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You will find below answers to common questions about PMF2 and how it works.

Users, Usernames, and User Groups
1. What is a Spriter, and what are the advantages of being one?
2. What is an Elite Spriter, and what are the advantages of being one?
3. I've submitted my Spriter request or Elite Spriter test, but I am still a Member. Why?
4. What is the PMF2 Rank System?
5. I have heard some names that are not on the Member List. Who are they?
6. Who can I talk to if I need help or have a question?
7. Can I get my username changed? How?
8. I can't post in the Advertisements section. Why?
9. I can't see the Spamming Area. Why?

Sprites and Spriting
10. Where do I put my sprites?
11. Why are Galleries and Reviews separate?
12. Where can I get sprite ideas?
13. What are the different sections of the Battle Arm?

General Concerns
14. What are the posting rules of PMF2?
15. What is the PMF wiki?
16. What is the PMF Dex?
17. What is the Member School?
18. What is the Pokémon Mutation Roleplay (PMR)?
19. Can I have my product on display in the Portal?





1. What is a Spriter, and what are the advantages of being one?
   A Spriter is a member who is recognized for spriting actively and being dedicated to improving his or her spriting skills. They can be identified by their golden usernames. Some minor privileges are occasionally awarded to those who hold Spriter status. Becoming a Spriter requires a Gallery topic and standing Rank 1 or higher, and awards and extra Rank.
   See also: Spriter Application, PMF2 Rank System.
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2. What is an Elite Spriter, and what are the advantages of being one?
   An Elite Spriter is a spriter who demonstrates above-average spriting skill. They can be identified by their orange usernames. Some minor privileges are occasionally awarded to those who hold Elite Spriter status. Becoming and Elite Spriter requires one month with standing Spriter status and a test of skill, and awards an extra Rank.
   See also: FAQ #1, Spriter Application, PMF2 Rank System.
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3. I've submitted my Spriter request or Elite Spriter test, but I am still a Member. Why?
   There may be two reasons. Most frequently, this is only because your request or test has not been completely processed yet. For Elite Spriter tests, a poll is held for two days before accepting or rejecting your Elie Spriter status. Further, the member group upgrade system is manual, and each approved request or passed test must be dealt with individually by an Administrator or Member Manager. Please allow two days for Spriter status requests to be processed, and four for Elite Spriter tests.
   Alternatively, your status may have been denied. Check your PM inbox for the notice. If you do not have a PM, it is most likely because your status has not been fully processed.
   See also: FAQ #1, FAQ #2, Spriter Application.
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4. What is the PMF2 Rank System?
   The PMF2 Rank System is a reward system that serves as an incentive for members to be active participants in the community. There are several different possible ways to gain Ranks, and each Rank will open up a new feature, board, or other sort of privilege for members who reach it. The system uses ZetaBoards' Joinable Groups feature.
   See also: PMF2 Rank System.
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5. I have heard some names that are not on the Member List. Who are they?
   There are two possible reasons. As PMF2 is, as the name suggests, the second incarnation of PMFinc Forums, some of the names members refer to may be members from the original community that have not joined us here.
   Alternatively, the name referred to may the the common name used for a membe who has changed their usernames. You can check users' previous usernames by going to their profiles and selecting Profile Options > Name History.
   See also: FAQ #7.
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6. Who can I talk to if I need help or have a question?
   If even after reading this FAQ and the Pinned topics in each section you still have doubts, please post your question in the Orientation forum, where staff and other members will assist you. If your concern is more urgent, you may contact any staff member by PM. Staff can be identified by their green or blue usernames.
   See also: Orientation.
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7. Can I get my username changed? How?
   Yes. To change your username, go to your Preferences > Board Control > Change Username. Your request will be submitted for approval by an Adminsitrator or Member Manager. Please note that after the first name change of each member, other name change requests will only be approved with a two month wait from the last change.
   See also: Change Username.
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8. I can't post in the Advertisements section. Why?
   While all guests and registered members are allowed to read topics in the Advertisements section, only registered members with a standing of Rank 2 or higher are allowed to post in it.
   See also: FAQ #4, Advertisements.
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9. I can't see the Spamming Area. Why?
   The Spamming Area is a popular hangout place for PMFians, but it is only accessible for members whith a standing of Rank 3 or higher. Other members will get an "Access Denied" error if trying to access is.
   See also: FAQ #4, Spamming Area.
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10. Where do I put my sprites?
   You have several options. Most often, you will want to make a Member Gallery topic for your sprites and post them in there, where they are only for display. If you are looking for contributions from other members to the set of sprites you are making, you way wish to start a Spriting Project. If you are looking for feedback on your sprites, you should post a topic in Reviews. Finally, if you are hosting a Request Shop, you may choose not to display your products anywhere else and keep them all in the Shop topic. All these sections are in the Production Wing.
   See also: FAQ #11, Member Galleries, Spriting Projects, Reviews, Request Shops.
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11. Why are Galleries and Reviews separate?
   Here are PMF we like to keep display topics and feedback topics separately. This allows for a Gallery topic that is uncluttered and permits easy browsing, which is especially useful when searching for a specific sprite. This also allows members who are willing to give feedback to comment only on those sprites that are posted in reviews, preventing users from providing comments where they are not desired.
   See also: FAQ #10, Member Galleries, Reviews.
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12. Where can I get sprite ideas?
   Most users on PMF like to use Dragonfree's Pokémon Sprite Generator. Teaming this useful sprite searching tool with some creativity can yield interesting ideas. If you are really stumped, the Spriter Help/Inspiration Thread in the Discussion Table allows you to ask other members for ideas.
   See also: Spriter Help/Inspiration Thread, Dragonfree's Pokémon Sprite Generator.
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13. What are the different sections of the Battle Arm?
   The Battle Arm provides an areas for all sorts of spriting competitions. Two are officially-sponsored: World of Spritecraft (often referred to as WoS) is an ongoing level-based tournament with two opposing alliances; and the Monthly Contest is tournament that follows round-robin format and is held every month. The Member-Promoted Contests section is a place for members to hold their unofficial tournaments. Finally, The Arena is a space for loose battles that do not contribute to any tournaments.
   See also: Battle Arm.
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14. What are the posting rules of PMF2?
   Posting rules that apply to the entire forum can be found by clicking the Posting Guidelines link, found in the submenu under the forum banner. Further, some sections have specific rules, which are found under the navigation links at the top of each forum page.
   See also: Posting Guidelines.
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15. What is the PMF wiki?
   The PMF wiki is a Wikispace that contains all kinds of information about PMF, its members and its history. All PMF2 members are welcome to join the Space and make changes. However, Shed requests that all users who join the Space use a recognizable username, so that he can identify the user and accept the membership request. Users must be Space members in order to create new pages and make changes to existing ones.
   See also: PMF wiki, PMF wiki development section.
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16. What is thew PMF Dex?
   The PMF Dex is a collection of Pokédex data created by members for their own sprites. The intention of the Dex is to simplify the work for developers of role-playing games that have Pokémon mixes, fakemon and element-changed Pokémon as part of their world. The PMF Dex is the only source of Pokémon data used by developers of PMF's own Pokémon Mutation Roleplay.
   See also: FAQ #18, PMF Dex.
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17. What is the Member School?
   Member School is a community project currently in development. It aims to provide members of the community with the necessary information and instruction to become the best spriters they can be, as well as active and important members of the community. It includes both spriting tutorials of all skill levels and guidelines for good membership.
   See also: Member School development section.
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18. What is the Pokémon Mutation Roleplay (PMR)?
   PMR is a large-scale role-playing game sponsored by PMF. It is currently in development and will be inaugurated as soon as sufficient areas, systems and rules have been sorted. The PMR section is currently only visible to members of the staff. Other users will get an "Access Denied" error when trying to access it.
   See also: Pokémon Mutation Roleplay.
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19. Can I have my product on display in the Portal?
   If your product is related to PMF, yes. To have a product posted at the Portal, you must send Shed the following by PM or email: a GIF thumbnail no larger than 60x60 pixels; a link to where the product can be purchased; the product's title; and a short description of the product.
   See also: Portal, Shed's profile.
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