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Full Forum Rules
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Rule 1. - THINK Before you post
Is there a chance that your post might offend someone? If the answer is potentially yes, then don't post it, or ask a Moderator first.
What can I post? Anything really, provided it's in the correct section. Things we do not allow is Pornography, and anything with 'bad taste'. This means anything which is likely to offend someone on the forums. A good example, is extreme violence/gore, and similar. It is at the mod's discretion as to what is 'bad taste', but I am sure everyone knows what you should and should not be posting.
Rule 2. - Politeness, Swearing, Posting
We are a friendly community, therefore we expect a certain level of conduct when posting on the forums. This means we expect maturity in posts, and although we do not filter posts for swearing, it also means you can't go over the top in terms of that. We don't mind joking around, especially in our Chaos Wastes area, but if a moderator or other users think your posts/jokes are distasteful, then you will be informed about it. You will receive a PM from a Moderator requesting to think about your style of posting in future, and will likely receive a warning if you are repeatedly posting distastefully.
Rule 3. - Keeping On Topic
All discussion must be to do with the topic of the forum or thread within the forum. If the discussion gets too off-topic, or out of hand, it will either be moved to the correct forum, or deleted. "Spamming" of the forum (posting messages over and over to either increase your post count, or to annoy others) will result in an instant ban - don't do it!
Rule 4. - Flaming
Your posts must be constructive and useful for the topic. THINK before you post. Insulting another member of the forum is flaming and is not acceptable. Members should particularly note that blanket criticisms of other nationalities is not acceptable behaviour.
Rule 5. - "Trolling"
(Posting messages just to start an arguement) - Results in a warning, or if deemed necessary, a ban. This is not appropriate by any means. Note that Some Words are not acceptable for use too.
Rule 6. - Spamming
(Posting messages over and over, generally unconstructive) - If you post many times, where your posts are not constructive or have no point or topic to them, then you will receive a Warning, or potentially an instant Ban. It is also not acceptable to post the same topic in multiple areas, nor is it acceptable to double-post in threads (you should edit your post instead).
Rule 7. - Dead-end Threads
In relation to "Trolling", topics complaining about something (Let's say, for example, GW Prices!) without any particular argument, will be locked immediately. As a leading forum for Warhammer 40k, We are here to support the game, not jeopardise it. Criticism of GW is fine, they do things we dislike/disagree with, this is a matter of opinion. Constant and/or unconstructive GW-bashing is Trolling. If you wish to complain about something, do it in a well-thought-out and constructive manner.
Rule 8. - Advertising
We encourage users to show off their hobby websites, especially those promoting the hobby with events, artwork, advice, etc - However you are not permitted to advertise alternative Warhammer Forums on our site. You are also not permitted to make posts promoting online stores or sites which turn over a profit - we have Advertising Banners which you can pay for if you wish to advertise on our forums. You may have link(s) in your signature. You may use our Marketplace area to buy, sell and trade miniatures.
Rule 9. - Thread Necromancy
Please do not post into very old topics (topics which are beyond the second page of the particular forum, or that have not been posted in for a month or more) - it causes annoyance with other members, as well as a lot of confusion as to where the topic has come from!
Rule 10. - Copyright
Posting copyrighted information without permission of the owner is against the law. Posting Rules, Images, Files, etc. without permission of the respective owners is therefore not tolerated.
Rule 11. - Signatures
Signatures must be kept to an equivalent of 7 lines of text, at most. Users are permitted to use a single image in their signature, but this is limited to a maximum size of 400x60 pixels - For example, a sig image with a height of 60 pixels takes up 3 of your 7 available lines (20 pixels per line). Signatures not complying to this rule will be cut short by an administrator.
Rule 12. - Custom Ranks, Custom Titles
If using a custom rank or avatar, do not edit these to make it seem as if you have status on the forums that you do not have. For example, do not change your custom rank to Moderator if you are not one.
Rule 13. - Impersonations
In relation to the above rule, do not make accounts that are impersonating other users, whether it be a Moderator, Administrator or basic user - do not do it. Multiple accounts are allowed for friends and family, but multiple accounts to impersonate others are disallowed.
Rule 14. - Political and Religious Discussion
Political and Religious topics are not to be discussed on the forums. Any topics about politics or religion will be locked/deleted without notice. The only place permittable for this type of discussion is within the 1st Company forum, where we expect users to be able to have a debate amongst themselves without it ending in a heated argument.
Rule 15. - Pornography
Links to, or posts containing, pornography are not permitted on the forums.
Rule 16. - English Language
40kforums is an English speaking community. As such, all posts must be written in English. We may consider adding a section for Foreign Languages in the future when it is deemed appropriate, but until then, English is the only language permitted on the forums. This is merely to prevent confusion amongst the community and to keep the discussion flowing.
Our Warning System
Most of our rules above, if broken, will earn you a Warning on your account. You'll get a PM notifying you why you've got your warning, along with a link, or quote of the offence. Obviously our rules are there for a reason, so your account goes up for review by our Moderators if you get Three Warnings. Warnings last on your account for 18 Months.
Getting a Third Warning earns you a Month's Ban. During this month, our Moderators will decide whether your ban becomes Permanent, or if we think you're a decent contributing enough member, to allow you a "Last Chance". Earning a warning while under a Last Chance gets you a permanent ban without any further consideration, so perhaps it'd be an idea to start thinking about your posting (Rule 1!) by then!