1. General Netiquette

    1. Please be polite and understanding of your fellow community members. Flaming, personal attacks and name-calling will not be tolerated.#
    2. Use the appropriate forums for your posts. Please make note of the topic of your post and place it in the right spot on the forums. Stay on topic. Try to avoid de-railing threads, and keep your responses in theme with the issues addressed. Spamming is not allowed. Please consider if your post adds or contributes something to the conversation. Spam posts, or posts accusing previous posts of being spam will be deleted.#
    3. Flame Wars, DM Actions and Privacy If there is ever a question or complaint regarding player or DM action, the public forums are not the place to address such. Please PM a member of the DM team or e-mail them at arelith.dm@gmail.com.#
    4. Keep things appropriate. We have a large and varied player base- so we have established a PG-13 guideline for forum and in game conduct and content. This includes the usage or implication of inappropriate language. It is not acceptable to place "***" or similar to allude to improper language. If you are ever unsure on if a topic or wording is appropriate, consider the following; Would you be comfortable having someone's younger children viewing the material? Would you be comfortable exposing Jj & Heather's children to it? If the answer is no, then it doesn't belong here.#
  2. Avatars, Signatures and Posting Images

    1. You may select an avatar for use on the forums by accessing your profile (Click the User Control Panel link at the top of your screen) and either choosing an image from our avatar gallery, or by linking to an external image on the web. Avatars may be no larger then 100 pixels wide x 100 pixels tall in size.#
    2. Any images exceeding the size limit or in poor taste will be removed. Signature images or banners are not allowed.#
    3. Please keep posted images to a reasonable size, and mark all image posting threads with .Image Heavy. or similar notification.Please keep posted images to a reasonable size, and mark all image posting threads with .Image Heavy. or similar notification.#
  3. Private Messages

    1. The forums have an integrated PM system, which allows users to send e-mail to each other. Please remember to clean up your PM box regularly, removing un-needed sent and received messages to keep the database running smoothly. You have a maximum box size of 50 messages, after which new messages will be held until you have space to receive them.#
    2. Private messages are bound by the same rules as public posts. Profane, insulting and abusive private messages will result in a ban.#
  4. More On Language and Appropriate Content

    1. In game, that guideline is very likely to be somewhat looser then on the boards, where using mild (but still within PG-13 standards) language can be a character trait or used to intensify an extreme situation. On the boards, mild language should not be used heavily, if at all.In game, that guideline is very likely to be somewhat looser then on the boards, where using mild (but still within PG-13 standards) language can be a character trait or used to intensify an extreme situation. On the boards, mild language should not be used heavily, if at all. #
    2. This is because all forum users are expected to maintain a polite demeanor at all times. The use of a word in the pejorative creates an atmosphere which isn't pleasant for all visitors, may offend some parents, and can invoke angry or "flame" posts. This in no way means that someone can't express displeasure at something, but discussions should be coherent and polite. If, at any point, someone is not able to compose a dignified response to something here, then it is the user's sole responsibility to say, 'you know what, I am too angry right now, I'm going to wait until I can respond appropriately.' #
    3. As in game, being angry is not justification in any sense for breaking the rules or acting in an offensive or harassing manner. Only the player can gauge how their emotion level is and be accountable for not being able to walk away when they reach that point. The PG 13 guideline also implies that regardless of language used, the sole purpose of a post should not be to insult, offend or defame any member of the community.#
    4. I really would rather there never be a laundry list of "Do not say these words" or "Taboo Subjects and post types". If there is ever any doubt on the acceptability of a post, the DM team and the forum moderators can help you work through it, but I will repeat here- as a general guideline; if you cannot get your message across without the use of foul, inappropriate or insulting language, then your message is not acceptable.#
    5. If there is ever any doubt as to what constitutes violation of the forum rules, the Moderator/Admin Team will make the final call.#