Forum Rules The following rules apply everywhere on our site unless explicitly mentioned otherwise in a forum specific rule. Please note that this is a PG-13 rated site and therefore, is meant to be suitable for all ages, including members less than 13 years old with parental guidance/permission. You are responsible for being aware of the rules. If you are punished, it is under the assumption you have read and agreed to these rules. It's not an excuse to say 'I didn't know that was a rule'. These rules are subject to change without notice, and these rules pertain to the site and the forums. Request Donator Rank Appeal an Infraction 1. Spamming Posts that do not contribute to the thread is considered off topic(not needed). Spamming includes the sidebars for profile posts and recent threads. This rule has been broken down into smaller proportions: a. One Word Posting (OWP) Posts that consist of a single word ("support, lol, thanks, cool, etc.") will be considered spamming on the forums. Emoticons and pictures do not count as words. (If a Moderator deems the emoticon/picture to be irrelevant to the discussion at hand, he/she may delete it deemed so as it may be seen as spam) b. Double-posting Double posting is forbidden. Please combine multiple thoughts into one post, and edit if necessary. c. Grave digging This is considered spam and is the act of posting on threads in which the last post is at least 2 weeks(14 - 18 days) old. A member should only post on a dead thread is if he/she is adding something worthwhile to the thread itself. This rule does not apply to topics that are pinned as they are already at the top of the board. d. Trolling Trolling is unacceptable on the forums, it's idiotic and immature. e. Wrong Section Posting in the correct section and board is required at all times. If a member doesn't know where something goes, contact a member and/or a staff member. 2. Inappropriate Language We do not allow any harassment, flaming or disrespecting directed to a single member or group to deframe their reputation, character or race through topics, posts, PMs, avatar, signatures and forum usernames. This includes excessive swearing, insulting due to gender, religious beliefs, age, etc. No censor-dodging. This means, using language that would usually be covered with asterisks, by using random spaces, misspellings, slang or separations with other characters to dodge the censors. 3. Inappropriate Material Such as half-naked women, men, or other forms of nudity or half sight of nudity will be classified as inappropriate content on the forums. This will be made for avatars, signatures, or any place that allows a user to "advertise" the content. We will not allow any form of drug related images on the forum in avatars, signatures, or any place that allows a user to "advertise" the content either. We will not tolerate these actions and will be enforced at all times, should discussion, photos, videos, avatars, signatures happen around SoulPlay he or she will suffer the consequences. a. No pictures may include a message intending to disrupt the peace and harmony of this board. b. No pictures may include text or images that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, and/or otherwise violates any local or international laws. c. No pictures may have promotional language or offers for paid services. Images displayed in posts should not be obscenely large. Use common sense. Posts with overly large images in their posts may be subject to deletion. d. No signatures may include a message intending to disrupt the peace and harmony of this board. e. No signatures may include text or images that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, and/or otherwise violates any local or international laws. f. No signatures may have promotional language or offers for paid services. g. Links to your site are fine unless your site violates the terms of service for SoulPlayPs.com. A site name with a link to the main index page or forum page is all that is needed. h. No signatures may have more than 2 external links. i. Images should not be overly large. Use common sense when choosing an image. Users with obscenely large signature files will have them removed. 4. Inappropriate Content Content that provides media of sexually-orientated(includes animals), drug use, bad behavior and other various forms of content that is deemed inappropriate (which is the discretion of the moderator) will be removed at all times, and enforced. This is not a community for such things and we do not want to advertise this over the website for our younger audience regardless if they know about it. This isn't what this community is for so keep it off. a. No pictures may include a message intending to disrupt the peace and harmony of this board. b. No pictures may include text or images that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, and/or otherwise violates any local or international laws. c. No pictures may have promotional language or offers for paid services. Images displayed in posts should not be obscenely large. Use common sense. Posts with overly large images in their posts may be subject to deletion. d. No signatures may include a message intending to disrupt the peace and harmony of this board. e. No signatures may include text or images that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, and/or otherwise violates any local or international laws. f. No signatures may have promotional language or offers for paid services. g. Links to your site are fine unless your site violates the terms of service for SoulPlayPs.com. A site name with a link to the main index page or forum page is all that is needed. h. No signatures may have more than 2 external links. i. Images should not be overly large. Use common sense when choosing an image. Users with obscenely large signature files will have them removed. j. Negative attitude towards the server isn't tolerated, as it does not provide feedback in any ways. 5. Misleading links If the common link that is allowed does not lead to where it the member states it leads to can result in a permanently banned. If a member linking someone to Google, we expect it to open up to Google. 6. Backseat Moderation Backseat moderation is something that we simply do not allow because it causes drama throughout the community and questions on whether or not we are an authority figure or if the members themselves are. Those who find something that needs to be reported, simply report it. Do not act like a staff member and cause drama in a thread, post, status, or the shoutbox as this only causes trouble. 7. Evading Suspensions, Bans and IP-Ban All punishments handed to members is the sole reason as to why a community remains stable. Those who evade their suspensions, bans and IP-Bans to cause more problems will have a harsher punishment than the one you're evading. You are allowed to create another account on the forums to appeal or play again but do not bother to cause more problems than you already have prior. 8. Reputation System The reputation system should not be abused by either self-repping with another account or requesting reputation(likes) directly with another player. This includes submitting a topic or reply to a topic ("Like and respond to enter my giveaway!" ) etc. If caught breaking this rule, the member's will have their reputation reset and an infraction will be handed out. If this is not your first time this will result in a permanent ban on the forums. 9. Real World Trading We do not allow our members to RWT SoulPlay wealth, accounts, or items for PayPal, cash, or any means of real-life payment. This includes purchasing or selling any SoulPlay/RuneScape or any other games wealth, accounts or items for any means of real-life payments(paypal etc). As well as other services not related to SoulPlay, including video and graphic design shops. This site is not a marketplace. Exceptions to this rule are selling GFX services for SSGP. Since this is a simple rule and straight forward to the point, the first offense will be a permanent ban with no chance of appeal. 10. Encouraging Others If a player asks another player to do something that is against the rules, whether that player knows it's against the rules or not, that's considered encouraging others to break the rules. It is every member's responsibility to know and understand the rules before playing. 11. Advertisement Advertisement on the forums is an automatic account ban and possibly ip ban depending on the staff member's discretion. You will not be able to appeal this offence, we do not allow ANYTHING but soulplay content on the Forums it doesn't matter if it's a dead server or active it's still considered advertising and you will be punished accordingly. 12. Privacy Rights Releasing personal information of another community player or staff member without their explicit permission is strictly forbidden. This includes but is not limited to contact information (such as Skype, Facebook, Email, DDOS threats etc.), personal pictures, and other forms of real-life communication. Shoutbox Rules Follow our Rules and Regulations(including Forum Rules) otherwise face the consequences and have your rights revoked from the shoutbox(Click here to see when your shoutbox ban expires). Trolling or jokingly breaking these rules is unacceptable and we have a zero tolerance policy for such things. If you have been banned from the shoutbox, make an appeal and don't make a new account to gain access to the shoutbox or disrupt the community making threads, posts and status updates about it. 1. Basic Rules a. Spamming the shoutbox by posting consistent 5+ messages. (5 will be the max to prevent excessive behavior, but if 5-6 are posted consecutively, you will be warned before receiving a sanction depending on the Moderator involved.) b. Flooding the shoutbox to be disruptive to the Community. c. Flooding the shoutbox to get a staff member or another users attention. d. Flooding the shoutbox with excessive use of the emoji's. e. English only in shoutbox unless you're being assisted by a staff member. 2. Flaming and Disrespect Public discussions of staff decisions handling punishments, recent promotions/demotions are not to be discussed. Feel free to talk privately in PM or another form of communication off this site. If you feel that you have been wrongfully punished submit an appeal or report a staff member. 3. Buying and Selling Buying and selling in game items is prohibited in the shoutbox. We ask you to use our market place, it's there for a reason. AgreementBy being on the forums, you understand that you are responsible for your own actions. You understand that the rules stated above will be enforced at all times and the administration has the ability to further the punishment despite what it states above, this is the administration's discretion. We have permission to do what we want with your account as they are a property of ours and you are merely 'playing' on it. You understand that when a rule is broken, your account will be dealt with accordingly and fairly as possible through the system that we have made for the staff team and how people are dealt with. You understand that any sort-of attack (hacking, phishing, doxing, DDOS, etc.) made against SoulPlay will be dealt with accordingly, and you will be IP'd/Mac banned from the forums. If need-be your IP will be sent to the authorities. You understand that SoulPlay Administration Team have the ability and authority to alter your account at any time should we have to or feel we must check something onto one's account and agree that requesting a refund after an Administrator has made an X change is not made. You understand that the SoulPlay Staff Team is required to provide proof, however, we will not disclose a member's name (the one that reported you) if the member requests it. Many of the reports made in the report abuse board is hidden for a reason from others, however, we will do our best to provide the proof that we need. You understand that we are not responsible for what is posted on these forums (while we will take action after it's either reported or we see it) so therefore someone that has been infected through these forums by a third party or by someone of this community, it's not our responsibility but it will be dealt with. So this being said, we are not responsible for ANY damage made to personal property nor information being stolen. Per this section, you understand that inappropriate posts (as said above though, once it's reported or we see it - it will be dealt with) that a child MAY encounter such as pornographic material, promoting drug related topics etc., it's not our responsibility, this is solely the parent's role. All emails or PMs to us by parents will either be replied to with simple words, or ignored and deleted - make no mistake, we will take care of it once reported or seen. When reporting a member of the community you must provide a full screen picture of the client and computer. We will no longer be accepting reports that have been cut-out, cropped etc., we expect the entire picture to be there; if it's not then we the report. If you happen to have a reason to report a staff member it needs to be video proof, we will no longer accept pictures as proof as it is very easy to falsify proof and we do not need unnecessary drama caused by that. You understand that donations made to the administration of SoulPlay are final, and the administration is under no obligation to refund such goods from our services. You understand that actions made by the administration for the donation system and processes are final, and no exceptions are made. You understand that there are little to no refund policies made unless done by an administrator member who can handle these situations themselves. You understand that if a donation is lost through a glitch - it will be refunded, however, if a member is hacked then you understand it is less likely to be refunded to not at all at the discretion of the administrator member (who can handle these type-of situations) You hereby agree and by agreeing to these terms and accepting to register on these forums that you know that your contract with SoulPlay also coorelates to the server and any service that is owned by us. You understand that because SoulPlay is associated with US and Netherlands that that both the Electronic Signatures in Global and International Commerce act (ESGICA) and Directive 1999/93/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council laws are in effect within this community and failure to follow these rules will result in a permanent removal from the community.