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.

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 Forum Rules

1. Treat other forum members with the respect another human being deserves.

2. The forum language is English only. It is fine if it is not your primary language, nobody will judge you for bad English.

3. Do not spam. Any post considered spam will be removed.

4. Insulting and flaming or personal attacks against forum staff will be not tolerated.

5. Use common sence in the language you use on the forum.

6. No sharing of content that can be llegal activity, such as pirated software, game roms or other illegal downloads.

7. Do not post inappropriate material, any content that would get you in trouble at school, at work or infront of your parents.




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. 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.


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!