Hints.com Forum Policy

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Hints.com Forum Policy

Postby Hints » Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:08 am

Hints.com Forum Rules

This document is designed to clarify various responsibilities of Hints.com and Hints.com Forum members. Please read and become familiar with these Hints.com Forum rules, since the rules and terms are retroactive and agreed by all Hints.com Forum members or Guests.

Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).

IMPORTANT, Hints.com Forum Members should ALWAYS post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. Repeat violations will result in the user getting banned.

Hints.com Forum Members are asked to not act as "back seat moderators". If Hints.com Forum Member notices an issue which contravenes something in the Hints.com Forum Rules/Policy, the member are welcome to bring it to the attention of a Hints.com FORUM MODERATOR or the SITE ADMINISTRATOR. Only do this if a moderator has not replied within 6 hours. Members who consistently "act" as moderators may be warned.

Hints.com Forum Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience and remember that Public posts are just that, Public for all to read, including Guests. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.

Hints.com Forum Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.

Hints.com Forum Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline () image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed.

Hints.com Forum Members should post in a way, which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or colored text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned. It is also suggested that Users use the English language, the exception can be to Humor Topic.

Hints.com Forum Members are welcome to use the test forum for general "test purposes". These may include checking signatures, testing a link or image, etc. (subject to previous points on decency, warez, etc.). Users posting in the test forum just to increase their post counts will be warned.

Hints.com Forum is NOT AN ADVERTISING SPACE (see below exception) and spam will not be tolerated here under any circumstance. If you wish to advertise with us, post your topic in the Advertisers Forum. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed. EXCEPTION to this is individuals selling or seeking/buying individual items.

Hints.com Forum moderators and site administrator reserve the right to edit or remove any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to the Site Administrator and not users.

The above Hints.com Forum rules, where applicable, also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.


Personal Information

You are not permitted to post any personal information except that which is permitted in your profile. At no point may you post a full address, telephone number, mobile phone number, pager number, fax number IP address, e-mail addresses (except your own personal e-mail address as specified in your profile). If you feel you have adequate reason to post any of the above details, this must be confirmed by an Administrator or Moderator before you make the post.


Hints.com Forum Signature Policy

Signatures may contain up to five lines (one line being that displayed on a browser opened to 800px width) of text (of small or normal size) and/or one image, valid combinations include; a single image of no more than 60px high, 468px wide and 6KB in size. Signatures containing an image this large may also include one line of small size text. Signatures containing an image of 30px high may include up to three lines of small size text or two lines of normal size text. Images of 15px height or less may allow up to three lines of normal size text or four lines of small size text.

Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, warez, emoticons, etc..


Hints.com Forum Link Policy

Links are permitted in signatures. Such links may be made to any relevant material, commercial ventures, etc. Links are included within the text and image limits above. Links to adult or offensive sites may be subject to removal and warning. Users who post nothing just to get their signatures displayed will have their post removed and warned. Exception is reasonable posting in the Test Forum for testing purposes, as outlined in the Hints.com Forum Rules.


Hints.com Forum Avatars Policy

Users are permitted to utilize a gallery avatar (subject to previous points on misuse of bandwidth). User-defined avatars are to be no larger than 90 x 90 pixels square, contain no animation, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimicking ranks or copying avatars of team members), may not exceed 9KB in file size.

Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect to decency, etc.. Members abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their avatar privileges.

Avatars from outside links are not permitted, for the protection of Hints.com Forum Members and Guests. Reasoning is that this avoids issues of links to images on slow servers or those prone to failure and also avoid tracking of Hints.com Forum users.


Hints.com Forum Linking Offsite

Posts with links to 3rd party sites will be deemed equivalent to spamming! The user will be receive a warning, and the post will be deleted. Exception to this policy is, if the link is relevant to the subject of the message or reply message.


Hints.com Forum Policing

Users abusing these rules will be given a warning and/or may lose their posting privileges.

Hints.com Forum operates a fairly liberal three-strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning, a ban maybe put in place of between 1 to 7 days, or permanently depending on level of offense.

Arguing and abusing moderators, administrators, and other members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three-strikes a ban will be put in place as above.

Members who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the Site Administrator, e.g. if warned by a moderator you should contact the Moderator. If they feel you were treated badly, they can remove the warning. If you feel their decision is also unfair, you may contact the Hints.com Forum Site Administrator.

Any attempt to circumvent a ban will lead to that ban being made permanent. Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, registering a new email account to evade an email ban. Circumvention maybe viewed as posting as an anonymous user.

An exception to the three-strike rule applies when users contact forum team members personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.

Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While Hints.com Forum may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time, this is a rare occurrence.


Hints.com, Hints from Hintz Hints BBS and Hints.com Forum Disclaimer Policy

The information found on Hints.com website and in the Hints.com Forum is for reference only! Consult your own professional before taking any action that maybe harmful to you, your computer, etc. found herein. This information may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Hints.com and is provided solely for your own evaluation purposes. Hints.com users and Hints.com Forum users, members and guests will hold harmless Hints.com, Hints from Hintz, Hints BBS and any and all of the Hints.com Forum members.


HAVE FUN POSTING. MOST IMPORTANTLY be respectful!
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