The following rules apply to all areas of the site. By posting or submitting anything to this site, you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to follow these rules.

1. Use Common Sense
Refrain from posting pointless comments. Do your best to type in complete sentences and with correct spelling and grammar, don't spam or advertise, etc.

1.1: Content Requirements
Single-word posts, short sentence posts, and blankposting are generally frowned upon. Don't just post to say "lol". Doing this counts as spamming, which will result in a warning. Simply try to put some effort into your comments or submissions.

2. Be Friendly
Don't act aggressively towards other members and be mean for no reason. Making accusations 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.

3.1: Warnings
If you were warned, chances are you deserved it. Complaining about the warn, and/or sending threatening messages to the staff responsible for the warning will result in further warnings. If you really feel the punishment wasn't well-placed, contact the staff and please CALMLY say why you think you don't deserve the warning.

3.2: Rules Apply to Staff as Well
Just because we've got badges, it doesn't mean those rules don't affect us. If you see a member of staff breaking the rules, contact an admin to take care of it. If you disagree with staff actions, these rules, or how things are managed in general, you may criticize us. However, making sarcastic or rude comments is not acceptable. You can contact members of staff with your complaints or, if you prefer public discussion, bring it up in our Discord server. Again, just as with rule 3.1, stay calm and be respectful and serious. Sarcastic remarks and defiant spam will have serious consequences. If you want to be taken seriously, mind your manners.

3.3: VGFacts is not a Democracy
You can stay here and have a fun time, but if you break certain rules, the people in charge can (and will) ban you at their discretion. The rules aren't enforced because we're a police state or some grumpy dictatorship, but rather because we want everyone to have a good experience. If you break the rules enough times, you will be banned. You don't have to come back, access to the site isn't a human right, and "getting revenge" surely won't help your cause. Again though, this doesn't mean that you can't disagree with us or criticize us. Doing so just needs to happen in a respectful way.

3.4: Ban Appeals
Bans can be appealed on the Discord or via the contact form if you think you have a valid reason to do so.

3.5: No Backseat Modding
We appreciate that you want to help keep the community a friendly, organized, and well-run place but doing so by berating people (or even reminding them in a friendly way) when they break the rules does not help. The staff are here for that very reason and backseat modding undermines the staff and confuses the community. If you notice someone breaking a rule, please just report them (using the report feature) and move on.

4. Keep it Legal
Don't post any illegal material. This includes linking to ROMs and the sites that host them. Discussion about ROMs and emulators is fine but any links to or instructions for obtaining ROMs is strictly forbidden.

4.1: Other Site Areas
Keep in mind that your profile is still part of the site so information there, including your avatar, must follow this rule as well.

5. Swearing
There are no hard and fast rules about swearing (it is allowed, so there's no real need to self-censor) but if you start aiming those offensive words at another member or just throw them out anywhere for no great reason, expect to be dealt with harshly. Hate speech is forbidden and will be dealt with severely.

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. 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 for personal reasons on the basis of "I don't like this". The mods have to take time to check the reports and want to spend that time making the website a better place rather than seeing needless reports.

7.1: Report System Abuse
The report system is an important and useful tool. The staff team tries their best to keep the site running well but we can't catch everything and we appreciate the reports we receive from our members when we do inevitably miss something. That being said, abusing this system only causes us more unnecessary work so avoid repeated reports of the same content (unless we claim to have fixed something that is still broken of course!) or reports on content that really don't justify them (like things you simply disagree with, for instance).

8. 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 will likely have 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.

8.1: Posting on a Banned User's Behalf
Do not to post anything for a banned member. They were banned for a reason and if you do any such thing for them, you risk being banned yourself. There are contact methods in place for banned members to be able to appeal their bans if they wish to.

8.2: Alternate Accounts
Even if your account is not banned, creating multiple accounts is not permitted. If you cannot access your original account for whatever reason, you should contact staff in order to get help. If you think you have a valid reason to create an alternate account, an exception can be made but it must be discussed with staff first.