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Forum Rules YOU MUST READ
« on: January 29, 2007, 11:00:20 PM »
The following is a set of rules and guidelines you must follow when using the forums.  They are subject to change at any time.

Rules - You MUST abide by these:


Language

- Official Language: These forums are officially english.  Any dialect will do as long as the majority of english speakers in the world can understand it.  If you have trouble speaking english, please let one of the moderators or admins know so we can give you a bit of help.  If you make a post in another language, please provide a translation below in the same post.
- Slang: Any local slang is discouraged as the many of our members are not native english speakers.  If you do use a term that some people may not know, please have the courtesy to define it in your post.  In addition, if a forum member asks you what a term means, define the term for them publicly.
- Internet Speak (the l33t rule): Using any sort of Instant Message typing is frowned upon.  This is a forum and not a real time chat, so there should be no need to rush your typing to get a post in.  Type out full words and try to use correct spelling.  We do understand that not all words are easy to spell, so just try your best.  The occasional use of certain AIM-speak shorthand is okay since it can show more emotion if used sparingly.
- Swearing and Terms of Disparagement: Swearing isn't encouraged, but as long as you don't swear in every post you make, we probably won't do anything about it.  As far as racial slurs and other derogatory language goes, we will not tolerate this at all.  If you do not know what this is, please see the wikipedia article at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_of_disparagement and this link as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_speech


Behavior

- Trolling: Trolling is not tolerated.  We will generally give a warning to you in the thread where you posted something considered trolling before we do anything more about it.  If you do not know what trolling is, here is the definition: Someone who posts to a newsgroup, bulletin board, etc., in a way deliberately intended to anger other posters and draw arguments, or otherwise disrupt the group's intended purpose.
- Spamming: Spamming is also not tolerated.  It's one thing to post a relevant link in a topic, but plugging your site in any way that's off topic will result in corrective action.  You may put your site in your signature as long as it doesn't lead to any referral based system.
- Flaming: Flaming is insulting someone, simple as that.  Don't do it.  If you need explanation on how not to flame, you should leave now.


Expectations of Posters

- All members of the forum are expected to maintain an appropriate level of maturity to the discussion at hand.  Most of the explanation to this maturity is explained in the above rules, and your guidelines for the maturity level can be seen by looking around the forums for a bit.  If you don't know what this is, you are not mature enough.


Miscellaneous

- This forum is a dictatorship.  What the moderators decide should not be argued with.  There is no free speech here. (If you want to look at the legality of this, be my guest.  It's private property.)
- This is not a furry forum.  Many of our members are in fact furries, but not all are.  Keep this in mind when talking about anything specific to the furry fandom.  the same goes with various other groups this site attracts.  In other words: Don't assume anything.

Also, as a last note, the server is based in Orlando, Florida.  Those laws, extending up to United States federal law is what will be referenced if anything of questionable legality arises.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2007, 02:26:30 AM by Caltsar »

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Forum Rules YOU MUST READ
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