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    Default #SPP-Wifi - The Wifi Chatroom Rules (updated Nov 2, 2014)

    #SPP-WiFi - The WiFi Chatroom Rules

    The following listed ban times are standard, but chat room ops may change the length of your ban to whatever length they feel is necessary.

    An untimed ban is a ban that does not have a set expiry time. Old untimed bans are only removed when the ban list becomes full and we need to make room for more new bans, unless we have real reason to keep them there (repeated/severe offenses, ban evasion). This doesn't happen at any set time - it varies with chat activity.

    If you are warned and choose to ignore your warning, you will be banned instead.
    If you break a rule that you've just seen somebody else also get warned for, you may be banned instead of warned.

    Repeated offences may result in you being permanently banned from the chat room.

    Helpful Links
    How to Report in the Chatroom - A Guide
    General Tips to Avoid Scams
    Scammed in #SPP-wifi?! Post here!
    Can't get into the chat? Read here.
    Banned from #SPP or #SPP-Wifi unfairly, post here. READ. THE. FIRST. POST!!!!

    Trading Rules

    Trade fairly. You are only allowed to trade Pokémon obtained legitimately.

    Must Specify Your Offerings

    5 minute ban -- Be sure to specify what you are offering. Don't just say things like "offering big/huge".
        Spoiler:- Example:

    Must Specify Shinies & Events

    5 minute ban -- You must specify what shiny or event Pokémon you are looking for. Don't just say "lf shinys" or "lf events".
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No Begging

    5+ minute ban -- Do ask for free Pokémon, items, codes, or anything else. The point of trading is that each person gets something out of it. You are not entitled to anything here, so make your request in the chat like everyone else.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No Scamming

    If you are caught scamming, you will be banned, regardless of your success. There are many forms of scamming that people often try to pull off, and some are more heavily punished than others. Click the spoiler to see specific types of trades that fall under scamming and their ban lengths.
        Spoiler:- ”Click here to see detailed scam rules.”:

    No Illegitimate Pokémon

    You may not request or offer Pokémon that have been hacked, modified or duplicated using an external cheat device or ingame glitch. Trading Pokémon that have been bred from these Pokémon is not allowed either. Some Pokémon are only legitimate through certain means while others are hacked, so you must specify where some Pokémon are coming from.
        Spoiler:- ”Click here to see a list of Pokémon phrases and rules surrounding them.”:

    Battle Rules

    Play fair with other members. All battle participants should agree on a ruleset before they start. It is recommended that if you only wish to fight certain battles that you request such battles, such as VGC-style battles and battles without any legendary Pokémon.

    No Disconnecting

    5+ minute ban -- If you are caught intentionally disconnecting during a battle (or violating any other rule that you both agreed to), you will be banned. Play fair.

    No Battling For Prizes

    5 minute ban -- Do not offer or request a battle that has a prize attached. Like "free pokémon" offerings, these are usually scams.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    Rules Regarding Permitted Content

    #SPP-Wifi is a channel for Pokémon-related wifi requests, and only Pokémon-related wifi requests. All other content does not belong here. Be specific when offering or requesting highly-coveted Pokémon.

    Stay On Topic

    Warning, then 5 minute ban -- Keep the chat to Pokémon WiFi requests only. If you have a general question or request that does not pertain to trades or battles, which includes team and trading advice, ask in #SPP.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    There are some topics that may be confusing to some members as to whether or not they are considered allowed in #SPP-Wifi. Click the spoiler for more details on what topics are and are not considered on-topic in #SPP-Wifi.
        Spoiler:- ”On-Topic, Off-Topic”:

    No Video Or Voice Chat Requests

    5+ minute ban -- As a safety precaution, do not request voice chats or video chats.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No Inappropriate Topics

    10+ minute ban -- Keep the channel clean. Anything that is inappropriate will be banned. This includes (but is not limited to) adult topics, offensive commentary, and illegal subject matter.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    There are some topics that may be confusing to some members as to whether or not they are considered appropriate in #SPP-Wifi. Click the spoiler for more details on what topics are specifically considered inappropriate in #SPP-Wifi.
        Spoiler:- ”These are inappropriate:”:

    No Clan Discussion

    5 minute ban -- Do not ask people to join your clan. Do not recruit or talk about recruiting. This includes advertising your clan through mass private messaging. Mentioning the word "clan" will result in a ban.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No Tournament Discussion

    5 minute ban -- Do not ask to host or join a tournament. Do not ask for other people to create a tournament. These topics pertain to clans, and mentioning them will result in a ban. This rule includes advertising your tournament through mass private messaging.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    Rules Regarding General Courtesy

    Everyone should be able to trade and battle easily without having to worry about being harassed. Follow the rules.

    English Only Please

    5 minute ban -- The language of the chatroom is English. Using any other language may result in a ban. If you want to talk to someone in another language, do so in a private message.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No Spamming

    5+ minute ban -- If you Spam with anything in excess, you will be removed. This includes flooding, repeating, gibberish, and excessive characters/emoticons.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    Click the spoiler for more specific things that fall under the realm of “spamming”.
        Spoiler:- ”More Spam”:

    No Accusations/Complaints In The Chat

    Warning, then 5 minute ban -- If you have been scammed, disconnected on, or have had your opponent not follow your decided battle rules, do not complain about it or accuse people in the main chatroom. This includes telling other chat users not to battle or trade with people for whatever reason.

    If you have proof that any such thing happened and did not close your PM with them, report them with said proof to an active op immediately so we can deal with them as soon as possible. See this topic for tips on how to avoid scams.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    Please Use Plain Text

    5+ minute ban – There is no need to format your messages excessively. Keep your formatting to a minimum so that everybody's messages have an equal chance of standing out.
        Spoiler:- ”Examples of disallowed formatting”:

    No Harassment
    5+ minute ban – Treat people the way you would want to be treated. No rude comments in the chat room, no PM harassment, no impersonating somebody else. Simply put, don't be annoying on purpose.
        Spoiler:- More Detail:

    No Clones

    5+ minute ban -- Do not join on a duplicate connection with another name. (We will make an exception if you are trying to set up mIRC or another chat client.)

    Rules Regarding Chatroom Management

    Wifi's ops were selected for a reason. Wifi's rules were written for a reason. Keep these guidelines in mind when dealing with chatroom staff.

    No Arguing With Ops About Bans/Rules

    5+ minute ban -- It's okay to PM an op to ask about your ban, but being hostile about it will only get you banned even longer. The rules of #SPP-Wifi are decided upon by all the ops and are not up for debate, so arguing with an op will not get them changed. Commenting on and criticising other people's bans is also offtopic and not allowed.
    If you feel you have been banned unfairly, you may post about it in this thread, but make sure to follow that thread's instructions or else your post may be ignored.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No Ban Evasion

    Untimed ban -- If you were banned, and return under a different IP or vhost, you will automatically be banned and reported to network services. Bans usually last 5-10 minutes, so just wait them out. Longer (untimed) bans are removed every time an op clears the ban list, which usually happens every couple of days. Ban evasion will not only get you in further trouble with the chat room, but will also get you in trouble with network staff, and you may be permanently banned from all chat rooms for a very long time.

    No Script Evasion

    5+ minute ban -- Some of the ops have tools known as scripts which can sometimes detect when somebody is breaking a rule. If you try to break a rule by changing your text to evade a script, you will be banned.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No Tricking People Into Script Evasion

    Untimed ban -- If you try to get someone in trouble by making them trigger a script by accident, they won't get in trouble, but you will.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No False Reports

    5+ minute ban -- If you try to get someone in trouble by making fake logs or other fake evidence, you will be banned.

    No Mini-Opping

    5 minute ban -- Do not act like you are an Op in the chatroom. If you notice somebody else breaking a rule in the chatroom who is not being dealt with, tell an op privately.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    No Access Begging

    Warning, then 5 minute ban -- You will not be opped/voiced if you ask for it. Just don't ask. (Op/Voice is having ~ & @ % + next to your name)
        Spoiler:- Example:

    Don't Ask Ops How They Became Ops

    Warning, then 5 minute ban -- This is particularly annoying. Ops are added when the other ops think that they should be added. There is no way to "become an op" of your own doing, it is a granted access that you cannot ask for, and probably will not get if you make it apparent you're trying to get it. Let your curiosity rest on this one, and stop asking.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    This rules set was written collaboratively by the #SPP and #SPP-Wifi op team.
    Last edited by THRILLHO; 2nd November 2014 at 2:13 AM. Reason: bringing this up to date, kudos to Tekirai

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