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Rules Bulbagarden Forum Rules (Last Updated April 13th, 2022)

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- Liking a rule-breaking post may be treated as breaking that same rule.
I'd like to ask for clarification on this, if I may.

Does this include every rule? Or the more extreme cases? Obviously I understand that liking a spam post, or an offensive post, etcetcetc would be considered in violation of that rule.. But what I'm really asking about is if I like a post that you guys determine to be... in violation of this rule, for example:
6. Don't steal other people's fanworks, or fail to credit them (Plagiarism) [5 points, 2 months]

Thank you for your time.
 

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It'll be 99% time used for liked post that insult users.

It could potentially be used for all rules, but likely won't. Basically we judge case by case.
 

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Note that we are adding one additional bullet point to the Irrelevant/Repetitive Posting rule:

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.

If you have any questions about this rule or any other changes we've made recently, feel free to ask about them here or message one of our moderators.
 
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Added in the following bit to explain how temp bans work:
"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."
 

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Some questions I have:

1. Although I don't personally plan on doing this, I was wondering if lewd pictures that are cropped and only show the face (with no sexual details on or around the face) fall under the "obscene/pornographic" content rules. I was also wondering: if this is allowed with certain limits, what are the limits? IE "no lewd-looking faces but if the face doesn't look lewd then..." I just would like this to be cleared up, since a cropped face is not directly sexual within itself.

2. Is "genwunner" a term that's not okay to use at all, or just in an insulting manner? And would "A group of Genwunners kept saying Pikachu was best Pokemon but personally I prefer newer ones like Sylveon" fall under "an insulting manner?"

3. Although I didn't intentionally make my tagline to be insulting to autistic people or self-depreciating, could it technically fall under the standards of "insulting a group of people"? I didn't try to make it insulting, I just felt like mentioning this so that people know what's up if I act sorta strange. But I won't voluntarily break any site rules.
 

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Some questions I have:

1. Although I don't personally plan on doing this, I was wondering if lewd pictures that are cropped and only show the face (with no sexual details on or around the face) fall under the "obscene/pornographic" content rules. I was also wondering: if this is allowed with certain limits, what are the limits? IE "no lewd-looking faces but if the face doesn't look lewd then..." I just would like this to be cleared up, since a cropped face is not directly sexual within itself.

2. Is "genwunner" a term that's not okay to use at all, or just in an insulting manner? And would "A group of Genwunners kept saying Pikachu was best Pokemon but personally I prefer newer ones like Sylveon" fall under "an insulting manner?"

3. Although I didn't intentionally make my tagline to be insulting to autistic people or self-depreciating, could it technically fall under the standards of "insulting a group of people"? I didn't try to make it insulting, I just felt like mentioning this so that people know what's up if I act sorta strange. But I won't voluntarily break any site rules.
If an image contains no explicit sexual or graphic imagery then it's fine. Though if an image is popularly associated with rulebreaking content then we may still ask you to change it. it's entirely context dependent.

As far as I can think of right now we have no phrases or words that are outright banned altogether. Like my previous statement, it's context dependent. Referring to a person or group as a genwunner or other generalization with negative connotations is against the rules, but self-identifying as one or bringing up the word in discussion (like you did for your question) is geberally fine.

Self-identifying as autistic or discussing autism in a respectful way is fine, though there aren't many places on the forums to have such a discussion where it wouldn't be considered off topic. If your user title is describing yourself then it's fine, but if you don't identify as autistic then it would be considered disrespectful use.

I hope this answered your questions. Let us know if we can clarify anything else.
 

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Can I ask what a genwunner is?
A phrase used to generalize and demean people who prefer the original games over newer ones. It doesn't really have any meaning outside of the Pokémon fandom, but its been the source of some pretty nasty flame wars in the Pokémon community, including on our forums.
 

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Oh okay. I won't say it here. Although demeaning people just because of which game or generation they prefer sounds pretty silly to me. We all have different likes and dislikes.
 

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I don't exactly know that it would ever come up. (and I don't plan to bring it up other than this one time) But how exactly is the Confederate States a "Hate Group", as it was technically a "country", so to say, during a war.
 

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A country that is founded on oppression of a specific minority may be at the same time a country and a hate organization.

The declarations of independence of the various states that made up the Confederacy make it explicit that by and large they broke away to preserve their "right" to slavery, that is to say, the right to oppress the African-American minority. Attempts since the war to rewrite history into a broader "Slaves Right" or "Economy" issue cannot erase those statements in the declarations of independence.

While we appreciate that to many the flag has become a symbol of southern pride, and will keep that in mind in dealing with rule-breaking, we'd rather not see the flag posted here.
 

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I plan on doing a challenge using an emulator at some point. Is it ok if I post about my adventure?
 

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Ok, so, I haven't been to Bulbagarden in years, so I'm out of the loop here. I went to my profile to update my info, and I saw that I couldn't change my username. Was that option disabled? Because I would really appreciate it if I could get mine changed. I use the name Katie Holt on most places online these days and it'd be great if that can happen here as well.
 

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I plan on doing a challenge using an emulator at some point. Is it ok if I post about my adventure?
Not a VG mod, but I think that should be fine, just don't link to the emulator or anything.

Ok, so, I haven't been to Bulbagarden in years, so I'm out of the loop here. I went to my profile to update my info, and I saw that I couldn't change my username. Was that option disabled? Because I would really appreciate it if I could get mine changed. I use the name Katie Holt on most places online these days and it'd be great if that can happen here as well.
The button's not on the normal info change screen. What you've gotta do is hover over your name on the top right of the screen to bring up a drop down menu, and the "Change username" option should be there.
Just remember that you can only change your username once every 3 months.
Hope that helps.
 

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Ok, so, I haven't been to Bulbagarden in years, so I'm out of the loop here. I went to my profile to update my info, and I saw that I couldn't change my username. Was that option disabled? Because I would really appreciate it if I could get mine changed. I use the name Katie Holt on most places online these days and it'd be great if that can happen here as well.
No the option still exists, however you'll need to have been here 6 months and have 150 posts to change it. It looks like you just need a few more posts to reach that, so just post around a little more and you should reach it easily.

Welcome to the forums!
 

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We have made a slight change to our Unreadable Post rule. it now stands as follows:

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.


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We have chosen to do this so as to encourage people not to use usernames that are in effect unsearchable and unmentionable, by virtue of most users needing to copy and paste a username that may difficult to type, such as usernames in Sanskrit, or Kanji to name a few. Users with usernames that contain such non-latin characters will not be asked to change their username if they've had it previous to this announcement.

From this point on, everyone must only use Latin characters in their username so as to not limit other users searching or mentioning of you.

Characters we allow:
lowercase a-z
uppercase A-Z
numbers
hyphens, underscores,
accented letters, such as é
punctuation such as !

Basically, if the character is on a QWERTY keyboard, it's fine.

Is posting pictures with non-Latin characters allowed?
 

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Is posting pictures with non-Latin characters allowed?
It would be context dependent. I think it's safe to assume as a rule of thumb if the text is the focus of the image or the image can't be interpreted without the unreadable text then it would be against the rule. If the text is just present in an image that is still otherwise understandable then it should be fine.
 

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It would be context dependent. I think it's safe to assume as a rule of thumb if the text is the focus of the image or the image can't be interpreted without the unreadable text then it would be against the rule. If the text is just present in an image that is still otherwise understandable then it should be fine.
I'm thinking of making a language quiz game, I will be posting in Latin characters of course, but this game is based around guessing the language of a text in an image and of course there will be some non-Latin characters. Is it okay for me to proceed with this plan?
 
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