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> Welcome To The Am&c Forums! [newbie Faq] *v1.3*, Please read this before posting~
Posted: Sep 13 2004, 11:30 PM
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Though the text for this guide are by pflorian and Jaxel and revised by Cym. Much of the information contained in this FAQ are contributed by members of this forum and these guideliness have been agreed to by general concensus.

Anime, Manga, and Cosplay Rules, Guidelines, & FAQ

In order to see that things run smoothly here, and that conversation is worthwhile for everyone, we have a number of Rules in place. Generally speaking, you must simply treat other posters with respect, present yourself and your opinions intelligently, and and keep up with what is already going on and has gone on around the forum.


As mentioned before, Rules are not suggestions, but rather, as the name indicates, rules. Failure to follow these will result in locked threads, or, potentially, a ban.
  • All FAQ and MT:Central FAQ Rules Apply Here
    Which means no flaming, no site plugging, no spamming, no trolling, no posting of non-work-safe images, no revival of dead-threads, etc. Please see the Megatokyo Forum Rules and the general Forum Help. The Mad Mods thread would also be a necessary read to avoid mod attention / action.

  • Search
    Search for previous threads before posting a topic, especially if it's related to perpetually popular and talked about shows, like FLCL and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Rehashes of old and frequently seen material are not greeted warmly if the poster doesn't have anything new to contribute.

  • Bootlegs, Fansubs, & Scanlations Are Illegal
    This forum is not a resource for locating bootlegs, fansubs, or scanlations. They are illegal, and any requests for them will be shut down immediately. Yes, people do watch them, and people do talk about shows they've seen or scanlations they've read, but actually discussing the files and obtaining in them is off limits. More on this subject further below.

  • No Solicitations
    Do not create threads to promote your website, your online recruitment game, your webcomic, your convention, or anything else. Put anything you feel the need to promote in your signature, and please don't link to anything illegal. However, if you want to make a thread about something that you want people to check out and that's on topic in this forum, you can--as long as you phrase it in a way where you encourage people to reply and discuss, as comments, critiques, answers, suggestions, and generally promoting positive discussion here. If you just want to "pimp" however, YOU MUST GET PERMISSION FROM A MOD OR ADMIN.

  • Colored Text and Odd Fonts Are Bad
    Most people find colored text (particularly whole posts in colored text) unpleasant to look at, and in some cases unreadable. Likewise, odd text fonts are not recommended. If you want your posts to readable by all forum goers, simply stick to the default text font, color, and size. People will often completely ignore your posts if you do otherwise.

  • Necromancy is Bad
    Check the date on the thread before replying to it. One of the most hated events on this forum is necromancy - the revival of dead threads. If no new posts have been made for a number of days on a thread, it is dead; no one wants to talk about the topic anymore. This is not a hard and fast rule, but generally, a thread that is more than a week old is considered dead. If you have some truly meaningful input to add (not something like, "it sucks!"), then a revival is okay. Past the one or two week point, if you do want to reopen a discussion on an old thread, the best way to do it is to start a new thread with your new angle on the subject, and include a link to the old thread to indicate that you've already read it. If you don't have anything to contribute to an old topic, don't respond to it.

  • Do Not Post Material That Isn't Worksafe
    These forums should be viewable by people at work. To that end, any material posted here should be work safe. Work safeness is a complicated issue, but generally speaking, if it could fit in a PG-13 movie, it's probably work safe. Nudity is out of the question; however, heavily implied, or near nudity is as well. It's always best to err on the side of caution. If you absolutely must share non-work safe images or videos with members, link to them, and make sure that you note that the link in question is not work safe.

  • Use Spoiler Tags
    If you're discussing a show or manga in a thread that is not spefically designated as having spoilers, use spoiler tags. If you are posting text that gives away or ruins a particular series, denote the spoiler text somehow (e.g. [spoiler][quote][COLOR=gray]text of spoiler[/COLOR][/quote][/spoiler] ). It doesn't matter if the show is a day old or a decade; it's a matter of simple courtesy to other forumites who have not yet seen the show.

  • Don't Flame
    As stated in the MTC Rules and FAQ, do not flame other users. If your comments are unnecessarily negative, and do not further discussion, then refrain from making them. Making such comments does not yield worthwhile conversation; typically, it does just the opposite. One flame is often enough to send a whole discussion spiraling off topic.

  • Keep Your Sig Small
    The limit for sigs is either 8 lines of text at default size and font, one 125 pixel high sig image and three lines of text at default size and font, or the rough equivalent if you have a sig image that is less than 125 pixels high. The maximum width for a sig image is 600 pixels. The maximum total size for sig images is 35KB. This will ensure that the forums load quickly for all users. Quiz pictures are, for most cases, too large for signatures.

As stated earlier, following the rules to the letter will likely keep you out of trouble with the mods, but will not necessarily guarantee that you'll go over well with other forum-goers. In order to help you get a feel for the way the forum works, I offer the following suggestions - not rules.
  • Lurk and Learn
    I cannot stress this one enough. There's no better way to get a feel for the forums and what is and is not accepted here than to hang around for awhile, read posts, and see first hand how things run here. As is often said, academic knowledge (i.e., these Rules & Guidelines) isn't worth nearly as much as practical, first hand knowledge.

  • Use Proper English
    To the best of your ability, use clear English; strive for correct spelling and good grammar. This is, perhaps, the second most important point. Resist the temptation to post using "fanboy Japanese" (mixing words such as "baka" and "kawaii" in with your English text) as well as leet speak (l337 5p34k). It's not going to impress anyone.

  • Tell Us What You Think
    If you want to know what we think about this show or that manga, that's fine, and that's great, but tell us what you think. If you don't have anything to say about the show in question other than that you like it, then don't bother posting. This is a forum for discussion, and the best way to kick off discussion is with your own thoughts.

  • Have Thick Skin
    Don't be offended if someone doesn't like your view on Eva, Love Hina, or any other show, for that matter. In fact, just don't be offended if someone disagrees with you. Don't allow yourself to be drawn into heated arguments by trolls or flamebaiters. Trolling is not tolerated; if you think someone is trolling, or their attitude otherwise has problems, don't make a scene out of it in a thread - PM a mod.

  • You Don't Know Everything
    It is definitely far from safe to assume (and even less safe to sound like you believe) that you know more about a subject than the rest of the forum; we have some very knowledgeable people here, and superiority isn't a tone that folks are prone to appreciate.

  • Jap is a Racial Slur
    To reiterate something found in the FAQ: "Jap" is a racial slur. Please do not use it, even as an abbreviation for "Japan" or "Japanese."

  • Use a Meaningful Subject
    When creating a new post, use an informative subject line / title. Too often we get threads with titles like "A question," or "I need help." Please be specific about what you want to talk about; if you don't, you likely won't get many people participating in your thread.

  • Read the Thread Before Replying
    If you fail to do so, you're likely to say something that has already been said in the thread. This makes you sound like you're more interested in talking than having a conversation, which tends to put people off.

  • Otaku Isn't a Compliment
    "Otaku" means someone who is unhealthily obsessed with their chosen area of interest; an anime otaku is someone who spends all of their free waking hours watching anime, and considers doing that more important than such trivialities as maintaining a healthy diet or performing personal hygiene. While many fans outside Japan have come to use the term to mean "anime fan," calling yourself an otaku here on this forum will get you chuckled at, and calling someone else an otaku could be perceived as an insult.
Important & Useful Threads

These are a few threads, some stickied, some not, that will likely prove useful and helpful.
  • Favorites of All Time and Why
    Thread here. A place to share your favorite anime and manga of all time, and find out others' as well.

  • Favorite Anime Guys and Girls
    Thread here. A place to share your favorite anime and manga characters of all time, and find out others' as well.

  • Japanese Name Suffixes
    Thread here. Provides information on what the various Japanese name suffixes (-san, -sama, etc.) mean.

  • First Time Con Goers
    Thread here. Provides information on what you can expect at your first anime convention.
Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of questions that we see time and time again. Repeating one of these questions typically won't make you many friends. If you would like detailed or extensive information on any of these topics, the Search should be able to help you out. Here are some of the most frequent, which should generally be avoided.
  • What Should I Watch Next?
    Before asking this question, check the "Favorites of All Time" thread. That will help cover general requests. If you have something more specific in mind, and want some more personal recommendations, we need to know what you like. If you've already seen some anime, list your favorites. Other methods include listing genres that you enjoy (romantic comedy, action, science fiction, whatever) or listing favorite stories in other media that you like. If you fail to give us this sort of information, we'll either ignore your request entirely, or we'll list what we like.

  • I just saw this great anime show on TV! Have you seen it?
    Yes, we have. A few of us live in Japan and watch these programs as they originally come out. Others watch raw (untranslated) anime imported from Japan. Still others watch fansubs (imported anime with fan-made subtitles included). And others buy DVD's of anime that they are interested in, often literally the day that they become available. By the time a show appears on TV outside of Japan, it's likely that we've already seen the show and discussed its merits in considerable detail. Again, search the forum, and try to have something new to say about the show if you do post.

  • I'm interested in information on <anime show / manga series>.
    Google is your god; there's a great deal of information available on the web

  • Bootleg DVDs are easily identifiable generally.
    • If you are looking at a DVD to buy and you are worried that the product may be a bootleg and not a legal edition, the first thing you should check is the region code. If the region is listed as 0, instead of 1-6 then it is extremely likely to be a bootleg. Other tell tale signs include packaging (is it crappy?), language tracks (Chinese dub/sub?), cost/episode (12 eps for $15?), release dates (is this still on the air?), and total disk count (3 for 26 eps?). As an example, if you can find a Cowboy Bebop 3 disk region free (R0) box set for $20 USD, it is without a doubt a bootleg.
    • Imports are not necessarily legal, many bootleg DVD/CDs are imported. For more information on identifying illegal productions of anime goods, you can visit Anime Digital's Pirate Anime FAQ.

This post has been edited by omoikane on Oct 13 2006, 02:42 PM
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