Board-Wide Guidelines & Moderation Policy

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  1. Joshua Farrell

    Joshua Farrell Administrator Administrator


    Board-Wide Guidelines & Moderation Policy
    Written April 3rd, 2014 by Twisted Fairytale & Quacker Jack; Edited September 10th, 2016 by Belthazar & MeowsePad

    First of all, welcome to Forum Promotion! We are thrilled that you are with us, and we thank you for taking the time to read our guidelines. These guidelines exist to keep things safe and enjoyable on FP, and they should only take a few minutes of your time to read.
    • Use common sense. Spam, excessive profanity, rudeness, backseat moderation, content copied from other websites, and inappropriate content are not welcome. Make sure that your post contributes positively to the topic at hand. For your own safety, avoid posting personal information. Report any posts that violate our rules rather than replying to the post to inform the user; our moderators will worry about dealing with violations of our rules. If you have a complaint about a staff member, contact an administrator or the staff member's team leader.
    • Make sure that your posts make sense. While we understand that not all of our users are native English speakers, we request that you try your best to write in a way that is easy for everybody to understand. In addition, please ensure that all your posts are at least one sentence long, unless you're playing a forum game.
    • Keep content friendly, appropriate for a thirteen-year-old audience, and legal. For a full list of topics and content to avoid on Forum Promotion, click here.
    • Advertise appropriately. Linking to your site in off-topic areas or in private messages is not allowed. For your protection, users cannot use the private messaging system until they make five posts. Additionally, sites that are owned by banned users may not be advertised.
    • Signatures and avatars must be appropriate and of a reasonable size. Signatures and avatars may not contain content that is offensive or inappropriate for a thirteen-year-old audience. Signatures may be not exceed 150 pixels in height (200 pixels for staff members, valued contributors, and retired admins).
    • Use the forum and its functions appropriately. Reputation may not be purchased, sold, or traded. Multiple accounts are not allowed. Any form of illegal activities, scams, or cheating is not allowed. The private messaging system may not be used to bother users. Only sites that are allowed to be promoted on Forum Promotion may participate in exchanges.
    Enjoy your time on Forum Promotion, and please ask us if you have any questions!
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  2. John

    John Retired Administrator Retired Admin

    If you happen to break one of our guidelines that are listed above, don't fret! Except in the cases of scamming, hacking, incredibly excessive abuse, or spam, you will not be banned without reminders. Here is a basic run-down on how our moderation system works:

    • Minor offenses will result in a reminder. This includes things like advertising in the wrong areas, posting "bump" in PD threads, signature reminders, and other small things that do not harm members.
    • Moderate offenses will result in a strongly worded reminder. This includes things like multiple spam PMs, arguing, first time malicious duplicate accounts, consistent negativity towards members, and other things that may come across as rude or tasteless, but don't harm people. Your second moderate offense will result in an official warning; which can carry further punishment.
    • Extreme offenses will result in a warning at minimum. This includes things like scamming, hacking, ripping, member abuse, and other high-end offenses that harm members. Things like scamming with real world money or hacking will result in an instant ban.
    • Loss of privileges will occur when FP Administration believes that it's in the best interest of the community. We do use things such as moderator queue, PM restrictions, marketplace ban, the "Cone of Silence Restriction" (where any form of private contact is not allowed) in cases where members have shown themselves not responsible enough to use these features.
    • Temporary bans will not occur until after the first official warning. Normally (except in the case of an extreme violation), you will receive at least one warning before we decide to temporarily ban you. Once you're temporarily banned, you cannot be unbanned until your sentence is carried out in full.
    • Permanent bans are very rare. However, they do happen. Permanent bans are not appealable until at six months after the original ban date, and any attempts to evade the ban will result in another month being added onto the ban. Before you're permanently banned, you'll be given every chance to prove yourself as a productive member of the community.

    That is our moderation policy, briefly. If you believe that you've been "wronged" by a moderation decision, please send a Private Message to the Administrator that is currently holding this post. In addition, all permanently banned members who have been banned over a year are welcome to make an appeal here. If you have any questions, please PM an Administrator. Thank you!
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  3. Cosmic

    Cosmic Manners maketh man Retired Admin

    We've made a small change to the wording of the signature rule. The new wording is:

    We've removed the requirement for signatures to be 650 pixels wide. This was in place back when we used phpBB, because phpBB can have issues with images that are larger than about 650 pixels. XenForo handles images better, which is why we're removing that requirement. Signature currently need to be appropriate (of course), and not exceed 150 pixels in height when viewed from a reasonably sized desktop browser window. Keep in mind that if your signature causes problems for the formatting of pages it's displayed on, such as stretching the browser window, then we may require you to change it in order to help keep everyone's experience clean. But this is a very uncommon issue. Please PM me if you have any questions!
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