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Posting in the wrong place
You are not to post the same thread twice, be it in the same section or in two separate sections. Of course we understand that you can accidentally hit the submit button twice, but posting a topic a second time just to give it more attention will result in one of the topics being deleted or locked dependent on the situation. If one of the topics has already received helpful replies, the other topic will be locked, linking to the topic that will remain open. Accidental double posts will be deleted without any further consequences for the user.
This also goes for posting posts in the wrong topics. Post topics and posts in the correct place. This means questions about PHP go in the PHP forum, and not the PHP Tutorials section or Web Development section, for example.
Posting in old topics*
Posting in old topics clutters up the board with old threads. People who frequent the forum don't always like to see answered questions from a year ago hanging around, so we ask you to please not post in old topics. If the last reply to the topic was over a month ago, please do not add a new reply. Your post will be removed, and a board warning will be issued.
Post count farming
Sometimes people try to boost their post count artificially by posting short and/or useless messages. This is not to be done, and we therefore don't allow people to post in forum games very quickly after each other. If you posted in one, don't respond to it again for a certain amount of time.
Bumping topics falls under this category as well. Bumping a topic means posting a message in it just to bring it up to the top of the topic list again. Especially in the sections where we try to help people with their programming problems, this is quite annoying. Don't do it. Your topic will get attention, just be patient.
We're a community, therefore we should be able to communicate properly. So don't write posts with only caps, and try not to use shorthand words (so how r u today?) and things in similar vein.
Advertising web sites or products that you are in some way affiliated with is not allowed. This goes for any and all advertisements. Advertisements will be removed instantly, no exceptions. You can, however, share with the rest of the forum something you have created as long as you are not doing so for financial gain. On top of this, you are allowed to advertise one thing in your signature. No more.
You are not allowed to post anything that you didn't make if you do not have the permission to do so. For example, if there's a news item you want to discuss, don't copy/paste the entire article, but link to it, and then quite small portions of the article that you want to discuss specifically. This is because those articles are protected by copyright. Copyright infringements are the worst kind of violations, as they may have an effect on the entire site, in the sense that it can be taken down! So you should take this very seriously. In similar vein, we will act on copyright infringements very seriously and severely.
Of course this isn't limited to just written works. Visual works, software, code and other creations are often also protected.
Don't post pointless topics or replies. If they don't contribute, don't post.
Don't discuss and/or post illegal activities or content. This includes warez, cracks, or anything else that's law breaking in any way.
Important personal advice
Is anything really sensitive going on in your life? Do you need heavy medication? Do you want to commit suicide? Anything else? If so, please don't discuss that here. There are people out there who are trained to help you deal with those kind of things. Talking about here will only get you in deeper trouble, most likely, since you will rarely encounter a professional here who can help you.
We're an English community. As such, we'd prefer you to speak English as good and clearly as possible. If English is not your native language, at least try to make your posts as readable as possible. We also do not accept "lazy posting" such as phrases like "how r u", or "brb, gtg, lmhao, ttylxox". No internet lingo in your posts AT ALL. If you want to say something then type out what you're trying to say.
Everybody wants to be respected. You don't need to like everyone and you don't need to agree with everyone, but you do need to respect everyone, or at least show respect. As such, disrespectful and inflammatory comments are not allowed to be posted.
Vulgarities and other offensive material
There are people of all ages and backgrounds on this site. Therefore we don't allow profanity on these forums anywhere. This includes pornography, extreme violence, racial slurs, etc.
Freedom of speech
We try to run this community as responsibly as possible. This means there's not always a place for freedom of speech. If we delete your post for a good reason, then that's that. You'll just have to accept it unless you have a very good reason. The staff is chosen because they know how to do their job, so you can rely on them to make the right decisions.
Members having multiple accounts makes things very complicated in various manners. For example, when you search for a user's posts, you want all his/her posts at once, rather than going to various profiles. Having multiple accounts is being dishonest towards the rest of the community. And most importantly, it makes it very difficult for us to track what you're doing on the site. Having multiple accounts is obviously a great way to dodge warnings and even bans. Therefore, you can have only one account, no more.
If someone using the same IP address as you wants to join, or if you made a new account because you couldn't get into your old account for one reason or another, make sure to contact a staff member!
Who's in charge?*
As a staff who shows respect towards the members, we ask that you also show respect to us and the decisions we make. As such, the staff has the final say and is responsible for interpreting and enforcing these rules. However, if you do have a complaint for a good reason, contact the staff member in question via private message. Don't do this publicly!
Backdoor moderating is another thing we don't allow: Please refrain from disciplining users yourself. If you see someone breaking rules, report the post and move along.
Break the rules, and there will be consequences
We need everyone to respect these guidelines. As such, we do need to reprimand rule violations. Not every rule violation is as severe as the other, but actions will be undertaken when the staff thinks it's necessary, which may be in the form of a warn, temporary suspension of posting rights, or even a ban.
These rules are NOT all-inclusive
These rules don't cover everything 100%. It's important that you realize this. Furthermore, these guidelines are subject to change at any time without notice.
Report, report, report!
We can't stress this enough! We can't watch everything. So we need the community to help us a bit, in the sense that you should be using the report button. If you see somebody violate a rule, report that post. Do NOT do our job and tell the person he/she broke a rule. That's what we do. We will make an appropriate decision. When somebody responds to a violation publicly, this generally only magnifies those violations, or encourages more of them. Additionally, it makes things very unorganized. So please, use the report button!
Not having read these rules (or claiming as such) is no valid reason to try and avoid getting warned.
Have fun browsing and posting on the forums!
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Last edited by Jragon on Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:07 am, edited 1 time in total.