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User Guidelines

WarcraftPets provides a fun, entertaining, and informative website for the World of Warcraft community. In that spirit, members of this site are encouraged to participate and share to make the site even more enjoyable for all who visit.


However, engaging in any form of inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Should a user violate any of the guidelines listed below, disciplinary action(s) will be taken.

Commenting, Messaging and Posting

All status updates, comments, messages and forum posts to be shared both publically or privately should not include any speech that is deemed "inappropriate." This includes speech that is racial, violent, sexual, obscene, disrespectful, or malicious in any way. Such statements will be removed and the offending user's account will likely incur a permanent suspension.


Inappropriate statements include (but are not limited to) the following categories:

Racial/Ethnic

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Promote racial/ethnic hatred
  • Are recognized as a racial/ethnic slur
  • Allude to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred

Extreme Sexuality/Violence

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Refer to extreme and/or violent sexual acts
  • Refer to extremely violent real life actions
  • Pornography

Sexual Preference

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual preference pertaining to themselves or other players

Posting Cheats, Hacks, or Malicious Content

This category includes:

  • Posting links to cheats, hacks, Trojan horses, or malicious viruses / programs

Obscene/Vulgar

This category includes both clear and masked language in posts, signatures, and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Are an inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
  • Are pornographic in nature

Inappropriate Language

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Are a mildly inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
  • Are otherwise considered objectionable
  • Bypass the Obscene Language filter

Harassing or Defamatory

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Insultingly refer to other characters, players, or groups of people
  • Result in ongoing harassment to other characters, players, or groups of people

Religion

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Negatively portray major religions or religious figures

National

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Promote national hatred
  • Are recognized as national slurs
  • Allude to symbols of national hatred

Spamming, Bumping and Trolling

This category includes:

  • Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish
  • Repeatedly posting in a specific thread for the sole purpose of "bumping" that topic to the top of the list.
  • Creating comments for the sole purpose of causing unrest
  • Causing disturbances, such as picking fights, making off-topic comments, insulting other users

Advertising and Soliciting

This category includes:

  • Attempting to publicly sell or buy any personal wares, whether in-game or otherwise
  • Providing a link to any any non-beneficial, unrelated businesses or organizations
  • Providing a link to any external website for the sole purpose of promoting that site
  • Providing a link to a "competing" website (one devoted to exclusively to WoW pet content) for the sole purpose of promoting that site:
    • If providing a link to a competing website, we ask that links point to unique content that cannot be found on WarcraftPets.com.
    • If the author or agent representing a competing website is found repeatedly linking to their site's content WITHOUT providing any other positive contribution to the community, disciplinary action may be taken.
    • We reserve the right to block and/or edit links to a competing website if the above policies are abused.

Inappropriate Characters

This category includes:

  • POSTING COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS
  • Excessive use of ASCII art

Circumventing Suspension

This category includes:

  • Creating a new account when your account has been suspended
  • Having someone create an account on your behalf

False Collections

Users should refrain from submiting a false pet collection using our "Manual Additions" UI. This behavior compromises the legitimate efforts of those users who are honest. Such activity will result in:

  • First offense: A reset of the user's pet collection; the user may restore a legitimate collection thereafter.
  • Repeat offenses: The flagging or permanent suspension of the user's account; if suspended, attempts to create additional accounts will be blocked.

Reporting a Member

If you witness the misconduct of another member as defined above, you should report it immediately. The matter will be investigated upon receiving your grievance.

Inappropriate Comments

To report another member for a comment he/she made, click the [Report] link found directly adjacent to the comment.

Inappropriate Messages

To report another member for a message he/she sent to you through this site, forward the message to .

Inappropriate Forum Posts

To report another member for a post he/she made, use the reporting icon found at the upper right of the post. A forum mod will handle the issue in due time.

False Collections

To report an obviously false collection, contact us and report the member by name.

Disciplinary Actions

First Offense: A Warning

Typically, members who break the rules once will receive a warning (via email), especially for minor infractions. However, if the rules are broken in a major or obvious way, the member's account could be flagged without warning.

Second Offense: Account Flagged

A user's account will be flagged following a second offense and sometimes following a first offense depending on the severity of that offense.


Flagged members are ineligible for a Top 50 ranking. In addition, flagged members are hidden from public view and will not be listed on our comments page or within user search results. Furthermore, the ability to message other users is disabled, as is the ability to post on our forums. Finally, so long as a member remains flagged, he/she will be ineligible for MVP status.

Third Offense: Permanent Suspension

Third-time offenders will incur a permanent suspension. Any accounts traced to that user will be removed from the site. Attempts to create additional accounts will be blocked. Additionally, WarcraftPets reserves the right to deny offending visitors access to the site entirely.

Account Deletion

A user who engages in obvious misconduct within his/her first week of joining the site may have his/her account deleted outright. This action is taken at the discretion of the Site Admin.


It is our hope that those who choose to create user accounts will use them for their intended purposes and keep their demeanor light and fun. After all, this site is all about fun. Please do your part to preserve that spirit while logged into your account.


Major changes to this policy will be noted in the News section.


Policy last revised: 19-Feb-2013.

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