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The General Rules!

on: September 26, 2006, 11:31:12 am
I.) Pixelation Rules

Rule 1: Treat everyone with respect.

As it was and as it always shall be: Don't be an ass!

Do not attack people with your comments. Misunderstandings will be solved in a civil manner, and tolerance for sarcasm is a given on the internet. But if moderators judge your behaviour to be indicative of malice, you will be warned to stop, and possibly make amends. Failure to do so repeatedly will result to banning.

Rule 2: Art theft and fraud is prohibited.
  • Do not post other peoples' artwork without proper permission or licensing. Note if the intent of the post is educational, it might be covered under fair use.
  • Do not attempt take credit for another artist's work. However, it's okay to post studies as long as you have proper permission or licensing and the reference is clearly sourced in the post.
  • Do not engage in any other instances of fraudulent behaviour, such as jobs without delivering the promised payment.
In cases where it's clear there is theft or fraudulent behavior, a permanent ban will be issued.

Rule 2.1: Advertising Web3, NFT, and blockchain projects and jobs is prohibited.
Due to the rampant fraud in the Web3/NFT/blockchain spaces, we cannot allow advertising of these projects nor job listings concerning these projects.

However, discussion of Web3/NFT/blockchain is acceptable as long as it does not endorse any projects and is topical to pixel art. It would be acceptable to have an informative thread about the shortcomings of Web3 or discussing ways the technology could be improved for artists.

Rule 3: Stay on topic.

Off-topic respite from critiquing is catered for in the same-titled thread on the General forum. If a topic seems to be hampered and derailed consistently by OT discussion, users will be warned, topics split or even locked, depending on the degree of damage done.

Rule 4: Do not post illegal or inappropriate content.

Refrain from posting any content that is not safe for work (excluding artistic nudity with proper content warnings) or illegal in the United States. Posting spam/phishing links, porn, wares, shock content, pirated content, or any similar items is forbidden in any form, be it directly or by link, and may be subject to permanent ban.

Rule 5: Use content tags/warnings for sensitive content.

If your thread contains an element of nudity, violence, or other sensitive content note it in the title.

Please use the format of "[element] Thread Title"
Ex. "[Nudity] Figure Drawing Study"

You may also place sensitive content under a descriptive spoiler tag like so:
Code: (Spoiler Tag) [Select]
[spoiler=Nudity]Your figure drawing study here.[/spoiler]
Your figure drawing study here.

If you don't properly tag sensitive content, a moderator might edit your post to hide the content appropriately.

Rule 6: No Rants.

If you have an issue with the forum or the management, bring it to their attention in a private message, or on the OT thread. Do not start threads to vent or otherwise provoke.

Rule 7: Signature, Avatar, & Username restrictions

The maximum allowed size for a signature is 400x64 pixels, DON'T make it bigger or an admin will remove it, repeated noncompliance can result in getting strikes. Keep avatars, signatures, and usernames appropriate. Also refrain from making your signature or avatar overly animated in an annoying way, flashing lights, the likes. This in the end goes down to common sense, but if you don't seem to have it, admins might remove your signature and or avatar and maybe even prevent you from changing it again.

Please use [nozoom] instead of [img] if you want to bind an image to a link.

II.) General things to keep in mind

Please Note:

The severity of an offense is usually worth one strike on your record. Three strikes and you're out for good. Strikes wear off like karma as you do right and time passes. However, ripping artwork or severe cases of being an unrepentant asshole might merit a direct ban early and tidily. The strike system is there for those that step over the rules partly by mistake, or at least show they're willing to make amends. Obvious trolls and rippers will be ejected from the premises with not so much as a second thought. 

These are the rules. Please keep them in mind. What follows is Etiquette, which isn't enforced as directly, but will be reminded to people as needed. Severe breaches of Etiquette might warrant Strikes. The following suggestions make Pixelation the forum it is and hopefully will remain to be.

When critiquing, remember:

  • To highlight both the good and the bad about the piece. Comments without actual points of how to make the piece better are near-useless for the purposes of this forum. Pixelation is not a Gallery Showcase forum. It strives on helping people get better. Even if something seems faultless, look closer. There's always at least minor nitpicks to offer. In contrast, a post full of critique and not a single word on the merits of the piece, while would be very useful to an artist, might also upset him or demotivate him. Therefore please remember to say what you like about a piece as well.
  • To be articulate. When possible, go into detail explaining the reasoning behind your observation. It's one thing to say 'that arm looks broken, lol' and another to explain how the underlying muscle structure would work and why it gives you the impression it's broken, and finally, which would be probable means of fixing it. Optimally, the latter is what we're going for.
  • To Edit! There's only so much words can say to get your point across, sometimes you have to edit the piece. In Pixelation, when you post a piece of artwork, you are agreeing to have your work potentially edited. Malicious edits or useless edits are frowned upon and discouraged, respectively, but otherwise, consider it a honor somebody else put the time to try to show how your piece could be better.
  • Don't post one-liners unless they are actually helpful. Things like "I like this", "awesome", "could be better" and the likes do not really help and are not constructive critique. Especially the Pixel Art board is a place for critique to help members get better. One-liners which are not helpful at all are subject to deletion.

When posting art, remember:

  • To put effort into it. If you couldn't put your best in a piece, why would the userbase care to put effort in their critique? In the end, only you know how much time and effort went into a piece, but please try to show us your best, so we may show you our best.
  • To clearly declare the ownership of the art (in all aspects of it, even if the lineart originally belongs to someone else, we'd like to know of it) and the methods used in making it. This knowledge helps us know what critique would be useful to you. If you're index-painting, then there's not much sense in talk of sprite-style color-conservation, and so on.
  • To update! If you got good critique, edit your sprite, show the users you cared enough to implement their pointers. Do not abandon a piece once posted. If you don't intend to edit your piece, clearly state so in the original post so users will know if they're willing to go through the whole critique process for a piece that has been finalized.
  • To keep it pixel-specific. If your art suffers from fundamental errors, please work on those either in private, or with the help of other, specialized fora. Whereas the odd anatomy crit and the odd light crit will show up, they're not the point of the forum. We discuss pixel-specific techniques foremost. So if your art shows little to no understanding of more basic artistic concepts, we can't help you, yet. Peruse tutorials, art classes, and other fora as needed. Here be for pixels.

Keep in mind common sense:

Don't double-post. Do not spam. Do not excessively swear. Don't overuse smileys (even though they're new and we all love them) Do not run with scissors.
Also, by registering an account you agree you are to log in at least twice per week for the next 5 years in fear of legal action by our crack team of lawyers.

Have fun :)
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