To make badges a more fun experience for all, we decided to make a thread with rules NOTE: This thread may be updated regularly! RULE #1: No bashing or shading badges ❗ Yes people, this rule is still up! This is to protect the user who made this badge and the people who voted for it. We know some badges of your faves may not be your favourite, but it was fairly chosen by the majority of the users! If you have a really harsh comment on a badge that you wish to address, we can only say: PM us or tell us in the "Ask an Awards member thread". There's no need to make a thread about it. RULE #2: No stealing of badges ❗ Unless you ask the maker of the badge and have a screenshot that you got approval to use it on AKP, it will be ignored. RULE #3: Please avoid the constant request for badge swapping/removal Awards Team still does not have this access and has to do it via someone else's profile. We won't do requests for badges (that also includes removing them) that you have had for less than a month So for example if you request a badge today, you'd be eligible to remove/swap it on the 2nd of the next month So we ask you to think very carefully before requesting a badge. RULE #4: OPs have NO right to ignore badges ❗ Sometimes an OP can forget/overlook a comment, but if this happens on multiple occasions or after a user reminded the OP of that, you will get a strike or be on the blacklist* OPs should ask an Awards Member if they think that a badge violates the rules and get permission from Awards Members to leave that certain badge out of the suggestions RULE #5: Regarding friends voting There's nothing wrong with helping out your friends during voting, but please don't let 10 people vote on all the same badges you voted for! This would be very unfair towards those who will actually get the badge The chance that someone (who didn't even participate in the first place) suddenly votes for the same badges as another user is very very small. OPs can and are expected to delete these votes! RULE #6: Antagonization of the Awards Team When not following the basic rules or harassing the Awards Team and/or users about badges, we will thread ban OR section ban you for a small amount of time RULE #7: No suggestions If no one but the OP suggest, then the OP can automatically choose which the final badge. Keep in mind that you can always ask the Awards Team in the Ask an Awards thread to make badges for you! RULE #8: Unfinished Badge/Voting threads OPs of any unfinished badge/voting threads over 2 weeks will be asked to finish it off or pass it on to another OP who would be interested. Otherwise the badge/voting thread will be deleted. This is to prevent clogging up the Awards section. RULE #9: Handing over OPs If you want to quit OP'ing for a thread, please notify us so we can approve the new OP first! RULE #10: Multiple badges for an idol We will NOT give a user a badge for an idol that already exists. The majority of the users have chosen for a particular badge. This may be a badge that you don't like at all. It is impossible for us to have multiple badges of the same artist. The only way you can have a different badge of the same artist is when you win a personal badge during an Event and you choose to use it. If not, you'll have to wait for the next Award Season. BLACKLIST: A blacklist is a list that the Awards Team will keep to determine whether or not we will hand you an OP. While we do have a "First come, first serve" - policy for the OPs, it can become messy when an OP frequently gets banned or show that they don't take OP-ing seriously (e.g. repeatedly ignoring badge suggestions of users). You will have one strike and then you'll be on the blacklist. We can remove you if you haven't been banned in a long time or show good behaviour in the forums. When you get a strike or will be on the blacklist, we will PM you to notify you.