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    #SPP - The General 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.
    "Untimed Ban" refers to 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 chat? Read here.
    Banned from #SPP or #SPP-Wifi unfairly, post here. READ. THE. FIRST. POST!!!!

    Rules Regarding Permitted Content

    #SPP is a channel for general discussion of most topics, and is not just limited to Pokémon. Though it isn't as strictly moderated as #SPP-WiFi, there are still several things that are not permitted.

    No WiFi Requests

    Warning, then 5 minute ban -- #SPP is not the place to trade, battle or swap Friend Codes. That is what #SPP-WiFi is for. Being banned from the WiFi chatroom is not an excuse to ask in #SPP instead and you will likely end up banned from both chatrooms if you persist.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    WiFi-related questions and advice for things such as teambuilding, Pokémon legitimacy and trade fairness, however, are allowed.

    No Advertising

    5 minute ban -- This rule includes websites that aren't related to Serebii, other IRC channels, and YouTube subscriptions – even if the site/channel/YouTube content is Pokémon related. If you really want to share a harmless URL in the chat for fun, you could PM it to an active op and they may do it for you, or permit you to post it and immediately unban you.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    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. Click the spoiler for more details on what topics are specifically considered inappropriate in #SPP.
        Spoiler:- ”These are inappropriate:”:

    No Spoilers

    Warning, then 5+ minute ban -- When a Pokémon (or other) game has recently been released, people in #SPP may not want to be spoiled. This rule will be enforced less harshly a few weeks afterwards, however it still always applies to info 'leaks' for other games and series, especially if they are recent.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    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 chat 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”:

    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 Cloning

    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.)

    No Constant Nickname Changing

    5 minute ban -- Changing it multiple times within a short space of time spams the chatroom. Choose a nickname and stick to it.
        Spoiler:- Example:

    Rules Regarding Chatroom Management

    SPP's ops were selected for a reason. SPP'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 -- If you were banned from #SPP-Wifi and don't know why/think it was in error, it is okay to politely enquire about it in #SPP. An op can help you from there if they see you, or you can PM them.
    However, complaining and being hostile about it will only get you banned even longer. The rules of both chats are decided upon by all the ops and are not up for debate, so arguing with an op will not get them changed.
    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 can be removed when an op clears the ban list of older bans (which happens at no specific time), but there will be bans we want to keep there. 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:

    Tricking people into triggering scripts is not allowed

    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

    Warning, then 5 minute ban -- Redirecting people to #SPP-WiFi and other light rule reminding can be okay sometimes, but do not act like you are a chatroom op. If you notice somebody else breaking a rule in the chatroom who is not being dealt with, tell an op privately. Note: .
        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 Hydrohs; 26th August 2014 at 3:07 AM. Reason: Updated for easier readability, more clarity
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