All posts must be on-topic & constructive
Off-hand comments are inevitable, but you must endeavour at all times to contribute to the topic at hand. This means no spam, which includes, but is not necessarily limited to, simple one liners, or short, offensive phrases which do not comply with the topic subject. We also will not play host to offensive content, which includes pornographic imagery and any NSFW (Not Safe For Work) materials. You must also under no circumstances use the status update feature in order to generate or make reference to drama within the forum. When it comes to posting information pertaining to something which might spoil the experience for others (spoilers - such as revealing plot details and turns of events which haven't been experienced by others yet), please be conscious of this and make use of the spoiler tag feature when posting in order avoid spoilers.
Correct procedures on posting threads
When you wish to post a thread, you must make every effort to check for pre-existing topics beforehand. There is an integrated 'search' function on the forum that you may use. Also, under no circumstances should you create a thread with the express intention of creating unrest within the forum or targeting a particular member. Make sure to post threads in the appropriate forums, using the descriptions as guidelines. If you are not certain where a topic belongs, PM a staff member if one is available, otherwise post where you think it should go and we can always move it later if need be. Also, when you are creating a topic, try to be as detailed as possible. Remember, you're attempting to generate a discussion, and an original post that is barebones and doesn't really put anything up for discussion is not likely to entice anyone to post. Try to ask questions which should incentivise users to provide answers, and perhaps decorate your post with images (if relevant) and break up your post using appropriate grammar and styling if possible. You should also be mindful of posting spoilers in topic titles and when posting a topic you should consider whether or not the subject matter might be spoilerific and offer a warning to potential readers.
Respectful and appropriate conduct at all times
You don't have to like your fellow forum members, and no-one is expecting or forcing you to. What we do expect, however, is for each and every one of you to conduct yourselves appropriately at all times. This means there will be no personal attacks on other members, and any form of discriminating or inflammatory behaviour will not be tolerated. You should also not leak the personal information of members under any circumstance, nor should you involve SoaH or it's community in drama from other websites and forums. They do not concern us.
Dealing with and reporting bad behaviour
If you notice a user breaking the rules, the best way to help is to use the report function available in each post. This will alert the appropriate moderators to the issue so they can respond. Do not act as if you are a moderator, doing so will only cause further detriment and possibly a heated retaliation. Let the staff handle the matter and don't get involved; or you may be penalized too. You should also remain calm when faced with personal attacks. Make reports and PM available staff members and discuss any such issues that you might have with us and do not act rashly - we don't need you blowing up in public or we might have to take action against you as well (which incidentally may be exactly what certain members might want). Keep calm, report negative behaviours, and allow us to do our job.
Ownership and credit
This website will play host to fan created content, and so it stands to reason that any work you post on the forum must be your own or that there is some form of agreement involved (group work, representing them etc.). If so, you must be capable of providing evidence if needed. You should under no circumstances steal someone else's work and SoaH will refuse to support the habits of thieves and if your intent is to rip off another's work, you will find your time here short-lived. If your game contains assets created by someone else (and you have permission to use them), make sure to include a reference sheet or section detailing what you have used / borrowed and from who.
Each user is only allowed one account. Under no circumstances are you to create any alternate accounts, especially not for the purposes of impersonating or trolling other members. You should also under no circumstances hand control of your account to an existing member of the forum. Multi-accounts will be merged and the owner suspended. Ban-dodging via the creation of multiple accounts will be harshly punished.
Individual topics and forums may have additional rulings of their own (which should be detailed in the descriptions / original posts), and you should follow these as they apply in those particular circumstances.