Joined: 22 Oct 2002
Location: Los Angeles, California
|Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2003 4:28 pm Post subject: New Forum Guidelines - Read First!
While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.
You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.
The above is what is found on your service agreement when you first registered as a member into this forum. It serves as a guideline for the administration and moderators when judging posts and threads. However, subsequent questions have arisen and hopefully this additional set of House Rules will help. It should be noted that, like all things, these rules will continue to change and evolve with constructive feedback from users and from experience. It is our hope that these policies will create open, honest, and civil discussion. As always, we welcome feedback about any concerns that you may have so feel free to contact any moderator.
1. If the thread is inappropriate for the board, it will be locked, but if it belongs in another forum it might just be moved. In other words, if an off-topic thread is found in the job-related forum it may be moved.
2. If the thread is flamebait, it will be locked or deleted. Individual flamebait may be deleted or edited. Certain users who continue to post flamebait or engage in other questionable practices (such as trolling) may result in more serious sanctions.
3. If the thread turns into pure flaming, it will be locked. If there is still interest in the original subject, you may re-post your thread. Sometimes a moderator may split the thread or delete certain portions in order to keep the discussion going.
4. If the thread turns from serious discussion into a chatroom the thread may be locked or deleted. Users are encouraged to use pms for chatting.
5. If the thread has run its course, and the same arguments keep on being brought up, it may be locked.
6. If the thread is frivolous or redundant, it may be locked.
7. If the thread is spam or pure post-count boosting it may be locked or deleted.
8. Harassment or threatening other users will not be tolerated. This includes private messages and while we don't read your mail, if evidence is brought forth (such as PMs, Instant Messages, or email) from a member then appropriate action may be taken.
9. Engaging in discussion with the moderators for their views is permissible. Flaming moderators or administration for the performance of their duties is questionable and may result in sanctions, depending upon the circumstances. The moderators and administration welcome constructive feedback and users are encouraged to use pms first to voice any concerns.
10. Ignoring warnings from moderators or administration to correct behavior may result in a permanent ban.
11. Self-policing by the community at large is encouraged. Please take a moment and read over your comments before you post.
12. Articles that are more than 300 words may be edited or deleted. Try to keep your comments concise. If an article is longer, post a link and quote only the really important parts to your argument.