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Golden Sun Hacking Community => News & Announcements => Topic started by: Salanewt on 24, October, 2019, 03:45:14 PM



Title: Forum Rules and Guidelines
Post by: Salanewt on 24, October, 2019, 03:45:14 PM
Preface:

Hey. So, I’m like a quasi-admin now and Kain and I have been discussing how to improve the forums a bit; now we’re refining the rules so they aren’t so cluttered and forgettable.

A brief note before we begin: The original editor (“GS:TLA Editor”) is open source, but effectively dead; neither Kain or I are involved in its development. Hacking discussion is always welcome, especially if it involves the editor, but discussions tend to be more lively on the Discord server (https://discord.gg/jwKJDXC).

The rules apply to every part of the forum, including the chatbox, PM system, and profiles.

These rules do NOT apply to the Discord server, even if there is some overlap; the rules for server are posted there!


Golden Rule I. Criminality, or: Please avoid doing hot crimes.

Commercial Software includes ROMs, ISOs, computer games, programs, or anything that is sold for profit. This includes posting links to, or names of websites that provide it. It's illegal unless it's a homebrew, so don't do it. If you would like to distribute a ROM hack, distribute it in a patch file, such as an IPS or UPS.

As a minor note, please understand that this website involves the hobby of hacking ROM/ISO video game images and nothing else. We do not condone the practice of malicious hacking and we will ban users upon discussing it.

Other illegal stuff is heavily frowned upon and will most likely get you banned and reported to local authorities. We understand jurisdictional differences with this though, so we’ll be lenient under circumstances we deem to be mild.


Golden Rule II. Respect, or: GSHC members are people too.

You don’t have to necessarily like everyone or even anyone, but please don’t trash people or be needlessly mean or cruel. We also don’t tolerate bigotry of any kind, be it racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, or whatever else. Feel free to discuss these matters if you want, but we’ll be able to tell when discussion occurs in good faith and when it doesn’t. Don't harass or bully people for any reason.

Also, fascist ideology has no place here. This community has been really great at understanding that fascism is harmful, but it seems like a growing number of people don’t get that and I wanted to clear the air before it becomes an issue.


Golden Rule III. PORN, or: Some of us have jobs you know.

I feel like this one is self-explanatory. Unless it’s artwork you have personally produced or you are involved in the creation or production process in some way, please don’t post it. Even then, no outright pornography. "Tasteful" nudity is fine though, just put it in spoiler tags.

American norms on nudity are used to gauge whether something is acceptable to post or if it needs spoiler tags; no uncensored nipples (male or female), buttholes, or genitals please. This is due to the large number of Americans around. Lastly, nothing involving children, “cubs”, “lolis”, or whatever other term you want to use to describe youths please. At all. Not even in spoiler tags.



Guidelines I. Your Posts: How to fit in and have fun.

1. No alternative accounts. Please find some way of contacting one of us if you need to have the account reset or renamed; alternate accounts will be deleted.

2. Please try to avoid spam and post splitting. Don't just post for the sake of boosting your post count. You are also heavily encouraged to edit your own posts if you think of more to say, and should only make a new post after a response or after an extended period of time.

3. Try to keep your posts clean. Keep sex, drugs, swearing, ect. to a minimum. This applies to avatars and signatures as well. No outright pornography, and any whiff of illegal stuff will get you banned and reported to your local authorities.

4. Try to remember that us less fortunate members may have crappy internet connections and posting a ton of pictures, unless completely necessary, will not be tolerated.

5. Advertising of outside websites and forums is allowed in signatures, and when it contributes to an on-going discussion; please refrain from advertising in other contexts.

6. Please try to type in legible English, unless a specific topic is designated as a zone for other languages or ways of writing.

7. Do not harass people for betas/updates of any programs or hacks that they may be working on.


Guidelines II. Your Profile: How to doll yourself up in a reasonable manner.

1. No images featured on your profile (mainly Avatars and Signatures) may be a) obscene, b) threatening to other members or c) contain anything else that other members would not like to view publicly. Also, videos are not allowed in signatures. Spoilers are allowed but cannot contain anything that infringes upon any of the other signature rules.

2. Avatars are scaled to 200x200 pixels if uploaded. If linked, they MUST be less than 200x200 pixels or else they will be removed.

3. Total image size in signatures may not exceed 500x250 pixels. Images are allowed to be scaled using BBC.

4. Do not abuse BBC in profile fields. Some profile fields allow for BBC to be used, such as biography. Do not abuse BBC in these fields. A few side notes:
            
5. Videos are not allowed in your profile and can only be added by an administrator through the coin system.

6. Font size greater than 20pt is not allowed. If bold text, font size cannot be greater than 18pt.

7. Spoilers are not allowed on your profile, unless contained within a signature.



Final Comments: Enforcement

We’ll enforce the rules as necessary. Spambots will be banned regardless, but regular users will be warned and/or disciplined based on the severity, frequency, or nature of infractions.

We heavily encourage people to use any means necessary to report infractions to us, with the exception of the Discord server. However, only Kain or myself can actually enforce the rules. Please don't roleplay as us, whether that involves pretending to be a mod when you are not or if it means setting up your profile to impersonate one of us. We will reprimand anyone who does this in bad faith.