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Rules & Tips
« on: January 14, 2008, 03:20:37 AM »

Forum Rules & Tips

This is a long post regarding the rules of these forums and some tips to enjoy your stay. Instead of reading this long post, you could read the short version: Use common sense. We hope you'll enjoy your stay at the forums!


Introductions

"The Entrance" is where all welcome topics should be started; you can introduce yourself there. Start a new thread and post everything you want to tell the community about yourself. You can test your profile-options (such as signatures and avatars) as well in your posts over there. (Recommended: make sure you made your signature and added your avatar before posting your first message, this will avoid annoying 'Testing my sig' posts).

Multiple Accounts

Each member is allowed to have 1 account. No member is allowed to have multiple accounts, and any member who opens an additional one will have it closed and will have their posting privileges revoked as well as receiving the mandatory warning.


Screen names and Avatars

Discretion is warranted in this area. Members registering for the first time should avoid usernames "nicks" / "Avatars" that are racially biased or sexually oriented, and would cause embarrassment to themselves and other members, The Hall should not be interpreted as a "platform" for that member's seemingly personal agenda or vendetta. With those exceptions in mind, members may use whatever "nick" they choose, be it personal, related to another author, etc. Staffmembers reserve the right to edit an avatar / nickname that is deemed to fall within the aforementioned criteria.


Signature Length

We've noticed that there are several members who have increased the size of their signature. For everyone, the limit is 5 lines or 300 characters.

Image-signatures should not exceed 80 pixels and in combination with text 100px.

This rule is in effect to keep the size of signatures to a manageable level. If the signatures get too big then they will take up more of the screen than the actual posts.


Posting Etiquette
Or: how to behave on the forums

We'd just like to post some general etiquette that everyone should TRY to follow whilst posting here at Honest John's.

  • If you disagree with someone's post, please be polite. Arguments are totally fine, as long as they do not either a)consume the thread in pointless bickering, or b)become a personal insult.
  • One word posts don't contribute. If someone says something that you think is funny, don't just reply with "lol". What does that contribute to the discussion? If you must acknowledge them, either post it along with something that adds to the discussion, or use the fancy PM button under their post. One word posts usually get deleted.
  • Racism, sexism, pretty much any "ism" is not tolerated. There is a difference between a gentle ribbing (joking between friends) and out and out insulting. Racist and sexist posts will ALWAYS get a warning. We all don't like being called names, or having a group we are affiliated with, like our gender, insulted. It’s not fun, and its not allowed.
  • Offensive material MAY be censored. What one person finds funny, another may find offensive. These are taken on a case by case basis. If you find something offensive, let an administrator or moderator know. Give us a link to the post and why it is offensive to you. We will then contact the person and let them know. 9 out of 10 times people are willing to edit their posts. Most often it is purely unintentional, and that's fine. We're all human, and none of us is perfect.
  • Sometimes someone will start a thread that doesn't interest you at all. In fact, it may seem downright stupid to you. If you feel a topic is stupid or pointless, please do not post in that topic to tell everyone how stupid you think it is. Just because you find it pointless doesn't mean other members do. There is no one forcing you to post in any threads you don't want to, so if there is a thread you don't like for whatever reason, don't post in it to say that. If you want to maybe argue a point being raised by that thread, that is fine as long as it does not lead to flaming. But posting just to say you think something another member has posted is stupid is quite rude.
  • Please don't post all capital letters. It’s incredibly annoying to look at AND to fix.

If you disagree with something another member posts, DO NOT attack them personally or start a flame war. Discussion is encouraged here, but discussion must remain CIVIL. Any personal attacks that are reported will be dealt with HARSHLY. If someone attacks your post personally, DO NOT flame them back. Doing so will get you the same HARSH treatment from the staff. Any topic that becomes flamed will, unfortunately, be closed FOREVER. Flame wars and personal attacks do not help make this forum a pleasant, fun place to visit. We want Honest John's to be the best forum on the internet, and we think it is (or at least pretty close to it). But we would like to KEEP it that way too.

If you find flaming going on in a topic, DO NOT post telling them to stop constantly. It never works. REPORT THAT POST, POSTS, TOPIC, AND MEMBERS TO A STAFF MEMBER IMMEDIATELY.

We will deal with those involved and it may be possible for us to salvage the topic if it hasn't gotten hopelessly off-topic.

If a staff member closes a thread they will state their reasons for doing so. If you do not agree with the staff member's reasons for closing the thread, please send that staff member a private message explaining your reasons why you think it should be re-opened.

DO NOT insult the staff member in any way, shape, or form. Doing so will guarantee that your thread will remain closed for all eternity. Insulting a staff member further can warrant a punishment.


Offensive posts
And how to deal with them

We'd like to give you the following guidelines in dealing with offensive posts:

  • At all times remain calm. Reacting hostile on a hostility doesn't make you look better than the first offender.
  • Report the post via the "Report" option, found under each user-part of the posts. The moderators appointed to the forum will get a note. Please explain why it is offensive to you.
  • Do not quote hostilities!!! Why duplicating something you dislike? And why give the mods more posts to edit? They are all fellow members who come here for their entertainment. So less work for them is more time to have fun.

If a post is reported it doesn't mean it will be moderated. Often mods/admins ask for second opinions of other mods/admins, so it decided by multiple people how to handle it. Besides public moderation (like: editing/deleting posts or posting a 'nudge' in the thread), we can privately warn and/or message members as well. So if you see nothing happening it doesn't mean nothing happens.


Spamming

Spamming is not tolerated at any time, for any reason. Spam can take many forms. Examples of Spam that are not allowed are posting a
reply for the sole reason of increasing your post count; this will result in your post counter being reset. Replying multiple times in the same thread with the same message and finally trying to promote a product or service by sending unsolicited personal messages or replies to other members. Action against members or guests who will Spam will be taken on a per case basis. If a serious offense has taken place the offender could face a permanent ban or a severe warning.


Spoilers

When you post a (potential) spoiler, you should use the spoiler-tag. This is mandatory!
Read here how to do it.

Posting images

Not everyone has high-speed internet, so if you want to embed an images in your post, make sure it's 300 kilobyte or less.  If the image is larger, please link to it.


Posting polls

We've noticed a rise in the number of polls being made over the last week or so. We would just like to remind everyone that we would prefer members not post polls. Polls severely limit possible discussion and limit or exclude many members from discussing the topic. It also tends to discourage people from starting a non-poll topic about a similar or identical topic because it had already been posted as a poll.

We would like everyone to think before posting a poll. Does your poll question work just as well in a non-poll format? If so, why make it a poll? Do your poll answer choices include all possible answers? If not, why limit people to just those few choices you give them? Is it possible that people might have more than one of these answers? If so, how can they chose two or more answers? The poll format is severely restrictive and for this reason we feel that most if not all topics work better as traditional posts.

Polls work well for SOME topics however. An excellent example is the ongoing spam awards. A topic that is there purely to vote on works fine as a poll. Aside from the spam awards topics, I've not seen one new poll posted that wouldn't work better as a traditional topic.

Please keep this in mind before you post your polls, thanks.


Copyright Issues

Essentially, any reproduction of any kind for any reason is illegal, and we will not condone it. Obviously we cannot do anything about
it directly, but if any member discusses how he or she is reproducing one of Mr Feist's books, or copying the latest film or music album for whatever reason, that member will be warned. If that member continues to talk about the illegal reproduction, here at Honest John's, that member will be banned. If a member requests an illegal copy or asks if "anyone knows where to find one", that member will be warned. If that member continues to ask about obtaining illegal copies, that member will be banned. If a member talks about sending another member an illegal copy of anything, both members will be banned outright. Copyright infringement is a serious offence, and all it does is make it harder and harder for our favourite artists, musicians, and authors to bring us the entertainment we so love and enjoy.

Mr. Feist does NOT tolerate any fanfiction or projects derived on his intellectual property.




Version history
- v1.0 Alrin & Coeshaw (April 10, 2005)
- v1.1 Syrion (January 14, 2007)
« Last Edit: January 14, 2008, 03:36:11 AM by Syrion »
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Re: Rules & Tips
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 03:30:09 AM »

Just as a reminder, in addition to the rules in the previous post you agreed on this one when you registered:

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You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason.  We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

After you register and login to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.

Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.
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