Rules of conduct

Becoming a member of this board and rules for members.
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Rules of conduct

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Rules of Conduct

The Rules of Conduct are general guidelines for users of this forum. We pride ourselves on being welcoming to all who would like to participate, but all need to follow these simple rules;

Please do...

Keep criticism constructive! If you disagree with an opinion, explain why, but never attack the person.
Search the site and/or forum before posting. Someone else may have already answered your question or discussed the topic. Checking for
duplicates can help save you time.
Use proper spelling and grammar, with paragraphs as needed. Posts that are easier to read are easier to respond to.
If asking a question, provide as much in the way of details as you can to help other members answer.
Use formatting to improve the quality of your post or comment. A well-formatted post is easier on the eyes and receives more responses!
If you think someone violates the Rules of Conduct send an email to forum@erikslebos.com
Be sure to post your thread or comment to the forum category or article commentary most appropriate to the topic, so others can find it easily.
Utilize “MRI” for Most Respectful Interpretation of a fellow member’s intent when reading their posts.

Please don't...

Be rude or impolite. Civility is compulsory here, and remember that behind each user is a real person. Personal attacks are not allowed against other members, staff, or moderators.
Engage in any illegal activity. Asking for help pirating, cracking, or bypassing copyright protection is not allowed.
Post in ALL CAPS or use excessive punctuation!!!
Share personal information publicly, including your email address.
Post empty threads, throwaway comments, or responses that contain no content. Don't bump posts, claim "First!" or give single-word replies.
Hijack a topic. Keep to the original subject matter. Do not post off-topic threads/comments in categories or on articles not set for that purpose.
Spam or encourage spam. Commercial spam is handled with a zero tolerance policy. No posting links to any commercial service or product if you are personally affiliated. Official representatives may be present, but will be expressly indicated from their profile. Do not post /comment to advertise or promote.
Abuse the forum or commenting software by attempting to game the system through voting, reactions, or any reputation component functionality. Use is closely monitored and investigated.
Use long quotes when responding to messages - only quote as much of the original post as necessary.

Specific Rules

The following activity is expressly disallowed within our community:

Harassment, threatening, embarrassing or insulting other users, including sending unwanted messages, attacking/denigrating race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
Hate speech is not permitted. You may not post or distribute any content that is harmful, abusive, disparaging, racist, homophobic, sexist, sexually explicit, defamatory, infringing or invasive of privacy.
Trolling, defined as knowingly soliciting strong negative responses simply for shock value, and disruption of the natural flow of discussion through vulgarity, spamming, flooding or other means.
Impersonation of others or sock puppeting.
Phishing. Moderators and staff will never ask for your password.
Uploading or linking to files which contain viruses or malware.
G.R.A.P.E.S. (guns, religion, abortion, politics, economics, sexuality) subject matter discussion is prohibited, except where the topics are expressly related to core subject coverage and is initiated by staff. The moderation team reserves the right to remove any such posts and take action as warranted.
Necroposting (resurrecting very old threads or article comments) is disallowed.

All content, including signatures, images, links, posts, and submissions are all subject to these rules. If your signature contains links, please ensure they adhere to our commercial spam policy. Additionally, forum and commenting accounts are non-transferable. Actions taken by a user on one account may affect all of that user's accounts. With these in mind, please remember to have fun. Most of these guidelines are common sense, and serve to keep the forum/comments useful, safe and secure for everyone. We thank you for your cooperation and support in this, and if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback regarding the Rules of Conduct, please contact a Moderator or Community Staff.

Accusations/Corruption
We’re happy to hear your criticism (and encourage it!), but unfounded allegations of corruption, payola, or bias are neither constructive nor welcome.

Ads
Neither Editorial nor Community Teams have any control over ads that are served on the site. If you do encounter an ad on-site that you believe to be invasive or inappropriate, email forum@erikslebos.com.

Avatars
Avatars should not be obscene, display excessive violence, flash enough to be a danger to epileptics, or defame any individual, group, party, or company. Failure to comply can result in your right to display an avatar being revoked. Moderators are the final arbiters in determining when an avatar is inappropriate or in violation of the guidelines.

Signatures
Where applicable, if signature content contains forwarding links to either past or present websites that have caused problems, your signature privileges will be suspended.

Who do I contact if I have a technical problem?
The administrator will be happy to provide help with any technical questions you may have. Please send an email to forum@erikslebos.com.

Terms, Conditions, & Privacy

The terms herein are the contractual requirements for admission and participation in the forum and/or site comments. You agree to comply and are obliged to comply with the rules above and in the following policies when joining and using this Forum. You acknowledge and agree that, by accessing or by uploading or posting any User Content, you, your heirs, and assigns (collectively, “you”) are indicating that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, then please do not register as a member.

Erik Sleblos, as founder and moderator of this forum reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to remove any User Content, block access to the forum and/or commenting system, and/or cancel the account of any user.
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