View Full Version : Club Rules - Updated 17 September 2008 (Rule 4i)

7th October 2007, 2:40 AM
Seeing as how old the old thread had been, I decided it was time that there was a new thread for it. It's just so you guys know who the current Clubs moderators are, and that it is us three who are in charge now. But without further ado, the anew Clubs Rules as follows!

1. Main Forum Rules
They apply, so read them: SerebiiForums Rules (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=148029)

But there is one exception to Clubs about the bumping rule. ONLY ONE EXCEPTION. If your club had been pushed back from the first page of the Clubs section and has ZERO replies, that is when you can bump your thread. But I suggest if it's been over by at least two weeks from creation, you best let it die because that must mean no one heard of the club. Otherwise, you may NOT double post or repeated post to bump your thread unpunished. Clubs are officially dead if no post has been made in them within two weeks.

2. Club Help Section
See here: Club FAQ/Help Thread (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=235764)

3. Making A Club
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you make a new thread.

Is there already a club like it?
Will there be a decent amount of members who will also join?
Will it be active?
What will the other members and I do in it?
What’s the purpose of the club?
Will I have time for my own Club?
Does my Club follow the forum and Clubs rules?
Does the vlub have enough for the members to talk abaout?
and many more.

If there already is a club like it, or if it doesn't satisfy the other questions, the club will be UNAPPROVED/DELETED. And if you think all you will do in a Club is to chat, then you can just forget about making that Club. Once in a while might be okay, provided it's an intelligent chat and still follows the forum rules, but do not just spam there and post one-liners!

4. Club approval
A. Just submit your thread ONCE and it will be sent to the moderation queue, whee it will be either approved or disapproved by a Clubs moderator. Know that it could take up to at most an entire day (or even two) to approve/disapprove your Club, because the moderators are busy with other things too, you know, so DO NOT submit multiple threads wondering why your thread isn't showing up. If it doesn't, it's most likely because your Club broke a rule or isn't in the correct format or there's already been a thread for it. Also, DO NOT PM any of the Clubs moderators asking why it isn't showing up either.

BE SURE TO EXPLAIN YOUR FIRST POST. Don't create a Club with only one sentence, only saying the rules but nothing else about the fandom your Club is supposed to be on about, or it will never show up in the forum.

Examples of a good introduction Club: Soon to come.

Anything that isn't descriptive, contains the rules + members list, has one-liners, way too many punctuation (exclamations, question marks, etc), and breaks the forum rules can serve as examples for a bad Club.

B. More information about the moderation queue:
As a summary, it's been the way to deal with which Clubs are acceptable and which aren't, as to prevent spam and repeated threads from appearing. You just submit a new thread and it will be sent to the moderation queue, until a moderator will come and validate it (or delete/disapprove it). Just post the thread as you would normally in any of the forum and it will be sent automatically. Don't worry if the thread doesn't show up immediately, it just means it hasn't been approved. But if the thread doesn't appear within a day, it's most likely it was deleted for various reasons already listed above. There's a slight chance it was skipped over, but that'd be fixed up in at most two to three days. So remember, there is NO need to send any kind of request PMs to the moderators or even to ask if your Club idea is good enough or not. Just read the rules here and post your thread, but only post if it's descriptive and not used already.

C. No Single Pokémon Clubs
For example, you can’t make an Oddish club. However you could make one for Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, and Bellossom.

D. No Team ABC Clubs
This does not apply to those Team Rocket/Magma/Aqua/Snagem/Galatic/etc Clubs. You just can't create a random team that was from your fanfiction or something, where nobody will have heard of your club

E. Clubs with an Inactive Owner
If the club owner hasn't been on the forums for a while (at least a month) without warning, you may request to have their club closed so you can restarted on the basis that you reached consensus with the majority of the active members in the club. If the club owner is still around the forums but hasn't been participating and updating the club for AT LEAST two weeks, you may try to reach a consensus with the active members on restarting the thread and whom to be the new owner.

F. Club Banners
For any banners used in your club, you MUST give credit in the first post underneath or beside the banner. If you or any member of your club decide to use any of the banner, you or they MUST give credit in their signature, unless the banner creator says it's not required. Otherwise, your signature will be erased for lack of credit.

G. Post Your Thread Once
Press the "Submit" button ONLY ONCE. It will take at most 24 hours for the thread to be approved, but if it does not, give it another day, and if it still doesn't, there's a high chance that was disapproved.

H. First Post of Clubs
ALWAYS read the first post before asking to join. Some clubs might require you to PM a Club Leader or the Owner before you begin to post, so make sure you've read the rules there. Also, even if you've skimmed the rules, REFRAIN FROM POSTING A ONE-LINER TO JOIN A CLUB. Do not post with just a "i want to join" or "i like blahblah so can i join" or "she/he is hot so can i join". This is something that requires both the club owner/leaders to enforce and the member to read, as to prevent spam in the threads here.

I. No Limited Subject clubs (NEW!)
When making a club please THINK to yourself: Is this a club that people will always have something to talk about? I mean if you go and make a club about Chocolate Biscuites then people aren't going to have enough to talk about other than: "I LOVE CHOC BICCIES!". Threads such as that are best suited for teh social groups not clubs. So my advice to you is to widen the subject, instead of just chocolate buiscites widen it to all types of bisutes for example.

4. Reporting A Club
A. How To Report
Use the report button (http://www.serebiiforums.com/images/buttons/report.gif) that's located conveniently at the top right of every post and type your message, which will contain what the problematic member is doing.

Or PM one of the Clubs moderators: Sweet May (http://www.serebiiforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=10875) ;315;, Medea (http://www.serebiiforums.com/member.php?u=12576) ;036;, Eefi-chan (http://www.serebiiforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=31507) ;196;, Shadowfaith (http://www.serebiiforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=357) ;059;, Misaki-chi (http://serebiiforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=64447) ;124; Tiffany (http://serebiiforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=25879) ;151;

B. Report PMs
If you going to report through PM (Private Messages), use this form instead:
Club Name:
Club Link:

C. Mini-modding
Mini-modding is forbidden anywhere on the forum, so if you see someone you think is mini-modding in the club, REPORT THE POST! Don't reply it, because you'll only start up something worse if you hadn't, and plus, you'd be also mini-modding by replying and telling them what they should've done. This includes posting in a club just to ask/say that a club shouldn't have been approved or something. If the latter has occurred, just report the first post and leave it alone. Chances are, we are humans too and we can make mistakes sometimes.

5. Picture Credit
When you're posting a fanart, you MUST cite from where you got the site, unless they state that you don't have to. If the site doesn't mention whether it requires credit or not to use on other places, assume that it does. Otherwise, it'd be art theft.

6. Have Fun
Clubs are for people who share a common interest to gather around and talk about it, or just to know there are other people who likes that same thing. So go make some new friends and enjoy yourself!