Hello all! The forum staff and I are very happy to announce a new rule set, effective as of this post. 0. Fundamentals When enforcing the rules, the spirit of the rules, not the technical wording, is what matters. The rules apply to all aspects of Bulbagarden Forums, including your profile, signature and any form of message or post you send, unless a rule states otherwise. Rules violation on other Bulbagarden projects (Bulbapedia, etc.) may result in warnings and bans on Bulbagarden Forums. Liking a rule-breaking post may be treated as breaking that same rule. In cases of repeated or severe rule-breaking, the staff may chose to use an aggravated warning, which will immediately result in a ban. 1. Don't have a signature outside the allowed limits (Excessive Signature) [2 points, 1 month] The combined size of all images and text should not exceed 600 pixels wide, 160 tall, and 500 kB. Spoiler tags, scrollbars, etc. are not allowed. One extra line of text is allowed to give credit to the artist(s) of avatars and signatures. Bulbagarden staff are allowed slightly greater limits as a reward for their service. You may check your signature here. 2. Don't advertise other sites outside your signature or blog (Advertising) [3 points, 1 month] You can link to other sites if relevant to the thread. You may link to your own creative pages in appropriate forums. 3. Don't make irrelevant or repetitive posts (Irrelevant/Repetitive Post) [3 points, 1 month] All posts should be related to either the original topic of the thread, or a response to another post in the thread. All posts should add new content (news, creative content, opinions, arguments, etc.) to the thread they are in. Don't repeatedly post the same (or slightly rephrased) opinion or argument in the same thread. Don't continue discussing a subject after a moderator asks for it to be dropped. Don't act as if you're a moderator by telling users to follow the rules (aka "minimodding"). If you think a post or thread is rule-breaking, report it instead. 4. Don't use unreadable text (Unreadable Text) [3 points, 1 month] Post in English (except Japanese news or with moderator permission), do not use online translation. Use reasonable formatting: avoid paragraph-less long texts and all-caps posts, and use appropriate fonts. Don't use non-latin characters in usernames, signature text or profile fields. 5. Don't ask for or advertise illegal content (Copyright Violation) [4 points, 2 months] This includes fansubs, scanlations, full episodes, ROMs, etc. Don't discuss or name groups or websites that provide illegal content. Fan-made games can be discussed, but not linked to. Posting short excerpts (magazine scans of a few pages, short anime clips, etc.) is allowed. 6. Don't steal other people's fanworks, or fail to credit them (Plagiarism) [5 points, 2 months] If you use something you didn't create, credit the creator. If you do not know the creator or could not find them, make sure to say so. An extra line of text is allowed in addition to the standard signature limits to credit creators. 7. Don't insult or attack other users (Flaming) [5 points, 3 months] Don't insult other users or mock their posts. Respect other people's identity (and make an effort to use their preferred pronouns), when known. 8. Don't try and provoke arguments (Baiting) [5 points, 3 months] Don't continue a controversial discussion the moderators have asked you to drop. Don't use slurs or stereotypes to demean others (including "genwunners", "casuals", "special snowflake", "make me a sandwich"). Don't use language in a way that demeans a group of people (e.g., "that's gay", "that's retarded") or trivialize violence ("I raped his team"). Don't use hyperbole, insults or bashing when expressing views, especially negative ones. 9. When debating with other users, be respectful of their views (Bad Sportsmanship) [5 points, 3 months] Address other people's points. Don't nitpick details, assume bad faith, or unreasonably misrepresent their views. Don't treat your opinions as an established fact, or claim to speak for other people or a group (including "the majority"). Don't gloat when you feel you've proven a point or someone else has conceded a point. Being right does not give you bragging rights. Don't be dismissive of other's posts. This includes making posts to say "that's just your opinion" or similar. Don't abuse the report system. Please continue to report rule-breaking content, but do not target other users or try to get them in trouble by reporting posts you don't agree with. 10. Don't bring issues from other sites to Bulbagarden (Intersite Drama) [5 points, 4 months] This includes arguing about what users or staff do on other sites, and gloating about your site. Don't bring drama or conflict from Bulbagarden to other sites. 11. Don't make abusive or harassing posts toward other users (Abuse and Harassment) [10 points, 4 months] Don't make violent threats or emotionally manipulate other users. Don't make sexual or romantic advances or lewd comment toward another user (or a specific group of users). Do not continue flaming or bothering a person or group after being told not to. Do not make discriminatory posts based on things like race, gender, orientation, gender identity or similar. 12. Don't post offensive or oversexualized images (Inappropriate Content) [10 points, 4 months] Don't use pictures that focus on or draw attention to breasts, buttocks and/or crotches (even clothed) as avatars or in your signature. Don't use images of partially nude people (in lingerie, in underwear, etc.) as your avatar or signature. Don't use imagery associated with hate movements, ideologies or groups (Confederate States, Alt-Right, etc.) as avatars or in your signature. Outside of avatars and signatures, excessive or disrespectful use of such images may be considered Inappropriate Content or Abuse and Harassment. Don't link to websites that notoriously contain inappropriate content (e.g. 4Chan). Appropriate screenshots from these sites may be used instead. 13. Don't post porn or similarly shocking content (Graphic Content) [10 points, 4 months] Shocking content includes gore, brutal violence, heavy amounts of blood, etc. Porn includes images featuring partial or full nudity or images depicting sexual acts or situations. Historical or famous non-sexualised art such as Michelangelo's David or Nirvana's Nevermind album cover are allowed. 14. Don't create sockpuppets (Sockpuppeting) [10 points, 4 months] A sockpuppet is an additional account you create on top of your main one, without staff permission. The warning is applied to your main account with the sockpuppet being permanently banned. General information This is the ban structure: 10 active warning points: 2 days 20 active warning points: 10 days 30 active warning points: 1 month 40 active warning points: 2 months 50 active warning points: 6 months 1000 active warning points: Indefinite ban If you receive a temporary ban, the time starts from the moment you receive the ban. Ergo, if you get a two day ban at 5:00am on Friday the 27th, the ban will end at 5:00am on Sunday the 29th. Except for blatant infractions, moderators will generally give 0-point warnings OR public warning (in the thread) before giving out points. Please do note that when a moderator posts in a thread to tell everyone to stop a certain behavior, that the moderator’s post does count as a warning. 0-point warnings are simple reminders meant to help you figure out the rules and avoid trouble. They are not punishment, and they don't make you more likely to be punished. Any warning points you receive will be active for a set period of time. The more active warnings you have when you receive them, the longer that period. If you are unhappy with a warning that you have received, discuss it with the moderator that gave you the warning. If you still believe that the moderator was unfair or biased against you after your discussion, please use this form to register your complaint. Note that several forums have specific rules themselves, and make sure to abide by these rules as well. If anyone has any questions about the rules please feel free to ask in this thread.