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General => Welcome -- START HERE! => Topic started by: Sueblue on June 16, 2009, 11:05:16 AM

Title: How to Use This Forum (New Members: Please read before posting)
Post by: Sueblue on June 16, 2009, 11:05:16 AM
1. No Advertising
Advertising bots, propaganda accounts (including the evangelizing variety), and persons who register with the sole intention of using this forum for search engine optimizing or link-dropping purposes will be banned without warning. We ask that other registered users also refrain from engaging in casual or commercial ad campaigns upon the forum. Launching plans for other forums or communities and attempts to gain members from this community for your own are forbidden.

2. Posting URLs
From 1 September 2010, any user whose post-count is less than 20 is prohibited from posting an URL-embedded message. Any message which violates this rule will be deleted.

3. No Spamming
Do not post copies of the same thread, the same thread to multiple subforums, or copy the same post to multiple threads. Avoid making empty "bump" posts or necroposting (bumping very old threads). Never repost a thread or post that has been deleted by a moderator.

4. Do Not Make Personal Attacks
Posts that serve no purpose other than to flame users annihilate the quality of discussion. Do not make personal attacks. You may critique or disdain argument and opinion posted by users, but you may not extend that method to maligning the users themselves. Do not troll or purposefully attempt to disrupt discussion in threads. Where this rule has been violated, the thread will be locked by a moderator without warning.

5. Do Not Register Duplicate Accounts
Each user is allowed one account. Please note that users who attempt to register multiple accounts may be placed onto the forum's blacklist automatically, which can have the effect of suspending all account function for each account associated with that user. Purposefully assuming multiple identities (sockpuppetry) will not be tolerated.

6. Respect User Privacy
Do not post the contents of private messages on the open forum without the permission of all parties involved. Additionally, we ask that you not reveal personal details about other users without their permission. This specifically includes acts like the posting of addresses or telephone numbers.

7. Post With Quality In Mind
Although there is nothing wrong with being succinct, terse, or directly to the point, we ask that you try to avoid one-lined irrelevance. Chitchat and goofing around are welcome, but try to keep it to the appropriate threads and subforums and don't bombard those users who do not wish to participate. Do not dump excessively lurid content into existing threads or create threads for that purpose. Do not post racist material anywhere on this forum.

8. Post Legibly
Please do not make posts in ALL CAPS, custom-format posts in a manner that breaks up the visual continuity of the thread, or otherwise make posts difficult for users to read. Post in English (we can not moderate other languages), use paragraphs in extensive posts, and avoid '1337 sp33k' or 'chatspeak' (substituting u for you, 2 for too, etc) altogether.

9. Use Tasteful Customizations
Offensive, disruptive, or poorly formatted usernames, custom text and avatars will be modified or removed at the administration's discretion.

Thank you.

Title: Re: How to Use This Forum (New Members: Please read before posting)
Post by: Sueblue on September 01, 2010, 07:06:26 PM
Addendum - Update to Forum Rules

Please note that as of 1 September 2010, members shall now be required to have a minimum post count of 20 before they may embed URLs, either in the main text of a post, or in their signature.

This is because we aim to keep the forum free from spam, and opportunist self-promoters who are merely using the forum's popularity to increase their own search engine rankings. It has been noted that the forum has been misused in this way from time to time, hence our decision to increase the minimum required post count.

We continue to welcome posts that make a positive contribution to the discussions here.