In this thread, you'll find an up to date copy of our forum rules. Please take some time to read these as it will ensure your RuneHQ Experience will be a good one!
1. The most important rule we have on RuneHQ is respect. Do not do anything which may disrespect or offend another member of the forums in any way. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Flaming, being rude, trolling, or just intentionally being mean to other users.
- Swearing or vulgar language. Acronyms that include swearing may be tolerated, but only if they are being used in a positive sense rather than being used to be rude or disrespect other members or RuneHQ staff.
- Opinions on subjects like religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, and politics which could be deemed offensive toward someone of different beliefs. Exceptions are made in the debate forum, but any topic that starts a flame war will immediately be locked.
- Accusing people of lying, cheating, or anything similar.
- Begging for things from others; although not disrespectful in itself, it is rude to them to keep asking for things.
2. Use good posting etiquette. This is fairly self-explanatory, but examples of poor posting etiquette are:
- Spamming: posting the same topic or reply over and over, posts containing no content (one word replies), and posts that do not relate to the topic at hand. Bumping certain topics is acceptable as long as there is no more than one post made per 12 hours.
- Posting in the wrong board or not following any section's Guidelines.
- Posting a duplicate topic or one very similar to an existing topic (does not apply to market).
- Double posting in a topic, even if it is not bumping; you should use the edit button instead. If you cannot edit a post and need to, contact a Forum Moderator for assistance.
- Posting in all caps.
- Creating “Activate my Runetrack” topics – You are more than welcome to add your Runetrack image to your signature, this will also work in the same way to activate your account.
- Backseat moderating will not be tolerated by anyone, staff included (Unless of course you are a Moderator, Manager, or Admin). Instead of posting telling users that they broke rules, use the report button to report the post to a Forum Moderator.
3. There are certain things on the forums that are not to be discussed or asked for. Most are fairly obvious, but some may not be. They are:
- Staff issues, these should never be discussed with non-staff, regardless of whether you or the other person is former staff.
- Any kind of material that is inappropriate for RuneHQ's age range; there are people under 13 here.
- Asking for new forums and categories should be via a PM to a Manager or Admin staff member only.
- Asking to be given a new rank or put in a new usergroup is not allowed to be posted on the forums. If you feel you are placed in the wrong group, please contact a Manager or Admin.
- Asking to be made a staff member is not allowed to be posted on the forums. See this section if you wish to become Staff.
4. All United States' laws apply and take precedence over national and international laws which also apply to this forum. Encouraging another user to break laws will not be tolerated.
Some examples are:
- Posting malicious content on the forums like spyware or viruses.
- Copyright infringement.
- Any type of file sharing discussion.
- Any form of plagiarism, including taking another users signature or avatar. If you are going to use an avatar or signature that was created by someone else for you, please make sure that you credit that person.
- Discussion or pictures of any illegal activity, illegal drug use, or underage smoking or drinking.
5. Advertising other sites and outside linking is not allowed unless they are listed below as an allowed link.
- http://www.worldtimeserver.com (if you are hosting an event)
- Links to other GlobalGamingHQ sites
- Links to runescape.com or jagex.com
- Links to GeUpdater (created by former RuneHQ staff member, McSwindler)
- Links to Runetrack
- Links to RuneClan
- Links to Twitch
- Links to Twitter
- Links to YouTube
The following links are unacceptable:
- Sites featuring people in various stages of undress or anything that would be considered inappropriate for small children.
- Links to automatically attack other members in the battle system are not allowed.
- Outside links are only allowed in the following boards: Clans, RuneScape Pics and Vids, and The Lounge. These boards have specific rules regarding links, be sure and read those rules before posting.
You may have outside links in your homepage field and in your About Me section on your profile, however, it must not link to another RuneScape fansite or site which breaks any of RuneHQ's rules (excluding the outside link rule). If someone deems your content to be inappropriate you may find it removed and/or disciplines received.
6. RuneHQ has general rules that do not fall into any other category:
- Making multiple forum accounts or using someone else's forum account is not allowed. You are only allowed to have and use a single forum account.
- All RuneScape and Jagex rules apply to this board. We also do not allow discussion of any RuneScape clients that are not endorsed by Jagex or RuneHQ.
7. Image, Signature and About Me Rules
General image limits:
- No image posted on RuneHQ forums may exceed 800px width.
- Topics with large image content, over 100kb in total file size on a single page, need to have a large image warning.
- Topics are not allowed to be over 500kb in total file size in a single page without first getting the permission of the manager of that forum (exclusions for Graphic Creations apply).
Signature and About Me areas have the following limits:
- Signatures and About Me areas must follow all of the forum rules, including the rules about links. Please be sure that your signature does not have embedded links in it unless these links are on the approved list.
- The total combined file size of your signature cannot exceed 400kb.
The total size of your signature, in pixels, cannot exceed 250 pixels tall and 600 pixels wide. Please note that the height and width limit includes text.
- If you wish to have multiple images within your signature, the 250px tall rule can be bent by using a spoiler to hide a portion of it. For example, if you have an awesome custom signature, but also wish to display your RS levels.
8. Communication Between the Staff and You
At RuneHQ, our rules are something we take seriously and if you break them there will be consequences. These will range anywhere from a friendly PM from a Moderator, Manager, or Admin reminding you of the rules to a warning and possibly a ban from the forums depending on the severity of the rule broken and how many previous offenses you have had. If you have a question about the rules, please check the FAQs or feel free to contact one of our lovely Moderators.
If you have any problems feel free to consult the staff of the site. It's often a good idea to check with the people who work in the area you have a problem or question about.
If you have a problem with a staff member or a discipline you receive, please contact a Manager with your issue and they will take care of it. A list of our Managers and groups they are in charge of can be found here. Please refrain from contacting the Admins unless it is an urgent matter.
Our staff members may communicate with you through forum PMs. Normally if a staff member PMs you it is important, so please read the PMs you receive from them and if necessary reply back to them.
We use the built in warning system for all rule breaking. The first time you break a specific rule you will be given 0 points, and all times after you will be given 1 point. If, however, the rule broken is more severe, we may issue 5 points right away.
0 points - Just a heads up that you broke a rule. It is also used for documentation purposes.
1-2 points - Simple warnings helping you to remember our rules.
3 points - All of your posts will be hidden until a moderator approves your content. This lasts for 14 days.
4 points - You are unable to create new content for 14 days. For the following 16 days, all of your posts will be hidden until a moderator approves your content.
5 points - You will be permanently banned from the forums.
All points expire 30 days after earning them, but the offenses will remain on record.