At PokéCommunity, we endeavor to provide a fun and inviting atmosphere — we want you to have a good time while you're here! This, however, means we have a few rules to follow and standards we aim to uphold.

These rules are set in conjunction with our PokéCommunity Services Agreement. Breaking these rules may result in the deletion of your posts and may lead up to a ban through our Infractions system.

While the following rules apply to the community as a whole, some forums within the community may have extra rules, so please check for rules in such forums before you post. We attempt to ensure that you are notified when we make changes to the rules, but in the event that you don't receive a notification, please check these rules occasionally to keep up-to-date.

Our policies on how rules are enforced can be found on our Moderation Policy page.

On this page

  1. In short…
  2. Infractions system
  3. Behavioral offenses
  4. Posting offenses
  5. Minor offenses
  6. Bannable offenses
  7. Other rules
    1. PokéCommunity Account
    2. Signatures
  8. Interpretations and Exceptions

In short…

The PokéCommunity rules are simple. To summarize…

If any PokéCommunity member ever approaches you on or off the site and brings up uncomfortable or inappropriate subjects, please let a staff member know immediately. If it's happening to you, it may be happening to others and coming forward helps us stop it sooner.

Read on for detailed explanations on these rules.

Infractions system

In cases where members do not follow rules, moderators or other staff may intervene or issue warnings and infractions through the Infractions system. This system runs on a system of points and the amount of infractions you receive. Infractions are issued for the following types of offenses: behavioral offenses, posting offenses, minor offenses and bannable offenses.

If you accumulate enough infractions or infraction points, you will be banned from the community, and will be unable to post. More information on the Infractions system, as well as bans, can be found in the Moderation policy page.

Behavioral offenses

Behavioral offenses may incur a 4-point infraction with a six-month expiry.

Behavioral offenses across the forum include the following:

Posting offenses

Repeated or major violations of posting rules may result in a 3-point infraction with a three-month expiry.

Posting offenses across the forum include the following:

Minor offenses

A minor offense may lead to a 1-point infraction with a one-month expiry.

Minor offenses across the forum include the following:

Bannable offenses

Breaking these rules may result in a permanent ban.

Bannable offenses across the forum include the following:

Other rules

PokéCommunity Account

In order to post in threads or chat with others at the PokéCommunity, you need to register. For when you create and once you have a profile:

One account per member. The PokéCommunity does not permit the use of multiple accounts by a single person. We have tools for tracking members using additional accounts to back up an argument, mislead other users or evade a ban. If we're made aware that you use additional accounts, we will disable these accounts and apply any relevant infractions to your main account.

Members sharing an additional, single PokéCommunity account must be transparent about which member is using the account at any one time. These accounts should have some purpose, whether it's representing a separate web site or sharing a blog.

Family members or users who share a household with more than one person are allowed to have more than one account.

Signatures

Your “signature” appears at the end of every post you make and is a space to make your own, within reason. Overbearing, excessively sized signatures can adversely ruin the experience and remove the focus from the actual posts, so there are rules to keep signatures in line.

Interpretations and Exceptions

Only the PokéCommunity staff may determine whether a rule has been broken and what corrective action is needed. We realise that this isn't always clear-cut, and may choose to make exceptions at any time. How the rules are interpreted and what exceptions apply are left to the discretion of the staff.

If you don't agree with how the rules have been interpreted, follow the process for disputing a moderator's decision.