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[READ ME] Forum guidelines

Unread postby Administrator » Dec 2nd, '13, 07:05

The following guidelines are enforced by the Administrator, Community manager and Moderators, and occassionally by Developers and Contributors. At their own discretion, they may edit or remove topics and posts that do not comply without warning.

Ignoring these guidelines may eventually result in a temporary or even permanent ban from the forums. In particular, be careful of those that are listed as either yellow, orange or red color below, as these are more like rules and will likely to get you warned and/or banned quickly if ignored.

For more information on the moderation process, please read →How moderation works.

    1. This is an English web site, so all posts must be written in English. Any threads or replies written in a language other than English may be removed without notice. One exception is that users may post in off-topic discussion forums in any language.
    2. Limit excessive swearing or language. If you're that angry about something, take a break from the forums for a while, or confront the other user somewhere else.
    3. Turn off your caps lock, do not use excessive ALL CAPS in your posts.
    1. No "flaming" or "badgering" -- writing hostile or insulting messages aimed at other users for their views, comments, status as a user on the site, or any other reason. You can disagree with someone's views and still be polite about it.
    2. No "trolling" -- posting controversial (sometimes off-topic) messages with the intent of baiting other users to reply.
    3. No "spamming" -- No advertisements, or referral links to other services. We also classify "spam" as short replies (only a few words) which do not contribute to a topic in a positive manner. Some threads expect short messages (like some forum games), but otherwise short messages are discouraged.
    4. No "necro" behavior -- posting replies on very old (dead) threads which have not been locked. We only allow "necro" replies in very rare circumstances, all other cases may result in your reply removed. If you feel strongly enough about posting a reply, please discuss with a moderator whether to start a new thread instead.
    5. No discussions of software piracy, hacking, illegal material, or linking to these activities will be tolerated.
    1. Do not post for the sake of post count. Your posts may be removed if we see you posting unhelpful or non-contributing messages.
    2. Do not attempt to use any means to bypass our profanity filter, such as misspelling a swear word, or using punctuation or spaces. We are much more likely to warn users for this behavior than those who let the filter replace swear words with *'s.
    3. Do not copy or plagiarize comments.
    4. Do not post messages containing images of typed text, especially in an alternate color. This confuses other members who may think you have some special authority. It also defeats our search engine, which cannot read your message text.
    5. Do not "hijack" a thread by changing the subject. If you want to change the subject, please start an entirely new thread.
    1. Do not post lewd or offensive content, or links to lewd or offensive content. Keep everything "work safe" and remember that young people visit the web site. Furthermore, this help prevents us from having conflicts with our web host, affiliates and partners.
    2. Do not post any personal information about you or anyone else. If you want to post a photo of yourself, use appropriate caution. This is the Internet, afterall.
    3. Do not post material that is hateful or mean towards race, religion, sex, or any other offensive nature. You can debate religion and politics in off-topic discussion forums, but you can do so without being mean or hateful about it.
    1. Do not complain if a moderator removes a message you posted. We trust our moderators, and if they've removed a message, they had a good reason.
    2. Do not complain about getting banned, and do not make another account to circumvent a ban. We follow a three-strikes policy, with the first strike eliminating the user's established rank and the third strike resulting in a ban. This gives users plenty of time to correct their mistakes to avoid further consequences.
    3. Do not complain about other users being banned, in the forums or on profile pages of other users.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact a →Moderator. Please do not contact administrators, contributors or developers directly unless no moderator is available, as they may not be able to help with forum issues (or have the free time to do so).

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