This is a privately owned board. Our word is law. None of the following rules give away that right. Despite that, we strive to be reasonable.
1. In order to keep an eye on trolls and spam bots, please reply to the welcome thread if only to say hello. Those sorts of posters are less likely to do so. This is not currently a requirement for validation, but we’d like to be able to say hello.
2. Respect other users of the forum. Do not make personal attacks, either in the forums or through Private Messages. Challenging ideas is fine, but do not attack individuals or groups. Racist, sexist, homophobic (including the use of "gay" as a pejorative) and other slurs are prohibited.
3. Post in the appropriate forum. If you can't find an appropriate forum then ask a mod where to post.
4. Do not post anything illegal under UK law or encouraging other users to break UK laws or the laws of their country of residence.
5. Do not post pornography and/or anything that can be considered inappropriate graphic sexual content in any format; this includes detailed descriptions of sex acts. Do not post links to pornography or otherwise inappropriate sexually explicit sites. For threads containing or linking to smut, please preface the title with [NSFW].
6. Do not post for public viewing any emails or Private Messages unless you have the explicit written permission of each person involved in the exchange. Do not use posts or parts of posts from these forums for commercial ends without the express permission of each person involved.
7. Don't take the piss. The moderation team reserves the right to warn, suspend, or permanently ban users judged to be acting against the spirit of the rules, even users conforming to the letter.
8. Do not share your account with other individuals, as you will be held responsible for any rules violations that occur under your account. Do not impersonate other users, past or present. We currently do not allow sock-puppet accounts.
9. Respect our expertise. We are gamers and geeks, not trained professionals. Do not request emergency crisis counselling or solicit personal financial donations from the forum in general or other users in specific.
10. Respect our decisions. All moderator decisions may be appealed to the administration. Appeals against moderator decisions should be handled via PMs to one of the admins. Do not respond to the moderator action in the thread where it was posted.
1. Be polite. Try to be considerate. Make some basic attempt at using proper capitalization, punctuation, spelling and grammar, because they all aid in communication. Use profanity as a spice, not the main course. Please do not use HTML to embed sound or video clips (such as those from YouTube) into your posts. If you want to share, post a link instead. Images are okay, provided they are not huge and are tagged appropriately (e.g. NSFW).
2. Don't threadjack. Derailing a thread's conversation is a good way to annoy the thread's creator and everyone else involved in the conversation. If you absolutely need to discuss something else, find an appropriate thread for your topic or start your own.
3. Don't threadcrap. If you wish to correct what you see as an error or fallacy in the initial post of a thread, that's fine, but if you have a problem with the basic premise of a discussion such that you wish it weren't taking place at all, ignore it. Don't tell everyone in the thread they're wasting their time discussing the issue, because if they agreed with you, they wouldn't be discussing the issue.
4. Think before you post. It can sometimes be hard to determine where acceptable conversation ends and attacks or other rules violations begin, especially in the heat of a debate. If you are unsure whether a post might cross the line, feel free to PM a moderator or administrator for advice — especially before making a post you might regret later. Remember that tone does not come across well in text and what is clearly tongue-in-cheek or sarcasm to you might be read as highly offensive dickery by someone else.
5. Do not post just to increase your posts count without actually saying anything relevant. Just because you aren't selling something doesn't mean it isn't spamming.
What to expect from your moderators
Until we get the Shodan/GLaDOS hybrid (CODENAME: SKYNET) debugged, all admins and moderators are human volunteers and may occasionally fail at life, the universe, and everything in it.
All moderators are answerable to the administration and all the administration are answerable to the Webmaster (the Webmaster is answerable to the Committee who are answerable to the
Chairbeing and its many whims Society). It is unlikely that any issues will need to be taken above the administration in order to be resolved, but in the case of serious misdemeanour on their part the moderators are subject to the same warnings and penalties as anyone else.
If a moderator posts in a thread then they will make it clear when they are speaking as a mod by using [Mod Hat] insert words here [/Mod Hat] or some other distinct indicator.
Moderators will not respond to requests in threads to close or moderate discussion: please use the Report button on the specific post you have issue with or PM one of the moderators listed in the moderator thread to bring it to our attention. We may well close or moderate discussion anyway, but we cannot be relied upon to read each and every post, whereas we can be relied upon to read Reports and PMs.
If a discussion is going sideways then we will step in if needed to direct it back to the initial post or split threads if a separate discussion has emerged and is going off at a tangent. If a discussion is not salvageable then we will close the thread.
If someone has complained about a specific post then we will check whether it is breaking forum rules, PM the poster with a warning and potentially remove the offending content.
If a poster repeatedly breaks or flouts the forum rules then we reserve the right to warn, ban or delete their account depending on the severity of the offence. Banning or deletion will be discussed by at least two moderators and an admin before being processed.
Keep in mind that we reserve the right to periodically purge unused account names from the system. At this point, we'll be looking to remove accounts that haven't been used for a year or more. If you want to keep your user name, post once in a while, or it'll be up for grabs again when we delete it.