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Cross Stinger Posted: 20:05 Mar07 2005 Post ID: 88937
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I'm sorry for taking so long to write them all up, and I doubt that the rules will get a lot of attention on the other thread, so I have decided to create my final draft here instead.

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1. The admins and mods are (almost) always right. We don't just give mod rights out to someone, but we try to choose people who are trustworthy, show that they know and follow the forum rules, and do this irrespective of status of other members. That means that they will know what to do more often than not, and when they're not sure they'll contact people who can help them in such a situation (usually one of the admins who also does mediatory work on the forums). This means that we rarely, if ever, will do something wrong. Only if you're really, absolutely sure that you should contact him, do so in a polite PM while giving the name of the topic, the forum, and, if the topic is still there, the URL. Only if this does not give you a clear reason you should post in Grievances or contact an administrator.
 Don't tell the mods what to do. We can decide ourselves what should happen with a topic. You need not do that, and we probably know it better than you do. If needed, just tell us that there's something wrong, and we will make our decisions from that point.
 Don't ask to become a moderator. We will decide on whom will be a mod and who won't, and asking will not help you, but it may actually decrease what chances you have of becoming one. There may actually exist a large chance that there are better, more experienced candidates in power already.

2. Do not insult people, start flame wars, or anything similar. We want to keep the forums the friendly place they are. People should be able to participate without the fear of being insulted at random. Try to visualise yourself in the position of the person that you're talking to.
 DON'T WRITE IN ALL CAPS OR PLACE MORE THAN ONE EXCLAMATION POINT!!!!
 Report posts if they break a rule. Use the Report button at the top-right corner of each post. Don't try to solve the problem for yourself; doing so may only intensify what situation there is.
 Do not report posts without a reason. Every time you report a post, the mods are greeted in each individual forum with a prompt to go to the mod control panel and moderate posts. Now, that's not such a bad thing if it's for a reason — but you will annoy a number of people if you report a post for no reason, to ask a question, or to insult someone.

3. No illegal discussions will be tolerated. Subjects barred from discussion on the forums include but are not limited to ROMs, warez, cracks, product registration and serial numbers (e.g. software product keys and credit card numbers), bootlegs, hacking, illegal game and/or PC peripherals, passwords, and personal information (surnames, addresses, and telephone numbers). Apart from that it's illegal, rude, and invasive, some of these things may even cause Super Cheats to be shut down.

4. No spamming. Don't post multiple times in a row, don't post off-topic, don't post the same topic or post multiple times.
 Any post containing three words or less will be automatically deleted, regardless of content, unless it's crucial to the topic (and don't count on it being).
 Post in the right forum.
 No advertising in the forum is permitted. Only if a site has something that Super Cheats does not have, and is relevant to the discussion, you should type a URL. You are allowed one (1) link in a signature.
 Read the topic before posting. More often than not, a question asked in the first post has already been answered or clarified in longer topics, and you'd just be repeating answers, or perhaps you're only repeating a question already asked by someone earlier.
 Take a look at the topics in the forums for an answer before posting a topic asking a question. The forum has extensive search capabilities, so use them.
 Use brief, descriptive topics. You can ask the questions that you want to ask in the message, instead of asking a long question in the topic name. Also, the topic should say something about the thread, and not just be "Yo!" or "READ THIS!!!"
 Edit your posts. Don't write a second one updating it.
 Don't make any "Official XXX" threads. This one is quite simple: You have no right to make anything official on these forums; that's something left to the mods and admins, and as such, it's only going to annoy us that you think you can make such topics, while it has absolutely no real effect. Don't even think about telling people they should go to such a topic, too.

5. No clans outside the Teams and Clans board. Any posts about groups, clans, teams, cliques, or whatever, outside of the Teams and Clans Boards are forbidden. This forum is located under the General Boards parent forum. Any identifiers about them in titles or nicks should be kept to a minimum, and any wars propagated by, concerning and/or involving them are completely forbidden and will be dealt with accordingly.

6. No advice columns. They tend to smother discussion, the poster does not respond most of the time and will not know everything, and we do not like people pretending that they can do all.

7. Keep any content you post suitable for all members on the site. We want our site and forums to be suited for anyone, irrespective of age, who can play video games. As such, keep anything you put in your messages suitable to everyone — that means nothing related to sexual activities, no language unsuitable for them, and more. Feel free to apply a bit of common sense here.
 No swearing. Posts with swear words, euphemisms, or swear words disguised with asterisks will be deleted or edited immediately. Censoring is used to disguise bad language until it's removed — it is NOT an excuse to swear.

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Rich, feel free to edit this code if you find any errors or inconsistencies.
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spideraman99 Posted: 20:31 Mar07 2005 Post ID: 88957
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One way to edit: There are no PMs on this site. Also, I read these rules somewhere else before...

props to pokemonruler for the sweet sig and avatar
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actionshark Posted: 21:54 Mar07 2005 Post ID: 89018
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Yeah Crossy made them at GG...


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Team SuperCheats Posted: 05:28 Mar11 2005 Post ID: 91652
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OK, I've gone through Cross Stinger's rules and given them a few small tweaks, and uploaded them.

There is a new link to the new forum rules, just above the forum box on the top right.

So, thanks Crossy for those - it's much appreciated.

Rich

p.s. I also amended the help page to make it more readable.
Game Guides Galore - http://www.supercheats.com/guides/
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Cross Stinger Posted: 07:18 Mar11 2005 Post ID: 91682
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Thanks, Rich! I was surprised to see them up this morning.
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