We don't really have to tell you this, do we? Debate is fine, the occasional sound argument is acceptable, but once it degenerates into mudslinging and insults it becomes a flamewar and will not be tolerated. Troublemakers will usually be warned before being banned from the board, but depending on the offense, this practice may be suspended. Users who have been kicked off the board will NOT be allowed back in, and e-mail or other harassment of the MDb webmaster WILL be reported to the user's ISP or e-mail service.
MARK YOUR RUMORS, AND LINK TO NEWS.
If you have heard a rumor (that is, information unsubstantiated by evidence), it must be clearly stated that what you're posting is a RUMOR. If you are posting some news that you read on a website or in a magazine, please state specifically which magazine (issue and page number, ideally) or which website (preferably with a link to the article) you found it on. In this way, sometimes the absolute latest Metroid news can be found first on the Message Board, even before it's in MDb News.
DO NOT MAKE SPAM POSTS, STAY ON TOPIC. ("Spam" is detailed in the next post)
This should go without saying, but try to keep threads appropriate for each topic.
Please read through the forum or use the search feature thoroughly before you post. If you are about to post some new tidbit about Metroid that you read somewhere else, there is a good chance someone might be already talking about it in another thread. This keeps topics organized and causes less confusion among your fellow board members.
NO PIRATED MATERIAL OF ANY KIND
You may not post links to, upload or trade pirated material of ANY kind through this board. This includes (but is not limited to): bit torrents, game ROMs or ISOs, or any illegal software. Discussions of this nature will be heavily moderated and/or deleted on sight.
Uploading or linking to malicious software is an instant ban.
You post pornography or link to it, you're out. This is not a space brothel and it's gonna be kept that way.
MARK YOUR SPOILERS!
Please show courtesy by alerting your fellow players to any spoilers your message may contain by utilizing the spoilers tags ([/spoiler]). Putting "SPOILERS" in the subject line also helps. Any story- or strategy-related info, or anything else which one may not know about if he/she has not played or read about the games yet is considered a spoiler. Needless to say, you should also not actually put any of those spoilers IN your subject line.
NO UNAUTHORIZED ALT ACCOUNTS
An alt account is more than one account being used by the same individual. Due to confusion with user identity, alt accounts are not allowed unless authorized by board administrators. This does not disallow creating accounts for friends or family members. Unauthorized alt accounts, when discovered, will be disabled. The MDb administration may create new accounts for board testing purposes.
THE MDb MESSAGE BOARD IS UNCENSORED.
However, this does NOT mean you are free to post or say whatever you want. Just use common sense, people!
All words are postable in the board, however we do ask that you keep your strong language to an absolute MINIMUM, if you must. Vulgarities, especially in the subject lines, reflect badly on the Metroid Database as a whole should some new visitor wander onto the board. We're all for free speech, but don't abuse it.
If you're a "sensitive" fan or too young to buy your own M-rated video games, be forewarned that although we do want the posters to watch their language and behave, there are no language filters on the board because we believe a little colorful language never hurt anybody.
THE MDb ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTENT OF MESSAGES POSTED ON THE MDb MESSAGE BOARD.
Although we can remove any messages we wish, we can't monitor the board 24/7. So any moms that wanna email us and tell me their 8-year-old was on this filthy page and we're responsible for it should be monitoring what their kids are doing more closely and quit trying to place the blame on others for their crappy parenting.
Please note Signatures are disabled until you have posted enough.
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-Contain images no larger than 160px tall and 800px wide
-Can contain up to 5 links ([url=] tags must be used properly)
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If you post an offensive signature, you will be issued a warning. If you have fewer than 25 posts and violate this rule, you will be issued an additional warning.
*Regarding Signature Height:
Due to the increased amount of activity on the forum as well as remedying several concerns by other forum members, we, the Administrative and Moderation staff of the MDb Message Board announce that forum members' signatures [b]may be no larger than 800 x 160 pixels.
Confused? Here is an image:
A signature can be:
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- typed text or a quote (no more than 2 quotes, please)
- can feature smileys or other small icons
- a mixture of any of these