Participation in the forums constitutes agreement to the following guidelines, which apply to posts, profile information, avatars, signatures, private messaging, and any other content on this site and participation in general. The live nature of discussions in this community makes it difficult for staff to catch every violation of these rules. If you believe that someone has violated our User Guidelines, please make use of the "report topic" and "report private message" feature of the forums to bring the possible violation to the attention of staff. During your report, you can select what violation you believe has been made or provide further information for staff to review. Please do not respond to a violation personally, as you may aggravate the situation and possibly violate our guidelines yourself. The Administrators and Moderators reserve the rights to delete, lock, ban and edit posts for anyone who violates or fails to observe any of the rules below. Any continuous violation of these rules will result in a permanent ban of their account. The Administrators and Moderators will apply appropriate measures depending on the effect of the rules that have been violated. For the benefit of all members, there is a zero-tolerance on spamming, which will result in an immediate ban of the member and his/her account. Section One - General Rules 1 - Rude, Disrespectful Comments, Harassment Comments that are demeaning towards another user or group of users are unacceptable. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, personal insults and threats, racial and religious epithets, sexual orientation, real-life information and threats, and insults based on nationality. It is in your best interest to remain constructive and polite in your posts. 2 - Flamebaiting / Trolling Trolling is defined as purposefully antagonizing another user in hopes of causing arguments or controversy. We do not allow trolling on our forums and any threads or posts that are deemed as trolling will be removed. All forum users have the right to report and ignore trolls. Please resist from feeding the trolls as it can be harmful to you. 3 - Spam SPAM is defined as Stupid Pointless Annoying Material/Message. The re-posting of deleted content, responses in a discussion thread that are just a single image or video, and repetitive posts that serve no purpose in the thread or on the forums all fall under this category. Any user who creates a thread or post that is considered pointless or off topic will have their thread or post either closed or deleted. Repeat violators of this rule can have their posting abilities revoked or even a ban from the forums. 4 - Inappropriate Signature, Avatar, or Profile Picture Users are not permitted to use signatures, avatars, or profile pictures that are found to be in violation of the Mankind Reborn Forum Rules. Violating signatures will be removed and if it is a continued issue, the user could lose their ability to have a post signature. Depending on the content of the signature, avatar, or profile picture the user may be issued increased infraction points for violating other rules. 5 - Staff Harassment Comments that are demeaning towards any of the Mankind Reborn staff are unacceptable. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, personal insults and threats, racial and religious epithets, sexual orientation, real-life information and threats, and insults based on nationality. Constructive criticism is always acceptable and is the only way we can improve. Users are encouraged to work directly with the staff member to resolve issues or, users are encouraged to seek assistance from the team lead or administrator. 6 - Impersonation Any user found attempting to impersonate or trying to pass themselves off as a member of the Mankind Reborn team will be issued a permanent ban from the community. 7 - Pornographic Material Users are not allowed to post or link to anything that could be considered pornographic content. While this forum is adult oriented, we wish to keep them clean. The Mankind Reborn staff, at their discretion, will decide if the posted linked or content is too exposed and can be considered pornographic. We maintain a zero tolerance policy for violations of this rule and violators will be met with swift actions, including but not limited to, instant account suspension. 8 - Extreme or Vulgar Content Users are not allowed to post or link to anything that could be considered extreme or vulgar content. The Mankind Reborn staff, at their discretion, will decide if the posted or linked content is considered extreme or vulgar. We maintain a zero tolerance policy for violations of this rule and violators will be met with swift actions, including but not limited to, instant account suspension. 9 - Ban Evasion If you have been suspended from our system and evade by some means, this will result in an extended suspension being issued, to all suspect user accounts, up to a permanent suspension of the user continues to attempt to evade their ban. Section Two - Warnings and Bans We operate on a three strike warning system before a user is issued a forum suspension. Warnings issued are grouped to a three month period. If a user exceeds three warnings within three months of their last issued (or first issued if never issued one before) warning, the user will be issued a forum suspension ranging from one to seven days. If a user continues to violate the forum rules after their first forum suspension, they will be given one more opportunity before facing a permanent suspension. It should however be noted if a rule violation it severe enough, the user may be subject to immediate suspension. This includes, but is not limited to, posting of pornographic or extremely vulgar material.