Forum Rules

In order to keep the forums running well and to prevent problems, please follow these simple rules. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact one of the Staff Members.
Breaking any of our forum rules may result in an official warning or in some cases can result in a permanent ban.
The midnightstadium.ca staff reserves the right to take action against anyone that damages the integrity of the site, site team or moderating staff.

 

1. Rules of Conduct

The Rules of Conduct regulate the interaction between our forum members. They are in place to ensure the board remains a civilized place where people can communicate freely without being harassed and abused.

[1.1] No Flaming/Flame-baiting/Bigotry

Abusive comments, personal attacks and name calling are not allowed either on the board or through PM's. If you receive a PM that is abusive or you find offensive please forward it to an Administrator who will investigate. Flame-baiting is also not tolerated, flame-baiting is making a post to someone that is obviously intended to elicit an angry response.
Racists, sexists, or any other type of bigots are not welcome on these forums, such offenses will very likely result in an immediate and permanent ban. Usernames that are inappropriate and in breach of this rule could result in an immediate and permanent ban.

[1.2] Swearing / foul language

Please avoid excessive usage of swearings/cussings. We are not using any filters on our forums to prevent any users from expressing their feelings in such a way but we simply ask our members to use such words as little as possible.
We all know kids do visit our forums as well so keep that in mind when posting.
When the staff feels a member is misusing the fact we have no filter system active and posts excessive swearings/cussings for no particular reason we will first ask that member to adapt and if that does not help we will enforce our forum rules to that user.
Any user who feels offended by a post can at any time send a PM to a moderator/admin or use the "Report Post" button to notify the staff of such.

[1.3] Follow the instructions of the Administrators and Moderators

When an Administrator or Moderator asks you to do something or to stop doing something, please follow their instructions, if you're unhappy with their instructions feel free to PM them or an Administrator. Do not discuss this in the thread itself, otherwise it will be considered spam and will be handled accordingly.
You have the right to discuss your position with a Moderator or an Administrator so long as you remain non-abusive and reasonable. Your punishment can be reduced or removed at the discretion of an Administrator.

[1.4] Warnings and warning levels

When a user does not act according to any of our rules or is being considered by a staff member to not act correctly he may recieve an official warning.
Each user will only be given a max total of 5 warnings, the 5th warning will mean a permanent ban from our website.
Given warning may be revoked after a period of time to be decided by the administrator. Banned users will never be allowed acces to the website again.
The midnightstadium.ca staff reserves the right to ban a user at any given time, even if this user has not reached the maximum number of warnings (5).

[1.5] Report rule violations

If you see a violation of these rules on the board, do not reply in the thread but send a PM to a moderator or use the "Report Post" button instead. Replying in the thread will be considered as spam. Reporting posts contributes to a well structured, well disciplined forum which benefits everyone.

 

2. Rules of Contents

The Rules of Contents regulate the substance of what is posted. They are in place to ensure that topics that are posted do not offend and bother people or violate the law.

[2.1] No Spam

We deem spam as making a thread or posting a reply that has no real worth, is irrelevant, useless and offers nothing to a discussion, that is posted outside the Offtopic section of the forum's which has its own rules. Posts that are in place of a Moderator and are misleading or not needed, or that are not in line with the topic and contribute nothing of any worth can also be considered spam. Responding to a spam-bot on the forum is useless and will be considered spam. Spam is not limited to text, posting an image as a means of spam or a spam'esque URL will also result in the same response from a Moderator. With spam being hard to define, it is another example of something left to Moderator's discretion, if in doubt ask yourself "does my reply add to the discussion in a way for the discussion to continue further"? If not then think of something "meatier" to add to the thread. Repeated spamming will result in a Warning Level increase.

[2.2] No posting of explicit graphics

No posting of videos, pictures and other types of graphical media containing porn, real killing, mutilations, wounds, carnage, and other disgusting/explicit images. This also includes links to pages that contain such content. While we can't expect people to check every link on a site it is strongly suggested that whenever making a post about a news item the post is structured in a way that provides the information without risk of breaching the rules. If you're ever unsure as to whether or not a link should be posted on the forum feel free to PM a Moderator for guidance.

[2.3] No usage of content of forbidden organisations

This includes, but is not limited to organisations, symbols and propaganda messages of organizations like Nazi/neo-nazi parties, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, and other organizations that are on international lists of terrorist organizations, or forbidden by the country of Canada.

[2.4] Do not start threads relating to discussions on other boards

What happens in this forum should stay in this forum and vice versa, conversations other than those strictly relating to Midnight Stadium matters should not be brought into these forums from others.

[2.5] No public discussion on how the forum is moderated

If you have questions/complaints/comments that you wish to make about the board or Moderators or anything like that please PM them to a Moderator, we will do our utmost to reply to any that we receive, please remember we have lives outside of the forum so can't promise to reply immediately.

[2.6] No posting of messages from banned members

If a forum member is banned, no matter if they're a friend/colleague/family member, they will have been banned for a reason that we believe to be fully valid, therefore we do not want any comments posted onto the forum on their behalf, doing so could put you into the same banned position that they are in.

[2.7] No advertisement about non Midnight Stadium related stuff

Other than the classifides section which has it's own rules, you may not promote or advertise products, services, or other websites on the forums.

[2.8] No politics

Political discussions are not allowed and will be closed without notification.

[2.9] No affiliate or referral links.

You cannot post any affiliate or referral links, or post anything asking for a referral. Such posts will be subject to removal.

[2.10] No 'bumping'.

If no one responds to your thread or query please do not 'bump' it with posts such as 'bump', 'hello?!?!' or 'is anyone there? Help please!' or your thread may be closed. Please give people time to help you and understand some people may not know the answer and therefore not respond.

 

3. Rules of Format

The Rules of Format regulate the appearance of what is posted and of user profile. They are in place to ensure that the board remains easy to use and uncluttered with unnecessary elements.

[3.1] Search before posting

If you have a question, please use the search function before posting to make sure that it hasn't been answered before. There is a big chance it has, not only does searching help to keep the board free of multiple threads it will also help you to get an answer much quicker. Posts that could have returned several answered with a search function will be closed.

[3.2] Post in the right forum

Please ensure you make new threads in the correct forum, if you're unsure of which forum to post in feel free to ask a Moderator.

[3.3] Do not cross-post

Do not post duplicate threads in more than one forum simply to get an answer quicker or to draw more attention to your post.

[3.4] Do not double, triple etc -post

If you make several posts in a short amount of time rather than editing your original post, this will be considered flooding. You will recieve an increase of Warning level when you break this rule. This does not include accidentaly posting multiple times through browser or server errors. In this case, please 'clean up' your extra posts by deleting them.

[3.5] Do not dig up old threads

Do not dig up old threads unless something significant is being added. If in doubt as to what is "significant" PM a Moderator and they will give you their opinion. As always old threads will remain open or be closed at the Moderator's discretion.

[3.6] No duplicate accounts

Having several accounts is strictly forbidden. If you want to get a new account contact an Administrator. If you wish to change your name for any reason post in this topic.

[3.6(a)] No fictional names

This website uses your real first and last name. Any accounts that do make use of fiction names will be warned, moderated, or outright removed. Aliases that you commonly use (ie. Will for William) are allowed. If you wish to change your name, you can do so yourself by editing your profile.

[3.7] Do not type in all capital letters, or in AlTeRnAtE cApS (Alternate caps)

Typing in all caps equals according to standard net etiquette to yelling. It is also difficult reading such posts. The same applies to alternate caps. This goes for both forum posts as well as topic titles.

[3.8] Write in English

In all our forums every member should write in English. Don't write in any other language since the majority of the members most likely won't understand. Posting in any language other than English and providing a translation in English is also not allowed, since we cannot check the accuracy of the translation.

Please do not use short forms of words e.g. "m8" instead of mate, "u r" instead of you are or your, it may seem attractive to type in such a "shorthand" manner but remember that there are many people on the forums who do not have English as a first language, so it is disrespectful to use bad English simply for the sake of laziness. (Obviously there are common shortenings of words that have been used for many years on the internet that continue to be acceptable, e.g. LMAO, LOL, FYI etc.)

[3.9] Remove image tags when quoting a post containing an image

If you quote a post that contains an image please remove the image tag so that the link is posted not the image, it helps keep the thread tidy and easier to read if the same image isn't being posted repeatedly, you need only delete one [ to stop the image from hot linking.

[3.10] Use a proper title for your new thread.

Threads with titles such as 'help me' that provide no detail and what is wrong or that are inappropriate or not related to the topic you wish to discuss may be closed.

 

If you see a violation of these rules on the board, please use the "report button" to report it to a Moderator or Administrator. If we all do our bit this forum can be a place that everyone can enjoy, no matter their age, sex, religion or nationality.

 

Forum Rules Last Edited:

04/12/2015

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