BZPower Rules & Guidelines
Posted Jun 04 2011 - 06:43 PM
The following apply to all parts of BZPower - the forums, the blogs, members' profiles, private messages, and anywhere else you interact with other members.
A few notes on BZPower accounts...
Every person is granted one BZPower account. A person is not permitted to have more than one account. Administrators have the ability to find out if a person does have additional accounts, and if such is discovered, a penalty can be issued. If you become dissatisfied with your display name, you can change it. The Administration will not ban or delete your account so you can create a new one - behave in such a way that you don't regret the consequences. If you lose access to your account, do not make a new one; simply email the staff and we will work with you to help you regain access.
You are responsible for all actions performed by your account. Keep your password safe and make sure that it is strong. Make sure you log out from BZPower if you're using a computer that is public or shared among family and friends. The Staff will not accept the excuse, 'my brother/my friend/some random stranger did that, not me!' We have no way of easily determining if you are telling the truth, so be prepared to accept the consequences if someone else gains access to your account through a fault of your own.
Registering an account is an acknowledgement that you intend to follow the rules and decorum of the BZPower forum and are legally able to do so. What follows are rules created by the BZPower Administration. The Administration reserves the right to alter, enforce, add, or waive any rules for any specific member at any time.
New Member Policy
In the past some features of BZPower have been abused by new accounts, spreading inappropriate images and content throughout the site. As a result, the Administration has seen the need to impose restrictions on the accounts of new members. This is not something we want to do, as it is an inconvenience for the members and an extra level of work for the staff, but our ultimate goal is to keep BZPower a safe and family-friendly site. In an effort to do that some limitations have to be enforced.
After their account has been approved, a member just joining BZPower will be placed in the "New Members" group. They will remain in this group until they have made five (5) posts that have not been considered spam or inappropriate (see the rules below for further details). Each of these posts will be approved by a Forum Staff member before it is made publicly viewable. In addition to this, individuals in the "New Members" group will not be able to use the Private Messaging system nor will they be able to leave comments in blogs. After the five (5) posts have been made, the new user will be moved to the normal "Members" group where all these restrictions will be lifted and they will be able to interact on BZPower in the same way as all other members.
The Administration of BZPower apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and asks everyone to understand that we are doing this to keep BZPower as the number one Bionicle Fan Site that prides itself on its safe forum environment.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Respect your fellow members. Time to be cliche: treat others as you wish to be treated. You should not degrade, insult, or make fun of anyone on this site.
Respect the Staff. They have been chosen by the Administration to enforce the rules. You will listen to what they say. If they ask people to stop posting, stop. If they ask you to remove something that is inappropriate, remove it.
Respect BZPower. This is a family-friendly site and the Administration would like to keep it that way. Be respectful of how you talk about the site as a whole and what you post on it.
BZPower does not condone discrimination or intolerance. Members should not treat each other with disdain or contempt because of race, religious preference, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or a similar quality or belief. In addition, speech or acts that isolate others or belittle them because of a physiological trait or a belief are not acceptable. This especially includes saying you are anti or against a group of people that can be characterized by a shared quality or belief. Members will face administrative action up to and including banning if their actions are severe enough.
There is no flaming. Flaming makes for a negative atmosphere and it will not be tolerated. That means you should avoid yelling at and needlessly criticizing other members.
There is no trolling. Trying to force someone into an argument is not allowed.
No pornographic, sexually offensive, sexually explicit, or objectifying material. Sexually suggestive images will be heavily scrutinized. We'd like for our readers to be able to read the forum at work and at home without fear of retribution. If it's not something you'd see walking down the street or in the normal course of public life - don't use it.
Do not use foul language anywhere on BZPower. We want BZPower to be kept clean, and that includes keeping a clean sounding forum. Most bad words are filtered out, but some have been overlooked. Just because a word is not filtered does not mean it is allowed. If you're not sure if a word or phrase is allowed - don't post it. Additionally, just because you know a word will be filtered does not mean you should use it. If you can't think of a way to say something without swears, don't say it.
No blatantly juvenile toilet humor. Talk about what you do to relieve yourself, although popular (for some odd reason) is not needed here. Please remember this rule especially when posting in the Comedies forum.
Religious sigs, posts, and PMs are not allowed on BZPower. This includes quotes from the Bible, Koran, or other religious publications, as well as statements or sigs such as "Jesus Loves You" or "Proud to be a Christian."
Political sigs, posts, and PMs are not allowed on BZPower. This includes other topics related to politics such as abortion or gun control as well as any statement promoting or insulting certain political ideologies.
Advertising is allowed, as long as those advertisements meet the requirements stated in the BZPower Advertising Policy.
Read the Reference Desk. There are other rules and guidelines located there that are may not be mentioned here that you are expected be aware of.
Posted Jun 13 2011 - 07:46 PM
Do not bypass the word filter under any circumstances. Many words that are filtered are inappropriate for use on BZPower. Others are links to sites that have inappropriate content that the Administration do not want members to link to. Whatever the word, phrase, or link, if it's in the filter it's there for a reason. That said, attempts to bypass the filter or talking about something that is filtered without direct mentioning it ('that one site') is just as bad as using the filtered word, if not worse. Doing so is grounds for administrative action.
Do not revive old threads. If you want to continue a discussion from an old thread, create a new thread and reference the old one in your opening post. There is a very high turnover rate in membership, and people may not always remember old conversations. Consult the BZPower Forum Revival Reference to see see what is considered 'old' in each forum.
Do not double post. Posting two or more times in a row is not necessary. There is an edit button for all posts you make, and it should be used. Double posting is a waste of bandwidth, and the rule against it will be heavily enforced. There are exceptions to this in certain forums. Be sure to thoroughly read each forum's rules before you even consider double posting.
Post in the right forum. If it's about the Tahu Stars set, post it in the Bionicle Sets and Collectibles forum. Even if it's only humor, an observation, or angst, if it's about something that we have a forum for, post it there. Resist the temptation to post something off topic because you think you'll get "better responses" in a particular forum. We know there are a lot a forums and it can be confusing to choose the right one to post in. If you are unsure, consult a Forum Leader, Forum Assistant, or Forum Mentor.
Use descriptive subject lines and research your post. This reduces the chances of double-posting, and it also makes it easier for people to see what they do/don't want to read. Also, scan the subjects of the last several days' posts to make sure you aren't duplicating posts. Also, consider what forum your topic should be posted in. If you think something you want to post may have been discussed before, search for it!
Do not post a topic with partial information. 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 later or when a certain amount of people reply. That's a form of spamming and is not allowed.
Do not post if you have nothing to add. If you don't know the answer to a question or have nothing to add to a discussion - DON'T POST. This is considered spam and will result in your posts getting deleted. Repeated offenses may result in administrative action.
Don't say, 'close if dupe.' Other similar phrases include, 'move if in wrong forum,' or, 'if not allowed...' The staff know how to close and move topics as needed. If you're not sure if something is a duplicate, search. If you think it might be in the wrong forum, ask someone. If you think it's not allowed, you probably shouldn't post it.
Don't say, 'first to post.' That phrase will be filtered. This goes for 'second to post,' etc. These kinds of messages are spam and will not be tolerated.
All images posted on BZPower must be 500 kilobytes (kB) in size or smaller. BZPower's forum software will automatically resize very large images so they don't require users to scroll left and right to see them. This does not, however, affect the filesize of the images. Often such images are multiple megabytes (MB) in size, and several of them can cause pages to load slowly, even for people with fast broadband connections. There are many image editors out there that can be used to crop and resize images to reduce filesize. If you absolutely must share an image greater that 500 kB, link to it instead of posting the image.
Do not use BZPower as an image host. Do not link to images from BZPower elsewhere without permission. This includes uploaded avatars and images as well as rank images or any assets from BZPower.
Only user Spoiler Tags for spoilers. The purpose of the tag is exactly what it says its for - spoilers. The tag is only to be used when posting a spoiler, not to be cute, not for attention, and not for a game.
Follow BZPower's Spoiler Policy. The policy can be found in the Storyline and Theories Rules.
Post only in English. Do not make entire posts in other languages or in leet. Additionally, do not use nonstandard characters, especially in usernames. The occasional word or phrase ('hola,' 'sayonara,' 'hax') is fine, but if it becomes excessive the content will be removed. See this topic for further information on leet and language use.
No "Am I Hot or Not", "show me your girlfriend." etc. threads. There are several places for that already. The occasional picture thread is OK (if we're talking about pictures of members), but this is not a dating forum.
Do not post 'brain eating links.' These include links, images, etc that spawn many popups, annoying videos, or windows that cannot be closed or even cause your computer to crash and tend to be hidden behind unassuming text.
Do not send unsolicited Private Messages. Do not randomly send members messages asking them to vote for you, read your topic, etc. If you want to strike up a conversation, fine, but remember the rules above, be sure to be respectful and courteous.
Do not impersonate other members. Do no choose similar display names, copy the avatars, profile pictures, signatures, or other information of another member without their permission.
Posted Jun 14 2011 - 09:05 PM
First things first: when it comes to the rules above, you are to obey the rulings of the Staff in all cases. If you have an issue or a question about a particular decision, contact the Staff Member who made it. If you are still not satisfied, contact an Administrator. The judgment of the Administration is final in all cases.
Methods of policy enforcement:
When a member violates these guidelines action can be taken. These are some of the methods of action:
- Reprimand by a Staff Member. This is just a simple talking-to. It is basically a warning not to repeat the offending action.
- Proto Energy Drain. If a petty offence is committed, a member can loose some proto energy. When the proto energy runs out, a member is automatically suspended. See this topic for more information on Proto Energy.
- Suspension. A break from posting because of a rule violation. Suspension can last anywhere from a few days to indefinite suspension.
- Banning. Banning means that you are no longer invited to participate in the BZPower forum. Once a member has been banned it is permanent and cannot be reversed by anyone except the Administrator who performed the banning. See this topic for information on what being banned means.
- Legal action. Legal action is not out of the question if property destruction occurs because of malicious behavior such as hacking transmitting viruses. You can be traced in all the actions you perform, so think twice about doing anything serious. We have no problem with throwing a mischievous 14-year-old in jail should they cause damage.
There are a lot of posts, topics, blog entries, comments, and more made on BZPower each day. Try as they might, the BZPower Staff cannot read everything that gets posted. The good news is that the vast majority of the content posted on the site follows the above rules. For the times it doesn't, however, the Staff asks the members to help out in bringing violations to their attention.
If you see any content on the forums that violates the above rules, don't hesitate to report it. Here's the proper way to report different things:
- Posts - Use the Report button.
- Topics - Use the Report button.
- Avatars - Use the Report button on the member's profile page.
- Display Names - Use the Report button on the member's profile page.
- Signatures - Use the Report button on the member's profile page.
- Profile Comments - Send a PM to a Forum Assistant.
- Blog Entries - Use the Report button.
- Blog Comments - Use the Report button.
- Blog Content Blocks - Send a PM to a Blog Assistant.
- Advertising - Send a PM to AdvertAlert; see the BZPower Advertising Policy fore more details.
- Personal Messages - Use the Report button. NOTE: By reporting a PM you are granting permission to the Administration to read your conversation.
We, the administrators of BZPower, thank you for your cooperation in following these rules and guidelines. Your cooperation makes BZPower a better place for everyone.
-Andrew (Black Six)
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