Updated : 6/27/08 : To Co-Exist With Divisional Format -- RSTL RULES AND REGULATIONS -- Welcome to your A-Z of RSTL rules and the regulations associated with them. These rules and regulations are what the moderators will govern the league by, so read them, learn them, understand them and follow them. The rules are crystal clear, but do have stipulations and consequences for breaches. This post will clear up, in advance, what happens in cases of rule breaks. Moderators will make rulings via this set of instructions so there will be no confusion between competitors and mods, as all are privy to this post. DEADLINES A - The deadline for verses is Thursday @ 11:59pm EST. B - The deadline for extensions is 24 hours ONLY, making it Friday @ 11:59pm EST. C - The deadline for voting is Sunday @ 11:59pm EST. RULINGS ON DEADLINE FAILURE Mods have lives too and we're not always going to be active in the forum at deadline time. We rule on deadlines via the time on the board clock, set to coincide with EST. Check with a mod to make sure you have your timezone ratio in check with your own (eg. knowing you're 5 hours ahead in the UK). Extensions are granted by Moderators if you ask before deadline A and before your opponent posts a verse. If you require an extension and your opponent has already posted, your opponent must give their consent. If you ask for an extension, your opponent automatically receives the same 24 hour time frame to post their verse. If you have not been granted an extension but post your verse after deadline A, to the point that a moderator enters to check for no-shows, the battle will continue to the voting stage; should the opponent have shown themself. If you have not been granted an extension but post your verse after deadline A, where your opponent has failed to post a verse it will be deemed a no-show. Any verse posted after deadline B is deemed a no-show as the extension is not 24 hours and 1 minute, it is 24 hours ONLY. Votes submited after deadline C, upto the point a moderator closes the thread, will be disqualified in the competitors links list, not in the battle itself. VOTING D - You must post atleast 5 valid voting links for bonus points. E - Voting on the "LEAGUE" Championship and Contendership battles is mandatory. F - Votes must be atleast 2 full lines of feedback per competitor followed by the named vote. G - Voting a tie result is deemed a failure to vote. H - Voting links must be posted in your battle thread with the Champ and Contender clearly labeled. I - Votes edited after 1 hour of posting will be deemed a failure to vote. J - Voting is open to signed in competitors and moderators ONLY. RULINGS ON VOTES AND FAILURE TO VOTE Voting can be a shady business at the best of times, but they are extremely important in making the league work. Votes decide the winners and losers of battles and are a valuable key to any competitors success, so stick to the rules and all will go smoothly. If you breach any voting rule (including C and excluding E) it is deemed a failure to vote and you will be deducted 1 link, per violation, in your own battle that week. A 'valid link' is a vote that does not breach any other rule. Rule D is no longer subject to vote deductions per link not posted. 0 links = -1pt. 1-4 links = 0pts. With every 5 valid links earning you 1pt. Some weeks may not see 5 other battles open for voting. In this instance you must vote on the full amount available to obtain that specific bonus point. If your opponent fails to show, to follow rule H you must use the sticky thread Voting Links. If you are deemed to not meet rule F, your vote will be disqualified from that match, and your voting link will be deemed invalid. Former champions that decide to vote, without signing in to the league, must meet with ALL the rules outlined. Posting the 5 links in the Voting Links thread to be valid. Rule I is only over-ruled with moderator permission, before the edit takes place. For instance, a vote that contains less than the 2 line minimum can be extended if a mod is aware that is the reason for the edit beforehand. An edit that a moderator has not been informed about will be deemed invalid.