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New Site Rules for EQFA 3
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:19:15 PM »

These message boards are a forum for ElfQuest and its fan creations, as well as the people who are interested in these things. You're welcome to discuss topics that you like, related or not to elfquest and art/writing. We simply ask that you choose the right forum for your posts.

As with any public forum there will be times when we will not all get along. If you have a problem with a fellow forum-goer, please try to resolve the issue through private messages. No need to bother the others over what's basically a private squabble. If you can't resolve your differences, just ignore each others' posts. If that doesn't work, only then come to the moderators.

If you have a problem with how we conduct these forums, please PM any of the moderators before you start a thread about it. Dirty laundry needs to be cleaned and being hush-hush about that kind of stuff isn't necessarily the way to go, but in the interest of maintaining board-peace it'd be good to try to resolve the problem before it escalates to thread-level.

Here are the rules for these boards:

!! Current sig and linking rules !!

Images, Linking & Other Stuff

    Please try to avoid excess gore in pictures and stories you upload.
   
    Directly link, in the forums, only pictures and other material that are work-safe. Use a 
    text-link if you wish to share a picture or other material that is not work-safe, and
    clearly label what we can find at the other end of that link.
   
    Maximum allowed image size in forum posts is 800 pixels wide and 1000 pixels tall, and
    maximum file size should be 300kilobytes. This limit is enforced. If you want to show a
    picture larger than 800 by 1000 pixels or 300kilobytes, please link to it.
   
    Maximum allowed image size in the gallery is 3072 pixels wide and 3072 pixels tall, and
    maximum file size should be 3072 kilobytes. This limit is enforced.
   
    Please avoid gallery "flooding." The first page of "recent images" is prime real estate, and we don't 
    want to push other artists off who only just posted their art.
   

Signatures & Avatars

    No solicitations in sigs.
   
    No animated sigs or avatars.
   
    No sigs or avatars with excess gore or explicit sex.
   
    No sigs or avatars with copyrighted content unless you have the artist's permission.
   
    Maximum sig size: 5 lines of text or a 500 x 150 pixels/100k image + 1 line of text.
   
    Maximum avatar size: 80 x 80 pixels, 25k image


The Five Easy Ways To Get Banned

    Persistently not following forum rules or respecting our authority on these boards.
   
    Persistently not respecting others on these boards.
   
    Persistently starting flame wars.
   
    Persistently flaming us or ElfQuest. Flaming ElfQuest or us will not get you banned.
    Doing so persistently will.
   
    Astroturfing (also see shill).


Forum Organization

Posts are organized into different boards like so:

From the Admins - Messages from the staff.

Guides & Guidelines - These are the enduring "how-to" and "what do I do" posts.  Only Admins may start or move posts to this board.

Elfquest - All things on-topic
   
Art and ElfQuest - This is essentially the "on topic" section of this site. Anything having to do with ElfQuest or artistic endeavors is on topic, and thus is discussed here. EXCEPTION: Please put ElfQuest Fan Fiction in the Writer's Gallery.
   
Writer's Gallery - A board dedicated for posting ElfQuest fan fiction.
   
Holts - A place to talk about holts, look for holts, and recruit for holts.

Off-Topic - The place to discuss anything not appropriate to the rest of the site
 
Chit-Chat - This is the generic off-topic section. Off-topic means stuff not-Elfquest or art.
   
The Other Art Gallery - This is the place to post your non-Elfquest art. We encourage you to share your non-Elfquest creative pieces, but the gallery itself should be kept Elfquest.
   
Trading Post - A place to share and trade EQ items. Read trading post rules. All transactions are unsupervised and happen between individual parties. Elfquestfanart.com or its staff does not endorse any transactions facilitated by this board.   

Sanctuary - 15+ post members only.

Rants, Bacon, and Boobies! - Here be all of the three items named above. Abandon all hope, ye who enters here. Check any and all feelings at the door.


Site Rules

In Short:

    Do not spam, or register with intent to spam.
   
    Respect creators' copyrights.

    Please do not post traced artwork. Tracing, while it can be a useful tool when learning to draw, is not accepted at this site.
    If something is blatantly copied from Elfquest or any other type of media it will be deleted from the gallery.
    The only exception to this rule is the use of Wendy’s “Model Sheets” but please make sure you mention their use in either the title or the description of your upload.
   
    Tag mature contents properly.

    Do not post non-Elfquest art or stories in the gallery. If you wish to share art or stories
    not related to ElfQuest, you can start a thread in the appropriate section of the forum
    (i.e. The Other Art Gallery).
   
    Familiarize yourself with the current sig, avatar, image size, and linking rules in this
    thread. These rules may change from time to time, so check back occasionally.
   
    These rules work in conjunction with the user agreement at the bottom of this page,
    not in its stead. You must read to and agree to these rules and the user agreement.


Forum Topics That Are Welcome

    Anything not listed below.


Forum Topics That Are Not Welcome

    Threads dedicated to flaming an individual or their efforts.
   
    Repeating the same thing over and over and over and over and over and..... in one
    thread.
   
    Commercial solicitations and advertisements. If you're unsure, contact the admins.


Derailed Forum Conversations

    If a topic gets de-railed from its original scope the original poster can request via PMs
    that we split the off-topic part into a separate thread.

    Doing this will help those posters who would like their thread to stay on topic, while allowing threads
    to evolve in the organic manner they sometimes do provided the original poster doesn't mind.
   
    We may, at our discretion, split topics if we think that these boards would benefit from
    the discussion that's off-subject in the original thread.


Briefly About Copyright

    Please keep copyright-infringing material away from this site. Thank you.
   
    If you use someone's photograph as a background, get direct permission from the
    original author and give them credit. Content from "free clip-art sites" is not sufficient:
    more often than not images in those galleries were taken without asking the artist.
   
    Many times we have found the artwork of friends on such sites and they had no idea
    their artwork had been made "free" to the public. Just because a third party says a
    picture is free, doesn't mean it is. You need the permission of the actual owner,
    whether it be by contacting them, or permission being given on their site.
   
    We know this isn't something that most people are accustomed to, but this site is
    intended to be a bastion of respect for others' original creations, and unfortunately this
    means a little inconvenience for those who do mixed media art.
   
    Special rules for dolls - Credit (with links) the base maker or originating doll machine. If
    you have not done any post-work to a doll that you created in a doll-maker (example:
    adjusting clothing, adding jewelry, etc), then please do not upload it here. Such dolls
    are so quick and easy to make that if we allowed their upload, they would push art
    that takes hours (even days) to make off the front page. You are welcome to share 
    these in the forums, of course.


Briefly About Mature Content

    Mature content must be properly labeled. Image upload in the gallery has a toggle for 
    indicating whether a picture is mature; please preface any stories containing mature
    content with [mature] tag in front of the title.
   
    Please see and heed the guidelines here for the creation of a mature arts folder: Mature Art Access and Albums
   
    Things that qualify as mature are visible genitalia, graphic depictions of sexual 
    activities, and gore. Bare breasts in a non-sexual situation are OK. If you are 
    uncertain, err on the side of caution and PM the moderators asking for a judgement call.
   
    The gallery software determines your age based on what you tell us in your forum
    profile. You have the option to not tell us your age (this is default), but if you do
    choose to tell us your age you are required to be truthful about it.


User Agreement

    You agree to adhere to the above rules.

    Major changes to this agreement will be communicated via an email to the address you used to
    register on this forum, so be sure to register with an email you check periodically.
   
    These are privately owned boards. If there are disputes or requests we will hear the
    arguments, but in the end our word is the law in this corner of the Internet. We heavily
    advocate free speech, but remember that free speech only applies because of the
    goodness of our hearts -- it is not required by an actual law in a private forum like this
    or others like it.
   
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    person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal
    law.
   
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