Forum Announcement: General Forum Rules and Guidelines | Please Read Before Posting!
04-17-2013, 06:00 PM
General Forum Rules and Guidelines | Please Read Before Posting!
To make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience on the Official Approaching Nirvana Forums and all its affiliated sites, please follow these rules, including Terms of Service, that outline acceptable and unacceptable behavior. These rules were designed with user safety in mind and to minimize conflicts and confusion. Forum Admins and Moderators have full authority to enforce such rules when needed on behalf of the Community’s best interest.

Updated: 23rd April, 2013

Privacy Notice
Forum Admins will never ask for your password. Your personal information (e.g. real name, e-mail address, etc) will never be posted by a Forum Admin or revealed to a third party. By law, anyone under 13 years of age should NOT use the Forum. Anyone doing so should be immediately reported to a Forum Admin or Moderator.

Codes of Conduct
  • Be kind and civil toward other Forum members and Admins and Moderators. Any threads and/or posts that contain overly abusive language will not be permitted.
  • Do not make hateful posts. Any form of racism or sexism is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not bully others. This includes encouraging self harm or suicide.
  • Do not make explicit or vulgar posts. Keep things “PG-13”.
  • Be respectful of the privacy of others. Do not ask them for their private information.
  • Do not stalk or harass other Forum members or Admins. If someone tells you to stop bothering them, do not continue to send them messages or attempt to get others to do so in your behalf.
  • Do not impersonate other Forum members or Admins or their likeness. These accounts will be immediately terminated by the real Forum Admins.
  • Do not sell or resell any personal or Approaching Nirvana items. You should buy from the following official merchandise services from Approaching Nirvana Merchandise store (e.g. Spreadshirt, Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp).
  • No pirating. Requesting or sharing material you do not own the copyright to or have permission to share (e.g. music, software, and anime) may be considered copyright infringement is not permitted. If you desire to use or share Approaching Nirvana music, you must abide by the Approaching Nirvana Youtube License.

Images
  • Forum Signatures. Please keep signatures no more than 150 pixels in height, and no more than 500KB total. This includes having multiple images and words. Your ability to post signatures may be removed by a Forum Admin or Moderator if you do not comply with this standard.
  • Mature Content. Please keep all images family friendly and “PG-13”. Sexually explicit and pornographic images are strictly forbidden. Anything containing Not Safe For Work (“NSFW”) content or material that includes, but not limited to: promotes or shows sexually explicit content, or violently graphic displays including gore, rape, partial or full nudity, etc may result in a removal of questionable content, Warning, or Ban by a Forum Admin or Moderator.
  • Harmful images. Any graphic images that may cause harm for Forum members or guests, such as contribute or induce adverse physical reactions (e.g. migraine headaches, seizures, etc), are not permitted. Should a post, signature, or profile picture contain such images, it may be removed by a Forum Admin or Moderator and a Warning may be given to the user.
  • Copyright images. Posting images that you do not own the rights to may be treated as copyright infringement and is a serious violation. If the original owner of the image makes a complaint, you will be required to cease and desist on using the image in question. Claiming art that you did not create yourself anywhere on the Forums as yours will be treated as art theft which can result in legal prosecution in Real Life. Attempting to use stolen art for profit is considered to be scamming. Additionally, art that you have made yourself, but that was heavily copied or traced from the work of others, or includes images or graphics you did not make yourself, may also be treated as art theft. Should a post, signature, or profile picture contain such images, it may be removed by a Forum Admin or Moderator and a Warning may be given to the user.

Spam Violations
  • Stretching the Forum pages using excessive amounts of unnecessary text or emoticons, posting long song lyrics for no particular reason, posting images that are excessively large, abusing the signature area with large images or gifs of any kind, text that contains no spaces, or large images is disruptive to the flow of the forum or conversation and is considered spam and not permitted.
  • Reposting threads, posts, or comments continuously is considered spam and is not permitted. If you have a question, post once in the appropriate subforum/topic and the Forum Admins and Moderators will see it.
  • Continuously “BUMPing” (“Bring Up My Post”), a term and action done to bring Forum topic threads to the front page, is considered spam and not permitted.
  • “Necro-ing”, a term and action done to reactivate Forum topic threads that have been silent or (un)answered for an extended period of time, is considered spam and not permitted.
  • Distribution of “chainmails” in posts, comments, Private Messages, and anywhere else is prohibited. Any message that asks or encourages you to repost/resend indiscriminately to other Forum members can be considered a “chainletter”. Forum Admins use Stickies and Announcements to disperse information and have no use for “chainmails”.

Flaming/Abuse/Trolling
  • Any posts containing, but not limited to, flaming, racial slurs, verbal abuse, etc. directed at a Forum member or comments made with the purpose of provoking anger (“trolling”) are not permitted. Should a post, signature, or profile picture contain such, it may be removed by a Forum Admin or Moderator and a Warning may be given to the user.
  • Posting any content (e.g. comments, images, links, etc) that encourages other Forum members to harm or kill themselves, even in a joking manner, can be considered abusive. In cases where a user has posted about their intent to commit suicide or harm themselves or others, any encouragement at all will lead to a Warning or even a Ban by Forum Admin or Moderator.

Disciplinary Action
  • Forum members found making inappropriate posts will be warned and have them removed. Further actions may be taken against your account by Forum Admins and/or Moderators.
  • Forum members found purposefully placing threads in wrong places will be warned and have them removed. Further actions may be taken against your account by Forum Admins and/or Moderators.
  • Forum members found repeatedly asking questions covered by the FAQ page may be ignored completely without further warning, (or receive Timeout/Kick/Ban in Livestream/PlugDJ by Admins/Mods).
    Note: While Forum members may appeal their ban, Forum Admins retain the right to revoke any request for a ban repeal.
  • Forum Admins reserve the right to terminate services for reasons not listed in these Terms of Service.

Forum Member Responsibility
By accessing, browsing, using and/or Registering for the Official Approaching Nirvana Forums, PlugDJ room, Tinychat room, Livestream Chat, Official Website and all its add-ons, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the Terms and Guidelines, including any future Terms and Guidelines, and modifications. If you do not agree to these Terms, then please do not use any of the aforementioned services. Failure to comply with these Terms may result in disciplinary action and ultimately the termination of your Forum member or any affiliated account.

Violation of these rules, including Terms of Service and/or Rules or Guidelines, or submitting content, language depicting terms associating or insinuating these situations, may result in warning or permanent ban or removal of questionable content by Forum Admins.
If you are unsure about the content or message you are submitting, it is better not to submit the content and/or ask a Forum Admin.
If you stumble upon such content, please tell a Forum Admin or Moderator and report the situation.

Note that Approaching Nirvana and Forum Admins and Moderators assume no responsibility or liability of this material.

Remember, these Rules and Forums are in constant development to give you a safe place to hang out. If you have any questions or concerns, you may message the Forum Moderators and Admins. Thank you for reading!

- Official Approaching Nirvana Forum Admins
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