The forum rules, to maintain a friendly and fun community.
Even the great pirates who sailed the treacherous seas followed a set of rules, the guidelines mentioned on this page (often referred to as the "community guidelines") is a set of rules and instructions that are to be followed by every member on One Piece Forum.
Our community guidelines exist to ensure every member has fun and enjoys their experience on One Piece Forum. One Piece Forum may update its community guidelines as and when necessary. It is your responsibility to check the community guidelines periodically to ensure you are aware of all our community guidelines.
1. General Etiquette
BE COURTEOUS, RESPECT OTHERS AND THEIR OPINIONS
During discussions, you may often come across someone who has a different opinion compared to yours. Respect everyone's opinions, be courteous and polite while discussing/debating, and treat others the way you would like to be treated.
PUBLISH CONTENT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
Be responsible, publish content (visual or text-based) which is suitable for all ages as One Piece Forum can be accessed by anyone above the age of 13. You can express yourself freely, however while using swear/curse words use your sense of restriction!
MAINTAIN A SINGLE ACCOUNT
Use only one account to access and interact with One Piece Forum and the community. Have siblings or roommates who may share the internet with you? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to such registrations.
CONTACT THE TEAM, HIT THE FLAG ICON!
If you come across a member or content violating the guidelines, alert Team OPF by clicking the "Flag" icon! Let us handle it, and continue enjoying your OPF experience.
FOR THE FANDOM, BY THE FANDOM
You are only allowed to post links to fan-subbed or fan-scanlated content that is accessible without any payment and made available to everyone.
DON'T BE AGGRESSIVE OR DISRESPECT OTHERS
Personal attacks, aggressive messages, and passive-aggressive behavior is unacceptable. Bullying other members is strictly prohibited, flame-baiting and trying to purposely disrupt peaceful discussion will lead to warning OR account suspension.
DON'T USE LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH IN DISCUSSIONS
Use of languages other than English in public communication and discussions is a no-no.
DON'T PUBLISH OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT
Don't publish content which is adult in nature (18+) such as but not limited to: porn, gore, etc. Don't insult other members directly with swear/curse words. You are prohibited from sharing warez or other illegal content of such nature.
DON'T CREATE MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
Creating and using multiple accounts is strictly prohibited and there are no exceptions. Have siblings or roommates who may share the internet with you? E-mail us at email@example.com prior to such registrations.
AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WHOLE WORD BLIND
Don't get involved in any behavior that violates the guidelines, or you may end up getting into trouble! Hit the "Flag" icon, let us handle it, and continue enjoying your OPF experience.
LICENSED CONTENT IS NOT TO BE SHARED
Sharing of licensed releases is prohibited. Example: Do not share scans of the official Viz Media publications or DVD rips of Funimation releases.
1.a) THE STAFF (TEAM ONE PIECE FORUM)
The community staff (referred to as "Team OPF") are responsible to ensure smooth sailing and enforce the community guidelines. We request you to co-operate with the Team and help us in maintaining an atmosphere where everyone enjoys. Kindly follow the directives that are issued by Team members, and do not try to enforce the community guidelines yourself (backseat-moderation is prohibited).
If you feel a moderation action is incorrect or need further explanation on any matter, please feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.b) COMMUNICATION ETIQUETTE
You are not allowed to force any member into providing any personal information such as Name, Address, Facebook Account, Skype, Email etc. You are expected to communicate publicly and privately with members in a non-vulgar, non-sexual, decent and civilized manner. Any behavior that is deemed akin to that of stalking, cyber-stalking, bullying, harassment of any kind, especially towards someone who can be viewed as a romantic interest or suits your sexual preference, will be viewed seriously and the account permanently suspended if found guilty.
If you feel you are being stalked or harassed in any manner, please feel free to contact email@example.com.
1.c) ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES
Please ensure that you read the Avatar, Profile Cover & Signature Guidelines and the Spoiler Guidelines. You must ensure that you follow the community guidelines while online on OPF, some sections of the forum may have additional guidelines and you are expected to be aware of and follow such additional guidelines.
2. Interaction & Content Etiquette
SHARE YOUR CONTENT AND PUBLICATIONS
You are allowed to share your personal blog, deviantArt account, Facebook Page (for content creators) etc. on your profile information and signature.
CONTRIBUTE WITH YOUR CONTENT
Use the "search" feature before creating new discussions to ensure that you do not publish duplicate content, be descriptive in your discussion titles. Contribute to all discussions you participate in with meaningful and valuable content. Steer clear of any off-topic discussion that derails the thread from its original discussion. Ensure your content does not contain one word or one line responses. Avoid a 'post-buffing' mentality.
Publish content that you create yourself. In-case you are publishing content that is not created by you, provide a link to the original source of the content. While sharing news or articles, provide excerpts (short part) of the content and share a link (to the original source) for further reading.
YOUR PROFILE, YOUR PERSONAL SPACE
Your profile is your personal space, you may post status updates, add your own profile cover, add additional information regarding yourself, etc.
ADVERTISING IS PROHIBITED
Do not post links with the primary intention of gaining visits/attention. You are not allowed to share or promote links to sites that are similar in nature to OPF.
DON'T ADD FLUFF
One word posts, posts containing only emoticons, one liners such as "Great thread!" "Downloading now!" etc is prohibited. You should avoid "necro-posting" or reviving discussions that are dated unless you have valuable content to add to the discussion. Your posts should contribute to the discussion or thread and must not deviate the discussion from its original topic.
Do not post content created by others claiming it to be your work, this applies to all types of content. Always credit the original source for content you have not created yourself. Avoid posting news articles in its entirety and only post excerpts (short part) while providing a link to the original source for further reading.
DON'T MISUSE PROFILE FEATURES
Spamming on profiles is prohibited, "spamming" in this case refers to making consecutive non-constructive or meaningless posts, such posts will be removed.
2.a) LINKING TO LICENSED CONTENT
Linking to licensed content (anime/manga/other content) is not allowed. That is; providing links to torrents, manga readers, direct downloads etc. is strictly prohibited. Using full pages/scans of official translations is also strictly prohibited.
3. Theories & Speculations Section Etiquette
PUBLISH ORIGINAL CONTENT
Theories & Speculation section is a platform for content creators to share their original theories and speculations, content you publish must be your own work, appropriate credits must be given if certain parts of your published content are inspired by others content. Ideas and elements do not belong to any one person, but how you present such ideas and elements do. Be original, be creative and publish content that would be enjoyed by the readers.
ORGANIZATION, TAGGING AND FORMATTING
Categorize your theory or speculation appropriately, based on what the main matter of the theory or speculation is. For example, if your theory is "Monkey D. Dragon Was Previously A Marine" it would belong in the Theory tag as that is the main matter of the post. Use tags that describe your content and will make it easier for readers to find your content. Format your content in a decent manner, highlight headings with font sizes and colors, aim at making your content easy and enjoyable to read.
REVIEWING, RATINGS & CRITICISM
Ratings provide readers an option to filter content and reach quality content faster, readers must rate and review a theory or speculation in an unbiased, constructive manner. Take into account all points that the author has placed into his or her content and read the content properly before rating. Authors should take reviews, ratings & criticism in a sporting manner, understand the reviewers perspective and respond in a mature manner. Readers must try to keep their reviews & ratings as precise as possible.
Content title helps the reader understand what he or she would be reading, be as precise as you can in your titles and avoid using abbreviations in titles.
PLAGIARISM IS PROHIBITED
Claiming someone else's work as yours is strictly prohibited and will lead to action being taken against your account. Do not copy-paste theories and speculations from other websites and communities even with the intention to share, only publish original content. Do not fail to credit others if parts of your published content are inspired by others creations. Everyone who creates content dedicates a substantial amount of time and love, respect that.
MISUSING TAGS, IMPROPER FORMATTING & CATEGORIZATION
Do not place your theory or speculation in the wrong tag intentionally, categorization helps readers find specific content and helps your content reach out to more readers. Do not tag your content with irrelevant tags in order to confuse readers into reading your content. Do not make it hard for readers to read your content by using excessive formatting options, avoid bolding all of your text and avoid long paragraphs that have no line breaks. Do not confuse readers by adding unnecessary material to the content body, stick to the point and avoid going off-topic within your content.
MISUSE AND ABUSE OF RATINGS
Do not rate content negatively just because of your personal bias against the author, and do not rate content positively just because the author is close to you. Biased ratings will only pollute content and hamper our efforts to provide more quality content to readers. Authors must not respond in an aggressive manner to negative ratings and should not attack other members who criticize their work. Do not use the ratings & reviews to start an in-depth and long discussion, misuse or abuse of the rating system will lead to action being taken against your account. Do not be aggressive or criticize just for the sake of criticizing, be constructive.
INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT TITLES
Adding titles with the primary intention of having the reader click your theory ("click bait") is strictly prohibited. Do not use abbreviations in your titles, avoid using phrases such as "CONFIRMED!" "REVEALED!" "SPOILERS!" in your titles as this would be considered "click bait".
3.a) ACCEPTABLE CONTENT POLICY
The Theories & Speculation platform is for content creators to share their work with the fanbase, content that is posted on this section is based on canon material from the series and content creators take time to inspect elements from the series to theorize or speculate various aspects of the series. Content that lacks depth, length or explanation should not be posted on this platform. Examples of content that should not be posted on the platform includes but is not limited to:
a) Content that lacks explanation of any sort, where the author does not provide reasoning behind their theory or speculation which ends up confusing the reader.
b) Content that isn't theorizing or speculating aspects of the series, but rather geared towards discussion of a certain aspect.
If you believe any published content on the platform is not in accordance with our acceptable content policy, please help us by reporting such content so that we can review it.
4. Media Etiquette
UPLOAD YOUR ORIGINAL CONTENT
Upload and share original works and content created by you. This includes art-work, vectors, graphical works, wallpapers and any creative original content.
COMMENTS, RATING AND CRITICISM
Be friendly and polite in your comments, ensure you are fair while rating any content. Make sure your criticism is constructive and helps the author or artist improve their work. While replying to ratings and comments on your own work, be polite and take criticism in good spirit. Report any irregularities.
TAGS AND INFORMATION
Tag your content with tags that are suitable or describe your content, add sufficient and detailed information to describe your creation to others.
PLAGIARISM IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED
Uploading works and content not created by yourself is strictly prohibited. OPF is not an image host, do not upload screenshots, personal photos, etc.
COMMENTS, RATING AND CRITICISM
Avoid being rude or impolite in your comments and ensure your ratings are fair, rating a content unfairly and not on purely on the merit of the content is prohibited. Ensure your criticism is constructive. Do not respond to comments and ratings on your work in an aggressive or impolite manner.
IMPROPER TAGS AND LACK OF INFORMATION
Do not add tags that do not relate to your content in any manner, uploads that lack information such as a valid title, description etc. are subject to removal.
7. TERMS OF SERVICE
YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 13 YEARS OLD TO REGISTER AND USE ONE PIECE FORUM, ANYONE BELOW THE AGE OF 13 CAN REGISTER WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A GUARDIAN AND WE MAY ASK FOR A WRITTEN CONSENT FORM
Content submitted on OPF express the views of their author only. OPF is not responsible for any user-generated content. You agree to not use OPF to submit or link to any content which is defamatory, abusive, hateful, threatening, spam or spam-like, likely to offend, contains adult or objectionable content, contains personal information of others, encourages unlawful activity, or otherwise violates any laws. All content you submit may be reviewed by Team OPF. Content submitted by recently registered members (‘new registrations’) may be sent to spam prevention services for verification, do not submit any content that you consider to be private or confidential. OPF and its Team reserve the right to remove or modify any content submitted for any reason without explanation. Requests for content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion.
In case of any such situation arising where the published guidelines are ambiguous or incomplete, Team PF ("Staff") reserve the right of judgement and will handle issues based on their understanding of the guidelines. Trying to evade, bypass or find flaws within the mentioned guidelines will be viewed seriously and Team OPF reserves the right to take action against any account with regards to their usage of OPF at any time. Access to OPF is not guaranteed to you and access may be restricted or removed at any time at our discretion.
You may not access One Piece Forum through automated or programmatic means. You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your content in connection with OPF. You retain copyright over the content.
If you wish to have your account deleted, please contact us. Do note;
A) Deleted users will not be allowed a duplicate/second account for a probation period of 6 months from deletion.
B) Deleted users who request account deletion to bypass bans, warnings or other restrictions will not be allowed another account on One Piece Forum. Duplicate accounts will be suspended permanently.