Post in the relevant section of the board.
Posts not put in the right area of the forum will be moved; if the offender continues to make this mistake, they will be warned via PM. If they persist, they will be either warned or banned.
Respect all members of the board.
Members of any rank (whether new or veteran) are to be given the same degree of respect. Rudeness of any kind (deliberately provocative or insulting posts; harassment, personal attacking and baiting) unless it has been officially classed as harmless will not be tolerated, and immediate sanctions will be dealt. Take into consideration too that we have younger members on this board, so understand that they will not immediately take things in the same context that an older member would. Blanket statement: be nice, otherwise sanctions are in order.
Be civil at all times.
While debating, remain level headed. Be cautious with your words; you have the freedom to say what you want, not the freedom to be an insulting and detestable jerk. Respect others points of view regardless of the topic. We hold the right to remove any offensive content without notice.
Language. Be meaningful.
Unless done for appropriate humorous effect, no AIM/MSN/text messaging posts. Swearing is allowed, but in moderation; if used in excess, you will be warned. Inappropriate use of slurs and other offensive terms will not be tolerated.
No topics to bitch about personal issues.
DBZ Vortex is not a playground for complaining about your life. Do not use this place to complain about personal issues, problems you have with other places or other with members. This is not the same however as critiquing about aspects of the forum - this is a allowed in the Questions and Suggestions forum. Staff discretion is allowed when dealing with topics on this matter.
No spamming, trolling or advertising allowed.
Spam is to be removed by staff, and the member is to be dealt with by PM. This covers any kind of posts which is off tangent to the topic at hand and short/one word posts. If your posts indicate that they are made for the role purpose of increasing your post count, you will be sanctioned. Trolls will be warned or banned (immediate bans can be dealt without prior warnings). Linking to a relevant site is allowed, as is using your signature to promote your personal site (adverts may be edited or removed dependant upon the site content, these edits are made at the staff member's discretion). Full topics devoted to promoting other sites are not allowed, unless they have been verified by the staff or bear direct relevance to the forum and its community.
Illegal content is absolutely prohibited.
You should be aware of what is legal and what isn't by now. No links to pornorgaphy, hacks, cracks, free movie/music downloads, etc. Immediate warnings are to be dealt for members who breach this rule.
Gravedigging is forbidden.
Unless you are the author, posting in a topic that has not received replies for 1 month (counted as 4 weeks: 28 days - leeway is given by a maximum of 2days) is constituted as a "gravedig". This is not productive, as it pushes popular topics from the top of the page - repeat offences of this will result in bans.
No multiple accounts.
If you have another sibling who may use the same computer as you, inform the staff as soon as possible. Multiple accounts are only allowed for members who have siblings in the same household, and you are to ask the staff of this beforehand. If you are caught utilising more than one account, you will be banned immediately.
Do not mini-mod/backseat mod.
If a member breaches a rule, report this. Moderators are here to take care of the situation. If you take the situation into your own hands, you will be sanctioned. This is especially the case if you continue to scold a member through restating their offences - this constitutes as spam.
Finally, you have common sense - use it.
In all honesty, this shouldn't even require being a rule, but every once in a while, people seem to not grasp the concept of common sense. The rules will not cover every instance of an offence to happen, so use the common sense that you possess as a human being to understand that not every situation will be handled "by the book". Most problems can be solved by abiding by the rules and applying common sense where the rules are not covered.
The General Rules are open to revision and additions at any time by the DBZ Vortex administration staff without prior notice.