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Voice 1: Rules of VPL

Discussion in 'Updates And Feedback' started by electric_blue_kirby, Jan 21, 2011.

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    Voice 1:

    As there are some regulations vital to a well functioning community, the following are in place. Keep in mind that any of these rules might change or be entirely removed, or new ones added, depending upon a need (or lack thereof) being demonstrated. When and if that occurs, the title of the thread will indicate the date at which the rules were last modified.

    1. No spam. I don't think this requires much explanation. Flooding, irrelevant threads and posts about where we can buy cheap watches and all those sorts of things are disruptive and typically eyesores. You probably already knew you shouldn't do this.

    2. Don't be a jerk, and VPL isn't your personal soapbox. Disagreeing is fine. Derailing threads into pages of "No, it is you who is an idiot and a curmudgeon!" is not. Some people aren't going to get along with each other. That's human nature. But take it to PMs, email or anywhere that isn't on the public face of VPL where it can disrupt everyone else. It's annoying, and nobody else cares or wants to see your personal fight.

    3. Don't post pornography. You have most of the Internet for that. VPL, and the number of younger members who inhabit it, will be just fine without it here.

    4. Yes, you can swear. But please, exercise common sense about it. You won't be banned for it, but people do have certain expectations out of polite discourse.

    5. Don't sell your stolen wares here. You'll be banned the second its discovered that you are. VPL has utterly no tolerance for this. Artists, programmers and others work hard to produce their works, and we'll play no part in helping you rip them off for a quick buck. Similarly, trying to scam those selling their own wares here (by refusing to give them the promised payment, for example) will also result in an immediate ban.

    6. Multiple accounts. Most people only need one. If we discover that you have multiple accounts, we'll merge them into whichever of your accounts is determined to be the most active. If you want to create an account for your pet site that multiple staff members can use to post, this is acceptable, but please PM me first just so I know that is the case with that account.

    7. Competitor sites. We all know they'e out there. Feel free to mention or discuss them. But, as per the other rules, don't mindlessly advertise them. This includes PM spam. PM spam is very annoying. (We will ban you for it.)

    8. Elastic clause. If you do something blatantly egregious that hasn't been thought of beforehand and added to this list, we reserve the right to take appropriate actions against your account. That act will, of course, then be added to the rule list.

    Please do report problematic posts! That one isn't a rule, hence the lack of number, but it is a strong urging. The staff of VPL are human and might not see everything. But if you report it, it gets brought to the attention of every staff member. Please do this before complaining that the staff has done nothing about a problematic thread or post.

    I don't like having to ban or suspend users, so hopefully I'll never have to. Have fun.

    EDIT: I knew I forgot something. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about anything, feel free to PM me.
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    Re: Voice 1: Rules of VPL.

    And if you're caught spamming our members over PM - we will ban you. We do not tolerate this!

    We work hard for our members, you should to.
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    Re: Voice 1: Rules of VPL.

    I have a question: Is putting a link or banner to another virtual pet forum in your signature against the rules?
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    Re: Voice 1: Rules of VPL.

    7. Competitor sites. We all know they'e out there. Feel free to mention or discuss them. But, as per the other rules, don't mindlessly advertise them. This includes PM spam. PM spam is very annoying.

    I believe that falls in mindlessly advertising.
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    As it is held that revealing private user data inappropriately is unethical and a violation of the user’s trust and rights, it is therefore relevant to establish a set of guidelines for what constitutes "private user data" and "inappropriate."

    Private User Data: Is considered any data that a staff member would not be privy to without being a staff member. This includes but is not limited to IP addresses (either giving out the address or using it to cross-reference an identity), email addresses (same), etc. If they have to access the mod/admin panel to reference this data, it should almost certainly be considered Private User Data. If they happen to have this data from another site they are a staff member at, the standards are no different.

    Inappropriate: Is considered best defined by defining what falls under the realm of "appropriate." The only instance in which it is considered appropriate to divulge Private User Data is in the case of a scam.

    Elastic Clause: As my foresight is limited, this is inserted so as not to make this guideline a "suicide pact," to borrow from a maxim. In the event that a staff member feels an instance not covered under the criteria of ‘appropriate’ Private User Data divulging indeed still calls for it, they will contact me before they do so.
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    This has been a huge problem with our marketplace recently. It isn't apart of our rules so we initially acted on our Elastic Clause. I am making the addition to make it officially known.

    We do not support fraudulent transactions. If you don't own the work you're selling, you will be banned in permanence. The simplest way to understand this is if you don't have the rights to resell work you're selling in the marketplace, expect a permanent ban. We do NOT support profiting off thievery in anyway. This can include extreme cases of traced work.

    Do not harass our visitors for anything. Repeatedly messaging any member for their off-site contacts, services (free or paid), or personal information is not allowed. Similarly, making repeatedly unwanted contact to a member for arbitrary reasons will be considered harassment.

    You may not use VPL as a black market for virtual goods. This includes (but not limited to) selling Neopoints for USD or other real life currency, selling Neopets accounts for real life money, and selling Neopets for real life money. Selling any virtual goods that will violate the associated virtual pet site's Terms of Service isn't allowed here. VPL's marketplace is not to be used as a black market.

    You must be at least 13 years of age to join VPL. We are not COPPA regulated and never will be.

    Please don't post any quitting threads. Threads primarily intended to be "I quit this site!" or "I'm getting out of the pet site business!" are not allowed. We have never had a quitting thread go over well. They often degenerate into personal drama and feelings always get hurt.
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