Message Board Rules
It is your responsibility to read and understand these rules. If you are unsure about something, please ask. But "I didn't read that rule" is not an excuse. However, I will state this right out. The rules are written firmly in order to get the point across. But that doesn't mean the moderators will turn into the S.S. and start dragging people away in the night. The moderators will remain as polite, professional and social as ever. Don't look upon them as the police with a baton drawn ready to conk you...but rather as the forumer who in times of need can don tights and lay down the law of the rules to maintain order. So, without further rambling, here they go.
1) We have a swear filter in operation, if it censors a word, it is for a reason. If it censors part of a word which is otherwise inoffensive, PM a moderator about it. Don't try to just fix it yourself. That way we'll know about it and fix it for future. If you see a word you might consider offensive but is not censored, PM a moderator. We may have missed it. A moderators decision is final with regards to censoring wording of posts. Editing what a moderator has corrected in your post is likely to receive a warning, or in continued cases, a banning.
2) Sexual content, nudity, overly sexually-related wordings, un-needed description and generally porn related content is a strict “no.” Any such occurrences will be deleted on sight by a moderator. Attempting to repost such things will result in a ban. It is down to the moderators discretion.
3) All images must be of a “safe” nature before posting following the rules outlined above. If an image includes a swear word, link it and provide a warning beside the link of the content. There are some things that are so bad they may still be removed. Again, moderator's discretion.
4) Make sure a thread is suitable to the forum it is placed in. If unsure, PM a moderator before you post it. Don't just post it in the “hope” that it's right. It's not a huge inconvenience to have it moved, indeed most moderators won't mind at all - but it's better to prevent it entirely.
5) Search a forum first to see if your thread has already been done recently. For example, discussions on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw may already be going ahead on the Wrestling board.
6) Flaming, personal attack, flame baiting and all other such practices are outright prohibited. Should such an offence be noticed, the offending poster will be brought up by the mods. If you see it, tell a mod immediately, do not respond yourself. Responding by flaming back is just as bad.
7) If you feel a moderators decision is clearly wrong, feel free to submit a PM to another moderator or post about it in the Troubleshooting thread - the matter will be brought up by the moderators between themselves. Do not MSN the moderator to argue it. Do not attempt to confront them on it. Do not bring up the issue in the same topic. Remember, a moderators decision is final unless the mods as a team decide otherwise. Editing something a moderator has changed, even if you feel they were wrong is grounds for being brought up for punishment.
8) Although PMing is considered a personal thing, if you are being continually harrassed via PM, tell a moderator. Do not respond yourself. Be sure to keep the PM as proof.
9) Banning will work as a simple concept. The first strike is a warning via PM from a moderator. The second is a week ban. The third is a month ban. Further problems will result in a permanent ban. Bear in mind, depending on severity, a ban can be of any length. Including instant permanent bans.
10) Stay on topic, over-spamming and derailment of threads will result in the thread being warned by a moderator. If derailment continues, those responsible will be warned, and the thread locked. A replacement thread may be created. As an addendum, please refrain from making alternate accounts unless absolutely necessary, as they can lead to confusion.
11) Be nice to new members. They may seem as though they don't understand or say things we all know, but remember they are still getting used to things. So give them their chances. No need to be "cliquey".
12) The General board is a relaxed forum. This does not mean it is a “spam zone.” We have a specific topic for your spammy needs in the Random Thread. Use it.
13) Be respectful in your posts. A disrespectful post that can be seen as causing offence to others is grounds for receiving a PM from a mod. Most often you will be asked to apologise to the offended (if the mods deem so) or even simply receive a warning.
14) If you and another member have a direct problem with each other, please don't bring it on to the forum or you will both be brought up.
15) If in doubt, ask before you post. This cannot be stressed enough. Don't post then go “Oooh but the line wasn't that clear.” If you didn't ask before hand and get brought up about it, the “line” offers no defence.
16) Moderators withhold the right to make decisions based on the situation as it stands, even if the rules do not entirely cover it.
17) Don't delete your own posts. It makes the thread very confusing when reading through, and find that others are having a one sided conversation. It also makes it difficult to keep an eye on what's being said, should there be any disputes.
I still say, have fun. But remember this is Prime Wrestling League, not 4chan, not Something Awful and not an 18+ forum. Be sensible and enjoy the forums.