|The OFFICIAL Guide to Zarkmania|
|Zark||Date: Saturday, 2012-02-18, 7:42 AM | Message # 1|
Owner (WoW Expert)
A set of policies all users of the community must follow.
Please take a moment to read this. It's important.
SPAM & ABUSE
✒ Degrees of Spam
➊Spam of any kind is bannable in respect to how excessive.
➋Account usage for the purpose of spam consequently results in a permanent ban.
➌Spam in PMs is harshly bannable.
Please report unsolicited personal messages. Click here to learn how.
And never quote spam. Nor should you respond to spam threads.
➊Never insult others. Negativity may only be expressed in professional criticism.
➋A first offence, even if minor, is punishable with a two day ban. Continuation is far more severe.
➊Provoking others without necessarily insulting is still an offence.
➋Furthermore, rebutting abuse may hold you viable as well.
Read Abuse Policy & Enforcement for more information.
➊All content on Zarkmania must be legal by international law, aside emulation.
➋No rips. No cracks. No illegal software of any kind.
➌Pornography is as well strictly banned.
➊You may promote your own emulation servers, hosting services and personal portfolios.
➋Other websites are not tolerated, particularly forum communities, or the like.
➊All content that is not your own must be properly credited.
➋Your replies to a thread may only be to that thread. Send your private chats to the blogs.
Please understand the difference between personal messages and public messages.
➌Additionally, signatures on Zarkmania are is okay. But don't make them big.
✒ Language Usage
➊Write in English only.
➋Racism, sexism, and prejudice to any demographical group is strictly prohibited.
➌Profanity is absolutely fine, but be aware of our abuse policies.
➊You may only give points to posts you find worthy of recognition.
➋Never trade (rep4rep) points, ask for points, or promote an implication of that in any way.
➌You may not give points for bringing up posts (bumps) or to alias accounts.
➍And no rep pooling or spreading.
✒ Account Usage
➊Your account is yours alone. Do not grant anybody else access.
➋Do not sell the account or it may be revoked.
➌Do not impersonate the staff or you will be permanently banned.
✒ Reporting Scammers
➊You must provide hardcore evidence to prove your case.
➋Remember whatever happens outside of Zarkmania is not in our purview.
➊Refer to Abuse Policy & Enforcement.
➋Evading a ban will result in an extension on the evaded accounts and primary account.
➌Occasionally an infraction or warning may be served for the most minor offences.
➍Infractions and warnings do expire, but all punishments stay on record.
We have an absolute zero tolerance approach to these rules.
If you've found anything or anyone in violation of the above, please report them.
It is the only way the staff will be aware. Click here if you are unsure how.
Upon joining Zarkmania you have automatically subscribed to our rules.
Respect them at all times. Thank you.
|Ronvenal||Date: Sunday, 2012-02-19, 9:42 AM | Message # 2|
- The following are rules set forth by WotD Staff for the Services WotD provides, any attempt to break them will result in appropriate action against your in-game accounts.
- Any user is subject to the same rules and breaking them will get them banned in the same way.
If you have an issue with the game or wish to report someone breaking the rules, PM any Game Master. If you have a problem with a particular GM, contact the Head Moderator, instead of opening threads elsewhere in the forums.
This is really basic and "shouldn't" need further explanations. Players caught making use of cheat programs to Speed Hack or Fly Hack (most common offenses) are banned from the server. Do not bother to appeal over a ban. They are unappealable. We do not forgive it, doesn't matter if you love the Server or whatever excuses you may have for it.
No social mistreatment or annoyance.
Forums users are well-aware of this rule, but although it is softened in-game , doesn't mean you can abuse of it. Again the punishment may vary depending on severity of the situation. Some abuses are as follows:
- Spam/Flood: Using colored text or big Icons in global channels is not allowed. Flooding it with repeated messages neither. Avoid it to avoid being muted or banned.
- Racism/Discriminatory Behavior: Avoid at all costs, insulting someone's country, culture, lifestyle or skincolor. Even if you are just "joking" it isn't allowed. Slangs such as the n-word aren't allowed either, even in Guild chat. Don't blame guildies for reporting you. It's wrong and you should know that.
- Staff Impersonation: Pretending to be a Staff Member either to scam or threat someone is absolutely forbidden.
- "Casinos": Creating ingame casinos to let people roll for gold or other ingame good is forbidden. Those games end up most of the time as scams and are therefor forbidden.
Those are simple rules. Try to keep the community a friendly and interesting place to join and play. Remember that this is a PVP server and people are not forced to be honored. They can and will kill your character just for fun (or irritate you). Gladly you can always revive to kill him later!
In special cases where the account of the Guildmaster is compromissed such as character deletion or if the account has been banned for over two months, the rank can be transfered to another player under the following condiction: Guild members will send Private Messages to a Moderator giving candidates names. Upon reaching a consensus, a GM will make the transfer shortly after.
No bug exploiting.
This may take many forms, but all of them are obvious. If you are profiting of any in-game advantage that shouldn't be happening normally, its a bug exploit and the fault for abusing it is yours and whoever is doing it with you. Don't blame the Server, GM's or Developers for it, as it will only get things worse for you. Some examples of bug exploiting:
- PvP in Sanctuary: People shouldn't be able to attack others in Sanctuaries, like Argent Grounds and the entrance of Forge of Souls/Pit of Saron instances. Forcing it through magic is not acceptable.
- Avoiding the AFK kick mechanism in Battlegrounds: Do not join Battlegrounds if you aren't willing to help others to win. Using bots or anything else to keep you from being kicked by our anti-afk system is not allowed.
- Exploiting skills: If certain skills/spells can be used in an unusual way to exploit and create an unfair advantage over other players, avoid doing so.
- Exploiting a boss: Boss X hasn't be officially released but you find a way to fight it with whatever skill you have; Boss Y can't hit you and you can basically solo it due to some odd position;
- Other smaller Exploits such as:
- vehicle exploits.
- leaving BG starter area before it starts.
- Powerleveling (to bring a low level char to a high level zone to rush its leveling).
- anything else that gives you advantage over others that abuse the normal system.
None of these things are allowed and bans for it can't be appealed.
The punishment may vary depending on severity of the situation.
No PVP exploiting/abusing.
There are three known methods to abuse of it:
- Twinks: Using voteshop items with no-level requirements on a low level character to have advantage in PVP against any other players is NOT fair. Doesn't matter how many votepoints or Coins you spent to make it. You are going to have your twink force-leveled and won't be refunded.
- Honor Exploit: Allowing someone to kill you or let you kill his/her toon to get Honor points in locations where it can be done fast and deliberately is not allowed.
- Wintrading: Arranged Arena battles in order to profit of its prizes is highly forbidden.
Besides it, no afking in bgs, follow, botting etc. These are bad attitudes that may get your account suspended.
Acquiring someone's items or gold by missinformation or fraud is not tolerated. Should you be victim of an ingame goods scam, for further information, viewthis post.
No Donor Bashing.
Do understand that simply using the word 'donor' doesn't constitutes donor bashing. The act of donating or the fact donors exist shouldn't be insulted or attacked - you are playing on a free server because of them. Simple teasing a donor isn't donor bashing, although it can easily build up to common harassing if you push it.
If you are going to insult someone, please refrain from saying anything related to donators, the fact of the user has donated, got exclusive gear or anything that can slightly be related to donations in general. The only one who will be framed is you, with no open space for ban appeals. No excuse will be accepted. Also, Donators CAN be punished for donor bashing. As stated on the top, the rules are valid to everybody, regular or Premium. Remember: donors allow our realms to continue to be free-to-play. Be thankful.
And especially not...
This is mostly to avoid scams. If you are caught trying to sell, buy, trade or give away your(s) accounts, be it via whisper, guild chat, forums or any global channels, expect to lose your account for good.
Donating on behalf of other players is not allowed
Offering or buying molten coins is not allowed. You may NOT make those offers in forums or in-game via global channels.
Remember the Terms of Service. You are solely responsible for your Account details. If you got scammed for sharing your account information with someone else, do not expect any help from us.
If you dont like the Server, you are free to leave anytime without insulting us. Disrespecting the server or a Staff Member just because you are in a bad mood, found a bug or have your character killed is not acceptable. Playing in bad mood is already a wrong thing to do. Do not expect forgiveness if you are caught insulting the Server or any of its Staff Members. This is valid anywhere, not just when talking directly to a Staff member. If you have any complaints about a staff member, feel free to send a private message to his/her superior. There is no need to open a public thread for it.
Do not announce other server names anywhere, be it via whisper, guild chat or any global channels. Do not mention their names even for the sake of comparisons or criticizing. Advertising other servers, sites, etc. is highly forbidden. Do not try to work like a licensed ZM's employer. If you open a site to donate for people (even if they cannot donate) you will still be breaking the rule.
This page does not cover all the rules. If a GM find an unfitting behavior, he or she will punish the player accordingly.
This page may be updated without notice. Check it once in a while.
|Ronvenal||Date: Sunday, 2012-02-19, 9:47 AM | Message # 3|
How to be a True Zarkmania
"To truly be respexted you must be respectful"
In Zarkmania you don't get "+rep" because you demand for it, or it you insulted someone in a humorous manner. You must respect the community and the people in it. A community is made up of people. Hate the people - and you hate the community. A community that hates you obviously will not act pleasant around you.
"Thou shall not flame. Thou shall not spam"
Yes, the most irritating, yet irresistible disrespect to a community. It is important that one gives positive criticism at all times and occasionally positive support to fellow Zarkmania. Never give criticism negatively, and never throw out irrelevant flame posts because you want to be known. A man who talks little yet with quality is a man of high status. But a man who talks much yet full of shit is a man who shall never succeed until he understands his wrongdoing.
Spamming, as well, is completely intolerable and only influences flaming to occur. If you want to flame leave the community, but don't unleash that demon in the open. Remember, when you flame or spam you violate the rules. When you violate the rules you receive warnings, infractions, or bans. Avoid that; avoid flaming and spamming.
"Be active. Be proactive"
If you are active on the forums, you should take initiative for any issues that brew. Moderators cannot check every post produced, so it is your duty to be as proactive as possible to clear some issues up yourselves. Start by using the report button. If someone flames on the forums - DO NOT FLAME THEM BACK. It will only create a heated discussion leading to nowhere but chaos. When they flame you should ignore the insults and constructively ask of them to stop. A good procedure is: 1. Report them. 2. Constructively approach them. 3. Always be respectful but proactively demanding. 4. If no changes occur, report again.
"Creativity is your middle name!"
Be interesting for once - no, not painfully annoying. Either it's the way you change your avatar, constantly do graphics work for other respectful community members, or perhaps the simple, but always engaging, jokes you play out from time to time. Do you want to be the businessman walking shoulder by shoulder with others like you - same suit - same tie? Or perhaps do you want to be the man walking in front of them in a Hawaiian shirt? You will find people praise you more for your efforts if you create 'zing' about yourself. It is important for a community to share diversity in order to become unique. So ask yourself what you can do to be different.
"Listen, listen again, then act"Every action has a consequence. Sometimes those consequences you may not understand. When this occurs, ask yourself "Did I misread a rule or perhaps not read a rule?" ALWAYS read stickies regarding rules and regulations before making inquiries. So please respect the rules given to you. They are there to make the community most enjoyable. If you do not think so, go ahead, protest, but make it proactive and respectful to the community. If you don't like something - never complain - try to reason and request.
"Never complain without reason"
"The REAL laws of relativity"
When you post something slightly long, try to re-read quickly for anything you have missed out on, replaced, erased, or made completely irrelevant. Sometimes your posts simply may not make sense. That's okay though, because you can edit that post. But when it comes to posting deliberately irrelevant comments, in most cases that would not be considered acceptable, and may call for a deletion.
"Join wisely or come back wiser"
Join the community with your personal 'zing' and way of making people adore you for simply who you are and what efforts you can make in Zarkmania. Don't start a "Hi, I'm new" thread. Like in society, you are asked to respect the rules, the rules do not allow such threads. If you would like to be known, remember "patience is a virtue". You simply cannot attain success by demand.
We all make mistakes, and if one of your mistakes was causing trouble on Zarkmania, then respectfully apologize, and if the other members are 'True Zarkmania' they will understand that. Apologies are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of acknowledgment for right over wrong - when a person understands the rules finally and wishes for people to accept that.
"Control. Control. Control."
You'll come across moments where you disagree with the other person frequently. It is important to hold your ground if you choose to argue, but also to keep control. Respect the opposition, criticize them constructively, and approach the situation in an intellectual manner. Do so, and you can avoid several pages of flaming and hostility. Do not and you'll find your argument with your opposition a burden on yourself and them which could potentially pull more people into the argument making one large flaming session. On Zarkmania this simply must not occur. It is your duty to control yourself. You cannot control others, but by setting yourself up as a role-model, they should follow.
"Cause and effect"
Opinion and fact are two contradictions which should be used wisely. Your opinion should be clearly stated so that people can understand that. If people counteract to your opinion, it should be acceptable as they are entitled to their own opinions. You should never retaliate on your opponents in an unprofessional manor. Backing up opinion with fact is okay, but your opinion needs to be rational. When you state a fact and people counteract to that, site a source or give a logical reason; there should never be a time where you flame them for not believing your statement.
Cause and effect; for the statements you make, there will be an effect. Whether negative or positive you must always approach the situation rationally. Remember, if things get out of hand, the best you can do is to report and reason with them constructively. A good practice is to check before you post; ensure you abide by the rules and ensure you post respectfully.
"The use of content"
Content is the form of writing you post and the media you add. The maturity of this content depends on who you direct it to – but there are limits, as what you post is public to the entire community. You will notice language is uncensored, as well as images, and posts are not filtered to be moderated. Although you are not restricted on using course language, you should never use it for the pure purpose of flame. It is not the words that are harmful - it is the context.
What the community cannot tolerate, however, is pornography and racism. Be careful with what content you post and always think before you act if the content is suitable or not. If it is not, change it before posting. If it is, and all the rules are followed, you should have no trouble. Restrictions will be made to your account if you persist to use explicitly harsh content in the community. Restrictions are given for you to learn from your actions and for the rest of the community to develop without inappropriate behavior.
"Independence and dependence"
Be a role-model; do things right even when many others do not. Often people will listen to those that do not brag about their just actions. When one does it, and others begin to see the person’s success, others will join in. But you will start to see that you cannot succeed without the approval of others. It is other people who give you reputation, other people who comment on your contributions, other people who move you ahead in Zarkmania. And so, you should give what they want; this is the dependence of others. It is like having a shop; naturally you sell what is most on demand. Being a role-model will only succeed if you be the role-model Zarkmania wants. Of course, everyone has their own perspectives, so one contribution cannot possibly win all, but if you diversify you should find yourself renowned in Zarkmania.
"Understand the goal"
To reach a goal you need to understand a goal. In this case, the goal is becoming a quality reputational figure of Zarkmania. You need to understand foremost that your rank status means nothing! So what, you're a Super Power User? Should you receive an honorary award with that? You might even be the lowest rank of all but still have more respect than a very well known flamer (oh, I wonder why). You also need to understand the concept of "+rep". +rep is to promote your status of rank - not to promote your status of respect. If you want the respect of others - respect them, befriend them, and even entertain them. Flaming will not get you far whether you think it or not. In addition, never ask others of +reps. Reputation trading is cheating and giving a nice ‘fuck you’ to the remainder of the community who contribute for this. If you trade for reputation, you get punished by the moderation staff. Continuation of any violation will likely be result in greater restrictions for your account. Also, you need to understand this is no 1, 2, 3 easy task. Learn the values of this guide, and use them to approach that goal - not to instantly achieve that goal.
"One for all. All for one"
You can take your stand and say ‘No’ to the flames. You can take your stand and say ‘No’ to the spams. But can you take your stand and influence others to follow with you? As I have said, be proactive. Make a difference on Zarkmania by being the "one" to follow this guide and showing off your devotion to supporting Zarkmania and allow "all" to follow you. Maybe you'll make a social group, maybe you'll make a thread for tracking issues on the forums, or maybe the little things will give it away for more people to get motivated. Help the community, and help yourself in return.
"Change. What is it good for?"
Change is a classic way to develop a community especially if it is a growing forums community. However, change may not always be for the best. For instance, change may occur when a wave of flame impacts a forums community or a wave of inconsistent community support.
How does change occur? Someone or some people cause change in a community through influence or more forceful means. So it could be you to set the new wave of change in Zarkmania, and it hopefully will be a positive influence to us all. My suggestions? Get yourself back into gear and even recruit others to the community so that we can rejoice in more releases whether it is graphics, music, or any media to support the many others. It is fundamental to start from the root up and bring back, bring forth and bring in those who can flourish Zarkmania with more releases. Why are releases the focus? Because beyond the feeble chitchat is data, data which many members join for to begin with; these are your releases. Make a change today, and make it for the best.
"The little boy cried wolf"
If you have not heard the tale, then in a nutshell it is about a boy crying out "wolf, wolf" to excuse himself from something he is not fond of, and finally when there is a wolf nobody believes him after all the times he lied. This story is much like your reputation on Zarkmania. Interpret reputation in as your community’s trust with you and ‘wolf’ as any immature behavior. The more you behave in a way people despise, the lower your real reputation (this is not +rep but instead how people respect you) goes. Finally when you learn to mature your behavior (perhaps after realizing your previous behavior was not working or even just maturing in age) the trust you shared with people before will remain unless you can change this significantly. Making a post saying ‘I have changed and please believe me’ or ‘the new me’ will not gain people’s trust and respect for you. Because of your previous faults, your name will become an instant tag and bad mental reaction to others who interact with you. You can start a new account and give up all hope, or you can earn your respect back the right way. You put the pressure on yourself when talking before thinking and so the method to pull yourself back up to 0 will not be an easy task. If you are mature enough, you will know what to do to repent for your mistakes. You will never get anywhere until you behave maturely. Even a slight change in your behavior makes a difference and shows you are on a road to earning your reputation back.
The moderation team is the staff responsible for regulating and supporting the community. The reports you make go to this staff body who check daily what issues people have brought up, and if they are legitimate enough to be dealt with. If a report has not been dealt with, it is likely the moderator did not find a legitimate reason to act on it. If this may be the case, you can always send a second report (never spam reports), but if no action is taken, talk to the moderation staff responsible about the matter. Bare in mind, there is a little thing in life called constructive criticism. I ask of you to constructively approach the matter and cooperate accordingly.
"Act now and be rewarded". Please understand these terms.
Respect your community.
Message edited by Ronvenal - Sunday, 2012-02-19, 9:49 AM
|Zark||Date: Friday, 2012-06-29, 5:18 PM | Message # 4|
Owner (WoW Expert)
Abuse Policy & Enforcement
Zarkmania for quite some time has held a strong grudge against user abuse, which you call flame. We really do not take this matter lightly, and if you find your experience in Zarkmania different, it is only due to a lack of commitment to reporting by the community. So, it has come to my attention some of you require clarity on how this system actually works.
What classifies as abuse?
Messages such as "go fuck yourself", "cocksucker", "son of a bitch", and even "asshole" sometimes can be enough to classify your post as a suitable degree of abuse to have yourself banned. However, because of this classification, some posts more subtle may go unpunished. In this case, only a large amount of such posts can be worthy of a ban. Otherwise, imagine getting banned for saying a thread sucks.
Why do some violators not get banned?
Quite simply, they were not reported. It is very important you report every abusive post you find. We even reward constant reporting with two profile awards; Watcher and Sentry. Once a report has been made, it is sent to the moderators (Sam196 and ifamous) who review the matter and appropriately moderate the content. If it is valid for a ban, they report the content to me, and I then take it from there. Often I also track down posts directly.
What are the degrees of bans?
For a first offence, a user is typically banned two days. In certain circumstances this may be one or three. We're quite strict about learning from one's mistakes, and so a second offence is immediately 10 days. This is then followed by two to three weeks, and eventually in monthly bans.
How long before an abusive post is no longer valid?
What was I banned for?
Think carefully about what you have posted in the last two days. We don't publish any abusive comments you have made and feel informing you of the nature of your ban is more than enough. Really, if you don't know what your ban was for, you haven't thought about your activity on the forums hard enough.
Can I get banned for defending myself?
If a user abuses you, and even successfully angers you (which is really pathetic), a rebuttal will only hold you viable for a ban as well. What you call justice we simply call juvenile enmity. While they may tempt you to join them in a ban, only you are responsible for the course of your actions, and so the only resolution is the reporting method (yes, pressing that button which I know too few of you do).
How can I help the staff?
Report! If you don't know how to, check this post. For reporting Personal Messages, check this post. We rely on your support. After all, a community is nothing without its people. Consider it your duty as moderator's helper to rid unwanted content. Our moderators check every report every day. You pressing that button and writing even just one word really does make a tremendous difference.
If you have any questions, contact a Moderator(Muffin), or contact a Super Moderator(IOwnApc, Sam196) or the Head GM(ifamous), or the admin, email@example.com.
This thread is a temporary notice. Don't feel pressured by the number of sticky threads.
|Zark||Date: Saturday, 2012-07-07, 5:49 AM | Message # 5|
Owner (WoW Expert)
|Private Message player reports to any of the GAMEMASTER members. |
DO NOT report on Staff's visitor pages. Do not open threads.
Send your PLAYER reports with the following format :
Time/date of the incident:
Not following this format (e.g. Making a thread or visitor message) is considered inappropriate use of the forums and action will be taken as well as the thread being deleted.
Also remember that bans are not appealable.
In-game scamming policy
It has sadly come to Staff attention that more and more players are trying to disrupt the peaceful ingame environment by abusing and tricking other players into scams.
We will not tolerate such behaviour anymore and will take action against those that act with such malicious intent.
What is a scam?
A scam is acquiring someone's items or gold by missinformation or fraud.
Example: Scammer: "here have this wodin's lucky necklace"
The victim receives Squashed Rabbit Carcass instead if the necklace, in trade of his gold.
If you have been victim of an INGAME SCAM please send the following information IN A PRIVATE MESSAGE to an IN-GAME STAFF members.
DO NOT report on Staff's visitor pages.
Name of the scammer:
Date of the scam:
* Screenshot(s)1 must contain the trade window with either side accepting, the name of the traded good being visible (several items mean several screenshots of the first category) and all your bags being open with enough space for whatever would be traded and showing your gold.
** Screenshot(s)2 must contain the "Trade complete" message in the middle of the screen and your all bags being open with enough space for whatever should have been traded and showing your gold. If you received a different item(s) from the one you should have got, please make the name visible.
If a VALID report was submitted, an In-Game Staff member will look into the matter and suspend scammer's account for 30 days. Ban length increases with repeated incidents per account.
Reports that are missing information or are not in the requested format will be deleted without notice. This is a volunteer and free service.
This will NOT get you a refund of whatever gold or items you may have lost in the scam. GMs cannot refund any items or gold. This will simply remove the scammer temporarily from the game.
GMs should NOT be your shield against scams. Common sense and caution are the best ways to prevent yourself from scams.
This does NOT include account scams of the "give gold I donate"-type. We highly discourage players from sharing their account information and it's their own risk, if they decide to do so.
This does NOT include guild bank thefts. You should always be careful who you give what rights in your guild that is your own responsibilty.
This has NOTHING to do with so called "Ninjas".
|Zark||Date: Wednesday, 2012-09-19, 5:56 AM | Message # 6|
Owner (WoW Expert)
Ranks determine on what you can do in the forums. If you a higher rank, you can do much stuff, But if your're a lower rank, you can't do much stuff. You can gain these ranks by posting.
Rank 1: New Member - 0 Posts
Rank 2: Member - 5 Posts
Rank 3: Veteran - 100 Posts
Rank 4: Senior - 300 Posts
Rank 5: Power User - 1000 Posts
Rank 6: Super Power User - 3000 Posts
Rank 7: Legend - 6000 Posts
Rank 8: Super Legend - 9000 Posts
Rank 9: Supreme - 12000 Posts
Rank 10: Super Supreme - 15000 Posts
Groups of Zarkmania
Groups are only given by a Head Moderator or the Adminstrator. You can only have one Group but the more groups you moved up to, the more features you get to do.
Bug testers: Chosen by the Administrator. This rank allows you to have certain commands in-game and passage to a section in the forum. You will be demoted if you don't help report any bugs on the server. If you do report a lot you will get special rewards on your legit account. Has the ability to read the staff information page.
Donator: Obtained by Donating $15. Features unlocked: Enter private forums without password, a Special 'OMG Sword' for any WoW server. Has the ability to read the staff information page. Has the ability to read the staff information page.
Graphic: Chosen by the Administrator. This rank will give you the freedom to design Zarkmania, apps, programs, ETC at your best GFX skills. You are the king of GFX here at Zarkmania. Has the ability to read the staff information page.
Moderator: Chosen by the Administrator. This rank makes the user a staff member of the community with abilities such as deleting, moving, merging, and closing threads and posts. A moderator is obligated to maintain the community and ensure all Zarkmania rules are abided by. Do not ask to be a moderator. Only if you are seen qualified to handle this obligation maturely and frequently, you will be able to apply for it. The Moderator(s) are IOwnAPC.
Super Moderator: Chosen by the Administrator. This rank is a promotion from Moderator rank. This rank gives the user the ability to ban other users, edit posts, social groups, visitor messages, profile configurations and other such content with a few additional powers including that of IP address analysis and full moderation access in all sections, above all the Moderation privileges. The Super Moderator(s) is ifamous, EternallyMe.
Head Moderator: Chosen by the Administrator. This rank is a promotion from Super Moderator rank. The Head Moderator is SlyGuy.
Administrator: Zark is the administrator, founder, and owner of Zarkmania. The administrator has full access to the website database and dictates the ranks and groups below and above. This rank cannot be obtained.
Banned: Obtained by doing something bad/not following the rules. You can post a thread for a approval about the ban.
|Zark||Date: Thursday, 2012-10-25, 2:57 AM | Message # 7|
Owner (WoW Expert)
The Powers of the Moderator
Moderators can have some or all of the following powers, depending on the specific forum. Some of the powers, where appropriate, may be restricted to a subsection of the board.
* Moving conversations to a different section of the forum. Virtually all forums are organized into various sections by topic to allow users to more easily read what interests them without having to sort through many topics of discussion they find boring. Moderators of most forums are able to move a conversation to a section more suited to it. On most modern forum software packages, a notice may be left in the original section so that those who contributed to the conversation earlier will be able to find it where they left it, at least for a few days.
(Note: forum sections are often ambiguously referred to themselves as "boards" or "forums". For instance, "I posted in the Wikipedia forum on the MediaWiki board" would be unexceptional in most communities, meaning "I posted in the section of the MediaWiki forum devoted to Wikipedia". For the sake of clarity, this article uses section to refer to sections of a board and forum or board to refer to an entire board.)
* Closing/locking threads (which term is used varies from community to community and software package to software package). Postings to Internet forums are organized into topics or threads of postings, typically organized sequentially by time of posting to form a conversation of sorts (see Internet forum). Most forums allow their moderators to close a given thread to further posting, effectively ending the conversation. This allows the existing content to remain fully visible, so that readers can easily see the moderator's reasons for closing the thread (it's generally customary for the moderator to post an explanation immediately before or after closing a thread). Certain users, generally moderators and administrators, may be able to post in closed threads, depending on the specific software package and configuration, although of course allowing too many users to post in closed threads defeats the purpose of closing the thread in the first place.
* Editing posts. In the event that a post is made that contains only some content that breaches forum rules, moderators are usually able to remove that content while still leaving any legitimate content. Even if an entire post is removed via editing, users will still be able to see who originally posted it and when it was originally posted, so that users who view the thread later won't be confused by any references to it. Usually this method is used to remove illegal or grossly offensive material that would remain visible in a closed thread, or else to stop a single post from derailing an entire thread.
Most forum software shows an edit notice whenever a post is edited, to prevent words from being put in a user's mouth (or to prevent a user from erasing evidence that he said something objectionable). This option can typically be made optional for certain categories of users if desired.
* Pinning/sticking threads (again, the term used varies). The threads in a section are usually displayed in reverse chronological order by last post. This means that the threads at the top of the listing for a section will be the ones in which someone has most recently posted, and therefore posting in a thread will "bump" it to the top of the listing. However, pinned threads remain above unpinned threads at all times, no matter how old. This may be used to, for instance, keep a copy of forum rules at the top of every section of the board.
* Deleting posts and threads. There are different kinds of deletion, and different moderators on different forums may be empowered to use different kinds. In general, something that's deleted vanishes from public view, if it continues to exist at all.
The simplest form of deletion is variously called hard-deletion, physical removal, or (on forums that don't support other deletion options) simply deletion. Essentially, content deleted in this way is not recoverable through the forum software. It may be stored in backups, and some data recovery methods may work, but such methods are usually difficult. Many forums restrict hard-deletion to only a handful of individuals, requiring lower-level moderators to use more reversible methods.
Other deletion methods can be collectively referred to as soft-deletion. The most basic of these is to move the content in question to a hidden section of the forum, so that only authorized users can view it. Anyone with the proper powers can then move the content back just as easily. One or two software packages, as of October 2005, have inbuilt support for soft-deletion—specific groups of users can be allowed to view a deletion notice but not the deleted content, or to view and undelete the deleted content. This allows more convenient soft-deletion of individual posts, which would otherwise have to be split from the thread (thereby obscuring their connection to their original context).
* Splitting and merging threads. If two threads exist on similar topics, or multiple topics are being discussed in one thread, the threads can be merged or the thread can be split.
* Banning users. Some forums allow some or all moderators to restrict or eliminate a troublesome user's posting or even viewing rights. Other boards restrict this ability to administrators. Of course, suspension of a user's account doesn't prevent the user from signing up under a different name, and for this reason a few forums also allow moderators to ban IP addresses. (Many boards that allow moderators to ban restrict the ability to IP-ban to administrators, however. Indeed, on vBulletin moderators can't be assigned the ability to ban an IP address.)
* Viewing IP addresses. An IP address is the way Internet-enabled computers communicate with each other, and most forums log the IP address that all postings are made from. In general, this serves to aid identification of users, in combination with less technological means such as writing style, but it is by no means foolproof (see Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and proxy server for two main ways in which it can be thwarted). IP addresses can therefore assist in stopping ban evasion, for instance. In general, ordinary users are prohibited from seeing others' IP addresses for reasons of privacy and security—if a hacker or otherwise technologically-savvy individual knows an IP address, it's possible for him to "attack" it in various ways, possibly taking revenge for the expression of views he disagrees with or the like.
Many other powers can be allocated to moderators, but the above are all the most important ones. In general, all moderator actions will be logged for administrators to refer to later, so moderators can't take any special actions without their superiors being able to determine that they were the ones who did it...