Official Rules of the Marriland Forums

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Official Rules of the Marriland Forums

The rules should be your first stop here on the Marriland Forums — and by signing up, you have agreed to follow them.
They exist to help keep the forums clean, smooth-running, and happy. Please give them a read!


#1 — Attacking Others Personally in Any Way Is Not Allowed.
#2 — We Are a PG-13 Forum.
#3 — Do Not Share or Encourage Illegal Content.
#4 — Do Not Spam.
#5 — Be Wary of Thread Revival.
#6 — Avoid Shameless Advertisements.
#7 — Respect the Decisions of the Staff.
#8 — Read up on Any Pinned Threads.


Other Important Information
(useful tidbits about avatars/signatures, accounts, security, and more.)
 
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#1 Attacking Others Personally in Any Way Is Not Allowed.

We will never tolerate, anywhere on our forums including in private conversations, language that is insulting or hateful towards other individuals or groups. This includes, but is not limited to sexism, religious prejudice, racism, and homophobia. This also extends to attacking others personally, or flaming.

Keep your arguments civil. Baiting another user just to make them mad on purpose is prohibited, as well as returning the flame and hate.

If you are being harassed, made uncomfortable, or see insulting / flaming behavior, please click the Report button on the post in question and the staff will take care of it. You may also Ignore another user by hovering over their name and selecting Ignore.

#2 — We Are a PG-13 Forum.

The Marriland Forums maintains a PG-13 content restriction. Anything highly inappropriate, explicit, or offensive is never permitted.

Please be wary of the content you post if you believe it to border the PG-13 line. If any link, video, or image shown has potentially inappropriate material or any swearing, the content should be spoilered with a warning. Be aware that this does not mean over PG-13 material may be spoilered. Contact a staff member if you are unsure.

By default, censors are disabled for all logged in users and enabled for all guests. There is currently no way to toggle this. In general, swearing is permitted as long as it is not used in a highly inappropriate or offensive manner. Use of slurs or their variants is never allowed.

#3 — Do Not Share or Encourage Illegal Content.

We do not allow users to direct to, link to, or encourage the use of illegal content. This includes but is not limited to films or episodes uploaded to locations without hosting rights, illegal torrents, and emulation / ROMs.

We do allow users to use emulation and ROMs for their playthroughs and challenges, but they may not direct to, link to, or encourage the use of these methods on this website.

#4 — Do Not Spam.

Please keep your posts on topic, and avoid posting solely gibberish ("adkjokskl"). As long as your post is on topic and valid to what is happening, shorter posts are acceptable. Should we begin seeing pages of conversation consisting of only smiley faces and random links, we will change this rule.

Double Posting
(The act of making two posts in a row consecutively)

Before double posting, users must wait a full twenty-four hours, and may not do so more than once unless they are the creator of the thread in question.
✧ For exceptions to this rule, please see #8.
✧ If a user has more to add before twenty-four hours, or has already double posted once within the rules, they should use the Edit button located at the bottom of each of their posts.


Bumping
(The act of bringing one's own thread to the top of the listing by posting in it)
Topic creators may bump their threads as many times in a row as they wish, provided they follow the double posting rule above in terms of time frame.

Creating Threads
We have a few rules and things to keep in mind concerning creating new threads:
✧ Ensure it is in the proper section. If users are unsure, they should ask a staff member.
✧ Ensure there is not already a more recent thread on the same topic.
✧ It is never necessary to post the same thread in multiple areas, so users should refrain from doing so.


#5 — Be Wary of Thread Revival.

We allow users to post in threads that have seen less activity, as long as it has not been over one year since the last post. This is forum-wide, except for these exceptions:

Introduce Yourself and Trading should not be posted in if topics therein have not seen activity in over two weeks.
Pokémon Playthroughs and Competitive Battling threads should not be posted in if topics therein have not seen activity in over one month.


The only exceptions to the blanket and exceptions rules are if the user is the owner of the thread in question, or the thread in question is pinned. Thread owners are always allowed to revive their own, and pinned topics may always be posted in.

#6 — Avoid Shameless Advertisements.

Users may share content as they wish as long as it is on topic, not done solely to advertise, is not excessive, and is not done only for "shameless" personal gain. If a user wants to otherwise advertise their content, said content may be placed in their signature if appropriate.

#7 — Respect the Decisions of the Staff.

The forum staff are here for a reason and their actions must be respected. All actions taken here on the Marriland Forums are as a group if not minor (for example, double posting is cut and dry and does not need group input) for the sake of being fair and just. Users should never blatantly go against a decision made by the staff, such as creating a new duplicate topic immediately if the previous was locked, or they may be subject to harsher punishment.

If any user feels as if an action, warning, or ban that was taken against them was not warranted, they may either message a staff member or appeal a warning by responding to the private conversation sent to them by the team. We are also happy to answer any questions or explain any actions.


#8 — Read up on Any Sticky Threads.

Sticky Threads are any threads that are held to the top of a forum or subforum by a
icon. Before posting in any forums or subforums, users should take a look at all of these for that section, as they contain useful and specialized information or rules.
 
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Other Important Information

COPPA Compliance

In order to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, we are of the practice that users that are under thirteen be kept off of the forums. This is something that we have to take very seriously, so if there is any question of a user potentially being under thirteen years of age and misrepresenting this (even if a joke post is made about being eight years old), we must look into it.

The Marriland Information Database

The MID is a forum that contains useful information about the Marriland Forums, such as name change, social media, smiley, and current staff threads. There is more, so users should be sure to read up!

Avatars and Signatures

Avatars larger than 96x96 pixels are automatically resized to display as such.

Including any coding, signatures are limited to 30,000 characters and 300px in height. They also have a file size restriction of 3MB, so users should be mindful of their GIFs! Signatures any larger may slow down the page for others and be generally disruptive.

We Will Remove Threads on Request

— as long as they belong to the requesting user, there are not too many posts from other members (think a large club), and they are certain they want it gone. The staff will not fetch threads once they have been deleted.

Be Mindful of Backseat Moderating

If a user or instance needs to be reported, users should utilize the Report button so that the staff can look into it. In the meantime, users should be careful as to how they conduct themselves in these situations if they are trying to help. Backseat Moderating is defined as the action of posting only to correct someone, which breaks our fourth rule and should not be done.

Posting to help can be okay though, such as posting something on topic in a trading thread and adding a note at the bottom that double posting is not allowed, and how to use the Edit button. This example would not be okay, and off topic, if a user instead posted only to correct the other.

Creating Multiple Accounts

Users are allowed to have multiple accounts as long as:
✧ They are not doing it to ban evade.
✧ They are not using it to garner extra votes in or cheat at something.
✧ They are not creating accounts for the sole purpose of claiming a name.
✧ They are not trying to convince everyone they are someone new.


Personal Information and Account Security
To keep safe, users should not post personal information — such as address, number, email, full name, and so forth — on the Marriland Forums. If staff are made aware of very personal details being shared, they may choose to remove them.

Likewise, users are encouraged to keep a strong password not used anywhere else, and change it reasonably often. It should never be told to anyone, even staff! Here are some tips to stay safe:

✧ Log out each time you are finished using the forums if you are on a shared computer.
✧ Passwords should not be straightforward and easy to crack, like "MarrilandForumsPassword123;" and instead have varied capitalizations, random numbers throughout, and such things for a higher level of security, like "MarrILanDfORumS35PasSworD6823". Complete gibberish and symbols is always the best way to go as long as it is stored in a safe place.


Any damage done with a confiscated account will have to be answered for by the original owner.

Language Support

The Marriland Forums is based in the United States but welcomes users from all around the world. Our main language is English and we do not have language support to translate the site into other languages. We will do our best to communicate with those whom may not have a high level of English.
 
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