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DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Qyzbud » March 26th, 2008, 1:45 pm

DKC Atlas Forum Rules:

Welcome to the DKC Atlas Forum, please read all of the rules and guidelines below before posting.

Key rules to follow:


  • Use proper grammar and punctuation.
  • Be respectful to fellow forum goers. Insults and prejudiced comments will not be tolerated.
  • Only post if you have something worthwhile to share. This goes double for bumping old topics.
  • Don’t request or provide links to any commercial ROMs.
  • Do not disobey any reasonable requests of the forum Administrator or Moderators.

Pretty simple, right? These are the most important rules. If you obey these, and use common sense, you’ll be fine. These issues and others will be addressed in greater detail below. If you have any doubt at all, please take the time to read this post in its entirety:

Grammar:


  • Keep spelling mistakes to a minimum. We will forgive you if you can't spell big complicated words, but just try your best. Take your time and proof read your posts.
  • Capitalise the words at the beginning of a sentence, and use commas and full-stops/periods where appropriate. Type like you care about what you’re saying.
  • Avoid using internet abbreviations, such as "lol" as part of your regular vocabulary here. They are silly.

Posting:


  • Only post if you have something constructive to say. If your reply is three words or less, chances are it's not worth posting.
  • Use smilies in moderation. We have them for a reason, but please don't overuse them.
  • Avoid double-posting. If you have something more to say, just edit it into your previous post.
  • Don't post in or 'bump' old topics if you have nothing significant to add. If you have some radical new theory relating to the subject, or there is some more news worth talking about, then it is okay.
  • Avoid editing your post once someone has replied to it. Doing so can make the topic confusing to read.
  • If you have something to say to one particular user, don't start a new topic. That's why we have "PMs".
  • If you are going to go all out against someone in a debate, backup what you're saying with intelligent information. If you don't have a case, you'll lose the argument.
  • Don't post just to raise your rank. You will be banned.
  • Please keep all posts on-topic. Posting for the sake of humour alone is acceptable in moderation, but if it leads a topic off-topic, you are likely to have your posts removed.
  • Please avoid quoting an entire post, especially if you are posting directly beneath, or if the quoted post is of multiple lines in length.

Topic Starting:


  • Don't start topics that are more-or-less identical to ones already in existence. We need only one.
  • When starting a topic, make sure it's in the right discussion/subforum. The admins/mods will fix it for you every once in a while, but please try to pay attention to what you're doing.

Avatars: (for when we have a more established avatar gallery)


  • Don't use Avatars that are already taken. If you do this by mistake, someone will tell you, and then just change it. No big deal.
  • Ask first if you want to make your own, and show Qyzbud or one of the Mods before you use it. If they don’t like it, change it. Please don't complain.

ROMs:


  • General discussion of ROMs is fine.
  • Posting ROM-altering IPS or UPS patches is also fine.
  • Discussion of homebrew is also OK, as it is still technically legal.
  • Don't talk about how to download ROMs from sites, or about how you downloaded them, etc.
  • Do not provide, request, post, or provide links to any commercial ROMs. This is a bannable offense.

ROM Dis-Assemblies:


  • A full ROM dis-assembly still counts as a full ROM. Do not request, post, or provide links to these either.
    No whole-game disassemblies (or substantial portions, as defined by site staff) will be allowed. Whole-game disassemblies turn into the runnable game, even if there are no graphics included, and this is considered too substantial for sharing on our forum.

    Very specific code snippets (ASM or otherwise), and notable routines/documentation (and discussion of these), are still allowed.
    Discussion of disassemblies is also OK; but if you distribute or link to them (even by PM) you are breaking the rules.



Thank you for taking the time to read these rules and guidelines. Most of it is common sense, so they should be easy to remember and abide by. Of course, every rule has its exceptions. Any user who speaks English as their second language will be given breaks for spelling mistakes, etc. Also, we understand that mistakes happen, and we aren’t too strict. If you just abide by the rules cheerfully, you will have a good stay here.

However...

If you are Banned


  • Do not pester us to have your account reinstated.
  • Generally, bans will only be temporary (1 week, 1 month, etc.)
  • Do not register a different account. We will ban you again, and for longer than before.


We have a nice little community going on, and we'd like to keep it that way.


Thanks to Jomingo for helping to create this very reasonable guide to our forum policies.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby BlueTronic » March 26th, 2008, 2:16 pm

I'm surprised you didn't make cussing against the rules...
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Qyzbud » March 26th, 2008, 2:50 pm

It was originally in there, but I've decided to let people use profanities if they want to. I will use the word censoring filter to 'auto-replace' such language... You can disable the word censoring if you like, which means that you can see the uncensored version of posts. It's on by default, so anyone can browse the forum without being offended by such language. Of course, crude language really just makes you look bad, so I wouldn't recommend using it here, or anywhere.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Simion32 » March 26th, 2008, 3:07 pm

There should probably be a link to the forum rules on the main page, or something to that effect. I mean, it seems to be the most logical place to put something so important. I don't know if doing that would ruin the layout of the forum, though. Whatever you think looks/works best, I guess.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby BlueTronic » March 26th, 2008, 3:11 pm

It's already in the announcements, which is like being stickyed to every forum.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Simion32 » March 26th, 2008, 3:18 pm

Kong-Fu wrote:It's already in the announcements, which is like being stickied to every forum.

Yes I know, I was talking about on the main page.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Qyzbud » March 26th, 2008, 11:48 pm

Simion32 wrote:There should probably be a link to the forum rules on the main page...

Agreed. This has now been added.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Jomingo » March 27th, 2008, 6:37 am

Kong-Fu wrote:I'm surprised you didn't make cussing against the rules...

Yeah, it was in my original version. It's been changed, but it kinda applies under the "be respectful" rule. Qyzbud and I have been working on this in secret, for we are very sneaky people.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Qyzbud » March 27th, 2008, 1:14 pm

Indeed we are... Deviously so.

Like Jomingo said, swearing (that's what we call 'cussing' down under) at someone is entirely different from just using a swear word for emphasis. The be respectful rule certainly implies that no user is allowed to swear at another user. You can say "f--- that" if something really annoys you (like if a game is delayed or your favourite character is dropped from a game... *cough* Brawl *cough*), but not "f--- you" if someone annoys you.

Remember, we're all friends here. Hopefully. ;)
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Tompa » March 27th, 2008, 7:13 pm

Good thing you set up some rules at least. Hopefully people will read them as well.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Qyzbud » March 27th, 2008, 11:03 pm

Yeah, you can never be sure that people will read the rules, but at least now I have grounds to tell people off... Oh yeah, lookin' forward to that. :twisted:

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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Jomingo » March 28th, 2008, 6:24 am

Yeah, and for any member who is disobeying the rules we can just say, "Hey, you might want to read these first before you post again," and then we link them to this topic.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Myuu » April 14th, 2008, 2:58 pm

Who is 'we'? DKC Atlas has no staff.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Qyzbud » April 14th, 2008, 4:47 pm

'We' refers to the members who are actually here to discuss DKC, and have some fun; not people who just enjoy causing trouble.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Parn » June 26th, 2008, 1:20 am

Rules read and understood. I'm a awful speller and my grammer isn't that good, but I'll try my best. Oh I got a question. Are there any rules on the signatures?
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Jomingo » June 26th, 2008, 3:44 am

I think that Signatures are currently disabled.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby BlueTronic » June 26th, 2008, 4:20 am

Only in posts. You can still see them in profiles.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Jomingo » June 26th, 2008, 4:28 am

Oh, well then, I guess the only rules on them should be keep them clean, and preferrably DK related.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Parn » June 26th, 2008, 6:09 am

Alright thank you for clearing that up for me.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby FefeRawft » July 10th, 2009, 2:40 am

You should change the rule on banning. Permanent ones should be called bans, and temporary ones should be called suspensions. It would make more sense that way.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Simion32 » July 11th, 2009, 10:18 am

I see FefeRawft's logic here...

Probation = You cannot post
Suspension = Temporary Ban
Ban = Premanently Banned

I really don't see any reason to change the naming scheme of the ban rules, but I don't see any reason not to either.

Any opinions on this matter, Qyzbud?
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Jomingo » July 11th, 2009, 12:03 pm

I agree with the idea, though I don't see it as necessary. I think that having suspensions called temporary bans sort of makes them seem like more of a big deal, and perhaps would make members take it more seriously if it happened to them. I'm sure I would care more if I got a temporary ban than a temporary suspension. It's been said before many times that the rules are in need of an update. Perhaps Qyz and us Mods should talk this idea over.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby FefeRawft » July 11th, 2009, 12:36 pm

Jomingo wrote:Itemporary ban than a temporary suspension.

Well isn't a suspension already temporary? I don't think you would need to call it a temporary suspension.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Jomingo » July 11th, 2009, 12:37 pm

OK, remove the word temporary and my point still stands, it just doesn't have the same effect as a ban.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Simion32 » July 15th, 2009, 12:26 pm

(Sorry for the late post, I was gone)
I agree with Jomingo here. If it's not called a ban, it does not sound as serious and less people will take the given punishment as seriously as they should. This will result in more users having declined adherence to the rules, and therefore more shenanigans could and will be underway at any given moment. Speaking of shenanigans...


Because of the "donkey kong country 4" HOAX that has recently come to pass, I suggest that we have a new rule here on the forum.

New proposed rule:
-DO NOT make ANY posts claiming that there is a DKC4 being made without an official announcement from Nintendo having been previously made. Idea threads for fan-games (regardless of name) and speculative threads and are fine, but official DKC4 thread(s) are NOT allowed unless the game officially exists. Any such threads will immediately be locked.
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I've learned my lesson, there is no way I'm going to fall for that bullsh** again. :ugeek:
EDIT: Added the last part of the proposed rule, in bold.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Kiddy14 » July 15th, 2009, 2:48 pm

I would say not to post anything you're not 100% sure it's feasible, regardless of being a Nintendo-made, Rare-made or Anything-made.
Or just not to tell lies (as impersonating a Nintendo employee and such), though your writing looks more menacing.
*Still his grammar and statements were bad enough to doubt/not believe him anyway
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Simion32 » July 15th, 2009, 3:22 pm

I would say that I initially fell for this out of false hope, but within a few minutes/hours had realized my error. I did take into account the fact that if he were working at Nintendo, maybe he wasn't supposed to tell anyone and was typing very quickly with horrible grammar to get the message out fast... but alas, that was not the case.

But the rule itself is still valid. At the very least, users should report troll posts like that, so that it does not go unnoticed.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Jomingo » July 16th, 2009, 6:30 am

I agree that a rule prohibiting spreading false rumors would be good, though not one quite as specific as Simion's. I think something more general, prohibiting all forms of intentionally lying to the community.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Simion32 » July 16th, 2009, 7:57 am

I do suppose my rule was too specific. So we need something that will generally cover all such cases, rather than specifically dealing with one rumor/hoax/etc...

New proposed rule (revised):
DO NOT make ANY posts or threads that...
-claim false or completely unverifiable information
(do not lie)
-attempt to intimidate users (an example is claiming to be a Nintendo employee)
-attempt to spread false information as proven fact (spreading lies is bad)
...any such threads or posts will immediately be locked and sent to the Post Mortuary.


How about this revised rule set? It needs to be condensed a little, but that would basically cover most of it. :?:
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Kiddy14 » July 16th, 2009, 9:52 am

I like it.
Though I think there could be an exception for people who thought something they said was true; it wouldn't be intentional, and just a warning, to go check facts before posting, would be ok for only the first time, in my humble opinion.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Gnawzooka » July 16th, 2009, 1:59 pm

Well, It's not really lying if you think it's true.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Simion32 » July 16th, 2009, 2:34 pm

New proposed rule (revision #2):
DO NOT make ANY posts or threads intentionally claiming false or completely unverifiable information, attempting to intimidate users, or attempting to spread known false information as proven fact. Users that are unaware that they have false information will be given an appropriate warning per case at the Moderator's discretion. However, trolling will not be tolerated, and any such threads or posts will immediately be locked and sent to the Post Mortuary. Users exhibiting troll behavior will only get one warning, after which punishment may be in order. If a user continues bad behavior after being given a warning, it could result in the topic/post being locked and sent to the Post Mortuary and/or Probation or a Ban. Again, this rule is enforced on a case-by-case basis.

How's that?
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Jomingo » July 16th, 2009, 3:20 pm

Sounds good. I will work that in to the revised rules I'll be making soon.

And of course, you are right that if they think it's true it's a different case. For instance, when Tiptup naively posted that Brawl had DLC. The DKC4 topic proves that some people are easily tricked by lies, so it's understandable that people will sometimes post false things thinking its true. It's an innevitability that we have to live with in a world that can communicate quickly through the wonders of the internet; lies happen.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Simion32 » August 15th, 2009, 6:07 am

1. Click User Control Panel at the top of the page.
2. Click the Profile tab.
3. Click the Link below that says Edit avatar.
4. From here, you may either link to an avatar on the web, or you can upload you own avatar from your computer.

EDIT: Here was not the place to ask this question. However, I see you have already chosen an avatar.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Diddy Kong » December 13th, 2010, 11:02 am

It's genuinely admirable that you made correct grammar as a rule, we represent the Donkey Kong fanbase. The last thing I would ever want is for people to think that we're too apathetic that we actually say "u" instead of "you". As for no swearing, I think it's reasonable. I mean it's just a word, and it can be used to emphasize emotions better. Thank you for trying to make us seem like a respectful fanbase Qyzzy!

Where did that username originate? Oh I wonder...
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby QueenAvira » January 19th, 2011, 11:13 pm

i know, than i make wrong things here but i promisse than i dont will do this more :D
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Katzii » March 19th, 2011, 7:07 pm

This seems like a perfectly reasonable set of rules; I'll do my best to comply with them!
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby TulipaParakeet » June 11th, 2011, 10:03 am

how do I know if I was banned,I might have just forgotten the password isn't ?
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Markster » June 17th, 2011, 8:20 am

I have never been banned but i have went close to it before, i am not that sure, but one thing not to do when you get banned is create another account, someone did that and his ban was longer, i'm pretty sure he is unbanned now.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Master clyde super » January 27th, 2012, 1:22 pm

These are good rules, and I respect them. (oops, now I sound like a newb/noob. :oops: )
Also, is it possible to make it so that you must read the rules before posting? If so, you should :oops: make it do that.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Blue Banana » December 12th, 2013, 4:27 pm

These rules somewhat apply to the newest people such as myself and others who are also new, I guess you could say these rules really do have a purpose, if these rules didn't apply, chaos could spread throughout the entire atlas. :dixiehappy:
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Retro » July 13th, 2015, 1:31 pm

Qyzbud wrote:Of course, every rule has it's exceptions.


That "it's" should be "its".

I don't intend to be grammar police or anything, I just think the Forum Rules post which recommends good grammar shouldn't have a grammar mistake inside of it. It annoys my mind.
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Re: DKC Atlas Forum Rules - read before posting!

Postby Qyzbud » July 13th, 2015, 6:48 pm

Thanks for that; I've made the suggested change.
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