We Pokemon Anime mods have recently been discussing the content of the Preview and Review threads and how many of the posts made there exist solely to bash a particular character. Some users get hung up on bad-mouthing certain characters at every opportunity possible, and this uncalled-for negativity can often turn people away from these threads.
To solve this issue and make the Pokemon Anime section a much more inviting place to be, there will be tighter restrictions on the posts made in these Preview and Review threads. We will be directing certain conversations to the Pokemon League forum more than we have in the past and will start being tougher on those who resort to flaming and baiting.
For negative posts that have nothing to do with the topic of the thread - and no, the mere mention of a character’s name is not a free pass to rant - users will receive either a Pointless Post infraction or a Flaming and Baiting infraction. Abuse and Harassment infractions will be given to repeat offenders who continue to go out of their way to criticise a character at any given opportunity. What counts as a negative and off-topic post is, of course, up to us mods to decide.
Additionally, those who flame or bait others repeatedly for their negative views on characters are going to start receiving thread bans. The Pokemon Anime forum is not a fanclub and we do not need hate being spewed from those who falsely wave the anti-hate banner. Users will receive a Flaming and Baiting warning/infraction (as appropriate) the first time they violate this rule and a thread ban for the second. Those currently banned in one thread who go on to violate the rule in a different thread will get another infraction and an instant thread ban there as well. Any repeat offenses beyond that will be rewarded with Abuse and Harassment infractions.
Those who continue to rack up Abuse and Harassment infractions in either scenario will receive a ban from the Pokemon Anime forum as a whole. An instant forum ban will also be given to anyone who claims or insinuates users are racist for their opinions or to those who say they hate a character based on the colour of their skin.
If you have any questions about any of these policies, please feel free to post them in this thread.
Thank you for your cooperation,
- The Pokémon Anime staff.