Rule #1: Be Kind and Respectful to Everyone.
Rule #2: Keep it PG-13.
Rule #3: No Illegal Content.
Rule #4: Don't Spam.
Rule #5: Take Care When Reviving Threads.
Rule #6: No Shameless Advertising.
Rule #7: Respect Official Staff Decisions.
Rule #8: Check Pinned/Announcement Threads.
Welcome to the Official Rules of the Azurilland Forums! Of course, these are a must to read before posting at all on Azurilland, and very important to abide by to help keep the forums clean and happy.
#1: Be Kind and Respectful to Everyone.
Above all, we do not tolerate hateful or insulting behavior here. Please treat everyone here with respect and kindness at all times.
Of course, it is completely fine to disagree and debate with one another, as long as it is kept civil and respectful. More controversial or touchy debates should be exclusively kept to the Debate Chamber located under General Chat.
If a user is harassing you or otherwise making you uncomfortable, don't hesitate to put them on Ignore (Hover over their username -> "Ignore User"). You are also free to Report them to staff if they are breaking any rules.
#2: Keep it PG-13.
Azurilland is intended to be a comfortable and reasonably appropriate environment. A rough guideline to follow is to keep things PG-13.
By default, we have a censor system in place that will censor harsher swears, and swearing is not prohibited unless used in a highly inappropriate (sexual, insulting, or offensive) manner.
However, please be careful with the images, videos, and links you post. While minor swears are fine, sharing anything with harsh or excessive swearing, or otherwise inappropriate material, must be accompanied by a warning to users before they view it, since they aren't picked up by our censors.
Anything highly inappropriate, offensive, or explicit is never allowed, warning or otherwise.
Please remember, debates and discussions on sensitive or controversial subjects should be kept only in the Debate Chamber forum, located in General Chat. Try to avoid these kinds of topics elsewhere, to help us maintain a light environment.
Final note: All inappropriate material posted to our forums is under staff discretion. If staff deem it too harsh for our forums, the content will be removed and the user may receive an official board warning, so please think before you post. If you're unsure if something is too inappropriate to share, please contact a moderator or administrator for help beforehand.
#3: No Illegal Content.
Linking to, giving directions to, encouraging, or even mentioning the name of illegal content is strictly prohibited here. This includes (but is not limited to) illegal torrents, episodes/movies uploaded to sites that do not have the rights to host them, and ROMs/Emulators.
Yes, ROMs/Emulators fall under this, which includes Pokémon ROM hacks and Randomizers. They can be used to complete challenges in the Ongoing Challenges subforum, that is your choice, but still may not be linked to, given directions to, encouraged, or advertised/showcased anywhere on this site.
Doing so, or asking for any illegal content, immediately results in a warning and/or ban.
#4: Don't Spam.
Remember to keep your posts on-topic, and avoid posting gibberish or extremely short posts with no substance. Additionally, posting links, images, or smiley faces without any text with it can result in a warning, especially if done repeatedly.
This rule does not apply in Games, Trivia, and More or Games & Other Randomness, unless the game's rules explicitly state otherwise.
Double Posting: Please do not make two (or more) posts in a row (consecutively) when you have something to add to your first post. In this case, double posting is disruptive and unnecessary. Instead, use the Edit button in the bottom right corner of your original post. Some forums here do have exceptions to this for reasons such as updating your thread, so check their rules for more information (see Rule #8).
Additionally, if you are responding to multiple people at once, please use the Multi-quote button in the bottom right corner of each post to quote everyone in the same post.
Bumping: As a general rule of thumb, wait until your thread falls off the first page of the forum before bumping it, especially if you don't have anything substantial to add (such as an update to the thread). Some forums also have their own specific rules on bumping (see Rule #8).
Creating Threads: Before posting a new thread, make sure it's in the correct section, and there isn't already a recent/active thread on the same thing. You'll also want to read the pinned/announcement threads in that forum to avoid your thread getting locked (see Rule #8).
Please be courteous if posting multiple topics in the same forum, since this pushes other threads down and off the first page. Even if your topics are legitimate, too many posted in quick succession can still be disruptive. Also remember it is never necessary to post the same topic in multiple forums – if you're unsure where a thread should go, ask a moderator or administrator.
#5: Take Care When Reviving Threads.
Reviving threads is generally allowed, as long as it hasn't been over 1 year since the thread was last posted in. However, there are specific forums that have shorter time frames due to the fast-paced nature of their threads. In these forums, please avoid reviving threads that haven't been posted in for longer than:
In-game Team Help
Otherwise, the 1 year rule applies. Additionally, please try to avoid reviving topics if there is already a much more recent thread on the same exact thing (use the search function if unsure). Just revive with care and common sense!
The only exception to this rule is if the thread belongs to you, or if the thread is pinned. Even if it's been longer than the specified time frame, you're free to revive your own thread if you wish, and pinned threads if it is on-topic.
#6: No Shameless Advertising.
Making a post, thread, or private message solely to advertise content is disruptive and not allowed here. Feel free to put it in your signature, if you'd like, as long as it follows our other rules (is appropriate, etc.).
This does not mean you can't link to things you want to share, but when it is off-topic, done excessively, or with the intent of your own personal gain, it is considered "shameless" and not allowed.
#7: Respect Official Staff Decisions.
Of course, it is the forum staff's responsibility to enforce these rules. If you do not agree with an action or decision a staff member has made against your content (such as editing or locking), do not blatantly go against it or you will receive an even harsher punishment. Instead, consider messaging the staff member in question, or an administrator.
If you have received a warning that you feel was unfair or issued in error, most warnings can be appealed by following a link in the warning message. Appeals are handled by a separate staff member than the one who issued the original warning. Either way, and no matter the outcome, it is important to accept the warning and move on, rather than let it stew.
#8: Check Pinned/Announcement Threads.
Before posting in a forum, check all pinned (sticky) threads and announcements. These are listed at the top of the forum and often have important information, including rules of that specific forum, and other things you're expected to read before posting there. Most forums do have their own individual rules that need to be followed, so it is very important to pay attention to this.
That's all for the Official Rules, but you can visit the next post for more important information regarding the forums/site.
The Azurilland Information Database (AID) is a forum located between the Official Rules and Introduce Yourself. It contains threads with very useful forum-related information, so it's highly recommended you check it out if you haven't already! [link]
Signatures must, of course, follow the same rules as the rest of the forums.
You are allowed up to 1,000 characters in your signature. This includes coding! Click [BB] along the top of the text box to see all of the characters you have in your signature so far.
Signatures automatically get cut off if taller than 250px.
Please try not to have images with gigantic file sizes in your signature; long and/or high-quality animated GIFs are usually the culprit of this. They can slow down the page for others. It is recommended to keep all images in your signature under 3 MB total. Staff may intervene if a signature is too disruptive.
As long as they are within the above restrictions and follow our Official Rules, you can include as many images/links/text/etc. in your signature as you can fit.
Avatars must be appropriate as well (no swearing, excessive violence, sexual content, etc.).
The maximum size for an avatar is 100x100, though any images bigger or smaller than that will simply be resized.
If you want your thread deleted, please contact a staff member to have it dealt with. We will typically delete threads upon request, but keep in mind that:
Afterward, we will not recover the thread upon request. Only request a thread get deleted if you want it gone for good.
Large threads with a lot of posts from various members, such as successful clubs, won't be deleted on request.
What to do when you see a rule broken
Use the Report button! This is found at the bottom of every post and private message. There is also a Report button on everyone's profile, in case you want to report an account rather than a post.
Please do not backseat moderate! Although helping out users and pointing them in the right direction is helpful and totally fine, try not to scold or belittle them when doing so; this breaks Rule #1. Posting simply to respond to someone breaking the rules breaks Rule #4; it is up to moderators and administrators alone to do so. For anyone else, it's best to simply Report a user if you believe they are breaking the rules, rather than try to handle it yourself.
For more detail and examples on what kinds of "backseat moderating" to avoid, check out this thread.
Having multiple accounts
Having alternate/multiple accounts is fine, as long as you are NOT:
Evading a ban or warning on another account
Trying to convince other users you're a different person
Using it to get extra votes or vote in something more than once
Making accounts only to reserve or claim new usernames (usernames of unused accounts are still up for grabs)
There are many valid reasons to create new accounts, and as long as you're not doing anything listed above, you should be fine.
Giving out personal information
Remember to stay safe and avoid giving out very personal information, such as your full name, home address, phone number, or email address. Sharing vague information can be fine, such as your first name and country/state you live in, but getting more specific than that online can be dangerous.
Keep in mind that if very personal details are shared on the open boards, they will be edited out by staff as soon as they are brought to our attention, without prior notice.
Please remember to give yourself a strong, complex password that isn't used on any other website, and don't tell anyone else your password! Not even a moderator or administrator will ever ask for your password, so make sure you don't give it to anyone, even if they ask.
If you're using a shared computer, remember to log out before you get off the computer, so none of your family members or roommates can access your account.
If someone does manage to get onto your account, you will take full responsibility for any damage that is done. If they break rules with your account, any warnings or bans you receive cannot be undone. It is your responsibility to keep your account safe.
Azurilland is based in the United States, but we have members from all countries. Never ever bash another country just because you don't agree with or aren't familiar with their customs or traditions!
It is important to note that English is the primary language here, and if you can't speak English too well, we'll do our best to communicate, but we cannot translate this site into any other language. Sorry!
Everyone should remember that because we have members from around the world, timezones vary. While you're eating dinner, someone else may just be waking up to go to school!
Have any questions?
If you have any questions or concerns about Azurilland, you are always free to message a staff member or post in Forum Questions and Feedback. We will respond as soon as we can!
Alright, that's it! Thank you so much for reading, we really appreciate it! Now go forth and have fun!