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PostSubject: Forum Rules & Guidelines   Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:42 am

I. POSTING RULES

Note: rules of conduct apply to posting and all profile fields of your user account, including, but not limited to username, user title, web site, avatar, signature, location, or any other informational field that is available for edit in your personal profile.

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 or link to any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, and 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.

BASIC RULES


1) Trolling: Do not come to this site with the purpose of starting a dispute. Note that a person disagreeing with your opinion is NOT trolling; keep it civil, even if you're sure the other person is wrong. Anything seen as trolling will result in you being warned or banned.

2) Spamming: Please do not double post or cross-post the same message in multiple forums. You will not mass-PM or mass-email multiple members of this site the same message. This includes "bump threads" and posts intended merely to increase one's post count. Worthless posts with no content and nonsensical posts eat up space and waste everyone's time. These are not allowed on any of the forums.


3) Advertising: Posting of advertisements for products or services, links to auctions, affiliate links, links to promote websites, and so forth is not allowed.

4) No Disclosure of Personal Information: Do not disclose any other member's email, real name, address, phone number, IP address, or other personal information. This includes the posting contents of emails and private messages without the sender's consent. Do not bring personal disputes into the forums. Bans and warnings issued to other users are considered personal information.

5) Misleading Titles: The subject line of the post should be as informative as possible about the content of the post. This also reduces duplicate posts.

6) Duplicate Posts: Check the first 2 pages of the board before posting and make sure someone has not already done a post similar to yours. Pages can be accessed at the immediate bottom right on the board. Duplicate or similar threads are subject to being merged or closed at the discretion of the moderator.

7) Claiming to be a public figure: If you are one and wish to post as such, contact an administrator for verification. Such public figures include professional athletes, celebrities of any media, and/or political figures.

8 ) Playing the Role of Moderator: You're not a moderator so don't correct posters like one. If you have a problem with a post, use the "Report This Post" button, rather than playing the parent. More often than not, that causes more problems than it fixes. Let us handle what is ours to handle.

9) Attacking/Disobeying the Moderators: If you disagree with something the moderators did, fine, disagree and let us know, but do it politely through PM or email. Dancing around the rules, purposely skirting them just to see us twitch will not help you out much, either.

On the same note: No posting on behalf of someone who's banned. That'll probably get you banned, too. The idea of being banned is that they're no longer a part of this online forum community and are no longer allowed to interact here. No making threads that give glory to banned people. It's not a violation to mention them in passing but no threads that focus on them. Prohibited threads include "What banned member do you miss/would you bring back?" type of threads. They're banned; don't give them that attention. If a moderator gives you specific instructions in a warning, and you blatantly disregard it, you are subject to being banned.


10) Forum Specific Rules: Please check the sticky threads at the top of each forum for any forum specific rules

11) One Account per User: multiple accounts are not permitted. If you have a good reason for needing more than one account, contact an administrator and ask for permission.

12) Shouting: excessive use of caps, large fonts.

13) Ban Circumvention: The actions of trying to get around a certain ban that has been put on you such as registering under a new e-mail, username, or IP address will not be tolerated. This will result in a permanent ban on all levels and contacting your Internet Service Provider.

14) Abuse of Report Bad Post: Multiple reports per thread, duplicate or frivolous reports will be deemed abuse and subject to warning. Every report is addressed. Please do not report something more than once.

15) Baiting / Trouble Making: If you are thought to be causing trouble by a moderator, you will be removed from the forum. This includes leading another poster into a thread or “board trap” where one member tries to make the other one snap by messaging them or subtly suggesting something that would cause one to argue back. Our staff is fair and if they pass judgment that you are here to cause problems, you will be removed. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. We have had enough problems here in the past and would like to operate in a civil manner. This is a publicly run website and will be treated like that for the members.

These rules are subject to change. We reserve the right to remove, edit or move posts at our discretion.


II. POSTING GUIDELINES

When posting, understand that you're trying to communicate with others. Although we have several members that aren’t fluent in English this forum is an English language forum. So here a some important guidelines on this:

1) Write in English.

2) Always do a quick check for spelling/grammar mistakes.

3) Format your post in an easily legible manner. Use the preview button often.

4) Be concise and articulate as much as possible.

5) Use enter for paragraphs.

6) Capitalize Correctly. All uppercase or all lowercase is hard to read.

7) Use correct punctuation. Avoid run-on sentences.

8 ) Try to avoid a lot of “text speak”, “net speak” or slang. The purpose of language is being understood, not sounding cool.

9)Never invent acronyms, use as few acronyms as possible.

10) Read your post over before posting it. Try to catch typos.

11) Please check to see if a topic is already posted. Do not post multiple topics on the same subject.

12) Post topics in the appropriate forum.


III. SIGNATURE RULES

1. NO images over 100 kilobytes or 450 x 150 pixels. (If you are unsure if your image qualifies, right-click on it and select "Properties" from the menu -- the size will be available there.)

If you fail to follow these guidelines your signature will be removed. If a removed signature is replaced with another infringing signature the offending member is within grounds of having posting privileges temporarily suspended.

Note: Signature guidelines are enforced to help keep bandwidth costs down and improve the viewing experience for all members. Remember: Members are here to post -- not to observe and/or endlessly scroll past large signatures.


IV. AVATAR GUIDELINES

NO images over 50 kilobytes or 100 x 100 pixels. (If you are unsure if your image qualifies, right-click on it and select "Properties" from the menu -- the size will be available there.)

If you fail to follow these guidelines your avatar will be removed. If a removed avatar is replaced with another infringing signature the offending member is within grounds of having posting privileges temporarily suspended.

Note: If you wish to upload your avatar to the ALLDUCKS.com server, please note that your avatar must be less than 50 kilobytes in file size or the server will not upload it.


V. THE THREE STRIKE RULE

If you violate one of the rules and/or the staff feel that you have:

The 1st step is to remove your posting rights for 24 hours from when a staff member has put the block on your posting rights. You will receive a PM as to why this has happened and your warning meter will increase. Only staff and yourself can see this meter so no one else will no what your level is at or why you have gotten blocked for 24 hours.

The 2nd step is to remove your posting rights for one (1) week.

The 3rd step is to remove your permanently from the community.

I trust my staff and am behind them 100%. Do not try to appeal it with me via PM. I have received enough personal messages in the last two weeks. If you don't want to be banned or blocked, then don't break the rules that were made by the members when this board started.

Major offenses will not be tolerated. While we do have the Three Strikes rule in effect here, such offenses can warrant a user immediate termination from the forums. If you are curious as to how what would warrant this action, please refer to our FAQ section that is entitled: What do I have to do wrong to get immediately banned from the forum?" Rule #20 is a main example of this. If the staff member believes that you should be removed from the community for the good of the community, you will be. Don’t cause trouble and you will be fine.


VI. Reporting Bad Posts

To report a post that violates the rules click on the report bad post icon within the post and give a brief description of the rule being broken. The icon is located in the user information field of each post. It's triangular in shape with a red border, and exclamation mark in middle. Be specific in your report. DO NOT PM, email, or post in the Forum Discussion board to report offensive posts. Usage of the Report Bad Post feature is the only acceptable, and most efficient means of reporting posts that violate our rules. All reports are kept confidential. You will not be contacted regarding your report. Whatever action is taken, if any, will remain confidential.


J/K Lol there are not this many rules and I expect you guys to already know the rules so yeah, no need for me to tell you them.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules & Guidelines   Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:29 am

Who read this shit?
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules & Guidelines   Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:58 pm

You did.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules & Guidelines   Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:58 pm

No, I didn't.
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