In this topic post i will telling you how not to get banned on the forums in a way everyone understands
don't go off topic
being on topic should be easy since there's categories for almost everything(except for purely chatting which i get),but going off topic is pretty offensive for now
don't take credit for someone else's topics or projects if you aren't involved in it
that's the second easiest way to piss off people,and get banned
use the categories for that specific thing
unless its one of the categories that have more than one subcategory,you should only use the categories for its intended purpose(even then with the subcategories,pick the one that corresponds with your problem)
the most important rule DONT TEST THE MODS
simply put,if you wanna get on the bad side of every moderator here,test their tolerance otherwise follow the guidelines
another important rule DONT HACK OR FIND WAYS TO EVADE BANS
do i need to elaborate on this one
don't advertise anything irrelevant (i don't know if signatures count)
don't arrange offsite meetings on here(this most likely means making irl meetings on here)
if you don't wanna be watched by mods,don't comment and delete(or don't be off topic in general)
i can't believe my own special one did this,and it kinda makes sad she did,but if you don't wanna be in trouble,DONT comment and delete off topic posts
and those are the easiest ways to not get banned.if you wanna add anything,go ahead
(and for those 4 who got banned,i hope you read this in case you get unbanned)
The rules are in an announcement on the forum. I think it's fine for you to have an unofficial explanation if you want.
But, I'd like to emphasize that nobody has been banned for not knowing about some rule. There are always situations like that, e.g., posting your full name, and what we do is delete the post and send a message to the user explaining why.
All the people who've been banned knew damn well they were breaking the rules, and that was their intent. And there haven't been very many, three I think, only one permanently.
Right. Everyone knows, "follow the guidelines. follow the guidelines. FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES!"
And so I did. But I still got banned. Because I was letting my twin brother use my account. So apparently, two people cannot be using one account, but family members can be using one account. Hello? The other person using my account is my brother . So of course he should have the right to use it! But no, I should be banned for that. That's really unfair, because I even clearly said, on my profile, "Sometimes my twin sibling uses this account." Am I being targeted or what? And if I am, then I'm very angry about that, because it's highly unfair.
Two for using the forum as a chat and deleting their messages after each other read them so we wouldn't find out (didn't work; the forum remembers deleted messages), one for building an unstoppable auto-start project into their signature.
What those cases have in common is a deliberate attempt to evade the rules.
We bust our asses for you lot, writing software and making tutorials and yes moderating the forum. And we're all actual human beings, who resent being treated as if we were just boulders blocking the road that you have to find a way around. We all started as volunteers, too, although some of us (not me) are now being paid to work on Snap!.
So, an even more simplified version: To not get banned on Snap!, don't try to get banned. That's it.
P.S. I am not including a couple of one-day or two-day bans to curb overenthusiasm. To me that's different from a week-long or forever ban.
P.P.S. As I said in some other thread, I hate some of these rules as much as you do. In a perfect world, we'd all be in one room and sometimes we'd go out for Chinese food for dinner, as I used to do with my high school students back in the 20th Century. But here in the 21st Century we're required to worry about you having unmonitored conversations.
I gather you're talking about Scratch? Please don't bring your bad feelings about Scratch here, however merited they might be. After a lot of previous unpleasant experience, that topic is explicitly banned here.