[li]Don't be stupid.[/li]
[li]Keep it work safe.[/li]
[li]Don't exploit loopholes. You should know what this means.[/li]
[li]We expect proper English from all members, with the exception of people who show an obvious difficulty in typing the English language. Do not use shortcuts or pointless abbreviations. "Pokémon" is always "Pokémon" ("Pokemon" is acceptable too) - never "pokes", "pkmn", or "pkm", for example. "to" is always "to", "too" is "too", never "2". "You" is "you", never "u". "People" is "people", never "ppl". Capitalize words that are supposed to be capitalized (anything in the beginning of a sentence and the pronoun "I"). "It takes too long to type" is NOT a valid excuse. If you don't want to spend time writing proper posts, do not post at all. Lazy people are always the first to go when the banhammer drops. In addition, please refrain from "net speak"/"AOL speak"/"txt speak/1337 speak". Also, posts consisting entirely of emoticons are not allowed.
- [li]Moderators are authorized to remind members to use proper English and may edit posts in order to prod users who do not.[/li]
[li]For people who want to improve their grammar, here are some small tips. If you are unsure about something in the English language, English Language & Use Stack Exchange is a good place for you to make questions and get answers.[/li]
[li]Do not make multiple posts in a row in one thread. If there is something you need added to a post please use the "Modify" button instead.
[/li][li]Creative Movements and its sub-boards are exempt from this.[/li]
[li]Role Plays is also exempt from this, but please do not do this in excess.[/li]
[li]Do not post in topics that are over 4 months old, unless there is significant reason to do so.
- [li]Stickies, by their nature, cannot be "bumped" and thus are exempt from this rule.[/li]
[li]In general "significant reason" means new content relevant to the topic, or recent news concerning said topic.[/li]
[li]Do not act rude towards users who make mistakes, particularly new users. See this for an explanation.[/li]
[li]Do not post links to pirated material. This includes ROMs in any form. However, IPS, SAV files and any other files related to emulation itself are fine.[/li]
That's really it. Use common sense, and you won't get banned. There are some other things you should know:
- We are not recruiting staff for the forums, website, or IRC channel. Do not ask for a staff position. But if you must, go to profile > group management and request a group there.
- Swearing is allowed. Don't like it? Go somewhere else then. JUST TO CLARIFY: This does NOT mean that users HAVE to swear, or that they are not allowed to censor THEIR OWN posts.
- While swearing is allowed, any language that is intentionally offensive towards another with negative connotations will not be tolerated.
We hope you enjoy your stay at Glitch City Laboratories Forums.
If you break one of the rules, you may be given an increase on your warn-o-meter (referred to usually as "WOM"). A few points to note:
[li]If you go for long enough without any increases to it, it will reset. This is handled on a case-by-case basis due to how infrequent warnings are. Generally, expect one month if you stay active.[/li]
[li]There are no hard rules about what sort of rule transgressions constitute what amount of WOM. Generally the question is "is this worthy of a slight warning, a slightly bigger warning, post moderation, or a ban?" Again, this is due to a lack of frequency of their necessity; it is a means to an end, not a hard-coded system.[/li]
[li]You're free to ask about or dispute any warning given, provided the way it's said doesn't break the rules ("I'M GONNAKILL U FASCIST MODS"…you get the idea.)[/li]
Here is a list of "warning levels" and what they mean:
[li]10%: You go on the moderator watch list. Posts from your account will appear there to direct staff to possible future offenses. Practically speaking, this means nothing (aside from being unable to change your display name,) though it should serve as a reminder to reread the rules.[/li]
[li]35%: You're put on "post moderation". Every post you make needs to be approved by a staff member before appearing. Posts that infringe upon the rules can still increase WOM, even if they don't appear publicly.[/li]
[li]60%: You're banned from posting. PMs are still allowed, unless an admin places you in the "PM Banned" usergroup. For reasons stated above, this is a temporary ban.[/li]
[li]100%: You're permanently banned. Thus far, this has never happened due to WOM accretion.[/li]
(Added an explanation of the WOM, finally. And ROMs. ~ Sherk)