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What are the rules at this site?

What are the rules at this site?

1. Posting Rules
You are responsible for reading and understanding the Forum Rules! If there is a rule that you do not understand, please feel free to contact one of the moderators. They'll be more than happy to assist you. Links to moderators of each individual forum and their private message boxes are given below each forum link.

2. No Multiple IDs
No Multiple IDs: Multiple IDs make the board harder to moderate. We want to promote a sense of closeness within the boards and keeping track of multiple IDs makes this harder. It's also for security purposes and will make it easier for us to crack down on scammers. Multiple ID's will be automatically banned.

3. Mandatory Post of Introduction

We ask that all new members first make an introduction post. Please tell us a little about yourself and/or collection. Members feel more at ease if they know that you are serious about posting on this site. This also lets our moderators know that you are taking our forum rules seriously and have read them. It is not uncommon to receive a private message from a moderator asking you to make an introduction post. We're a very friendly site and are anxious to welcome you.

4. No flaming, No name-calling, No excessive swearing
Discussions and debates are allowed, but they must be carried out in a civilized manner. Warnings on threads that get too heated will be given instead of the thread automatically being locked. Excessive involvement in heated topics may warrant a suspension from this site. Please treat other members with respect and decency. Topics that were locked may not be started again. Anything that is allowed to be said on US network television is permitted. However, swearing at another board member will not be tolerated! If you must see a list of accepted and unacceptable words, please pm a site admin/mod.

Please note: Sensitive subjects such as religion, politics, abortion and animal rights will be closely monitored and once out of hand, will be quickly locked. Unfortunately, Moderators do not have the extra time that these topics require. Thanks for understanding.

5. No supplying inappropriate links to minors
Anyone found private messaging links to inappropriate websites, forum sites, etc. (foul language, flaming, inappropriate content/pictures, etc.) to members under 18, will be suspended or banned from MLP Arena, without warning. It is your responsibility to know the age of the person you are supplying these links to.

6. No flooding the boards (spam)

This includes posting to change your posting status and posting continuously on one thread while you could have just edited your original post to condense them (for example: You do this- Post #1- Hi!, then immediately following that one, you do this- Post #2- Can someone help me?). Also no bumping of threads that have not been replied to for a month or more.

7. Keeping on topic
Posts should be kept in their appropriate forums and should be related to the topic at hand. Any posts that do not follow this rule will be moved or deleted by the moderators.

8. "Type-speak" is not allowed
This community also includes members who's first language may not be English. They may be using translators and we don't want to isolate anyone. **If you don't know what "type-speak" is, here is an example: "4 Sale- 3 S3a P0ni3s 4 1 d0llar!"** Please do not "shout" at fellow members and what this means is refrain from using all capitals.

9. No posting links to live auctions

This is in effect as a common courtesy. The only exceptions are if the auctions are yours (advertise to your heart's content) and if you are posting the auction link in order to warn others of potential scams or misrepresented items. ("Misrepresented" means the item is not what the seller claims it to be, not that you don't feel it is worth what the seller is asking.) Instead you may post a picture from the auction or a description.
Moderators will remove these links and either add a photo or PM you to do so.

10. Please welcome new members
Please be nice to newer members. If they post something in the wrong forum, please inform one of the moderators instead of telling them yourself as this can easily be taken the wrong way. They may think that you're jumping on them rather than trying to help and we want to keep the peace as much as possible. Remember it's a bit overwhelming when first posting and it takes time to get the hang of things. Oldie vs. Newbie will not be tolerated.

11. Please do not moderate other Members
If you see anything inappropriate or something posted incorrectly, please PM a Mod or Admin for help. Do not try to sort the issue yourself. This only embarrasses the member.
If we do find you telling people off, or you are being condescending, please expect a warning PM. It's not fair on other members or the staff if you take this attitude.

12. Trading/Selling Age Minimum

You must be at least 16 years old to sell or trade at MLP Arena. Please do not buy from or trade with anyone under 16 years old here. It is your responsibility to know the age of the person you are trading/buying from. MLP Arena is not responsible for any transactions made here.

13. Reporting scammers
Snail mail addresses, real names, phone numbers, etc. are *NOT* to be posted to protect those involved. Please private message a site admin/mod if it is a very serious matter. We may allow partial information to be posted. You do need permission first.
-Posting a scammer's e-mail address *IS* allowed.

14. No personal pleas for charity
While we completely sympathize with dire situations, we are not able to accommodate pleas for charity or donations. This rule is in place to protect you more than anything else. It has been our experience that in the long run, this will only cause you more harm than good. If you need donations or charity we highly recommend doing so in your "real life" and not on line. Any posts started will have to be immediately deleted.

15. Signature Rules and Avatars
As long as they are kept at a reasonable size (no larger than 500x200), feel free to express your creativity. If this is abused (for example, your sig takes up an unreasonable amount of space and takes a long time to load), you will receive a private message from a moderator asking you to please remedy the problem or your signature will be removed and replaced with a sig that redirects you to these rules:
***All signatures must fit within an area 500 pixels LONG and 200 pixels HIGH.
***Total signature "weight" must be less than 60k.
***Sigs with no graphics may have up to five lines of text.
***Sigs with graphics can have up to three lines of text.
***Tickers count as two lines of text.
More info can be found here:
Avatars should be limited to 150 x 150 pixels just to keep the boards looking tidy.

16. Gallery Rules
We offer free albums for your MLP pictures. Please keep in mind that if you abandon your album for longer than 3 months, we may delete your album without warning. We 99% of the time, send private messages first. Please keep a back up of your pictures. We cannot guarantee that they won't be accidentally deleted, our site won't get hacked or we have a glitch in our program, etc. You just never know. Albums information can be found here:

17. Adoptable reques
Any member making multiple Id's for the purpose of requesting many Adoptables will be quickly banned from this site. Please only request the Adoptables you need. If you are asking for too many Adoptables, you may be suspended from that forum for 2 weeks or longer. It is soo generous of members to offer their talent as a gift to you. Please don't take advantage.

18. No nudity
No R-Rated and above pictures: It is your responsibility to follow this rule. MLP Arena or anyone affiliated will not be held responsible. By posting here, you agree to these terms. No vagina slits, no penis, no butt crack and no nipples may be shown in picture, drawing or custom form.

19. Mature Content
This site is not for the young collector or immature collector. Please be aware that adult issues are discussed from time to time and light swearing is used occasionally. This site is for the older collector, typically at least 14 years and up. Not all 14 year olds are ready for the topics that are discussed here. We have some forums that go beyond the PG-13 rating.

20. Chat Room Rules and Shout Block
The same posting rules are in effect in the chatroom and Shout Block at all times! Before using the Chatroom or Shout Block, make sure you have at one time or another made an introduction post in the Introduction forum. The Shout Block should be kept to lighter topics, to the point and fun in nature. The Shoutblock is to be used by members 14 years and up. Please do not monopolize the ShoutBlock. If you are having a lengthy conversation with one person, take it to private messaging please.
Please PM any mod if there is an issue with the Shout Block.

21. Private Messaging
You can send your friends private messages using this feature. No spamming the private message feature. You should be using this function for talking to friends, trades, sales, and the similiar. If you feel that someone is harassing you via pm, it is your duty to please report them to a moderator. *Please keep in mind that when you send a Moderator a private message that it may be shared in our confidential Moderator forum. We work as a team here. If you don't want your pm shared, then you may ask in advance.

22. Suspension of your account

If you're account gets suspended, it could be one of three things. It could be a mistake. If you feel that we have made an error (it happens!), please contact Chief or BridgetsMum. It could be that we suspect of you intentionally creating an account to harm this site and/or it's members. Lastly, it could be because you have repeatedly broken forum rules. Please remember that we do not have the time or energy to babysit.

23. Moderators Code of Conduct
All moderators will treat members with kindness, respect and courtesy at all times. We strive to keep this site running smoothly providing a fun atmosphere for all. If you feel you are being treated unfairly, please send a private message to Chief or BridgetsMum. We try very hard to keep out phony members (trolls) and hackers. If you suspect a troll or that the site is being hacked, please report it asap. We want to be your pony home within the MLP community. This site is for the community and about the community.

24. Site Donations
We ran this site out of pocket for the first 1 1/2 years and have found it to be too difficult to keep doing so. This site has grown soo much! It is our goal to keep this site ad free for it’s registered members. If you are able, we would appreciate a donation. You will recieve "site supporter" above your avatar or under your site ranking as a way of saying thank you. Donations can range from $1.00 on up. For donations $50 and above, you will receive gold status. Thank you!

25. Moderator Post Edits
On occasion a Moderator may edit or delete your comments that were posted. These Moderator edits may never be removed. If you have questions, please send a private message to that Moderator and s/he will explain it further with you.

Who runs this site?: Chief and BridgetsMum are the owners and are married in real life. BridgetsMum is the pony collector. She and Chief started this site to better help the pony community. There are about 15 plus moderators, a few site administrators/moderators. They are all avid pony collectors and strive to be knowledgeable in the forums they moderate. They are also all volunteers. We appreciate their dedication to this site immensely. They were chosen from members like yourself! This site is not about one person, this site is for the pony community (you) and will be passed down from collector to collector. If you have suggestions or questions, send us a pm.

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