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SITE RULESThese rules apply to the site as a whole. The most important of these rules were listed during account creation (see the Adventure Rules). If a rule is broken, even if you weren’t aware it was a rule, you still broke it. Rules listed here count as being given “fair warning.” First time offenses are normally given a warning, unless serious. Serious offenses may result in the removal of your access to all or parts of the site (being “locked”). Last Updated: 17 July 2021
Rule 1: Content Level – Keep it PG
This site is intended to be child-friendly with parental guidance. Inappropriate content or language may not be posted on profiles, on the forums, or in chat. Linking to or referencing inappropriate content posted off-site (such as on DeviantArt, Tumblr, YouTube, etc) is not allowed. Parents and guardians are welcome to monitor their minor child’s gameplay. A. Acronyms Acronyms that are generally accepted to include common swears, vulgarity, or other inappropriate language are not allowed, including using asterisks or other methods to "censor" them. B. Alternate Ratings PokéFarm has no age requirement for playing the game itself. Certain areas of the site require that players be a certain age before that area can be accessed.
- Discord Chat: In order to comply with Discord’s Terms of Service, only players 13 years and older may access PokéFarm’s official Discord server.
- 15+ RPs and Fanfiction: Content in RPs and Fanfics in these subforums may exceed a PG rating, but may not be explicit or overly violent. Only players 15 years and older may access these subforums.
- Mature Content: All forum content that exceeds a PG rating (with the exception of 15+ RPs and Fanfiction) must be kept in the Mature Forums. Profile content that exceeds a PG rating must be placed inside a Mature Hidebox. Only players 18 years and older, and who have played for at least 30 days, may access the Mature Forums.
Rule 2: Respect Each Other
The players and staff members you interact with are real people too. Just as you should be treated with respect, so should you treat them with respect. A. Everyone Plays How They Want to Play There is no “right” way of playing the game (though cheating is definitely a “wrong” way). Players may click, or not click, however they want. Players may attempt to sell their Pokémon, items or currency for whatever values they wish. Please do not attempt enforce your style of gameplay or economic values on any other player. Likewise, players may do whatever they wish with the Pokémon they own. No one may attempt to enforce their own rules regarding the Pokémon owned by other players. If you sell a Pokémon, you no longer have any ownership over that Pokémon. B. Harassment If a player asks you not to contact them again, continuing to contact them against their wishes is harassment, whether through PMs, on the forums, or in chat. Harassment also includes any malicious actions taken on site that are demonstrably targeting another player. A guide on Do Not Contact requests and how they are generally handled can be found here. Harassment is a serious offense and may result in a lock being placed on your account. C. Mini-Modding Mini-modding occurs when one player witnesses rule-breaking and tries to address it with the other player themselves, instead of reporting the rule break so that it can be dealt with by a Moderator. Mini-modding can make situations worse and even interfere with proper rule enforcement. D. Blacklisting Blacklisting disrespects other players by “naming and shaming” them, or publicly discussing them in a negative or insulting way. This includes posting lists in Trade Shops of players that you will not trade with again, or who have broken your personal trade rules. If you want to keep such a list, please use the Notepad feature on your Farm page to keep a private list. E. Vaguing Vaguing disrespects other players by “shaming without naming”, or discussing another player negatively without using the player’s name. Any negative post or message about another player that contains enough information for that player to be reasonably identified is vaguing. F. Aiding in Rule-Breaking If you are aware of another player breaking the rules, such as by creating a second account or using an auto-clicker, and do not report it, you are “aiding and abetting” and a lock may be placed on your account. This also includes distributing or advertising methods of cheating or exploiting game features in ways not intended by the developer. G. Feedback PokéFarm is constantly changing and developing, with new content being implemented and old content being improved or removed. Feedback on these changes is welcomed and encouraged, but disrespect or hostility is not. Okay: “I preferred the old melan sprite, I liked the purple better and the new pose looks off-balance.” Not Okay: “The new sprite looks like crap, change it back to the old sprite.” H. Locked Players If a player is locked, information regarding that lock is confidential. Players may not discuss or request information regarding another player's lock. Locked players may choose to discuss their own locks, but players found to be lying about or misconstruing the reason(s) for their lock to other players may receive a lock on their account in order to discuss the situation. PokéFarm reserves the right to make public the information regarding a player's lock in order to defend against serious accusations; however, this would occur only in extreme circumstances where all other attempts at reconciliation have been unsuccessful. I. Staff Members Staff members are people and players too. The same rules apply to staff members that apply to all other players. Staff members should treat players with respect, and players should treat staff members with respect. If a Moderator contacts you regarding a broken rule, they are doing their job, not attacking you personally. Responding to a warning or a lock with hostility or disrespect will result in disciplinary actions. A Moderator may instruct you to respond to a warning in order to show you received and understand the warning. If a response is required, failing to respond will result in a lock being placed on your account in order to bring you to the Support Centre for a discussion. If you feel a staff member is behaving in a manner that breaks the rules, you may report them (though keep in mind reports are visible to all staff members), or directly contact PokéFarm's Staff Administrator, Garthic. Please do not contact members of the Art Team to report rule-breaking. Questions about site rules should be directed to a Moderator or to the appropriate forum thread.
Rule 3: Accounts
Rule 4: Don't Cheat
Cheating can be defined as breaking the rules in order to benefit yourself or others. A. Automated Gameplay PokéFarm does not allow the use of bots, macros, auto-clickers, auto-refreshers, or any other computer program designed to make actions for you. All gameplay must be accomplished by you and you alone. Neither may you use physical objects on your keyboard to perform actions for you, nor enable your mouse to double-click. PokéFarm offers an accessibility option for those who find repetitive clicking to be physically disabling. Clicking and dragging a Berry over a group of Pokémon while in Field View will feed each Pokémon without requiring additional mouse clicks. Players may use CSS to re-arrange their user interface to improve their gameplay; this is allowed because the CSS does not perform actions for the player. B. Scamming Scamming involves deliberately lying to another player in order to convince them to complete a trade. This includes lying about the value of a Pokémon, item, or currency (price negotiations do not count), or lying about the conditions of a trade agreement, such as agreeing to a Dex trade while intending to keep or sell the Pokémon. Players may not click Pokémon or breed Eggs for payment. Allowing this in the past has resulted in too many instances of scamming other players. C. Exploitation An exploit is any method by which a player may "get around" a restriction imposed by the game in order to benefit. While exploits may not be fully eliminated, we have taken steps to limit the advantage using such exploits can give players. Using exploits goes against the spirit of the game, and if you are found to be advertising or teaching others to use an exploit, a lock may be placed on your account. D. Circumventing Locks If you have received a Forum or PM lock, do not attempt to use other site functions to get around your lock, such as asking another player to bump your forum thread or using the trade message feature to continue PM conversations. Respect the consequences of rule-breaking and either wait for the lock to expire (if timed), or contact the Support Centre to discuss the situation. Trying to circumvent a lock will result in either the extension of the lock in question, or the placement of additional locks.
Rule 5: No SPAM
SPAM: Stupid, Pointless, or Annoying Messages. A wide range of posts or messages may qualify as SPAM; Moderators make the final determination on whether a post or message is SPAM. SPAM includes, but is not limited to the below: A. No Begging Begging consists of asking other players for Pokémon, items, or currency without offering anything of equivalent value in return. This also includes contacting other players to ask them to click your Pokémon. Contacting a player who is offering clicks, Pokémon, items, or currency does not count as begging. You may also place requests in your About Me, Trainer Card, and forum signature. B. Type Appropriately Communicate with other players as clearly as possible. Pay attention to spelling and grammar, and keep chatspeak to a minimum. You don't need to be perfect, but please make an effort to be understood. C. Mass Messaging A player commits Mass Spam when they send the same or a highly similar unsolicited message to multiple players. Just like in real life with email spam and robocallers, no one likes receiving SPAM in this way. D. CAPS LOCK Please limit your use of CAPS LOCK. Culturally, the use of caps lock for more than a few words in a message has come to signify "shouting", and is considered to be fairly rude. No post should consist entirely or even mostly of ALL CAPS. E. Pointless Posts Posts that do not contribute to the discussion are considered to be SPAM. This includes posts that have no meaningful content (such as posting "No Support" and nothing else in a Suggestions thread), posts that are off-topic, and posts that consist entirely of emojis or emoticons. F. Excessive Quoting Posts consisting of large blocks of quotes are considered SPAM as there is no point in doing this and it needlessly lengthens a post which makes it difficult to read. Posts should be limited to 3 nested quotes (quotes within quotes within quotes) each.
Rule 6: Art Usage
PokéFarm requires that all art (including traditional or digital artwork, gifs, photos, and sprites) used publicly on the site be properly credited to its creator/artist. If the image is not from an official source, or designated by its creator as "free to use", the player must also have permission from the creator to use the image. Players may not use "random images found using Google Search". A. Art Theft Using art against the permission of the artist is termed on PokéFarm as "art theft", but is actually a form of copyright infringement. This is an illegal act with potential legal consequences. For more information, see Art Usage and Crediting. B. Tracing "Tracing" refers to the act of exactly or closely duplicating all or part of an image. Players who trace official art for personal usage must credit their source material (Ex. "Official art of Eevee, modified by me"). Tracing official artwork to give to someone as a gift is acceptable as there is no profit involved. Attempting to sell traced official art that has not been sufficiently modified from the original, for profit, will result in a lock being placed on your account for art theft, and you will be required to reimburse your customers. "Sufficient modification" of official art includes the following: a full recolour, modification of at least half the image, the addition to the image of a significant piece of original art, etc. Tracing art other than official art, whether for personal usage or profit, will also result in a lock being placed on your account for art theft. PokéFarm does not, in general, approve of tracing except as a tool for practicing art. C. Using PokéFarm Sprites Wherever possible, PokéFarm uses official Pokémon sprites. Recent generations of Pokémon games that do not have official sprites have needed PokéFarm's Art Team to create Pokémon sprites from scratch. Additionally, PokéFarm has designed entirely original creations (Exclusives or "Fakemon"). Art and sprites created by the PokéFarm Art Team for PokéFarm's use are copyrighted (see our Copyright page). If you want to use these images off-site, or modify them for use on-site, you must request permission from PokéFarm's Art Director. Failing to request this permission will result in a lock being placed on your account.
Rule 7: Legibility
PokéFarm allows players to modify their About Mes, forum posts, and forum signatures through the use of both BBCode and CSS. Any changes made to background colour, font colour, font type, or font size may not result in content that is unreadable, or difficult/painful to read. "Difficult to read" is subjective; if in doubt, report it for review by the Moderator Team. For more information, see the Legibility Guidelines. A. Site Skins Customisable site skins let players set background and text colours that are visible only to them. Background and text colours defined by BBCode and CSS override the colours set by a player's site skin. Because of this, should you choose to modify the colours of your public content through BBCode/CSS, you must define colours for your background, text, and text links. For example, if you set your text colour as "black", but don't set a background colour, a player using a site skin with a black background will see your post as black text on a black background, or completely illegible. B. Flashing Images PokéFarm does not allow the public posting of flashing images, due to the possibility of triggering epileptic seizures or migraines. C. Image Size In general, keep images posted on-site within reasonable size limits, such as a maximum of 600x800px. Larger images risk being cut off or being otherwise unviewable. D. Templates Templates may not be larger than 600px wide and 400px tall, minus the template's internal contents. Templates must be equally legible whether viewed from a computer or a mobile device; the template must not appear to have been cut off when using a mobile device. From a PC, you may see how your template would look on a mobile device by using Alt+1. Similarly, templates designed for use in the forums may not fit properly in a player's About Me, and vice versa, resulting in a broken (and potentially illegible) template.
Rule 8: Spoilers
Some players prefer to discover game mechanics for themselves. While discussion of these mechanics on the site is not forbidden (and they can generally be found in the Wiki), threads about these mechanics should be clearly marked in the thread title as "Spoilers", and posts should keep this information contained within a tagged hidebox. A. New Pokémon Games Nintendo continues to develop the Pokémon franchise, and often releases information about new games prior to release dates. Not everyone wants to know this information ahead of time. To accomodate this, discussion of any upcoming games must be kept to the official discussion thread created for each game. This "spoiler ban" remains in effect for any new Pokémon up until the Pokémon is added to PokéFarm. The only exceptions to this rule are below:
- Usernames: We do not forbid players to name themselves after newly-released Pokémon, but you may not provide any information about the meaning of your username.
- Journals: A player's journal may contain spoilers, provided the name of the journal clearly states it contains spoilers ("[SPOILERS] Journal Name"), and each spoiler is placed within a hide box, which must also be clearly marked for spoilers.
Rule 9: Advertising
PokéFarm does not allow active advertisement - you'll notice there are no annoying ads on your PokéFarm screen. PokéFarm allows limited passive advertisement, such as the placement of text links to other sites in your About Me and forum signature. Advertisement other than through the use of text links and adoptables is not permitted. A. Off-Site Chats PokéFarm does not allow the advertisement of off-site chats (Discord, Skype, WhatsApp, etc.), unless those chats are run and moderated by a staff member, who will enforce site rules within that chat. B. Misleading Links Text links may not mislead players regarding the link's destination. For example, a text link that says "See my trade shop!" should not lead to your YouTube channel. Ideally, a text link should clearly state its destination or purpose. C. Adoptables Adoptables from other pet websites may be posted in your About Me or forum signature within reason. A large amount of content can result in your content being cut off by size restrictions. All adoptables should retain their links to their home website. Pet sites generally allow their players to use adoptable images on other sites for the purpose of advertising and linking back to their site. Removing these links while continuing to use the adoptable images is art theft.
Rule 10: British Laws Apply
PokéFarm is a website owned by a British company, and so all British laws apply. Anything that is currently illegal in Great Britain may not be discussed on this website; doing so may result in a lock being placed on your account. You are not required to memorize British law, but please use your common sense. According to British law, site staff must be able to access all Personal Messages in order to catch anyone committing illegal acts (and we have!). Staff may only access these messages if we have reasonable suspicion that a player has committed an illegal act or violation of PokéFarm's Terms of Service. In extreme cases PokéFarm's owners reserve the right to deny access to their property ("PokéFarm") to any players for any reason. The reason will be provided to any players so denied. By law, players under the age of 18 are considered to be minors. Players 18 years or older are considered to be adults.