All HOL rules apply in the HOL Forum. Make sure you read the Announcements area, and all pinned topics. The forum is a place for people of all ages, all origins, all cultures, to enjoy reading everyday. It's not a place where we want to see arguments and fights going on. Everyone should respect the other's opinion in the forum, all the time, even if you do not agree with what is said. The HOL forum is not a place to discuss your political views, no political discussion whatsoever is permitted. Same goes for religious issues. There are places all over the internet to discuss these topics.
HOL's official language is English. You are not allowed to post in any other language. If you have difficulties understanding English, there is a list of people who can help you here.
Netspeak is not allowed in the forum, and your post will be deleted if you use it. Netspeak is like: "hello plz hlp me wit sumtin' ppl", "c u", "u r 2 b...". This also includes all caps posts. It makes you look stupid and uneducated and is also hard to translate for HOLers who don't use English as their first language, and there are many. Please write the entire words. It doesn't only show you are intelligent and respectful, but it also makes it easier and more enjoyable to read for everyone. I don't think you'd want to read HP books in netspeak *g*
Links on the HOL Forum have to be G-rated. The only link you may have is on your WWW-button. No links in your signature, in your profile or in your post UNLESS these are HOL-links like newspapers, house papers etc. These people know that they are allowed to link to them.
Links to any other community, forum or school-simulation are NOT ALLOWED. You are allowed to link to your private homepage or another Harry Potter site or any other site as long as it is G-rated and not a kind of commmunity/forum. Also, LiveJournals of any kind are banned from now on. This is because we can't control what is posted in LJs or other forums/communities. Contents there can change very quickly and may not be G-rated at all.
Another thing that is clearly against the rules is advertising another community/school simulation, even if there is no link, like: "I want to do another school simulation, if you want to help, please PM me." It should be clear that things like this are against the rules, Hogwarts would not allow Durmstrang to advertise inside their castle.
The only images allowed in the forum are the one in your signature, your avatar, and your personal photo. Images are not allowed in posts, as the forum would then become too difficult to read if full of pictures, and this would require a lot of work from mods.
Spam can be a lot of things: Useless or pointless posts, especially anything whose sole purpose in life is to hike up your post count to get a broom, one word post, multiple one word posts, simple "I agree" posts, creating new threads on subjects which are already discussed in another topic, discussing your broom, your lack thereof, the arrival of your new broom... all that is considered SPAM, but is by no means an exclusive list. Having a huge signature is also considered as spamming, as well as using colors/size which are not appropriate. Spam is a waste of bandwidth which costs money, so please make efforts to prevent this.
If you're not contributing anything to the discussion, don't post! You may lose points for it. At the very least, you risk irking your fellow schoolmates and professors, spam is annoying. Remember that we are managing over 3000 registered students. Keeping the chaff (SPAM and junk) down will help ensure the grain (good discussion) doesn't get lost in the jumble.
You get brooms in the forum according to the number of posts you've made.
- 100 posts: Oakshaft 79
- 200 posts: Moontrimmer
- 300 posts: Silver Arrow
- 500 posts: Cleansweep One
- 750 posts: Comet 140
- 1000 posts: Cleansweep Two
- 1300 posts: Cleansweep Three
And then: Comet 180, Tinderblast, Swiftstick, Shooting Star, Nimbus 1000, Nimbus 1001, Nimbus 1500, Nimbus 1700, Twigger 90, Nimbus 2000, Nimbus 2001, Firebolt...
Do not post on the boards only to get a broom. If a you spam, you will get a warning. If you keep spamming, you will lose points. If that is still not enough, your number of posts will be set back to 0. And you could even be banned from posting for a while if you keep disrespecting the forum rules.
Disclaimer: By posting to the HOL Forum, you agree that HOL can display, modify, or delete your posting without permission from or contact to you. HOL is not responsible for the content of posted material of any kind. HOL may remove postings at any time at their sole discretion.