GBAtemp Forum Rules & Guidelines
To enhance the quality of discussion and topics at GBAtemp, we ask that all members participating in the GBAtemp Forums abide by the following rules and guidelines:
Appropriate actions will be taken on those that ignore or attempt to bypass these rules and guidelines. The action that will be taken will be determined by the GBAtemp Forum Staff and will depend on the severity of the violation.
All actions, moderation and administration of GBAtemp are decided by the staff only and are not open to debate.
- We are an English speaking community. Please post in legible English ONLY.
Note to IRC Users:
- Please keep all IRC problems on IRC. Don't start topics on the forum asking why you've been banned from a channel. If you have a problem, try messaging one of the OPs in IRC or if you have to, PM them on the forum.
"Warez" - ROMs, WADs, ISOs & CIAs
"Warez" is an internet term used to describe copyrighted software, game, film, music and data piracy.
These rules also apply to other "warez" too, not just ROM, WAD, ISO & CIA files; this includes (but is NOT limited to) - licensed and copyrighted software, code, movies, music, video games, magazines, comics, e-books, television shows, illegal torrents, etc. These rules also account for "keygens" and "cracks" including how to obtain, apply or install them.
Those are the most frequently broken rules, and are the most important. Failure to comply with these rules may result in an instant ban on your forum account. Ignorance of the rules is no excuse!
Flaming, Trolling & Harassment
Do not "flame", "bash", "troll" or harass others. Blatantly offensive comments or actions directed at others will not be tolerated. While we do allow members to debate and voice their own opinions, there will be a limit to how far a heated debate can go before it is closed by staff. If you harass someone you will be disciplined. Period.
Please show respect for all members at GBAtemp; new or old. Disparaging remarks towards others about race, gender, origin, handicap, age, sexual orientation, personal politics and religion will NOT be tolerated and will most likely be removed by staff. The poster will then be warned, suspended or banned (see the Warnings section below for more information on warnings).
Flaming, even in self-defence, is strictly prohibited. If you have something to say, say it respectfully or not at all. If someone is harassing you either use the report function or contact a staff member directly. Replying to a flame post will likely result in the removal of your post as well. Flambaiting, or attempting to draw other members into personally attacking you or each other is also not allowed.
General Forum Decency
This public forum is intended for users of all ages, please take this into consideration when posting. Please use common sense and don't post explicit profanity, we are not strict on the use of swearing but please show respect for the members of GBAtemp.
The following rules and guidelines on forum decency or "netiquette" are all mostly common sense, but we know some members lack any common sense so we've listed them here for you to review and hopefully abide by:
Warnings, Suspensions & Bans
GBAtemp v2 introduced IPB 2.0; including a member Warning system. Every time a member violates a rule or disrupts the forum, a warning will be applied by a member of staff. Depending on the severity of the violation of rules, the member will be dealt with accordingly:
All actions are decided by staff only and once made are not open to public debate.
Warning System Rundown:
Advertising & Requests
Members are not allowed to create topics or posts intended only to promote or advertise their own or any website(s) without staff permission. If permission is given members are required to provide the name of the staff member who allowed the advert in their post.
As long as the advert is non-obtrusive and does not contain links to warez of any kind, members may link to their own website, forum, or venture in their signature and profile ONLY.
Begging in the forums for anything is not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: asking users to visit a website for the member to gain points/etc, begging to become a staff member, torrent invite, translation, and dump requests, and especially pyramid schemes; where you are asking members to help you out by registering places, visiting certain websites, etc.
The GBAtemp blogging, chat, profile comment, and workspace services are subject to the same rules as the rest of the forum. This includes, but is not limited to: requesting/offering warez, flaming/trolling/harassment, advertising, posting large or obscene images, etc.
Blogs are to be used for anything and everything relating to your personal life, opinions, rants and raves, and anything else you can think of that doesn't fit into another forum section of GBAtemp. Freedom of speech is a key component so your opinions, no matter what they may be, will not be policed as long as you stay civil and within the general rules of the forum.
By writing a forum message or submitting any form of original content to the GBAtemp forums and any other service related to the GBAtemp Network, you are giving us (GBAtemp Network) the rights to reproduce, copy, promote, share, delete, modify this content without your prior consent. We at GBAtemp do not like wasting, so if you wish to unsubscribe from GBAtemp we reserve the right to keep the content that you submitted publicly visible and we conserve the rights mentioned previously. We will however remove your personal information and anything that allows to identify you or your account.
Images, Avatars & Signatures
Avatars and signatures are available for members to personalise their posts by adding their own custom images or text. Do not abuse this right, or it will be removed.
Your posted and linked images, avatars and signatures are constantly reviewed by the moderating staff. Images or content that the GBAtemp Staff find are too big or that are deemed inappropriate including obscene, pornographic, vulgar and any other distasteful or sexually explicit material will be censored, edited or removed with OR without notice; and may result in the member being warned, suspended or banned.
Users are prohibited from posting transparent/invisible images that stretch the page, and the flash-based "screamers" and 1x1 pixel flash videos. Dynamic and HTML-based images, as well as those with overly long animation sequences are also disallowed in your avatars and signatures.
The following image is an example to help you understand the maximum size of a signature. You may go under and but NOT over the 500x150 pixel guideline. No exceptions.
Your signature height, whether it contains images or not, should never exceed 150 pixels. If it does, it may be removed by our moderators. If you see scroll bars in a signature space, that signature is over the maximum dimension limit.
Unlike the resolution of the main signature graphic, there are no set file size limits per image.
Last but not least; have fun!
Enjoy your time spent at GBAtemp, contribute, discuss and make friends. That's what GBAtemp is here for.