FrenchyFungus
"UG God"
Join date: May 2005
3,872 IQ
'The Pit' Rules

In order to keep this forum relatively clean and pleasant to use for staff and regular users alike, here is a list of rules that we expect all UG members to follow. Punishments including warnings and bans will be given to those members who break any of these rules.

Please note that most of these rules apply in ALL of UG's forums, not just The Pit.

***DISCLAIMER***
All warnings and bans are at the mods' discretion - to put it simply: if we don't like it, you can be punished for it, regardless of whether there's a specific rule against that specific offence in our current list of rules. We also reserve the right to close or delete any posts/threads at our discretion. Any punishments listed are the most common punishment given for that offence - other punishments may be given at the mods' discretion. The rules can and will be updated at any time, and any new rules are effective immediately.



*** MAIN RULES ***

NO MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
- Each person is only allowed to have one account on UG.
- If you have unknowingly made a multiple account in the past, PM a moderator ASAP and they will most likely ban it for you and allow you to continue using your original account. If we find it ourselves, you will be punished, no excuses.
- If you are aware that a sibling living in the same house as you has a UG account or is planning on making one, PM a moderator with their account name and if we believe you are telling the truth, you will not be punished and you will both be allowed to use your own accounts. If we find their account ourselves, we will assume it is a multiple account and you will be punished.
Punishment: New account receives a Permanent Ban. Original account receives a Ban.

NO SPAM
- This means no meaningless posts, overdone threads or random gibberish.
- If the opening post of a thread is spam, then that thread will be considered a 'spam thread'. Any posts made in a spam thread (other than to notify everyone that the thread has been reported) will be considered spam, regardless of the content of the posts.
- What is deemed appropriate or not is decided by the moderators. Use your common sense or ask a mod before posting if you are unsure.
- Please note that it is a very rare occasion when a comment such as "ok", "wut" or "no" would be considered a valid response to a thread. Please try to expand your thoughts to form a full sentence wherever possible, as posts like these may be considered spam.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. Your thread may be closed, and you may receive a warning or ban.

NO POSTING IN REPORTED THREADS
- Once a thread has been reported (using the report button underneath the first post of the thread) and someone has posted "*reported*" in the thread, you are no longer allowed to post in it.
- There is a 2-minute window in which people will not be punished for posting that they have reported a thread which has already been reported.
- Posting in a spam thread for any reason other than reporting it is unacceptable and will be considered spam. If a thread has already been reported, just leave it alone and a moderator will get to it ASAP.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This usually results in a warning.

NO FLAMING
- Be nice to each other. We will not tolerate excessive name calling or hateful comments directed towards other users, bands, moderators or anyone else.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or ban.

NO ADVERTISING
- You may not advertise other forums or tab sites (in your posts/signature/user title/location/etc) or send private messages to other users which contain advertisements or links to such forums or tab sites, unless those users have specifically asked for a link or information.
- You may not advertise other websites on UG (in your posts/signature/user title/location/etc).
- This does not include linking to sites that are relevant to a particular discussion, or linking to your profile on a social networking site.
- If you are considering posting a link to a third party website and you are unsure if it is considered advertising, obtain permission from a moderator BEFORE you post the link.
Punishment: People who have signed up to UG specifically to advertise another site will receive a Permanent Ban. Users who have posted an advertising link in a post/signature/etc will be asked to remove it (you may receive a temporary Ban which will be lifted after you agree to remove the link from your signature/location/user title) and may receive a warning.

NO PORNOGRAPHY
- On UG, pornography is defined as any nudity showing any portion of the genitals of a male or female, or any portion of nipple on a female breast.
- You may not post a pornographic image anywhere on UG, or link to a website containing pornographic images.
- A person who quotes an image/link containing pornography is treated the same as the original poster, as it is reposting the image/link and increasing the chances that another user will be exposed to it.
- If an image requires editing (ie: adding "nipple blocks" or "paint clothes") to make it "safe" to be posted, it will be treated as porn.
- Anyone who assists another UGer to find a pornographic website may be treated the same as someone who links directly to a pornographic website - do not give people instructions to find pornography.
Punishment: Instant Ban.

NO RACIST/VULGAR/GORE IMAGES OR CONTENT
- You may not post any extremely graphic or violent imagery, links to sites containing such imagery, or express any racist or hateful sentiments anywhere on UG.
- What is deemed appropriate or not is decided by the moderators. Use your common sense or ask a mod before posting if you are unsure.
- Anyone who assists another UGer to find a gore website may be treated the same as someone who links directly to a gore website - do not give people instructions to find gore images.
Punishment: Posting any extremely graphic or violent imagery will result in an instant Ban. Hateful/vulgar comments may receive a warning or ban.

NO CONSPIRING TO SPAM OTHER FORUMS/WEBSITES OR SOLICIT ILLEGAL ACTIONS
- You cannot use UG to plan an illegal action or plan the attack/spamming of another forum or website.
- Users who encourage others to undertake attacks on other sites may be treated the same as those who actually partake in the attack.
- This includes the editing of Wikipedia articles to include false information, the spamming of YouTube comment pages, the spamming of guestbooks, and related actions.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This will usually entail a ban.

NO HARASSMENT OF OTHER PEOPLE
- You cannot use UG as a vehicle for the harassment of another person or use UG to obtain anyone's email address, website, profile information, instant messenger ID or any other means of communication for the purposes of harrassment. This includes the sending of hateful emails, instant messages, private messages or comments to any UG user or staff member.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or ban.

NO COMPUTER HARMING LINKS OR INSTRUCTIONS
- Suggesting instructions to users that may harm their computers is strictly forbidden as well as linking to websites that can damage their system.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This will most likely result in a straight ban, and your post or thread will most likely be deleted.

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
- You may not share any copyrighted material or assist others in finding such illegal material on the forums or profiles, including copyrighted mp3 files, movie files and pirated software, for any reason. This includes linking people to torrents containing copyrighted material.
- You may not upload copyrighted mp3s to your UG profile.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or ban.

NO ADBLOCKERS
- You may not suggest or discuss the use of adblocking software on the forums. UG maintains its servers by ad revenue - in other words, these ads are the only thing that keep the website cost-free for you. The use of adblocking software is therefore detrimental to UG's much-needed maintenance revenue.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This usually results in a warning.


*** OTHER RULES ***

No double/triple posting
- This means no posting multiple times in a row in a thread. Please use the 'edit post' button wherever possible.
Punishment: Excessive double posting may result in a warning.

No stealing avatars
- Do not steal another user's custom avatar.
Punishment: Will usually result in your avatar being changed to the default Mandy Moore avatar.

No pointless bumping of threads
- Bumping means posting in an old thread to bring it back to the top of the first page.
- Don't bump threads for no reason. Threads should only be bumped if you actually have something to add to the topic.
Punishment: The thread may be closed or you may receive a warning.

No 'versus' threads
- This means no threads like 'Which is worse: Fall Out Boy or Panic! At The Disco' and 'Peanut butter or Jam?'. These threads nearly always incite really pointless arguments that we don't want in the Pit.
Punishment: The thread will be closed.

No 'mirror' threads
- This means no parody threads of other threads, no copying of other threads and changing them to mock the original thread, etc.
Punishment: The thread will be closed and you may receive a warning.

NO posting in languages other than English
- Posts in foreign languages must be accompanied by an English translation.
Punishment: The thread may be closed or you may receive a warning for excessive use of other languages without a translation.

NO asking for medical advice
- Do not ask for medical advice for yourself, your friends/family, your pets or anyone else. Following medical advice given on the forums is extremely dangerous, any medical issues should be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional.
Punishment: The thread will be closed.


***WARNING***

Any memes that the moderators deem offensive, annoying or just plain stupid are against the rules, regardless of whether they are specifically mentioned here or not. This includes images such as the 'LOL WUT' pear, and the practices of 'Rick Rolling', 'inb4' and 'c-c-c-combo breaking'. We suggest you do not spread memes like this across UG as if we feel the meme is sufficiently annoying, is being overused, or is a form of spam, you may receive warnings or bans at the mods discretion.

*************


If there are any questions regarding these rules, send a private message to one of the Pit moderators for clarification or ask in the New Members Q&A Forum - do not make a thread in The Pit about it.

- The UG Mod Team