Official Rules

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Postby elyograg » Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:03 pm

Here are the Official Rules. Please read and follow them. These rules are subject to change at any time. By using the system, you agree to be bound by them.
  • Email addresses
    • If you change your email address, your account is automatically deactivated, and a reactivation email is sent to the new address. If you change it to an invalid address, you will not be able to reactivate your account, and you must email me to get it back.
    • You must have a valid email address on your Lower Lights account at all times. When an invalid email address is noticed, you will be given a chance to make it valid.
    • Accounts that are inactive or have invalid email addresses will be deleted after two weeks.
  • Posting rules
    • Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).
    • Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated. This includes the debate forum.
    • Members are asked to not act as "back seat moderators". If members see something that breaks the rules, they are welcome to bring it to the attention of the staff. Members who consistenly "act" as moderators may be warned.
    • Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. With the sole exception of the Hot Tub forum, posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated.
    • Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic.
    • Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permision will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
    • Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts.
    • The posting rules also apply to private messaging where applicable. Please bring any private messaging abuses to the attention of the staff.
  • Inline Images
    • Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. Always consider posting a link rather than an inline () image, especially if the site is slow.
    • Always obtain permission from the site owner before posting an inline image.
    • Inline images must be no larger than 600 pixels wide. Please use a URL instead if you want to post an image larger than this.
  • Quoting Posts
    • Limit quote nesting to two levels.
    • Always trim what you quote. If you want to address multiple points in a quoted post, quote each section separately.
    • Use the preview function to see if your quotes are working the way you intended. If you need help with using the feature, click the "BBCode" link under "Options" when you are creating a post.
  • Signatures
    • Signatures may contain up to five lines of text of small or normal size and/or one image. A line of text is defined as text that fits in one line on a browser 800px wide.
    • Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small and normal).
    • Links are permitted in signatures. Links are included within the text and image limits above.
    • Signature content is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, warez, emoticons, etc.
    • Valid combinations of image and text include:
      • An image up to 500x60px, 16KB in size plus one line of small size text.
      • An image up to 500x30px plus two lines of normal size text or three lines of small size text.
      • An image up to 500x15px plus three lines of normal size text or four lines of small size text.
  • Avatars
    • Users are permitted to use a gallery avatar or to upload one of their own. User defined avatars have size restrictions enforced by the system, and must contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. copying ranks or avatars of the staff).
    • Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect to decency, etc.
  • Policing
    • The staff reserve the right to edit or remove any post, avatar, or signature at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to the staff, not users.
    • Users who abuse the rules will be warned. Consistent abuse may lead to revocation of various privileges, such as private messaging, avatars, or access to restricted forums.
    • We don't have any set policy when it comes to warnings and disciplinary action. Users may receive one warning or ten before further action is taken.
    • Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While we may consider lifting permanent bans, don't count on it.
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