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Old 08-03-2007, 08:13   #1 (permalink)
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General Rules, Signature, Watermarks and Avatar Guidelines

General Rules, Signature and Avatar Guidelines

Thank you all for being a part of this growing community.

In order to prevent problems and keep the community running smoothly, please follow these simple rules. If you have any questions or problems, contact one of the Crew, we are here to help you.

General Rules:

• Members posts, profile details and signature are required to be made in English. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the words or posts being deleted and the member could be suspended or banned.
• While debating and discussion is fine, the Crew will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision is final in these matters.
• Bad language and swearing is not tolerated, these forums are provided for everyone regardless of age so please bear that in mind when posting.
• The Crew also does not allow posts that are sexual in nature or violate the Pixalo Community standards. The Crew shall be the sole arbitrators of what does and does not violate Pixalo Community standards.
•The Crew reserve the right to edit or remove offensive posts, or posts that fall outside the Pixalo Community standards without notice.

Advertising, Spamming and Trolling are not allowed. This includes using the Community email and Private Message system to Spam other members.
• Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed.
• While we are quite happy to have constructive comparative conversations about manufacturer’s products and services, we would appreciate it if you refrain from blatant bashing of products or other bulletin boards.
• We do not allow members to post threads or to send private messages or emails to users here that advertise or solicit any products or services for commercial gain.
• ANY opinions expressed on this forum are those of the individual member and do NOT necessarily represent those of the Crew, the Administrators or the Pixalo Community.
• If you believe that another member’s posts, comments or demeanour are not acceptable. Use the forum report system. It will inform the Crew of the issue and allow us to deal with it and your concerns impartially. The crew will never discuss or disclose with the third party who has reported the issues.
• Any disputes will be dealt with fairly and as quickly as possible. Do not take your problem on to the community forums, or use the private messaging system or e-mail to attack or castigate other Community members.
• The decisions of the Crew are final but if you feel we have made a mistake please PM the Crew directly.
• We reserve the right to suspend, or in extreme cases, ban the accounts of anyone who wilfully violates the forum rules
• While these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure the community, or any of its members are not disrupted or abused in any way.
• It is YOUR responsibility to be aware of any changes posted here. Please check back from time to time.

Links Rules

1) To counteract spammers, members may not post links until their post count exceeds 5.

Members may then post links to useful information or images on other websites, including personal websites, but we will not allow links to be used for the blatant advertising or promotion of these sites. We will also not permit links to our rivals. Any photographic site that runs a forum is considered a rival to Pixalo and we will not promote these sites. The Crew have discretion in deciding if members are keeping within the spirit of this rule, and will edit posts that they consider do not conform.

2) Two personal web-site links may be included in your signature provided the rules for this section are observed.

Image Size Limits

All images displayed in Pixalo forums must not be longer than 1024 pixels on the longest side and must be under 600kb file size.

Our gallery software will not allow oversize images to be uploaded, but if you are hosting your images elsewhere and then displaying them in your posts by using IMG tags there is no limit on the file size but we still have a 1024 pixels longest side limit. Please ensure they are within our guidelines otherwise the crew will remove them without notification.

Links to larger pictures hosted off site will be allowed but be aware that many members do not follow links to view pictures and the amount of feedback you may receive could be significantly reduced.

Posting Pictures on Pixalo that are Hosted off Site

In order to display a winning picture for the Pixalo Photo of the Week or for any other instances where a thumbnail is required for a Pixalo feature, a Crew member will copy the original image URL and upload it to a private album at Pixalo. This will result in the gallery software generating a thumbnail that we can then use for display purposes. It will be displayed in the sidebar, the Members Gallery and the site Home Page for the usual period – currently one week – and then it would be deleted from the private album and no longer appear on Pixalo or anywhere else. As we will be using a private album there is no duplication into a personal gallery.

Due to good practices the Pixalo server is backed up on a regular basis whereby the private album containing any currently displayed image(s) will remain in the backup history, but to all intents and purposes only the image(s) that is/are currently on display will be held for display from the specific private album.

Members are reminded that if a picture is posted into the Members Gallery (other than into a private album), the gallery software will generate a thumbnail that the Crew can use for display purposes.

Signature Size Limits

• We allow text signatures: 5 lines normal size and up to 90 characters per line. Font sizes above 2 are not allowed. (Blank lines count as lines.)
• Picture signatures are allowed but should be no larger than 75pixels high by 250 pixels wide and a files size of 15kb or less.
• Either text or a picture signature is allowed, but NOT both.
• Animated or rotating signatures and signatures containing widgets are NOT allowed.
Linking to two personal non commercial websites in your signature is permitted provided they are not a website or service that competes with Pixalo and the site is not sexual or does not violate the Pixalo Community standards.
• If you include a link to your personal web-site in your signature, it would be nice, and benefit the community here if you would also place a link back to Pixalo.


• You may select a personalized avatar of no larger than 100 x 100 pixels and a file size of 10 kB or less.
• Animated and/or rotating avatars are NOT allowed.

The Crew will remove and/or disable any signatures and avatars that do not comply with these rules or that are considered offensive.


We at Pixalo believe that members pictures should be as secure as possible. However any image posted onto the internet is potentially liable to be stolen. This is one of the reasons why Pixalo has size limits for images. Low resolution with small dimensions offers reasonable security for images. Most members do not use watermarks or upload images at the maximum dimensions or file sizes allowed on the site. If a member wishes to apply a watermark to their images that are hosted or posted on Pixalo, this will be permitted provided the watermark is primarily for image protection rather than promoting a web site or business.

We are concerned that watermarking images can be bordering on spam, and in the past we have removed images and stopped members from doing this where we considered that the watermarking was not intended to protect the image, but to promote a web site and business which is against Pixalo rules. We will allow discreet watermarking where the watermark is not dominating the image or drawing the eye.

We would therefore ask members who use watermarks to ensure that the intensity and size of your watermarks comply with our definition. Most people use transparency to achieve this and it results in the picture not being dominated by the watermark while maintaining security.

The Crew will monitor the use of watermarks and will have absolute discretion in deciding if a watermark is within the guidelines.

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  • Treat others with respect and dignity.
  • Be aware that your words can be misunderstood.
  • Accept that others may have differing opinions to you.
  • Exercise restraint in sharing problems with goods, services or suppliers.
  • Revisit the rules from time to time to ensure you are aware of any rule changes.
  • Inform the crew of any problems you encounter on the site.
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  • Use these forums for commercial purposes.
  • Use links to promote your own, or other web-sites.
  • Open more than one account.
  • Get involved in disputes or confrontations with other members.
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re: General Rules, Signature, Watermarks and Avatar Guidelines

Extra information on signatures.

Pixalo runs Conditional Signatures. This basically means that your signature (if you use one) will not always appear. It will only ever appear once in any one thread and then only if one of your posts is long enough. The reasons for this approach is to keep the length of the thread content to the number of signatures under control, encourage quality, well thought out posts and replies, and retain/increase Pixalo’s search engine optimisation to benefit the members and Pixalo.

The two main uses for signatures on Pixalo seem to be to list your personal camera equipment or promote your own sites. Please remember that for camera equipment we have the facility to list that in your user control panel so that it is then available for all to view via the button that appears under every one of your posts. We also allow up to two links to personal sites in signatures.
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