As well, no flaming/bashing. If you don't like an MOC, that's fine; you can either post and provide constructive criticism for the builder (provided you also have something positive to say about the MOC), or you can simply not post. However, you cannot post simply to bash or flame either the MOC or the builder. In addition, builders cannot respond to someone's comments by flaming the reviewer; if you feel that the reviewer was out of line, report their post or offer a response in a civil manner. Flaming can get you a PE drop, so it's highly suggested that you be civil and polite in your posting.
Do not revive inactive topics. If a topic has not received any new posts for twenty days or more, it is considered to be 'dead', and posting in it is not permitted anymore. Reviving these topics by posting in them after twenty days or more has passed is not allowed, and will only get the topic closed. In addition, do not post just to say the topic has been revived. This is something that belongs in a report, not a post, and is spam, as well as adding to the revival itself.
All MOC topics must include pictures of the MOC: the only exception is if you include a clear description and/or instructions. If you put the picture(s) straight in the post, the picture(s) should be in jpg, gif, or png format, no larger than 640x640, and around 100KB in filesize. Anything larger than this should be linked to instead. This is out of consideration for members with smaller screen resolutions and slower computers/connections. As well, please do not quote the MOC pictures themselves, as it makes the page take that much longer to load. If you must quote a post with the MOC pictures in it, please have the courtesy to remove them in your quote or change them to text links instead. If you need help posting pictures, please refer to the Pictures Topic in the Q&A forum.
Only post your MOCs. You may only post a topic for a MOC somebody else made if they are a friend or family member of yours and they do not have an account of their own. You may not post a MOC for a banned or suspended member: they have been banned from participating in the forum for a reason, and circumventing this will only get you in trouble. As well, no 'look what I found on Brickshelf' topics. Even if you state that it isn't yours, don't post a MOC you found on Brickshelf or elsewhere. If you claim that someone else's MOC is your own and you are caught(and it's not as easy to get away with plagiarism as you may think), you will be punished.
You may only post one topic for a MOC; posting multiple topics for the same MOC over any span of time is not allowed. You can post more than one MOC per topic, of course, but you may not post any additional topics for any of those MOCs if you do. As well, posting a new topic for a MOC that already has a topic is not allowed; for every extra topic you post for a MOC, you push somebody else's topic and MOC off the front page. Even if you only got a few or no posts in your original MOC topic, you can't repost it in hopes that more will see and post: you'll have to take your chances with your original.
In that same vein, no bumping topics. This is posting just to get your topic up on the front page again, or posting just to ask people to post. This is spam, and will be deleted. If you continually bump your topics, even after having been warned not to do so, you may lose PE.
No 'post-it-here' topics or unofficial contests: that is, you cannot post a topic where you invite other members to post their creations in your topic. As this entire forum is devoted to giving people a place to post topics just for their MOCs, such topics are redundant. In this same thread are unofficial member-run contests; in addition to often counting as 'post-it-here' topics, unofficial contests are not allowed due to the fact that, when they were allowed, they would often clog up the front page, pushing actual MOC topics to the back pages.
No 'request'/'shop' topics. These include shop topics where you offer to make MOCs for members who request them (much like the art shops in Artwork II) or topics where you ask someone else to make a MOC for you. If you truly want someone else to make a MOC for you, put something saying you're looking for someone to MOC for you in your signature or find somebody who is willing to build for you. If you want to build MOCs that people request, you should also put something in your signature stating you are willing to do this. Either way, a topic is unnecessary.
Do not complain about a lack of posts in your topic, or demand that members post in your topic. This includes threatening people to post, demanding that they post, sending spam PMs to random members to get them to post in your topic or PMing members who viewed your topic and didn't post to ask why they didn't post. As well, stating that you'll post something new when a certain amount of people post is not allowed. People will post if they have something to say; if they do not, they will not post. Demanding that everyone who views your topic must post, if anything, only encourages spam, as people will be made to post even when they don't have anything to say.
No 'preview'/'teaser'/WIP topics. You cannot post a topic just to say that you will have a MOC soon, or post a topic with only a silhouette of the MOC or an otherwise intentionally obscured picture. As well, you may not post a topic with a MOC in progress (a 'WIP') with intent to repost the finished product later on in a new topic after getting comments, criticism and ideas on how to continue the MOC. You may only post a topic once you have the actual pictures to post, or a clear, detailed description.
While this may look like a lot of rules, many are simply common sense/good manners and are easy enough to remember. As long as you keep to these and remember to have fun, the BBC forum can truly be a pleasant place to be.
Edited by -Windrider-, Feb 10 2012 - 03:02 PM.
Updated links to the new board equivalents.