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Forum Rules v2.0 - [LOOK HERE FIRST]

Postby admin » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:23 pm

Section I - Participation

    A) Awareness of these rules is mandatory for participation in these boards. Becoming a member and/or posting within its confines is considered an automatic agreement of these rules, and all users are subject to their stipulations. Claims of ignorance to these rules will not be considered valid at any point in time.

    In addition, certain sub-sections may be subject to their own set of rules. Users who participate within those sections will be equally treated as having given their consent for rules present therein.

    B) All comments are subject to be scrutinized by members of The Team. Corrective or disciplinary action against a user may be taken at their discretion according to their mandate. Users who are deemed to break one or more of these rules may be subject - but not limited to - receiving public notices, private warnings, account warnings, demotions to their posting permissions, temporary bans, permanent bans to the boards, etc. Such events will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    C) Spamming and generally trolling is not allowed. Excessive bumping of a thread is equally disallowed. Shameless plugs may or may not be allowed at the The Team's discretion - those considered to be in bad taste may be corrected, locked, or deleted, and subsequent disciplinary action may be taken against the user.

    D) As a sanctioned forum to FactPile.com, posting versus debates to be discussed here is not allowed. However, certain sub-sections may allow specific exceptions to this rule. Please be aware of those prior to posting comments of this nature. Users who disregard these conditions are subject to disciplinary action.

    Further, FactpileTopia is not responsible for approval of Battle Requests on the mainland, or the status of those requests. Any questions regarding submitted requests must be sent directly to info@factpile.com.

Section II - Community

    A) Each and every member of these forums is a valued part of its community. Discussing matters that involve doing harm to self and others is permitted, but coercion, instruction, encouragement, etc of such acts is forbidden. Users who participate in such activity are subject to instant disciplinary action taken with no warning needing to be issued by any member of The Team beforehand.

    B) All members are encouraged to speak their minds within the confines of these boards. Watch your tongue, however. Profanity is tolerated, but excessive use of it, particularly when directed at other members, will not be tolerated. Users who are deemed at any point of doing so by a member of The Team will be warned accordingly. Those that choose to not acknowledge warnings will be subject to further disciplinary action.

    C) Sending or posting death threats are strictly forbidden (see section II.A). Users who threaten to kill, or tell others to take their own lives are subject to instant disciplinary action taken with no warning needing to be issued by any member of The Team beforehand.

    D) Hate speech or discrimination against race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc, is strictly forbidden. These issues may be discussed within the confines of these boards, but such remarks being directed at any other user, group of users, or parties beyond the confines of FactPile and its affiliates, are strictly forbidden. Users who participate in such activity are subject to instant disciplinary action taken with no warning needing to be issued by any member of The Team beforehand.

    Posts that promote any of these groups or affiliations will be treated as spam accordingly. FactPile and its affiliates do not share the views held by any of these groups or affiliations.

    E) Playful flirtation amongst known parties with age of consent may be tolerated at the discretion of The Team, but post with sexually explicit encouragement will not be tolerated regardless of claimed ages. Our community is frequented by minors, and such activity is forbidden be it intentional or not. This is a matter that is taken quite seriously, and may even result in the involved parties being referred to authorities.

    F) Impersonating other members is not allowed. Be it for playful intent or maliciously, users that participate in such activity are subject to instant disciplinary action taken with no warning needing to be issued by any member of The Team beforehand.

    G) Users are not allowed to submit flame-bait threads (see section I.C) or posting flaming comments within ongoing threads. Such activity will be subject to swift action with varying degrees of severity at the discretion of The Team.

    H) Respect your fellow users and their threads. Veering off-topic is often inevitable, but posts that are considered to be derailing a topic maliciously will be subject to disciplinary action (see section I.C).

Section III - Legal

    A) Promoting, requesting, sharing, or otherwise participating in illicit web activity to gain or provide access to protected files, software, etc is strictly forbidden. Users who participate in such activity are subject to instant disciplinary action taken with no warning needing to be issued by any member of The Team beforehand.

    B) Sharing material that is not creatively owned by the user without the explicit permission of the owner is subject to the same rule. Neither FactPile, nor its affiliates, will assume responsibility for any illegal usage of such materials under the guise of ownership or false permission by any user.

    C) Posting or linking to pornographic or otherwise sexually explicit material is strictly prohibited. Doing so may result in an immediate ban.

    D) While it is not prohibited, for their safety, users are advised to avoid posting personally identifiable information (i.e. name, address, social security number, etc). However, it is forbidden to post personally identifiable information of another user without their consent. Posts that are deemed to contain such information may be subject to corrective action.
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