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These rules should be seen as guidelines for the proper use of Wetpaint Central. If you can follow the rules listed below, you will be welcome.
|Table of contents (Note: As Wetpaint updatesupdates, or adds features, more rules may be added and existing ones may be revised.)|
| Section 3: Discussion Forum Etiquette || Section 4: Abuse Of Features|
| A. || No advertising includes:|
There is zero-tolerance for advertising a product or service. If you do, you will be banned with no warning and the ad content will be deleted. This rule is retroactive. Anonymous users will be IP Banned.
*: Advertising of another wiki is permitted on Wetpaint Classified Ads. (Wetpaint Classified Ads and Splats2 are the only Ads permitted on Wetpaint Central.)
|B.|| You are permitted to advertise your other Wetpaint wikis on your profile, but you are not allowed to advertise a productproduct, service, or service.post links to any non-Wetpaint wiki. Wetpaint Central is for Q&A regarding Wetpaint services, functions, materials, and features, not for advertising.|
No advertising on your profile includes:
| C. || No Spamming includes: |
| D. || No Scamming includes: |
Consequence: Because of how despicable these scams are, if you send or post a Sweetheart Scam or Money Hoax, you will be immediately banned from Wetpaint Central.
| A. || You must be 13 years or older to use Wetpaint: |
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") specifically protects the privacy of children under the age of 13 by requesting parental consent for the collection or use of any personal information of the users. The Act took effect in April 2000. The Act was passed in response to a growing awareness of Internet marketing techniques that targeted children and collected their personal information from websites without any parental notification. The Act applies to commercial websites and online services that are directed at children. The main requirements of the Act that a website operator must comply with include:
| This information has been taken from epic.org/privacy/kids/ and more information may also be found there. |
More information may also be found at http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm
We are really serious about this issue, so if you are under the age of 13 you will need to wait until you turn 13.
Congress' intent in passing the Act was to increase parental involvement in children's online activities, ensure children's safety during their participation in online activities, and most importantly, protect children's personal information.
If it is discovered that you are under the age of 13, you will be banned because of the COPPA Act of 1997. No exceptions.
| B. || |
Use the Contact Wetpaint feature if you are having any of these problems:
Use the contact Wetpaint link at the bottom of every page, http://www.wetpaintcentral.com/contactDo NOT post any of the above in threads, as they cannot be answered or resolved in threads. Also, do not send any of those issues in the form of a private message. The only way those issues can be dealt with is by contacting Wetpaint directly.
|C.|| No posting inappropriate content anywhere on the site, including your own profile. |
This includes any and all pornography, racist, supremacist propaganda, virus websites, or miscellaneous adult language.
Other offenses can also include:
Any instance of this will result in immediate removal of material and appropriate Administrative action.*
*Please note that anything posted on your profile can be removed by an AdministratorAdministrator, if necessary.
|D.|| No using the Wetpaint logo in your profile picture. || Consequences:|
| A. || No Flaming includes: |
Also, please remember to not feed trolls. This will only make things worse since it is what trolls want. For more information, see Dealing with Flame Wars and Internet Trolls.
| Consequences: |
| B. || No Irrelevant posts includes: || Consequences: |
Irrelevant: Does not relate in any way, shape, or form to the topics, materials, functions, or features of Wetpaint Central.
|C.|| No posting of personal information includes: || Consequences: |
|D.|| No Begging includes: || Consequences: |
|E.|| Just because you are anonymous does not mean you are safe.|
Moderators and up can see the IP Address of an anonymous user instead of the word 'Anonymous'. As such, if you break any of the above rules we can click on your IP Address and IP Ban you.
If 4 or more of your threads are irrelevant and have to be deleted, you will be IP Banned.
Please be patient-
Sometimes it can take one of us a while to respond to your post. Be patient and don't start constantly posting to make your voice heard.* It is borderline flaming. Furthermore, when you post a thread asking for help on an issue, don't post in an angry way or use INTERNET SHOUTING.
*If your question still isn't answered after a week, send a message to the Moderators with a link to the thread so that they can help you.
|G.|| No Forum Necromancy |
The definition of this term is: Posting a reply on a long-dead thread when your reply adds no value to the conversation.* More information may be found on this useful page: Forum Necromancy. This can be distracting to older members and serves no purpose. (This rule does not apply to featured threads.)
*Bumping a thread if you haven't had your question answered is fine.
| Consequences: |
|H.|| Rules for answering questions in the forum.|
You may help the Moderators answer questions on the discussion forum as long as your posts have value and are grammatically correct. Please do not use excessive text-speak or abbreviations (e.g. u, idk). Write in a way that is easily understandable to everyone.
| A. || News Feeds |
The rules are:
| Consequences: |
If any comments include those, it will be deleted. Further consequences include:
|B.|| Profiles are yours, but they are moderated.|
Please note that Administrators have the ability to use EasyEdit on another person's profile, so anything inappropriate can be removed.
| C. || Do not abuse the report page/photo/video button|
If you constantly report a page, photophoto, or video that has no questionable content in an attempt to distract the Moderators, this will be considered to be a form of harassment.
| A. || Don't be afraid of the Moderators.|
Just because we are Moderators doesn't mean we don't have to follow these rules too. If a Moderator is breaking any of these rules, please notify another Moderator and/or CryingDove, the Administrator.
We are here to help, not to intimidate.
| B. || No Means No! includes: || Consequences: |
|C.|| No pretenders includes: |
|D.|| Moderators are not Gods.|
Even as Moderators we do have limits. We can not help out on a site taken over by a hacker, and we can not do anything different from what Moderators on other wikis can. We have absolutely no authority on any other wiki other than Wetpaint Central.
| If the PM is replied to with understanding and/or apologies, you will be forgiven. If it is replied to with a retort, vulgar language, or threats to continue violating the rule, then you will bring on a potential ban on yourself.|
The people with authority to give you a PM warning are listed below. If a person not on the list tries to issue a PM warning, notify a Moderator immediately. Anyone can issue a thread warning.
Below are the names of Wetpaint Central's Moderators and Administrators. You may send them a private message here on Wetpaint Central:
| Note: These rules have been made specifically for Wetpaint Central only. They do not apply to any violations on another Wetpaint Wiki. However, don't assume that you can come here with excess baggage andfrom other wikis and stay for very long.|
You are free to adopt these rules for your own wiki, however,but you will need to re-word some of the text to match your wiki's title and theme.