~ WELCOME ~ :cool:
 

 

     Welcome to the Guidelines section,


     Here you can get a feel for how we work as a forum.  Our goal is to create a relaxed community where people from all over the globe can come to have fun, create, share, discuss life and work together on Mugen content.  A place where people can enjoy each other's company and creativity, get to know each other, and eventually become like family. 

     There are a lot of different age groups and cultures here, so in order to keep everything running as smoothly as possible we like to be upfront with our expectations.  This way everyone knows what to expect when we have to deal with issues and problems. 

      If you personally think any of these rules should be changed or a new rule added,
please send your idea to an administrator.  Their contact info can be found in the Staff Directory.  Until then, please try your best to play by the rules as listed below.  
Thanks in advance, and have fun!


 - MFFA Staff

 

 

 

 

 

1 ~ Getting Started :confused:

 

______________________________◢◤  1.1 ~ Your Profile  

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   In your profile, near the upper left corner of your cover photo area is the [ Edit Profile ] button.  Click that to set up your user profile.  It will allow you to link to your other social media accounts like Discord, Evolve, Steam, Facebook, Yahoo, Jabber and Skype.  It will also give you a chance to tell the community a bit about yourself, by filling in the sections titled "About Me" and "Interests".
 

 

______________________________◢◤  1.2 ~ Avatar & Cover Photo   

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   Your avatar is the picture next to all of your posts.  You can set your avatar by going into your profile and clicking on the [ Profile Photo ] icon.  It's on the lower left corner of your avatar.  This will bring up a menu where you can upload a pic, or link to one. 

   To set your cover photo, click the [ Cover Photo ] button.  It's in the upper right corner of the cover photo area of your profile.  Select [ Upload Photo ] from the drop down menu that appears.
 

 

______________________________◢◤  1.3 ~ Signature   

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   Your signature is the combination of pictures and text that appears underneath all of your posts.  You won't be able to set it until 10 days after you register, as a security measure against bots.

   To set it, go to the forum home page and scroll to the top.  Click on your user name in the upper right corner.  Select [ Account Settings ] from the drop down menu that appears.  Then click on [ Signature ] to go into the editing window. 

   In general, signatures can be wide but not long.  What is the point of having a signature that is longer than your actual post?  NONE!  There is no point in that, so please consider the following to be guidelines for your signature.  If you refuse to use these guidelines and have a crazy big signature it will be removed.  If you continue to use big signatures, your ability to use a signature will be disabled.
 

Signature Choices:

   • 1 Big Picture 600x200 (or)

   • 2 Medium Pictures (2) (or)

   • Small pictures (1~3) (and/or)

   • Several Links (1~5) (and/or)

   • Several Quotes (1~2)

   • No Youtube videos, or any other form of media.

     Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 3 months
 

 

______________________________◢◤  1.4 ~ Ranks & Custom Titles  

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   Your rank appears just under your name on all of your posts, and just above some number of pips / dots.  The number of dots and your rank depend on your post count. 

   After 100 posts you can give yourself a custom title if you wish.  This will replace your rank, and appear just under your name where the rank used to.  If you don't choose a custom title, your rank will continue to change with your post count automatically.
 

 

______________________________◢◤  1.5 ~ Sharing Pictures, Videos, Files & Links   

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   Pictures, videos and links to files can all be placed directly in the body of a post, using either the drag and drop method, or just pasting the URL.  As an alternative, you could click the [ Insert other media ] button just below the lower right hand corner of the post body, and that will embed it manually. 

   To add a link, just highlight the text, picture or video you want to act as a link, and click the link button in the editor toolbar. 

   Here's a list of the sites you can use to host pictures and files.  Please don't link to files on the Unsupported File Sites list, or they'll be removed.


     Supported Image Sites

 

  • http://photobucket.com/

  • http://imageshack.us/ 

  • http://tinypic.com/ 

  • http://postimage.org/

  • http://imgur.com/ 

  • http://someimage.com/
 

     Supported File Sites

  • http://www.depositFiles.com/ 

  • http://www.filedropper.com/  

  • http://www.mediafire.com/  

  • http://www.sendspace.com/ 

  • https://www.rapidshare.com/ 

  • https://www.mega.co.nz/

 

     Unsupported File Sites
  • http://www.4shared.com/ 

  • http://www.2shared.com/ 

  • http://www.adfly.com/

 

     Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

 

______________________________◢◤  1.6 ~ One Account Per User  

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   We only allow one account per user.  Too many people abuse multiple accounts to evade bans, or to avoid damaging their reputations on their main accounts when harassing other members.  We apologize if this inconveniences anyone, but it's a necessary security precaution.  

   In the event that we find a member with a second account, it will be merged with their first account without warning.  The older account will remain.
 

   Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

 

 

 

 

2 ~ Social Conduct :flipdesk_by_amatarpuyhaw-d617n3y:

 

______________________________◢  2.1 ~ Attacking Other Members  

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   There are people of many ages and cultures here, and everyone is expected to behave in a mature manner, to treat everyone the same way you want to be treated.  Do not insult someone because of the way they type, talk, joke, what they believe in, what they know or what they don't know.  It's not necessary to try to hurt another member personally.  So please for everyone's sake, try to hold back from direct personal attacks.  Often enough they are the exact moment where problems begin.

 

   Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

 

______________________________◢  2.2 ~ Jokes & Ridicule  

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   We try to keep this place fun for everyone, and we hope to do that without making other members the butts of unwanted jokes or ridicule.  Of course there's a lot of grey area here because very often it's all in good humor, and the person doesn't mind at all.  Just remember, you're dealing with a wide range of ages and personality types, so the basic guidelines here are:

   • If the person makes it clear that they don't enjoy being joked on, stop.
   • Don't try to pass direct insults off as "humor you thought they would enjoy."
   • Don't ridicule people for not being able to take a joke.

 

   Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

 

______________________________◢◤  2.3 ~ Attacking Creators for their Creations  

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   Content will be posted by creators and users alike, but no one is allowed, by any means, to bash their creators.  It doesn't matter how bad or good the character, stage, etc. is.  Bashing is prohibited unless otherwise clearly stated in the post, either through the use of emoticons or just saying it, otherwise it will be taken as an offense. 

   If you have comments on said content, feedback is more than welcome, but try to make your comments constructive.  If the creator missed some CLSNs on one frame, let them know.  Don't simply say "Your character sucks," because it's rude.  Repeat offenses will result in administrative action.

 

   Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

 

______________________________◢◤  2.4 ~ Spamming, Shit Posting & Flame Baiting  

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   If you've gotten to the point where you're doing the kind of stuff listed here, then you probably know full well that you're asking for consequences.  Please don't ignore moderator warnings.  Our warnings and bans system is explained in section 4.

   • Spamming - 3 or more obnoxious posts in a row, or other forms of repeated hassling.

   • Shit Posting - Just causing disruptions and ruining threads for your own amusement.  

   • Flame Baiting - Trying to draw other members into conflicts they don't want to be in.

 

   Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

 

______________________________◢◤  2.5 ~ Accountability  

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   Remember, no one is forcing you to read or post anything at all.  If you find yourself in a heated situation, don't try to blame other people for what you decide to post.  Everyone is accountable for their own posts here at all times.  If you don't like the conversation you're in, there are always plenty of others you can join instead.

   If you think someone is flame baiting, that doesn't make it alright for you to flame back, start a flame war, or try to blame them for the things you respond with.  You can always feel free to contact a moderator if need be.  It's all in writing.  Just try to keep your cool, and be good to people and everything should work out fine.

 

   

______________________________◢◤  2.6 ~ How to Report Misbehavior  

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   If you think another member is misbehaving or breaking any of the rules above, you can click the [ Report Post ] button at the top of their post.  It will give you a chance to write a description of the problem and staff will be notified.  If you'd rather contact a specific moderator or admin, the list of staff members can be found by clicking the [ Staff ] button on the top menu bar of the forum's home page.  
 

 

 

 

 

3 ~ Content Management :ahaaah:

 

______________________________◢◤  3.1 ~ Sharing & Permissions Policy  

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   We support the free sharing of Mugen content.  We're a warehouse after all.  If someone requests that their work be kept private, and not shared, it's up to you whether or not you respect that wish. 

   When it comes to using another creators sprites or code without their permission or without them knowing, we do recommend that you at least give them credit where it's due.  This is not a hard fast rule either, but it's good community etiquette, and people deserve to be recognized for their contributions.  It also makes it easier for people to find more content made by creators they like.
 

 

______________________________◢◤  3.2 ~ Derailed Threads  

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   Stay on topic within each thread. Continual derailing is not only annoying, but also disrespectful to the original author of the thread.  If you see a thread starting to get off topic, feel free to just say something.  People on the thread normally correct it when it happens. 

   Sometimes tho, the derailing conversation is interesting and you might feel like it should get it's own thread.  If that happens, you can always contact the staff and ask them to move that group of posts onto it's own thread, leaving the original topic to continue on.
 

 

______________________________◢◤  3.3 ~ Necro-Bumping  

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   When you see a thread that hasn't been posted on for 60 days or more, please don't post on it unless you have something truly useful to add to the thread.  The reason is that it causes dead topics to go back to the top of the list on the main board, which takes up space and cause clutter.
 

 

______________________________◢◤  3.4 ~ Porn  

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   Please don't post or link to porn on the forum.  Keep it to PMs.  There are a lot of young people here.  The difference between porn and artistic nudity is this:  If it contains nudity, and it's only meant to elicit feelings of sexual arousal, it's porn.   This does not apply to NSFW / 18+ Mugen Content because it's not "only meant to elicit feelings of sexual arousal", it's meant for entertainment.  So if you post something that shouldn't be seen by anyone under the age of 18, please make sure to put it in a spoiler and mark it NSFW.

 

   Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

 

______________________________◢◤  3.5 ~ Warez  

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   Please don't link to any Warez sites.  If you want to suggest one to someone, please keep it in a pm.  We don't want to jeopardize ourselves.

 

   Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

   

______________________________◢◤  3.6 ~ Hate Speech  

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   This shouldn't have to be said, but please don't post anything that could be considered hate speech, be it racist, homophobic or otherwise aggressively bigoted in any way.  It will be removed and you you will be given a warning point.  Again, this applies to your avatar and signature as well.

 

   Violation = 1 warning point, expires in 1 year

 

 

 

 

 

4 ~ Warnings & Bans :redcard:

 

______________________________◢◤  4.1 ~ Informal Warnings  

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   If someone reports you for misbehaving, staff will personally have a conversation with you about your behavior.  That being said, normally moderators will give you a verbal warning before they give you an actual warning point.  However the number of verbal warnings, if any, and the form they take is left completely up to them, and their judgement is trusted.
 

 

______________________________◢◤  4.2 ~ Warning Points  

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   Usually after being verbally warned, a formal warning point may be issued.  These are visible to the member in their own profile and to the staff, but not to the public.  Every 3 warning points earned will result in a ban, and each time the ban will be longer and longer.  

   Warning points will expire after a certain amount of time, depending on the offense, and the warning notification will include that time frame, along with which rule in the guidelines was broken.
   

 

 ______________________________◢◤  4.3 ~ Bans  

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   Once a user acquires a certain amount of warning points, they will be automatically banned.  A ban means they will not be allowed to log into their account for the following amount of time.  If a user is permanently banned, their warning points will not expire.
 

   • 3rd warning point ~ 2 weeks (15 days)
   • 6th warning point ~ 1 month (30 days)
   • 9th warning point ~ 6 months (180 days)

   • 10th warning point ~ Permanently
 

 

______________________________◢◤  4.4 ~ Ban Evasion  

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   If you were banned from MFFA, please do not make another account in hopes of avoiding your ban.  We will find you and re-ban you.  If you get caught ban-evading, your alternate account will be merged with your original account, and you will be given 6 warning points that last for 2 years.  If you were evading a 2 week ban, this will move you up to 9 warning points, giving you a final chance.
 
   If you're evading a longer ban, you will be permanently banned from the forum.  You'll still be able to view the site, you just wont be able to interact.  If you feel you were banned wrongfully, please feel free to contact staff offsite to talk about it.
 

     Violation = 6 warning points, expires in 2 years