These guidelines exist to ensure the safety of every member of the community. We wish to encourage a close-knit community that is fair, kind, and mindful. Our guidelines are fairly simple but can be further simplified to one main point: be respectful and use common sense when posting.

Please note that staff members may add to or change the rules below.

Community Guidelines

  1. Threads/posts should be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting.
  2. Members must be respectful toward other users. Flaming, bullying, or abusing other users in any way will not be tolerated.
  3. Members are asked to not act as “back seat moderators” or "mini mods". If members notice an issue in which another user violates one of the community guidelines they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a staff member. Please use the “post report” feature to report posts.
  4. Members should keep in mind that this board is aimed at a general audience and inappropriate posts will not be tolerated. Posting pornographic, religious, racist, drug/alcohol-related or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will likely lead to a warning or a ban.
  5. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or posting media without giving credit to the original owner will be warned and the post will be removed.
  6. 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.
  7. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive subject when posting a new topic. Examples of bad subjects include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "I've got an error!", etc. Examples of good subjects with specific titles include; "Cannot upload image", "Can't join the chatbox", etc.
  8. Spam is not tolerated under any circumstance with the exception of site advertisements, which are only permitted in specific boards. Recruiting members for your own projects (moderators, designers, professional MOD work, etc.) is not permitted and is also considered spam.
  9. The moderating, support and other teams reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Team Members and not users.
  10. The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings and/or the revocation of private messaging.
  11. Members are permitted to have one account. Sharing or borrowing accounts is also not allowed. If your account is banned and you make a new one, you will receive an IP-ban.

Policing

  1. Arguing with team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place.
  2. Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant team leader, e.g. if warned by a Community Team member you should contact the Community Team leader. If they feel you were treated badly they will remove a warning.
  3. Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban or other moderator action will lead to a permanent ban of your account(s). Circumvention includes re-registering or using an already registered account under a non-banned username. Other examples include changing IP addresses, using a new email account or other action that can be taken to evade moderator action to hide your identity as the owner of the sanctioned account.
  4. An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact team members personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.
  5. Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them.