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Old July 7th, 2007 (4:35 PM). Edited February 9th, 2011 by Cherrim.
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Community Rules

Forum-wide Rules

The community rules are designed as a policy to allow community members to respect the values of other members. The rules set forth are rules set in conjunction with our terms of service. The community rules aim to protect members and staff around the community to ensure that it is an enjoyable, safe experience for all its members. However, please be aware that failure to abide by the rules or the terms of service may result in a warning or a ban. Rules may be subject to change; please check back on the community rules as often as possible to review the rules. Also be aware that while these are rules that apply to the community as a whole, some forums within the community may impose other rules. Please check on those rules before you post in those forums as well.

SPAM is not allowed.
Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages are posts with little relevance to a thread. Members are not allowed to create posts that are devoid of content or invaluable text.

Posts must have at least 25 characters and 4 words.
All posts are required to have 4 words. The community has a physical 25-character limit to each post. No exceptions are given to this rule, and no one is allowed to override the limit (no "*stupid character limit*", filler text or anything like that), except for in forums which have a description saying you can. The Diamond and Pearl Battling and Trade forums, for example, permit it.

Double posting or consecutive posting is forbidden.
While the fan fiction areas have exceptions, no one is allowed to make more than one consecutive post. Edit posts if you need to add more to them. If you need to include more than five attachments, you may create as many posts as needed to do so.

Threads can only be "revived" within a month.
A thread that has gone past an approximate month may not be posted in. For restarting topics, create a new thread.

Everybody is to respect other people on the board.
Do not flame, bash or insult other people. If someone acts uncivil, or harasses/intimidates you, you are not given the excuse to act the same in retaliation. Language in the forum must not be offensive to others - words such as "gay" when used in a derogatory manner must not be used. Do not press upon other members' religious beliefs.

Swearing and censor bypass is not allowed.
It is not permitted to swear on the community - along with that, most known words are blocked. Censor bypass is also disallowed - that is, censoring a part of a swear word so that it isn't blocked out but the original word is implied.

Advertising other forums is not permitted in posts, social groups, blog entries, visitor messages, or private messages.
The community prohibits unsolicited advertising of forums. The only space where you are permitted to advertise is your signature. Members who join and send forum links to other members over the private message system will be immediately banned on the notion of joining with the intention of advertising their forum. In addition, we will delete all private messages, visitor messages and posts with these links. You are permitted to link to threads and posts of another forum when it may helpful and contributive to the thread. Linking to other web sites is permitted anywhere in the community, but blatantly advertising web sites is not permitted. In particular, joining and advertising shopping sites will have your account suspended and your posts removed. (It is left to the discretion of the community staff to decide whether a link to a website or forum may be considered advertising. Unacceptable forms of linking may be edited without question.)

Pornographic images must not be submitted anywhere on the community.
In no portion of the community can an image or link to a pornography site be submitted. Doing such is heavily disregarded - posting such will lead to an immediate and indefinite ban, regardless of a member's forum status.

Illegally tampered copyrighted software may not be posted or linked to.
Including ROMs, “warez” or cracks, no software that has been illegally tampered with, or distributed outside its legal means, should be linked to. This includes original BIOS or firmware files for any gaming platform. ROMs are copyrighted materials, and the distribution of them without any copyright holding is prohibited.

Don't question any bans that we issue. Do not ask about a member's ban.
Bans to members are kept between staff and the member. Unless information is answered by a staff member, you should not ask about it. Don't question bans that we issue to members - additionally, do not invite friends to rally your ban.

You are not allowed to register accounts to create an illusion of more than one person.
Also known as "sock puppetry", you may not use another account to vote on a poll or back up an argument, mislead other members, or evade a ban. Evasion of a ban, in particular may, depending on the offences a member commits, result in punishments such as the ban time being doubled and/or the timer reset. This does not prohibit having multiple accounts (for yourself or individuals in your family) in general. We will ban all accounts used for ban evasion without question.

Thread tags must be relevant.
Tags are meant to be a system of organizing threads by topic. People who give pointless, irrelevant, or inappropriate tags to threads may be infracted. No tags at all are better than tags that don't make sense.

Infraction System

The PokéCommunity uses an infraction system on members should they break rules in any forum. Infractions are issued for constant rule breakage, except for a few infractions that may be awarded per-offence. Under the infraction system, members are generally warned with a yellow card () as a verbal warning. A repeated offence may be added to your account record in the form of a red card ().

Accumulating 9 infraction points will lead to a two week ban. Likewise, 15 infraction points ends up in a one month ban. 18 infraction points will lead to a three month ban. 20 infraction points will result in a permanent ban from the community. These points expire at a certain point; however, accumulating 25 red card infractions (whether expired or not) will lead to a permanent ban as well.

The following table shows some of what you can be infracted for.
PokéCommunity infraction types
Rule / infraction Point value Length / expiration
Constant SPAM (judged at discretion of staff) 3 points 3 months
Character limit breakage (with exceptions; up to five times) 2 points 2 weeks
Constant double posting (judged at discretion of staff) 3 points 2 months
Thread revival (with exceptions; up to five times) 2 points 2 weeks
Disrespect to any member (judged at discretion of staff) 3 points 4 months
Censor bypass (per offence) 1 point 4 months
Advertising other forums in posts or PMs (judged at discretion of staff) 2 points 1 month
Pornography, hentai or explicit materials 20 points Permanent
Other illegal materials (cracked software, ROMs, program serials) 4 points 4 months
Theft of content (and claiming that something is yours when it isn't) 4 points Permanent
Ignoring signature rule-breakage notices (per offence) 1 point 2 weeks
Abuse of video or sound tags (using autoplay) 2 points 3 months

Please note that some forums have specific rules that you may be warned or infracted for. Please read the rules of a forum to learn these other potential infractions. There are also certain types of bans that do not follow from the infractions system (but are for more severe issues).

You can learn more about the infraction system here.