EvaGeeks Forum Rules and Guidelines
Here you will find a rundown of the rules and regulations of the EvaGeeks Forum. Know them, and know them well. Observation of the classic work Posting and You is also considered a prerequisite to posting.
- The purpose of the EvaGeeks Forum is to provide Evangelion fans with a pleasant, mature, and productive atmosphere for the discussion of the show and related topics. The forum also serves as an extension of the EvaGeek site's content and services.
0. Don’t be a jerk.
1. Be a good forum user in general.
- Have fun and respect others' right to have fun too!
- Read and understand these rules. If you have a question about something, ask!
- Listen to the staff. We're just trying to keep the peace so giving us attitude won't help you much.
- If you are temporarily banned, attempting to circumvent it will in a permanent ban.
- Only create one account per user. No sockpuppet theater, thanks.
- Don’t abuse the private messaging system to harass or bully others.
- If you have a problem with someone that you can’t solve yourself, contact the staff.
2. Present yourself well.
- Choose a user name that is unique, memorable and inoffensive.
- Avatar images are limited to 125x125px and 30kb in size.
- Avoid avatars that are unnecessarily inflammatory, offensive, lewd, or simply in poor taste.
- Try not to use an avatar that is overly similar to one already in use by another active member.
- Keep your signature small and non-distracting. No bbc code (other than links) or images.
- Use common sense in posting a personal picture or in making other contact options available.
- Use the welcome thread to make an introduction, not a new thread.
3. Post in a form that we can actually read.
- We use conversational English here, not chan-speak, 133t or any other such nonsense.
- Use of other languages has no place here unless discussing translation.
- Compose your thoughts as briefly and in a well-structured form. Use spellchecker.
- Use special formatting like bold, italics, colored text or nonstandard font sizes sparingly.
- Boldred and boldgreen text is reserved for official staff use (and red only for something serious).
- Don’t leave broken bbc code tags in your posts. Preview before you submit!
4. Actively contribute to threads.
- Stick to the topic. Forum staff may split out worthwhile tangents, but try not to start them.
- Avoid overly chatty conversations. This is a forum, not a chat room.
- Use the edit button if you need to add to a prior post rather than double posting.
- Avoid prolonged, heated arguments that shut down the rest of the thread (aka bumpercars).
- When in a disagreement, stick to the points, not the people making them.
- Trolls are not welcome here. If you’re here just for the lulz, don’t bother.
- The same goes for spammers or ads. This is a forum, not a billboard.
- Pointless nonsense like “inb4lock” or “First” is strongly discouraged.
- Don’t be a killjoy. Avoid monotonous negative posting or nihilism baiting.
- If you aren't a mod don't act like it. Just PM a staff member to address the issue.
5. Use quotes properly.
- Don’t just quote an entire post. Trim it down to the relevant bit you’re addressing.
- Stick to the main points. Don’t respond line-by-line to every little thing said (aka omnislashing).
- If you have nothing to add other than agreement just say so, don’t quote it again.
- Avoid using nested quotes unless absolutely necessary for context.
- Make sure your quotes are properly attributed to the correct poster.
6. Use images properly.
- Images can add a lot to a post, but don’t include them without reason.
- Replying primarily with an image is discouraged. Use words, not macros or reaction faces.
- Images with a large filesize should be linked, not embedded. Preferably with a thumbnail.
- Avoid direct links (hotlinking). Host images on your own site or use a dedicated service.
- When posting several photos you should use a spoiler and label it appropriately.
- Some specifically image-heavy threads have their own special rules.
7. Create new threads and navigate older ones with care.
- Before making a new thread, check to see if a thread already exists on the topic.
- Bumping an older thread with relevant information or active contribution is encouraged.
- Bumping a bunch of older threads just because you read them is not.
- Don't make a new thread to replace one that was just locked. It was locked for a reason.
- If you wish to make a new thread, make sure you do so in the proper subforum for the topic.
- Give your new thread a name that makes it clear at a glance what it is about.
- Polls are turned off for a reason. Don’t make pointless threads like that.
8. Have some common sense and basic human decency.
- Don’t ask for or provide links to illegally hosted copyrighted material.
- The same goes for bootleg merchandise or anything plagiarized.
- The same also goes for pornography. Get your doujins elsewhere.
- Posting explicit images or content is permitted only when relevant to a legitimate topic.
- Don’t use the forum to plan, arrange, or enact any activities that are against the law.
9. Be mindful of spoilers.
- The series, movie, and manga are all considered universally ‘open’ for spoilers at this point.
- Newer content is considered ‘closed’ until it has been made legally available in the US.
- Users are expected to keep ‘closed’ details in marked spoiler tags so as not to ruin it for others.
- Special forum rules may be enacted to address hotbutton items such as the rebuild films.
- There is no specific policy for spoilers in non-eva media, but use some common sense.
10. What happens elsewhere should stay elsewhere.
- Drama and complaints about the EvaGeeks IRC Channel do not go to the forum, or vice-versa.
- The same rule applies to other unofficial communication methods such as skype or steam groups.
- The staff encourages users to raise issues directly either on the feedback forum or through PMs.