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Old 03-24-2006, 07:33 PM
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Forum Rules ( Last updated on Feb. 2, 2009)

1) POSTING

a) If a thread has been closed or deleted by a moderator or admin, it is intended that the topics held therein are to be discontinued. Unless specific, verifiable consent is given, no member is permitted to recreate such threads.

b) Similarly, it is illegal to recreate a deleted post. If you intend to alter a deleted message such that it is acceptable, contact a moderator to gain permission to post it.

c) The act of posting two messages to the same thread in quick succession - with no other members posting in between - is known as 'double-posting'. Often, users neglect to mention something in their first post and then make another in order to include it. This is not allowed. If you wish to add something to your previous message, simply use the edit feature to modify the original post. Currently we permit double-posting if each post is in reply to a different message. Users are encouraged to combine their posts into one.

Users who choose to use the Linear view should quote anyone they are replying to, so those using other viewing methods will be able to see whom you are replying to.

Users who use the hybrid view will be allowed the right to post multiple times in a thread to not break the tree structure, but should also remember to quote whom they are talking to as to not create confusion.

OUT OF COURTESY FOR THE READERS, WE ASK THAT YOU ALWAYS QUOTE WHO YOU ARE REPLYING TO.


d) The Private Message feature of the Graal Communication Centre allows users to send messages to one another without other members seeing them. If you wish to contact a person, to give them a message or request that they speak with you, always use PMs instead of making a thread purely for that purpose.

e) If you wish to create a thread, please ensure that you select the correct forum for the message. If you do not, the thread may be moved or - in extreme cases - deleted. Also, try to give your threads explicit titles (For example, 'RAM problems' is better than 'Help!'), and avoid irritating short titles like '.' or '!'. Poorly-labeled threads may be renamed by the moderators.

f) Do not make threads to bash a playerworld, or players and/or staff. If you have a problem you wish to report please contact a member of the Playerworld Administration. If you have a problem that can be sorted out locally (jails, scams, some bans etc... please contact a staff member on the playerworld first). If you have a problem which cannot be handled through the Playerworld staff/ Playerworld Administration, please contact a staff member like a PWA ) contact list here. The members of the forums generally cannot help you with playerworld staff problems, therefore threads of this nature need not be posted here.

g) Do not post private data including personal name, address, phone or data that can break someones privacy.

h) Do not post private chat/history of any kind (Graal, forums, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, etc...) if you don’t have authorization from all chatting parties

i) Have a question about a deleted post, thread, or edited post? Forum PM the moderator that did it, and do NOT derail the thread asking why, or discussing it. This makes members have to sift through a derailed thread just to see replies to what the thread is about.




2) CONTENT

a) If any material you bring to the board (including, but not limited to: Text or referenced images (such as nudity-even if it is partial) in posts or signatures, attached files, text in profiles, links to sites) is deemed excessively offensive or repulsive, it may be forcibly removed or you may be asked to change it. Bringing such material to the board is considered an offense, and severe and/or repeated violations may warrant an official warning or - in extreme cases - an instant ban. When deciding whether or not a piece of material is appropriate, bear in mind that Graal's user base includes young teenagers.

For the lounge, please make sure when posting a video, image, or link, that it does not contain language which is filtered on the forums, or anything else which goes against the rules of the forums.

b) To safeguard against malicious users, all members are forbidden from attaching executable files to their posts, linking directly to executables or linking to a page dedicated to the download of executables.

c) You are not permitted to make external links or URL's (whether they be clickable links, copy and paste, etc...including youtube or other video links), if they are not pointing to a Graalonline made/ran site, or websites for playerworlds (wiki.graal.net , graal.net, graalonline.com, the support center, etc..., or sites for Playerworlds) . In some very rare cases, we may accept some links after being approved by a administrator or super moderator. Sites for Playerworlds will be moderated for inappropriate content, and will be removed if found inappropriate.
This means that no links are allowed at all outside of the lounge except the ones stated above, without permission from the supermods or or admins
This also means, no links are allowed in signatures other than ones mentioned above unless approved.
Supermods, and Globals do not need to get their links approved by Admins. They can approve their own links themselves.

d) If you wish to reply to a large post (one that covers many lines, possibly including a large image), do not quote it in its entirety. Remove images taller than 200 pixels, and reduce the text to the exact statements to which you wish to respond. Generally the quoted text should not be much larger than your reply.

e) Harassment of any user is forbidden. Any offenses against another user are treated far more harshly if they are persistent and occur in multiple threads. You may dislike somebody, but you are not permitted to harass them.

f) Putting defamatory or unwanted messages about another user in your signature, personal title or profile (including quotes) is considered harassment. Any user has the right to request that any such references to him/herself are removed, even if you do not consider them offensive or intend them to be so.

g) The Graal Communication Centre utilizes a profanity filter to censor inappropriate words. It is intended that such words are not used by members, so it is illegal to attempt to evade the filter by deliberately using misspelled versions thereof. The same applies to the addition of characters between the letters of the word.

h) Users are forbidden from posting racist, homophobic, or prejudice messages on the boards. This includes using terms referring to any group as if they were derogatory labels (for example, referring to something as '***' to express the opinion that it is bad). Again, you are not permitted to use alternate spellings in order to post such words. Additionally, language that is normally filtered by the swear filter is not permitted in outside links (Such as youtube videos)

i) When in a forum discussion if you provoke another user into an ‘insultive/flame argument’ rather than a discussion you will be warned/banned for doing so. You can express a disagreement with someone, without attacking them. If you reply to someone provoking you to insult/harass/attack the user who provoked you, then you too will be warned/banned. You shouldn’t return the attack, just report to a mod via forum PM for it to be looked at.
Do not make threads bashing people, or groups of people for any reason.

j) You are not permitted to discuss illegal activities such as game piracy on the board. This extends to discussing the activities or presence of anti-Graal groups. If you feel that you have important information on such people, contact an admin directly instead of posting it to the board.

k) Threads/posts which promote the use/consumption of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed, as well as other topics not necessarily suited for a younger audience such as sexuality or sexual involvement. Remember that Graal's user base consists a lot of young teenagers, and such subjects should not be discussed here.


l) Do not discuss/advertise MMORPGs other than Graal on the board.

Last edited by Darlene159; 01-02-2011 at 12:37 PM.. Reason: 2) Content...a)
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3) SPAM

a) Posting of spam is not allowed. Spam is defined as any irrelevant or inappropriate message. Due to the nature of the forums, what is considered spam varies between threads. In other words: in some threads, small posts such as "..." are perfectly valid responses, whereas in other threads it is inappropriate. The context of the message is very important in this regard. It is the right and responsibility of the administrators or moderators to determine whether or not a message is spam and to take appropriate action if it is.

b) Only quoting someone, without adding anything from your self, is considered spam, and is not allowed.

4) SIGNATURES, AVATARS, AND CUSTOM TITLES

a) The size of signatures is limited for the benefit of all users. The width and height limits are 550 pixels (width) and 300 pixels (height). The maximum data size is 100KB. Please note that these limits refer to the properties of the entire signature, and not individual elements thereof (Pictures, and any writing included).

b) Users are not permitted to set signatures or avatars that mimic those of another member without his/her explicit permission. The moderators reserve the right to arbitrate on whether or not a signature violates this rule.

c) Similarly, users are not permitted to set custom titles which misrepresent the user e.g. as a GraalOnline or GraalOnline Communication Center moderator/administrator.

d) No links are allowed in signatures except Graalonline made/ran sites, or sites for playerworlds. This also means images with links printed out on them, not just clickable links.

e) No images which contain nudity, even if it is partial.

5) ACCOUNTS

a) If you are banned, the ban applies to you specifically - not merely your account. If you return to the board with a new account, it is considered evasion of your ban - regardless of how much time has passed since the original banning. If you obtain special permission to post from a high admin, you must make the moderators aware of this by contacting a supermod before you register your account. If you do not, your account may still be banned.

b) You are not permitted to share your account with other people, regardless of their relationship with you. The owner of the account is considered to be the person for whom the account was purchased - usually the same person as that which bought it. After this point, accounts cannot be transferred to new owners, and the original owner is the only person permitted to make use of it. Furthermore, you are not permitted to post messages on the behalf of non-members.

c) Accounts that take the form 'Admin-Playerworldxxx' or other local staff accounts (staff accounts are defined as accounts which only work on the server its name contains, for example: Graal2001_FAQ) are not to be used on the message board. These exist purely for administration of the relevant playerworld. Upgrading them yourself (a bad idea anyway) does not remove this restriction.

6) GENERAL

a) The moderation staff reserves the right to apply bans according to their own discretion - you receive warnings by convention, not necessity. Furthermore, they are entitled to arbitrate on any matters within their moderation roles. Moderators of individual forums, for example, can edit or delete your posts if they feel it necessary but cannot demand that you change your signature or other account details.

b) Discussions of bans, Infractions, or warnings (posts or threads) are not permissible. If you have a question about a ban, Infraction, or warning, or would like to make an appeal, contact the relevant administrator by Forum PM (Private Message) or by e-mail.

c) If you feel that you have been wronged by a moderator, contact a higher member of staff such as a supermod or admin, and calmly explain the situation. Do not disregard what you have been told, regardless of whether or not you consider it fair or reasonable.

d) The rules were made up to make these forums comfortable for the majority of the users. Do not make threads/posts complaining about, or discussing these rules. If you have a question, or a complaint about the forum rules, use a forum PM, or the support center.

e) The forum rules will be updated periodically as situations arise. Rules may be changed, revised, removed, or rules added as needed. It is the members responsibility to make sure they keep up to date with the rules. It is suggested that you read them often.

7) HOW TO REPORT ILLEGAL POSTS, THREADS, HARRASSMENT, ETC.....

When forum PM'ing complaints of illegal threads, posts, harassment, or whatever on these forums, look to see who the moderators are for that specific forum.
For example, if it is in the Era forum, click on the main Era forum Link, and scroll to the bottom to see who the moderators are, then make your report to one of those moderators.


We have regular moderators for each forum for a reason, please use them.
We have super moderators for a reason, please use them.
If satisfaction is not met after you follow this, please forum PM me (Darlene159).

If it is an emergency, you can forum PM Darlene159, and it will be taken care of as soon as possible.

8) LINKS TO SUBFORUMS WITH ADDITIONAL RULES

GRAPHICS FORUM

NPC SCRIPTING FORUM

TECH SUPPORT FORUM

STAFF OPENINGS FORUM

JOB FORUM

GAINING ACCESS TO THE LOUNGE & ADDITIONAL RULES FOR THE LOUNGE

Last edited by Darlene159; 05-15-2013 at 03:04 AM.. Reason: Removed super moderator info
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