Create Change Code of Conduct

Last Updated 6.2.19

Our Code of Conduct rules extend to all areas of the Create Change website, including but not limited to the comments section, contact form, submissions, and our social media platforms.

By registering on the Create Change website, users agree that any comment deemed inappropriate may be removed at the sole discretion of Create Change. Create Change also has the right, at its sole discretion, to revoke membership privileges at any time without notice or reason. In simple terms: if you break the rules, you will be banned. Exploiting loopholes to circumvent rules will also result in a ban.

Create Change is not responsible for member comments posted on Create Change website or the content therein. Create Change reserves the right to reveal the identity of or whatever information we know about any user in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by said user.

Flaming, Bashing, Trolling, and Spam

While it’s okay to have disagreements in discussions, name calling or other personal attacks will not be tolerated and will result in a ban. Trolling is defined as posting anything specifically designed to attract a negative reaction from an individual or group. Not all negative opinions are automatically considered trolling, but positive discussions are encouraged. Advertising or excessive spamming or bumping of any thread is not permitted, and will result in a ban. Everyone is trying to drive their post counts up, and active contributions to discussion will always be welcomed. Determination of flaming, trolling, and spam posts will be made at the discretion of Create Change moderators.

Profanity

Use of profanity as personal expression, in pictures, or in text, is allowed in the Create Change comment section. However, any profanity used will be subject to guidelines. Racial slurs and Hate Speech are not allowed and any person caught using them will be banned. Explicitly sexual or profane descriptions and writing are not allowed. Profanity directed in an attack against another user is subject to the same considerations as flaming and trolling (see above). Usernames with profanity are prohibited.

Off-Topic Posts

Off-topic posts will be deleted. Excessively posting of off-topic content or hijacking and driving a discussion off topic will result in a warning or ban.

Piracy and Copyrighted Material

Linking to or giving information about any site that distributes illegal software or media, or any site seeking to help circumvent any copyright laws, is grounds for an immediate ban. This is true for all copyrighted material, including but not limited to games, movies, music, magazines, and videos. Discussions about customizing hardware, emulators & ROMs, custom firmware, jail-breaking, etc. are fine but demonstration of how to do any of these things, either linked or posted directly on the boards, is prohibited. Users agree not to post any material that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner(s) of said copyright, trademark or other proprietary right. In appropriate circumstances, Create Change will also terminate your account if you are determined to be a repeat infringer. Any content from outside locations is permitted as long as it abides by their (and our) permissions.

Impersonating Other Users & Posting Users Information

You may not impersonate another Create Change member or create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking another user or group of users. Revealing users’ personal information (without their consent) will result in your account being banned.

Spoilers

Be considerate of the other users who may not have seen a movie or played a game that you’re talking about. Spoilers in thread titles are never allowed. In threads dedicated to discussion about a particular game, movie or book, spoilers for that work must be tagged for content less than six months old. In threads dedicated to discussion about an ongoing TV series, spoilers for that show must be tagged for content less than two weeks old. Instructions to allow/disallow spoilers as expressed in the title (or original post) must be followed. If a spoiler is not about the topic of the thread, then it must be marked.

In situations where an older work is being recreated in another medium, threads dedicated to discussion of the original version must be clearly marked. In all other threads, the newer version of the work is considered the release date for the purposes of tagging spoilers.

Hacking, Scripting, and Altering Board Code

Altering or changing Create Change code and/or exploiting code bugs for purposes other than what the message boards were intended to do is prohibited. On a similar note, using automatic scripts on any part of Create Change is also not permitted. Accessing or using someone else’s account is strictly prohibited. These actions are grounds for an immediate and permanent ban. You are responsible for securing your account and for any content your User Name has posted unless there is IP proof that another user has maliciously used your account. In this case you will need to create a new account for security reasons.

Bans

Ban times will be increased for repeat offenses. Bans are private matters and are NOT discussed publicly. We will only discuss the nature, reason, and length of a ban with the banned user. If you log onto the Create Change message boards and receive a message that you have been banned, please note the reason and time and wait for the ban to end. Or, if you believe the ban is in error, please send a PM to a moderator and he or she will assist you from there. Your ban will then go through a review process and you will be notified within seven days of the review’s outcome. It is standard practice on Create Change to increase ban times for repeat offenders. Taking any action while banned other than privately disputing a ban claim (including posting/liking/messaging other users) on an alternate user name is not permitted, and will result in an extension of the current ban.

Pornography, Pedophilia & Sexually Explicit Content

Absolutely no forms of pornography are allowed on the boards. Images that contain sexual acts, pubic hair, female nipples, bare bottoms, bodily fluids or genitals that are in any way visible, even through clothing, are not permitted. We allow mature discussions of sexuality and pornography, but these discussions must remain mature at all times. If you plan on starting a sexual discussion, please do not use any sexually explicit or profane wording in the subject line. Any posts, pictures, jokes, or discussions with a clear intent to sexualize children, including sexually suggestive photos of anyone seemingly under the age of 18 will incur a permanent ban from the Create Change website.

The use of unaltered classic art (excluding photographs/videos of people or acts depicting pornographic material) for the sake of discussion and not for the sole purpose of circumventing a ban on otherwise banned content is allowed.

Questionable Content

We cannot cover all topics that would require penalties if you abuse the Create Change website. Theses are public comments, so act like you would if you were in a public place. These issues are left to the discretion of individual moderators, but may include any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, misleading, spammy, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, sexist, obscene, racist, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, that otherwise violates any law, or that encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense. Asking for or offering any of the material listed above is also not permitted.

There are many posts each day on the Create Change website, so we can’t always promise you’ll receive a warning every time action has to be taken. By registering on the Create Change website, users agree that any post deemed inappropriate may be removed at the sole discretion of Create Change.