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 Post Post subject: The Town of Odyssey Rules
Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 7:30 pm 
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1. Posts

1.1 - Double posting
Posting twice in a row in the same thread is not allowed. If you are the last person who has posted in a thread and you must reply, please use the "Edit" button located at the top of that post. The Police Force and Mayoral Staff spend most of their time editing double/triple/quadruple posts into one post and it would be appreciated if this aspect of their job was kept to a minimum, so more important issues can be addressed. Double posts are only tolerated in instances where the thread contains stories (such as those found in OBC Channel-24).

1.2 - Short Replies (ie. one or two words or smilies)
Often times members may feel the need to post a reply that is only one or two words. This is not good message board etiquette and with money also being a factor on this board, short replies such as "yeah", "ditto", "don't care", "huh?", "nothing", "not interested", etc... are not encouraged (neither are single smiley faces). In some Hillingdale Haven threads it is acceptable, but in almost every other circumstance, please try to avoid short replies. As a general rule, if a thread deals with an issue or poses a question that you have little interest in or cannot answer a question with anything but "nothing" or "don't know", please do not respond.

1.3 - ALL CAPS
Please do not type in all capital letters. These kind of posts are difficult to read and it makes it look like you are shouting. Other members view this kind of behavior as rude and inappropriate, and posts that are written in all capital letters will be removed.

1.4 - Excessive Emoticons
Too much of a good thing is usually a bad thing. The Town of Odyssey has a vast number of emoticons for users to place inside their posts, but please make sure you do not go overboard while using them. Three or four in a row should be the maximum used, though in the case of birthday wishes (or situations that are similar), more emoticons will be tolerated at the discretion of the Town of Odyssey Police Force.

1.5 - Rude/Derogatory Comments
The Town of Odyssey has a very diverse group of people from different countries, religions, and backgrounds. Please avoid rude and/or derogatory comments about other people and their ideas or opinions, even if you disagree with them. If you do disagree with a statement , certainly feel free to respectfully respond, but please avoid an argumentative and rude spirit. Inappropriate comments targetting specific groups or members will be reviewed on a case by case basis and further action may be taken by the Mayoral Staff. In general, debating is not encouraged on the core boards of the ToO but you are welcome to join or view debates by registering with the The Town Hall faction.

1.6 - Spam
Common forms of spam would be starting the same topic more than once, posting just so that you can be the most recent poster in several different threads (thus seeing your name scrolling down the page in the "Last Post" column), soliciting websites / services that are unrelated to the content of The Town of Odyssey and private messaging multiple people with the same message. [Please see rule number 2.3 below for more information on private messages].

The Hillingdale Haven board is a lot more lenient when it comes to strict enforcing of spam rules, but it is still expected that the above rules are followed for most of the threads. It is a place to be goofy, not a place to break the rules.

1.7 - Plagarism
As the Town of Odyssey system rewards users for posting longer messages, taking pre-existing text and claiming it as one's own is not allowed. This includes copying and pasting text from a website, another member, or rewriting the text on your own. If you have not written the text, please enclose the text in the BBcode quote box or link directly to its location.

1.8 - Making and Posting in Hidden Threads No creation of hidden threads is allowed at any time. Making or posting in them will not be allowed, and it will deleted and the users will be reprimanded in some way.

2. User Account Restrictions

2.1 - Double Accounts
Only one account per person is allowed. Please do not sign up under more than one username. If you have more than one account, please contact an administrator so they can remove the extra one(s) for you. Accounts are monitored on a regular basis to ensure compliance with this rule.

2.2 - Avatar and signature sizes
Please note that the maximum size allowed for one’s avatar is 120 x 120 and the largest size for an image in a signature is 500 x 125. You are only allowed one image in your signature. If you need something resized, please go to Crestwood Avenue, where there are many talented people who can help you for a small ToO fee.

2.3 - Private Messaging
Please do not PM multiple people on the board with the same message to promote yourself, gain attention, or attract supporters. The private message system allows two people to have a private discussion – it is not a way to promote one's ToO shop, ToO thread, ToO political campaign, or to serve as a personal message board by PMing everybody who is online at the moment, or everyone on the board. If you feel you need to communicate with a large number of members, please use the message board itself... a thread will get more attention and save you from alienating those who feel they have just received ToO Junk Mail.

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