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Poetry Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines
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Ah Poetry. I don't have that much of an introduction for it. But for newcomers, here are the rules for the section. For the veterans, nothing new. Rules were just put into an easier to read/update format.

The PokéCommunity Community Rules are in effect here. The rules that are to be followed without exception are the ones listed below:

General Community Rules Followed in Poetry

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.

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.

Poetry rules

Plagiarizing is not allowed.
Do not steal another person's work and claim it as your own. If you are found to have done this, then a permanent four-point infraction is given to you.

All reviews must be constructive.
When reviewing another person's poem, it must be constructive. When you read someone's poem, you should say something specific that you liked about it if there is something that you like. If you didn't like something about the poem, mention it specifically. Reviews that are not constructive will be deleted, and warnings/infractions will be handed out.

No threads purely on one type of poem.
Threads just for one kind of poetry can get messy with everyone posting their own poems in it. If you would like to have a collection thread, you can have one just for poems written by you. With the exception of Poem of the Week, every poet needs their own thread.

Only the author may bump their thread when posting a new poem.
If you are not the author, you may not bump the thread in question. For the author, it might take longer than a month to write a poem. They are allowed to bump threads to only post their new poem. Any other reason to bump their thread or anyone else bumping the thread will result in the thread being closed. You may also repost your poetry in a new thread if your previous thread is older than a month.

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