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USER INTERACTION
Remain kind and respectful to the other members of the forum as well as guests that may be visiting. We all have different opinions, however, name-calling, unprovoked attacks, harassment, bullying, exposing and threats are not allowed under any circumstance. Breaking these rules shall be reprimanded and penalized.

User privacy is very important to us. Real name, private phone number, address or anything that user doesn't feel comfortable sharing should not be disclosed by themselves. It is not against the rules, but it is for our users' own safety.

Swearing in moderation is allowed, however, swears may not be used at a person, institution or organization of any kind. Trying to bypass this rule shall be severely penalized.

Keep the thread on its topic. Derailing the thread will not be tolerated. Derailing is obstruction of a thread by diverting it from its intended course. Individual posts that stray off the topic are okay, but diverting completely from the topic is not.

Discrimination (in regards to sexual orientation, political affiliation, one's race or origin, skin color, or life preferences etc), personal attacks (including but not limited to someone's opinions or thoughts, what they like or dislike, how they type/talk/present themselves etc), and directed insults will not be tolerated under any circumstance and shall be severely penalized.

Serious topics are to be discussed appropriately and without malicious intent. Any attempt to get a rise out of other users with such topics and most importantly, usage of such topics to insult other users shall be heavily penalized. Examples of serious topics that should be discussed appropriately: LGBTQ, ethnicity or homeland, suicide, self-harm, psychological conditions, political views, religion, beliefs, etc. Serious topics play a huge part in KPopSource community, zero tolerance will be given to malicious intent.

Staff antagonizing will not be taken lightly. Should a user feel like they have been wronged, they are encouraged to open a new conversation with @Administrator. All of our Staff members work really hard to ensure the best experience for our users and talking ill of our Staff members (or any member) will be heavily penalized.

If as a member user receives hateful comments or DMs, they should report the content and/or contact a Moderator with the concern either through Ask the Staff thread or through DMs. Please be advised that the above applies to both individual users as well as groups of members.



GENERAL POSTING GUIDELINES
The official language of the forum is English. This allows all users to participate in conversations and helps moderators supervise the forum. Not everyone is fluent in English, and that is perfectly okay. This is a community where users help each other, so do not be afraid to make a mistake. Talking in languages other than English is allowed for a couple of posts if you find someone who speaks your language, but a thread solely in one foreign language is against the rules. Of course, common expressions such as "c'est la vie", "de gustibus non est disputandum" and other majorly used phrases are allowed.

Post your threads in the correct section. As a quick guideline, Japanese releases of Korean artists should be under J-Music. Discussions about Produce X 101 should be under Movies and Television forum of Korean Entertainment category. If you are unsure as to where your thread belongs, do not hesitate to contact a Staff Member in Ask a Staff Member thread.

Duplicate threads are not allowed. If a duplicate is made. either the two threads will be merged or the thread posted later will be deleted if it provides no new information. Should a user see a duplicate thread, they should use Report function to report it to a Moderator.

Posting meaningless threads, threads that induce spam or threads to gain attention in a negative light are strictly forbidden outside of the spam area. Quality matters over quantity. If a question should arise for a Staff Member, Ask a Staff Member thread should be used.

Thread titles have to be appropriate. While exaggerated titles can draw interest, titles used have to be related to the content of the thread.

Thread takeover is possible with the consent of the original poster, or if the original poster does not visit the forum within the last 7 days. Should a member go on a hiatus they need to let the Staff know, in order to keep the original post of their thread. Staff reserves the right to change the original poster as requested.

Controversy and discordance between users from outside of the forums (as well as disagreements between users on the KS forums) are not allowed to be posted anywhere on our platforms other than in direct communication with the staff. The aforementioned includes but is not limited to both content and any personal vendettas towards or between other users and places. Please be aware that this is only in regard to personal communications and user interactions and doesn't include controversial opinions, events, or content in Kpop or real-life events.

In line with the aforementioned rule, advertising of communities similar to ours is strictly prohibited. Mention is allowed, links are not.

Bashing an artist, group, TV show, company, or fandom is not allowed under any circumstance. Critical feedback is welcomed, but hating on someone for no reason or in an overcritical manner will not be allowed.

Content including full-frontal nudity, pornographic content, and links to pornographic content, as well as gore, violence and any other harmful or provocative materials, is not allowed. Other 18+ content is allowed under the following conditions:
- Graphic stories must be in the fan-fiction section (should it be fan-fiction) and have a prefix.
- The content must have an 18+ prefix, having 18+ in the title is not enough.

Spreading harmful rumours and disinformation is not allowed. While speculation is okay, harmful rumours will not be allowed. If you are providing confirmed news, there must be a reliable source to back up your post. The exception to this is fan-fiction, which must be in the fan-fiction category.

Do not abuse the Report feature. Our Moderators are voluntarily giving their time to the forum to ensure peace. False reporting is making their job much harder.



DISPLAY NAMES, DISPLAY PICTURES, SIGNATURES AND COVER IMAGES
Do not use a display name that contains any sort of abuse, violence, racism, sexism, or any sort of hate towards anything even if it's considered an inside joke amongst a fandom or friends on the forum. Also, we ask that you do not use vulgarities in your display names (curse words, genitalia or slang for these parts, sexual innuendos or words of a sensitive, sexual nature). Members violating this rule will be messaged by a mod, and they will be required to change their display name. If you have concerns about a member's Display Name, feel free to contact any of the mods about it.

Maximum upload size is 3 megabytes. Pictures can be uploaded in all major formats (.jpg, .png, .bnp, .tiff, .gif, etc) and they can be animated as well.

The signature can be no wider than 900px and no taller than 400px. This includes the text as well. Should your signature extend beyond these dimensions, it will be automatically shrunk to fit 900px by 400px.

All content rules from General Posting Guidelines and User Interaction apply to visual content as well. To reiterate, no full-frontal nudity, pornography, gore, violence and other 18+ content, no trolling, baiting and inciting fan wars through graphics.

In addition, no overly flashy animation or irksome graphics are allowed as they might cause physical discomfort to some users (especially ones with photosensitive epilepsy). Please be aware that we have light and dark mode, your graphics should be suitable for both of those.



ACCOUNT-RELATED ISSUES AND LIMITATIONS
A user can have a maximum of two accounts. Alternative accounts cannot be used while the main is banned, and vice-versa. Should one account be used while the other is banned, both accounts will be banned for an additional month. Do not take this rule lightly. Alternative accounts are confirmed through IP address. We understand that multiple users may have the same IP address, but there is no other way to confirm whether a user is using multiple accounts other than through IP address (or e-mail, which is easily changed).

Creating third, fourth, etc account will result in a one-month ban on all accounts. Furthermore, repeated offence will issue a permanent ban.

Cases, where users have the same IP addresses but are indeed different users, shall be addressed individually and further proofs will be needed.

Same rules apply to the users of the same household/network. Additionally, a different e-mail has to be used for both accounts. If needed, Social Media integration with the forum (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) might be requested to verify the unique user.

A user can edit their own posts and threads, but they cannot delete them. A Moderator can be asked through "Ask The Staff" thread to delete the post/thread, but not more than 10 posts/threads per day.

Self-ban is not possible. Ban is possible only by breaching rules. Self-deactivation is possible through the Account Preferences. Deactivation will not delete the account in question, but a deactivated user will not receive any notifications from the forum (including major announcements).

Account deletion is possible under extreme cases only. Deleting an account to start fresh is not possible. If I user makes a new account after deleting the old one, they will be banned permanently.

A permanent ban is permanent. Under no condition will a permanent ban be lifted.
*Breaching any of the rules above shall issue a disciplinary measure in the form of a verbal warning and/or warning points.
*It remains at the discretion of a moderator to evaluate rule-breaking. Again, if you feel a Moderator brought the wrong decision, please open a new conversation with @Administrator.
* All posts and actions that are rule-breaking and were made before the new Rulebook shall be moderated if reported.
* KPopSource reserves the right of changing the rule book shall a need occur.






Each warning point will expire after a month

- Ban Appeals are made through this link - Contact us
Using the following template.


Subject - Username & Reason Of Ban
Message - Why do you think you should have your ban reversed?
 

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