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MKBoards.com General Rules (as of 12th February 2017)

Discussion in 'Rules & Regulations' started by Savannah, Jun 13, 2013.

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    MKBoards Forum Rules (Updated February 12th 2017)

    Mission Statement
    Here at MKBoards.com, we strive to create an environment that fosters the ability for every member to compete and have fun while playing Mario Kart. In addition, given the nature of human interaction, we also wish to promote a place where players can build and maintain relationships they have created here on our lovely site. We, the MKBoards staff, wish to do everything in our power to preserve these notions and thus have designed this ruleset to help create the best possible atmosphere for everyone.

    The Point System
    MKBoards uses a warning system that distributes a certain amount of points to users that break the rules of MKBoards. These points do not expire and accumulate, which can lead to disciplinary action against the user in the form of a ban of varying lengths. Below is the layout we use for giving out points (details are listed in the subsequent sections):

    Minor Offenses:
    1 Point

    Moderate Offenses:
    3 Points

    Major Offenses:
    5 Points

    Piracy/Hacking/Illegal Activities/Harassment/Pornography (depending on severity):
    Week Ban
    2 Week Ban
    1 Month Ban
    Indefinite Ban
    Permanent Ban

    Creating Alternate (Alt) Accounts:

    1st strike = Warning
    2nd strike = 3 points
    Further strikes = 10 points

    This strike system is intended for newer users who aren't familiar with the rules and create/use an alternate account. If staff determine that a user creates and uses an alternate account with intent to deceive or otherwise manipulate MKBoards site rules or other people, the user will receive an indefinite ban.

    Note: Team accounts are not permitted on the site.

    What accumulation of points equals:
    10 points = 1 week ban
    14 points = 2 week ban
    18 points = 1 month ban
    20 points = indefinite or permanent ban

    Any points that have not expired prior to September 4th, 2015 will remain and not disappear.

    Indefinite vs. Permanent bans: Accumulating 20 points will lead to an indefinite ban with the option to appeal. While indefinitely banned, users must follow Section 9 “Appeals” of the ruleset in order to appeal properly. If they appeal and fail three times, they will become permanently banned with no option to appeal. Users who break Section 7C “Illegal Activities” of the ruleset will be permanently banned on the spot.

    Subforum Guidelines
    In addition to enforcing the site rules, we enforce guidelines for each subforum, contained in a stickied thread. Repeatedly violating these guidelines will result in a warning from staff followed by a minor offense.

    Things to remember before/while reading the rules
    • The MKBoards Staff uphold the right to use this ruleset as a guideline, as well as handle cases within their own discretion.
    • Concerns regarding a staff decision should be relayed to the appropriate staff managers or administrators. Making a public thread will not aid your case.
    • In addition to the above, hostility and forcefulness in any shape or form towards a staff group will not aid your case and may warrant a warning or infraction.
    • Use the report button! Though the MKBoards Staff are on the boards every day, we don't always see everything. Help us out by reporting posts that are against the rules! Spamming reports in a non-serious manner does not help!
    • Posting something that is meant to be a harmless joke does not automatically make it an acceptable post. If you think your post might be offensive to someone else, just don’t post it.
    • Remember that every member is a real person behind a computer screen. Our actions and comments affect others, so please think carefully before you post.
    • Users with a banner under their name that includes the word “staff” are expected to be role models and display outstanding good behavior for other members to follow. Punishments will be more severe for users that are part of any kind of “staff” on MKBoards.
    • These rules can be updated at any point by the staff.

    1) MKBoards has an age restriction
    In compliance with COPPA, if you are or claim to be under the age of 13, you will be banned immediately.
    Additionally, though people under the age of 13 may not own an account, some site visitors may be under the age of 13. MKBoards users are urged to refrain from swearing, as it is not censored on the site and it’s not something we would like our guests to see.

    2) Statute of Limitations
    MKBoards will reject reports if the reported offense is older than a designated amount of time, and is not deemed a major violation.

    • On-site offenses will be rejected if they are older than 3 months
    • Off-site offenses will be rejected if they are older than 2 months

    3) Behavioral Policy
    Our Behavioral Policy focuses on users that receive thread-bans for disturbing the nature of any threads.

    As a general guideline, you will receive a thread-ban given by staff if you are:
    • Derailing an important thread
    • Intimidating or targeting a member or a group of the community
    • Extreme spamming with no solid reason given
    People who are seen to receive moderator or admin given thread bans may be given a behavior warning, and may be infracted as a culmination of these. Standard disciplinary action would be a 3 point infraction per 4 thread-bans.

    To clarify, thread owners are able to request users to be banned from their thread if a solid reason is given. An exception to this exists where no reason has to be given for Player Hubs and clan threads. In the event that thread owners are displaying problematic behavior that violates our Behavioral Policy or other rules, their rights to request thread-bans may be taken away and/or they will be thread-banned.

    We will not give behavior warnings to those who receive thread owner requested thread-bans unless we review the reasoning for the thread-ban and deem a behavior warning necessary, and/or the reason for the thread-ban violates our Behavioral Policy.

    4) Minor Offenses
    Minor offenses are conduct/behavioral violations that are not entirely unbecoming of the MKBoards mission, but are also things we would rather not see. Below is the list of “Minor Offenses”:
    • Excessive swearing
    • Repeatedly violating and neglecting subforum guidelines
    • Abuse of site features
    • Advertising your monetized or competing site
    • Taking your frustration out on others due to some external force
    • Slandering, intimidating, and/or mocking the boards and staff
    • Mii names containing inappropriate words, slurs, or that are targeted at other members of the board in an extremely negative way
    • Abusing the report system (spam-reporting, reporting posts which aren't rule-breaking, etc.)
    • Excessive tagging/liking posts from a single member
    Committing a Minor Offense will result in a warning, thread-ban, or infraction.

    5) Moderate Offenses
    These offenses are more severe than minor offenses. Below is the list of “Moderate Offenses”:
    • Repeating minor offenses
    • Posts telling others to harm themselves in any way
    • Posts making fun of any physical or mental disability, which includes (but is not limited to): Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, etc.
    • Attempting to create or causing personal drama with another member on-site
    • Posts that degrade other members

    6) Major Offenses
    These offenses are more severe than moderate offenses. Below is the list of “Major Offenses”:
    • Repeating moderate offenses
    • Posts that belittle new members

    7) Piracy/Hacking/Pornography/Illegal Activities/Harassment
    These offenses will result in a ban of varying length. Each one has its own subsection to further describe what is considered to be ban-worthy.

    7A) Piracy
    Providing links to illegal media, such as game ISO's or ROMS, on MKBoards is not permitted. The sole exception to this is cosmetic and otherwise non-malicious game modifications for Mario Kart Wii (i.e. music hacks, unlock everything hacks, 9999VR hacks, etc). The only codes that are allowed to be on the forum are contained in this thread. All of the codes in this thread are verified by the staff.

    7B) Hacking
    Should league, World Cup, or Tournament Organiser staff determine a player is hacking on Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, or Mario Kart 8, the following will happen:
    • If the player was hacking on Mario Kart Wii or Mario Kart 7, they will receive a 2-year site and league ban.
    • If the player was hacking on Mario Kart 8, they will receive a 2-year site ban, and an indefinite/permanent league ban.*
    Hacking, in this case, means using hacks for malicious intent, such as the following:
    • Advantageously hacking in time trials, worldwides, funrooms, scrimmage wars, league matches, etc. anything in-between
    Hacks without malicious intent, such as the following, will not be punished:
    • Any Staff-Verified codes
    • Texture hacking (non-advantageous)
    • Modifying game music (non-advantageous)
    • Any codes within cheat-endorsed private rooms

    *Note: For Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the hacking system will be as follows:
    Step 1 – MKBoards Staff receive a notification from MKU Staff about someone they believe has potentially hacked, and they provide MKBoards Staff the evidence they have to date and indefinitely ban them from the league. However, the accused would remain unbanned on MKBoards during this week.

    Step 2 – MKBoards Staff has a 1 week period where they investigate the case; they talk to all relevant parties, gather as much information as they can about the case, including talking to the accused and possibly impartial hacking experts.

    Step 3 - They take all of the information they've gathered and present it to the MKU Staff.

    Step 4 - MKU Staff re-review the data and make a final decision, taking into account all of the relevant factors and testimonies. MKBoards Staff that are not in MKU Staff will have no influence/input in this decision.

    Step 5 - MKU Staff come back to MKBoards Staff with their verdict. MKBoards Staff will follow this verdict without fault.

    While we do not punish players directly for non-maliciously texture hacking, remember that the Players' Page (http://www.mariokart64.com) punishes players for using texture hacks.

    Players who were placed on a ban list for hacking before May 28th, 2016 will not be banned from the site. Only players who are caught hacking after May 28th, 2016 will be banned from the site.

    7C) Illegal Activities
    Using MKBoards as a medium for performing illegal, harmful, and/or dangerous activities is strictly prohibited. Punishment for doing so is a permanent ban.

    To clarify, any severe illegal activities related to MKBoards members that occur off-site may also be considered at staff discretion.

    7D) Pornography/Graphic Images
    Posting explicitly sexual images or extremely graphic/disturbing content (such as gore, scat, etc.) on MKBoards is not allowed. These posts will be removed and the member will receive an indefinite ban.

    There is a difference between NSFW and pornography. Soft NSFW images (i.e. not sexually provocative but would not be appropriate for viewing at work) are fine when clearly marked and placed within a NSFW spoiler. If you have any doubt as to whether or not your post will be seen as NSFW, put it in a NSFW spoiler.

    To place a spoiler in your post, copy and paste the following code:
    Place text / image here
    Failure to mark these images clearly will result in a grace period of one warning, followed by a 3 pt infraction for a second offense, then an indefinite ban for a third offense.

    7E) Harassment
    The MKBoards team takes any form of harassment very seriously. The term ‘harassment’ can be found in many different forms; below are different forms of harassment as well as the corresponding punishment users will receive for violations thereof:

    Harassment worthy of indefinite bans:
    • Sexual harassment
    • Stalking
    • Releasing personal information about others without consent
    • Witch hunting (Trying to target and humiliate someone)
    • Catfishing
    When evaluating a harassment case, MKBoards Staff look at the following factors to determine the appropriate punishment:
    • Public chat or private chat?
    • Serious discussion chat or shitpost chat?
    • Victim genuinely being offended or acting out of spite?
    • Friends, co-workers (other staff), or strangers?
    • Was there malicious intent with the offender?
    • If an offense is towards a specific individual(s), was the report by someone observing it or the individual(s) the offense was directed to?
    • Did the individual(s) that the offense was directed to, actually get offended?
    • Repetitive occurrence or one-time occurrence?
    If you believe a user is harassing you or someone else, please contact staff at support@mkboards.com Whenever possible, provide any helpful screenshots and/or chat logs to supplement the report. To clarify, we handle cases that are on-site and off-site.

    8) Self Bans
    We understand that it may be difficult to stay away from coming to websites. If you feel that you need to be forced to stay away from MKBoards for your own reasons, you may request a self-ban.

    To do this, find any MKBoards staff member (anyone with a red or blue username) and send them a private message telling that person you want to request a self-ban or send an email to support@mkboards.com

    When you want to return, contact us at support@mkboards.com

    Each user is granted three opportunities to self-ban. After the third, the user will lose their privileges to self-ban.

    9) Appeals
    If you receive a month-long or indefinite ban that you feel shouldn’t have been given to you, you have the right to appeal your ban thrice. You must wait 2 months in-between appeals. Please keep in mind that you will be unable to appeal if you were banned for illegal activities.

    You cannot appeal to MKBoards Staff if you have been banned for hacking -- if you hacked on Mario Kart Wii, you must appeal to WL Staff. If you hacked on Mario Kart 8, you cannot appeal.

    In your appeal, you should include:
    • As many relevant details to your case as you can provide
    • Screenshots
    • Pictures
    • Videos
    To appeal, go to the “Appeals” subforum located underneath "Site Discussion", or “Appeals” located underneath "Council" under Wiimmfi League and post a new thread. You cannot edit your post while banned, so proof-read before you post.

    Keep in mind that before you are able to post in the subforums, a certain amount of the ban’s duration must have already passed. For each of the ban lengths, here is how much time must pass:
    • 1 week ban - N/A (may not appeal)
    • 2 week ban - N/A (may not appeal)
    • 1 month ban - 2 weeks from the time the ban was given
    • 2 year ban for hacking on Mario Kart Wii - Any time after the ban was given
    • Indefinite ban - 6 weeks from the time the ban was given
    • Permanent ban - N/A (may not appeal)
    If the respective amount of time has passed and you are still unable to view the appeal subforum, please contact us at support@mkboards.com

    10) Staff Guidelines
    MKBoards hosts a variety of tournaments and leagues, namely the Wiimmfi League (WL), Mario Kart Universal (MKU), and the Mario Kart World Cup (MKWC or WC). In addition to the MKBoards moderation team, we are glad to have volunteers that staff and organize these events. These staff members are given special banners below their forum name while they are performing their duties. Since these users have special responsibilities, they are expected to act as role models and behave as such while carrying out their tasks for the league staff they belong to.

    Users that are a part of any kind of Staff affiliated with MKBoards are held to a higher standard. In addition to be being bound by the code of conduct here, Staff members that violate MKBoards behavioral standards on or off-site will face stricter consequences:
    • A Staff member who violates MKBoards’ code of conduct will receive a stern warning from the MKBoards administration. The administrator of the organization to which the offending Staff member belongs will also be notified of the offense, and will be expected to take measures to correct the behavior.
    • A Staff member who earns a second violation may be subject to a suspension or demotion from staff. This action will be done by MKBoards staff, not the corresponding league administrator of the involved offender. The length of the suspension will be given by staff discretion.
    Leaders of leagues and organizations hosted by MKBoards are responsible for the actions of their staff members. The respective admins are expected to actively keep their staff members behaving professionally while carrying out their duties and completing tasks. This means taking measures to prevent possible bad behavior before it happens, and making sure to encourage good behavior in everything their staff team says and does.

    Thanks and enjoy the forums!
    - MKBoards Staff

    Contact us at support@mkboards.com

    Mission Statement by former staff member @Jake, format and structure by MKBoards Staff.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2017
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