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    Default Rules & Consequences

    Official Rules

    1. If you find yourself in trouble for breaking the rules, please attempt to look at it from our perspective - try to figure out what you did wrong and why it provoked us to take action.
    2. No inappropriate content. This includes sexual references, drug-related content, vulgar content and comments that attack, insult or goad other members. Advertising is permitted to an extent, but only where it's useful to the community, e.g. related to LBP. Generic advertising, including in signatures, is not permitted.
    3. Any information covered by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Sony, Media Molecule, or any affiliated parties is also considered to be Inappropriate Content. This includes, but is not limited to, information regarding any LittleBigPlanet Beta covered by an NDA. Note that this rule still applies even if you, yourself, have not signed the NDA.
    4. Stay on topic and post only if you have something to contribute to the conversation. Posts with no new information, solely designed to 'bump' existing threads are not allowed.
    5. On a related note, please avoid double posting and creating duplicate threads. You may make two consecutive posts in the same thread only if you have new, substantial information to add, which you feel is necessary for others to see, and a reasonable amount of time has passed since making the previous post. Otherwise, please edit your previous post. If you wish to respond to more than one post at the same time, please use the Multi-Quote feature, which can be found in the lower-right corner of each post. Select the posts you would like to respond to and click Post Reply at the bottom of the thread.
    6. Abuse of the reputation system is not allowed. This includes any method of gaining reputation illegitimately - e.g. gaining reputation that you have not earned.
    7. One account per user. Please do not make multiple accounts for the same person, however righteous your intentions.
    8. You can use mild language, but do not bypass the language filter. Asterisks (*) will replace any bad language automatically. As long as you don't bypass the filter on purpose and you aren't too vulgar, some language is allowed.
    9. Heavily opinionated content (such as religion and politics) will be watched over a bit more. Calm, reasoned debate is completely allowed. As long as you are respectful of others' opinions, you are free to express your own.
    10. Piracy is not allowed in any form on the forums. This includes gamesharing and any discussions relating to methods of pirating games and other media, or encouraging / organizing such activities.
    11. If you notice that someone has broken the rules, report the post in question. Do not take it upon yourself to get involved in any other way - leave it to the staff to enforce the rules, that's our job.

    Infraction System

    • Any time you break a rule, you will get a PM (called an "infraction") detailing why the infraction was given, which post the infraction was given for, how many points the infraction is worth, and when it expires.
      • Each infraction has an associated point value and lifetime. The more severe the offense, the higher the value and the longer it takes to expire.
      • You can view the infractions you've received (if they have not yet expired) by heading to your User CP. It will be in the center of the page, under the heading "Latest Infractions Received".
      • Each infraction is based one of the Official Rules. If we add new rules, we'll add new infractions, but we'll keep you guys updated in both scenarios.

    • These point values will accumulate depending on how frequently (if ever) you break the rules.
      • Once you reach a predefined number of points, the system (read: not a human being) will automatically ban you for a predefined number of days.
      • These points do expire, so don't think an infraction will stick with you forever. Too many infractions in a given time period, however, and you'll be automatically punished.

    • Overall, this system will be much more standard and automated, so you can keep track of how close you are to a ban.
      • We still reserve the right to ban without first serving an infraction if the offense is considered severe enough.


    Automatic Bans
    As previously mentioned, depending on the number of infraction points you accumulate, you could face an automatic punishment. At first you will be "Silenced"(more on that below), after which you could end up being banned for a number of days (in severe cases, permanently). More points will mean a harsher punishment.

    4 points: Silenced
    You will lose the ability to post anywhere on the forums until your infraction value drops below 4 points. This usually means waiting until your points expire. Keep in mind: If you manage to accumulate 6 or more points very quickly, you will be silenced and banned for the specified number of days. Your silencing will lift independently of the ban, so you may come back from a ban and discover you are still silenced. It all depends on the circumstances.
    5 points: 2 week ban
    You will be banned for 2 weeks, after which you will be reallowed access.
    6 points: 1 month ban
    You will be banned for 1 month, after which you will be reallowed access
    7 points: 2 month ban
    You will be banned for 2 months, after which you will be reallowed access.
    8 points and up: Permanent ban
    You will be banned permanently, and will not be reallowed access. Any attempt to evade a ban (such as making another account) will result in an IP ban.

    Now, let me make one more thing clear: these automatic punishments are implemented extremely rarely. We're not dictators - we have this system in place only so you can keep track of the rules you've broken more easily, if at all. The average user will never need this system - it's here solely for the very few that will.
    Last edited by ConfusedCartman; 01-02-2014 at 05:14 PM.

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