What are the rules/guidelines for this forum?

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What are the rules/guidelines for this forum?

Post by WQ Coordinator » Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:47 pm

Thanks for joining WolfQuest! In order to keep this a family-friendly and pleasant community, we ask all members to follow these guidelines in the forums, multiplayer games, and private messaging. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please ask a moderator before posting.

What is allowed:
•Posting appropriate comments/questions in relevant forums
•Posting opinions in a nice and respectful manner
•Posting new topics in relevant forums with an appropriate, descriptive title
•Reporting inappropriate posts, games, or messages
•Roleplaying in the new 'WolfQuest Roleplay Thread' if it is appropriate and emphasizes real (not fantasy) wolf behaviors (finding mates or mentioning you have one is not allowed in the Roleplay Thread or otherwise on the forum)
•Editing or deleting your own posts (in fact, it's encouraged!)
•Posting in topics that are still relevant, helpful, and accurate, regardless of how old the topic is

What is not allowed:
•Posts that include or attempt to include disrespectful/vulgar language, abusive behavior, pornographic materials, or posts unrelated to the topic
•Roleplaying in the forums (posting as if you were someone/thing other than whom you really are, or doing something you couldn't really do, i.e.- *hugs WQ Coordinator* or -perks ears-), except in the new WolfQuest Roleplay Thread
•References to religion, politics, s ex, violence, suicide, alcohol consumption, or other inappropriate or illegal behavior
•SPAM (definition below)
•Sending random/repetitive emails or private messages to members (particularly strangers), asking to join games, packs or websites, requesting personal information (phone number, real name, etc.), or otherwise bugging/harassing members
•Plagiarism/art theft (posting material that is not your own without direct reference and credit to the original author/artist)
•Backseat moderating (non-moderators responding to posts as if they were moderators)
•Posting new threads that are similar to other threads- please use the search feature and look at the last few pages of topics in a forum before posting a new topic
•Posts created for attention/pity, complaining about why your topic has been locked/trashed, or talking about being suicidal or depressed
•Posting links or images of yourself or other members (including avatars)
•Advertising other sites or products (though you may advertise appropriate sites on your signature) or soliciting players for money (even if it's for a good cause)
•Posting in languages other than English
•Attempting to avoid a warning or ban by creating a new account
•Posting in topics that are no longer relevant, helpful, or accurate (please use the report feature to request these topics to be locked by a moderator)
•Pretending to be a WolfQuest moderator/administrator/another player through deliberate profile modification, including username, signature, or avatar changes (the last two apply exclusively to the forum)
•Mating/dating content anywhere on your community profile.

Definition of SPAM
SPAM= Stupid, Pointless, Annoying Messages. Listed below are our definitions of "SPAM":
•Off-topic posts- posts that are irrelevant to the forum or topic
•Repeating answers- replying to questions that have already been answered or copying your previous post(s) and posting them into multiple topics
•Double-posting- replying to topics or posts in succession. (Examples: No-no, acceptable. Please edit previous posts instead of posting more than once.)
•Quoting yourself or another member without adding anything new to the conversation. (Saying "^ this" under a quote is considered SPAM.)
•One-word replies- actually, this includes any posts that are less than three words. If you can reply with less than three words, it's probably not worth saying, so it is not allowed in these forums. There are only a few forums that do permit less than three words, as detailed here- viewtopic.php?f=40&t=75471.
•Personal topics- anything not directed to all forum members (unless it’s in a pack topic) should be sent using private messages or e-mails.
•Offers for solicitations/services
•Non-normal writing- Text speak (ex- btw I g2g), SHOUTING, unreadable/illegible fonts or using excessive numbers of: smileys :D :) :o :lol: , font colors, or punctuation!!??!??!?!

Consequences:
Posts/topics may be moved, edited, or deleted by moderators or administrators if they are inappropriate or belong in another thread. Moderators and administrators, not users, determine what is considered to be inappropriate, vulgar, or SPAM. Users not following these guidelines may receive a warning, lose privileges, or be banned from the forum.

If, after reading these guidelines, you have a problem with a user (including moderators), or do not understand why your topic/post was locked or deleted, you are welcome to contact a moderator or administrator in a respectful manner. Arguing with moderators or administrators, especially after receiving a warning, will not be tolerated and may lead to an immediate ban.

Above all, respect the administrators, moderators, and all other members of this forum. Thank you for your cooperation!

Note: if you have a question you don't know the answer to, please read through the WolfQuest FAQ forum before posting or sending a private message to an administrator or moderator. If you send a private message regarding a question already covered in the FAQ, you will just be directed there and not given a personalized answer.

Some links of interest if you’re new to forums:
User Guides- The Forum (read guides created by WolfQuest members to help you through the forums)
viewforum.php?f=47

Newbie-Teacher Program (receive or become a forum teacher):
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=31738

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