Posting Guidelines and Personal Conduct
If you're here, then you probably don't need to be told that the Axehead Army is the greatest video game community around. And since we want to keep it that way, these are the guidelines, and a couple of rules, that we'll be using to make sure everyone has a great experience on the site.
We're a video game site so we want to keep things focused on gaming. Blog posts, photos, and videos should be gaming-related. We love to hear video game music and game-inspired music, but any music is fine to put on your personal page. Status updates can be about anything you like and you're always welcome to post any non-gaming related items in the Off-Topic area of the forums.
What's the difference between a Status Update and a short Blog Post? The difference is a blog post should be written to start a discussion. If you want to point out a news article, post that in a status update. If you want people to read that article and then talk about it, post the link in a blog post along with a few sentences outlining why you think its interesting to kick off the discussion.
If you post a link as a blog, a Mod will ask you to re-post as a Status Update and delete the blog entry. The reason for this is that the blog sidebar has a limited number of slots and we don't want the Community Blogs being pushed off the page by something that could've been posted as a simple Status Update.
While on the subject of posting, please note that we don't tolerate plagiarism. There's a section on that in the conduct section, but really it comes down to "don't plagiarize"
When posting videos and photos, please do a search before you upload to make sure you're not double-posting. Also, please be sure and title/label your vids and pics; write a brief, accurate description so others can find your stuff and make sure, again, they aren't double-posting something that's already online.
Multiple copies of the same item will be taken down, so please do check before you post.
If you post off-topic stuff outside of the Off-Topic Forum, one of the Moderators will remove it or ask you to remove it. In the case of blog posts, we'll ask you to move it over to the forums, but you'll lose any comments you've gotten so its much better to post it there to begin with :)
If you have a YouTube show, host a podcast, or have a video-game related blog that you want to tell the community about, there's an area of the forums you can put up a link and a description. However, we do ask you to not to spam the site with weekly updates on your latest show or article.
We're an ad-free site so we're not keen on people using their memberships as a backdoor to advertise their own stuff. If you're a member who's active in the community here and you want to share something you've done, that's fine. Using your membership to constantly spam others and drive traffic off-site isn't.
Finally, nudity, bigotry, inflammatory content or just plain trolling aren't allowed. If you do post something inappropriate or offensive, it will be removed and you could face suspension or banishment from the site. Which leads to...
The glue that has long-held this community together is the simple axiom "Attack the point, not the person." Disagreeing with another member is fine, that's what discussion is. But, attacking another member is something we just won't tolerate.
Antagonistic behavior, flaming, trolling, and personal attacks will not be allowed. First offense is a warning, second offense could result in suspension or banishment.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated on any level. If you copy and paste stories from other websites and pass it off as your own, that's plagiarism and we won't be a party to it. If you quote parts of some other article that's fine, just link to it in your post or put a source link at the bottom that says "Via AcmeGameWebsite.net" or "Originally posted on SomeGamingSite.com"
Repeatedly reposting whole articles (with or without links) isn't allowed and again, your membership is in jeopardy if you do.
The reason these rules are in place is because we know how great, and rare, it is to have a community this dedicated and this passionate. We want to keep it that way, and we'll act vigorously to do so. Please help us make sure EpicBattleAxe.com remains gaming's most epic community!