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post Jan 26 2004, 08:18 PM
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These forums are to be PG-13, which means no explicit images and/or text (no nudity and pornographic text). Please remember that we have some young people browsing through the forums. Anyone posting obscene content will be warned and any offensive or obscene pictures used as avatars or signatures will be removed.

To enhance the experience of these forums, please do not post just for the sake of posts counts. We care more about what you say than how many times you can hit the "add reply" button. This includes repeated posts (even in different threads), and anything unrelevant to the topic at hand.

Think before you post. Everyone is different and everyone has different stances on certain issues. A little tact is never a bad thing. When you have an argument, it's better to post with reasoning justifying your views. Avoid saying things that creates or has the potential of creating controversy.

Flaming, trolling, member bashing-you name it-will not be tolerated here. If you're making an argument, it's always better to retort with reason and composure. Personal attacks are childish and have no place in these forums.

CreateBlog now has spoiler tag option when posting. Please use it to ensure that any spoilers remain hidden. To use the spoiler tags use the following code:

To read spoiler text, just highlight the text to read it. Don't ruin it for others!
This rule will be retroactively enforced, specifically if it has been previously requested not to post or show any type of spoiler.

Spoilers can be defined as: Anything that divulges information intended to be a surprise, such as a plot twist in a movie or a book.

Spoilers CANNOT be used in signatures or icons. Spoilers CANNOT be discussed WITHOUT the use of spoiler tags. Even if you put "SPOILER" in the topic title, you must use the spoiler tags in the post. IF you choose to post a spoiler without a spoiler warning in the topic title (DO NOT post a spoiler in the title, or in a sequence of titles to make out the spoiler when a Forum Board is read)without the use of tags, you will find yourself with an invisible post and a verbal warning. Repeated use of spoilers without following these rules will result in additional warnings, including a moderator preview with possible suspension. Repeat violations of the spoiler rule will lead to more serious consequences, including a possible ban.

Take a few extra seconds to use spoiler tags if you think that it's even a slight chance of being a spoiler.

Signatures should not take up more than 300 pixels of vertical space (equivalent to 20 lines of text) and 640 pixels of horizontal space (to prevent from stretching). Signature images should be less than 100kB in file size when combined. They may only contain references and links to personal pages, such as your blogs and profiles; references and links to anything that is not personal, such as websites and outside forums are not allowed.

Starting a topic for the sole purpose of advertising is not allowed. You may not solicit via Private Message. Anything that is not deemed useful or resourceful to the members of CB can be considered advertising. However, since there are a multitude of websites out there, this will have to be followed depending on the situation.

You may not request or post cracks, warez, or hacks at all. This includes serial numbers for software. You may not link to or encourage others by stating where/how to get illegally obtained software, movies, music files, etc.

Using an image/brush/resource/etc. not made by you and which you do not have permission to use is considered jocking. You may not submit a layout or graphic that is not created by you. You may not showcase a graphic or layout with images that is not created by you. When making layouts start by using your own set of scripts, which you can easily find on this site. It is not recommended to use the exact coding of someone else's layout; some do create their own scripts. It may be considered jocking in certain cases. Copyright infringement is a serious issue and you can be held against the law so do not use copyrighted resources unless you have permission to do so. Do not post them here or they may be subjected to closure/deletion.

Duplicates are now allowed in moderation. Please note the following rules:

Using a proxy IP address to register an account is not allowed. If you are caught doing so, you will no longer be allowed to create multiple accounts. If you use your duplicate account to break one of the Community Guidelines, your duplicate account will be removed and your warning level will be increased. If at any point you break a Community Guideline (even for something simple, e.g. spamming), the warning levels of all your accounts will be raised.

Impersonation of other members is strictly prohibited. Staff has been lenient about this in the past, but with the approval of multiple accounts, this rule will be more strictly enforced.

Staff may also revert to the previously stated Multiple Accounts rule if community members abuse the Duplicate Accounts privilege. We're being open to new ideas, so please don't make us regret it.

Creating multiple accounts without permission is NOT allowed. Depending on the severity of the situation, anyone who is caught doing this will receive punishment, which may include raised warning level, mod preview, disabled posting, or a banned account. All duplicate accounts will immediately be disabled. - Updated 8/10/2009

When you sign up to become a Member, you are asked to choose a password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You agree not to use the account, username, or password of another Member at any time or to disclose your password to any third party. You agree to notify CreateBlog immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of your account or access to your password. You are solely responsible for any and all use of your account. This rule is clearly stated in the cB Terms of Use.

If you share an account and that account is associated with a duplicate, banned or otherwise punished account, that shared account is subject to similar punishment, regardless of whether or not the ip is used to register that account.

Any ip address associated with a proxy that is used to register with will be banned, as well as any ip address associated with that registration. Utilizing a proxy ip while posting with an account that was created using a legitimate ip address will not result in the account having an ip ban.

If found posting pictures of other members in order to demean them, the image will be removed and you will have an increased warning and if needed put on mod preview.

Effective 10/17/08, warnings will no longer be given for failing to remove image tags when quoting or failing to thumb large images. That being said, please try to be courteous and not quote an image if the image has been posted on the current page or stretch the forums with large images. Please note that staff members may opt to edit your post to thumb large images and/or remove image tags when posts contain quoted images.

By becoming a member you agree to adhere to these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to change. Members that violate these rules may be warned/suspended, or banned in extreme cases.

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