Here at MarioKartBoards.com, we strive to create an environment that fosters the ability for every member to compete and have fun while playing Mario Kart. In addition, given the nature of human interaction, we also wish to promote a place where players can build and maintain relationships they have created here on our lovely site. We, the MarioKartBoards staff, wish to do everything in our power to preserve these notions and thus have designed this ruleset to help create the best possible atmosphere for everyone.
MarioKartBoards uses a warning system that distributes a certain amount of points to users that break the rules of MarioKartBoards. These points do not expire and accumulate, which can lead to disciplinary action against the user in the form of a ban of varying lengths. Below is the layout we use for giving out points (details are listed in the subsequent sections):
4 Points + 1 week ban
7 Points + 2 week ban
Piracy/Hacking/Illegal Activities/Harassment/Pornography (depending on severity):
10-14 points + 2/3 month ban
15 points/Perma ban
Creating Alternate (Alt) Accounts:
1st strike = Warning
2nd strike = 4 points
Further strikes = 7 points
This strike system is intended for newer users who aren't familiar with the rules and create/use an alternate account. If staff determine that a user creates and uses an alternate account with intent to deceive or otherwise manipulate MarioKartBoards site rules or other people, the user will receive an indefinite ban.
Examples of alternate account creation that would result in an indefinite ban (based upon staff discretion) include but are not limited to: - Signing up for a league - Signing up for a tournament - Signing up while being banned either from the site or an event hosted on the site.
Note: Team accounts are not permitted on the site.
Accumulation of points:
Passing 8 points after the points are given double ban lengths.
Passing 11 points after the points are given quadruple ban lengths.
Passing or hitting 15 points = indefinite or permanent ban.
Any bans that occurred on MKBoards (past domain) will be carried over to this new forum and therefore the appeals system on those occasions would follow MKBoards counts and reasonings.
Any users who have had infraction points that were awarded on MKBoards and pre-date 24th June 2016 will not be carried over on to the new site, with the exception of players who have obtained any infractions since the aforementioned date. This is to give a new start to players who have proven themselves in the 2 years leading up to the domain change, and have not made any further mistakes.
Indefinite vs. Permanent bans: Accumulating 15 points will lead to an indefinite ban with the option to appeal. While indefinitely banned, users must follow Section 9 “Appeals” of the ruleset in order to appeal properly. If they appeal and fail three times, they will become permanently banned with no option to appeal. Users who break Section 7C “Illegal Activities” of the ruleset will be permanently banned on the spot.
In addition to enforcing the site rules, we enforce guidelines for each subforum, contained in a stickied thread. Repeatedly violating these guidelines will result in a warning from staff followed by a minor offense.
In compliance with COPPA, if you are or claim to be under the age of 13, you will be banned immediately. Additionally, though people under the age of 13 may not own an account, some site visitors may be under the age of 13. MarioKartBoards users are urged to refrain from swearing, as it is not censored on the site and it’s not something we would like our guests to see.
MarioKartBoards will reject reports if the reported offense is older than a designated amount of time, and is not deemed a major violation.
Our Behavioral Policy focuses on users that receive thread-bans for disturbing the nature of any threads.
As a general guideline, you will receive a thread-ban given by staff if you are:
People who are seen to receive moderator or admin given thread bans may be given a behavior warning, and may be infracted as a culmination of these. Standard disciplinary action would be a 3 point infraction per 4 thread-bans.
To clarify, thread owners are able to request users to be banned from their thread if a solid reason is given. An exception to this exists where no reason has to be given for Player Hubs and clan threads. In the event that thread owners are displaying problematic behavior that violates our Behavioral Policy or other rules, their rights to request thread-bans may be taken away and/or they will be thread-banned.
We will not give behavior warnings to those who receive thread owner requested thread-bans unless we review the reasoning for the thread-ban and deem a behavior warning necessary, and/or the reason for the thread-ban violates our Behavioral Policy.
MarioKartBoards will attempt to deal with inappropriate behaviour towards other members both on and off the site, this includes (but is not limited to) public lounge chats, league chats, our Twitch and YouTube accounts (along with their content), and anywhere else where behaviour may leave a negative impact on the public image of the Mario Kart communities.
Minor offenses are conduct/behavioral violations that are not entirely unbecoming of the MarioKartBoards mission, but are also things we would rather not see. Below is the list of “Minor Offenses”:
These offenses are more severe than minor offenses. Below is the list of “Moderate Offenses”:
These offenses are more severe than moderate offenses. Below is the list of “Major Offenses”:
These offenses will result in a ban of varying length. Each one has its own subsection to further describe what is considered to be ban-worthy.7A) Piracy
Providing links to illegal media, such as game ISO's or ROMS, on MarioKartBoards is not permitted. The sole exception to this is cosmetic and otherwise non-malicious game modifications for Mario Kart Wii (i.e. music hacks, unlock everything hacks, 9999VR hacks, etc). The only codes that are allowed to be on the forum are contained on each game's respective threads. All of the codes in this thread are verified by the staff.7B) Hacking
Should league, World Cup or site staff determine a player is hacking on Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, or Mario Kart 8 (including Deluxe), the following will happen:
Hacking, in this case, means using hacks for malicious intent, such as the following:
Hacks without malicious intent, such as the following, will not be punished:
While we do not punish players directly for non-maliciously texture hacking, remember that the Players' Page (http://www.mariokart64.com) punishes players for using texture hacks.7C) Illegal Activities
Using MarioKartBoards as a medium for performing illegal, harmful, and/or dangerous activities is strictly prohibited. Punishment for doing so is a permanent ban.
To clarify, any severe illegal activities related to MarioKartBoards members that occur off-site may also be considered at staff discretion.
Posting explicitly inappropriate or graphic content on MarioKartBoards is not allowed. These posts will be removed and the member will receive an indefinite ban based upon staff discretion.
Graphic Content may include but is not limited to:
To place a spoiler in your post, copy and paste the following code:
[spoiler=NSFW] Place text / image here [/spoiler]
Failure to mark these images clearly will result in a punishment based upon staff discretion.7E) Harassment
The MarioKartBoards team takes any form of harassment very seriously. The term ‘harassment’ can be found in many different forms; below are different forms of harassment as well as the corresponding punishment users will receive for violations thereof:Harassment worthy of indefinite bans:
When evaluating a harassment case, MarioKartBoards Staff look at the following factors to determine the appropriate punishment:
If you believe a user is harassing you or someone else, please contact staff at support@MarioKartBoards.com Whenever possible, provide any helpful screenshots and/or chat logs to supplement the report. To clarify, we handle cases that are on-site and off-site.
We understand that it may be difficult to stay away from coming to websites. If you feel that you need to be forced to stay away from MarioKartBoards for your own reasons, you may request a self-ban.
To do this, find any MarioKartBoards staff member (anyone with a red or blue username) and send them a private message telling that person you want to request a self-ban or send an email to support@MarioKartBoards.com
When you want to return, contact us at support@MarioKartBoards.com
Each user is granted three opportunities to self-ban. After the third, the user will lose their privileges to self-ban.
If you receive a month-long or indefinite ban that you feel shouldn’t have been given to you, you have the right to appeal your ban thrice. You must wait 2 months in-between appeals. Please keep in mind that you will be unable to appeal if you were banned for illegal activities.
You cannot appeal to MarioKartBoards Staff if you have been banned for hacking -- if you hacked on Mario Kart Wii, you must appeal to WL Staff. If you hacked on Mario Kart 8, you cannot appeal.
In your appeal, you should include:
To appeal, go to the “Appeals” subforum located underneath "Site Discussion", or “Appeals” located underneath "Council" under Wiimmfi League and post a new thread. You cannot edit your post while banned, so proof-read before you post.
Keep in mind that before you are able to post in the subforums, a certain amount of the ban’s duration must have already passed. For each of the ban lengths, here is how much time must pass:
If the respective amount of time has passed and you are still unable to view the appeal subforum, please contact us at support@MarioKartBoards.com
MarioKartBoards staff reserve the right to change the number of granted appeals banned users have based upon the severity of the incident. Requests for additional appeal chances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
MarioKartBoards hosts a variety of tournaments and leagues, namely the Wiimmfi League (WL), Mario Kart Universal (MKU), and the Mario Kart World Cup (MKWC or WC). In addition to the MarioKartBoards moderation team, we are glad to have volunteers that staff and organize these events. These staff members are given special banners below their forum name while they are performing their duties. Since these users have special responsibilities, they are expected to act as role models and behave as such while carrying out their tasks for the league staff they belong to.
Users that are a part of any kind of Staff affiliated with MarioKartBoards are held to a higher standard. In addition to be being bound by the code of conduct here, Staff members that violate MarioKartBoards behavioral standards on or off-site will face stricter consequences:
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