Community Rules and Guidelines
Welcome to PureZC.
We try to keep a relaxing atmosphere around here, but there are some rules that we have to ask our members to follow in order to keep the peace. We believe these rules are rather straightforward, but they also have a fair bit of flexibility. Thus, the staff is free to interpret them as they see fit, so please don't debate semantics with us.
We are generally fair people and we discuss things among ourselves before taking any serious actions. We are also capable of making mistakes, but we are willing to fix them if there is logical reasoning for it. If you think there is a problem, feel free to make an appeal by private message (PM) or the Staff Dropbox.
These rules apply equally to our forums and Discord server. Please see Discord's rules and stickied topics for additional rules in specific areas.
1. Respect Others
Members are expected to treat each other with respect. We want to keep our public spaces comfortable for everyone. Harassment and disrespectful attitudes toward other members and staff won't be tolerated.
The staff are not obligated to act as "counselors" or "mediators" in member disputes. Our goal is simply to keep such disagreements out of our public venues. If you have a problem with another member that needs to be resolved, do it in private.
Any harassment that is reported needs to be severe, one-sided, and clearly documented with logs. Do not report vague passive-aggressive attitudes. The staff will not act as detectives to determine who's harassing whom, and cases where both parties are at fault may result in punishments for both.
In short: sort out your drama as adults, and don't expect the staff to help you with your personal relationships. Cases of genuine harassment, however, will be taken seriously.
2. Keep Your Posts Relevant
Please ensure that your posts have substance and contribute to the topic. Also avoid posting in very old topics, or "gravedigging," unless there's a good reason.
Your posts need to make sense, be in English, be free of excessive typos or abbreviations, and remain on topic. Please also avoid excessive posting of internet memes.
3. No Duplicate Accounts
If you register multiple accounts, any past the original will be banned and the original account will be held responsible. If you were already banned and you are doing a ban evasion, expect that ban to be extended (possibly indefinitely).
4. The Staff Handles Punishments
Do not recommend or demand punishments (especially bans) for members that you feel are breaking the rules.
If you submit a report, keep in mind that the issue has been handed over to the staff. Reports do not give you clearance to join in on staff discussions on what to do with a member. If several days pass without us contacting you about your report, feel free to contact us through the Staff Dropbox to ensure it hasn't been overlooked.
5. Do Not Post Copyrighted Material, Illegal Material, or Pornography
Note: This is a major offense.
Do not post links to copyrighted or illegal material such as music, games, ROMs, etc. Also do not post pornography. Please don't ask where to find any of these things either.
Your content should also be safe for work, avoiding excessive violence, gore, and sexual content. This applies for all community venues, and includes avatars, signatures, and profiles.
6. Be Polite About Your Signature Sizes
Keep in mind that your signature appears below every single post you make. Given how many signatures are in a typical active topic with the default forum view settings, that's a lot of signatures and images. So here are some things you need to keep in mind with signatures:
- Your signature shouldn't take up more than half a page on a 1024x768 resolution.
- The total file size of all images in a signature should not exceed 200 KB.
- Do not embed Youtube videos in your signature. These will be removed immediately upon being noticed.
There are also some restrictions set automatically via Invision Power Board:
- You may have up to 10 images.
- Images can only be up to 600 pixels wide and 200 pixels tall.
- You can have up to 12 lines.
If the staff finds an issue with your signature, you will be given a 24 hour notice to fix it unless it is a major issue. If you don't fix it, your signature will be deleted with a copy being sent to you by private message (PM).
7. Do Not Evade Bans
When the staff ban a member, they mean it. Because of that, any methods of getting around bans is against the rules. If you are banned and register another account, your ban time will be increased.
8. Keep Debates Out of General Spaces
Any topics that could potentially involve heated discussion back and forth between two or more people of differing opinions regarding politics (legislation, elections, ideology, people, etc.), religion (or lack thereof), must be kept to the Serious Discussion section of the Discord server. This is not out of a want to stifle discussion, but rather a desire to minimize conflict and keep our community venues comfortable for everyone.
Simply discussing religion, politics, etc is acceptable, but heated debates must take place in the proper location.
PureZC strives to be a peaceful community where people can support each others' ZC projects. While we're not expecting everyone to be buddy buddy, it is contradictory to our goals to support something that creates such a hostile divide between members. That is why this rule exists. There are plenty of places on the internet to debate these topics in-depth.
9. Be Considerate with Reviews and Ratings
Ratings should be based on your own opinion after trying a database item yourself, and must conform to the community's standards. Offending reviews will be removed, and the reviewers may be warned. You can find a more in-depth explanation below.
10. The Elastic Clause
Sometimes, there might be cases where something will disrupt the community, but there won't be a specific rule to reference since it's an unexpected or rare event. That's where this comes in. If we feel that something is disturbing the peace of the community, we may take action on it even if there are no rules covering the specific situation.
The idea here is that we shouldn't be using this very often since our rules cover a wide variety of situations. If the staff does make use of this for a situation, we will be sure to explain why we believe the behavior is not acceptable.
The staff will NOT warn you just for expressing an unpopular opinion or making people angry on accident. That is not the same thing as disturbing the peace of the community.
Usually, you will receive notices to stop doing something within the thread in which you may have done something borderline. This usually happens for minor things and is meant more as a reminder to everyone, not just you.
However, if you are getting a warning point increase, you may end up receiving a PM telling you as much. This will not always be the case (especially with minor warnings that are directly related to posting), so it is important to make sure you have enabled staff warning notifications. Don't worry about missing warnings by accident if you want to continue posting since the system will force you to acknowledge them before you can post again. If you miss the notification, you can view your warnings by going to your profile and clicking on the "X warning points" link under your avatar. It is vital that you be sure to know why you were warned to avoid breaking the rules again.
Warning points expire individually after approximately 60 days (this is run on a scheduled task, so the expiration is not instantaneous once the expiration date is reached). So this means if you have 2 points and a 1 point warning expires, you will go down to 1 point.
If the staff fails to react to a posting offense after a significant period of time, it is considered off limits for banning or being added as a minor offense to the record (though you might still receive a notice for it so long as it isn't ancient).
Note: Only you and the forum staff can see your warning levels. To view your warning levels and the reasons for them, click your warning level in your profile.
Minor Offenses will get you 1 warning point. While you should heed what a moderator tells you, these are generally really minor things. Keep in mind the points will go away after 60 days, so having one or two of these generally isn't a big deal. You should definitely pay attention to them though since these can stack up if you ignore them.
Major Offenses (harassment and others that are noted as such in the rules) will get you 3+ warning points. The majority of the time, getting in trouble for a major offense will also net you an additional punishment thanks to how our punishment system is laid out.
When you enter certain warning point ranges for the first time in a while, you may receive the following punishments outside of a verbal warning.
3-5 Points: Cannot make posts for 1 day. Other features are still available. If you cause trouble during this time, it will be upped to a ban lasting for 1 day.
6-8 Points: Cannot make posts for 2 days. Other features are still available. If you cause trouble during this time, it will be upped to a ban lasting 2 days (even if more than a day has already passed).
9+ Points: Receive a ban. Ban lengths vary depending upon the severity of the actions performed to receive the ban and the number of previous bans you have received. Generally the first ban lasts for 1 week, the second ban lasts for a month, and the third ban is indefinite. However, we reserve the right to change that in certain circumstances.
The staff also holds the right to ban or warn you at any time, or change the punishments described above, if they feel that you consistently cause problems to the PureZC community. But this will be rare since "the staff" means "the staff as a whole" instead of "a handful of people on the staff" since we do not want to abuse that. It also won't be done without provocation. Basically, do not purposely game the system because it's rather flexible if it needs to be.
Reporting Posts and Content
We highly encourage people to report posts, site content, and such that they feel clash with the rules or comfortable environment we are trying to achieve. The staff is not perfect, so we are prone to missing things if they are not brought to our attention.
You can either use the "Report" button that is next to or below a lot of content or post about it in the staff dropbox. We will usually reply to you via PM to confirm that we received the report and have taken it into consideration.
Note about reporting PMs: If you are reporting a private conversation (PM), please keep in mind that you are also sending a conversation invite to the staff. This means that staff members capable of viewing the report can enter the conversation if they find it necessary and they will be listed as conversation participants. This is almost the equivalent of going to "Add" under Invite Participants and adding some staff members from there.
While the staff will keep everything in the private conversation confidential, you should still carefully consider whether you want the staff to become involved with an existing private conversation in a staff capacity or not. Once it is reported, almost everything within the private conversation can potentially be subjected to the rules similar to a normal thread. However, don't let this discourage you from reporting things if there is a serious issue you want the staff to help out with.
Review and Ratings Agreement
Ratings should reflect your own opinion after trying a database submission for yourself. Do not rate quests based solely on viewing a Let's Play or on the description, screenshots, or quest project alone. Written reviews may be based on watching, however.
Database entries should be rated with your own personal opinion, not to "correct" other peoples' ratings. Do not rate things higher or lower than you normally would with the intent of undermining other members' ratings or adjusting the overall score. Ratings that do this will be removed.
While we don't like policing opinions on things like star ratings, we also expect them to be consistent with community standards. For example, if someone constantly ranks database entries with zero or 1-star ratings, this interferes with the way ratings are intended to work and may need to be addressed. Harsh opinions and those that go against a general consensus are totally fine. It's only if a larger pattern of significant deviance from the community's standards emerges that it's considered a problem. Star ratings below 3 are meant to be applied with increasing rarity, and we do not expect the fan games here to be held to professional standards. While enforcement of this rule is very rare, members doing this may be asked to modify their reviews and scores, or be subject to removal of reviews or loss of database privileges. For a more detailed explanation, see the announcement here.
Constructive criticism is of course encouraged in reviews, but please try to be respectful of the person who submitted it. Remember that in the end, we're a community mostly of amateurs doing this for fun. Just like with other areas of the forum, harassment will not be tolerated in the reviews and comments on a submission.
Before submitting reviews and ratings to the database, users are required to accept the follow guidelines:
Before making a rating or review, we'd ask you to read over these guidelines.
When rating, use 3 as a baseline. If a quest is better than average, rate it a 4 or 5. If it's worse than average, rate it a 2 or 1. Only use 0 ratings when a quest is almost unplayable.
Be consistent. We understand everyone has different standards, but try not to judge some quests by a different scale than you judge other quests.
When writing reviews, please be detailed and constructive. Instead of "The dungeons suck," write something like "I felt the dungeons dragged on a little too long, and the puzzles were very frustrating."
In general, be nice! Remember, we're all here to make and enjoy fan games.
Thanks for taking the time to read through these rules and remember to enjoy posting.