Equestria Forums is a place where we want people to be free to be themselves, to have fun, and to feel safe and secure in the presence of friends and those who respect them. Therefore, for the sake of everyone here, it is important that people keep in mind a few simple guidelines about conduct on the board, to make this forum as good as it can be for everyone. These pointers should be seen to supplement and eventually supplant the old Board Guidelines
These rules are subject to change; this is merely a first draft!User AccountsKeep your username family-friendly.
The usernames of our members are one of the first things that any visitor will see; please avoid swear words or explicit language in your username, along with anything likely to cause offence. If you truly want to be known as "ThrobbingManSausage_666" then don't expect others to take you seriously.Don't impersonate another member.
Impersonating another member is slandering their name and both confusing and misleading other people on the board; some people are inevitably going to have similar usernames but deliberate attempts to mimic another member's profile or posts will be met with a ban. This does not apply to agreed-upon pranks that all parties involved are happy with.One user account per person.
Each member is permitted one account, and one account only; any dupe accounts found will be deleted. Exceptions to this will be permitted if the original account is irretrievable for any reason, but please make staff aware of who you are. Keep your signatures under 500 pixels high.
Signatures are a great way to express your forum identity, but please keep them under 500 pixels high, as they can end up being larger than most posts and make threads hard to read, particularly on mobile devices. You can have one large image in your signature; use your common sense and also try not to overdo .gifs as these can cause lag on some computers. If you want to include more content in your signature, put it under a spoiler tag. We'll let you know when we want to appoint new staff.
Every so often we look to appoint new staff members; we'll tell you when this happens and how to go about registering your interest or nominating others. Rules about respect also apply to Private Messages.
PMs allow members to contact eachother in private and we can not stop you from using PMs to vent about other members, share adult material or do other things which would not be permitted on the forums. However, this does not mean you are free to use PMs to insult, harass, dox or otherwise disrespect other members, or to share offensive or illegal material. If someone sends you a PM which you find threatening, offensive or insulting then either contact a member of staff or report the PM directly to the administrator, who will take appropriate action. PostingHave courtesy and respect for other members.
The golden rule here is to treat others how you yourself would wish to be treated. People are going to disagree and things can become heated, but do not attack other users, treat them as though they are beneath you, patronise them or make mean-spirited jokes. Be nice; you don't have to be friends with everyone here but don't go out of your way to antagonise others. "Joking" isn't an excuse for being an offensive jerk.
You're entitled to have fun but try to keep it in good taste; if you're going to make the odd off-colour joke then be sure that people are in on the joke. No-one wants to hear how edgy you are because you made a lazy anti-Semitic joke. If your only defence for offending or upsetting people is that others are too sensitive and/or you dislike "political correctness" then think again before posting; it doesn't make you look hardcore, it makes you look childish. Don't post if you have nothing to say.
Not every post here has to be a comprehensive essay but don't just post for the sake of posting. We will be cracking down harder on this; whatever your intentions, make your posts count for something more than chewing up bandwidth. No gimmick posting or roleplaying outside of the roleplaying boards and threads.
Roleplaying can be fun but it has no place in discussion threads not dedicated to it; making your entire forum experience in-character as Princess Celestia shows some dedication but it is confusing to other users. This also applies to "tulpas", spirit animals, headmates or any other alternate identity; post as these if you must but clearly indicate so, and expect to be held accountable for actions your "tulpa" performs.Respect others' right to comment on what they want.
We all need a helping hand or kind listening ear sometimes and if you would like to talk to someone then you are free to kindly ask if someone would like to PM you to discuss it. However, do not try to guilt-trip people into responding to you or fill up "say [something] about [member]" threads with demands that people write something about you; it is annoying and makes other members feel uncomfortable.What happens off the board, stays off the board.
If a member has been giving you a hard time off the board - either in person or elsewhere on the internet - then speak to a member of staff about it but do not use this as an excuse to attack or slander this person on the forum. Be better than them.No explicit adult content.
We have a blanket ban on pornography or detailed descriptions of sexual acts. This includes "clop" images and stories. The board aims for a "PG-13" rating; there are plenty of other MLP sites that allow and encourage sexual content so if you must go down this route, take it there. By the same token, scenes of intense graphic violence and gore are not allowed; if you are in any doubt then put something under a spoiler tag, or contact a staff member in advance for advice. Swearing is allowed but be sensible about it; a post where every other word is "fuck" only makes you look stupid.Be legible.
People need to be able to understand you! English is not the first language of everyone here so we don't expect perfect grammar or spelling but please avoid "leet" or "text speak", or writing in any sort of code. Don't use other languages as a way to passive-aggressively attack other members without them realising. Be legal.
It should go without saying, but this is a public forum and people should be mindful of what they post here; any sensitive information, such as personal details (names and hometowns are fine, but no addresses or contact details) or explicit descriptions of illegal acts planned or committed by members will be deleted. EqF does not want to become Exhibit A in your eventual trial. Handling IssuesAssume good faith.
Not everyone is out to get you; most people are here to talk with like-minded members and make friends. If someone says or does something that you find troubling, then politely ask them what they meant by it, don't immediately go on the offensive and assume the worst. If someone is being problematic then the truth will out and they will be dealt with.EqF is not Tumblr.
This one is a doozy. We want to be a safe space for people of all kinds; we have a long and positive history of accepting and providing support to LGBT individuals, people of colour, people of various religious faiths, those from poorer backgrounds and those with both physical and mental disabilities. Anyone seen to attack another member on the basis of their race, sexuality, gender, class or disability will be severely dealt with. This works both ways
; do not think that it is acceptable to laugh at, demean or attack white cisgender males on the site on the basis of their privilege. This is a My Little Pony forum where we want people to feel happy and safe, we are not trying to single-handedly reverse the status quo of every social group in the world. We can not stop people here from holding discriminatory views, but those who act on these views to spread hate or attack others will be dealt with. If someone says something that you find problematic then feel free to debate this with them but we can not ban people for holding a different view if they don't act on it; this does not make the staff prejudiced themselves, but it is not our job to police the social outlook of every member on the board.Respect that some people are ignorant to things.
On a related note to the above, if someone refers to, for example, the existence of "two genders" then this does not mean that this person is transphobic and needs to be attacked for it; many people are simply ignorant to certain things, from social causes to pop culture, and try to keep an open mind about this. As mentioned above, assume good faith. This also applies to cases where someone hasn't heard of something; not everyone here is well-versed in United States law, history or pop culture, and if people are not then that doesn't mean that they're stupid or deserving of being patronised. Sure, maybe they've not heard of the War of 1812, but have you
heard of the German Revolutions of 1848? No-one knows everything.Use the report function.
If a member has done something wrong then always
use the report function and allow a staff member to take a look at things. Moderators are appointed for this reason; let them do their job. Dealing with troublemakers yourself may be satisfying but it can cause problems to escalate and even land yourself in trouble. Not all reports will lead to action being taken.
Sometimes a report is made that is seen by the staff as being unworthy of taking further action against. All reports are seen by staff and none are ignored on principle, so please respect this decision; it does not give you permission to "take the law into your own hands". If you want to talk to a staff member about why action was not taken then feel free to PM them.Behave like an adult.
Don't feel that you must have the final word in any dispute, or that you must always be seen to "come out on top". Don't passive-aggressively bitch about things happening elsewhere on the board. Don't throw a tantrum when things don't go your way. Forget it and move on. The board atmosphere is more important than your fragile ego.Comply with mod instructions.
If an admin or mod tells you to do something, do it. If you feel that their demands are unjust then feel free to appeal the decision by contacting another member of staff, but do not ignore or outright reject the staff's instructions as this will likely lead to further warnings or an outright ban.Do not feed the trolls.
This is a big one; if you see a member suspected of being a dupe of a banned member, or simply a troll here to cause trouble, just report them, ignore them, and move on. Don't "play along" with their games or make a scene out of mocking them, no matter how tempting it may be; trolls crave attention, if they are ignored and their attempts to join the board met with nothing more than cold indifference they are more likely to give up.Use the Ignore function.
If a member's posts are bothering you, or if you feel you are being harassed through PMs, then you are entitled to add that member to your Ignore list. You will no longer see posts by them and they will be unable to send you PMs. Yes, members are allowed to use the Ignore function.
If you discover that someone has added you to their Ignore list then handle this like a mature adult; don't bitch about it on the board, or report them to the staff, because they are free to do so if they wish. If you wish to find out why someone has Ignored you then try asking another member to speak to them on your behalf, but don't make a scene and definitely
don't create a dupe account to speak with them; the dupe account will be deleted and you will be warned.You are allowed to appeal your warning, but be sensible about it.
If you feel that you have been warned in error - maybe the moderator responsible was mistaken or confused - or that it was otherwise undeserved, you do have the right to appeal this with either the moderator in question or another member of staff. However, be mature about this; explain calmly and rationally while you feel the warning was unwarranted, don't attack the mod who warned you or start complaining about it elsewhere on the board, or else you may find yourself facing further warnings.The rest of the internet probably doesn't care about your time here.
If you are warned or banned, it's inevitable that you might want to vent about it elsewhere, but trying to stir up some sort of personal army on Tumblr or MLP Forums calling for your triumphant comeback is more sad than noble. We obviously can't control what you do off the board but if we feel that you are trying to slander the board or particularly its members then we may contact the staff of other forums to discuss your behaviour with them. Know when to let things go.