These are rules. Break them and you risk a locked thread or a ban.
Do NOT Flame
Tearing into other users is not productive for anyone. If they have broken a rule, use the Report button. If the need to be pointed to the Rules & FAQ, point them to it, and leave it at that.
Do NOT Spam
Spouting random jibberish at everyone opportunity is not good, especially not if it is done in a thread that has a clear point. If you want to chat, do it on IRC or AIM, don't do it here. You may also choose to put your spam in the spam section
Do NOT Curse
Cursing is an immature way to "express" yourself, don't do it.
Currently very lax. However, if it's in excess, or it annoys an admin, expect repercussions.
Do NOT Make Sexual Comments
Many people are offended by it, so don't do it.
Also lax. See above.
Use the Report Button
There is a "REPORT" button next to the edit one on the top right corner of each post. If you feel that that post is breaking the rules, hit the report button, enter a legible reason, and leave it at that. Posting "Will a mod please lock this thread!?" does nothing to bring the thread to our attention. If no action is taken in a day or two, PM an active moderator or admin
DO NOT BASH other Members
Exactly what the title says, exceptions include community matters such as questionable behavior in the channels...
Make Threads That Have a Point
Meaningless random jibberish will be locked. Likewise, this is not your Live Journal. If your post does not kick off a conversation, and is simply a diary for you, it will be locked. Exceptions are the daily life forum and spam forum.
Do NOT Start Introductory Threads
There's no need to say "I'm new here, I'm a fan of Anime!" Just have fun on the forums and post to threads you want to contribute to. So-called Newbie Threads usually result in spam and flames. Instead, post in the Introductory Topic.
Do NOT be Elitist or Bad to New Members of the Forums
We will not tolerate ANYONE using any sort of Anime Sekai related status to lord themselves over ANYONE ELSE. This isn't high school. Anime Sekai is a community of equals, and it will stay that way. Post count, join date, member number, and all other such measures are quite irrelevant. Just don't go on an anti-mod/admin/leader rampage.
Do NOT Pad Your Post Count
We know if you do, and then sometimes your title gets reset and your posts removed. Padding your post count is spamming the forums. Ridiculous jibberish often leads to temporary (or possibly permanent) bans.
Keep Your Sig Small
To be decided at a later time, as current enforcement is very lax. We may end up having no rule at all, just keep it at a reasonable size for now.
2000x8532 is NOT a reasonable size.
Keep Your Avatar Small
Maximum size is 130x130. Keep animations small.
Make Sure You Post in the Right Forum
Before you start a new thread, make sure that the topic of your thread is best fitting in the forum you are posting to.
The Forums Must Be Work Safe
All content on the forums must be work safe unless sufficiently warned. This means linking pictures with NWS warnings. The Anime Sekai forums should be safely browsable at work or school. That means no explicit content. Generally speaking, if it could go in a PG-13 movie, it's okay for the forums. However, just because something is free of nudity does not make it work safe. In all cases, it is best to err on the side of caution. If you absolutely must share something that is not work safe, then link it, and include a warning that states that the image or video is not work safe. Exception is the Hentai forums (which are currently dead).
Posting of NWS Content without warning may result in suspension or permaban, depending on the weight of the post.
Absolutely NO Goatse, Tubgirl, or Any Links of that Sort
Common sense. Directing linking them or linking them will result in a swift and permanent ban. Likewise, directly posting Something Awful's pictures will result in very very bad things. Don't do it.
No Site Pimping
Do not create threads to promote your website, your online recruitment game, your webcomic, or anything else. Put anything you feel the need to promote in your sig.
Please don't kill the first page of the forums with too many of your threads - 3 or 4 is more than enough.
Jap is a Racial Slur
"Jap" is a racial slur. Please do not use it, even as an abbreviation for "Japan" or "Japanese." Use JPN instead.
Take Personal Issues to PM
If you have personal issues with other users, take it to Private Messaging. If necessary, let the mods know. Threads made regarding these will be locked. The REPORT button is another alternative.
Don't Repost Locked Threads
If threads get locked, they get locked for a reason - don't make new threads asking why it happened, and don't whine. Apologies are also unnecessary. PM a moderator if you have to.
No Forum Wars
Don't start, participate in, or encourage forum wars here or anywhere. You will be at the least temporarily banned. Use the Report button if necessary.
Search for previous threads before posting a topic, especially if it's related to popular topics. Rehashes of old and frequently seen material will be locked if the poster doesn't have anything new to contribute. Remember, ctrl+f is your friend.
Colored Text and Odd Fonts are Bad
Most people find colored text (particularly whole posts in colored text) and odd fonts (especially small ones) unpleasant, and in some cases, unreadable. Stick to the default text.
My authority surpasses all the rules. This includes all Admins and Leaders, followed by Co-Leaders and Co-Admins, and then Global mods, and forum moderators, in that order.
Respect everyone as you would yourself, and moderators, former leaders, and other figures of authority with more, unless they specify otherwise (and want to be normal members again).
Don't Quote Entire Posts
It's extremely annoying to see another person's 20 line post quoted in entirety with only the comment, "I agree," or something similar added by the quoter at the end. When using the quote button to reply to posts, delete the text that is not relevant to the comments that you are going to make. You can edit the text in the "Original Post to Quote" box.
Don't Double Post
If you need to reply to multiple users in a thread, do it within a single post. Denote who you're replying to by mentioning their name first. Don't make multiple consecutive posts. If another post appears while you are posting yours, use the edit button.
Don't Go Off-topic
Try not to go off-topic. If you have an overwhelming need to, use the off-topic smiley. And please, keep it to a minimum
Golden Rule of Recruiting
Members who don't post on the forum are USELESS. New 'recruits' are always welcome, though, so always try to get others!