Making Rules for Your Site

This tutorial will help you to create an understandable and effective set of rules for your website.

1. Adoption Rules:
It is good to establish some kind of adoption rules. These will let the visitors know exactly what they can take from your site, and what is required when they choose to do so.

2. Editing Rules:
You should always let your visitors know how you feel about them editing your props. If you don't give them guidelines, it will be assumed that editing is permissable.

3. Direct Linking Rules:
If you pay for bandwidth, always make it clear that direct linking is not allowed. It eats up your bandwidth, and your site may go down for hours, days, or even weeks. If you want to be extra helpful, include saving instructions on each of your pages.

4. Doll/Graphic Maker Rules:
State whether or not your makers require a link back to your site.

5. Maker Props Rules:
If you don't mind people taking your makers' props, you won't need this rule -- but if you do not want people to take your props, make sure you tell them.

6. Tutorial Rules:
If you have tutorials on your site, you may want to state that they may not be reproduced or copied in any way.

7. Interaction Rules:
If your site is rated G, PG, or R, you need to let your visitors know this so they don't post innapropriate messages on your forum, chatroom, guestbook, tagboard, etc.

8. Request Rules:
If you're nice enough to do requests for people, let them know exactly what is expected of them.

9. Linking Rules:
It's handy to provide a rule for linking. This will let your visitors know what to do if they want you to link to their site(s).

10. Contact Rules:
If you have any rules regarding when, why, and how people contact you, this is the time to do it.

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