Date: Nov 2, 08 at 3:48am (PST)
Subject: Pokémon Clans Forum Rules and Announcements
Pokémon Clans Forum Rules and AnnouncementsForum Rules and RegulationsForum Rules
- Be Courteous and Appropriate: This forum has a large range of old and new members, with visitors browsing everyday. That's why you need to be polite to your fellow visitors because everyone comes here to kick back, relax or look for some help. Let's make it so people want to come back again. This game is largely targeted at a younger age range, so keep your language and topic discussions appropriate for those ages. If you are a clan leader, you do not have free license to treat your clan members rudely. Flaming or intentional disrespect toward anyone in this forum is subject to an immediate ban for an indefinite amount of time.
- You are Responsible for your Account: If you leave yourself logged in, tell someone your password or are careless with your user information, then any action from your account that disrupts the rules is your responsibility.
- Use the Report Feature Correctly: In the bottom right corner of all posts is a report that let's you flag a post for moderation. You should only use this if a post violates the rules of the forum, the rules of the clan or is generally inappropriate. It is strongly recommended that you report such posts, instead of replying to them and creating an off-topic conversation or argument; in the event this happens, those who were involved will receive the same level of consequence.
- Posting in Threads: You can only post in a clan's thread if you are A. a member of that clan or B. an ally of that clan. If you see someone posting in a clan that is not a member or an ally, please notify that clan's leader or a moderator if they continue. If you were banned from a clan by its leader, you DO NOT have permission post in their thread for any reason; this should also be reported to a moderator in order to take further action.
- Clan Limits: Each clan can only have a minimum of 5 members and a maximum of 18 members. Clans are allowed to have alliances with other clans, but are limited to only 2 allies at a time; if you wish to change allies, you have to replace them with a current one. Also, you can only be a member of 3 clans at a time, maximum. "Honorary Members" have been allowed in the past, but they are no longer allowed to post in clans. It is permitted to recognize those individuals for past deeds within the clan, but that does not give them the privilege to post in that clan unless they are an official member or an ally.
- Clan Creation and First Post Requirements: In order to create a clan, you must have a minimum of 5 members ready to join before you make the first thread. When the thread is made, the first post should be neat, detailed, organized, and consistently updated. It must include a list of current members. Any other relevant information regarding the clan that is present on the first post is the clan leader's discretion. Any content present on the first post that is deemed inappropriate or unnecessary by a forum moderator should be immediately removed. If a thread does not meet the requirements of a clan or is completely unrelated to the forum, it shall be closed by a moderator. For more information and tips on how to create and maintain a clan, click here to visit our in-depth guide created by clan leader veterans of this forum.
- Rules set by Clan Leaders: Clan leaders may create clan-specific rules to better suit what the would like their clan to be as long as the rules are sane and do not conflict with forum or sitewide rules and policies. These rules must be approved by a moderator before being implemented.
- Forum Tags: Clans can choose a forum tag to illustrate the personality of the clan. There are 8 options illustraded below so pick the one which is the best fit!
- for clans with large numbers of people who battle
- for clans which take pride in their appearance
- for those clans with a welcoming atmosphere
- for forum events, to use this tag requires moderator approval
- for clans with many traders, breeders or active community members
- for clans with a relaxed atmosphere
- for those clans at home in the shadows
- for clans which enjoy a good conversation
Thanks to all the prior moderators who have
helped shape and provide the
frame work for these rules.
Date: Jan 14, 11 at 1:31pm (PST)
Subject: How to Create and Maintain a Successful Clan
The following guide has been designed to assist new members in creating their ideal clans. Although it's not a part of forum rules, these guidelines and suggestions are extremely helpful - and a good place to start if you're unsure what to do in this forum.
How to Create and Maintain a Successful Clan:Preparation
Before posting your thread, it's very important to have a solid idea of what you want your clan to be. Many successful clans have a theme or concept upon which the clan is based upon, for example you could make a battling clan, a clan based upon a certain type of Pokemon, etc. If you have a unique theme, there's a better chance that members will be interested - the more creative the better! First post
The next step is designing your first post. The first post is the first thing members will see when they look at your thread, so it needs to be organized, interesting, creative, eye-drawing, etc. However, you don't want to have a cluttered post with too much information. Some good things to include are;
- A brief outline stating what your clan is about, what you hope to achieve and most importantly the type of discussion that will go on in the clan.
- An updated, current list of all members of the clan. (Remember, this is a forum rule and therefore compulsory!)
- A form, or instruction on how new members can join. Often this is a form with 'name; fc; shoddy; position in clan;' depending on the type of clan.
- A rules section, which is often a shortened version of the forum rules. Or you can opt for a message with a link to the forum rules.Member base
As the clan grows you can add more sections to the first post, such as clan graphics, battle history, allies, previous threads and much more. But once you've designed a good first post, you need to attract some members. It's a forum rule that you must have five members before posting a clan, there are some easy ways to get them. A great way is to talk to your friends about it - show them your created first post and introduce them to the concept. If you're new to the forum, you can still do this, send some PMs to some members you've seen around the Pokemon forums. Or alternatively, participate in general discussions - they're a great way to make friends.Getting started
So you've came up with an awesome concept, made a neat, interesting first post, gathered five members - you're ready to post your clan!
The key to a successful clan is activity - without members posting your clan will die out to the bottom of the forum. The best way to do this is to encourage discussion. Remember, the forum rules state that the discussion must be about Pokemon. As the creator of the clan, you should be heavily involved in these discussions. You also need to keep the member's coming to the thread, so organizing battles, trades and events are a must for a clan. However, you don't want to do too much too soon, start small and build up your members before participating in giant clan wars or such. A great way to advertise your clan is to have your clan in the Directory of Clans
!'What can I do next?'
As the leader/founder of your clan, you need to be fully committed. You are the role model of the clan, and as a leader it's your job to maintain that the rules are being followed. You also must encourage and participate in discussion and make sure there's no conflict within the clan. This does not mean you can become a dictator, your members should feel as if everyone is an equal part of the clan. Remember, being a leader is a privilege, and if you abuse it you won't be allow to run the clan any more. Because it is such a large responsibility, many leaders choose to give a co-leader position to an other member of the clan to help run the thread.
Another step you can make to further your clan activity and image is to make an 'alliance' with another clan. While they don't do much, members of your allied clan can participate in your clan's events and vice versa. It's a great way to connect with the other members of the forum that aren't in your clan - but remember, it's a forum rule that you can only have two clan allies.Events & Tournaments
Now that you've established a successful and active clan, you can step out and participate or create clan events. These are mostly battling tournaments, but can be almost anything - for example a graphics battle. Clan 'wars' are particularly enjoyable - clan on clan battling tournaments that are usually organized with the leaders. If you're new to this, it's a great idea to go to your allied clan and get them to start one. Often, there will be big forum wide tournaments where every clan participates.
Once you've organized a tournament, head on over to the Pokémon Battle Forum
, create a thread, and start battling!
Thanks to the community
for contributing ideas for
this guide and JesseTheKing
for writing major portions
of the guide.
Previously edited: Dec 09, 11 1:23am by JesseTheKing
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