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Rules, Ranks & Information



[ CONTENTS ]

T.The Forum Rules

U.The Forum Ranks

V.Forum Etiquette

W.Unlimited Services

X.Profile Customization

Y.Miscellaneous Infromation & Links



T. The Forum Rules



This Is Our House:

You are our guests. Just like it would be if you were visiting our house in person, we will do our best to make it a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. This is, however, a private site; we are not funded by the government. This means that we are not required to observe anyone's notion of "Freedom of Speech" nor are we to observe equal fairness. We do set standards on what is acceptable and unacceptable. We will try to accommodate everyone in a respectful manner. We do have our limits, if we don't like you, we ban you. If we're really ****ed off, we IP ban you and prevent your access even as a guest. This is our house, you have been warned.




1) READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE, understand them, and follow them.

2) NO SPAM -Do not post Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages on our boards.

3) RESPECT YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS! - Flaming(insulting),trolling(provoking to anger), or harassing other members is unacceptable. Treat other members as you would expect to be treated. Respect forum veterans, they have been here longer, they are more keen to how the site works.

4) NO OFFENSIVE MATERIAL - Do not bypass our censors. Do not post or link to pornographic, extremely violent, or otherwise inappropriate material. Keep it PG-13.

5) NO PIRACY REFERENCES - Do not post about or link to pirated material. This website, its staff, and its community does not support the illegal exploitation and/or distribution of trademarked material. (cracked games, multiplayer hacks/mods, ripped software, etc.). Do not accuse other users of piracy. Use the report post feature for that.

6) NO DISRUPTIVE POSTS - Do not stretch the page. Do not modify your posts outside of the provided posting tags(bold, underline, italics, links, and spoilers).

7) DO NOT REQUEST LOCKED MATERIAL - Do not beg our Unlimited members for Unlimited-Only material. Do not make posts begging for access to Unlimited-Only material. Violators of this rule will be banned without question.

8) DO NOT BUMP OLD TOPICS - Do not post in old topics, reviving them and placing them at the top of the message board. Bumped topics will be locked on sight.

9) DO NOT MARTYR YOURSELF - This is the equivilent of putting a huge sign saying "please ban me" and will be treated as such. Martyring is when you say "I'll (probably) get banned for this..." or "Ban me, I don't care" or "Sorry that I ever registered here" or etc. As soon as we see this kind of message, mods will now immediately stop reading whatever it is you posted or PMed and proceed to ban you. You're not going to get any preferable treatment or decision reversed by being a drama queen as such (only a one way ticket out).


10) HAVE FUN - Enjoy your time on cheathappens.com.

[ For in-depth information about posting on our forums, please visit V.Forum Etiquette ]


U. The Forum Ranks



You Are Special:

Your ranks display your status and standing in the community. Your ranks will change over time, reflecting how long you have been with us and how many posts you have. Special status ranks are awarded to members who have contributed to the site in some way or have won certain contests. Members who have multiple status ranks can choose which rank to display by following the edit profile link and clicking the MISC. SETTINGS tab.




1) STAR RANKS
The Star Ranks are the 5 stars next to your name. As you post more in the forums, your star rank will increase and you gain additional stars.

1 star: Less than 100 posts

1.5 stars: More than 100 posts

2 stars: More than 500 posts

2.5 stars: More than 1000 posts

3 stars: More than 2000 posts

3.5 stars: More than 4000 posts

4 stars: More than 8000 posts

4.5 stars: More than 10000 posts

5 stars: More than 20000 posts

Gold stars: Founders; Moderators; Trainer Maker; Editor Maker

Multi-Colored Stars: CH Promotional Club


2) BASIC STATUS RANKS
Basic status ranks reflect how long a member has been with us. These ranks can be displayed by all members(aside from Moderators).

MEMBER: Default rank. User has been here less than a year.

VETERAN: User has been with us for at least 1 year.

CHEATMASTER: User has been with us for at least 2 years.

ELDER: User has been with us for at least 3 years.

SAGE: User has been with us for at least 4 years.

ELITE: User has been with us for at least 5 years.

3) SPECIAL STATUS RANKS
Special status ranks reflect what a member does for the site. These ranks can be obtained by contributing to the site, winning contests, or being appointed by the administrators.

AUTHOR: Users who have published game walkthroughs/ guides/ F.A.Q.'s to the site in exchange for a life time Unlimited membership. Authors have access to special pages to view, update, and control their content.

FEATURED AUTHOR: Users who have worked with the staff to publish
extensive guides for popular games. Featured authors receive a life time Unlimited membership in exchange for their services and have access to special pages to view, update, and control their content.

MODERATOR: Moderators are selected users that enforce the Forum Rules. Moderators provide limited help for issues regarded Unlimited Services, but can help for all issues regarding the forums. Moderators can lock topics, delete topics, move topics, edit posts, delete posts, and give reductions to Star Rank. Moderators have the Golden Star Rank to help identify them better.

FOUNDER: Founders are the administrators and owners of Cheat Happens. When all other support fails, you can go to these guys either by PM or by e-mail. Founders have the Golden Star Rank to help identify them better.

TRAINER MAKER: This rank is reserved exclusively for Caliber as he is the lead trainer programmer that makes and manages most CHU trainer. Caliber has a Golden Star Rank to help identify him better.

EDITOR MAKER: This ranks is reserved exclusively for 0x90 as he is the lead editor programmer that makes and manages most CHU editors. 0x90 has a Golden Star Rank to help identify him better.

GAME REVIEWER: This rank is reserved exclusively for ScruffyNerfherder as he is the featured game reviewer for Cheat Happens, producing up to 10 CHEATfactor Game Reviews per month.

CH PROMO CLUB: This rank is given to a select few members who are part of the CH promotional club. These members promote cheathappens and report/flag links to false CH trainers throughout the web. CH promotional club members have a Muti-Colored Star Rank to help identify them better.

CUSTOM RANK: Custom ranks like "VIP" are awarded to members who win certain contests hosted on the CH message boards.


V. Forum Etiquette



Everyone will observe forum etiquette:

Use common sense! Treat other members (even new ones) the same way you want to be treated (If you happen to a masochist, you're on the wrong site). This does not mean that you cannot get verbally medieval on someone's ass, however, you better have a damn good reason to having to resort to harsh language towards another member. Swearing like you were drunk is not acceptable at anytime. Trolling will eventually get you banned. If you must flame (and the flame is warranted), be smart, witty, and creative about it. Generally, you will never go wrong by being nice, mature, and polite to other users (yes the new ones too).




1) THINK BEFORE YOU POST
Please take the time to think before you post with an opinion. Sometimes there is a little history behind events that take place on the forums so it pays to actually read the history and understand it before throwing out some random post. The context of your post speaks louder than the words themselves. Randomly posting with a poorly formed opinion will just irritate other members.

If you've been in trouble with the mods before but have managed to escape the banhammer or several members are telling you to stop spamming, you need to slow down on the reply button. Stop posting and see how others interact. Learn by observing then slowly try to rejoin the community.


2) POST IN APPROPRIATE TOPICS & MESSAGE BOARDS!
THIS ESPECIALLY APPLIES TO TRAINER ISSUES!!! PWizard posts a sticky topic for EACH trainer on the specific game's message board. Post your questions, queries, AND THANKS on these designated topics. Any topics created regarding trainer issues will be nuked on sight and the creator will receive a moderator warning.

If you want to make a topic about a specific game, post it on that specific game's message board. If you want to post a discussion topic, post it on the General Discussions board. If you want to post a spam topic, post it on the Off-Topic Discussions board. If you want to post a topic containing feedback or a problem with the site (NOT A SPECIFIC TRAINER), post it in the Feedback, Complaints or Problems board.

Additional notes for requesting trainers: Do not request trainers anywhere outside of the request thread with the exception of games does not qualify to go in the request thread. Do not ask for ETAs on a paticular trainer as this is irritating to developers (not just on CHU but in general this is a pet peeve of 99% of all developers). Rushing development results in subpar quality. Trainers will come when they are ready and there will never be an ETA annoucement on any trainer.


3) SHOW RESPECT TO STAFF AND VETERAN MEMBERS
The administrators (including the trainer maker, Caliber) has thousands upon thousands of requests flying at them everyday and they simply cannot attend every single complaint of "omg my health isn't working". Please be patient and if someone has already reported a bug, do not post the same thing unless you have new information that can help fix the bug.

We will give preferable treatment to members who have been with us longer. This "veteran" status is marked by 3 things:

- How long you have been here.
- How many posts you have.
- How much you have contributed to the site (prolific authors are very respected).

If you have been here less than a year, have below 1000 posts, and have not contributed a single thing then these forums are considered "holy ground" to you.

Just like if you visited our house enough, we grant more and more leniency with you. We ban users all the time who think they can sign up and just do whatever they want from the get-go. We don't do that here. Members that have been here with us that long have shown that they care and respect the site. This means that veteran members will get more leniency on violations than if a new user did them. Is this unfair? You bet it is, but that's life. If the person you're arguing with has been active with us for years, it is most likely that you're the one being an idiot.


4) LOW CONTENT POSTS [ Does not apply to OTD or blog comments ]
This is more rampant on the game boards themselves and in the blogs (which we will tolerate no content blogs to an extent). This includes posts of mostly "LOL" or "I agree" or "You're really funny" or [insert massive smilies]. Normally if you're in good standings, it'll be nuked without punishment but if you keep doing it, those penalties are going to give you a swift kick in the ass. When in doubt, ask yourself "Is this post adding additional content or just simply agreeing" (if it's just agreeing, please do not post).


5) GIMMICKS AND BANDWAGONS [ Does not apply to OTD or blogs ]
Gimmicks are fine to an extent but only if it's not annoying and it's unique to you. If multiple people start copying it because it's cool, it will begin to annoy people and you'll probably wind up as outcasts. Seriously...ask yourself how many people liked "posers" in school? Not many did. Satire is of course fine, but please make it witty and funny.


6) STAY ON TOPIC
When replying to a topic, try to stay on the same subject. It makes new users who come into the topic wonder how it made a hard left turn from Super Smash Bros to NFL Football. OTD has more leniency on this but if a forum becomes twisted into an unidentifiable shape, we will have to lock it down.


7) KEEP GRUDGES OFF THE BOARDS
Most people do not like drama when their lives are peaceful. If you have a problem with another user for something completely unrelated to the boards, please keep it off site and on IMs. While it may be entertaining to some, it's just a headache to others (especially mods). If a topic becomes heated, try to contain it in the topic alone and put it out before it blows up (this usually means one of you will have to stop and ignore the other).


8) BACKSEAT MODERATING
Try not to do it. It's best to just mark and let a mod deal with it. Do try to encourage users to follow the rules in general, but please do not have 3000 replies of telling a user how to post on the boards.


9) THE RULES BEND OUR WAY
Sometimes you can argue some posts to not be a violation of the Forum Rules and win, but do not go out of your way to twist and turn so that your post on a very technical level should not be modded. If you attempt to be cute and get out of a moderation like this, it will be ignored (and possibly even punished worse). If we see fit, the Forum Rules can be changed so that it bans that particular thing we don't like. Anything said in stickies that amends the rules should also be consider Forum Rules (across the game boards).

Do not be a drama queen. Our moderators delete, edit, and ban for good reasons. If you have a dispute, use the PM system instead of acting like a 5 year old having a tantrum. If you were not banned for the original moderation, you certainly will be for the fit you throw.

If you do not agree with a moderator your next step will be to go to the administrator. Please note that administrators are extremely busy people so don't bother contesting a ruling unless it is absolute clear moderator abuse (as in people are agreeing and in open revolt in the forums). Ranting about how you were modded excessively in public is a violation of the Forum Rules and usually ban on sight.


10) CONTRIBUTE TO THE SITE
We do not want to hear how badly we price Unlimited Membership. We do have an alternative; it is called the Author Program. The deal is this: You write a quality Walkthrough/FAQ for one game, and we will give you a lifetime membership for free. All we are asking for is the answer to "How do you beat 'this' game 100%". If you do not have the money AND you are not willing to put the effort to give us content, we do not want to hear your complaints about pricing.


W.Unlimited Services



Get the goodies:
Cheat Happens Unlimited members get full access to what this site has to offer. All cheats, all savegames, all trainers, all wallpapers, and all guides. Unlimited members can also create and post in Unlimited-Only topics on our message boards.




1) UNLIMITED MEMBERSHIP PERKS
  • Turn off ALL advertising
  • Instant access to custom made cheats and trainers
  • Access to over 600 avatars
  • Download featured guides
  • Track your favorite games, cheats, and message boards
  • Print your own cheats book

    2) UNLIMITED MEMBERS' TERMS OF USE
    CH Unlimited is a paid membership that has it's own unique Terms of Use. By purchasing membership or becoming an author, you agree and are bound to these Terms of Use.

    The use of the services provided only to CH Unlimited Members are reserved only for your own personal use. Unauthorized distribution of these services (trainers, information, ect) from your account will result in an IP ban without refund. The user is responsible for their account safety. Each trainer is encrypted with your user information and will be used to track down where a leaked trainer originated from. Each trainer also requires validation from our service either through online verification or by an Off-line key. Trainers may be used on multiple computers that are owned by the user for personal use only.

    If you need to use an Offline Key for validation, please visit this page:
    Link

    The Cheat Happens Trainer Manager is distributed as freeware to Unlimited members for their own personal use. It is distributed as shareware to free members as well as guests. Free members may purchase a separate license for the full version of the Trainer Manager for their own personal use. Each license key is tied to a user account which means that we can revoke your access to this program at any time your CHU account is terminated for violation of the Terms of Use and Forum Rules. Do not distribute your license information or it will be blocked from further use.

    More information about this program can be found here:
    Link

    If you are an Unlimited Member and are being harassed by other users to provide Unlimited services to them, please report it to PWizard or Nevermore (Forward e-mails to either e-mail account or Forward PMs to "REPORT ABUSE".


    X.Profile Customization



    Mine is cooler than yours:

    For a small fee, all cheathappens members can choose between 3 separate profile customization options to further personalize their account. To view or purchase these options, see the Customization Options page.




    1) CUSTOM AVATARS
    Custom Avatars are avatars made by users to represent themselves in their profile. They are available once to Unlimited Members and for a small fee for Free Members or Unlimited Members beyond the one complimentary offered with membership.

    An Avatar's dimensions are 80x165, though it is not required to make them yourself. You may ask other users for help in making your avatar, but do not harass them if they refuse to help you. Doing the avatar yourself is not required, but it does speed up the processing. If you cannot make the avatar yourself, you may submit the original image you want to use and do your best to explain how you want your image to be done and the Administrator will try to make it as best as it can be.

    Please allow at least 3 weeks for processing. You may not use animated images for your avatar.

    2) CUSTOM PROFILE HEADERS
    Aside from winning a contest, there is no other way to obtain a custom profile header aside from purchasing it. You choose the image and our graphics guru will transform it into a custom header that you can display proudly on your profile page and blogs. A profile header's dimensions are 957x218 but cropping your desired image to this size is not required. When submitting an image as a custom profile header, remember, the larger the better.

    3) ALIAS CHANGE
    This option is for those people looking for a change or perhaps wanting to get an alias that was unavailable at the time of signup. Using this option you can choose an alias that has been used by another member as long as they have never been an UNLIMITED member and they have not signed on for more than 90 days. You can check the availability and make sure the alias you want is good.


    Y.Miscellaneous Information & Links






    1) USEFUL LINKS

  • The CHU Refinement Program This is an unofficial setup by our members to help new users.

  • CHU Gamerscore board This is a list of gamer tags used by my users from CHU.

  • Random, yet useful information Has information if you are completely new to the internet]

  • Cheat tools, terms, and explanations

  • About Author Membership Information about becoming an Author

  • The Terms of Service This applies to all services provided by CHU

  • Submitting cheats and FAQs (Please note we no longer accept trainers)

  • Account Support (use when you cannot log in)

    2) INFORMATION & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    When will my guide be accepted?
    -Administrators have busy schedules and may not have a lot of time to go over your work. The review process may take up to 3 weeks and repeatedly asking them will only delay it further.

    How do I Bold, Italics, Smiley, ect?
    -All the information you need will be on the page where you create your reply or topic or some other post. Please use that information to help you.

    Why did you lock/delete/edit my topic/post?
    -Moderators do not have to give a specific reason why, although 99% of the time it is because you broke the rules.

    How do I become a moderator?
    -If you have to ask 'how', then you're not going to be picked anyway. The criteria for a moderator will not be released as this helps us determine ones that will do a good job.

    What are the 10 unseen smileys?
    -Here they are. How do you post them? Well if we told you that, it wouldn't be a secret anymore.

    [Edited by moderator dstates, 3/18/2011 7:15:37 AM]

    [Edited by moderator forty-two, 3/19/2011 12:29:04 PM]

    [Edited by moderator Neo7, 4/4/2011 5:05:07 PM]

    [Edited by moderator Neo7, 6/24/2012 9:04:41 AM]

    [Edited by moderator Neo7, 12/13/2012 5:16:31 PM]

    [Edited by moderator dstates, 8/27/2013 4:01:54 PM]

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    updated

    me gusta

    [Edited by moderator Darkish, 3/18/2011 7:38:20 AM]

    did a little spring cleaning

    [Edited by moderator forty-two, 3/19/2011 12:29:21 PM]

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    Updated Rule 2 under Forum Ettiquette. Also added some line breaks to that entire section to make it more readable.

    Additions:
    Additional notes for requesting trainers: Do not request trainers anywhere outside of the request thread with the exception of games does not qualify to go in the request thread. Do not ask for ETAs on a paticular trainer as this is irritating to developers (not just on CHU but in general this is a pet peeve of 99% of all developers). Rushing development results in subpar quality. Trainers will come when they are ready and there will never be an ETA annoucement on any trainer.

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    NEW RULE THAT WILL BE ENFORCED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!

    Posts containing accusations without any proof that a user is using pirated software will be removed and moderator warnings will be handed out. Repeated offenders will be banned from the website. We have seen way too many unnecessary outbreaks on the forums because of this and it needs to stop.

    [Edited by moderator Neo7, 12/14/2012 6:21:22 AM]

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    Updated

    Added status rank information for 0x90 and CH promo club.

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