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Forum Rules & Guidelines

The Makestation Constitution:

Welcome to Makestation! We are a community aimed at making it possible for users to share any creative projects they have worked on, being in a community full of like minded souls! In order to keep all discussion civil, constructive, and free of uncontrolled chaos, we have a few guidelines that we have set. We ask all users to read these rules, as we will enforce them to improve the overall community. Smile

Basic, site-wide guidelines
  • All content must abide by a PG-13 rating. Any content that is racist, sexist, hateful, pornographic, illegal, slanderous, or insulting in any way is prohibited, and will be removed on first sight. This includes posting of pornography or links to such websites, attacking others for their political views, hate speech, etc. 
  • Some responsible use of mild language is allowed. Please refrain from excessive profanity in the interest of the PG-13 rating requirement on the forums. For mature discussions, see the "Downstairs" group.
  • Posting illegal content, game cracks, etc. is strongly prohibited on our forums. This type of content is not encouraged here.
  • You are allowed one account on the forums per person, unless expressively given permission by an administrator. Clone accounts will be subject to removal.
  • Public forum drama and/or disrespect/harassment towards members is prohibited.
  • You must be 13 years of age or over to register and participate on Makestation. Our moderators and admins are required to enforce this for legal reasons, according to the COPPA act in US law. We cannot make any exceptions to this rule, even if you do not live in the United States.

The inkeeper rule: Regarding spam and low quality content (named in honor of Simmania)
  • Double posting (posting multiple posts in a row without allowing other users to reply in between) is generally prohibited. However, if you are updating a thread or project that is your own, or if the posts are more than 24 hours apart, it is generally considered acceptable to double post with a good reason.
  • Posting low quality posts and/or spam is prohibited. Actual examples of low quality content (that have been posted before) include:
    • Plez help me sir master find the exit to forum
    • Come pleese join my forum!!!
    • u dont use xenforo u r bad admin !
    • Hmm no respond.
  • Other examples of low quality content include:
    • Posting consistently with one or two word posts on the forums, or consistently posting in ALL CAPS (may be viewed as yelling on the forums)
    • Posting advertisements that are low quality, links for the purpose of monetized affiliation, or otherwise posting content that is spambot-like.
    • Posting consistently for no other intent than to advertise. (Advertisements are generally allowed, and we love to help support other communities. However, ordinary content guidelines are still enforced. See below for more information on advertisements on our forums. )
  • Plagiarism is not allowed on our forums. If plagiarism is discovered, the post will be removed and the poster may be subject to a ban on the forums.

Advertising, signatures, and avatars

Makestation is a creative arts and discussion community. With that in mind, we generally do allow members to advertise their websites and their projects. Generally, advertising is acceptable as long as users are not posting spam-like content on the forums and are not advertising projects that don't line up with our rules. Acceptable ways to advertise include:
  • Posting a thread in the advertisement section.
  • Creating a small signature link or using a small promotional banner. Promotional banners are not allowed to extend beyond the width of 768 pixels or the height of 80 pixels. This is to prevent signatures from breaking the page or looking overly bulky on the forums. Overall, you may utilize your signature for advertising however you'd like, so long as your signature size is kept within reason. Multiple full sized banners, for example, is prohibited.

General avatar, signature, and advertisement rules include:
  • Don't use your avatar as an advertisement.
  • You may advertise websites that aren't your own. However, don't claim another website as your own. This should be fairly self explanatory.
  • Do not excessively bump advertisement threads on the forums. Generally, once a week is considered acceptable if useful/interesting information is presented with each bump. Bumping daily with basic statistics is considered spam.
  • You must have a minimum of 30 posts on the forums before you are permitted to create a new thread in the Other Communities section.
  • Do not use Makestation to drop links for SEO or for internet marketing related websites, or for any website that may be interpreted as delivering malicious content or to be part of a scam. Such content is almost always considered as spam and/or low quality content, and is not tolerated here. All website links must also generally be PG-13 (linking to pornographic websites, for example, is prohibited).

General forum etiquette.
  • Getting along well with members of the forum involves participating in discussions in a civil manner. This is a rule we enforce very strictly, as we do not tolerate drama and disrespectful behavior that might make others feel uncomfortable on our forums. Flaming, trolling, or otherwise demeaning any member here is strictly prohibited.
  • Duplicate threads are allowed. Unlike some other forums, we are not strict about this. However, do search for discussions that are active before you create a topic to ensure that active duplicates aren't created on the forums. We may merge threads at our discretion.
  • Philosophical, religious, and political debates are openly welcomed in the Philosophy & Debates and Current Events boards. In order to protect open and free discussion, we ask that all users be respectful of others opinions, even if they disagree. Remember that we are a worldwide community, and have members across a variety of backgrounds with a diverse set of political and/or religious views. Personal attacks are strictly prohibited, and threads that become uncivil will be locked and/or removed at first sight.
  • Be constructive! We do not require that all feedback be strictly positive, but nonconstructive and demeaning behavior could offend members of our community, and is prohibited.
  • Don't feed trolls. Trolls are users who intentionally rile up drama or try to upset others on the community, and they thrive off of provoking other users to engage non-constructively with them. Report these posts instead, the moderation team will take care of them promptly.
  • We've tried to make these rules and guidelines relatively inclusive and informative. That said, finding loopholes and causing trouble won't be encouraged. If you are causing trouble and/or drama in the community, you will be considered to be breaking the forum rules by the staff.

  • Staff positions are not granted upon request. Such requests will be denied. If you are interested in becoming a staff member, active contributions on the forums, strict abidance to the rules, and a generally good attitude may make you look desirable when the administration is "hiring." Smile
  • All staff members here are volunteers, working hard to improve the community. With that said, failure to respect a staff member's decision will result in a ban or a warning from an administrator.
  • Any decision made by a moderator or administrator in my absense is to be considered binding, as if it were made by myself. We, as a staff, operate as one team, and we do not make decisions without operating collectively on them. If a staff member takes administrative or moderator action, do not private message me asking for an override. I will deny it.

Besides that, good behavior in the forums is more or less common sense. Enjoy the makestation community!

[Updated December 2022]
-Site staff

Glad to see the forum rules/guidelines updated. A step in the right direction Smile.

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