Rules This is the rules page and they must be obeyed at all times. Remember that use of the forum is a privilege, not a right. We will not tolerate any bullshit on the forums. Too many times have we noticed the rules have outright been ignored and staff members have failed to uphold them, and have even partaken in breaking them once in a while. Frankly, this has to stop. We welcome all of our older members and new members to read over these and familiarize yourselves with them. All users (including new ones) are expected to know and follow these rules. Ignorance of the rules will no longer be an excuse. You registered for an account on these forums and thus you should know these. Basics 1: No flaming, trolling, being a dick to other users (This includes try-hard edgy insults and humour) >1.1 We will not put up with trolling. Joking is fine, but being destructive and acting like a dick towards others will get you banned on the spot no questions asked. We also don't care about bullshit excuses like “It's all in good fun.” If you act like a complete bellend you will be out the door. Many forums have festered in the past because such behaviour was allowed to flourish without consequences. 2: Porn/Hentai. Explicit Adult material is not to be posted on this message board. Any posting of obscene, sexual, or otherwise objectionable material will result in an immediate warning and a possible banishment. 3: No racism or sexism. If anyone is caught acting racist on the forum (like calling someone a n*****r or any racist, vulgar, or stereotyping someone for there race or religion, as well as displaying transphobic behaviour, remarks or jokes will not be tolerated by staff members) or being a sexist to our members, this will result in you being permanently banned. No ifs, ands, or buts. This includes jokes and stereotypes at the expense of other groups. We don't care how edgy you think you are. >3.1 Homophobic or other insults regarding sexualities are not permitted either. Frankly, we shouldn’t even be telling you this, but insults like f*ggot are NOT appropriate. Any jokes aimed at demeaning someone of a differing sexual persuasion (regardless of whether its homosexuality, bisexuality, or even asexuality) will NOT be tolerated. 4: DON'T STEAL SPRITES! We hate that! People work hard in making there sprites and we do not like it when people take them for their own personal uses. Please ASK PERMISSION to use them. Failure to do will result in a ban. Also don't look into the sprite section unless your active. If you don't post anything on any forum topic, we will become very suspicious that you’re only here for sprites. 5: No Spamming. Just for the record, that is posting a topic without any discussion, posting a reply to a topic that is irrelevant or has nothing to do with the topic in question, or excessive posting (Try not to double or triple post.) 6: No badmouthing the Sprite wars staff: If you have a problem with a staff member PM one of the admins however if we see you talking shit about staff members in topics you will get a verbal warning or suspension. Don't Be A dick Being a dick will make people think you are a dick. Being a dick may get you cautioned. It may get you suspended. You might get banned for being a dick. Some simple guidelines to prevent you from being a dick: 1. Be courteous, polite and show respect to others. Use of the forums is a privilege, not a right. 2. Engage your brain before your mouth. You are responsible for your own words and any harm they may cause. 3. Don't post irrelevant nonsense in any of the non- spam forums 4. Critiques and responses to images are to be constructive and related to improving the quality of any work. Our members love to see others improve and succeed. Always keep this in mind when posting. 5: Don't speak in memes and try to show how edgy your so called “Humour” is, this isn't freaking 4chan so don't act like it is. You should treat others as you wish to be treated.
7: No posting movies that haven't been released on the home market:
I know we are all big movie buffs and LOVE to see some new movies along with old ones ,but if it has not have a home released (VHS,DVD, BLU-RAY,Laser-Disc, ETC) Then do not post links or ask anyone to join you for a stream. It's not that we are hating on you it's because we do not want our forums shut down due to we are considered advocation for piracy and it's against the rules of the site's hosting services Sprite wars Forum hates spam We don't want to buy your WOW gold, mobile phones or shoes. We already know where the porn is on the internet, so we don't need links to that either. Post any of this and you will be banned. If you feel you need to advertise anything, there are literally thousands of other forums where you can do that. Posting Etiquette 1. Double posting is generally not allowed. If you have something you need to add modify your last post. Exceptions to this updating works where the author may be posting a significant update to a comic, sprite topic etc. 2. Posting in threads more than a month old is not allowed. Exceptions to this are people that add updates to their own works or if there is some new information directly related to the topic at hand. Reviving a thread just to post 'The link doesn't work anymore. Where can I find this?' is not acceptable. Completely Unrelated and any Stickied topic are also immune to necroposting. 3. Try to understand what people are trying to say if they have a different opinion to you, or are trying to give you some friendly advice. Shouting back at them really doesn't help at all, you just get less respect and chances are your opinions will be ignored in the future. 4. NEVER write posts in block capitals. Writing in block capitals is interpreted as shouting, which most people find annoying. Be aware of this when using it for emphasis. Single words or, if necessary, short sentences might be warranted at times, but writing entire posts in capitals is the most newbie-ish thing you can do. 5. Smilies have a place in a message board, but too many can be annoying. If the amount of smileys you post is more than 1/5 of your word count, you may consider cutting some of them. 6. Everyone interprets things differently than others depending on their culture, life experiences, and many other factors. If somebody posts a message that could be considered insulting or offensive to you, don't immediately flame them. 7. Don't insult people unless you have a good reason to. Report to an administrator or a moderator if someone has insulted and/or threatened you. Responding in kind could get you warned as well. 8. Learn to use grammar and punctuation. Use of a spell checker is a good idea as well. "but they understand just fine if I type like this all the time lol what is wrong with you lol" is not an acceptable way of writing. Remember a well worded post shows respect to the people that are reading it. 9. Keep IM shorthand to a minimum. Things like 'lol' are allowed if used sparingly. If every third word is shorthand the post may be removed. 10. Try not to quote images. There is no need for it. If you wish to quote a post that contains an image just remove the link from the quote. 11. Posts containing only a smiley will be deleted on sight. They contribute nothing to the discussion at hand. (This includes quoting a post and adding a smiley) Multiple Accounts There is absolutely no reason to have more than one account. If you wish to change your display name you can change it by PMing us. If anyone is found with more than one account they risk both accounts being banned. Reporting Posts We ask users that see a violation of the rules to use the report post function. This will give all moderators notice that an infraction has occurred. Posting in the thread itself is not advised. eg: Do not post in a thread that was inactive for years. Just because someone else necro'd a topic doesn't mean it is ok for others to post in it. Just report the posts and leave the rest to the moderation staff. Warnings Level 0 - User is given a Verbal PM warning from a staff member Level 1 (10-34%) - User is placed on a moderator watch list. This allows moderators to easily keep track of a user's posts. Level 2 (35-59%) - User is placed in a moderator approval mode. and suspended for two weeks or more depending on the infraction. Level 3 (60%+) - User is banned from posting entirely. Once you've reached this level, it is very likely you will be permanently banned.