It is respectfully requested you follow these rules when posting on this or any other forum. Please read the following rules before posting on the SEGA PSOBB forums:
Rules last updated Sept. 2nd

The SEGA PSOBB Message Boards are open to all and we encourage the exchange of ideas and information. In order to keep our community thriving, we ask that you follow these few basic rules of conduct.

Please respect our community members and refrain from posting any of the following content and abide by the following rules:
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Personal Attacks
Hate posts and personal attacks will not be tolerated on the Sega.com boards. If you talk trash about another member or post inciting topics specifically to provoke a negative response, you will be banned from the service.

Spam
Please don't jam up the boards with senseless, empty messages. The Sega.com message boards are not to be used for surveys, party postings, or chain letters. Posting the same question across several boards is irritating to users. Please post your topic once and on the appropriate board for your topic.

Advertisements
Any messages containing advertisements or commercial spamming are not permitted on Sega.com message boards. Please use another venue to buy and sell your merchandise. If you're wishing to post a related site keep it on "Sega Fan Sites." found at the boards at www.boards.sega.com

Profanity

There are other ways to get your point across than using excessive profanity. Please refrain from using offensive language. Sometimes, the forum system (as well has game system) might filter out a word that is 100% acceptable. If so, you may find a way to bypass the filter. However, bypassing the filter for an inapropriate word or phrase is TOTALLY unacceptable.

Off-Topic Posts
If you post a question that doesn't have anything to do with the topic at hand, it's okay. However, if you repeat such questions just to annoy others, your questions will be deleted and further postings monitored. Further action may be taken to ban you from use of the Sega.com boards.

Questionable Content
You know where that line is, just don't cross it. Please refrain from posting messages that are abusive, sexually-oriented, threatening, vulgar, hateful, obscene, provoking, misleading, intentionally inaccurate, harassing, profane, privacy invading, or persuasive toward illegal behavior.

Regarding Avatars
1) Sorry, we can't allow offsite avatar linkage.
2) If you have suggestions/requests for avatars (SEGA THEMED) -- please send to adminhelp@segaamerica.com.
3) Feel free to submit your own Sega-themed ones. Here are the rules:

Nothing profane
Must be Sega-themed
Must be 96x64 pixels
Must be saved out as a .png
Must be around 9kb max

4) If you have multiples, please send them in a .zip file
5) We make no guarantees that the avatars you send will be used

Regarding signatures
Offensive/racy/offensive sigs are not allowed. We will modify them if we see something questionable.

Regarding Spamming
Please refrain from making senseless posts in order to pad your thread count. Threads with high spam content are subject to removal. In these cases, you will lose your post count for those threads. Please use your best judgement and try to contribute positively to the community!

Regarding original game concepts/art, etc.
Sorry, but Sega does not accept submissions of original concepts or artwork for new games, or any ideas for enhancing or developing current Sega titles. We suggest you take computer classes and take a shot at designing it yourself. You can then enter it in the Independent Game Festival (every February in San Jose, California) or target a small production house and pitch your idea.

Regarding Piracy
A user is not allowed to give links directly to pirated material or give links to sites containing pirated material. This includes but is not limited to Software (including game roms and images), music, any form of art, or anything else which is copyrighted.

A user may freely discuss piracy on the boards, however may not actively engage in it in any way. If a user displays a link to a website containing piracy that website's host will be notified of it and potentially your ISP will be notified.

Regarding Emulation
Distribution of emulators or discussion of emulation is fine so long as game software or other copyrighted software (including a system BIOS) is not distributed illegally. Once again as stated above if you are found to be distributing such software illegally your host (if you have one) and potentially your ISP will be notified of these actions.


Regarding Links:
Please follow these guidelines when posting links: (for both post links and signature links)

1. Absolutely NO inappropriate content can be included in links. This involves inappropriate site linkage, picture linkage, etc. if you need to know what's "Inappropriate" view the top of the board rules for information. Basically, inappropriate content includes profanity and other questionable content such as anything that is abusive, sexually-oriented, threatening, vulgar, hateful, obscene, provoking, misleading, intentionally inaccurate, harassing, profane, privacy invading, or persuasive toward illegal behavior.

REMEMBER: Other users may see your links to sites or your links to pictures. Please be considerate of the other members on the forum.

2. Absolutely NO harmful or malicious links to files or sites. Trying to spread harmful files is NOT AT ALL, WHATSOEVER tolerated on these forums.

3. Advertisement links are not allowed on the Sega forums just as Advertisement posts are not allowed. Please find another place to advertise merchandise. Any fan sites should go into the "Sega Fan Sites" section.

4. Do not "spam" links.

As with all of the rules of the forum, anything that might not be mentioned in the rules directly, yet can be implied indirectly from the rules ("risky" content) can be deemed illegal by the forum moderation and administration team.

Anyone who violates these rules are subject to punishment, anywhere from deletion of posts to ban, according to how severe the infraction is and based upon the moderators and administrators decisions.

If a member feels that these rules have been violated there is a link on each topic to report the offensive post to a moderator or administrator.

Regarding Board Moderators
Our forums are moderated and moderators hold the right of closing or deleting a thread they feel is inappropriate. Once a topic is closed, members are not allowed to start new ones with the same topic or to question why a specific thread has been closed.
All questions or remarks regarding closed or deleted threads must be e-mailed privately to the moderator who performed this action. Further any discussion of these rules is to be held through the Administrators or Moderators, via e-mail, and not on the forums themselves.

Issues you may have with any of the Mods can be brought up with either myself or Supa by emailing us at adminhelp@segaamerica.com. Please include your username and the issue you have with the mod in question. We will read all proper submissions.

FYI: "[USERNAME] isn't doing a good job" is not worth our time or yours; please be more coherent than that.

ALSO: If you are angry because yours, or someone else's obscenities have been deleted please save yourself the trouble; thats what the mods are here for.

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Thank you for your cooperation and thank you for posting at Sega's PSOBB.com boards.