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Old 11-19-2007, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default [OFFICIAL] The altering of images and cut-and-paste needs to stop

I need everyone's attention please. Over the past 3-4 weeks, I've noticed a great deal of users making things up. At times, they are titled "BREAKING NEWS" to imitate WI's official news and are intended to earn attention for the thread creator. This is not the way things are done on WI.

In addition, I've noticed an increasingly disturbing behavior of altered images. Without fail, when we post a story about a new Webkinz, someone or more than one person, will create a thread either saying that they got the same Webkinz (with copied pictures, or cut-n-pasted images), or they'll make up something completely out of the blue.

For example, someone faked an image today to try and get themselves on the front page of WI by posting (and PMing me) a clearly faked image of their pet's bio, saying it was friends with a lizard. This will not be tolerated.

Another thing we've noticed is that users have been copying the "Moderator" "Admin" etc bars and putting them in their avatars. This will not be tolerated. If you are caught doing this, your custom avatar and signature image privileges will be revoked.

This behavior does 2 things on WI, neither of which are desirable:

1. You are actually attempting to undermine the credibility of WebkinzInsider.Com. By posting fake images, if we were to post them on our front page, you would make WI a bad source of information. Your desire to be 'famous' on WI would actually hurt the entire WI community as a whole. This will not be tolerated.

2. With the increase in fake images and stories, any time someone posts something new, they are met with overwhelming skepticism. At times, it is warranted, but other times, the user is telling the truth! Everyone needs to be a bit nicer about it. If you're concerned that it might be fake or a lie, flag the post and let the staff decide!

The more fake images are posted, the more time we have to waste in validating the authenticity of the real ones. Please, please, don't do this anymore. It doesn't help anyone, and is downright selfish.

Starting from this day forward, faked images and stories are now a bannable offense and is included in the forum rules as a bannable offense. Those that have done it in the past will not be banned, but, moving forward, since these stories and images are hurtful to the community, we must ban anyone who does this.
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] The altering of images and cut-and-paste needs to stop

oh wow.. thanks for the info..
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:44 PM   #3
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] The altering of images and cut-and-paste needs to stop

good. time to take action!
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] The altering of images and cut-and-paste needs to stop

Thanks, Justin!
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:52 PM   #5
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Thanks for taking some action in this!
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:53 PM   #6
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] The altering of images and cut-and-paste needs to stop

Thanks Justin...that means what we read from here on out will be authentic...YAY...this is great news...and thanks for informing WI members of the consequences should we attempt to break this rule! I have been accused repeatedly for doctoring my images on my housez pics and it is down right hurtful...since I have not altered them in any way shape or form! Thanks again for watching out for us!
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:54 PM   #7
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wat about my avvie? it says admin. of googlesworld. is that ok? or do you want me to take it off?
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:55 PM   #8
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Default Re: [OFFICIAL] The altering of images and cut-and-paste needs to stop

View Post Originally Posted by Nascar20Fan
Thanks Justin...that means what we read from here on out will be authentic...YAY...this is great news...and thanks for informing WI members of the consequences should we attempt to break this rule! I have been accused repeatedly for doctoring my images on my housez pics and it is down right hurtful...since I have not altered them in any way shape or form! Thanks again for watching out for us!
Yep, and if you see anything that you think might not be true or faked, flag it and let us decide. And, of course, the front page of WI is always fact-checked and authentic. The Cheeky Raccoon image is authentic, but it could be a glitch like the "Test Color" ones we've been seeing. We all know that Ganz isn't going to make a "test color" Webkinz... LOL.. But, then again, ya never know........
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:55 PM   #9
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View Post Originally Posted by GOOGLESLOVER26
wat about my avvie? it says admin. of googlesworld. is that ok? or do you want me to take it off?
It's not okay, it confuses users into thinking you are official staff of WI.
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:58 PM   #10
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It's not okay, it confuses users into thinking you are official staff of WI.
so do ya want me to take it off or me to say in my sig i am not part off the staff? your choice.
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