We don't have many rules to follow here, but these are the guidelines we ask members to stick to: Bumping topics
To "bump" a topic means to post on it once it has had no posts for a period of time. This is generally frowned upon if:
- you are bumping your own topics, especially by double-posting. Be patient- we're not as fast as the Neoboards
- you bump a topic which has had no posts in two weeks or more. Moderators will generally lock those posts.Double-posting
If you make a post and then another immediately afterwards, that's double posting. Mods will normally combine the two into one post, since it makes the threads longer needlessly. There's also no reason to double-post to increase your post count, because that doesn't display on main forum pages here. You can edit your own posts if you think of more things to say on the same topic and no-one's replied in that time, using the edit button at the top right of your posts.Post length
We don't ask people to write essays for every post, but try not to make posts which are excessively short. Generally, if your post is just a quote and "me too", you need to expand a little more. If you're talking about a pet colour, maybe find something to say that justifies it- point out the shading or the colouring or something. Posts which are very short may be deleted- for example, if they're just emoticons with no text, or shorter than about three words long. Also, if you're asking for help with something, the more detail you can provide, the more likely we are to be able to help you.
Specific rules on signatures can be found here
You may not change the font colour, size or style of your posts, as explained here
Multiple accounts are not allowed, unless cleared by an admin. (If you have some need to change your username, you must contact an admin.)
If you cannot log in successfully, please try the methods outlined on this thread
. Don't email me asking me to fix it until you've tried these.
Following on from these:Who do I go to with a problem?
If you're unable to get into your account or are having a problem with a certain user, please email or PM me. Otherwise, you should take your queries to anyone on the Moderating Team
, who will be happy to help you.What do the moderators do?
- check the IP address of any post
- delete a post
- lock, delete, move, merge or split a topic
- unattach signatures from posts
- step in in the event of a public dispute between users.How do I become a moderator?
All of our moderators have been elected by popular vote. We don't hold these often, but generally, members are nominated and then a yes/no vote is held by poll. Therefore, to become a moderator, you generally have to be a well-respected and well-liked member and others will put you forward. Asking to become one is likely to harm your chances.