Posted - Dec 03 2005 : 11:05:46
| Virtual Humans Forum Rules and Guidelines
We strongly believe in freedom of speech. However, as with all social circles there are a few rules you must follow, in order to maintain your active membership within these message boards.
Most of these rules are pretty much common sense and general good behavior. The most important thing when posting is to simply think if your post is sensible and appropriate. Always ask yourself if your post serves a purpose.
1. You are the only responsible for what you write in this Forum, and of any possible consequences that your messages might have on other people.
2. No Attacks / Retaliation of any kind against a member, or group of members. Everyone deserves to have the same respect and we want to make this a nice place to stay for everyone. Note that responding to a flame with a flame is as bad as starting a flame. So even if other people flame you, please do not "pay them back" by flaming.
3. No advertising or links to advertising. Advertising is defined as posting a link for the purpose of selling products, or soliciting by someone that has ownership or other "vested interest" to the web site involved. We allow links to commercial products, only if they are related to the main subject of our forum, and if they are a useful contribution to the general discussion.
4. No spamming, because it just annoys everyone. Spamming is characterized by the initiation of threads or posts that contribute nothing to a forum. This determination is made by the forum Moderator or Administrator and is not up for discussion. Spam is meaningless advertisement. For example, when you simply join this forum to post a link to another site. This also includes any topic which just contains a link and nothing else.
5. Avoid offensive language such as swearing. Even if it is not in English, please do not use such language. We encourage you to use our forum to debate topics, but please use proper adjectives to express yourself.
6. No pornography or racism. No use of explicit, obscene or vulgar language or images and/or messages. These forums are meant for people of all ages. Even though many might not have anything against these, other people may not agree (like our hosting service).
7. Do not post personal information of other people. We'd like to respect everyone's privacy here, so that it's up to yourself how much information you are willing to reveal about you. So don't go posting other people's addresses, real names, email addresses, IM contact details, or any other personal information without the person's permissions. Do not ask for personal information from others. Modify your member profile to set privacy settings for your account.
8. No illegal software. This includes linking to software, posting about it, and suggesting to get it.
9. No other illegal material. Generally do not post material that violates copyrights, and especially links to sites that distribute illegal material. Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the person posting should not be posted on the message boards without the consent of the owner.
1. Write your posts in English. This is an international forum, and we hope to see here people from many different countries and cultures. Therefore, a common language is needed to exchange ideas.
2. Use proper spelling and English grammar. The way you type tells others a lot about yourself. If you use the so called "leet speak" or shorten your writing by using "u" instead of "you", for example, you are not helping other people to understand you. You may assume that everybody in this forum understands English, but you cannot assume they know your local expressions. Remember that this is a forum, and not an instant messenger: you have all the time to write your post, so please do not just try to hastily put out anything that comes into your mind.
3. No SHOUTING. Remember, using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in posts is considered yelling and rude, plus it is difficult to read.
4. Use informative topics on posts. It's much better (especially when it gets more crowded) when you use proper topics for posts, so that people can actually tell what the post is about just by looking at the topic title. So use the title and description well, because they are very useful.
5. Welcome new members. When newcomers arrive, welcome them and help new folks to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved. Please post any welcoming topics in the dedicated area. If you are a long standing member, lead by example and assist other newer members rather then attacking them.
6. Do not reply to really old topics. Usually a new topic about a specific subject can be better than bringing up a really old topic by replying. A topic can be considered old if it's like more than 2 months old, or if the discussion really is finalized and has ended.
7. Do not bump topics. Bumping means replying a topic in sole purpose of rising it back to the top. Basically this is just spam, and just as annoying.
8. No posts of lengthy articles. Sharing information is allowed, but the forums are not to be used to publish articles. It is an improper use of critical forum resources.
9. No duplicate posts. This is known as sequential replies, or posting two replies in a row. Please allow other users to reply before posting again. If you forgot something in your original post, or you want to reformat some paragraphs, please use the edit function to avoid adding to the database. However, it is usually more meaningful to post another reply to a topic, if you have something relevant to add to a topic after a certain time. To delete accidental duplicate posts, open the message you want to delete, then select the Delete Topic button on the top right hand corner of the message box.
10. No irrelevant posts. Posts which are not relevant to the forum topic may be deleted at the moderator's discretion.
11. Check for open topics. Before posting a new topic, please check to see if there is already a topic open on the subject.
12. Use descriptive titles for new posts. Avoid "generic" post subjects like "Help" or "Question". You will receive a better response to your posts by being more descriptive about the content of your post.
13. Do not make offensive or misleading nicknames. Those will get you banned quickly here.
14. Do not abuse our bandwidth. We offer this as a free service, using our Web resources, so just keep yourselves from hitting the refresh button constantly.
15. Do not post off-topic. We suggest all Off Topic threads go in the Off Topic Forum.
Users that do not abide by the rules may be subject to having their posts edited or deleted, their member account permanently banned from further access and/or deleted without notice.
Rules and guidelines may change at any time, please re-read them regularly.
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Last updated: 12/28/2005