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- The Rules
- General disclaimer

- Why should I register an account on the board?
- I'm new, where should I start?
- What is considered "spam" at the board?
- What is the strike system?
- What can I do about my thread being closed/trashed/deleted?
- Help! I've been banned! What do I do now?

- Are cookies used for this board?
- Can HTML be used?
- Is there some sort of replacement code for HTML?
- Are there any rules for post layouts?

- What is Level and EXP, and how do I get more EXP?
- How do I add my stats to my posts?

- What are the user rankings?
- How can I get a custom rank?
- How can I become a moderator or administrator?

- What are announcements?
- Can you add me to the Photo Album?
- How can I change my username?
- What do the username colors mean?
- What are all the smilies?


- The Rules

    The rules are quite simple:

  1. Follow the rules the local mods put out for their forums: READ THE STICKIES
  2. Write properly and use english.
  3. E-mail a member of the staff if you have any question or problem.

Aside from that:
  1. Dont spam. Off topic posts are okay once in a while, but don't make it an habit.
  2. Don't an asshole. Hostile behaviour towards other users is not welcome. If you have a problem with someone due to something that happened on the board, contact an admin. Else, take it elsewhere.
  3. Old dead threads are to remain dead. While this rule won't get agressively enforced, consider making a new thread rather than reviving an old one.
  4. Unauthorized multiple accounts are not welcome. The reasons to make multiple accounts are quite rare. If you think yours is good, contact an admin.
  5. Tag NSFW content appropriately. If the title of a thread doesn't make it obvious, then tag it.
  6. Whatever the staff says, goes.
While we try to go for a "three strikes, you're out" system, punishment depends on severity of the problem as well as the user's history. The strikes themselves can either be a temporary ban or a warning.
Keep in mind that you are fully responsible for your own account.

- General disclaimer

    The site does not own and cannot be held responsible for statements made by members on the forum. This site is offered as-is to the user. Any statements made on the board may be altered or removed at the discretion of the staff. Furthermore all users are expected to have read, understood, and agreed to this FAQ before posting.
We do not sell or distribute member information to any third party. If you have questions about any information contained in this FAQ, please send a private message with your question to a moderator or admin before posting. Questions on things not covered in this FAQ should be asked in the Help / Suggestions Forum.

- Why should I register an account on the board?

    By registering an user account, you will be able to post on the board as well as use several features only accessable through registering, such as the ability to mark forums as read and private messaging. Unregistered users have guest access to the board, meaning they can view threads but cannot reply to them.

- I'm new, where should I start?

    You can either introduce yourself in General Chat, or you can start posting elsewhere right away.

- What is considered "spam" at the board?

    Spam is making:

- A post that is off-topic, meaning that it has nothing to do with the original thread.
- A post that is only a few words long and doesn't contribute anything meaningful to the discussion.
- A thread that doesn't have any real meaning.
- A thread with a poll that is pointless.
- A thread that is an exact duplicate of a pre-existing, recent thread.

If you feel that a thread is spammy, then PM or IM an admin and ask them to take a look at it. Don't ask for someone to take a look at it in the thread itself or lecture the poster on the dangers of spamming.

- What is the strike system?

    In most cases, the staff at the board follows a three-strike system when it comes to punishments. For most minor offenses, an offending user will be warned about his/her conduct through a PM. If they continue to break the rules, they will be banned for 24 hours (possibly more if it was a serious offense, up to 72 hours). If the user continues to cause trouble, they will receive a second warning, possibly followed by another ban which could last anywhere from 72 hours to a week. Finally, if the user is still causing trouble after all these warnings, they will be permanently banned from the board.

Harsher bans may be issued if a user racks up multiple warnings in a short amount of time or does something idiotic such as flooding the board or posting questionable material.

Note that if you register another account to post with during a ban, you will be permanently banned on the spot. As well, if you think it's fun to constantly harass us on the board, keep in mind that we can and will contact your ISP and lodge a formal complaint. Many ISP's take harassment very seriously and may deactivate your account.

- What can I do about my thread being closed/trashed/deleted?

    First off, don't complain on the board about a thread being closed or deleted, and don't single out a certain mod or admin as being responsible. This will result in a ban. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

If you feel you need clarification on why the thread was closed or if you feel a mistake was made, contact a local mod in charge of the forum or an admin and politely explain the problem.

- Help! I've been banned! What do I do now?

    First off, DO NOT create a new account to complain about your ban, as that will just result in a permanent ban from the board. If you feel that the ban was unfair or if you wish to know exactly why you were banned, PM an admin and calmly ask about it. Aside from that, the only thing you can do is wait for the ban to expire and make sure you know why it happened.

- Are cookies used for this board?

    Yes, it uses cookies to store your login information. You can still use this board with cookies disabled, but you'll have to enter your username and password every time it's asked, and some features may not be available.

- Can HTML be used?

    Yes, it can be used in posts, private messages, nearly everywhere except in things such as thread titles, usernames, etc.

- Is there some sort of replacement code for HTML?

    Yes, but it's a bit limited. Here's what can be used: (most are case sensitive)
[b]Bold text[/b]
[i]Italic text[/i]
[u]Underlined text[/u]
[s]Stroke text[/s]
[img]URL of image to display[/img]
[url]URL of site or page to link to[/url]
And several color codes such as
[red], [green], [blue], [orange], [yellow], [pink], [white], and [black]
(put [/color] to revert to normal color)

- Are there any rules for post layouts?

    There are a few simple rules which all users should follow in their layouts:

- No flashy backgrounds which make text difficult to read. This doesn't mean you can't have a nice background, but at least make sure that the area where the text is doesn't make a post hard to read.
- No huge pictures or excessive amounts of GIFs. Huge pictures just make threads longer to load and having too many GIFs can slow down some computers.
- No broken tables. If you're working with tables and feel that you might be messing up, check your post in your user profile. If the profile seems to be messed up, then the layout is as well. Broken tables can wreck havoc with threads.

If you have any questions about layouts in general or need help, visit the Modern Art forum.

- What is Level and EXP, and how do I get more EXP?

    EXP is calculated from your amount of posts and how long it's been since you registered. Level is calculated from EXP. You gain increasing amounts of EXP by posting, and by being registered longer.

- How do I add my stats to my posts?

    In a way similar to HTML and the markup replacements (described above), just put those where you want the numbers to be:
&numposts& Current post count
&numdays& Number of days since registration
&level& Level
&exp& EXP
&expdone& EXP done in the current level
&expdone1k& EXP done / 1000
&expdone10k& EXP done / 10000
&expnext& Amount of EXP left for next level
&expnext1k& EXP needed / 1000
&expnext10k& EXP needed / 10000
&exppct& Percentage of EXP done in the level
&exppct2& Percentage of EXP left in the level
&expgain& EXP gain per post
&expgaintime&Seconds for 1 EXP when idle
&lvlexp& Total EXP amount needed for next level
&lvllen& EXP needed to go through the current level
&5000& Posts left until you have 5000
&20000& Posts left until you have 20000
&rank& Current rank, according to your amount of posts
&postrank& Post ranking
&postrank10k&Post ranking you'd have with 10000 less posts
&postrank20k&Post ranking you'd have with 20000 less posts
&date& Current date

- What are the user rankings?

    It's all listed on the Ranks page, which also lists all moderators and administrators on this board. Ranks nobody is on and which you didn't reach aren't listed (to keep some suspense), unless you're a full moderator (moderating all the forums) or administrator on this board.

- How can I get a custom rank?

    You can get one under one of those conditions:
- Be a moderator or administrator
- Have at least 2000 posts
- Have at least 1000 posts, and have been registered for at least 200 days
There may be a few rare exceptions, but asking for a custom title before having the requirements for it won't get you one.

- How can I become a moderator or administrator?

    If us administrators trust you enough for this. Don't ask us, we may ask you if we ever feel you worthy of being promoted. Being a good and regular member helps, while asking for this doesn't. It also depends whether we feel a need to promote more people, which isn't so often the case.

- What are announcements?

    Announcements are general messages posted by administrators only. Everybody can view them, but not reply to them.

- Can you add me to the Photo Album?

    Yes, just send or post a picture of yourself and I may add it. Only actual photographs are accepted.

- How can I change my username?

    You can't change it yourself, only administrators can, but you can ask one of them for a name change.

- What do the username colors mean?

    They vary depending on the gender and power level:
Regular, male
Local moderator, male
Full moderator, male
Administrator, male
Regular, female
Local moderator, female
Full moderator, female
Administrator, female
Regular, unspecified
Local moderator, unspec.
Full moderator, unspec.
Administrator, unspec.

- What are all the smilies?

    Here's the smilies that can be used, and what you must type to use them:
-- :)
-- ;)
-- :D
-- :LOL:
-- 8-)
-- :(
-- >:
-- >_<
-- :P
-- :S
-- O_O
-- o_O
-- ^_^
-- ^^;;;
-- ~:o
-- x_x
-- _
-- :[
-- o_o
-- ;_;
-- @_@
-- -_-
-- >_>
-- <_<

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