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#1 User is offline   Jerle 

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  Posted 07 March 2004 - 07:46 AM

Shorah and Welcome to MYSTcommunity Forums!

Please take the time to read the following rules for posting, avatar and signature guidelines. There aren't too many (and we're not ogres, we realize people make mistakes) but they will be strictly adhered to in order to maintain a family oriented, spam-free (or as little as possible) board. We are, after all, a MYST-games fan board. :blink:


Rule for posting:
  • No spamming the forums
    • Nonsense polls - polls such as asking for sock color and useless bits of info.
    • Threads that are nonsense like "Word Associations" and such.
    • IM types of posts - ie - "Hi" "how are you?" "fine!". If you need to talk to someone, send them a PM (private message)
    • Multiple posts one after another. Occasionally it's fine to have a double post but it's preferable to edit the original post if possible.
    • Inserting an irrelevant comment to a thread for the purpose of interruption.
    Fun topics are fine for the Blah Place but spam is not allowed anywhere on the board. The Blah Place is also a bit more lenient with topics that aren't too serious and going off-topic is normal/expected in this forum only. Spam is still not tolerated, however. See more in the FAQ thread in this forum.

    Please take the time to put some thought into your posts. Failure to comply with this by posting any of the above will result in a public warning.
  • No swearing anywhere.
    • Use of inappropriate language is not permitted. Please also be aware that this is an international board. What may not offend you may be offensive to someone else.
    • Using asterisks and other random characters to cover implied swearing is not allowed either.

      If you're unsure if a word is going to be considered a swear, use an alternative word to be safe or PM a moderator, team member or admin. to check. One shouldn't need to swear to get their point across to members. Failure to comply with this will result in a public warning.
  • No posting of illegal or illicit material/files.
    • Posting any of the following will result in an immediate ban with no warning:
      • Pornography - links or images
      • Requests for or promoting warez or links to such material
      • Asking for or posting CD keys
      • Threads or links to illegal activities
      • Threads or links to sites promoting violence against others
      • Threads, posts or links here or elsewhere on how to hack web sites including, but not limited to, MYSTcommunity and other Myst-related boards.
      • Threads or links posting private material in PMs, private forums or other private communications on the public forums WITHOUT the permission of the parties concerned
      • Posting personal information about people (phone #s, addresses, pictures, real names, etc.) WITHOUT the permission of that member. (If the person in question steps forward and says that it was ok, then the member will be reinstated)
  • No Trolling.
    • Combined or excessive use of the above in a deliberate attack on the forum will result in immediate banishment. Trolling includes, but is not limited to: unwarranted spam, vulgarity, flaming, yelling, deliberate attacks on specific members and groups or use of harmful programs and viruses in an attempt to cease forum technical functions. Most trolls simply want attention and the MYSTcommunity staff will not tolerate such behavior. It is also the duty of other members to ignore trolls and report them to one of the moderators and/or administrators.
  • No Flaming
    • Flaming consists of being unreasonably disagreeable or hostile in a reply to a post, especially with regards to an opinion or situation that you don’t agree with. If you have an issue with any post, rather than attacking other members or making a scene, it's your duty to inform a moderator or admin privately for review. Members who flame others will be warned.
  • Signature and Avatar Guidelines
    • Avatars - must be 64 X 64 pixels and no larger than 50kb. Must be in gif, jpg or png format. NO flash avatars, please.
    • Signatures - please keep the lines of text to a minimum. Graphics in signatures must comply to the following restrictions:
      • Images in a signature should not have a total height of over 100 pixels.
      • Images in a signature should not have a total width of over 500 pixels.
      • The total area of images should not exceed 400 pixels x 100 pixels.
      • The total size of images should not exceed 40 KBytes.
      Please see more on this in your control panel under "edit signature" (click on My Controls at the top of any page). The rules for signatures are clear and are for the benefit of all who read the forums, many of whom are dial up users. Please do not have the following tags in your signature: mod, quote, list or code. If these tags are currently there, we ask that you remove them.
  • The Warning System
    • Moderators and Administrators will use the moderator tag to warn members if they are in violation of the above rules. This is an example of the tag:
      Moderator Note

      Warning #1. Please stop flaming. ~ Jerle



      If you see that in a post of yours, you have been warned for the behavior exhibited in that post. If you get three warnings, your account will either be banned or suspended, depending on the incident and circumstances. Each incident will be decided individually and judgements will be decided by the administrators. We realize that there are times when members may react strongly to a given topic and also that mistakes are made in judgement (ie - posting a link to a site without thoroughly looking at it only to realize that page 3 has porn on it, just as an example). Honest mistakes are easily forgiven. It happens. As already stated, each incident will be reviewed individually. HOPEFULLY by following the rules that are laid out here, this warning system will not be used very often. ;)

      One caveat: Any NON-moderator caught using the mod tag will have their account suspended for an undetermined amount of time. Repeating violation of this will result in being banned.
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  • List of things we ask you NOT to put in posts:
      ~ These are not against the rules, they're just.... old and rather tiresome to see. :cries:
    • "notaoneliner", "what one liner?", "oneliner ANYTHING". You can HAVE a one line post, as long as it's not all the time. :cries: (ie - your last 20 posts consisting of "yup" "me too" "cool" and the like. THEN it's spam)
    • Woodchuck as an option in a poll
    • Popularity of members polls
    • Using moderators or admins in polls for options (unless there's a good reason to do so. Please ASK first)
    • Those annoying "YOU ARE BROADCASTING THIS IP!!!!1" signature banners. Yes, most people here realize that you really DON'T see the IP of the user, it's just so old and tired.
Please check this thread again once in a while for additions or revisions. Such edits will be noted below. Have fun!! :( :D

~ MYSTcommunity Forums Staff ~ March 2004
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#2 User is offline   Jerle 

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Posted 03 April 2004 - 11:38 AM

Addendum to the above rules:
  • Please do NOT start threads in the testing (or ANY) forum in order to test how much it will take to break a thread. This has been done to death and doesn't serve any real purpose. Any further instances of threads where a member is trying to do any of the following will result in that member or members receiving a warning:
    • Multiple nested quotings
    • Mega-huge images
    • Huge blocks of text (this doesn't mean long post, it means posts containing upwards of a MB of text)
    • Long side scrolling text
    • Anything else designed to interrupt normal board functions
Thanks you for your cooperation.
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#3 User is offline   J'ohn 

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 02:58 PM

Addendum

When creating new threads in whichever forum, please try to make the subject of the thread clear in the title and/or subtitle. In doing so, you are not only making it easier for other members to judge whether or not they are interested in the topic in question, but you are also helping people who browse or perform searches in the forum.

SBS :)
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#4 User is offline   Free Bird 

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 09:29 AM

Addendum

Any user found posting images on MC that exploit security holes in browsers or other software, linking to such images, or referencing them in any other way will automatically be banned. No exceptions, no excuses.
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#5 User is offline   Jerle 

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Posted 05 November 2004 - 09:05 AM

Addendum to rules for signatures.
  • Please do NOT use the spoiler tags in your signatures. They work for the first post in a thread but successive posts will break the tag.

I've also noticed people not paying attention to the limit of text in signatures lately. PLEASE take a look at your signatures, read the rules found where you edit your signature and adjust your signatures accordingly. Some people have huge amounts of text in signatures and that has to load upon reading every thread in which you've posted. Often the signatures are longer than posts. :cool: Changing the size of your signature font is a good way to avoid this, as well as removing line breaks.

I'll give people a few days to see this thread and then we'll start sending PMs to people who have to edit their signatures if they haven't been done. If the member doesn't comply, we will edit it for you. There are a LOT of members here still on dialup and it's just considerate for them.
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#6 User is offline   Free Bird 

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 02:12 PM

Amendment
  • The maximum total area of images in signatures has been increased from 300 pixels x 100 pixels to 400 pixels x 100 pixels.

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#7 User is offline   chucker 

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 03:20 PM

Team Positions

Please do not offer or ask to have a team position, such as a team member, moderator or administrator. Our team consists (and always has) of hand-picked people, selected based on factors such as skill level, reliability and frequency of visits. If we believe you could make a worthwhile addition to the team, we will likely already have contacted you about it. We do notice, watch and appreciate every single member's contributions.

Also, do note that being a team member does not give any additional "status" in terms of being a member of this community. Every member should be treated with the same kind and amount of respect. Rather, being in a team means additional work that is voluntary, unpaid and often uncredited.

We appreciate your will to help, but in most cases, the best help you can give is simply to be an active, valuable member, with interesting, insightful threads and replies.
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Posted 26 August 2006 - 01:56 PM

Bumping

Newly created threads usually generate high activity within a short period of time, and then phase out or abruptly end. Replying to a thread which has run its cycle in such a way is called "bumping" (because the thread is bumped back to the top of the thread list in the forum).

Bumping is discouraged because bumping threads disturbs the continuity of the board in general. Prominent examples include information that has since been proven inaccurate (such as speculations about a game before it is released) and discussions involving members who don't frequent the forum anymore or have changed their minds. Readers might be confused by such outdated content, especially if they don't notice the post dates. So it is better to simply create a new thread and point to the old one with a link.

In the more active forums and sub-forums, bumping is strongly discouraged if the last post in the thread is more than 30 days old. This means that if you reply to a thread more than 30 days old (i.e., the last post in it was over 30 days ago), you will see a warning in the reply form, and upon disregarding that, a moderator or administrator may lock the thread in question. The one month limit is more lax in less active forums, but in any case you should send a PM to the moderators of the forum in question if you want to reply to thread which is several months old. Furthermore, if the thread is more than 180 days old, replying will not be possible at all.
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#9 User is offline   chucker 

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Posted 26 August 2006 - 02:22 PM

Multiple Accounts

Every person is allowed one account. In the past, people registered multiple accounts and abused the system, making admins' work needlessly hard.
  • If you currently have an account, but wish to have a different name, do not register an additional account with the new name for this purpose. Rather, contact an admin and inform them of this change. They will make it for you.
  • If you have forgotten your account details, do not register a new account. Rather, contact an admin with the information you do have for the current account (such as the e-mail address you used), and they will walk you through retrieving the account details.
  • If you have been previously suspended, do not create a new account, regardless of whether this may temporarily circumvent the ban. Admins will find out that you are the same person. Rather, if you believe you will be able to follow the guidelines better than you previously had, contact the admins and ask to have your current account reactivated.
  • If you share your computer with family members, friends, etc., do register a new account for each of them. Do not share your account with other people. Accidentally staying logged in and having someone else post is okay, but try and avoid it. Also, an admin may contact you if the same address has been suspiciously used by different accounts or in similar situations; in that case, please cooperate and explain the situation.
  • If you believe to have a special reason for needing an additional account yourself, do not create it without prior approval. Contact an admin about the situation.

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