The Emulator Zone Forum Rules

Disclaimer

Due to the real-time nature of this message board it is impossible for us to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this message board or any entity associated with this message board. The individual member remains solely responsible for the content of their messages weather those are true or false.

The interpretation of these rules is at the sole discretion of the forum moderators and may be updated at any point to reflect the evolution of this forum.


The Overall Forum Rules

1. Do not ask for, offer or supply materials that are considered illegal
We do not permit discussions about getting any illegal materials, such as Ripped Music CDs(MP3 etc), Ripped Movies(Divx etc), ROMs, ISOs or Warez. Threads which break this rule will be either closed or simply deleted and the thread creator will be dealt with accordingly.

2. Not Safe For Work("NSFW") content
NSFW is defined as anything that most people would not want to be seen by their bosses, parents or teachers. Do not post links to content that is considered NSFW. This rule applies to signatures(text and images) and user avatars as well.
  • Do not post images of sexual acts for any kind or images containing nudity that can be considered inappropriate for minors.
  • Signatures and avatars should not contain any sexually "suggestive" images as both occur site-wide. There is a thin line between that and "ecchi", try not to cross it.
  • Do not post images of explicit real-life violence
Please Note: This place is geared toward the PG rating. Meaning, that there are children that post here as well as adults.

3. Flaming, Trolling & Baiting
The use of insults that are meant to annoy, harass or insult members(flaming) is not allowed. Failure to comply to a Moderator's warning regarding the use of profanity could lead to a permanent ban.

Hate posts or posts specifically designed to provoke a negative response from someone (baiting) for fun or otherwise are not allowed so try to be tolerant, understanding and respectful of other people's point of view. Registering an alternative ID for the sole purpose of creating problems on the forums(trolling) will only cause the new account to be banned immediately and permanently. The primary account holder may be banned as well.

Please Note: Actions or posts meant to harm(defame, insult, bash etc) the site, affiliates or any entities associated with us will not be permitted.

4. Thread Bashing & Off Topic
There will be some posts or threads in the forum that you may not like. If you dislike somebody's thread or some of the people participating in the discussion simply don't bother reading it. Posting in it with the sole purpose of having it closed(bashing) will not be tolerated.

Try to stay close to the original topic of a certain thread as much as you can. If you wish to talk about something else make a new topic, do not use an existing one(don't make it Off Topic).

5. Do not use more than one member account at the same time
Use only one user account. If you want a different username please contact an Administrator to request a name change. Making more than one accounts to "have fun" will result into a ban as well as making a new account to bypass a ban. Unauthorized multiple accounts will be closed at once when found.

Please Note: If you need a new account badly for a specific reason then feel free to contact an Administrator about your situation.

6. Do not Spam
SPAM - Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages - We simply don't like it. There is not need to reply to every single post. If you only have one thing to say, explain and expand it, fill it with meaning and substance.

Members who register and immediately start posting spam links will be banned. Army building spam is not allowed as well. Below is a list of examples of topics that we consider as being spam:
  • User posted advertisements
  • Scams or cons
  • Multiple posts & threads to promote a single subject or to get a solution to their problem faster.
  • Hostile advertising.


Introduction To The Reputation System

What is the reputation system?
User Reputation is a simple form rating whose basis comes from the opinions of all of the forum users that choose take part in it. Some people see it as a harmless toy and others as a useful tool on getting feedback regarding the value of their posts.

What will something good/bad happen based on my reputation level?
I'm afraid not. As I already said the reputation system is only meant to provide feedback and nothing more. There are no hidden prizes and the losers will not vanish into oblivion.

How does it work?
Each new user starts with 10 reputation points. The points are managed by the forum and need no care from the user. You can see your respective good/bad reputation by clicking on the user CP while having reputation enabled or by clicking the little "scale" icon in one of your posts(that will display the reputation comments for that specific post).

Users gain and lose reputation based on how their posts are scored(negative or positive) by other forum users. Users with the ability to alter reputation, will either give or take aways points by approving or disapproving a post. At most of the time, your reputation will go up or down 1 point when evaluated by most users. Users with higher reputations can affect it more, depending on how high their reputation level is.

How can I tell what my reputation power is?
You reputation power depends on several factors:
  • You gain one point of power for a certain number of days you have been registered.
  • You gain one point of power for a certain amount of posts you have made.
  • You gain one power point each time a certain amount of reputation points is received.
The higher or lower your reputation power is the bigger the change on a members reputation level will be because of your rating.

What are these dots shown at each post?
These dots represent your reputation level:
  • A gray dot means that you have a reputation of exactly zero.
  • A red dot for a reputation below zero.
  • A green dot for a reputation of 1 or above.
  • A black dot will appear if you choose to hide reputation.
  • A white dot next to a comment means that the person that rated you did not have enough power to change your level at that time.
  • More than one red/green dots will appear based on how high or low your level is.
Can I disable my reputation?
If you want to hide reputation, simply go to you user CP, click options, and choose to hide your reputation. However, hiding your reputation does not mean switching it off, It just makes it impossible for fellow users to see your title & level.

How do I rate a post?
Underneath each person's avatar you will find a scale button. All you have to do is click it and fill in the form in the new window.

Privacy!
The whole point of this system is to provide anonymous feedback for the value of your posts. For that reason and to avoid unnecessary flame wars you can not see the name of the person that posted a comment. If you find that you don't like the comments people are writing simply hide your reputation and let it go. Nobody can judge for having the reputation system hidden.

Abuse Of The Reputation System
Given the nature of this system some people are bound to use it in an improper manner. That means that you might receive insults or negative feedback regarding your posts. Even though we encourage people not to take such comments seriously you are still free to report it to a moderator.
Any reports about abuse can and will be treated according to the severity each situation. In order to report abuse we recommend the use of the Private Feedback forum and the Private Messaging system. Please don't report every little thing as an abuse as that would be an overkill.

But I don't like this whole reputation thing, all I get is negative reputation!
If you don't like the reputation system then you can simply disable the system in the way previously mentioned and be done with it. There is no real need to be annoyed about it. As always you don't have to take the comments there seriously.

Use it wisely
As a final note we would like to ask everyone to use this system wisely. Use it to reward somebody for a useful post(positive) or to correct a problem/mistake(negative) and never for attacking or harassing others.

Please Note: All of the forum rules apply to the reputation system as well.



General Information

1. User Bans
Banned users will see a screen with information as soon as they log in. Both temporary and permanently banned users have no access to any posting features.

Please Note: Creating a new account to bypass a ban will only lead to a new ban. It does not matter what you did to get the original ban or how long ago that happened.

2. Private Feedback
To further the need of interaction in a broader sense we have established the Private Feedback forum. This is a special section of the forum where you will only be allowed to see the threads that you start. The only other person able to see them will be forum moderators but no members. This is done to loosen the possible chaos a private message could do by allowing a form of structured discussion.

3. Avatar-Signature Guidelines
Signatures or avatars may be removed with no warning if deemed inappropriate or offensive. Here are some guidelines:
  • Use acceptable content. Any content that is found to be inappropriate or insulting will be removed.
  • Keep the combined maximum image size at reasonable file size. Some users still have bandwidth issues.
  • You may use text in your signature.
4. Brief overview of Social Groups.
  • Groups can be public, invite only or moderated based on the desire of the creator.
  • Group creator is also given limited moderation abilities for that group.
  • Forum staff is able to moderate content so ask help if needed.
  • Forum rules apply in the Social Groups.
  • Forum staff member may at any given time end a group if deemed necessary.
Please Note: If you have a problem with the person running a Social Group or with the people in it which falls into a category other than flaming, harassment or otherwise not affected by general forum rules please report it at once.



Blog System

Standard rules apply to the blogs as well. We offer a limited array of categories that include emulators, games and computer technology in general. If you wish to write about how you did at school today(example!) then one of the many free blog hosts may be for you!




User Submitted Content

The Emulator Zone is allowing content from users to be posted in the form of Articles, Guides, Reviews etc. All written content belongs to their authors and should not reproduced without their permission. The Emulator Zone reserves the right to copy this material to the main page/site to allow better access from more viewers for an unlimited amount of time without restrictions. The writer retains the right to request changes or corrections. Removal requests will be examined in a case-by-case basis. Removal requests due to disciplinary actions taken against rule violations are most likely to be rejected.