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Site & Forum Guidelines
The following guidelines were written so that you, the general user, can get an idea of what you can expect and what is to be expected of you during your time on the forum and other parts of MyAnimeList.net.
These have been written as general guidelines only and are superseded by any more specific rule threads on a particular section of the site written by a staff member that say otherwise. The administrators and forum moderators reserve the right to make exceptions to any of these rules whenever they feel it is necessary to do so to maintain proper decorum.
Failure to abide by these rules will result in various consequences, ranging from PM warnings to temporary to permanent bans. Recurring, willful transgressions will result in a permanent ban.
If you have any questions regarding any of the aforementioned rules, feel free to message one of the forum moderators. If you find any content that does not meet these criteria, please report it using the Report links (in the case of forum posts, comments or PMs) or report them here.
Section I: General Site Guidelines
Section II: Signature Restrictions
Images placed in forum signatures must not:
b. exceed a total file size of 300 kB.
c. be NSFM.
Section III: Forum Guidelines
Section IV: Club Guidelines
Section V: User Profile Guidelines
Section VI: People Database Comment Guidelines
Modified by Kineta, Aug 24, 2018 6:28 AM
NSFM: Content that might be considered offensive or too sexually explicit for the wide range of age groups on MAL's user base. This includes, but is not limited to: erotic, excessively violent, bigoted and harmful content.
Trolling: Starting arguments or upsetting users by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the intent of provoking users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. (Source: Wikipedia)
Insults (abuse): An insult is a derogatory remark that labels an individual or group of users. Name-calling is not productive and typically derails the topic by turning the discussion to the credibility of the user(s). It never convinces the other party and often provokes a similar reaction from other posters. The resulting commotion is ineffective for the offender, offensive for the target, distracting for spectators and tiring for moderators.
Advertising: Posting content with the intent to attract visitors to another location, either an external site or another location on MAL.
Impersonation: Intentionally posting as another user or staff member by copying their signature, avatar, profile picture and/or choosing a username that may be confused for another.
Spoiler: Any remark, comment, summary, or description of a series that reveals plot elements which will give away the outcome of an episode within the series or the conclusion of the entire series. (Source: Wikipedia)
Factual Topics: These threads discuss topics limited to an individual's experience and are unlikely to promote new thought or ideas. They do not expire and new posts may be added to the original discussion.
E.g.: What is your favorite xxx? What is the best/worst xxx? What was your first xxx?
Conceptual Topics: These threads contain topics larger than oneself and may promote new thoughts or ideas. If the possibility of unique discussion exists and the last post of the existing thread is more than one month old, the thread may be created anew.
Modified by Kineta, May 1, 2014 1:45 PM
Violation and Ban Policy
Rule violations are organized into a number of distinct categories and the ban policy applies to each category individually. If a user violates multiple categories simultaneously, he will receive the subsequent stage on all categories.
Consecutive rule violations within each category will be handled as follows:
Ban #1: 2-5 days
Ban #2: 1 week
Ban #3: 2 weeks
Ban #4: 1 month
Ban #5: permanent
If you are banned:
Modified by Kineta, May 1, 2014 1:32 PM
Rule Violation Categories
Singular spam posts are deleted without warning. If a user makes many spam posts in one thread or singular spam posts across many threads, then he is subject to the rule violation policy.
Copyrighted, non-fair use material
Posting links to:
Including, but not limited to, posting:
Like with spam, singular backseat modding posts are deleted without warning. If a user makes many posts in one thread or singular backseat modding posts across many threads, then he is subject to the rule violation policy.
Rule violations that do not fall into the above categories will be treated on a case-by-case basis as their own category. Because they are rare and are typically resolved with a notification, warnings and bans will only be given when the user refuses to change their behavior.
This includes violations such as:
Modified by Kineta, Apr 22, 2018 9:33 AM
Section VI: People Database Comment Guidelines Added. Please note that comments which do not follow these rules or the General rules (Section I) will be removed without notice and may result in warnings or bans.