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Terms of Service and Rules

Squidboards Global Rules
Version 1.0

Welcome to Squidboards! Below are our Global Rules, rules that apply throughout the entire site. It is very important that all users read and are familiar with these rules.

The rules are enforced by an infraction system. If you break a rule, a moderator may give you an infraction or a warning. An infraction is a notification that you broke a rule, and is accompanied by infraction points. In most cases, these infractions will expire after a certain amount of time, depending on the nature and severity of the rule that was broken. A warning is similar to an infraction but does not add any infraction points to your profile.

If you receive 6 active infraction points, you will be banned from the forums. Your ban will be lifted once your active infraction point total falls below 6 again. When you are banned from infractions, you will be able to browse the forums and post in Forum Support, but you will not be able to post normally.

If however you earn 12 infraction points in a 6 month period, you will earn a Permanent Penalty, which is a single infraction point that will never expire. These are only given out to repeat offenders by Super Moderators or Admins.

If you receive an infraction and believe it was unfair or unwarranted, you should first discuss the matter with the moderator who issued the infraction. If that fails to clear up the issue, you may post a thread in Forum Support. This forum is open to all users who would like to discuss an issue concerning other users, policies, or staff, or other issues that require the attention of an administrator. Only administrators will be able to read your thread, and all threads will be kept confidential.

Additionally, users who repeatedly violate these rules or are particularly disruptive may be temporarily or indefinitely banned from the site, at the discretion of a super moderator or administrator. Please note that regardless of one's stature in the community or on the forums, all users are subject to the forum rules and at risk of being indefinitely banned from the site if they violate these rules. Bans will not be revoked on grounds of importance in the community or to the forums themselves.

There are multiple ways that one can receive an indefinite ban on Squidboards. If you receive one of these bans, you can appeal the ban within the first month if you feel you can present a solid case as to why you should be unbanned immediately. This first appeal case is for situations that are not clear cut; it is not for arguing your necessity to the boards or community. If your ban is upheld after an appeal, you must wait six months/a year (you may ask which you should follow based on your specific case in Forum Support whether you are doing the initial appeal or not) before you may appeal your ban again. If you have shown a convincing improvement of behaviour since your ban, then the ban may be overturned.

If the indefinite ban is overturned, you will be placed on a thin-ice policy. During the first six months/year (likewise will be based on your original ban and your appeal) of the thin-ice policy, any single infraction or warning will result in your indefinite ban being reissued instantly without chance for further appeal. After the initial six months/year, leniency will be made for minor infractions/warnings. However, it will take a significant amount of time before your thin-ice policy ends and you return to the normal infraction system for all users.

If you notice another user breaking the rules, the best way to help is to use the Report Post function, available in each post. This will alert the appropriate moderators to the issue so they can respond.

Also please note that some our of boards have room-specific rules and even thread specific rules that may be enforced. Please ask the board moderator if you are unsure if a certain section of the site has any special rules!

Below are the Global Rules, including the infractions (number of points and duration) associated with each violation:

1. No Spam

Posts that are irrelevant to or inappropriate for the topic of discussion are considered spam, including off-topic posts/threads, posts with no substantive content, posts that simply restate things that have already been said, and posts that include questions that have already been answered. Do not attempt to bypass the minimum characters per post restriction (also known as "10char").

Examples of specific content that is disallowed and considered "spam" include:

  • "I'm new!" posts/threads (except in the Welcome Center forum) and "I'm leaving!" threads.
  • Thread titles with excessive characters/punctuation, including multiple exclamation points.
  • Threads that duplicate other recent threads (within 6 months). Before posting a new thread, use the search function to see if a similar thread already exists.
  • Threads about individual members.
  • Re-posting a post or thread that has recently been closed or deleted, or asking why a post or thread was closed or deleted. These questions should be directed to the room moderators via private message.
  • Re-posting a post/thread in multiple threads/forums may be considered spam if there isn't a specific need for doing so. Please consult a staff member before making a mass copied post or thread.
  • Posts such as "this thread is going to get closed" or "this thread is in the wrong room".
  • Multiple posts in a row. If you wish to add/modify content you have already posted, use the "edit" function.
  • Posts that are meant to "bump" threads to the top of the thread listing, especially particularly old or particularly new threads.

Do not reply to spam. Instead, bring it to a moderator's attention by using the Report Post function.

  • Spam, Minor - 1 point, 7 days
  • Spam, Moderate - 2 points, 14 days
  • Spam, Major - 3 point, 21 days
  • Spam, Excessive - Indefinite ban
  • Double Posting - 1 points, 7 days

2. No Flaming/Trolling

Respect other users. Flaming (insulting, heated arguing with) other members is not allowed. Demeaning or derogatory comments based on race, religion, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, handicap, nationality or gender will not be tolerated. Physical threats against and repeated harassment of other members is strictly prohibited. If another user is flaming or harassing you, you should not retaliate--instead, report it to a moderator.

Trolling (intentionally instigating trouble or provoking others through outrageous statements) is not permitted.

  • Flaming, Minor - 1 point, 7 days
  • Flaming - 2 points, 14 days
  • Trolling - 2 points, 14 days
  • Harassment - Indefinite ban, subject to administrator's discretion

3. No Explicit Profanity or Inappropriate Material

Squidboards strives to maintain a family-friendly site. Content that may be considered offensive is not allowed, at the discretion of the staff. Squidboards employs an automatic censor to remove some vulgar language; do not attempt to bypass the censor. Do not post content that is excessively vulgar, profane, graphic, or violent in nature. Pornography and other sexually explicit material is strictly prohibited. Nudity of all forms is also strictly prohibited. Additionally, discussion about engaging in drug and/or alcohol use is not allowed, regardless of a user's age or laws in his/her jurisdiction.

If in doubt about whether some content is permissible under this rule, ask a moderator before posting it; posting something that you think is borderline or pushing the limits could result in your ban, so please do ask first if an image is treading a fine line.

  • Censor Dodging - 1 point, 7 days
  • Inappropriate Content, mild - 1 point, 7 days
  • Inappropriate Content, major - 3 points, 21 days
  • Pornography/Nudity/Explicit Content- Indefinite ban, subject to administrator's discretion

4. No Blatant Advertising

Advertising web sites, goods, or services via Squidboards (including through posts, threads, private messages, signatures, social groups, and other methods) as well as competitor web sites are prohibited. Accounts that are created solely for the purpose of advertising will be banned indefinitely.

Exceptions to this rule include links that are clearly and materially related to the topic at hand; for example, posting a link to a pre-registration page for a tournament is acceptable, as is linking to a personal site featuring one's artwork in a relevant thread. Nothing may be sold through Squidboards without explicit permission from Forum Support. If in doubt about whether some content is permissible under this rule, please leave a message in Forum Support.

  • Advertising Violation, minor - 2 points, 14 days
  • Advertising Violation, major - 4 points, 28 days

5. Signature Rules

Signatures are automatically clipped off if they are larger than 160 pixels in height. Signature images should not be excessively large in file size or stretch the page horizontally. Do not post your signature if it exceeds the size of your post itself; your signature may be automatically disabled if you try to enable it on a particularly short post. Violators of these rules may have their profiles locked at an administrator's discretion.

  • Signature Violation - 1 point, 7 days

6. Respect Copyright

Posts that violate or incite others to violate the law are not allowed. This includes (but is not limited to) requesting, providing, or instructing how to find, create, or use illegal copies of copyrighted software and related applications (including ROMs).

Be respectful of copyright laws in your posts. Reproducing substantive portions of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright owner is prohibited.

  • Copyright Violation - 3 points, 21 days

7. No Alternate or Impersonator Accounts

Individuals are prohibited from holding more than one account without express, advance permission from the staff. Alternate accounts may be banned without warning. Any infractions that are issued to alternate accounts may be reissued to the corresponding primary account, in addition to other punishments. Do not create a new account to get around a ban or other punishment; these punishments will simply be extended or made indefinite. Allowing a banned user to use your main account to evade a ban will result in both your account, as well as their main account, both receiving an infraction or an indefinite ban.

Accounts created to impersonate other individuals or entities are not permitted.

  • Ban Evasion - 2 Points, 14 Days
  • Alternate Account/Impersonation - Indefinite Ban

8. Use an Appropriate Avatar

Avatars may not contain any inappropriate material as described above in rule #3, including words that would otherwise be censored. Animated avatars are prohibited. If your avatar violates either of these rules, a staff member shall contact you about removing it and replacing it with one that is more appropriate. Repeated violations may result in the loss of your custom avatar.

If you have any questions that are not covered by the rules above, please contact a moderator or post in Forum Support.

9. Legal

The providers ("we", "us", "our") of the service provided by this web site ("Service") are not responsible for any user-generated content ("Content"). Content posted express the views of their author only. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. We reserve the right to take action against any account with the Service at any time. You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. You retain copyright over the Content.

All Content you submit or upload may be reviewed by staff members. Do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential.

These terms and the Global Rules may be changed at any time.

If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register or use this Service.

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