On LO we have a number of rules or guidelines which we expect each and every member to uphold with their posting.
The common language shared by our members is English and we expect all members to write their posts in English to facilitate communication and moderation, even if this is not their native language.
Please note that there is a very limited number of threads exempted from this rule by prior arrangement with the moderator team; if you would like to start a thread in your native language, please create a group in the social group area or use your LO blog.
This is an international forum where english is the primary language. Please try make your post easy to read. You can also use a spellchecker if you want to get it 100%.
Use the correct subforums
Please post the right subjects in the right subforums. This is a simple premise and aids the moderators and members in quick and easy location of information. Threads that are not in the right areas will be summarily moved at the discretion of the moderators.
Use the search function
Do use the forum's search function, located in the top bar also containing the link to your "User CP", before making a new thread. New members often ask questions which have been answered many times before, and doing a quick search will prevent unnecessary repetition of frequently asked questions which often only serves to annoy the regular members and makes them less willing to reply in a helpful manner. If a search does not provide the answer you're looking for, then go ahead and post your question.
Only one personal account
One person, one account. You have full responsibility for the use of your personal account and will be held accountable for all misuse. Violation of forum rules allegedly committed by smaller siblings, best mates, your mother, etc., are not excusable and will be reprimanded according to the forum rules at the discretions of the moderators. If you have multiple accounts we can merge them for you on request.
If you forget your password, want a new nickname, have posting problems, etc., please contact a supervisor or administrator by PM.
Images must be a maximum of 700 pixels wide
Failure to abide by this rule may result in the image being changed to a link or, in the case of multiple images, the entire post being edited.
Put close dates on your polls
Poll must be posted with a reasonable closing date on them, two to three weeks is plenty for the vast majority of polls. Moderators do not have the time to go around adding close dates to polls because you couldn't be bothered to do it yourself. Threads containing polls without close dates will be locked and/or deleted, at the discretion of the moderator.
Treat personal information as secret
Real-life personal information is to be divulged only at the discretion or with the permission of the person to whom the information is relevant.
Forum age rating is 13
LO is meant to be a nice and friendly site with a PG to PG-13 rating. Be aware that the forum is frequented by members of all ages, nationalities, religions, and genders, and behave accordingly. We do not tolerate abuse or mockery toward other members or moderators, nor flaming or flame-baiting. Swearing is not allowed; though we have a language filter, this is not an excuse for you to swear. Bypassing the filter by use of alternative spelling is not tolerated and will have your post edited/removed and your warning status increased at the discretion of the moderators.
In addition, the posting of graphic material of either a macabre or pornographic nature, racism and/or sick jokes fall into this category and are not permitted. As are any threads/posts dealing with real life politics, sex or "recreational" drugs, blasphemy or theological flamewars will be locked and/or deleted.
We allow images in signatures here on druchii.net but please do not abuse this. For the sake of bandwidth and people with slower connections please limit any images in your signature to less than 30Kb and 150 pixels high with NO exceptions. If you notice someone with a large signature please report it to a moderator. This is very important and slower users can find it very frustrating.
The moderators also reserve the right to ask members whose signatures combine both images and text to edit them if they are considered to be too large.
The following topics are banned from signatures:
Reviving topics, a.k.a. Necromancy
- Pornographic, violent or otherwise offensive images, language etc. This may include racist remarks, slander etc...
- If the avatar/signature is overly distracting, ie. bright flashing colors, animated sigs (i.e. GIF's/Flash)
- No audio. These are distracting for our members.
- Do not use your signature to link to pages that contain objectionable material. This includes, warez, crackz, pornography etc...
- Signature links of a malicious nature. e.g. those that crash your browser, trigger popup floods or emulate BSOD's.
A new user may come across an old topic (say, a few months old) and find that it's an interesting one. There is, of course, the urge to speak your mind in that thread. Please do not: it's annoying for other regulars to suddenly come across a topic of discussion that has long since been discussed to death. This does seem to conflict with the searching rule of etiquette, but that's not the case. If it's an old topic and you have more to add, simply create a new post, provide a link to the old one (if you think it's necessary), and make your statement. Make sure that you are saying something new, though! We're internet users, we get bored easily.
CHECK YOUR PRIVATE MESSAGES!
The Private Message function exists for private communication between members, and is a useful tool for people who want to discuss some other matter more privately. Not only that, but if a user has found a comment (or avatar or signature) of yours to be offensive, they may Private Message (PM) you to ask that you change it. Also, the site's moderators sometimes see the need to have a private talk with one of the users if that user has stepped out of line. Warnings are also sent to users via PM. Moderators do not tolerate the excuse that "I didn't receive the PM" - we assume that you check your PMs every time you log on (which we assume to be about once every 24 hours).
The PM function may be found under the “Notifications” pull down menu in the top bar. Your new messages are in the Inbox, PMs you have sent and have been read are in the Sent Box, PMs you have sent but are still unread are in the Out Box, and saved PMs are in the Saved Box.
Also, sometimes Moderators or Admins will find it necessary to e-mail you at your provided e-mail address. This will most often be notification if you have been banned from the site. Make sure that your e-mail address is valid, because we cannot be responsible for tracking you down otherwise!
We would also like to remind you of the fact that the moderators too must abide by these rules and if you have a problem with a moderator then please send a Private Message to the administrators (preferably King Ulrik Flamebeard or Rork as they are online the most) and they will deal with the issue in an impartial way. If one of the said persons (Kuffy or Rork) are the ones you have problem with PM the other or Blackhat.