Offenses and Penalties

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    For your guidance, outlined below are the different classifications of possible offenses in the forum.

     

    Class D Offenses

    • Off-topic posts - always make the proper comments/replies to the right topic and always stay on topic.
    • All-caps /Excessive punctuation marks – posting in all caps is the written equivalent of shouting. The same goes when using excessive punctuation marks (!!!!!, !?!?!) When seen by others, they may not be able to get your point as you intended. Post properly while applying and observing good punctuation and syntax. Brief and straight to the point is the best way to go.
    • Excessive Bumping of threads -  you are allowed to bump your posts to raise your topic up, but doing this too many times a day will not only unnecessarily lengthen your thread, it is also tantamount to spamming. Bumping your thread once a day is ok. (Bumping a thread means replying to your own or somebody else’s that thread to put it on top of the cue.)
    • Signature violations - Keep images for your signature within the prescribed dimensions: 350x150px (including text captions), and 500x200px (for full text signatures) and a 50kb file size limit.
    • Posting really huge photos, videos or files - In relation to the rule regarding signatures, this is also a must: Post pictures in thumbnails as much as possible. Or better yet, use the spoiler tags.
    • Report Inappropriate Content - This button must only be used to report a thread that is inappropriate or those that violate our rules. This is not the reply button.
    • Spamming/Posting Non-sense posts - making nonsense posts and useless replies (such as one-liner comments that do not help in the topic)
    • Proper Capitalization - Extensively using sTiCkYcApS in replying, especially the sHrTnD (shortened) will fall under this rule. Using this to mention competitors, illegal activities and profanity is NOT allowed.
    • Petition posts – petition posts are not allowed and will be deleted once seen. You can send a message to our moderators or community managers for suggestions, so they can be quickly review and consider.
    • Posting Helpdesk-related concerns – For assistance with various concerns, present them in the proper forum boards for proper and quick action.
    • Any offense(s) similar to the above

     

    Class C Offenses

    • Flooding -This is similar to Spamming, only that the same comment/content has been posted in the same thread successively.
    • Posting about locked or deleted threads/Moderator decisions in public - Questioning moderator decisions in public will only aggravate the situation.
    • Deliberately posting of inappropriate or incomprehensible content - Always make your posts understandable for other people. If you do plan on posting content that is not generally understandable, post a translation.
    • Any offense(s) similar to the above

     

    Class B Offenses

    • Obscene or Vulgar posts – these types of posts might offend other forum users. This includes pictures, avatars and signatures.
    • Impersonating a Moderator or Community Manager – If found guilty, your name will be edited and your account will be sanctioned depending on the gravity of the situation.
    • Inappropriate names (e.g. names with profanity or vulgar words, etc.) - As with the obscene and vulgar posts rule, it applies to names, too.
    • Antagonism (deliberate hate posts without an acceptable basis) – These posts may cause unnecessary conflicts. If you do have concerns, kindly message any moderator or community manager. They will be more than happy to help you with your concern.
    • Harassment or Defamatory posts/topics of any kind toward any member – One of our goals is to keep a peaceful and orderly environment. Posts of this kind can be libelous, too.
    • Flaming/Flame baiting - In making argumentative posts, it is better to stick to the topic and to the issue at hand. Do not insult your opponent. Also, posting content or replies that will bait players into flaming you is equally destructive, too.
    • Distribution of real-life information without permission from the owner – Everyone must value account security and privacy. Try avoiding these kinds of topics.
    • Any offense(s) similar to the above

     

    Class A Offenses

    • Quitting Threads - Telling the whole world that you are quitting isn't nice. You are just inviting others to follow suit, if they have the same, if not similar, reasons to do so.
    • Impersonating a known community member, moderator, community manager, or NOOK employee - No matter the reason, impersonation of any employee/representative of NOOK is prohibited.
    • Trolling - By definition, trolls are accounts created for the sole reason to flame/cause disruption to a community. These accounts are permanently banned; and, with an investigation, the main account as well.
    • Evading suspensions and bans and creating troll or bogus accounts - These sanctions are there for a reason, and by evading bans (creating new accounts/dummy accounts) will defeat that purpose. By doing so will also include your main account.
    • Misinformation -When making posts/topics with sensitive information or with a sensitive topic, make sure you do with proper and verifiable sources. Remember that the difference between fact and opinion counts as well. False claims will be dealt with accordingly.
    • Threats to any member, Moderator, Community Manager or NOOK Employee - If you have a concern that needs immediate attention, let us know immediately.
    • Improper sexual/racial/ethnic or violent posts - These will cause a misunderstanding between the community and the involved party; as such, these kinds of topics are strictly prohibited.
    • Posting or advocacy of cheats, hacks, third party programs, illegal trading of pirated software and hardware, etc. - We value proper use of our products and services. These posts are not allowed -no matter what the reason may be.
    • Commercial advertising of any form or kind - Our forums is a community for discussions; posting any advertisement of any kind will not help us in any way. If you want to advertise something, please message our moderators and community managers first before posting.
    • Exploiting loopholes in rules - The rules are there for a reason. We all have to follow them.
    • Gambling - Keep the forum free from any form of gambling. This is self explanatory.
    • Plagiarism - We are here to help each other by making guides. Please make it original. Copy-pasting guides from other forums will not help as this is a form of stealing. Even with a disclaimer or that you have asked for permission from the author, make sure to secure a screenshot of the PM/message allowing you to post them here.
    • Any offense(s) similar to the above

     

    Penalties

    • Class D - Written Warning (either via PM/Posting on related thread) and removal of post/thread/item involved plus 1-3 Days Post Moderation.
    • Class C - 7-Day Suspension of Account plus 3-7 Days Post Moderation
    • Class B - 30-Day Account Suspension plus 7-15 Days Post Moderation
    • Class A - Permanent Account Suspension
    • Post moderation durations will depend on the gravity of the offense.

    Note: Each successive offense of the same level will merit the penalty for the next higher offense. For example, if a user has committed a Class D offense twice, his next penalty will be from Class C.

     

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