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Passwords & Account Security
It is the responsibility of each member to keep their own passwords private. Members will be held responsible for all activity committed by your account, no exceptions. If for any reason you believe your account is not secure, please change your password or contact us immediately.

Inappropriate Topics
SnitchSeeker is a PG rated family site. In order to keep our site friendly to all ages, volatile topics (listed below) are not permitted to be discussed in any form on SnitchSeeker.com (including in the School, Ministry and Diagon Alley RPGs, RPs, and FanFics, PMs, usernotes, the chatroom, signatures and avatars).

Topics include:

Violence
No weapons are allowed unless they are clearly fantasy (no guns at all,including toy, water, finger, cartoon, etc). No blood or gore. Fighting (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, etc.) is allowed in moderation in all FF and RPG sections of the site. Please read the individual section rules to get the specifics. Actions, descriptions, and graphics depicting guns or acts of (or intent to cause) violence will be warned or infractioned.

Drugs and alcohol
Conversation about alcohol/drugs, reference to or hinting at drinking/drug use, or graphics depicting alcohol/drugs will not be tolerated. Cigarettes and smoking fall under this rule and is therefore prohibited. Butterbeer, firewhiskey, and wine (since they are in the books) are allowed in moderation in Fanfiction and RPGs (read section rules first!), but we do not allow drunkenness, alcoholism, alcohol related violence, etc.

Cutting, Suicide, Self mutilation, Eating disorders
Not allowed anywhere on the site for any reason whatsoever.

Religion, Politics
Subjects which polarize people tend to stir up strong emotions and start fights. SnitchSeeker is not a place to debate, preach, or campaign. No religious or political conversation or graphics are allowed anywhere on the site.

Common Courtesy
Please respect SnitchSeeker members and staff. Persistent/Rude Flaming (typing in all capital letters - considered shouting), provoking, disrespecting, or offensive behavior towards others will earn you a warning/infraction. If you have an issue with a particular member do not take matters into your hands or argue with them anywhere on site. Instead, PM a mod or admin with your problem or use the 'report post' option under the member's username.

We are all here to have fun and a little common courtesy goes a long way.

Lewd and Sexual Behavior
Hand-holding, romantic embraces, flirting, brief kisses on the cheek or the lips are allowed throughout the site. No explicit bedroom scenes are allowed anywhere on the site. This set of rules applies to the sitewide School, Ministry, and Diagon Alley RPGs.

Exceptions to the rules above are found, and clearly defined, in specific Fanfiction and Roleplaying rules.

Pornagraphic material, grabbing of body parts (besides hands), forceful sexual advances or harassment (both verbal and non-verbal), etc are not allowed anywhere on the site at anytime.

Inappropriate Language
A censor has been put in place to block certain words. If you post and a word is replaced with *'s, then you have tripped the censor. Please edit your post. Failure to edit your post can result in a warning or infraction.

Defeating the censor by replacing letters in a cuss word with other letters or symbols is not permitted and will result in a warning or infraction. Not all words that can be used as curse words (for example, hell and damn are both allowed) are censored. Using these words in a way that is meant to be harmful towards another member will result in a warning/infraction. Excessive use of hell or damn can result in post deletion and warning/infraction.

Furthermore, derogatory and vulgar language (including certain slang terms) will not be permitted on the site, especially when being directed at a member or, in the case of a role-play, a character. Remember that the content on SS needs to be PG-rated.

Harassment
Abuse of SnitchSeeker members will not be tolerated on or off-site. Harassment of SnitchSeeker members off site about on site issues can and will be punished at the discretion of the admins.

Languages
The primary language for SnitchSeeker is English. When posting please use English. Site moderators need to be able to read what you are posting. Those who choose to post in a foreign language may only post short phrases, and may be asked to edit. Breaking rules in a foreign language is breaking multiple rules and warnings and infractions will be given.

For more on foreign languages, please visit the International Confederation of Wizards.

Graphics

Direct Linking

Direct linking or "hot linking" is not allowed. Direct linking is the use of bandwidth from another site without permission by directly using their server to post images. This means that you can not add an image to your post with the [IMG] BBCode if the link contained within that code does not link to your own hosting site. Avoid direct linking by uploading to a free image hosting site like Photobucket, imageshack or tinypic.

Avatars and Signatures

All SnitchSeeker rules apply to avatars and signatures.

Avatars

Newbies are only allowed to use the SnitchSeeker provided avatars.

All other usergroups are allowed to upload their own avatar. The maximum image size for avatars is 100X100 pixels and the maximum file size for avatars is 20.0 kb.

Signatures

Members are allowed to upload up to 50 characters into their signature. If your signature exceeds this limit you must submit your signature for approval and it will be inserted by a moderator. If you do choose to put your own signature in via the sigpic function in your User CP, you will be warned for any inappropriate content or for signatures which break our graphics rules without exception.

URLs used in signatures must also adhere to SnitchSeeker rules. Be mindful that links to outside sites such as YouTube or Twitter also link to comments, which often contain material that is not appropriate for SnitchSeeker. Warnings and infractions can be issued for inappropriate links used in signatures. If you are unsure whether or not the content of your intended signature is acceptable, ask a moderator.

Signature specifications
+ Maximum of 3 images
+ Maximum size of ALL images, combined, cannot exceed 60 kb [61,444 bytes]
+ Maximum height: 200 PIXELS or 11 LINES of size 1 text
+ Maximum width: 450 PIXELS
+ No HTML
+ Graphics must be your own, or you must have acquired permission for use.

Members that upload an avatar or signature that do not adhere to the rules above will have their avatar or signature removed and a warning or infraction will be issued.

Profile Pictures

Profile pictures dimensions cannot exceed 350X350 pixels or a file size of 60.5 KB. Profile picture images must adhere to all SnitchSeeker rules.

Graphic Shops, FanFiction and Role Playing Banners

Header images or banners cannot exceed the 450 pixels in width and the 200 pixels in height. Images used in a FanFic or RP for biographies, visual aides, or character models must adhere to SnitchSeeker rules.


PMs and Spam
All rules apply to PMs as well as the forum. This means no profanity, no lewd behavior and no abuse. Think of it this way - if you wouldn't be seen saying it in public, then it is not ok in a PM either. Anyone harassing other members through PMs will be severely dealt with. (If you have received a disturbing PM from another member, please forward the PM to a mod or admin).

Spam (multiple posts in a row or posting meaningless, unrelated matter in a topic) is not permitted anywhere on the boards (with the exception of the SH forum).

Consequences
Failure to abide by any of the rules contained in the SS Board Rules can result in editing or deletion of posts, removal of signatures and/or avatars, detention or expulsion (for school-related offenses), warning/infracting, suspension, or banning.

While there is a warning system in place, the warning system may be skipped at the discretion of the admins. Pornographic material, extreme violence, security issues, and/or unruly conduct can and most likely will result in automatic banning from the site.

All of the SS Board Rules apply to the entire site, including the School, Ministry, and Diagon Alley RPGs, chatroom, PMs, usernotes, graphics, etc.

The Warning System
Rule breaking is handled by two levels of action; Warning and Infraction.

Warning: A first offense is met with a Warning. This is like a verbal notice from a mod or admin; the member gets a Private Message informing him/her of the offense and pointing to the rules so they can learn from it. No points are given with a warning. The exceptions to this are serious things like posting pornographic material or sexual predation, each of which earns an immediate and permanent ban from Snitchseeker.

Infraction Repeat offenses are met with an Infraction. Offenses are weighted, and some infractions will cause you to get more points than others. After receiving 10 infraction points, you will be suspended from Snitchseeker, no matter what the infractions were for.

Expiration: People learn from their mistakes. Warnings and Infractions (and the points that came with them) expire after a while. Like the point weight, how long an infraction lasts depends on the offense. When it expires, the points no longer count towards the 10 that lead to a suspension. If you received 10 infraction points and were suspended from the site, your suspension will expire once your point total expires down below 10 infraction points. (For example, a Spoiler Ban Violation infraction carries 10 points and lasts 10 days. If you posted a spoiler during a spoiler ban, your suspension would only last 10 days. Your points for this would expire and your suspension would lift automatically).

Banning: A member who reaches the level of 30 unexpired infraction points or who has accumulated a total of 25 infractions (whether they are expired or not) will be permanently banned from the site. The exception to this are serious offenses such as posting of pornography or sexual predation which will result in an immediate and permanent ban.

Please note that warnings are not grounds for suspension or banning.

Records and Reversal: Administrators have the option of reversing any warning or infraction that was given in error, or that was given so long ago no one cares anymore. People learn from their mistakes, and if a member made a mistake as a newbie but has a stellar record for a long time, the Admin team may choose to erase the warning or infraction from the record. Please do not ever ask an Admin to erase your record. It will only be done when there is time set aside to do so and if the team really feels it's warranted.

SS Board Rules Updates
It is the responsibility of each member to stay up to date with the SnitchSeeker Rules. The rules are subject to change without warning, but in general we will give notice of any major changes or clarifications through our news or site announcements. Members can and will be warned for breaking rules even if the rule is newly changed. Claiming ignorance is not an acceptable excuse for rule breaking.

Multiple Accounts
Each member is allowed only one account on SnitchSeeker. Members who are found to have multiple accounts may be infractioned and repeat offenders can be suspended and/or banned. Please contact an admin if you are concerned about your current account before creating a new account.

Account Deletion
Accounts are rarely deleted once they have been registered. If you have a problem with your account or are concerned about personal security, please contact us. If you simply do not like your username, please read about your options here.

Site Advertising
If you wish to advertise another website, you may only do so through links in your signature or by making use of the 'homepage' field provided in your profile. Websites promoted in this manner must not contain any material which directly violates SnitchSeeker site rules, or a warning may be issued for linked content.

Posting advertisements in threads is not permitted, nor is the harassment of our members. You may not actively advertise via Social Group discussions, Private Messages, Usernotes or Visitor Messages. A link may be given if requested, or for reference purposes, but if it is deemed advertising by site staff a warning or infraction will be issued.

If you own a Harry Potter related website and would like to affiliate with us, please see our affiliates page.



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