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@  NotVeryKnightly : (29 May 2020 - 01:05 AM)

Cyberverse is already officially uploaded to YouTube.

@  fourteenwings : (29 May 2020 - 12:36 AM)

Spin Master is abridging current episodes of Bakugan Armored Alliance and posting the result on YouTube. Maybe Hasbro does that someday too.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 10:59 PM)

I see... :/

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 08:14 PM)

Within the US anyway. Those channels aren't easy or cheap to access in other countries, and their website often region lock content. Tubi is the only good thing on that list: largely identical (but not perfectly so. Damnit. I wanna watch COPS.) country to country and free.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:24 PM)

So yeah, Hasbro is using plenty of venues to spread exposure of their brands

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Starz currently licenses Transformers G1 and the GI Joe movie (as well as MLP specials). Netflix has more current series available.

@  Nevermore : (28 May 2020 - 07:21 PM)

Study shows: Holders of the title "world's oldest person" have a severely increased risk of dying.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:18 PM)

Tubi TV and Youtube both host various Hasbro cartoons. Both are freely accessed and ad supported. Any basic TV package (barring straight antenna) includes channels like USA Network, SyFy and FX, all of which regularly air the films from Transformers and GI Joe.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 06:18 PM)

I dunno what to tell you, media might be changing slowly, but at least it's still accessible. Even the folks that DON'T get one of the streaming services can watch it on the company website. It's a vehicle for the toy line after all, they need to make an effort to make it as consumable as possible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 05:41 PM)

Well. Thats said, then.... I guess... :doh

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 04:13 PM)

As long as the the cartoons are profitable, then they'll make more. The media it's shown on is completely irrelevant. I say that as a guy whose earliest surviving memory is a big red truck turning into a big red robot.

@  ZakuConvoy : (28 May 2020 - 03:06 PM)

Might be the end of an era. With the rise of streaming, who knows if Transformers will ever be on broadcast TV again.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 11:46 AM)

3 seasons on a show is usually enough... but yeah ;-;

@  Roddie Luver : (27 May 2020 - 09:37 PM)

I’m also sad Cyberverse has no season four.

@  Paladin : (26 May 2020 - 08:10 PM)

it's too hugging hot today.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I'll agree with you on that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

*Figured -_-

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I fugured

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 May 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I'm actually sad Cyberverse won't get another season. 2 and 3 (of what I've seen) have REALLY nailed it in being fun little actions shows, like the Sunbow series.

@  Rycochet : (25 May 2020 - 01:00 PM)

Yes.

@  Maximus Ambus : (25 May 2020 - 12:52 PM)

I'm waiting for Animated season 4. Am I insane?

@  wonko the sane? : (25 May 2020 - 11:22 AM)

I'm waiting for the next season to show up on netflix.

@  Sabrblade : (25 May 2020 - 10:59 AM)

Many of us have already watched the rest of the Cyberverse episodes since the whole third season aired in the UK last September.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:18 AM)

*9th

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:17 AM)

I just saw the 8th episode... omg

@  Bass X0 : (25 May 2020 - 01:28 AM)

Already seen it online.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:42 PM)

Who's excited for tomorrow? The only thing that makes Monday worth it is the Cyberverse episodes .-.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 May 2020 - 12:30 PM)

Welcome. I just came into that trick myself recently, so happy to share.

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 12:05 PM)

Thanks, wonko the sane? for the tip with the cloning. That helped a lot!

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 12:02 PM)

Heheh.... yes... I don't think a sniper would be very good at making a vaccine... 0.0

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 11:48 AM)

All right! Cloning my old HHD to an SSD and then swapping out the drive was successful, it would appear. Finally.

@  Bass X0 : (24 May 2020 - 11:30 AM)

Scientist Perceptor is. Sniper Perceptor less so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:51 AM)

Perceptor would be more responsible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:48 AM)

Oof x~x

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 10:45 AM)

He'd cure the virus, but he'd probably commit at least two crimes against nature and weaponize a third in the process.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:39 AM)

'Horrible consequences' would most likely happen with Brainstorm...

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 08:16 AM)

Totally. And Percy's not even human. XD

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 06:50 AM)

Can't do much worse than our current government, I say go for it.

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 10:13 PM)

Little do we realize that the Perceptor in question is the Mini-Con combiner. :p

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

He would!!!

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

Horrible consequences? I... Doubt that would happen.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 May 2020 - 09:55 PM)

Even if he would come up with the answer by tomorrow.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 May 2020 - 09:54 PM)

I'd rather not deal with the horrible but unintended consequences of that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 09:52 PM)

Lets let Perceptor make a vaccine for COVID-19. Who agrees with me :)

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 08:43 PM)

I'll take your word for it. =D

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 May 2020 - 08:42 PM)

Although the TV edits of Robocop do contain some hilarity

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 May 2020 - 08:41 PM)

I can't think of any instance where sanitizing a film is a good thing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 06:42 PM)

.... and thats a good thing? :doh

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 May 2020 - 06:39 PM)

I'm watching Predator on Starz! That means it has all the language and gore uncensored!

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 04:23 PM)

*grabs popcorn*


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#1 Kalidor

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:07 AM

Over the years The Allspark has striven to provide a fun and fair atmosphere for its userbase. We've gone out of our way to moderate the forums in a fair and consistent manner free of personal bias and power abuse from the staff. This worked well for a while but over time the system's flaws became apparent in that we were being too lenient to disruptive behavior and too flexible in our interpretations of the rules allowing users to continue to cause harm to the community that should have, by all rights, been banned long before the problems became as severe as they had.

 

Of the feedback we've received from many members in good standing, the most disturbing was that people were leaving the forums due to the negative atmosphere caused by persistent problem users that seemed to regularly escape reprimand and skirt the letter of the rules. As such, effective immediately our policies and warning system have changed. Any user in good standing who had warning points prior to Feb 22, 2014 has had those warning points removed. Any user who was banned prior to that same date may petition for reinstatement, but in such cases The Allspark will not reach out to such users and reinstatement is by no means guaranteed.

We now have a "three strikes then you're out" policy. That is, if users break the rules they will receive a warning. Each user is allowed 3 fair warnings and will have to acknowledge the warning before being allowed to post again. Upon the 4th and final warning the user is banned permanently from The Allspark.

Here are some things to keep in mind:


1. How many warnings do I get?
2. What can I get warned for?
3. Can I create another account if my first one gets banned?
4. Will my banned account be reopened? What if I beg and plead and bribe?
5. Do you ever reduce warning levels?
6. So if I get banned, and my account can't be reopened, how do I know when I'm close to being banned so I can be good?


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1. How many warnings do I get?

We allow each user three warnings. On the fourth warning your account will be banned permanently. Some offenses will result in an instant ban or two warnings, but most result in one warning.

2. What can I get warned for?

There is a pretty extensive list above on the forum rules as well as on the Terms and Conditions. The short list is flaming, trolling, spamming, bypassing the auto censor, posting links to illegal material, talking about illegal activities, and generally anything we deem inappropriate or disruptive to these forums.

A temporary disabling or suspension of posting is usually given along with a warning. This is at the discretion of the moderator giving the warning.

Attempting to bypass a suspension in any way will result in an additional warning to your account and thus a longer suspension.

The PM system is available to temporarily disabled accounts, and thus you may PM a moderator during that time to discuss your warning or your suspension should you disagree. If you do contest a warning, be sure to do so in a polite manner. Flaming a moderator via PM will gain you an additional warning on your account.
If the PM system is not available, please contact [email protected]

3. Can I create another account if my first one gets banned?

No. Any new accounts that we can reasonably link to your old account will be banned upon sight.

4. Will my banned account be reopened? What if I beg and plead and bribe?

No amount of begging, pleading, or bribing will convince us to reopen your account. Once its banned, its banned forever.

5. Do you ever reduce warning levels?

After six months of good behavior a member can petition to have their warning level reduced. To do this you need to PM a moderator who has warned you, preferably the moderator who gave you your most recent warning. However, if the moderator(s) who warned you have since left, or it’s been at least a week since they were active, you may message another mod or e-mail [email protected] directly.

Please be patient with these requests and do not expect an immediate reply. It may take several days to make a decision, especially if the person you contacted is conferring with other moderators. Also realize that a warning reduction isn’t guaranteed. At least six months must have passed since your last warning or warning reduction. However even if you haven’t received any warnings a moderator may decide that you’ve continued to cause problems.

Some warnings will generally not be reduced.
If you are warned for something such as porn or racial slurs, you may not be eligible for a warn reduction.

A moderator may also decide that an offense not mentioned here was egregious enough that it shouldn’t be reduced.

If a reduction is declined without further explanation it's because we feel you have continued to cause problems on the forums. In this case we suggest cleaning up your act and trying again in six months.

If a member has continued good behavior we will happily consider additional warning reductions over time. However members who get warnings after reductions, particularly if they go back and forth, are far less likely to get further reductions. This does not mean that you can't ask for a reduction, but be aware that we're less likely to approve them.

6. So if I get banned, and my account can't be reopened, how do I know when I'm close to being banned so I can be good?

Here's where the warn level under your avatar comes in. First, all of the moderators and administrators can see everyone's warn level. You are the only non-moderator member that can see your warn level no one else can.

Every member on these forums has a warn level, not just those that have been warned once.

The warn level shows the number of warning points you have. Clicking on it gives details of your warning level, including the moderators who issued the warnings and the reason for them.

Note: It’s not nice to PM the moderators about old warnings, especially if all you’re going to do is tell them they suck for warning you. If you PM the moderators about past warnings and give them lip, they will warn you again.

We also send a PM for every warning sanctioned. If your PM box is full you won't receive the PM, but you will still receive the warning. If you have questions about new warnings received, you can civilly contact the moderator who warned you or any of the administrators.

 



#2 Ironbite

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:14 AM

I....LOVE IT!


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#3 Radical Good Speed

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:36 AM

Yes, good.


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#4 TheMightyMollusk

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:14 AM

Will the User Warning Logs ever be made visible again? I thought it was good to be able to see what people have done wrong.

#5 Kalidor

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:08 AM

No. We feel the rules are clear enough.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:32 AM

Ca you elaborate on "illegal activities"? Are these in the sense of a mod lives in a state where smoking pot is illegal and I post that I like to smoke weed, will I be warned? What about video game discussions such as MAME emulators? Or I just posted that I intend to deface election posters up here, is that warnable?

 

Did I just post the trifecta and should I expect a banning any moment? :D



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:38 AM

Is there any change to how things are currently on 'illegal activities'?

 

As that sort of topic is a frequent one in P&R, and is something that is talked about from various viewpoints, but never on a simplistic level like 'TAKE DRUGS CHILDREN!!'.

 

Then there's things like the Krokodil thread. I was among those who, from what I remember, were attempting to explain in the thread that the problem wasn't the drug itself, but the way it was being made. THAT is what was causing all the horrific damage, not simply the drug itself. Would that sort of clarification now have a different meaning rules-wise? As while we were explaining it, we were absolutely NOT advocating its use, and never would, unless you know, we're talking about in a hospital setting on the real drug, if that was applicable. It wasn't a case of being pro-drug, just helping others to understand the real issues involved.



#8 Kalidor

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:06 AM

It's mostly to prevent people from promoting criminal acts and/or piracy and such. Saying you did a drug isn't going to get you warned per se, but posting where you can buy drugs probably would. Discussing in the context of news and current events, legislation, etc is okay as well.



#9 Ironbite

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:13 AM

Oh the warning logs are gone?  That's kinda disappointing.

 

Ironbite-I understand why you'd make that section invisible but I kinda like seeing my sins for all to see.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:16 AM

That still leaves some vagueness in the scenarios I proposed, for example...

 

Poster: I live in colerado, you can buy pot at this place and that place

Mod: I live in texas where smoking weed gets the death penalty.

Warned/banned?

 

Or as I mentioned, I made a post with clear intent of defacing election posters for a local nazi pa... err parti quebecois and other acts of graffiti and vandalism. Would that be considered an offence?

 

 

 

Oh the warning logs are gone?  That's kinda disappointing.

 

Ironbite-I understand why you'd make that section invisible but I kinda like seeing my sins for all to see.

 

Made for some great bathroom reading... and I got a poop brewing with nothing to read now. 


Edited by X-Warlock, 05 March 2014 - 11:19 AM.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:24 AM

Yup, it's vague but that's part of the overwall change. We aren't going to be a stickler for the letter of the rule. We're going to use our common sense and context of each post and act accordingly. We've gone too long letting stuff fly under "Well... it doesn't *technically* break a rule." but at the same time if we see something questionable or something gets reported then we'll determine the case.

 

I'm not going to go out of my way to kill legitimate discussions, but if I see anything I think would get me in legal trouble then it's getting nixed.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:32 AM

We're going to use our common sense and context of each post and act accordingly.

That hasn't exactly worked out so well for me in the past... Can think of at least one point where I was unfairly targeted and warned yet the baiters/haters got nothing. One man's common sense can easily be another's blind spot.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:40 AM

It's mostly to prevent people from promoting criminal acts and/or piracy and such. Saying you did a drug isn't going to get you warned per se, but posting where you can buy drugs probably would. Discussing in the context of news and current events, legislation, etc is okay as well.

 

Cool, thanks. Pretty much every time i can think of, it's been news-related, eg the closure of Silk Road and the related arrests and drama, then that hey, surprise surprise, 2.0 is already up and running.

 

But that's in the context of news, and news reports. Fact is that by the time it's mentioned as news, it's been operating comfortably 'off the radar' for some time. And by the time people like me read it in an article, the real users of it have known for months.

 

Not to mention I can't give specifics on accessing it, as I've never been there, and wouldn't know how, besides the basic 'via TOR' thing. The TOR connection is always mentioned as part of the stories not so much because it's apparently the only way to access these sites, but due to the history of TOR and it's creation.

 

And even things like clarifying the krokodil thing aren't to encourage people to use said substance, but just to clarify for people's own perception of what they're reading, ie that despite the media saying it's X that is the issue, the reality is that this is due to Y. It's certainly not a promotion for said substance regardless of production method, unless it's used in a hospital setting (and even then, most of these drugs are long out of use via legitimate methods).

 

So really, nothing has changed as such, and we can still post on news reports that we thought may be interesting for here, whether it's the arrests and closure of Silk Road 1.0 and what it did to Bitcoin prices, or the discussion on trends like krokodil (sorry, can't remember who started that one), and it's horrifying outcome when homemade as in Russia (or maybe Siberia, one of those).


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#14 Kalidor

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:45 AM

Overall the rules themselves really haven't changed. Wording has been modified/refined/clarified in a few areas, but the expected conduct is pretty much the same.

The main thing now is that we're going to do a better job of enforcing them.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:29 PM

As long as it's done fairly. One person's innuendo-filled comment should be as warnable as the next. I've seen a hundred posts joking sexually that were never warned, but I use a word starting with a "d" in reference to a certain adult toy and I got slaughtered. And it wasn't even used in a sexual context. 

 

Oh well. I've been "cleaning up my act" per se, so it probably won't matter anyway. 



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:37 PM

That's a fair point and my point is we've been *more* than fair over the past 15 years. It's also why I gave a clean slate of 0 points to everyone (many who had well over 3)

The real take away from this is that there's really only two rules:

1) Don't be a dick
2) I run this forum and I'm not going to tie my hands when I see a problem

The stuff that's against the rules is pretty basic stuff and the staff will do their best to be impartial and fair.

Beyond that, (and this goes for everyone, not just those in the thread with concerns), you know what's expected so people can take it or leave it as to whether or not they want to be a part of the community.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:39 PM

Number one's gonna be tough, but I'll put some effort into it. 

 

Number two makes good sense. I do appreciate the restart.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:10 PM

That still leaves some vagueness in the scenarios I proposed, for example...

 

Poster: I live in colerado, you can buy pot at this place and that place

Mod: I live in texas where smoking weed gets the death penalty.

Warned/banned?

Do you REALLY expect such a conversation that requires knowing these distinctions beforehand to be taking place on this board?

Speaking as a non-mod, I'd think a general "we'll deal with that if and when it comes up" attitude should be more than sufficient for our purposes.


Edited by G.B.Blackrock, 05 March 2014 - 02:12 PM.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:19 PM

*waves* Did that just in case no one had noticed I'm still here. Because I think it's pretty clear if you know me that I'm not going to let anyone get warned or banned for offhanded references to pot or topical discussion as it comes up.

 

Now if you started a thread to be an official guide to legal weed in Colorado and post a bunch of Youtube videos of you smoking it then we may have a problem. Just like it wouldn't be a problem to make a hooker joke (what Botcon location thread would be complete without them?) but it would be a problem to start posting a how to and where to for brothels.

 

Nothing has changed as far as what is postable. All that has changed is we streamlined the rules, got rid of a LOT of stupid hoop-jumping-through when it comes to dealing with problem users, and got rid of the public rapsheet. The rapsheet being a dinosaur from a forgotten time when it made sense. Lately it's just been the forum where I get uncomfortable likes after warning people. lol. Good riddance.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

was it more than just me who did that?

 

O_o weird.

 

anywho, new system seems like a keeper. Happy to see there's still an appeal system - little worried that it involves non-neutral parties. .. but hey, How often am I going to be back in PnR anyway ;) 





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