Welcome to Pokémon General, otherwise referred to as PGen or PG. This section is a catch-all for topics that aren't restricted to any of the other sections alone. If your pokémon-related thread is about things that regard multiple media, no medium at all or just doesn't seem to fit well anywhere else, this is probably where it should be!
Threads about any of the existing official pokémon manga, such as Pokémon Adventures, should definitely go here in Pokémon General! For chit-chat about the manga, visit the List & Chit-Chat thread.
Discussions regarding Ash or the anime movies or episodes should go in Pokémon Anime.
Roleplaying, as per writing posts rather than playing a video game, can be done in Roleplay Corner and if you want to post your own fanfiction or original writing, you can do so in Fanfiction & Writing.
Anything that involves showcasing or discussing fan-made art should go in Art & Design. However, you are welcome to share your own or someone else's interesting audio/video work in the Pokémon Media Lounge thread!
Make sure that you have read the forum-wide PokéCommunity rules before you post! And make sure to follow them. They all apply in PG. Failure to follow these rules might lead to warnings or infractions.
Do not post in threads that are over one month old! That is called thread revival. If the last post in the thread was made over a month ago, the thread is considered dead and you can make a new one instead.
Before posting a new thread, always also double check that it doesn't fit better in Pokémon Polls.
Regarding scans/scanlations of manga: you may not discuss or link to manga hosting sites, torrents, galleries etc. Exception: you may link directly to one or a few manga pages on the web now and then if you want to show something or prove a point; for the sake of the discussion, simply. PC cannot be a library or host of scans or scanlation projects, no matter what has gone down in the past.
Try and keep similar threads to a single topic. Rather than asking something like “What is the most important pokémon in Johto?” and “What is the most important pokémon in Sinnoh?” across two threads, you could easily make one thread asking “What is the most important pokémon in each region?”
Do not create threads to sell or advertise anything, regardless if it is an item or a website. This is strongly against the PokéCommunity rules and you will be infracted.
When you get an idea for a new thread, look through the index to make sure that a similar thread does not already exist. If there is, but it has not been posted in over the last 30 days, you may create the new one! Otherwise you can just post in the old one.
Be clear with thread names. Make sure that your new thread's name is relevant to the discussion and not misleading. That being said, it can still be made interesting and fun, as long as it gives the reader an good enough idea of what the topic is!
Do not mini-mod, please. If you see a post that you think is breaking the rules or doesn't really fit where it is posted, or see a member who is doing something wrong - report it! The mods will spot it quicker than if you just mini-mod in a reply, no one will get mad at you and everything will be sunshine and blossoms. This is what the report button looks like:
Credits and mentions.
All of the previous Pokémon General moderators contributed to the rules in some way. Special mentions go to Aegis, Dragon and Oryx for coming up with much of the content on which these rules are based.
If you are wondering anything or need help with anything related to the Pokémon General or Pokémon Polls sections, don't hesitate to contact Brendino or Adventure.
PGen is a clever forum, where you get opportunity to really think before you post. No matter if it is a discussion topic in the main forum, a chit-chat topic or even a poll in Poké Polls, the thread and the whole forum comes alive and becomes more fun to post in when responses are well thought out. And many!
For this reason, there exist some emblems that are specific to Pokémon General and/or Pokémon Polls. To get your hands on these lovely little status gems, there are some things you will have to do to help PGen and PP thrive...
What kind of emblems, then?
If you post in a lot of threads in the main Pokémon General forum or create your own, and if your responses and topics are substantial and well thought out, and if you make sure to actually discuss with others rather than just post and leave - then you might eventually find yourself with a really prestigious emblem!
If you are active in topics regarding Pokémon manga, a specially loving emblem might become yours! A good protip is to post in the manga list thread often, and create some threads ;)
If you create a lot of threads in Pokémon Polls, and if those threads have interesting and popular topics - then you have fought enough of a battle to be rewarded with an emblem! Remember that spammy, shallow topics don't easily deserve emblems though.
Of course, on PC there are more different emblems you can get if you make a lot of proper, interesting or helpful posts. So what's stopping you? Get out there and open up new discussions today!