The Rules of Anime Alley

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Psycho 101
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The Rules of Anime Alley

Postby Psycho 101 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:55 am

Alright, this forum is supposed to be a light hearted and fun place to post. The staff plans to keep this place as open and light as possible. However, there are some basic rules that will be adhered to or consequences will follow. These are all basic common sense rules so I trust everyone won't have any problems following them. Hopefully more/stricter rules will not be needed but in the event they are the rules shall be updated to reflect any changes.

1. No malicious personal attacks. It's ok to argue with another poster or debate a topic or post but do so civilly. There will be no direct personal attacks or insults being tossed around here. If you have a problem with someone talk to an admin or moderator privately about it. People don;t have to agree but they do need to at least be civil to each other here.

2. No obscene amounts of vulgar language. Cursing will be allowed but do not push it. A curse here or there is one thing, dropping F-bombs every 5th word (or bolding and raising the font size) however is another. So save the sailor speak for when you're on a boat.

3. No racial, sexist, sexual orientation, or gender based derogatory comments. There will be no such hateful insults allowed here at all period. So keep such comments to yourself. You don't have to agree with others and are entitled to your views about people and society (no matter how distasteful or shallow they may be), but such views shall be kept to yourself. This is a place for all kinds of people so bigotry is not welcome.

4. No spamming the forums. Yes this is a light hearted and open community and most things will be allowed. However, there are limits. Do not post blatantly unintelligent and pointless junk on the forums. The amount of serious intelligence needed for a thread here is minimal but some amount of intelligence is still required.

5. No posting links to anime fansub or download websites (or other illegal media download websites). Discussion about fansubs and downloads is allowed, but please do not post links to the actual websites where they can be found in the forums. As long as it does not become a problem, nor find it's way onto the forums, sharing such information in PM's between friends will be allowed.

While this last one is not a rule it's highly recommended. Introduce yourself in the OT thread for introductions. Let everyone know who you are so we can all quickly scare you with our collective insanity. :D

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Staff Policy Regarding Rules Infractions and Complaints

Postby d.yaro » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:42 am

Introduction: It was first proposed amongst the AnimeAlley staff in October 2008 to outline a process for addressing issues of misconduct or disruptive activity on this forum. Our sincere hope expressed at that time was that we would not have to subject any member to any disciplinary action. The following disciplinary policy was drawn up to address what would be done if we should find ourselves in that position. The disciplinary policy is an escalating policy outlining what actions staff may take to address deficiencies in a member's conduct and under what conditions. By publishing it here it is available for all members to read and review.

AnimeAlley policy on addressing the following:
1) Infractions of "The Rules"
2) Complaints regarding posts (generated using the "Report" function)
3) Complaints received by PM regarding the disruptive conduct of a member.

An incident report will be recorded and acted upon when an infraction is noted by a staff member, reports are received from two or more members or complaints received from three or more members. With every incident report the member will be advised via PM that their conduct is under review. If the staff member(s) conclude that the incident report is valid then the following process will be followed: For the first two cases the member will simply receive a warning explaining what the infraction concerns. With the third case and onwards a response to the warning will be solicited from the member before a decision is made on whether or not to penalize. The decision should be communicated to the member as soon as possible.

Incident report review and penalties policy:
1) First case - Reviewed by: a staff member. Penalty: Warning issued to member.

2) Second case - Reviewed by: a staff member who did not address the first case. Penalty: Warning issued to member. Member advised that the next incident report could result in a short term suspension of membership.

3) Third case - Reviewed by: all staff. Penalty: short term (less than one month) suspension of membership accompanied by a message outlining the reason(s) for the suspension. Warning issued to member advising that the next incident report could result in a longer term suspension of membership.

4) Fourth case - Reviewed by: all staff. Penalty: Minimum 1 month suspension of membership accompanied by a message outlining the reason(s) for the suspension. Warning issued to member advising that the next incident report could result in a permanent suspension of membership.

5) Fifth case - Reviewed by: all staff. Penalty: "Strike three...you're out".



In conclusion: The opening tenet of this forum is it is "supposed to be a light hearted and fun place to post". While the above policy is a touch on the "heavy side", the intent behind it is to demonstrate that all issues will be dealt with under a consistent policy. As said earlier, we're hoping we don't have to subject members to disciplinary action.


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