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Rule reminder.

We've had a rash lately of people either forgetting rule number one, or choosing to ignore it.

Don't do that, guys.

I want to take this opportunity to request everyone read through the rules and familiarize yourselves with them again, as 'I didn't know it was a rule' isn't going to be a free pass out of getting in trouble.

For reference, rule number one is:

1. No screening or deleting comments (INCLUDING YOUR OWN) or posts. Ever. If you notice someone doing this, please email one of the moderators.
If your situation is resolved, do not edit your post with strike-through text. You may add updates to the body of your post in order to provide evidence, additional information, or if the situation is resolved, as long as the initial warning remains intact.


YES, this includes your own stuff, as it says in the parenthesis. We will have some common-sense exceptions such as if really personal information were posted, but if you want something deleted PM/email a moderator and ask first. We won't bite. But I'm afraid 'I said something stupid and don't want to own up to it' isn't really a good enough reason to delete things. We do expect the people here to own their words; in those cases, just reply to your own comment explaining yourself, owning up to it generally looks better than trying to hide the evidence anyway (deleted comments just make people curious!). To add, most of us mods track comments on posts, so harassing/being an ass to someone and then deleting your comment so you won't get in trouble won't work, so don't bother.

As for posts, Artists_Beware is a collection of information. Just because you've resolved your issue doesn't mean that information shouldn't still be available for people to see. History is important, and it's good to be able to look back and see an artist/commissioner has done something they shouldn't have before. We want everyone to have all the information they can before they exchange money or services, and this is difficult if people erase that information. Yes, you will get in a good deal of trouble for doing this. Don't try to skirt this rule by using strikethrough on the post or editing it out instead of all out deleting it. Those won't be treated any differently from if you had deleted the post.

Once an issue is resolved, you can edit into the post (don't remove previous information!) that it has been resolved, and we will tag it as resolved for you.

I hope this will stem all of the deleted comments/posts we've been having as of late. One more time, IT IS NOT ALLOWED. Ask a mod if you need help. Thank you.

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