These rules take effect from the date stated above. The previous rules from 25th October 2005 can be found here.
Note To Battlers
In the interest of fair play, though you are not yet required to, you are encouraged to vote on any battle that allows you to. This will in-turn encourage other members to vote on your battles. Members may stop voting on your battles if they see you are failing to participate in the community.
Voting in Battles
If you are going to vote in a battle you have to read these rules, as well as the rules in the battle.
You have to comply with the rules - e.g. if your in the same crew as one of the battlers and the "no crew votes" is turned on, you can not vote.
You will have to explain your vote, if you don't explain your vote properly your vote will be disallowed by a Moderator.
any votes that are based on anger against one of the battles will be disallowed automatically and will be spotted by a Moderator. This is known as "hate votes"
You are not required to vote in any specific style (e.g. categories), all we ask is that your vote is honest, fair and has a brief explanation as to why you chose that verse. You are allowed to add any other formats to your vote for example categories, quotes from the verses that you liked or disliked, but you however are not required to.
Number of Battles
Battlers are allowed a maximum of 4 active battles at any one time. Any extra battles will be locked until your limit has been reduced to a sufficient level.
Setting up a Battle
Rules must be decided in the call out thread and once agreed upon a thread for the battle should be created in the Battle Ground forum.
The title of the battle thread must be in the format of "[Battle-Type] Username-A vs Username-B". E.g. "[Text] XMan vs YDogg"
The rules of the battle must be clearly displayed in the first post of the battle thread. Any rules missing from the first post of the thread will fall back to House Rules (see below).
Default / House Rules
The House Rules are the default rules used in battles, for example if they are missing from the battle or unclear.
- Deadline is 2 Weeks from creation of thread.
- First to 5 votes or 3-0 KO
- Crew votes are disallowed
- Flipping/Feeding is allowed
These fixed rules cannot change and if stated in the battles rules will be ignored. The Fixed Rules are as follows:
- A Battles deadline can be a minimum of 48 hours and a up to a maximum of 4 weeks from the creation of the battle thread.
- To avoid confusion over the 'Bars to Lines' conversion, a standard of "1 Bar = 2 Lines" will be used.
- Battles must have a minimum of 4 lines but can have an unlimited number of lines.
- Pink Slip (loser leaves the site) battles will not be enforced by the site or moderators.
- Biting, recycling or ghost-writing a verse is not allowed in battles.
- Dick-riding or Hate votes are not allowed and will be disallowed.
- Swaying votes in or out of the battle is not allowed and will be deleted.
Lyrical Assault does not believe in "no show wins" and as such we do not award wins to battlers who’s opponent do not show.
If a battler fails to post their verse in the battle thread within allotted time then battle will be moved to 'No Mans Land'. Starting from the time of it being moved the no-shower will have an extension 50% of the battles time limit to post there verse. The extension will be a maximum of 1 week and minimum of 24 hours.
If the battler fails to post during their No Mans Land extension then they will receive a permanent No Show point added to their battle record and the battle permanently locked. If neither of the battlers have posted a verse in the battle then the battle will simply be deleted and nobody will gain a no-show point.
If your opponent no-shows, you are allowed to reuse all or part of your verse again.
Moderating Battles / Complaints
Only the sites moderators have the power to moderate a battle. Unless all battlers are in agreement they cannot make decisions on the battle, such as disallowing votes or changing the rules of the battle.
If you have a complaint regarding a battle such as with a verse or vote it should be reported to a moderator via the 'Report Post' button or the 'Suggestions, Comments & Problems' forum. Complaints should not be posted in the battle thread its self.
It is encouraged that members vote on battles instead of upping their own battles. However, battles are only allowed to be 'upped' 24 hours after the last post and cannot be done twice in a row. Incorrect ups will be deleted, continuation will result in the offending battle being locked.
Biting / Disqualification
Lyrical Assault does not believe in "win by disqualification". If your opponent is disqualified the battle will be moved to the "Battles under Review" forum.
If the battle has already been closed and it is confirmed your opponent should of been disqualified in the battle which resulted in them winning, you will be given the opportunity to have the loss removed from your battle score.
If someone has been confirmed as a biter/cheater and you battled them in the past, your battle with them will not automatically be disqualified it must be proven they bit/cheated in your battle to be given the chance to have the loss removed.
Contacting Members for votes
You are not allowed to ask other members to vote in your battle, this will be considered as vote swaying. If you are found to have solicited votes then you may have the vote disallowed.
Please report any 'PM Vote Requests' to a member of staff.
When your battle has finished and there is a clear winner, the battle will be closed and moved to the Battle Archive by a moderator and your battle score will be updated.
If your battle has not been closed 48 Hours or more after the final vote you are permitted to post the link in Battles That Need Closing.