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User Account Sharing
Current forum users are prohibited from sharing their accounts with probationary or permanently banned users. Violation of this rule will result in the suspension of the current user's account and the permanent banning of the probationary user's account. If for one reason or another a current user needs to share their account with another current user, they must notify an administrator to have the matter cleared.

Image Posting Guidelines
Pics of women that are not at least wearing proper bikini bottoms (no thongs, g-strings, etc) and have a properly covered top half will be deleted, if a poster persists in posting such pics they will be infracted and from there will be probated and then banned if they continue. Genitals, pubes, nipples and breasts must be covered and the cloth not see through. Pics of Males are subject to the same rules and must not contain bulges in the lower region.

Hotlinking
Hotlinking is when you directly post an image from a website. Many websites see this as you “stealing” their bandwidth and will sometimes retaliate by automatically replacing the intended image with another when it’s posted. These images range from simple caution messages to disturbingly graphic images. If you choose to hotlink and your image is replaced by a graphic/pornographic/inappropriate image, you will be banned. This can be easily avoided by re-hosting all images at a site such as ImageShack or PhotoBucket.

Fighting
Any excessive fighting or heated arguing between any number of posters that includes harassment of any kind may result in the closing of the thread, warnings issued to all involved users, probation, or possibly banning.

Harassment is defined in Webster’s dictionary as ‘to annoy persistently’ and includes name-calling, instigation of others, and bigoted remarks. This includes, but is not limited to, derogatory remarks about another's race, gender, religion, sexuality, or country of origin.

External Links
Posting external links that contain material that breaks any of Superhero Hype!'s rules may result in a warning, probation or account ban. Posting links to other message boards may result in deletion of the link and a warning. Repeated violations of this rule may result in probation or banning.

Private Messages
Private messages between two people must be kept private unless both parties obtain written permission. (Written permission must be provided in case of any discrepancy.) Violation of this rule results in deletion of the post/s, a warning, and/or possible probation. Repeated violation of this rule may result in another probation, prolonged probation, or banning.

Pornography
Pornography is not allowed either in picture or written form. In pictures, showing the female nipple or the genitalia or bare buttocks of either sex is considered pornography. Violation of this rule results in a warning, probation, or permanent banning depending on the material and situation.

Probation Duration
The length of probation is up to the admin/mod taking action at the time. Typically seven (7) to ten (10) days for initial infractions. For major infractions, the account may be under probation for longer periods, or banned immediately. For returning to the boards after being banned and continuing to break the rules, you may either be banned again, or have your IP banned and/or your IP provider may be contacted.

Signature Rule
Signatures can be no larger than 5 or 6 lines in normal font size. Multiple lines of extra large type [size 5 or higher] or excessive spacing is NOT permitted. If you choose to have more lines, or wish to have two or more YouTube videos in your sig as well, you may do so, providing you place it in a spoiler tag. Violators will be warned ONCE to change the sig. If the sig is not fixed, the poster will lose the ability to have a signature.

Spamming
Spam is defined as posts that are inconsistent with the other thread or forum dialogue. Spamming may result in a warning or probation. Continued spamming may result in banning.

Trolling
Trolling is considered the starting of a thread or posting in an established thread or forum for the express purpose of ticking off as many people as possible that would normally be reading that thread or forum. Trolling can result in a warning or probation. Continued trolling may result in banning.

Violations of Probations and Banning
If you are on probation, you may not post under any account for the amount of days for which you are on probation. Violation of this probation will result in the permanent banning of your ORIGINAL account (permanent loss of entire post count, avatars, etc.,) and an extension of your probation to your NEW name. Continued violation of this rule may result in IP banning. If you are permanent banned, you may not return to Hype. Note: the Administrators and Moderators can tell if you hold more than one account.

Vulgarity
Excessive language is not tolerated. Inappropriate language is automatically filtered. Inappropriate context, however, is not, but still should not be used. Bypassing the filter may result in either a warning or automatic probation. Repeated violations of this rule may result in account banning.

Warnings and Infractions
Administrators and moderators make use of warnings and infractions to help troubled users. Both measures are designed to reinforce forum protocol. However, warnings serve as simple reminders, while infractions carry a stronger caution and will more readily lead to probation and banning. These instruments give users a chance to modify their posting habits before probation or banning is deemed necessary. Neither warnings or infractions are required to be issued before probation or banning occurs. This is at the discretion of the administrator or moderator taking action at the time.

Pirated Material
Distribution of of unauthorized copies of intellectual property such as movies, television, music, games, comics and software programs via the "The Hype" is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to private messages, visitor messages, and posts. If a poster makes an announcement via thread or individual post on "The Hype" related to distributing any of the pirated material above said poster will be punished via warning, infraction, probationary, or permanent ban. Any requests by a poster in a thread for any of the above pirated material will result in the same above punishment on behalf of the moderating team of "The Hype". First Offense: One Week Probation Second Offense: Two Weeks Probation Third Offense: Permanent Ban Don't Be A Pirate.

Violent or Gruesome imagery
Images depicting R rated violence or worse; real violence, are not permitted on this site. Also, any gruesome images showing humans or animal's who are wounded, injured or disfigured, are not allowed.

Heightened Attention for Problem Users
In addition to the use of infractions and probations, users who are habitually in receipt of staff attention will find themselves placed on one of the two lists covered below. The Watchlist is comprised of users that, through their actions, have been deemed problematic by the staff. Watchlist inhabitants who remain disruptive (measured by continuing to amass infractions) will be cited with two lengthy probations, one and two months, respectively, as their aberrant behavior continues. Upon receipt of the two month probation, the user will be placed on The Phantom Zone. The Phantom Zone is the final degree of latitude that problem users will be granted prior to being permanently banned. Users will be notified by a staff member of their placement on this list. The commission of a probation-worthy offense by a user on The Phantom Zone will result in a ban. Alternatively, the receipt of three total infractions for flaming and/or trolling within a three month period while in The Phantom Zone will also result in a ban. Six months without instance (or 'good behavior') will result in a user being removed from The Phantom Zone and placed back on the Watchlist. Once moved back to the Watchlist, being cited for another probation-worthy offense will result in the user being placed back in The Phantom Zone. The standing period of removal for second stints in The Phantom Zone is one year. If a user is moved to The Phantom Zone for a third time, there will be no removal.


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