The "Golden" Rules

While you should still familiarize yourself with all of the rules on this page, we understand that there is quite a bit to go through and, as such, have provided a quick reference of all of the Universal Rules you'll find below. Click on any of the links below to jump to the full detail for that rule.

1. Use Common Sense

2. Be Friendly

3. Respect the Staff Team

4. Stay Safe for Work

5. Don't be "Excessive"

6. Advertising

7. Bumping, Necroposting, and Double-Posting

8. Image Sizes

9. The Reporting System

10. Bandodging


Universal Rules

The following are universal rules for the entire site and are applicable in all sections. By posting or submitting anything to this site, you are acknowledging these rules and guidelines and agreeing to follow them.

1. Use Common Sense

No pointless or stupid comments. Do your best to type in complete sentences and with correct spelling and grammar, don't spam or advertise, etc. Yes, this includes another person's topic and/or rep points.

2. Be Friendly

Don't just randomly flame other members and be mean for no real reason. Randomly accusing members of sprite theft and the like without evidence or a VERY good reason to do so is against the rules.

3. Respect the Staff Team

This doesn't mean that you can't disagree with us or criticize us for our work, but don't think that just because we aren't regular members that we don't have bad days occasionally, just like everyone else.

4. Stay Safe for Work

Don't post any porn or illegal material. This includes linking to ROMs and the sites that host them. Discussion about ROMs and emulators is fine in reference to how to use them to rip the resources we archive on these sites but any links to or instructions for obtaining ROMs is strictly forbidden.

5. Don't be "Excessive"

The items outlined below are by no means forbidden but excessive use of them is discouraged and will often border on (if not cross right into) spam territory.

6. Advertising

Nobody will respect you if you join the community just to advertise something and then disappear forever. Joining just to advertise your work is forbidden and any attempts to do so will result in the offending content being removed and the account in question being warned or banned on the spot.

7. Bumping, Necroposting, and Double-Posting

In general, bumping, necroposting, and double-posting should be avoided. There are exceptions to these rules, some of which will be outlined below, but for the most part, these actions should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

8. Image Sizes

Being a video-game related board, it's natural that images will often be posted. By nature, some of these will be very large. The forum software does a good job of resizing over-sized images to prevent them from stretching the layout but care should still be taken to avoid directly embedding anything too huge (a link to the file can be used directly in these cases).

9. The Reporting System

The reporting system is there to report content that is offensive, breaking the rules, or just plain wrong. Don't report something along the lines of "he locked my topic" when you know good and well there was a good reason for a lock. The mods have to take time to check the reports and want to spend that time making the forum a better place rather than seeing needless reports.

10. Bandodging

If you attempt to make an alternate account in order to get around a ban (also called bandodging) you will be re-banned (on both accounts) and additional time will be added to your original ban. If you were permanently banned, well, you're still permanently banned. If you continue to bandodge, you WILL be IP banned. Because of this, coming here through a proxy isn't the best idea. Though proxy use isn't disallowed, we do have a couple of banned members who have tried to get past an IP ban using proxies, so the proxy that you're using will probably end up becoming banned. You'll either have to find a new proxy or just come here through your normal IP address.

Done?

If you've read over this page and are ready to join the community, you can return to VGFacts and jump right in! If you have any questions, feel free to post them on the forum or PM a member of the staff.