Official Forum Rules
Welcome to Lake Valor. By now, you should be aware that every forum has rules, and Lake Valor is no exception to that! Our rules aim to help protect and make this community a safe, and fun place to be. So, continue reading so you can get the full scope.
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Global Forum Rules:
Any kind of pointless or intentionally annoying messages with little relevance to a thread are considered as spam. Members are not allowed to create posts that are devoid of content or invaluable/gibberish text such as "ok" or "kiaehfau." Posts with less 5 words in them will be considered as spam.
There are 2 forums that are an exception to this rule, and they are the Spambox and Games Corner forums. However, despite them being exceptions, please do not spam it with junk threads/posts like "asfgf," etc.
2) Please do not multi-post.
If you have forgotten to say something or wanted to edit a mistake, simply click the edit button and edit your post. If you attempt to post more than once in a row, and it hasn't been 12 hours since your most recent post, your posts will be automatically merged.
3) Forum etiquette
Upon pending contribution to a thread, please be aware of the previous posts, ideas, and/or comments that your fellow members have contributed. Do not ignore someone's idea/post that relates to the thread or discussion at hand. However, if you feel that the comments and contributed idea are subject to spam, then feel free to report the post to a moderator or admin. Please make sure that you look at all the topics before making your own. If you feel you placed a thread in the wrong place by accident then report it to a moderator or administrator and it will be moved.
4) Everybody is to respect each other.
Do not flame, bash or insult other people. If someone acts uncivil, harasses, and/or intimidates you, you are not given the excuse to act the same in retaliation. In addition, sexist, racist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes are not allowed. However, feel free to contact a moderator or admin to help resolve the issue, especially if a situation is getting out of hand. Please be mindful of what you say so that others are not hurt by your words.
5) Politics and religious discussion are allowed but...
Please don't go crazy with it, and keep all political and religious talk in dedicated threads to the subject(s). Flaming people due to their views will result in an infraction. Please note that political and religious discussion is only allowed on the forums, and not the Discord server.
6) Swearing is allowed in moderation.
While we allow swearing on Lake Valor, please do not use it in excess or to flame others. Derogatory terms and slurs have no place here.
7) Advertising other forums or inviting people to your community is against the rules.
Lake Valor strictly prohibits unsolicited advertising of other forums and communities. This includes any sites that have forums or chatrooms, whether or not you are linking to their community. Members posting links or sending PMs advertising will be banned, and the advertisement will be removed.
Exceptions are allowed for useful websites such as Bulbapedia, Serebii, Pokémon Showdown, and Smogon without permission as long as you are posting them for information purposes. Other exceptions include social media sites, official sites such as Nintendo, and links given explicit permission by an administrator.
It is left to the discretion of the staff to decide whether a link may be considered advertising. When in doubt, ask an administrator via PM.
8) NSFW (Not Safe For Work) content must not be submitted anywhere on the forums.
In no portion of the forums can a pornographic content be posted. Depending on the severity of the offence, breaking this rule may result in a permanent ban. Mild nudity is not allowed here, as this is a site for Pokémon fans of all ages.
10) No stealing content such as graphics and written work.
Claiming another person's work as your own, or posting said work without credit, is strictly prohibited.
11) No hacking or cloning services without consent.
If you are trading or selling hacked or cloned Pokémon, you must make it clear that the Pokémon is hacked/cloned.
12) No backseat moderating.
Guiding members is fine, but if you see a broken rule - report it. When in doubt, report it anyways. If you would like more clarified information, please check Reporting, Backseat Moderating, and You.
13) Please only use English while on Lake Valor.
While Lake Valor is a forum that connects people across the globe, the primary language of the forum is English. Minor use of words in other languages is fine, but please use it in moderation.
14) Do not exploit any bugs.
Exploiting broken features or bugs to benefit yourself (i.e. a flaw in the PokéPoint system) is not allowed. Changes may be made to your account to counteract any benefits the exploit gave you. If you find a serious issue with LV that could be abused for one's own gain, please report it to a staff member.
15) Do not help banned members circumvent their ban.
Assisting banned members in circumventing their ban, such as conveying messages to or from banned members or helping them evade their ban, is strictly prohibited, unless you are told otherwise by an Administrator. This includes, but is not limited to, sending screenshots of conversations on Lake Valor or its Discord server, relaying a message from a banned member to another member, etc. You may, however, link a banned member to our contact page, if they ask for such information.
It is left to the discretion of the staff to decide whether or not an act of ban circumvention is punishable or not. When in doubt, ask an Administrator via PM.
1) You must follow the normal forum rules. This includes no posting offensive content, no spamming, no advertising, and no posting in another language.
2) Things that have a place in the forum can not be posted as blogs. For example, introduction threads, status updates, art posts, fanfictions, tutorials, and debates all have places in the forums. Do not post them as blogs.
3) Do not make "spammy" blogs. This includes blogs containing very little content or blogs that have little to no point.
4) Keep blogs relevant to their purpose. For example, if you have a blog called "My travels in Europe," don't make a post reviewing a new game in this blog. Users are allowed to have multiple blogs, so there is no excuse for having blogs not relevant to their name.
1) Height Limit
Signatures may not go over 500 pixels in height combined. That means your banner, text, userbars, and other content within your signature must not exceed this limit when put together; any higher would become too tedious to scroll past.
When editing your signature, there's a small bar that tells you how tall your signature is, so you can tell at a glance if your signature falls within the height limit.
2) Images Limits and Sizes
You may not have more than two userbars in your signature. Only one banner may be included in your signature but this banner may not exceed 500 pixels wide and 350 pixels tall. Keep in mind that these are all included in the 500 pixels overall height limit.
Do try to keep other users in mind when creating your signature as too many images and animations can easily cause lag for those without better computers.
3) Filesize Limits
Signature image filesizes, including all animated .gifs, may not exceed 2 megabytes combined. If you're not sure of your signature filesize totals, feel free to post here and we'll give you a quick check!
4) Spoiler Tags
You may include spoiler tags within your signature but they must not exceed the 500 pixels height limit when opened. Devices load the content within spoiler tags before they are opened so going too crazy with images and text can cause unwanted lag for some users, especially those who browse on mobile. Feel free to post the rest of your signature spoiler tag content on your profile!
5) Keep Signatures Appropriate!
And, of course, remember to keep your signature appropriate. No nudity or pornographic images are allowed.
If you have any questions regarding your signature, you may post them here.
1) If you are under the age of 13, regardless of when you turn 13, we must receive permission from your parent/guardian that you are allowed to use this website.
How can you do this? Simply ask your parent/guardian to send us an email at email@example.com verifying that you are allowed to use this forum, or you can use our contact form: http://lakevalor.net/contactus/
Until we receive parental permission, your account's posting and private messaging systems will be disabled. Additionally, you will not be allowed on the Discord server.
2) Lying about your age is against the rules.
Please remember this. Make sure to get permission from your parents as soon as possible so that you can utilize this site fully.