Forum Guidelines - Please Read Before Posting!

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Forum Guidelines - Please Read Before Posting!

Postby GeekCaveCreations » April 20th, 2011, 7:16 am

Community Guidelines
In an effort to create a friendly, useful environment for our members, it's necessary to set out some guidelines for use here. We take pride in keeping our message boards respectful, pleasant, and enjoyable for members of all ages. Please read the following guidelines before posting.

Spam is NOT tolerated
For the purposes of these forums, SPAM is defined as links to websites that can be described in the following manner:
  • They don't fit directly with the topic of discussion.
  • They attempt to sell a product or service as the main function of the website.
  • they contain links or images that are NFO, or NSFW*
  • They discuss, offer or endorse illegal or pornographic software, images or text. this includes pirated games, apps, etc.
This type of behavior is simply not going to be tolerated, and this is the one and only warning that will be given. If the admin/moderator staff feels that it's definitely spam, and not a simple misunderstanding, then the post will be deleted, and the user banned permanently. If it's felt that the offense was a simple mistake (spelling errors DO occur, after all), then the member will be warned, and the offending post edited. If a second "misunderstanding" occurs, then the outcome will be the same as if it were intentional.

Self-Promotion is Spam
All posts are read by our administration and moderation team. If we catch questionable content, it will immediately be edited or removed for further investigation. Any post that is considered advertising for one's self-interests outside the realm of their personal website, or online chat bot, fits under this subject.
While you are allowed to promote your web site(s) in your signature, you are not permitted to post links to sites you run or are in any way affiliated with in your posts. In addition, users are not permitted to post any kind of affiliate program link with referrer IDs. Repeat violators who post promotional content will be permanently banned.

Language and Trolling
Our community is family-friendly. There are young users and language should be kept within a PG-13 level. Vulgar language is not allowed. This constitutes the use of any kind of offensive, discriminatory, or otherwise inappropriate material deemed unsafe for younger members. Inappropriate language will potentially be removed and users will be warned.
Do not post provocative, outrageous, or pointless messages only to get a response from others, i.e. "trolling." Repeat violators will be permanently banned.
Lastly, if it is abundantly clear that a user has no intention of positively contributing to sports discussions, combined with an abrasive, combative attitude, they will be banned. Users must demonstrate an interest in contributing to relevant discussions. In other words, users who wish to do nothing but argue politics or other irrelevant issues are not welcome as they do nothing to contribute to the site and are not worth the trouble and headaches.

Personal Attacks
In order to maintain a positive atmosphere, no personal attacks or insults will be tolerated. While discussions may become heated, it is not an excuse to result to attacks or insults. There is a difference between a passionate, respectful discussion and one that delves into personal matters. Think of it as debating issues, not individuals. When the line is crossed, the discussion may be closed by the moderation team. Violators will be warned and potentially banned.

Moderators and Administrators Have the Final Word
If you have a problem or a complaint, direct it to the administrators and/or moderators, not to the boards.The appropriate actions will be taken. We reserve the right to ban flagrant offenders when deemed necessary, with or without prior warning.

If you have something to post and you're not sure which board it belongs in, do not post it in more than one board. If the administrators or moderators think it would fit better in another location, it will be moved there. Duplicate threads only serve to create confusion.

Signature Rules
A typical signature contains the poster's name, e-mail address, website, and a favorite quote or saying. Excessive font size are not allowed. Anyone abusing this privilege will be warned and then have their signature removed until they acknowledge this guideline.

Multiple Accounts Per Individual Are Not Permitted
If you forget your password, use the password recovery tool, in which case you will be able to reset your password, given that you have access to the e-mail associated with your account. If you are still unable to login, contact the administrator.

Again, please follow the above guidelines when posting on our message boards. If you have any questions, please contact us. Above all, remember to have fun!

* NFO = "Not Family Oriented" - NSFW = "Not Safe for Work"
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