These are the NG Forum rules. If you don't agree with them you can leave this section of Newgrounds or refuse to register an account. Upon breaking a rule you might receive a warning, but this is not mandatory. You can be banned for your first offense of breaking these rules.
NOTE: We often refer to our forums as the NG BBS. The term BBS is an acronym for "Bulletin Board System", which is the traditional name for what most people now refer to as "forums".
Why are there rules?
Newgrounds is the original and largest community of Flash artists on the planet. We work tirelessly to make NG the best site it can possibly be, only to occasionally have the mood brought down by users with bad attitudes. These rules are here to maintain order and keep users civil, so that when people visit Newgrounds they don't remember it as a rotting cesspool full of morons.
Before making a topic make sure you are posting in the correct forum. The moderators don't have tools to move your topic, so if it doesn't belong it will be deleted. It should be pretty clear where to post since each forum has a description. When making a topic in the general forum, try to keep it somewhat NG-related, too. We don't need to know what you ate for breakfast!
Give your topic a good title! This is often overlooked, and "WTF?" gives no clue as to what your topic will be about.
Before posting a topic, please ask yourself the following question: "Am I making a post which is either funny, informative, or interesting on some level?" If you can answer "yes" to this, then please post. If you cannot, then refrain.
Before replying, please ask yourself: "Does my reply offer any significant advice or help contribute to the conversation in any fashion?" (As a side note, posting "Use the search bar" is never helpful. First, if you have used the search bar and have found something relevant, just post the relevant link instead. Next, how can you presume that the person posting comments hasn't already tried the search bar and didn't find what they're looking for?)
Some simple guidelines:
- Use proper punctuation and grammar.
- Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse not to follow them.
- Lurk first, post second. Read the entirety of every thread you post in before you post.
- If you're about to make a post that you're not sure is OK, whether covered by the rules or not, don't.
- If you can't make a positive contribution to a topic, don't post.
- If you're not here to have fun, go elsewhere.
- Read, re-read, and respect these rules.
We want to keep this Forum clean, and we want to see people engage in intelligent conversation. Use common sense: if you don't have something interesting to discuss, don't post a topic! Remember, these are private forums.
Also, we're not perfect. Contact us if you have a question or general comment. We'll do our best to get back to you, but please be patient!
Thank you to Tanner Centerwall for putting the initial rules together. Additional thanks to Denvish, JoS, Evark, Jonas and the rest of the mods for updating them.