Since we've been having some people posting posts/threads that aren't welcomed or better yet, just plain stupid threads/posts, I decided to make an announcement post with the rules of this forum: L33t talk is not allowed, keep talking l33t and you'll be flogged and banned. This includes stupid crap like AcId CaPs. Proper spelling is encouraged, especially if English is your first language. Don't post threads just to say hello or welcome, these are pointless and useless and will be vatted. Post in the stickied introduction thread instead. On the same note, don't post happy birthday threads, as they are equally useless and will be vatted. Contentless replies, like "in before vats" or "+1" will be deleted. Do not double-post, there is an Edit function on this forum for adding more to the end of a thread if you are the last poster. If you accidentally double-post, you can delete the last post yourself as long as no one else has posted below you. If you haven't got anything to say, don't post. Lurk before you post to make sure your post has something contributing to say. Sockpuppeting, i.e. registering more than one time will get you banned and dipped in the Vats; yes, we do pay attention to those who register. Spamming will get you banned and dipped in the Vats. Use of text colors/colors is annoying, use it all the time and get ready to get the boot into the Vats and banned. Respect others as long as they respect you. If they disrespect you, simply ignore them. That means no flaming. That also means no death threats to any developers or media outlets, no matter how much you hate them. Don't be an idiot. It also means no trolling and no cross-site trolling. Only moderators and admins moderate these forums. Feel free to publicly talk about moderator actions you disagree with, but do not backbench moderate. Pictures: no nipples, penis or vagina, animal sex, human or animal abuse or other repulsive pictures. Don't post private pictures of people without their permission. As a rule of thumb, never post pictures from a private server. Images and links that break the forum at a standard 1024x768 will be edited to be shorter in the case of links or to be made into links in the case of images, without any warning. This also goes for "quote pyramids". For inane purposes; nothing illegal is allowed on this legal server. We are on a gaming network, this means definitely no warez talks. Putting something in spoiler tags doesn't exempt it from the rules. In fact, putting something that breaks the rules inside spoiler tags can be regarded as an attempt to delay or prevent moderation and thus count as an aggravating circumstance. The same is true for putting "NSFW" next to a link; it holds no meaning to the rules. Some detail rules about sig pics: Nothing illegal, including ripping off NMA's logo. Maximum file size 70 KB. That's the total limit, not the limit for each individual image. Maximum file height 200 px. Maximum file width 800 px (or anything that breaks the forum at 1024x768 resolution) Excessive animation will generally break the above rules, but be careful, annoying sigs in general are not allowed. No YouTube includes. All general rules apply to signatures, including rules on tasteless pictures and spoiler tags. On the report button: use the report button to point out bad posts to admins. Use it and do not reply to the post to point out the transgression, as that is backbench moderating. If an entire thread has gone bad, report only one posts, as reports have to be handled on a per-post basis. Spamming the report button is a strikeable offense. Strike & ban: each transgression against the rules can result in a strike at moderator/administrator digression. Strikes are permanent. 3 strikes means you're banned automatically and permanently. Blatant violation of the rules can result in an immediate ban. If you disagree with a strike or ban, PM or mail an admin or contact us via the contact form DO NOT DOUBLE REGISTER OR RE-REGISTER. Re-registering means you're going to be rebanned, there is no exception to this rule. Registering multiple accounts means all accounts are banned.