Board Rules

In order to keep these forums running smoothly and to prevent problems, please follow these simple rules for the forums here. If you have any questions or problems, please contact one of the Staff Members.

Our goal for this site is to keep a fun, clean, family-friendly environment, these rules help ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy this board.

  1. General Rules

    1. This site has very specific content geared forums, members are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting to ensure they are posting in the correct forum. This rule is very forgiving, but users who repeatedly post in the wrong forum despite corrections from a staff member may be given a warning.
    2. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include; "Help me!", "I’m stuck!" etc. Examples of good titles include; "Getting an TABLE FULL error upon login", "Cannot post in certain forums", etc. are okay.
    3. These forums are geared toward a general audience and therefore posts that are sexual in nature, pornographic content, or generally offensive in nature such as text, images, links etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to an immediate warning. If a username is found to be offensive, it will be immediately changed and the user PMed a request to choose another, more appropriate username.
    4. Members are not to post obscene, vulgar, racist, graven, offensive, illegal, posts, links or images on this site, posting of such content will be removed and could lead to a warning if necessary.
    5. Members are not allowed to use any artifice or method to bypass or avoid the profanity filter.
    6. Members are not allowed to flame other members or groups of members. Flaming includes, but is not limited to: Ridiculing, insulting, or demeaning another member or group of members, such behaviour will not be tolerated and may lead to a warning and the offending posts removed or the topic locked.
    7. Members are not allowed to bait other members. Baiting is an attempt to anger and provoke another member. Such behaviour may lead to a warning and offending posts removed or topic locked.
    8. Members are not to harass or abuse other members in topics, private messages, signatures, avatars or profiles. This includes stalking other members, both online and in real life. Such behaviour will lead to a warning or a ban.
    9. Members are not to violate the privacy of other members by publicly posting identifiable personal information about them; e.g. full names, addresses, e-mail addresses or telephone numbers. This includes reposting the contents of private messages or e-mails without the prior permission of the sender. Exceptions may include notifying a staff member of a violation through private channels such as the board private message system.
    10. All rules apply to the private messaging system as well, abuse of the Private Messaging system will result in a Warning.
    11. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
    12. Members are asked not to post using l33t speak, txt speak, abbreviated expletives, posting in ALL CAPS in posts, topics or blog posts. Repeatedly posting in these methods will result in a warning.
  2. Support

    1. Support is offered via the forums only. Support is not given through private messages, instant messages, or any other private means. The reason for this is that private support only helps one single person, whereas support on the forums benefits everyone. Repeated requests for support through private means may constitute a warning.
    2. Members are asked to refrain from excessively bumping their topics or support questions until a reasonable amount of time (at least 6 hours) has elapsed, a reasonable amount of time must be allowed to give the staff time to answer the question and or topic. Repeated excessive bumping could result in a warning.
    3. Members are asked to refrain from demanding support from members of this site, all members of these boards give support of their own free-will and such rude behaviour is not welcome and may result in a warning.
    4. Members are asked to not post duplicate topics and or posts, or cross-post topics and or posts. Excessively posting duplicate topics or posts will result in a warning
  3. Spamming

    1. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes offering hosting services (charged and free), installation services, solicitation etc. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed.
    2. Promoting one’s own site or forum is not allowed on this site, this includes self promotion, advertising and advertising related posts, notices for contests and show off posts and topics. Users may not promote their site through their posts, Such posts are considered spam and may lead to a warning.
    3. Recruiting members for your own project (moderators, designers, professional work, etc) in posts and topics is not permitted on the forums and is considered spam.
  4. Signature Specific Rules

    1. Members are asked to keep signature images relatively small so that the topics may load quickly. Signature images are limited to a combined size of 12kb and no larger than 468px wide and 60px high. Flashy or animated images and flash is not allowed in signature images.
    2. Text sizes must not be larger than a font-size of 100%, 5 lines of text is allowed with no images, or 2 lines of text with images. Random text signature script counts as a single line.
    3. Links in signatures are limited to 5 links and must be unique pages or sites (i.e. 5 links pointing to the same external page/site are not allowed), Linked sites may not be overly commercial in nature. Subtle self-promotion is allowed in signatures.
    4. Signature content must adhere to normal board rules with respect to decency. Signatures may NOT contain any of the following: Obscene, Racist, Sexually Explicit, Graven / Graphic, Offensive, Illegal or anything deemed Not family friendly. Offensive content will be removed and the user PMed or warned as necessary.
    5. Signature content may be removed and/or signature permissions revoked if a user dismisses requests by staff to change or remove content.
  5. Avatar Specific Rules

    1. User defined avatars may contain mild animation. But must not be flashy or attract attention with the animation.
    2. Avatars must NOT contain an image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status on this site or forums (such a mimicking ranks or copying avatars of staff).
    3. Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect to decency, and so forth. Avatars may NOT contain any of the following: Obscene, Racist, Sexually Explicit, Graven / Graphic, Offensive, Illegal or anything deemed Not family friendly. Offensive Avatars will be removed and the user PMed or warned as necessary.
    4. Avatars may be removed and/or avatar permissions revoked if a user dismisses requests by staff to change or remove content.
  6. Moderation

    1. Back seat moderating is not allowed on these boards. If you notice an issue which may be against board policy, please use the Report Post Feature located on every post and a Moderator will address the issue. Members who constantly act as moderators will be warned.
    2. Administrators may be required to read specific private messages in an investigation to verify a rule breach or illegal actions through the private message system.
    3. The Staff reserve the right to edit or remove any post at any time on these boards. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Staff Members and not users. Moderators also reserve the right to ban anyone who wilfully violates the board rules, as access to our forums are a privilege and not a right.
    4. While these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.
    5. Members are asked to not contact staff members for moderation (moving/splitting/merging/deleting) of topics or posts. Please instead use the report post feature located on a post. Members are also asked to not abuse the report post feature. Excessively contacting staff members for non-urgent moderation or abusing report post feature may result in a warning.
  7. Warning & Ban Policy

    1. If a member breaches a minor board rule, they will be issued an alert via Private Message by a staff member. This is not counted toward the official warning count of the member.
    2. If the member continues to breach the SAME Forum Rule, an official Warning will be issued by a Moderator.
    3. Arguing with team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three warnings a suspension (temporary ban) will be put in place.
    4. Any attempt to circumvent a suspension (temporary ban) will lead to that ban being made permanent.
    5. Members who feel they have been unfairly warned are encouraged to contact an Administrator.
    6. Four warnings within 90 days will constitute an immediate permanent ban, warnings will expire after 90 days.

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