Hey guys, Zero EXE here.
Now, I'm sure alot of the older users of ShoutBox have noticed a pretty big increase in the numbers of new users as of late, so, this post is mainly aimed at the newer users, just to clear everything up for them.
ABOUT LOGGING IN
DSiCade requires that you log into a Google Account to provide a safer, more personalized experience on the site. To set up a Google Account, or to log into your existing account, click the LOGIN button on the website's main page.
When logged in, "Welcome, [User Name]" appears on the top screen and the LOGIN button changes into an ACCOUNT button. Here, you can change your nickname (Used for HighScore Boards and as your ShoutBox username) or you can choose to log out. It is highly recommended that you don't set your nickname to something offensive, or set it to your real name or e-mail adress.
ShoutBox is a fun application which lets you chat to other DSi users by leaving short messages called "shouts". Before you attempt to chat on ShoutBox, make sure you are logged into your Google Account and that you have read the rules by clicking on the red "Rules" tab on the ShoutBox main screen.
Following the rules is strongly recommended, and if you don't comply with them, you could be banned for any amount of time between 1 day and Permanently. (The standard time is 30 days, but the actual ban time depends on how bad the crime is, and in some cases, how bad of a mood the admin is in. ;P )
An Administrator, or Admin, is a specially selected user that has the power to ban a rule-breaking user (as previously mentioned).
Admins are easilly recognisable due to their avatar (a small picture that appears next to your Shout). An Admin's avatar has a yellow (A) icon attached to it. The admins are called thewiirocks, Zero EXE, BadCompany, Jason and Gold.
If there is no admin present, the "Report" tab can be used to ban a user for 24-hours. Report someone only works once per-user. Meaning, reporting the same person 12 times has the same effect as just 1 report. Another thing to note is that to successfully report ban a user, multiple people need to report the user. Make sure to only report rule-breakers.
RUMORSMany users have been speaking of a "DSiTube", this hoax has been running for about as long as DSiCade. If you see people promoting DSiTube, report them and carry on going about your business.
A side-note to the older users who should know better: I've noticed you're all calling the newer users "n00b" or "newb" or something to that effect. This is a derogatory term and isn't a very nice thing to say in general. I've seen users get insulted by some of the "veterans" and I want it to stop. We were all new once, and I'm sure you remember being called n00b and feeling insulted.
Well, I've covered nearly everything that could confuse you about logging in and using the ShoutBox. If you're still feeling confused, feel free to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading, and have a great time.