1) No necro posting:
This means that you should not reply to a topic that is either older than two months or not on the first page of the forums section (Example: Don't reply to a topic on page 5 of the forums section).
2) Please type correctly:
This includes correct grammar use, and spelling. So, don't go around the Dragon Ball Forums using shorthand like "plz" and "thnx"; not only does it make you seem stupid, but it sometimes makes it hard for others to understand you in the first place! And for those who are in serious need of a grammar lesson, don't hesitate to check out this thread .
3) Stay on topic:
This is a Dragon Ball Forum, so the topics here should be Dragon Ball related! If there's a technical question you have about the site, and then go to the FORUMS tab at the very top of the page to ask someone in the "Support & User Submission Questions" Forum. I'm sure someone will be able to answer your question there.
The blue-pointed forum button links to the main forum page, while the red-pointed forum button links to the Dragon Ball forum. Got it?
4) Question Threads:
A "question"-type thread that asks a yes/no question but leads to discussion would be acceptable. A thread intended for discussion but that descends into yes/no responses and random chatting would be deleted or locked. If you are asking a question, please put it in the topic (the message subject), this will help visitors find questions relative to theirs.
I'm not necessarilly looking for intense debates, but if you're discussing your likes and dislikes, always try to say why you like or dislike something, rather than simply rattling off a list.
Also, please make sure you have the correct answer before answering a question. And if you don't know the answer to a question being asked please don't respond. If the correct answer to a question has already been given, do not repeat the answer. However, if you have something new to add to the answer, a reply including that information is OK to post.
5) Only reply when necessary:
This kinda goes hand in hand with rule 3. Don't go posting three words or posts with one lone emoticon. Example: Instead of merely saying that you agree, take it a step further and explain why you agree.
6) Put up a warning for spoilers:
With the manga and subbed version of the show being out there, the chances are pretty good that there will be sers who may know something that other fans don't. If you fall into that category, then at least have the decency to warn of anything that may seem like a spoiler to anyone new to the series. TV.com actually has a slightly fancier (and in my opinion better) way of putting up spoilers (Just ignore the spaces when actually using the spoiler tags.):
[ spoiler ] Text of the spoiler goes here. [ /spoiler ] This code results in the following (click on it for the spoiler):
And for those making entire threads that are based on a spoiler, then simply say something like "(SPOILERS)" after the main title of your thread.
7) Only quote when necessary:
Don't go quoting other people to the point that there's an endless box of quotes within quotes. To avoid this, take the time to check what parts of the quote aren't needed and just delete them. Or better yet, you could just reply without quoting. I'm sure the rest of us can get your post without even referring to someone else's quote beforehand.
...and if you really feel the need to quote from someone, then here's a little tutorial on how to shorten the number of people you're quoting from:
Woah, that's quite the hefty post we've got. What say we shorten it down a bit?
Quoting basically works like this: One user's post is sandwiched between two quote brackets-- the first bracket being "[QUOTE = "username" ]" while the second being "[ /QUOTE ]. Now, the hard part is to see who is saying what. So, instead of trying to explain all of this, I'll just demonstrate with a picture. So, for example, if I were to want to quote only from the user "rez825," then I'd go ahead and delete the following highlighted part:
Naturally, this would be harder if you want to quote from a quote inside multiple quotes, but that's your fault for wanting to quote someone in the first place .
8 ) No similarity threads:
I find these threads to be kinda weak, since after the obvious similarities are made, people start pulling things out of their you-know-whats to find more "similarities." If you really want to make a similarity thread, make it in the Animation forums.
9) No double posting:
If you have the need to update your post, but no one else has posted after you, then instead of posting again, simply go to the post you want to edit and look at the bottom of your posts. You'll see a drop-down menu that says "(select an action below)." After clicking on that, choose the option to edit your message accordingly and you're set.
Here's a visual for those who don't know what I'm talking about: