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Forum Rules and Guidelines
« on: April 13, 2015, 03:41:03 am »
NOTE: Before you'll be able to post freely on this forum, it's required that your initial 5 posts be approved by a moderator. This is to screen for trolls and spam. After 5 of your posts are thus approved, you'll also be able to access your profile and send personal messages on the forum.

Introduction:

  We're finally introducing forum rules. These rules are based upon the initial "Terms of Agreement" that you were required to accept upon creating your forum account. However as of the 17'th of February, 2015, by continuing to post on the forums, you are agreeing to post in accordance with these rules.

  Apart from blatant and/or serious offenses such as posting explicit material (for which the offending community member will be banned), community members that break the rules will be warned by the moderator team that they have erred, with the expectation that they will improve their behavior. Repeat offenders will be disciplined. (suspended, banned, etc.) Now, let’s begin.

Rules:

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- “Posting material” will be taken to include posting your own words as well as linking to material that is not your own.
- The rubric for serious discussion/debate here has been “substantive and irenic.” Let's change that to "meaningful and respectful" for reasons.

1. Do not post any material that is in violation of any International or United States Federal law.
2. Do not post any material that is copyrighted unless you own the copyright, have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material, or are not in violation of relevant fair use policies.
3. Do not post any material that is explicit/pornographic.
4. Do not post any material that is intentionally misleading/false.
5. Do not post any material that is defamatory of community members, moderators, or any other person/s.
6. Do not post any material that is hateful and/or bigoted towards community members, moderators, or any other person/s.
7. Do not post any material that is threatening towards community members, moderators, or any other person.
8. Do not post any material that is profane or uses inappropriate language. Inappropriate words, some or all of the letters of which have been replaced by symbols (e.g. $#!& and ****), will be counted as profanity.
9. Do not post any material that is rude, disrespectful, insulting, etc. Show common courtesy.
10. Do not post any material that is invasive of a community member’s, moderator’s, or any other person’s privacy.
11. Do not post any material that is advertising and/or soliciting. Community members may self-advertise to a certain extent in their signature. (personal blogs, video sharing website channels, etc.)
12. Do not post any material that is contributing to derailing a thread.
13. Do not spam.
14. Show due respect to the moderator team and follow their instructions when necessary.
15. If you are suspended or banned, understand that this decision is final. Sock puppet accounts created with the intentions of disputing a suspension decision will result in a ban.

Guidelines:

Note:
- These are "guidelines" in the Pirates sense in that they are not "rules," just some tips that might be helpful during your time here.

1. Do not skirt the boundary between your posts explicitly breaking one of the rules (such as being disrespectful toward another community member) and your posts being just good enough. Don’t be constantly insinuating and snide. The moderator team will catch on and take action.
2. We encourage real relationships, but also respect your right to protect your identity. If you wish to keep your identity secret, please ensure that you do not display personal information on your profile.
3. Be likeable. Nobody likes a jerk. Conduct yourself in a manner conducive to meaningful and respectful discourse.
4. While we would discourage silencing dissenting opinions, here is a good example of some steps to take if you ever run into a community member that you have consistent problems with. (i.e. You are unable to participate in meaningful and respectful discourse with them.) If you are having these kinds of problems with another community member, fighting fire with fire is neither appropriate nor effective. Report posts that break the rules. Get a moderator.
5. Do your best to make your posts easy on the eye. We all appreciate effective use of hyperlinks too. If you need  help in this area, don't hesitate to ask the community!
6. Lastly, contribute! The moderator team as well as the entire community (we’re sure) appreciate our prolific contributors even if we disagree with them at times. Follow the rules and keep posting!
« Last Edit: December 12, 2018, 06:06:00 am by Ethos »
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2015, 03:41:37 am »
For your information, the following is a copy of the original "Terms of Agreement." This agreement, which community members are required to accept before joining, will be amended to incorporate the above rules:

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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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2015, 03:45:03 am »
Cool.

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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2015, 03:46:56 am »
Also, we're not sticky-ing this for now because we realize that the community's eyes don't naturally rise to the "Sticky Topics" section yet. It will go up there eventually. For now, enjoy some light reading, and don't hesitate to PM a moderator if you have any questions or concerns.

Don't get too excited though, and remember: these rules really reflect the way the community has thus far, all its own, striven to carry itself, so following them should be rather intuitive.

Cool.

It is, isn't it?
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2015, 03:53:21 am »
Looks great. Now I can say, with Eastwood, "I know a bit about the law." =P
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2015, 04:18:22 am »
Can we add that people should not be able to come on the forum and push a particular blog, youtuber etc.. 

Self promotion (or continual promotion of something) i suppose,  I think i see alittle bit of this time to time, and i hate it more than most things.
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2015, 04:46:33 am »
Can we add that people should not be able to come on the forum and push a particular blog, youtuber etc.. 

Self promotion (or continual promotion of something) i suppose,  I think i see alittle bit of this time to time, and i hate it more than most things.

In such cases, the question will be whether or not the community member "pushing" that agenda is in breach of rule 11, and there is some flexibility there and room for the moderator team's interpretation of the rule. However, you should definitely report cases in which someone joins and their first post is, "Check Out my Blog." That's not going to fly.
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2015, 10:05:08 am »
You may want to sticky this thread.
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2015, 02:49:32 am »
You may want to sticky this thread.

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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2015, 10:26:53 am »
There is a bit of a problem with what exactly is 'copyrighted material'

Can I quote people's blogs?

Can I quote famous passages from books?

News Articles?... New Sites? Youtube?

Going to have to be more specific on that one me thinks.

All of these things can and may be copyrighted but fair use policies would enable random people on the internet to have a discussion on these matters.
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2015, 06:15:50 am »
There is a bit of a problem with what exactly is 'copyrighted material'

Can I quote people's blogs?

Yes. But properly attribute quotes to the person being quoted.

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Can I quote famous passages from books?

Yes. But [as above]

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News Articles?... New Sites? Youtube?

Yes, yes, and yes. But [as above]

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Going to have to be more specific on that one me thinks.

All of these things can and may be copyrighted but fair use policies would enable random people on the internet to have a discussion on these matters.

We will work on explicating the rule a little better, but basically it entails proper attribution to sources and precludes things like copying out whole articles onto the forum, plagiarism, etc.
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2015, 06:16:58 am »
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2. Do not post any material that is copywrited

copyrighted*

I should smite you for that. /jk

Thank you!
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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2015, 05:52:03 pm »
We can pretend it never happened ;)

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Re: NEW! Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2015, 06:42:03 pm »
Please take note of the full text of the rule in question:

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2. Do not post any material that is copyrighted unless you own the copyright, have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material, or are not in violation of relevant fair use policies.

As you pointed out, 'Fair use' enables people in everyday life to copy appropriate amounts sections of professional work in order to create discussions and enable learning.
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Re: Forum Rules and Guidelines
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2015, 02:45:18 am »
These are hardly "new" anymore, so I've edited the title of this thread to reflect that fact.
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