We want to continue to grow Tech-Forums into an active community for web users worldwide. These rules are in place so that all members can enjoy their time here.
1.) First and foremost, this is an English speaking site.
All posts must be in proper English for others to understand. No txt speaking, no shortcuts and use proper sentence structure. No one wants to read a post of all CAPS or 1 long run on sentence. Use spacing and punctuation where appropriate. Use the Italic and Bold options if you need to get something important across.
2) Be Respectful
Treat other members as you would have them treat you. This means no flaming, insulting, or belittling other members.
3) Stay on Topic
Posts in a thread should not deviate from the original topic. For a new discussion, make a separate post. Along with staying on topic, it should be noted to post in the right area!
4) No inappropriate language or images
Avoid vulgar, racist, and sexist comments, as well as swearing. We have a Zero Profanity policy. There is an automatic censor, but that does not mean anything it misses is necessarily acceptable. The censor should never have to be used, as appropriate language should be used initially. Do not post pornographic, violent, gory, or otherwise offensive graphics or links. Images should be scaled down as necessary to maintain a consistent and readable forum layout.
This includes but is not limited to mis-spelling words, using l337 speak or by substituting a symbol for a letter to use the intended word. Any of these actions is considered bypassing the swear filter and will get you an immediate warning, infraction or any action perceived appropriate by our staff.
5) No Spamming
Spamming is a broad term. Spamming includes:
- unauthorized advertising which includes links to your personal site and registering on our site using your site within your user name to get it promoted.
- Job recruiting or recruiting of any kind for work, help or support on another site
- unproductive and useless posting
- empty posts
- referral and associate links
- pyramid schemes
- Anything else that is not exclusively included within this list but the Administration feels falls under the Spamming Category
Along similar lines, do not "double post". Double posting is making another post directly after a post of your own. The edit window for member posts is 24 hours, so any post within this time frame should be edited into the earlier post. While there may be case by case exceptions to this, such as new information or a price drop in a Buy/Sell/Trade thread, for the most part double posting is not allowed. Double (or multiple) postings will be either merged by the mod staff, or simply deleted. Since double posting is also form of spam, warnings and/or infractions may accompany this action.
Along with this, post in the right forum. Any member with 40 or fewer posts trying to learn the site and where things belong will just have their thread moved to the proper area and advice given. If you have more than 40 posts your thread can be deleted without warning and if it continues to happen a infraction given.
6) Keep Things Legal
Any discussion, links, or information on hacking, cracking, serial numbers, pirating, warez, or any other illegal matters is not allowed. This includes talks of Emulators and Torrents. The links provide the information needed.
Talks of items that are not yet available by any legal means will also be taken in under this rule. This includes Games, Operating Systems, Service Packs and Betas not released yet to the public. Since there will be no way for people to obtain these by any other means then by Piracy or Warez.
7) No Avatar or Custom Title Abuse
Avatars and custom titles are subject to Rule 3. Titles may not contain "Banned", "Administrator", "Moderator", or any of their abbreviations.
- Using a copy of a moderator, super moderator, or admin badge, user title, or any other such identification will be grounds for this.
8) Signatures must adhere to the following specifications:
- Text signatures may not exceed 15 lines in size 1, or 8 lines in size 2. Text size 3 and above is not allowed. Text size 1 may only be used with a graphic, with no more than 8 lines.
- The combined size of all images in a sig is a maximum of 468x120. Please keep the file sizes small for loading times.
- Any scripts that display a user's IP address and browser information are not allowed.
- HTML is not allowed in signatures. Some HTML scripts disrupt the layout of the forum and so have been disabled.
- Signatures are subject to Rule 3.
- Signatures are a privilege. They are granted for use when you reach 40 posts. If you abuse the system and try to get to 40 posts as fast as possible you will lose this privilege.
- F@H team members being allowed to break the image restriction by having a F@H stats signature and a milestone userbar.
9) The Buy/Trade/Sell area is a privilege.
It is not a right. You must earn you way into this area with having 100 posts. As with the signatures spamming you way to 100 posts will get you disbarred from this area. The B/S/T area has a very special set of rules to follow. Read up on them so you know them before you get access and start to post there.
10) Off-Topic Area is also a privilege.
It is not a right. You will gain access to this area at 40 posts just like your signature. This area has its own set of rules as well. Read up on them and get to know them before you enter so that you do not get into trouble upon gaining access.
11) Questions or Concerns
If you have a question, comment or concern contact the Moderator of the area you have the issue with. If they can not resolve the issue they will refer it to the next person in line. Confidential concerns can be posted in the Confidential Discussions forum. Only the original poster and the moderator team can see these posts, and any discussions there are treated as both private and confidential.
12) New Members have certain requirements that must be met before access is granted to certain features, namely Signatures, B/S/T (Buy/Trade/Sell) Forums, and the OT (Off-Topic) Forums. The requirements are as follows.
For a full explanation as to why these measures are in place please refer to this topic started by our Administrator, Trotter.
- 40 good posts to get a signature. Posting things like "LOL" or "That is some good information" will get you noticed real fast and get your signature use blocked before you even get it. A couple posts like this are fine, but 40 posts just so you can put up a link to your site will not be allowed.
- 40 posts to gain access to the Off Topic forum.
- 100 good posts to reach the B/S/T Area.
13) Enjoy yourself! Have a great time posting and we look forward to your feedback.
When the rules are breached, the moderators and administrators may issue infractions, remove privileges, or choose to ban a user immediately, depending on the severity. Ignored warnings and continued offense usually result in banning.
Infractions are serious. They are meant to be reminders of the rules. They are PRIVATE and meant for your eyes only. This is why we use the Personal Message System to communicate violations. They are not to be shared in the public forums at any time.
The administrators and moderators reserve the right at all times to edit or remove any posts, images, signatures, avatars, and custom titles. At no time can the terms Administrator, Moderator or Banned be used in your custom titles. These terms are reserved for special purposes.
Tech-Forums reserves the right to change or alter these rules at any time without notice. Anything not expressly covered in these rules is subject to an Administrator/Moderator's approval. An Administrator and/or Moderator’s word is final.
Tech-Forums is here for informative purposes only. We are not here to help bypass, or otherwise negate, security or any other measures put in place by a Employer, School or Parent. We are not here to do your school work for you either. We will help explain results or help you to find information to get results but we will not flat out give answers to homework or school work questions. School is for learning. Getting the answers handed to you is not going to help anyone in the end. Any topic of such matter will be instantly closed.
Anyone impersonating a moderator, super moderator, or admin will be subject to an immediate ban. This includes if such a comment was made in jest or as a joke. Such matters are taken seriously no matter what the content of the message or your relationship with the member(s) included in the topic.
*** Note: Only ONE account is allowed per individual. Anyone who opens an additional account will be immediately and permanently banned from the site. If there will be more than one account in a household contact an Admin via PM or email before the new account is started. We are not mind-readers and will automatically assume that both accounts belong to a single person.
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We will answer any and all your questions in regards to your account here at Tech-Forums.net, as well as to answer questions in regards to what is acceptable per our policies.
Updated: 03 April 2009
Regarding avatars, signatures, and special areas:
Forum privileges have been set up on usergroups. These usergroups allow for different forum privileges to be earned as members participate in the community, and thus are based on the number of posts made by members. Here is a current breakdown of those permissions and the usergroups for them:
Registered Users (0 -39 posts):
Registered Users Extra (40 - 100 posts):
- Avatars (no animations) 100 x 100
- Profile pic, 300x300
- 50 PMs
- Standard Forum titles
- No signatures
Registered Users Extra BST (100 - 249 posts):
- Same as above
- Signature allowed, text only (according to the rules)
Registered Users Extra 2 (250+ posts):
- Same as above
- 100 PMs
- Graphics and text sigs allowed, (1 Image) maximum size of 300 x 100 (according to the rules)
- Buy/Sell/Trade forum available for posting
- Same as above
- 500 PMs
- Custom animated avatars allowed, 120x120
- Graphics and Text sigs allowed, maximum size of 600 x 150 (according to the rules) (3 images max)
- Custom forum titles.
- Set self to invisible
Any and all of these privileges can be revoked, but will only be revoked if there is reasonable evidence that calls for it. Also, any member "spamming" their post count to try to gain access (such as a multitude of useless or very short "I agree" type posts) will quickly find either their posts deleted, their access revoked, or both.
Updated 03 April 2009
The Infraction System is a way to give points to members that break the rules. We have moved to a "three strikes and you're out" way of doing them. This breaks down like this:
Custom Infraction is whatever points that an Admin wants to give and will expire whenever they want.
- Warning - 0 points | expires in 90 days
- Strike 1 - 1 point | expires in 30 days
- Strike 2 - 2 points | expires in 30 days
- Temp Ban - 3 points | expires in 30 days (suspension, to be used judiciously)
- Perma Ban - 3 points | permanent
The points will accumulate until they expire. If a user accumulates a certain amount of points, there are automatic bans. The Infraction System is a disciplinary system designed to help members conform to the rules. That's why this system has a set amount of points and a set amount of time for expiration of those points. The auto ban is also a great way to show that abiding by the rules is imperative. Note: Some of the infractions are extended. That means a user will receive extended expiration times if given a second infraction that matches an existing active infraction. For example, a user is given a small infraction that expires in 14 days. An hour later this user is given the same infraction for another post. Since the user already had an active small infraction, this new infraction's expiration time is added to the end time of the previous infraction. Effectively, this new infraction will now end 27 days and 23 hours later instead of the default of 14 days. If the user was given a third infraction, it would be added to the end of the second infraction as well, which in this case would put them in the temp ban.
If you receive an infraction, only you and the Forum Leaders will know. It is not a public record that everyone can see. I hope this helps with understanding the system.
*Please refer to the RULES, News and Announcements forum often to find any changes or additions made to these rules.
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