Greetings loyal followers of Equestria Daily, Octavia here! I'm pleased to announce the implementation of our new set of rules and guidelines regarding commenting and etiquette on this site. Please click below the break for all relevant information so you may stay well-informed and up to date.
1.) Please leave the drama at the door.
2.) Do not post or link any clop/Not Safe For Work images in your comments. This is a family-friendly site. This means no breasts, genitalia, etc. If it would be covered by a swimsuit on a public beach, it doesn't belong on here.
3.) "Saucy" or suggestive images are deemed acceptable to post. However, when doing so, please note in the comment field that said image is of a suggestive nature to warn those who may not wish to view it. Young characters (fillies and colts) deemed saucy are not acceptable to post.
4.) What you say should reflect the first two rules. If you want to say a character is super cute and you'd love to go out with them, that's completely fine. But sexual terms are not acceptable here. We implement a word filter to aid us in filtering out some words and terms.
5.) No gore images. Things such as excessive blood, entrails, or beings being tortured or maimed. This counts for both real images (photographs) and drawn images (artwork).
6.) Please no attacking other site guests. Polite and well-mannered debates are acceptable, but absolutely no name-calling, insulting, threatening, or mud-slinging. If you start attacking or insulting others, you will receive a ban.
7.) Impersonation of other site guests or site Staff is forbidden. This means changing your username to that of someone else.
8.) No spamming. This means posting the same comment, video, etc. multiple times, in rapid succession, or in places they don't belong. Also included in this are text art, vertical lines of text, excessive use of emoji's, excessive HTML code use, strings of separate comments containing a single word each, deliberately posting blank comments, etc. Basically, make quality comments.
9.) The spoiler code is to be used in moderation and only for comments relating to episode spoilers. If you make a comment containing a spoiler to an upcoming episode, please use the spoiler code to conceal it so those who don't wish to see spoilers won't. Comments containing spoiler code that are not related to actual episode spoilers will be deleted.
10.) Keep all off-topic discussions and random comments to the Morning and Nightly Discussions. That's what we made them for after all. Any comments not related to the topic of the post will be deleted.
11.) No "First!", "Second!", etc. comments. Any such comments will be deleted. The spamming of such comments in multiple blog posts by the same user will result in a temporary ban.
12.) Racial slurs and images are prohibited. Any type of hate speech, derogatory terms, or related images are unacceptable to post here. This includes words and images meant to be demeaning, insulting or slandering to a group or race of people or other site guests.
13.) Swear words are not against the rules. However, we ask folks to keep the foul language to a minimum and in moderation. A comment containing a single swear word is allowed. Comments containing a bunch of swears or just a string of swear words will be deleted.
14.) Do not post info about sites facilitating downloads of pirated or illegal content. This includes links, torrents, and descriptions of where to download such content. Note: Links to YouTube are acceptable. Links to downloads are not.
15.) Don't antagonize or troll the moderators or other site staff. If you have a complaint, please file it appropriately by sending an email regarding your concern. A list of all appropriate email addresses can be found in the "Submit" tab to the far right side at the top of the page. If you continue to antagonize site staff after being politely asked not to, you will receive a ban.
16.) Don't act as a moderator unless you are one. If you see something that you believe to be against the site rules, take three seconds to simply report it and move on. Let the moderation team take care of it, that's their duty.
On the topic of reporting. If you see something you believe to see against our site rules, please take a brief moment to report it. We simply can't be everywhere all the time. Reporting comments that are against the rules helps us tremendously.
Formal warnings and bans:
If a user is in breach of any of these rules, the first course of action is a formal warning via a comment reply by site staff. If said user continues to break these rules, the next course of action will be a temporary ban. Temporary bans can vary in length depending on the severity of the case. The typical temporary ban will last two or three days.
Do not attempt to evade or skirt around a temporary ban. Users who do this will be permanently banned.
This list is not all-inclusive. Decisions on acceptability of content and behavior are up to site staff.
As noted above, these rules are subject to change periodically. This includes existing rules being retooled or new rules added in. If and when this list of rules do change, we will make an announcement regarding such changes, so everyone is kept up to date and informed.
For ease of access and reference, this list will also be more permanently posted up on the site.
Feel free to leave feedback or questions down below in the comments. I will answer any questions to the best of my ability.