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MKBoards.com General Rules (as of 4th October 2016)

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    MKBoards Forum Rules (Updated 4th October 2016)

    Mission Statement
    Here at MKBoards.com, we strive to create an environment that fosters the ability for every member to compete and have fun while playing Mario Kart. In addition, given the nature of human interaction, we also wish to promote a place where players can build and maintain relationships they have created here on our lovely site. We, the MKBoards staff, wish to do everything in our power to preserve these notions and thus have designed this ruleset to help create the best possible atmosphere for everyone.

    1) The Point System
    MKBoards uses a warning system that distributes a certain amount of points to users that break the rules of MKBoards. These points do not expire and accumulate, which can lead to disciplinary action against the user in the form of a ban of varying lengths. Below is the layout we use for giving out points (details are listed in the subsequent sections):

    Minor Offenses:
    2 Points

    Large/Repeat Offenses:
    3 Points

    Piracy/Hacking/Illegal Activities/Harassment (Depending on severity):
    Week Ban
    2 Week Ban
    Permanent Ban

    Permanent Ban

    Creating Alternate (Alt) Accounts:
    1st strike - Warning
    2nd strike - 3 points
    Further strikes = 10 points

    This strike system is intended for newer users who aren't familiar with the rules and create/use an alternate account. If staff determine that a user creates and uses an alternate account with intent to deceive or otherwise manipulate MKBoards site rules or other people, the user will receive a permanent ban.

    What accumulation of points equals:
    10 points = 1 week ban
    14 points = 2 week ban
    18 points = 1 month ban
    20 points = permanent ban

    Any points that have not expired prior to 9/4/15 will remain and not disappear.

    2) Things to remember before/while reading the rules
    • Any reports of on-site posts that are older than 3 months will be rejected unless the offence is deemed a major violation. Any reports of off-site offences that are older than 2 months will be rejected unless the offence is deemed a major violation.
    • Use the report button! Though the MKBoards moderation team is on the boards every day, we don't always see everything. Help us out by reporting posts that are against the rules! Spamming reports in a non-serious manner does not help!
    • Posting something that is meant to be a harmless joke does not automatically make it an acceptable post. If you think your post might be offensive to someone else, just don’t post it.
    • Remember that every member is a real person behind a computer screen. Our actions and comments affect others, so please think carefully before you post.
    • Users with a banner under their name that includes the word “staff” are expected to be role models and display outstanding good behavior for other members to follow. Punishments will be more severe for users that are part of any kind of “staff” on MKBoards.
    • Concerns regarding a staff decision should be relayed to the appropriate staff managers or administrators. Making a public thread will not aid your case.
    • In addition to the above, hostility and forcefulness in any shape or form towards a staff group will not aid your case and may warrant a warning or infraction.
    • These rules can be updated at any point by the staff.

    3) MKBoards does have an age restriction
    In compliance with COPPA, if you are or claim to be under the age of 13, you will be banned immediately.
    Additionally, though people under the age of 13 may not own an account, some site visitors may be under the age of 13. MKBoards users are urged to refrain from swearing, as it is not censored on the site and it’s not something we would like our guests to see.

    4) Minor Offenses
    Minor offenses are conduct/behavioral violations that are not entirely unbecoming of the MKBoards mission, but are also things we would rather not see. Below is the list of “Minor Offenses”:
    • Excessive swearing
    • Abuse of site features
    • Advertising your monetized or competing site
    • Taking your frustration out on others due to some external force
    • Trolling the boards
    • Mii names containing inappropriate words, slurs, or that are targeted at other members of the board in an extremely negative way
    • Abusing the report system (spam-reporting, reporting posts which aren't rule-breaking, etc.)
    • Posts telling others to harm themselves in any way
    • Posts making fun of any physical or mental disability, which includes (but is not limited to): Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, etc.
    Committing a Minor Offense will result in a warning or infraction. The offending user may also receive a thread ban.

    Below are also considered minor offenses, but may vary depending on the situation given:
    • People who are seen to consistently make inappropriate, meaningless, intimidating, targeting, or derailing posts may be infracted as a culmination of these. Standard disciplinary action would be an infraction per 5 deleted posts on more than 1 thread.
    • Extreme spamming of posts on a thread(s) with no solid reason given or constant derailing of a thread(s) may lead to infractions for those responsible.

    5) Large/Repeat Offenses
    These offenses are more severe than minor offenses. Below are the “Large/Repeat Offenses”:
    • Attempting to create or causing personal drama with another member on-site
    • Posts that degrade other members
    • Posts that belittle new members
    • Repeating minor offenses

    6) Piracy/Pornography/Illegal Activities/Harassment
    These offenses will result in a ban of varying length. Each one has its own subsection to further describe what is considered to be ban-worthy.

    6A) Piracy
    Providing links to illegal media, such as game ISO's or ROMS, on MKBoards is not permitted. The sole exception to this is cosmetic and otherwise non-malicious game modifications for Mario Kart Wii (i.e. music hacks, unlock everything hacks, 9999VR hacks, etc). Codes will need to be checked by MKB Staff or WL Staff before being posted and earn the tag "Staff-verified".

    6B) Hacking

    Should league, World Cup, or Tournament Organiser staff determine a player is hacking on Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, or Mario Kart 8, the following will happen:
    • If the player was hacking on Mario Kart Wii or Mario Kart 7, they will receive a 2-year ban.
    • If the player was hacking on Mario Kart 8, they will receive a permanent ban.
    Hacking, in this case, means using hacks for malicious intent, such as the following:
    • Advantageously hacking in time trials, worldwides, funrooms, scrimmage wars, league matches, etc. anything in-between
    Hacks without malicious intent, such as the following, will not be punished:
    • Any Staff-Verified codes
    • Texture hacking (non-advantageous)
    • Modifying game music (non-advantageous)
    • Any codes within cheat-endorsed private rooms
    Note: While we do not punish players directly for non-maliciously texture hacking, remember that the Players' Page (http://www.mariokart64.com) punishes players for using texture hacks.

    Players who were placed on a ban list for hacking before May 28th, 2016 will not be banned from the site. Only players who are caught hacking after May 28th, 2016 will be banned from the site.

    6C) Illegal Activities
    Using MKBoards as a medium for discussing illegal, harmful, and/or dangerous activities is strictly prohibited. Punishment for doing so is a permanent ban.

    6D) Pornography/Graphic Images
    Posting explicitly sexual images or extremely graphic/disturbing content (such as gore, scat, etc.) on MKBoards is not allowed. These posts will be removed and the member will receive a permanent ban.

    There is a difference between NSFW and pornography. Soft NSFW images (i.e. not sexually provocative but would not be appropriate for viewing at work) are fine when clearly marked and placed within a [ SPOILER=NSFW]spoiler[/SPOILER]. If you have any doubt as to whether or not your post will be seen as NSFW, put it in a NSFW spoiler.
    Failure to mark these images clearly will result in a grace period of one warning, followed by a permanent ban for a second offense of this kind.

    6E) Harassment

    The MKBoards team takes any form of harassment very seriously. The term ‘harassment’ can be found in many different forms; below are different forms of harassment as well as the corresponding punishment users will receive for violations thereof:

    Harassment worthy of infraction (Large Offense or Temp Ban):
    • Shitposting on social media, live streams, IM platforms, and so on for the purpose of instigation/stirring up drama with an MKBoards member
    • Excessive tagging/liking posts from a single member
    Harassment worthy of permanent bans:
    • Sexual harassment
    • Stalking
    • Releasing personal information about others without consent
    • Witch hunting (Trying to target and humiliate someone)
    • Catfishing
    When evaluating a harassment case, MKBoards Staff look at the following factors to determine the appropriate punishment:
    • Public chat or private chat?
    • Serious discussion chat or shitpost chat?
    • Victim genuinely being offended or acting out of spite?
    • Friends, co-workers (other staff), or strangers?
    • Was there malicious intent with the offender?
    • If an offense is towards a specific individual(s), was the report by someone observing it or the individual(s) the offense was directed to?
    • Did the individual(s) that the offense was directed to, actually get offended?
    • Repetitive occurrence or one-time occurrence?
    If you believe a user is harassing you or someone else, please report that person to the staff. Whenever possible, provide any helpful screenshots and/or chat logs to supplement the report. To clarify, we handle cases that are on-site and off-site.

    7) Self Bans
    We understand that it may be difficult to stay away from coming to websites. If you feel that you need to be forced to stay away from MKBoards for your own reasons, you may request a self-ban.

    To do this, find any MKBoards staff member (anyone with a red or blue username) and send them a private message telling that person you want to request a self-ban.

    When you want to return, contact a staff member via Skype/Discord/Email (whichever is listed on their profile).

    For each user, the first two self-ban requests will be granted; should a third self-ban be requested, it will be permanent.

    8) Appeals
    If you receive a month-long or permanent ban that you feel shouldn’t have been given to you, you have the right to appeal your ban thrice. You must wait 2 months in-between appeals. Please keep in mind that you will be unable to appeal if you were banned for illegal activities. You cannot appeal to MKBoards Staff if you have been banned for hacking -- if you hacked on MKWii, you must appeal to WL Staff. If you hacked on MK8, you cannot appeal.

    In your appeal, you should include:
    • As many relevant details to your case as you can provide
    • Screenshots
    • Pictures
    • Videos
    To appeal, go to the Appeals subforum underneath "Site Discussion" , or Appeals underneath "Council" under Wiimmfi League and post a new thread. You cannot edit your post, so proof-read before you post.

    Keep in mind that before you are able to post in the subforums, a certain amount of the ban’s duration must have already passed. For each of the ban lengths, here is how much time must pass:
    • 1 week ban - N/A (may not appeal)
    • 2 week ban - N/A (may not appeal)
    • 1 month ban - 2 weeks from the time the ban was given
    • Permanent ban - 6 weeks from the time the ban was given
    If the respective amount of time has passed and you are still unable to view the subforums, please contact any of the following admins:
    • Mark (Discord: Abaraik#8709 || Skype: markak1994)
    • Savannah (Discord: Savannah#3847 || Skype: savannah1110)
    • Tamz (Discord: Tamz#3084 || Skype: skypetamz)

    9) Staff Guidelines
    MKBoards hosts a variety of tournaments and leagues, namely the Wiimmfi League (WL), Mario Kart Universal (MKU), and the Mario Kart World Cup (MKWC or WC). In addition to the MKBoards moderation team, we are glad to have volunteers that staff and organize these events. These staff members are given special banners below their forum name while they are performing their duties. Since these users have special responsibilities, they are expected to act as role models and behave as such while carrying out their tasks for the league staff they belong to.

    Users that are a part of any kind of Staff affiliated with MKBoards are held to a higher standard. In addition to be being bound by the code of conduct here, Staff members that violate MKBoards behavioral standards on or off-site will face stricter consequences:
    • A Staff member who violates MKBoards’ code of conduct will receive a stern warning from the MKBoards administration. The administrator of the organization to which the offending Staff member belongs will also be notified of the offense, and will be expected to take measures to correct the behavior.
    • A Staff member who earns a second violation may be subject to a suspension or demotion from staff. This action will be done by MKBoards staff, not the corresponding league administrator of the involved offender. The length of the suspension will be given by staff discretion.
    Leaders of leagues and organizations hosted by MKBoards are responsible for the actions of their staff members. The respective admins are expected to actively keep their staff members behaving professionally while carrying out their duties and completing tasks. This means taking measures to prevent possible bad behavior before it happens, and making sure to encourage good behavior in everything their staff team says and does.

    Members of staff groups may find that they have the ability to post in threads that are locked. Though it’s a small technical oversight, lock bypassing is not allowed by the MKBoards administration and will count as an offense for staff members who do this. To make sure this doesn’t happen, always check to see if a thread is locked before posting. If you realize it after posting, immediately delete your post.

    Thanks and enjoy the forums!
    - MKBoards Staff

    Mission Statement by Jake (Not Stevens), format and structure by MKBoards Staff.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2016
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