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Rules and Netiquette

  • No trolling. Don't post to inflame others. Substance is the key to avoid trolling (sowing discord or attempting to upset people). There is zero tolerance for trolls. They cannot be reasoned with and we don't attempt to. When writing your messages, please use the same courtesy that you would show when speaking face-to-face with someone. This is less obvious and harder than you think. Practice.

  • Keep threads coherent. Threads may be closed if they lose coherence or clarity or become cumbersome.

  • No pornographic material. Sexually suggestive material will seriously scrutinized. We'd like everyone to be able to read the forums at work or share them with family and friends.

  • Stay on topic. Each thread should stay on one topic. Off-topic messages may be deleted without notice. If you have made a mistake, apologize, and re-post to the correct thread, if one exists. Otherwise, start a new one. If your message is deleted, the poster is responsible for re-posting to the correct thread.

  • Keep the language and tone polite and respectful and maintain decorum. Name calling, rudeness, disrespect toward others, insults, profanity or inappropriate discussion will not be tolerated. Any attempt to disrupt a thread or to promote discord is prohibited. Often discussions deteriorate in response to a single message. Do not respond back. It takes two for a discussion to fly off. Remember: everyone has the right to express their opinion, but within the bounds of decency and sensitivity to others.

  • No promotion of violence or advocating breaking the law.

  • Unsubstantiated accusations, libelous and defamatory statements and innuendo prohibited.

  • No commercial postings or blatant advertising is permitted except as an appropriate reply to a message. You should identify your business.

  • Do not post copyrighted materials - text or images - without the copyright-holder's permission. You may be asked to prove you have permission.

  • No attacks on individuals or groups. Criticize ideas, not people. Intolerance toward race, gender or ethnic groups is prohibited.

  • Avoid uppercase. Don't type whole messages in uppercase as this is the method to indicate shouting. It is also difficult to read.

  • Respect the privacy of others.

  • No profanities or foul language.

  • We reserve the right to edit or remove inappropriate messages, and to ban anyone.

  • Limit of one photo per message.

  • Avatars, photos and images must fit forum standards and norms.

  • No spamming.

  • Terms of Use always apply.

  • Comments or complaints about specific messages, users or moderators should be e-mailed to the forum moderator.

 

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