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Forum Rules: Updated: 3/31/2018 Updated: 4/01/2018 - Added changes to reflect the use of Chatbox Updated: 6/08/2018 - Added changes in regards to entering Raffles and Giveaways In order to keep our forums clean, and efficient, we have made a list of rules we want you (and we) to obey. IMPORTANT: If you feel that someone has posted something bad about you, or you have posted something that's going to be difficult to show to others for whatever reason, ask a moderator/administrator to delete it, and he/she will do it without questioning why. Rules (DON'Ts): 1. No discussion of any illegal activity or violence. 2. No use of explicit, obscene or vulgar language or images and/or messages or threats of violence. 3. No threats, racist remarks, or other type of posts that attack, insult, "flame", or abuse members or guests. 4. No advertising or links to advertising or "Spam" is permitted (including signatures). * Advertising or Spam is defined as posting a link for the purpose of selling, soliciting or promoting by someone that has ownership or other "vested interest" to the web site involved, including efforts to promote other online forums or web sites by web site owners. * If you are a web site owner and have a link that fits into this category that you want to share, please submit it to our admins, and we will review your submission. * Posts and links about fundraising (including nonprofit fundraisers) are NOT permitted. * Only links to personal home pages are allowed in signatures and member profiles. * Links to helpful web sites (commercial or otherwise) are allowed when they are posted by someone without any "vested interest" AND whose purpose is NOT to solicit, advertise, promote, fundraise, etc. 5. No posts regarding leaked files. reviews, or info are allowed without obtaining prior approval from the forum administrator before posting to the forums. 6. No links to any web site or use of any username that fits into rules # 1-4 above. 7. No use of multiple usernames. Please register and use only ONE username for the forums. Posting under multiple user accounts will result in administrative action (ie. banning). 8. No posts of copyrighted material. Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the person posting should not be posted on the message boards without the consent of the owner. 9a. No posts of lengthy articles. Sharing information is allowed, but the forums are not to be used to publish articles. It is an improper use of critical forum resources. 9b. When talking about plugins and development stuff, bugtesting or something related to such 9a will not be valid. 10. NO posts or memes which can be deemed insulting to any religious groups. NO posts promoting advocacy of particular personal, medical, legal, religious, political, or non-profit causes. Remember that the forums are intended for offering mutual personal support. Debating controversial subjects should be taken elsewhere. Limited religious references as a sign of support are allowed (ie. "my prayers are with you" or a brief quote as part of a larger post), but the forums should not be used to convert others. 11. No cryptic posts. Using cryptic messages to "skirt" the rules is not permitted. 12. No Flaming. Respect other members of the community and don’t belittle, make fun off, or insult another member. Forming opinions about games, mmorpg's and other websites well-being are highly personal, individual choices. "Flaming" and insults, however, will not be tolerated. Agree to disagree. This applies to both the forums and chat. 13. If it shouldn’t be viewed by minors, then it shouldn't be posted to the forums or chat rooms. This is a public, family-friendly forum. In addition, if something would not be considered “work safe” (to a moderator or admin), then it shouldn’t be posted. 14. Do not disrespect moderators. Be respectful in both the forums and any private communications with moderators. Moderators donate many, many hours of their own time to help in the forums and games. Violations of this rule will not be tolerated. 14a. If you feel you have been wrongfully accused by a moderator, then 14 may not be that important. We want to make sure that no moderator abuses his/her power. Please contact administrator if you believe a moderator is abusing his/her power. 15. No SHOUTING. Remember, using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in posts is considered yelling and rude, plus it is difficult to read. 16. Do not post offline personal contact information (ie. your home address, phone numbers etc.) and do not ask for personal information from others. Modify your member profile by clicking on your screen name in the top right corner and selecting Account Settings option. Use of full names (your first and last name) is allowed but strongly discouraged. This is to protect your security and identity. 17. Rules 1 - 16 reflect on the use of the Chatbox as well. Any infraction of the aforementioned rules in the Chatbox will be punishable by temporary or permanent ban depending on the seriousness of the infraction. 18. No duplicate posts in order to achieve higher ranks. If this rule is violated you will be warned and your post will be deleted. If you continue to break this rule you will be banned. 18a. No posting of generic, copy/paste or otherwise non-engaging posts and topics in order to pass the required post count needed to enter raffles and giveaways. This is considered spam and will not be tolerated. Such actions can lead to disqualification from raffle as well as forum ban. 19. Irrelevant or off-topic posts are to be made only in designated areas (Off-Topic Discussion Section). Posts which are not relevant to the forum topic may be deleted at the moderator's discretion. 21. No lengthy signatures. Limit signatures to 10 lines or less. Moderators will edit and/or remove signatures that are too long. 22. No administrator or moderator should be allowed to abuse his/her powers. 23. It is illegal to ban another user for administrators alone, this will have to be discussed in team forums and agreed to by everyone. (So that users won't get banned just because there is a user that a particular administrator doesn't like) 24. New rules to this forum will have to be agreed upon by all active team members (developers) on the forum. 25. Administrators have to send a warning before a user is banned, and give him/her a chance to make up for his/her mistakes before banning the user account. Guidelines (DO's): 1. Check for open topics. Before posting a new topic, please check to see if there is already a topic open on the subject. 2. Report posts that violate the rules and guidelines by contacting moderator or administrator. We will act on the report as quickly as we can. Do not reply to the offending post as that typically only encourages the poster. 4. Use good judgement. NEVER rely on information or opinions exchanged via the forums or chat rooms to replace necessary, personal consultation(s) with qualified admins or moderators to meet your needs. Remember that what's right or has worked for one person may not be what's right for you. 5. Lend a helping hand. A bit of compassion can go a long way toward helping people with games' challenges and reaching out can help alleviate feelings of loneliness. We're all different, but we're really all the same. At sometime or another, we all need or want help or simply someone with whom we can share our burdens or successes. 6. Welcome new members. When newcomers arrive, say "hi" and welcome them. Help new folks "learn the ropes" about how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved. You will also find a lot of help using the forums themselves. 7. Use descriptive titles for new posts. Avoid "generic" post subjects like "Help" or "Question". You will receive a better response to your posts by being more descriptive about the content of your post. Know Your Moderators: The Gamenader.com Forums are moderated by individuals that have a lot of knowledge about the section they moderate for. While they may not have answers to all your questions, moderators are here to help in any way they can. Moderators have the right to edit or delete posts without prior notice that violate of the rules above. They are also responsible for keeping promoting participation in the forums and chats. You can spot a moderator because their avatars and ranks indicate that they are moderators. Each moderator, being human with different life experiences, may see things through slightly different eyes and some variance is to be expected. However, moderators promise to base their decision making on the content of posts rather than personal feelings about the person posting in them. If you have a question for a moderator on a decision, you can PM them and discuss it privately. They may not see things the same way you do, but they are open and approachable. Please Remember: Users that do not abide by the rules may be subject to having their posts edited or deleted, their member account permanently banned from further access and/or deleted without notice. Rules and guidelines may change at any time, please re-read them regularly.