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Board Rules & Guidelines

In GREEN all the new changes/additions to the board rules.
 
Introduction

Registering an account is an acknowledgement that you intend to follow the rules and decorum of the SDH Forum.
What follows are board-wide rules that should be followed at all times. Violations will result in warnings, which in time can lead to a suspension or a permanent ban.
The Administration reserves the right to alter, enforce, add, or waive any rules for any specific member at any time, or to issue verbal warnings before giving warning points.
 
Warning System

If a violation occurs, the user will receive a number of penalty points appropriate for the severity of that infraction.
Each violation penalty will "expire" every two months per penalty point. Once a penalty expired, the associated penalty points will therefore be automatically removed from the user warning level
Reaching a warning level of 10 will result into a permanent suspension / ban from the forum.
  • 10 warning level: Permanent Suspension / Ban
  • 9 warning level: Suspension for 1 month
  • 8 warning level: Suspension for 2 weeks
  • 7 warning level: Can't post for 1 week
  • 6 warning level: Can't post for 3 days
  • 5 warning level: Can't post for 1 day
Any disagreement with a certain ruling must be taken up with a staff member in privacy via private messaging, and are between that of the staff members and member, and must not involve the public. Please note that the same level of respect must be used, and depending on the situations, warnings have a possibility of being overturned.
 
Any user who has been banned or suspended is not allowed to create a second account to bypass the said ban or suspension. Doing so will result in the 2nd account being immediately banned and a possible IP ban if the problem reoccurs.
 
General Rules
  • Respect every member here, including those in authority (PENALTY: Staff discretion)
    All topics and replies must be met with respect for a fellow member. Any disrespect or flaming is a violation of the rules and users will be punished. Being rude to an Administrator or a Moderator is highly inappropriate and will be punished.
     
  • Cyberbullying won't be tolerated (PENALTY: Staff discretion)
    It is the use of any form of electronic communication as a weapon of choice to threaten, harass, torture, or humiliate another person. It is the intention to cause harm to another person. No member is allowed to engage in public personal attacks on any other member (personal attacks are defined as Personal, Racial, Ethnic, and/or Gender based insults, slurs, or derisive comments).
     
  • A person is not permitted to have more than one account (PENALTY: Staff discretion)
    Every person is granted one account. (If you become dissatisfied with your user name, you can change it through My Settings)
     
  • Respect the privacy of others (PENALTY: 4 Points)
    Posts containing personal information or false impersonations are a violation of the rules. This extends to private messaging as well.
     
  • No inappropriate material or explicit content (PENALTY: 4 Points)
    Simple rule. Administrator's judgment applies here. Sexually suggestive images will be heavily scrutinized. We'd like for our readers to be able to visit the site at work and share with friends without fear of retribution.
     
  • Advertising is not allowed (PENALTY: 3 Points)
    Advertising, or posting of referral links, is not allowed in posts, signatures, avatars, etc. Advertising may be only permitted with the approval of the Administration Team.
     
  • Do not post links or requests for illegal material (PENALTY: 1 Point)
Posting Rules
  • No trolling (PENALTY: 2 Points)
    Don't make posts that are inflammatory just to get people riled up. Substance is the key to not being labeled a troll. Derailing a topic in discussion by posting off-topic replies or content is also a violation of the rules.
     
  • Flaming will not be tolerated (PENALTY: 2 Points)
    Posts that are excessively abusive, attacking, threatening, or aggressive in nature - are unacceptable and will be punished. Also, criticize the message, not the messenger: target ideas, not people. Don't be snappy or a know it all: people don't appreciate such an attitude and it leads to a cold-feeling forum.
     
  • No spamming and no commercial-oriented posts (PENALTY: 2 Points)
    Excessive posting of any advertising (i.e. spam bots) will result in an automatic ban without warning.
     
  • No flooding with useless content (PENALTY: 1 Point)
    We discourage members from posting useless replies that do not add to the topic, such as one-liner responses (+1, lol, first, haha, etc.), use of meme phrases (cool story bro, lolwut?, etc.), use of emotion-only replies, etc. Excessive posting of the same topic is also a violation of the rules, and can result in topic deletion and a warning.
     
  • Don't use foul language (PENALTY: 1 Point)
    We want SDH to be kept clean, and that includes keeping a clean sounding forum. Use your judgment - we think you know what is right and wrong on a forum.
     
  • No Cap Locks. (PENALTY: 1 Point)
    Please do not post messages with the subject or post all in capital letters, or your message may be deleted. Words all in capitals are not only annoying (some consider it like SHOUTING), but read 50% slower than normal writing.

     
  • Bumping topics for no reason or double-posting is not allowed (PENALTY: 1 Point)
    Bumping of ones own topic for the sake of gaining lead over other topics, or continually posting two or more times in a row without any apparent reason, is not allowed. There is an edit button for all posts you make, and it should be used should you want to add more to your post. Exceptions are made if the new post adds something relevant to the thread, such as new updates or to showcase new pieces of work.
     
  • Do not post in the wrong forum (PENALTY: 1 Point)
    If it's a WWE 2K14 related topic, post it in the relevant WWE 2K14 Discussion section. Resist the temptation to post something off-topic because you think you'll get "better responses" in a particular forum. If you post in the wrong forum, we may move, edit or delete your post. If you have a topic that doesn't fit into any of the forums, post in the "Off Topic" forum, which is a general discussion forum.
     
  • Do not post a topic with partial information (PENALTY: 1 Point)
    Don't post a topic with only part of the point you want to make and state that you will post the rest of your thought when X amount of people reply. That's a form of spamming and is not allowed.
Reporting Infractions
  • Mini-moderating will not be appreciated (PENALTY: 1 Point)
    This refers to throwing in comments such as, but not limited to, "Reported," "wrong section," etc... after a post that violates the rules. Such offences should be reported via the "Report button", and left alone for the staff to handle. We encourage members not to add their own input or opinion as it can leave the offender with an unpleasant feeling.

     
  • Make sure reported items are based on the rules. (PENALTY: 1 Point)
    Abuse of the reports system, such as reporting for false or unreasonable causes, may be subject to further punishment
Posting Guidelines

When posting ensure you contribute actively and effectively. This along with many other things can lead to promotion:
  • Whilst general activity and posting is necessary, producing "hot topics", leading to active, prolonged, good quality debate and discussion will improve your chances of advancement in the ranks.
     
  • Well constructed, thought-out posts are generally going to sustain more credibility than 'one liners' which do not add anything to the discussion. We encourage all members to express their opinions or beliefs to the best of their ability, with clear explanation that adds to a stimulating or interesting debate.
     
  • Discussion is the key to interaction with fellow members and ultimately leads to activity and a prosperous, blossoming forum.
     
  • We encourage members to make legible posts to make their content easier to understand. However, members are not encouraged to taunt or degrade others based on their grammar use, rather to try and help them. Out of respect for other forums users, please refrain from using abbreviations, slang, jargon or 'text talk' as many forums users find this difficult to understand.
     
  • Hosting successful events or competitions can lead to forum wide activity and participation, bringing everyone together in a friendly manner. Not only is it fun, it gives you a chance to co-operate and talk to everyone! If you want to host an event there is nothing stopping you! Either PM a Staff Member or make a post in "Talk to the Staff" (in the "Information, Suggestions and Help" forum) with your event ideas, so it can be made official. Participation in official events can lead to promotions.
     
  • Creating an enjoyable environment for everyone is one of SDH's top priorities, especially so new members feel welcomed and immediately accepted into the 'SDH Family'. Though it is not mandatory, we encourage you welcome new members so they feel settled in and acknowledged by the rest of the community.
Additional Guidelines
  • We are an English speaking board.
    All content, post, signatures, titles, profiles, and anything in terms of public display must be done in English. However, forums members are asked to remember that other users may not have English as their first language and to extend the same courtesy and patience to others that they would wish to receive themselves.

     
  • Topics which contain religious or political beliefs are acceptable, however this is an area of extreme sensitivity to some members.
    If you do contribute to such a topic ensure you post in a thoughtful, mature, sensible and respectful manner to other people, and their beliefs. Remember, everyone has a different viewpoint and yours is just as valid as the next person's. Please keep your discussions civil. Not everyone is going to agree with you or be converted to your point of view. 'Political correctness' must be enforced.

     
  • The Staff has the right to delete, rename or merge topics and posts.
    This will generally be because they are either a duplicate, almost identical, or contain masses amount of flaming/swearing which is against the Board Rules.

     
  • Read the "Site Announcements & News" Forum.
    There might be other rules and guidelines located there that are not mentioned here that you are expected to be aware of, such as how to Request an Award, or how to become a Supporter/VIP, etc.
We, the administrators of SDHotel, thank you for your cooperation in following these rules and guidelines. Your cooperation makes SDH a better place for everyone.
 
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