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Community Rules

A description of the House Rules and other important bits of information.

We have a number of straight-forward, common-sense rules in place to ensure that this community is a safe and friendly environment for the benefit and enjoyment of all members. Please make sure that you are familiar with these rules before using services provided by UK of Equestria.

Click on a rule to expand, providing explanation and clarification.


Unfortunately you must be at least 13 years old to join UK of Equestria. Those under this age are still welcome to browse the website under the supervision of a parent or guardian, however are not allowed to make an account.

If we have reason to believe a user is under 13 years of age, we reserve the right to suspend their account and/or request verification of age.

We are an inclusive and accepting community, and therefore insulting, derogatory, discriminative, intimidating, threatening, rude or otherwise inappropriate behaviour that may cause upset or distress to other members is not acceptable.

We are a family friendly community and therefore inappropriate content is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, gore, grim-dark, shocking or upsetting content in any shape or form, including linking to such content or hiding it within [spoiler] tags.

Appropriateness of content is decided at the discretion of the moderation team.

For further clarification, please see the Adult Content Guidelines:

Adult Content Guidelines

You should not post or link to content which breaches the intellectual property rights or infringes upon the copyrights of another person or organisation, or encourages another to engage in such activities. This includes discussion of the file-sharing or pirating of copyrighted materials.

This means that you should not link to full episodes, as these are the property of Hasbro. You may post short clips of copyrighted materials where this is justifiable as fair use.

Appropriateness of content is decided at the discretion of the moderation team.

This is not the place to discuss activities which are illegal, such as the file-sharing or pirating of copyright materials (e.g. software, music, television and films), controlled substance abuse, etc.

Appropriateness of content is decided at the discretion of the moderation team.

If you see someone breaking the rules, please make sure that you report the post or message in which they are doing so. The offender won't find out who has reported them and this will allow the moderation team to deal with the issue swiftly and effectively.

You must only create one account for yourself. Should you wish to use a different username, you are able to change this yourself once you have reached a post count of at least 100. Before this time, you may contact an administrator who will be able to make this change on your behalf.

You must not share your account or register additional accounts for role-play personae or alternate identities.

If you would like an account to represent a group or organisation, please contact an administrator beforehand.

It's important to use common sense when using this site and the internet in general. Don't do something online that you wouldn't do in person.

Remember that our staff are here to enforce these rules and maintain a safe, family-friendly community for the benefit and enjoyment of all members. In most cases, staff will make informed judgements and take actions based on prior discussion of issues reported to them through the appropriate channels.

In the unlikely event that you have an issue with any member of staff, we strongly encourage you contact an administrator directly to discuss this.

If you have any doubts as to whether or not something you wish to post is acceptable for the site, you should always ask a member of staff beforehand for their opinion.


Forum Etiquette

You should keep discussions to the topic of the thread in which you are posting. Intentionally deviating from this is de-railing and can be considered spam. If you want to talk about something else, you should make a new dedicated topic in the appropriate sub-forum.

Do not post multiple messages one after another if nobody else has posted. Instead, you can edit your previous post to add in whatever you would like to add. This does not apply to consecutive posts made over a period of days.

If a thread has been inactive for an extended period of time, for example if a month has passed without any posts, you should not post there unless you have something worthwhile to say. Doing so will bring the thread back to the top of forum pages and could cause newer threads to be buried.

If someone is breaking the rules or doing something wrong, you should report their post or message. You should not respond directly or 'stir the pot' - the moderation team will deal with the issue appropriately. Getting involved yourself could be considered back-seat moderating, which is discouraged and only serves to inflame a situation.

If you're discussing something which might be regarded as a spoiler by others, such as discussing a newly-released episode in the first 24 hours after airing, you should hide this content between [spoiler] tags. This means that others won't accidentally stumble across it before they've had chance to see the episode in question!

You should not post content which may be considered spam. This includes advertising or promoting services/products which are in no way relevant to the community, off-topic material, repeated content, posts intended to boost post counts and any other materials which do not contribute to the community in a meaningful way.

Whether or not content is regarded as spam is at the discretion of the moderation team.


Signatures

To prevent signatures obstructing or overshadowing posts and other content, the maximum height for a signature is 175px.

One line of text in the default font and size is typically 16px high.

The images in your signature must not exceed 750px in width and 150px in height, and 200kB in file size.

This means that you may not have two images whose height combined add up to over 150px, nor two images whose width combined add up to over 750px. Additionally, you may not have two images whose combined file size is over 200kB.

Images which affect browser load times are also not permitted.

You may only have one animated image (GIF or aPNG) and this must also be within the file and image size limits.

We do not allow signatures that are overly distracting or inappropriate, such as fast, flickering animations. These detract from the forum experience and make it difficult to read posts.


Chat

You should always use the same username as you use on the forum for the chat service. You should register this nickname with the chat service's NickServ service, which will prevent others from using your username. This can be done by typing /msg NickServ REGISTER [password] [e-mail address] into the message box.

Always use a different password to your forum password.

Please note that as this service is operated externally, we cannot reset your password for you and cannot guarantee that forum username will be available.

We do not allow unauthorised bots to operate on our chat service. If you have a bot which you would like to see used on the service, please first contact a member of staff for approval.

Unlike on the forum, there's no way to hide spoilers on our chat service, and so we request that you do not post spoiler content. The chat service's topic should show whether or not a particular episode should be discussed.


TeamSpeak

You should always use the same username as you use on the forum for the TeamSpeak service.

Avoid microphone, text chat and poke spamming. Microphone spamming is when your microphone is needlessly broadcasting stuff from the background, always on, or creating an echo in the channel.

We do allow for a moderate amount of inappropriate language on an evening after 9.30pm. That said, we request that this be kept to a minimum and should not be used excessively. At all other times you should not use inappropriate language.




Out and About - Meet-up and Event Guidelines (Public Conduct) - Updated November 2014

If you are intending to head-out to a meet-up or event listed on our site, you should follow these guidelines as listed below. Most of it is common-sense, but responsibility to adhere to these guidelines is solely your own - falling foul of these could result in you being turned-away from any future meet-ups.


I. Individuals under the age of fourteen (14) may only attend public meet-ups when accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of eighteen (18).

II. Do not hold public meet-ups in a private house or residence. This is unwise and would require giving out your private address to the general public which is very unsafe. We recommend holding meets in public places which are easy to find and where there is public liability insurance in case the worst happens.

III(a). Please behave in a manner that is expected of the public location or venue. Please do not be disruptive, or behave in a way to fellow attendees, location/venue staff or the general public (anyone) that is disruptive, disturbing or offensive. Use some common-sense, and keep in mind the Public Order Act (1986) and Anti-social Behaviour Act (2003) to guide you here.

III(b). Please think twice before attending events for which you are not the advertised or intended audience. Do not attempt to gate-crash children's events - this is purely an offensive and unfriendly act. You need to use common-sense to decide which locations are and are not suitable for organising meetings. This ties into III(a) about not disrupting or disturbing the public.

III(c). Please do not take still or video photography at public or private venues, unless the event explicitly states that photography is permitted freely, or if you have prior permission. You should ask for permission before taking or publishing pictures of anyone other than yourself.

IV(a). Please do not attempt to purchase, handle or consume controlled substances for which you are under-age or which are illegal without possession of a valid legal license or prescription. This includes the consumption of alcoholic substances by those under the age of eighteen (18).

IV(b). Do not use, possess or supply controlled or illicit substances (Class A, B, C controlled substances) or other contraband (knives, fireworks, explosives, firearms, etc.). Suspected possession of any of these items will result in you being reported to The Police and blacklisted from any future events.




The (Boring) Legal Stuff - Terms of Service

This stuff is quite boring, but we are legally required to display it and is here for your reading pleasure.

The providers ("we", "us", "our") of the service provided by this web site ("Service") are not responsible for any user-generated content and accounts ("Content"). Content submitted express the views of their author only.

You agree to not use the Service to submit or link to any Content which is defamatory, abusive, hateful, threatening, spam or spam-like, likely to offend, contains adult or objectionable content, contains personal information of others, risks copyright infringement, encourages unlawful activity, or otherwise violates any laws.

All Content you submit or upload may be reviewed by staff members. All Content you submit or upload may be sent to third-party verification services (including, but not limited to, spam prevention services). Do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential.

We reserve the rights to remove or modify any Content submitted for any reason without explanation. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. We reserve the right to take action against any account with the Service at any time.

You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. You retain copyright over the Content.

These terms may be changed at any time without notice.

If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register or use this Service. If you wish to close your account, please contact us.

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16 December 2012
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