Rules are strict policies which outline the expected behavior of our members. Should you choose not to follow these rules, you are subject to the consequences thereof. The nature of the consequence will vary greatly depending on the kind and degree of the infraction in question; but generally will result in one of the following actions: 1. Warnings - This includes official as well as unofficial warnings. The former would be a verbal warning; a staff members way of telling you that you are doing something that is against the rules, and that you should correct the problem before it results in a greater form of punishment. The latter, however, would be a more formal warning, using our warning system. Warnings that have been issued to you are indefinite, meaning that they will never go away (except in the case that you appeal the punishment and the warning is removed). Once you have accumulated 3 warnings with this system, you will receive a temporary ban. 2.Temporary Bans - Temporary bans range anywhere between 1 and 7 days. The exact amount you receive will depend on various things, and is entirely up to the staff member(s) who issued the ban. As stated above, this will be issued following the accumulation of 3 warnings; however temp-bans may also be issued directly, should the staff member(s) issuing the ban deem it as necessary. The temporary ban system works on a "three strikes, you're out" policy. In other words, you may receive only 2 temp-bans - anything after that will result in a permanent ban. 3. Permanent Bans - Perma-bans are, as the name clearly implies, indefinite. Again, as stated above, the "three strikes, you're out" policy will result in this; however they may be issued directly, as well. Once a member has been perma-banned, they are under no circumstances permitted to create any further accounts with XPoff. Should you attempt to do this, your new account(s) will be closed. XPOff Forum Rules 1. Members are not allowed to engage in harassing or threatening behavior toward other members. This includes any on-site material such as posts, PMs, or profiles. In addition, you may not impersonate other members. 2. No posting of personal information that isn't yours. Privacy is to be respected here. This includes any passwords, logins or anything else which could be considered private. 3. No adult images, adult links, or other adult content which would be considered inappropriate for the general user-base. No direct links to infected downloads in posts or profiles. Profiles and posts should not contain special characters which break or alter the site's layout. 5. All trade related threads must be in the Trade sub-forum of the respective bracket. Black-market trades, or any trades which involve real currency or services, will not be tolerated. Trades of this nature must be kept in the Underbelly. 6. Multiple accounts will not be allowed unless you are reporting your original account as hacked or otherwise stolen. Ban evading will result in the permanent closing of your old account and new accounts. No exceptions. 7. Any rules posted in the forums header must also be reviewed. Some forums may have special policies that must be adhered to. Don't post in any forum without first reading and understanding them. Etiquette is just as the term implies. These are not intended to be taken as "rules", but "guidelines" in which we provide in an effort to keep the site more in-line with our view of direction. Failure to follow our forum etiquette will not usually result in any form of punishment, except in some extreme cases where it is deemed necessary. However, be advised that any content which fails to abide by our etiquette IS subject to moderation by staff members at their discretion. Posting Etiquette of XPOff Forums 1. Post in the correct category. 2. Don't double post. That's when you post one after another instead of editing your original post. 3. Don't cross post. That's when you repeat a post in multiple threads or categories. 4. Threads must have titles relevant to the subject. 5. When posting content from another site, credit the site; use quotes and link to original content as much as possible. 6. Threads, posts, and characters in threads and posts that are not contributive, are non-supportive, short and meaningless, and generally incoherent are considered low-quality posts and should be avoided. 7. Be kind to others. How hard is it to not be an asshole? IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED PUNISHMENT OF SOME SORT FOR BREAKING A RULE, OR HAVE HAD YOUR CONTENT MODERATED BY A STAFF MEMBER AND WOULD LIKE TO APPEAL SUCH ACTION, YOU MAY DO SO BY USING OUR CONTACT FORM. YOU CAN TRY TO PM THE STAFF MEMBER WHO ISSUED YOUR PUNISHMENT OR MODERATED YOUR CONTENT, BUT DO NOT EXPECT A RESPONSE EVERY TIME AS THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO RESPOND.