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.
[list][*]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.[/list]
5. Use quotes properly.
[list][*]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.[/list]
6. Use images properly.
[list][*]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.[/list]
7. Create new threads and navigate older ones with care.
[list][*]Before making a new thread, [url=https://forum.evageeks.org/thread_lists/][u]check to see if a thread already exists on the topic[/u][/url]. [*]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.[/list]
8. Have some common sense and basic human decency.
[list][*]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.[/list]
9. Be mindful of spoilers.
[list][*]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.[/list]
10. What happens elsewhere should stay elsewhere.
[list][*]Drama and complaints about [url=https://forum.evageeks.org/thread/3511/chat-room-Created-one-IRCrizonnet-EGF/][u]the EvaGeeks IRC Channel[/u][/url] 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.[/list]