Joined: 22 Apr 2006
Location: Mexico City, MX
|Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:46 pm Post subject: The legal stuff - Etiquette policy and rules of the board
NickDisk Reloaded is an expansive, worldwide community of people of every age, and every nationality who participate on forums spanning every subject and every level of talent and skill.
As the guiding force of this large and vibrant community we have two primary and often conflicting goals in the service we provide for you, the members of the community; the first being to ensure that members are free to express themselves within reason with as few restrictions as possible while nurturing an environment of creativity, learning, and talent and the second is to protect the members of the community, to the best of our abilities, from infringement of copyright, discrimination, harassment, and prejudice.
All members of the NickDisk Reloaded community are expected to be familiar with these rules of etiquette and they will be enforced evenly and without bias in every situation which is brought to the attention of the administration regardless of the membership status of the user in question.
Quality and Placement
It is our policy is to welcome users of all levels from amateur to professional and to that end we do not attach any minimum standards of quality to posts submitted by our membership; all manner of artworks are welcome providing they meet with our etiquette and copyright policies. While we do not impose quality standards we do ask that you practice self-moderation in what you choose to post and that you submit your posts into the most appropriate forum.
Our administrators and moderators, during the course of their routine duties, may elect to move one or more of your threads from any forum to a different, more appropriate section; we ask that you accept this decision gracefully and with a mature attitude.
Prohibited commentary is typically considered to be inherently disrespectful, aggressive, or otherwise abusive.
We must insist that you refrain from comments which are racist, bigoted, or which otherwise offensively target a philosophy or religion. In addition we ask that our members avoid making offensive remarks based on gender or sexual preference and that you do not make any remark, comment or critique which is intended to be a direct insult to an individual or group. Hate propaganda is met with zero tolerance. Comments which are overly aggressive, personally insulting or needlessly abusive are also prohibited.
If you feel that you have been the target of harassment, personal insults or other severe behavior please notify the staff by using the Personal Message function. Please be aware that the staff will only directly intervene in cases which are considered severe; minor situations may be dealt with using tools made available to all registered members.
Discouraged commentary is typically considered to have the potential to escalate into an aggressive or abusive situation.
While not strictly prohibited we must insist that all personal arguments, disagreements, and other volatile “personal” issues within be confined to private communications such as the Personal Message function. Likewise we discourage public accusations and other similar situations; please bring all issues of this nature to the attention of the staff by notifying the administrators or moderators.
Exploitive commentary is typically considered to be disruptive due to unusual or unique factors.
Do not ‘spam’ (send large numbers of identical notes or comments). Spamming is obnoxious and is typically used for self-promotion, or other unwanted advertising.
Do not ‘flood’ (place large numbers of comments rapidly on a single page or craft a single comment which consumes a large amount of page space) the forums. Flooding usually disrupts page loading times and serves no useful purpose.
Respect Your Fellow Members
As a vibrant and growing community NickDisk Reloaded welcomes all kinds of posts; but we MUST insist that the information which you submit be your own original works.
If you share any kind of graphic or multimedia material with us, it must be your own original creations and you may only use resources which are considered legitimate and legal. Submissions which make use of works without proper permission or licensing by the original author will be removed as they come to the attention of the staff.
If you have reason to believe that a submission violates this policy you should report it to the administrators or moderators using the PM feature.
When we discuss mature content we are specifically referring to threads which contain images, subject matter, or other themes which some viewers may find offensive, distasteful, or otherwise undesirable to view or to read. The most common ‘undesired’ viewing material may include, but is not limited to, images containing artistic nudity (see details below), large amounts of simulated blood and gore, or generally violent themes. These topics must always be posted in the Serious Discussion forum, to prevent them from being accidentally accessible to users who have not agreed to, or asked to receive access to that particular forum. All threads that fall in this category that are posted in any other forum of the site will be moved to the Serious Discussion section immediately.
NickDisk Reloaded strictly prohibits the submission of materials classified as pornographic or obscene. There is no exception to this prohibition.
Certain content may be deemed obscene by the administration and as such the staff reserves the right to remove such content immediately upon discovery. The administration reserves the sole right to review and classify questionable material as obscene or not obscene.
We cannot allow any nude works featuring individuals under the age of 18, nor may the works depict these individuals in a ‘sexually driven’ manner such as posing in lingerie or displaying a sexually suggestive or provocative pose. This prohibition is for legal reasons. Also, submissions of a non- photographic nature which clearly depict a minor, fictional character or otherwise, either nude or in a sexually driven manner will be removed and deleted without notice as they come to the attention of the staff.
In addition to the outlines in the above section entitled Prohibited Commentary and Exploitive Commentary we have a few additional policies regarding comments and posts within the Forum areas of NickDisk Reloaded;
All threads started within a specific forum and all comments within those threads should be relevant to the forums Title. This means that, for example, all threads within the Nickelodeon forum must relate to a motion picture, live action show or cartoon produced or distributed by Nickelodeon, and the comments within those threads should also remain on the appropriate topic.
We encourage interactivity and we allow comments to be either positive or negative in nature providing that they remain constructive and promote a worthwhile dialogue.
It is important to remember to be as clear in your intent as possible while communicating on the internet. Text communications do not afford a clear representation of sarcasm. Please use common sense when posting to avoid confusion. Threads which are misplaced, which contain inappropriate subject matter (such as sexual discussions), or which contain an undesirable number of insults or other violations of this etiquette policy will be locked and closed to further commentary.
This section applies only to avatars which you personally use for your account. They must conform to all official policies without exception but are not subjected to the restrictions below.
Avatars used to represent your account on site are granted more leniency than standard site submissions. You may freely use material and resources with only the restrictions outlined as follows;
Your avatar should not contain nudity of any sort.
You may not use avatars specifically created by other users without their explicit permission.
If your avatar contains a portion of a work made by another artist it will be removed by staff at the request of the original owner.
In all other respects your avatar must conform to the guidelines set above in regards to hate propaganda.
Exploits, Vulnerabilities, and Site Abuse
The NickDisk Reloaded staff will not tolerate attempts to exploit or disrupt the layout, navigability, or general use of the site. Such actions disrupt the ability of the community to access and review artwork and are considered Site Abuse. Also we won’t tolerate attempts to use the forums to advertise, sell or exchange products or services of any nature.
We will issue no warnings for violations of this nature. Violators will be banned immediately upon the discovery of the disruption or abuse.
Changes in Etiquette Policy
As new situations come to our attention we may find it necessary to alter or expand upon the policies stated here with little or no notification and any such changes may be enforced in full against previously existing submissions or behavior.
Alterations of policy may be announced through the HQ Forum.