Here's the long and short of it:
For specifics, read on:
Before banning, a moderator must first find the answers to the following questions:
Accumulating three warnings will result in a ban, however this only stays true for a specific offense - legal, manners, advertisement, spoilers, porn or gore. Accumulating three warnings in spoilers will not result in an immediate ban in advertisement, much like three warnings in manners will not result in an immediate ban about porn. However, intentional rulebreaking will result in an immediate ban (posting content that you know you'll get banned for), regardless of warning count.
Bans can range from one second to permanent, depending on the specific mod's discretion. Ban lengths are generally determined by the severity of the offense, the number of times it has occurred and the user-in-question's attitude.
The evasion of bans is something we take very seriously and offer no lee-way on except in the most extenuating circumstances. Evading a ban is the act of using the site through either a proxy, another computer or getting a friend to type your posts word for word (short messages are allowed). Please remember that you are not allowed to evade your ban for any reason. This includes discussing your ban, even if it was placed in error. Please email the moderator who banned you - you can find their info in the Contact Us page. The name of the moderator who banned you is displayed at the bottom of your ban message. In case of a permanent ban, simply email any moderator.
Ban evasion is often dealt with as follows:
There are other ways to talk with people if you are banned on the site such as Steam, Skype, IRC or email. Please do not evade bans.
If you feel that you have been unjustly banned, please email the moderators directly as threads discussing such will be removed.
Advertising must be approved by an administrator or a moderator. You can contact us by email.
Advertisement in this case includes - but is not limited to - promoting:
The following boards are exempt from this rule in their specific areas as follows:
Remember to use the spoiler feature: [?]Text[/?], hide feature:
or the "spoiler entire thread" feature to hide episode content for 48 hours after the episode in question airs. Images should be spoilered under the same circumstances by using the spoiler checkbox.
/oat/ and /pony/ can post unspoilered content as soon as the episode in question has aired.
This section is not meant to be comprehensive. Consider erring on the side of caution instead of trying to pick apart the language here.
When posting links to other websites, make sure that the page you link does not contain anything NSFW. (e.g: linking to a NSFW artist's profile page is fine, linking their gallery or a specific image is not.)
What's Not Okay