Why are there so many rules?
I have to carefully explain each and every aspect of common sense and
acceptable behavior because if I miss one single point, people will
claim that it was not covered in the rules and therefore they
shouldn't be punished for it. If you want a summary of the rules,
here it is: DON'T BE A DICKHEAD. That is all. Use common
sense, don't be a troll, and keep the forums clean. These are the
EverCrest Forum rules. If you don't agree with them, you can leave
or refuse to register an account to post. If you break any of these
rules, then you will be forced to leave. It's quite simple.
Lurk before posting.
You should get a general feel for the
community before you come barging into it. We will not change our
behavior to suit you, and any insinuation to that effect will
probably result in a demonstration of what will
suit your delicate sensibilities.
Before posting a reply, please ask yourself the following
question: "Does my reply offer any advice or contribute
positively to the conversation in any fashion?" If you can
answer "yes" to this, then please reply. If you cannot, then
please don't reply.
Pretend Poster Posturing:
Impersonating another poster is not funny. In fact, it is the total
inverse of funny. Gimmick posters and throwaway accounts, unless
intensely humorous will be banned and shot in the face if at
Forum Fuckery: Don't do anything to
fuck up the forums or the computers of people using the forums. Don't
post links to sites that bombard you with nonstop popups. Don't post
links to any stupid webgames where you get points for lassoing in
unsuspecting sheep. Intentionally using the wrong thread tag will
result in pain. Vote spamming the ratings of any threads (ie, you
and your four buddies get together and vote every thread of a certain
type a 1 or 5, regardless of the content) will get you thrown out
into the streets.
Bitching Babies: If you don't like
a thread, simply vote it a "1" and do not reply. Everyone else has
just as much right to post whatever they want as you do; that "right"
ending where I, the admin, decide it stops. Pointing out how stupid
or unfunny you feel a thread (or poster) is will result in pain,
unless the thread (or poster) is intensely retarded (take your
Comments such as "Looks like you're about to be banned!" will
probably backfire in a way you don't wish them to.
Contained Conflict: Flamewars and
other shit-flinging contests should be confined a thread with
the flame tag, or the Flameball forum.
Moderator Madness: Any form of
moderator harassment, insults, doing the opposite of
what you were asked to do, reopening a thread that was closed,
bitching about a custom title, protesting a ban, abuse of the
"Alert Moderator" button, guesses as to the real identities of
the moderators, or complaining about what you feel are the
shortcomings of the current moderation team, regardless of
merit, will result in a ban. If you disagree with something
a mod has asked you to do, do it anyway, then bring the matter
to Drysart privately.
Harass and Sass: If someone is
making you feel uncomfortable on the forums because of direct
harassment, take the issue up with them in email or private
messages first. If it continues, publically ask them to stop.
If it's especially egregious, contact Drysart about it
privately. The posting of another's real life contact
information is prohibited. The only person you can post
contact information on is yourself. The fact that the
information that you post of another party is available
elsewhere (such as a whois search) will not be accepted
as justification. Stay out of people's personal lives unless
they want you there. Leave your personal grudges with other
forum members at the door before entering the forums. Nobody
wants to read two posters constantly bitching at each other
like a married couple.
Crazy Catch-All: Anyone
attemping to circumvent any rule in a way they obviously feel
is remarkably clever and witty will be banned in an appropriately
clever and witty way.
Fuck Freedom: This is a
privately owned and operated site. You have no first amendment
right to post here. Free speech does not apply.
Declarations of Dumbassery:
a user gets blacklisted, and you point it out on the forum,
you'll find yourself banned. So don't do it.
Keep all disgusting and racist pictures
off the forums. Keep any non work safe images (including
pornography) in threads marked with the NSFW (Not Safe For Work)
tag. No illegal images are allowed anywhere.
Posting unnecessarily large images
will result in a warning followed by a ban. Threads where large
images are expected (such as screenshot threads) are exempt
from this rule.
It's not a good idea to link to images
on another website unless you own or control that website. If
someone changes the content of an image you linked to on their
server, you will be held responsible.
NO WAREZ. NO SERIALS. Don't post looking
for warez. Don't post bragging about your warez. Mentioning any
warez you might have is acceptable in severe moderation, unless
said warez happens to be gaming software or shareware. The same
applies to any software intended to harass or spam or flood.
Emulators are allowed, including console emulators, and MMOG server
emulators. Abandonware is not warez. Something is abandonware only
if it can not be purchased (eBay doesn't count).
You are permitted to add a personalized
signature to your posts through your profile. Since this signature
applies to all of your posts everywhere, it is expected that you
keep it appropriate to everywhere you post. Signatures can
not exceed 50k in weight (total), must not include more than
3 images, and must not be taller than 100 pixels high (in
1024x768 resolution). Any signature which forces horizontal
scroll at 1024x768 fails to comply to these rules. If your
signature violates these rules, it may be edited or removed.
Restoring your signature to its pre-edited state will result
in a ban.
Oh no, I got banned!
If you are banned, you'll see
the banned page
whenever you try to access the forums. The only way to get rid
of the banned page is to delete all of your browser's cookies.
(Yeah, it sucks, so don't get banned.) You will not be able
to register another account with the same name. If you want
your original name back, feel free to subscribe to the site to
Creating a new account and returning to do the same shit that
got you banned in the first place; or for especially
egregious violations of the rules; will result in a
If you are perma-banned, you will find yourself unable to
create a new account at all, and unable to read the forums,
even if you're not logged in. If you've done something
bad enough to warrant a perma-ban, I suggest you leave
and not come back since your chances of having it overturned
ASKING FOR YOUR BANNED ACCOUNT TO BE REINSTATED WILL
RESULT IN A PERMA-BAN.
If you do not agree to these rules, you are free to no longer
visit this site. Remember that these are privately owned
and operated forums, and by creating an account, you agree
to abide by these rules.
(Thanks to Lowtax at www.somethingawful.com for the boilerplate that these rules were based off of).