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ATTN: Admins. This Double Fine Action Forum RULES!

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I thought that this forum should have some guidelines or rules of some sort. I spent some time considering the basics and here are rules that I think everyone could live with if you would like to take them into consideration:

Double Fine reserves the right to alter, edit, or update these rules as they see fit at anytime according to events or policies that may take place.

Table of Contents

A. Registering to the Forum

i. Avatars and custom titles

ii. Signature Rules

B. General Posting Rules

i. Post Legibly

ii. General Topics to Avoid Posting About

iii. Illegal Subjects

iv. Which Forum

v. Respect

vi. "First Post!"

vii. "Double Fine Forum/Site" Forum

C. Post Content

i. Spamming

ii. Swearing

iii. Tolerance

iv. Honesty

v. Things that Break Line Wrapping

vi. Images

vii. Flame Wars

viii. Private Messages

ix. Subject Lines

x. What to talk about

D. Moderation

i. Warnings

ii. Ban Requests, Post Deletion Requests

iii. “The Mods Deleted My Post”

v. "I wanna be a mod!"

vi. Complaints Against Mods

A. Registering to the Forum

When registering to the forum, your nick name must be G-rated (non-offensive), nor containing any vulgarity, or you will find yourself removed immediately.

i. Avatars (aka. "those pictures underneath your name") and Custom Titles

Offensive avatars or custom titles will be edited by moderators. Common sense applies here: if you could show your boss, school teacher, or your parental figure your avatar, it's okay.

ii. Signature Rules

Your signature should be no longer than 4 lines. If your signature is longer than than this, one of our moderators will trim it for you. We want to read your posts, not your signature! Keep in mind people with slower modems: a long signature will increase the amount of time it will take for them to view a page. Furthermore, all signatures must be G-rated. We don't enforce a G-rating for any posts, but we feel that we should with signatures as they are appended to every single message posted to the forum.

B. General Posting Rules

The rules of this forum are largely based on RFC1855, a widely accepted internet standard for netiquette. We own this forum, we pay for this forum out of our own pockets, and we are liable for its content so we get to make the rules. Generally, it's okay if it can pass "The Boss Rule": if you could show your boss your post without getting fired, it's okay. (see: Moderation)

i. Post Legibly

In the digital age, you would have thought that legibility would no longer be a problem. As RFC 1588 states, use mixed case and proper punctuation. Doing otherwise will make you sound like a toddler. Posting in "l33t sp33k" (replacing letters with numbers and/or special symbols) or "LeEt CaPs" (alternating case excessively) will make you look like an twerp. Don't do it. Proper sentence usage is appreciated too.

ii. General topics to avoid posting about

"Reply here if you're cool", "Post your age, sex and location here", "post your picture here!" threads. If you feel the urge to post one of these threads, please do it in the Off-Topic Lounge where it is appropriate, not elsewhere.

iii. Illegal Subjects

Subjects include, but are not limited to: Warez/pirating (this includes mod chips and bypassing security), hacking, drugs, pornography, swearing and/or bipassing the swear filter, and provoking racism. If we see you posting threads promoting any of these topics you will be banned.

iv. Which forum?

Make sure you are posting in the right forum. All forums are self explanatory, so please use common sense. For example, "post something random" posts do not belong in the Psychonauts forum. If we find you posting in the wrong forum, we are going to move your post to the correct one, within short warning. (see: Moderation “The Mods Deleted My Post!”)

v. Respect

Respect every forum member as you would a moderator. All forum posters are to be treated equally with respect. Repeatedly using vulgar language and calling somebody an idiot is not a good way of getting on a moderator’s good side. Furthermore, moderators treat everybody as equals. This forum is open to anybody to post and we would like to keep it that way. While we love our fans who have traveled from not-to-distant fan sites, we encourage everyone to post as if they were new so that others can get to know all of you. Posting like you are in clans is the easiest way to push new users away from posting here because they don't feel like as welcomed or part of your "in" crowd. Please go easy while everyone adjusts here.

vi. First post!

"First post!" messages aren't funny, and are the mark of an imbecile.

vii. Search

Please use the Search forum tool to determine if your idea for a thread has already been acted upon. Should you find a thread similar to your original idea, do not create a new thread. It is much better to post in an existing thread than to create a new one. Please respect that moderators will also merge many multiple threads regarding the same subject and may close or delete your thread without warning. Save all questions regarding closed or deleted threads for the Support forum.

viii. “Double Fine Forum/Site” Forum

Please post your collective ideas, constructive criticisms, comments regarding the site and forums, and why you want or need changes made in this section.

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C. Post Content

When posting in an online forum, there are several things in which you have to pay attention to. One of the most important things is content. We have a very diverse member base so you must keep in mind that what you say can/will be offensive to other members. To prevent this from occurring unnecessarily, you must abide to our stricter set of rules regarding what you post. All moderators are instructed to ensure that these rules are maintained and will discipline any offenders. (see: Moderation)

i. Spamming

Spam n. 1. To post irrelevant or inappropriate messages to a forum.

Spamming can get you removed from our forums. This includes continuously inviting people to your website, posting tons of threads within a very short time, or just plain out flooding. Double Fine does not allow spam or advertisement posts in our forums, and this includes advertising and recruiting for other sites.

ii. Swearing

We don't mind if you swear, just as long as you keep it to a minimum. Excessive swearing is a mark of lamerdom. In addition, there is to be no swearing in subject lines or signatures.

iii. Tolerance

Racist, sexist, homophobic insults are the quickest way to get yourself banned from the forum. Don't do it.

iv. Honesty

Please be honest about your opinions. Thank you.

v. Things that break line wrapping.

Try not to post long strings of letters, as our forum software doesn't automatically add a line break, and users of the forum are forced to use their horizontal scrollbar. And we all know how annoying that is! The same thing goes with large pictures. You might want to scale them down before posting them. Please use an image host for your images rather than hotlinking also. Photobucket and Imageshack are the most popularly used for those needing direction on this. If the hotlink turns to porn or something inappropriate, then action will be taken against you since you originally posted it.

vi. Images

No pornographic, overly offensive, or inappropriate images are allowed. I believe I speak for a large number of our members when I say that i'd like to be able to read these forums while at university or at work. Again, common sense applies: if you could show your boss this image, it's okay. Furthermore, if you are going to have quite a number of large screenshots in a thread, it's generally a good idea to put a warning in the subject line. "(Warning - big pictures! or No 56K)" is fine.

vii. Flame wars

If you post a message containing a logical argument with a few scattered insults in it, we don't mind. However, if you post a message which solely contains insults directed at another forum member, your post may be deleted and you may be banned. People do not come to our forums to see people insult each other, they come to read about how cool Double Fine is. Engaging in a flame war is a great way to get yourself banned.

viii. Private Messages

If anyone of our users sends threats or insults you via the Private Message(forum or chat), contact a moderator to deal with the situation.

ix. Subject Lines

Make your subject lines descriptive. Subject lines such as "Check this out!" or "This is so cool!" or "I can't believe this!" are not descriptive, and result in multiple postings on the same subject. Before posting, you might want to look through the current page of posts to see that someone has not already posted on the same subject via searching before posting.

x. What to talk about

In this forum, you can almost talk about anything, except for things that are a) Illegal (i.e. drugs, etc.) or b) Adults Only (sexual in nature, etc). This is a family forum. Remember, if you can talk about the subject to your boss without getting fired, it's probably fine.

xi. Account Management

Your account belongs to you. Please do not give out your account passwords to others. Any actions/posts they make may be attributed to you.

xii. Forum Tampering

Any attempt to manipulate the coding of the site, or perform any actions not of normal operations of the site, will result in an immediate IP ban.

xiii. Copyrighted Materials

Magazine Scans are NOT allowed. Scans newer then two months violate copyright laws. People buy magazines to read exclusive content; if these are posted on the web people would not buy the magazine. Anyone caught posting magazine scans will have their account suspended for two weeks or more depending on the severity of the issue. This includes scans within links so make sure that your source is legit before posting.

D. Moderation

The following is our basic moderator guidelines and standards. These rules apply to moderators too. Any moderator who breaches these guidelines will lose their moderator privileges. There are no double-standards in our forum.

i. Warnings (and successive courses of action)

Warnings are given by mods to those who break the rules. All warnings are logged in our database. We are aware of those who have a “record”. The most common method of action towards offenders is this:

1. When you break a rule for the first time, a moderator will contact you via Private Message or email to warn you. Whether you respond to the warning or not, we will assume that you are aware of the situation.

2. If you continue to break a rule for the second time, a moderator may warn you again for the last time.

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3. After three offenses, you will be banned and your account deleted.

If you post anything we regard as illegal you will be banned upon the first offense. (see: General Posting Rules "Illegal Subjects")

If you have been banned, it was not without warning or reason. Do not send in emails requesting to be un-banned. At this point, your requests are falling upon idle ears.

ii. Ban Requests, Post Deletion Requests.

If you find a post which you find overly offensive, please Private Message a moderator or e-mail us and we'll determine any further course of action.

iii. Temporary Bans

Temporary Bans maybe issued. If your account is temporary disabled, do NOT create another account. Bypassing a temporary ban may result in a more permanent action.

iv. "The Mods Deleted My Post!”

Chances are, we probably moved it to the off-topic forum. Failing that, your post most likely broke one of the above guidelines. If you're still not certain why one of your posts got deleted, send a Private Message to a moderator we'll discuss why.

v. "I wanna be a mod!"

Asking to become a moderator is the fastest way of eliminating your chance of ever becoming a moderator. In nearly all situations, the only way of ever achieving this position is if we come to you.

vi. "Complaints Against Mods”

If you have a grudge against a particular mod, we suggest that you try to work out your situation via Private Message with him/her. If you continue to have trouble you may post your grievance in the “Suggestions/Feedback” forum. Do not post your problems in any other forums. If you do, we will warn you once and move it to the correct feedback forum. After the first warning, any other offenses shall be strictly acted upon.

vii. Harrassment

Harassment of staff members via e-mail, instant messages, telephone calls, or other means of contact is a punishable offense, and could result in legal charges should the action be serious enough.

I think that just about covers everything. If people have questions or suggestions on how the rules should be different than the above, let me know. If an admin actually sees these posts and wants to use them, go for it! I think these rules and guidelines would cover most of the things you would come across in these forums so I "borrowed" them from elsewhere and modified them to fit these forums.

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Kudos Headroom. It was concise, blunt and informative. I wouldn't be surprised if the admins actually adopted this.

However, I feel you should add:

- Dont edit your post back. This is something I find to be crucial, having been a former moddess at some point. Nothing is more aggravating and insulting than editing an inappropriate post back after a mod has taken the time to make it appropriate.

-Something on smilies. They tend to get old quite quick when used in excess.

- The Off Topic area tends to get really off topic. If One feels like posting something there that doesn't fit in elsewhere but One wishes for it to stay on topic for whatever reason, they should include [on-topic] within brackets in the thread name.

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Kudos Headroom. It was concise, blunt and informative. I wouldn't be surprised if the admins actually adopted this.

However, I feel you should add:

- Dont edit your post back. This is something I find to be crucial, having been a former moddess at some point. Nothing is more aggravating and insulting than editing an inappropriate post back after a mod has taken the time to make it appropriate.

- Something on excessive smilies. I fully understand why the little yellow blobs aren't used here, but even the :):):)s and :[:[:[s can get annoying quickly if used in excess.

- The Off Topic area tends to get really off topic. If One feels like posting something there that doesn't fit in elsewhere but One wishes for it to stay on topic for whatever reason, they should include [on-topic] within brackets in the thread name.

Thanks for the feedback Mayhem. A few notes that you should know for your suggestions (in order of your suggestions):

-Admins can elliminate user edit options and put a time restriction on edits per post, so your first point would be covered actually. It is just a matter of them implimenting that or not.

-Admins can also limit smilies per post in the admin-mod control panel.. like 5 max per post or whatever they deem fit.

-That last point is actually touched on briefly in the part where I mentioned having a proper description for your thread's topic in the "subject lines". If someone wants a serious discussion, then I suppose they could split the Off Topic forum into two rather than everyone who wants to have a serious discussion resorting to titling their thread differently. One forum could be called "Offtopic Chaos & Mayhem" (like it is now with all the hectic excitement, I hope you like the name btw..) and the other could be called "Offtopic Discussions and Debates" with a more on-topic focus. I'm just bouncing the suggestion back to see what you think on that.

I am sure that the staff are quite busy at the moment working on their latest project and preparing the site for the minigames. Hopefully this helps out if they read this and consider the thoughts put behind them. Thanks again, Miss_Mayhem for your reply on this.

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No problem - and yes, I like the name very much. And the forum split seems like a good idea, keeping both areas within certain moods.

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I would like to see these things also, if possible (since the other suggestion thread has gone offtopic) :

Custom user options

•Hide Join Date

•Hide Post Count

•150 X 100 Avatars (under 120KB) enabled -AND- an option to not display avatars or images (for those who don't like all the imagery or are on a 56K connection)

•Delete post option.

•Signature limit of four or five lines.

•Online status indicator next to forum handle.

•Choice to hide online status while posting.

Forum suggestions

•"Today's Birthdays" listed under Users Online on Forum Front Page.

•Offtopic Discussions and Debates Forum added to Offtopic Forum for those who want more serious on-topic discussions.

Example: (Offtopic< General Discussion< Offtopic Lounge -AND- Offtopic Discussions and Debates)

•Limit of six smilies enabled per post.

•Enable image tags on offtopic forums.

•60 second rule between posts to cut down on the spamming.

•Remove edit post option after one hour.

Please.

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I believe there is already a signature limit. But for characters. I'm fine with it actually. The only other suggestion I don't really care for is the last one. Sometimes, you need to edit a post because new information has come up, or you unearthed something important you did not know of before, or you noticed a glaring error. I doubt the poster is at fault for such things, because things are constantly changing, or your source wasn't as complete as you thought and you may not find out within that hour.. It is (IMO) unsightly and jarring for the readers when one makes a post containing new info or corrections.

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The forum has survived thus far on common courtesy alone.
Constructive. :P

I did this out of courtesy to the site staff/Double Fine, and the community, for when this sort of thing actually becomes necessary.. since they are likely busy working on their project(s) and not writing up a set of forum guidelines.

Sure, we might not be at the point where this is needed yet, but it is only a matter of time before advertisers and the standard nuisances of internet forums make their way here to cause problems with the community. In contrast to here, I currently moderate a community that has 160,000+ members, 8 million+ posts, and 400,000+ threads. This place is in it's infancy, in comparision, and I was only putting out the suggestions to be helpful for when it would be time to consider guidelines or rules. From my experience, it is better to have a plan or be proactive for this kind of stuff. You don't have to agree with any of it nor do you have to find any appreciation in my contributing this. I am perfectly alright with that.

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No way! User mods always suck. Just look at IGN. A bunch of babies are mods. Let the real staff be mods.

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I vote Headroom to be the first Double Fine Action Mod. He'd be fantastic! Who's with me? *raises hand*
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm sure if they want to delegate any responsibilities they will seek those persons out who are deemed responsible and fair.

On a side note: It would be nice if the admins had something to say regarding this thread since I did put it to their attention. I understand if they are very busy, but a quick and simple acknowledgement would be appreciated.

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The forum has survived thus far on common courtesy alone.

It's like a little nation, growing up on its own... * Sniff *

Very comprehensive, Headroom.

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User mods can be quite phenomenal, let me tell ya. Both me and Darth were modesses and we were thoroughly sassy and beloved. And yes, smilies would be charming.

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