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MLP Arena's Site Rules
« on: July 04, 2017, 09:49:36 PM »
Applicability.
Your use of MLP Arena is subject to the rules and guidelines shown on this page. By using MLP Arena in any way you signify explicit agreement to all of the statements contained herein. These rules and guidelines apply to the titles and body of your posts, to your signature and to private messages and emails sent from the forum. Failure to adhere to the rules may result in your posts being modified, moved or deleted. Continued failure to respect the rules may lead to your account being suspended or a ban being placed on your continued use of the forum.

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 eager to welcome you.

A lot of intros do not pass muster. Here are some examples of bad Introduction posts:
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If you are uncertain as to what to post please read this thread for a start, and some great ideas:
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If you are returning from an absence, you do not need to reintroduce yourself, although you are welcome to.

You may only have ONE account.
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 IDs will be automatically banned. If you have previously signed up but have forgotten your username or password, send an email to chief@mlparena.com so we can help you recover it. We do permit limited username changes; please contact us to request a change instead of registering a new account. Also, please do not share accounts with others. If another person in your home or circle of friends wants to be at the Arena, they may make their own account. Make sure you post in your own account only.

Sensitive Topics.

Sensitive subjects such as but not limited to religion, politics, abortion and animal rights will be closely monitored and will be locked at the mods' discretion. Unfortunately, Moderators do not have the extra time that these topics require. This stance also includes signatures or avatars that have subject matter others find offensive, or involve any of the above mentioned topics. Thank you for understanding.

Respect for fellow members/heated threads.
While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Warnings on threads that get too heated or volatile may be given before the thread is automatically locked.  If a moderator's warning is ignored, the thread will be locked without further warning. 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.

Furthermore, through your membership here at MLP Arena you agree to not only treat fellow members with kindness and respect but all Moderators of this site and the Arena itself in general. If you have a question or concern/problem with a Moderator it needs to be done via private message not on the forums.
Pony collectors come from all walks of life and various MLP-fandom cultures have emerged. Some of them converge here. Please treat all fellow members and collectors here with respect.

Blackballed topics.
There are certain topics which have caused such disturbances on the Arena that we will not allow further discussion on them, in order to protect our members, and our sanity. We will not list these topics, but if they are brought up again, they will be locked with no warning. Please respect our decision in regards to these topics.

Mature Content (no nudity)
As a member of the Arena, you are subject to our community content guidelines regarding what you post (i.e. text/photo/drawing/custom) and what you link to (i.e. website/blog/galleries).  Arena members should not post or link to any material which may offend or that is unsuitable for a family friendly forum. This includes, but is not limited to, language, violence, innuendo, nudity, illegal acts and sexual content.

Any use of material that is inappropriate for the Arena will be removed by moderators, and you may be subject to disciplinary action including warnings, suspensions, and banning for repeat offenders.

Supplying links to younger members
Sending private messages or emailing from this site with links to inappropriate websites, forum sites, etc. (foul language, flaming, inappropriate content/pictures, etc.) to members is a potentially bannable offense. If the member is under 18, you risk being banned without warning.

Spamming and staying on topic
Please refrain from straying from the original poster's topics in a thread.  Try to keep your posts constructive and relevant, and avoid posting only to increase your post count or status.  Threads should be kept in their appropriate forums and should not duplicate the content or subject of an existing thread. Any posts that do not follow this rule will be moved or deleted by the Moderators.
Threads with no discussable content will also be removed.

"Type-speak" is not allowed.
This community also includes members whose 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 use all caps – Mods will remove all of these and leave a warning.
Additionally, the forum language is English. Non-English posts will be locked or removed.

No Backseat Modding.
If you see anything inappropriate or something posted incorrectly, please PM a Mod or Admin for help or use our handy 'report to moderator' button. 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.

No posting links to live auctions
The only exception to this rule is  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.

Shill Bidding/Bidding on your own auctions.
If we find that you have been involved in shill bidding on ebay or other auction sites, you will be listed as a shill bidder on our "Traders to Watch List". Ebay will be notified of your suspected shill bidding. You will also not be allowed to sell here at the Arena for 3 months. If you do sell during that time, you will be permanently banned. Your membership at the Arena will then be discussed with the Mods team, and we will decide on the status of your membership.

Selling Ponies, Requesting Adoptables or Posting on behalf of Previously Banned members.
This will not be tolerated here. Once members are banned from the site they no longer have any privileges associated with being a member on this site. Any outside posting, requesting or selling on behalf of a banned member will result in your account being suspended and/or banned.
Please do not be silly – these members were banned for a reason. Risking your membership isn’t worth it!

Shout Block Etiquette
The shoutblock is to be used for short, fun conversations.  Please PM any mod if there is an issue with the Shout Block. For further information about what is expected in the ShoutBox, please see this thread.

Private Messaging Etiquette.
You can send your friends private messages using this feature. You should be using this function for talking to friends, trades, sales, and the similar, not spamming. If you feel that someone is harassing you via pm, it is your duty to report them to a moderator.

Trading/Selling Minimum Age
You must be at least 16 years old to sell or trade at MLP Arena - this includes swaps. 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.

Auction hunters
Often, an exciting auction pops up, and you’d love to find out who won the auction, or see if they want to split the spoils. This has been causing some issues here, and so we will remove any topics that we deem ‘winner hunting’ or ‘auction hunting’. Topics like “ZOMG WHO WON THIS AMAZING LOT?!?!” will be removed and a PM sent.

Reporting Scammers
Snail mail addresses, real names, phone numbers, links to Facebook and social medial profiles 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 eBay name e-mail address IS allowed.
The Trader Support forum is meant to be utilized for questions around questionable transactions. A disagreement does not a scammer make. Try your best to communicate with the other party and come to a resolution before calling them out as a scammer on the public forums.

No 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. 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 be immediately deleted.

Crowdsourcing and links to any sites soliciting donations, fundraising and the like are not allowed. This includes Kicktstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and similar sites.

Adoptable Requests
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 so generous of members to offer their talent as a gift to you. Please don't take advantage.

Sales / Want To Buy / Trade List Threads
You may have one active thread for each of these categories. If you are listing multiple batches of ponies for sale or trade, please post additions in the original thread by editing your original post or posting a reply. You are allowed to bump up your post when it drops off of the first page.

Price Checks
We are all curious about the trade or sale value of our ponies! Before posting a price check, please search for other threads asking about the same ponies in the main forums or price check archives. Pony prices can and do fluctuate over time, so if there are no price check results available posted within the past 90 days, you can post a new PC.
When asking for a price check, please include: condition of pony and any other relevant details, photos if possible, and whether you are looking to sell or buy (want to see if seller is asking too much). 

Signature Rules and Avatars
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Warnings
Members who break forum rules multiple times will receive a "warning" on their profile.  The more times the Moderators have to edit your posts for content, the more warnings you will receive.  Once a member reaches a certain warning level, your profile will become restricted.  If the problem behavior persists, then your account may be suspended or permanently banned.

Moderator's Edited Notes
On occasion a Moderator may edit or delete your comments that were posted. These Moderator edits may not be removed. If you have questions, please send a private message to that Moderator and s/he will explain it further with you.

Suspension of Your Account
If your account gets suspended, it could be one of several things. It could be a mistake. If you feel that we have made an error (it happens!), please contact Loa. It could be that we suspect of you intentionally creating an account to harm this site and/or its members. Also, it could be because you put a moderator on ignore and/or blocked one or more of them from PMing you. Lastly, it could be because you have repeatedly broken forum rules. Please remember that we do not have the time or energy to babysit.

If you are suspended you will receive an email automatically with a short explanation as to why you have been banned.

Advertising of Competitors
Posting a link to a competing forum with the sole purpose of advertising and encouraging membership is not allowed.  You may, however, promote any other forum (provided it falls within our content guidelines) in your personal signature.  Please see the Signature Rules for help on this.  Do not promote sites which feature content that exceeds our content standards in the rules above - this rule is the same whether in links, posts, or signatures.

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. Please keep in mind however that all our Moderators are volunteers and human too!

If you feel you are being treated unfairly, please send a private message to Loa.
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