Anyone who involves themselves with our community, whether through the commenting section, the forums or the chat room, must understand and accept the following rules.
- The golden rule is to always remain civilized. Along with quality content goes quality discussion: we won’t tolerate anyone who resorts to personal insults or inflammatory comments, as they’re contrary to this site’s aim. Always remain calm and articulate; failure to do so will result in appropriate punishment.
- Make sure your contribution is relevant. If all you want you want to convey is your agreement with the post you’re replying to, you can simply “like” said post. You don’t want to flood the comments or threads with messages that simply read “yeah” and the like. Therefore, be careful what you’re posting before you do. The chat room is more forgiving in that regard though – as long as they respect the other rules, simplistic messages are perfectly acceptable.
- You can link content, but watch out. NSFW is entirely forbidden and posting such content can result in punishments. The only exception to this is the forum’s Visual Novels section. There, if the game has sexual content which you find relevant to the point you’re arguing, you can tag the scene you’re about to mention as spoilers and talk about it, as long as your description isn’t too explicit. On the subject of linking outside anime news sources, this is strictly forbidden. You can link reviews or opinion pieces not associated with news sites that may feed an interesting discussion, but news is a no-go, for we are a news site ourselves, and don’t want our work cut out for us.
- On a related note, promoting your own content is forbidden. There are forum threads dedicated to this, so you can promote yourself there, but that’s it. Otherwise, we’ll punish any blatant promotion of personal content. Furthermore, even in such threads, avoid posting too many links: if you write blog posts, then you can link these as they come, but don’t link your homepage more than once! (The same obviously applies to pixiv profiles and everything else).
- Spoilers won’t be tolerated. Forums benefit from an option to tag and hide spoilers (make sure to give context though, so everyone knows what you’re about to spoil: that way we’ll all be sure of whether we want to click or not). But neither the comments or the Discord chat have such an option, so mentioning spoilers there will see you punished. The only exception to this is links: as long as you warn people that what you’re linking contains spoilers, and what said spoilers concern, there’s no problem.
- Watch anime at your discretion. The way you watch it is entirely up to you, and it is entirely private: the Site will not be associated with it. We will not tolerate promotion of any anime viewing resource, legal or otherwise.
- It is strictly forbidden for one to have two or more accounts at the same time. If you wish to change accounts, simply contact us.
- Punishments. Ultimately, we believe that rules are only any good if they’re applied with sense, and as such, the deserved punishment for any given offense is up to the admins’ discretion. There is, however, a system in place, which works as follows: a first offense is met with a simple warning, which is valid for three months. If, in the meantime, another offense is committed, then another warning is in place, adding 6 months to the time for which the first warning was still valid. After that time, a single warning will be left, itself in place for three months. If an offense is committed while the user is still on two warnings, they’ll be suspended for three days. At this point, three permanent warnings are in place. A further offense leads to a one-week suspension; and the next offense will be the final one. Having said that, offenses that break the first rule (the most important one) will be generally punished much more severely, with the possibility of a permanent ban at the very first offense.
- Finally, for the forum-specific rules, visit: https://forums.voxartes.com/threads/forum-rules.32/
Note that these rules are by no means meant to be restrictive. We value the freedom and well-being of our members above all else; the rules above are better interpreted as measures to prevent excessive behaviors that would, in fact, be unhealthy for the community. As long as respect and constructive discussion remain at the core of your approach, you shouldn’t encounter any problem.