings and Bans

    The site has an integrated system to track warnings handed out by staff, and automatically issue the appropriate punishments. The system works by issuing warning points, which are displayed on your profile to staff. If your warning points exceed a certain level, the forum will automatically penalise you accordingly. After some time, the warning points expire - however, any warnings issued are permanently recorded and can be viewed by staff at any time.

    There are four levels of punishment:
    1. Verbal warnings, which permanently place a note on your account, and count towards your warning points until they expire.
    2. Moderation, where your posts are placed in a queue before being displayed to the public, and have to be manually approved by a staff member.
    3. Read-only, which prevents you from posting content on the site - including saving Trainer Cards. This is generally only given out for severe or frequently-repeated offences.
    4. Full bans, which lock you out completely and prevent you from doing anything on the site. These are a last resort and are reserved for the most severe offenders.
    Please note, being banned prevents you from using any part of the site, including accessing the Trainer Card Maker or your profile.

    If you are issued a warning, a Private Conversation will be started with you to explain what you did wrong and where. You will have the opportunity to discuss the warning by replying to that Private Conversation.

    Account Abuse

    You are allowed a total of one account for use on this site. Registering a second for the purpose of getting around the Trainer Card Maker's 'save to profile' limits, bans, warnings or for creating sock puppets is strictly forbidden. Both accounts will be banned instantly if you are discovered to be doing this. Creating duplicate accounts for any other reason will result in the duplicate accounts being merged into the original.

    Trophy Abuse

    Rule breaking in order to gain trophies - repeatedly posting simply to raise your post count, begging for Likes, and so on - will result in your trophy points being reset to zero as well as the usual punishments. Remember, we're a community of real people - attempting to game the system ruins it for everyone.
     
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  2. Doctor Oak

    Doctor Oak Staff Member Overlord

    The rules have been updated to clarify that you are allowed one account. Creating another for the explicit purpose of gaming any element of the site is expressly forbidden. If, at any point, you are locked out of your account, you can request a new password to your registered e-mail. You do not need to create a new account.
     
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