The Rules

The Golden Principle: Treat one another with respect.

  1. Do not distribute ROMs or other illegal or plagiarized content through the chat.
  2. No posting or linking to: suggestive content, pornography, hentai, or other inappropriate materials.
  3. No slurs or other expressions of bigotry. This includes, but is not limited to, racial, religious, gendered, sexual, homophobic, and/or transphobic slurs.
  4. No flaming, baiting, or bullying. This applies regardless of whether a specific member of the community is targeted.
  5. Usernames/nicknames must be identifiable and adhere to the rules. No swearing in usernames. No impersonation.
  6. Creating an alt for the purpose of avoiding a punishment is grounds for a ban. Alting in general is not forbidden.
  7. Failure to comply with a moderator’s instructions will result in warns or eventually a ban. Do not test the boundaries of what is disallowed.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These don’t have to be hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

As an anti-spam measure, FEU uses a trust level system. This means that new users are restricted from certain actions until you’ve participated a certain amount. Most importantly, these restrictions include posting images and certain types of links. So long as you’re participating normally, you’ll reach trust level 2 after 24 hours. If you’re an existing member and you see a new member struggling, please direct them to these rules!

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling.
  • Ad hominem attacks.
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Knee-jerk contradiction.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it . If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

If you would like to contact the staff privately, you can send a direct message to the staff as a whole as follows:

  • From anywhere on the forum, hit the c key to open the composer.
  • In the top left of the composer, hit the + button next to Create a new topic, and select New Message
  • In the add a user field, add the staff group.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
  • Don’t post no-content replies. We reserve the right to delete and lock threads if pointless bumping becomes a problem.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a New Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

You should take special care when posting projects that use someone else’s work, such as an art or writing asset. We default to assuming that art assets are not available for use unless explicitly stated to be so, and it is the project creator’s responsibility to secure permission. Note that such permission can be conditional, such as “free to use with credit given”.

Content Policy

In addition to the above guidelines, in order to ensure that our community remains welcoming and engaging to all, we are requiring that all posted projects adhere to the FEU Content Policy.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS .