The OGFB Site Rules

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The OGFB Site Rules

Post by Doc » 21 Jan 2012, 23:34

General Forum Rules

Do not spam or self-promote in the forums
These forums define spam as unsolicited advertisement for goods, services and/or other web sites or posts with little, no or completely unrelated
content.
Do not spam the forums with links to your site or product, or try to self-promote your website, business or forums etc. Doing so is a waste of time.
Your account will be banned permanently and your posts will be deleted.
Spamming also includes sending private messages to a large number of different users.
However, please note that there are two exceptions to the self-promotion rule. In the Website Critiques forum, you may post the URL to your website
to ask for reviews, and in the Business Section forum you may discuss your business.

Do not post "Free " threads
Posting pyramid scams (such as free iPods, LCDs etc.) is forbidden. All such posts/signatures will be edited or deleted. Any new users posting scams
will be banned permanently; contributing users will either be warned or temporarily banned.

Do not cross post questions
Please refrain from posting the same question in several forums. There is normally one forum which is most suitable in which to post your question.
If you're not sure where to post, ask a moderator first.

Do not post copyright-infringing material
Do not upload, attach, or otherwise post any copyrighted material which you are not free to redistribute (subject to the licensing terms of the
specific item). If you have a question about having permission to post or attach a specific item, please ask a moderator.
We do not condone nor accept posts pertaining to illegal activities such as hacking, cracking, warez, or spam.
Any posts or threads found in violation of this rule will be edited or deleted, and the poster warned or possibly banned; at the moderation team's discretion.

Do not post "offensive" posts, links or images
Do not post anything which is offensive, hateful, racist, sexist, discriminatory, obscene, vulgar or in violation of local or international laws.

Remain respectful of other users, moderators and administrators at all times
All posts should be professional and courteous. You have every right to disagree with your fellow community members and explain your perspective.
However, you are not free to attack, degrade, insult, or otherwise belittle them or the quality of this community. It does not matter what title or power you hold in these forums, you are expected to obey this rule. Doing otherwise will get your account banned temporarily, or permanently if the situation becomes severe enough (this will be left to the discretion of the moderation team).

For example, phrases such as "shut up, idiot," are indicative of problematic posts and should be reported. Suggested alternatives include "I disagree with what you said for the following reasons..." Please remember to stay mature and thoughtful at all times.

General Forum Questions

Am I allowed more than one account?
No, there is no reason why you should have more than one account foe the forums. If you are banned from the forums, please do not create a new account. By creating a new account, you are making the banning/warning system pointless. Your new accounts will be permanently banned.
If you continue to create new accounts after you have been banned, your IP address may well be blocked from the forums. If you then start to register using differnet IP addresses, we reserve the right to take legal action against you. Using proxy servers will not get you anywhere.

What happens if I break a rule?
If you break a rule, then you will either be warned or banned. A ban of your user account may either be temporary or permanent. If you are given an official warning, using the built-in warning system, a further warning within the next 30 days will result in a temporary ban which will last 7 days. If you are not given an official warning, a user note may be added to your account and the incident may be logged for future reference.
While a ban will normally involve only a ban of your user account, in extreme circumstances, it is possible to block your IP address from the forums.

The administrators and moderators also have the right to edit, delete, move or close and thread or post as they see necessary, without prior warning.

What happens if I see a thread/post which has broken a rule?
Please report the thread/post to the moderators using the red triangle "Report Bad Post" link, which appears in the top right-hand corner of every post. This report will be sent to all moderators of that particular forum, who will respond to the incident as quickly as possible.

Where can I find out who is in charge?
The link at the bottom of all website pages displays "The Team" Clicking this will display all the moderators and administrators of the forum.

When in doubt, ask a moderator about the topic of your thread or post. They will be able to tell you if it violates the rules or not. If your thread or post is removed and you do not recieve an email or PM about it, then ask a moderator why it was removed. Do not re-post your thread or start another one complaining about your thread being removed.


Signature and Avatar Guidelines
One of the perks of continued membership is having a custom signature for your posts. The contents of your sig must be acceptible for our community, and shall not contain any profanity, vulgarity, or insults/disparaging comments to our community or its members. Your signature will be shown on all your own posts.
Keep your signature and avatar in good taste, the contents of your signature must be acceptable for the community: no vulgarity, lewd men/women, profanity or insults to other community members.
If you use an image as your signature, it should be no larger than 486 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall. Your avatar will be limited to 100 pixels by 100 pixels.
Animation should be kept to a minimum and both your signature and avatar shouldn't be too distracting.
Keep the size of any images in your signature below 50KB. Your avatar will be limited to a size of 14.6KB.
If you don't want to use an image in your signature, you can have up to 255 characters of text.
Do not include spam, harassing links or affiliate links in your signature.

However, we will not object to you posting links to either your personal websites or other commercial projects which you support. This is a privilege which you are allowed as a contributing user.
Any signature violating these rules will be considered spam. The signature will be deleted and the offending member will be addressed by our moderators.

Registration Agreement
Registration to this forum is free! By using our forums (this includes but is not limited to signing up as a member or even browsing our forums without signing up) you agree to the following:

The owner, administrators, and moderators of the OneGuyFromBarlick Forums will not be held liable for any objectionable messages posted on this forum, ownership and liability lie with the original poster of the message in question. It is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and NOT OneGuyFromBarlick and neither the owners of OneGuyFromBarlick Forums will be held responsible for the content of any message, regardless of what the message says or implies or any posts replying to said message.
You warrant that by registering for our forums, or simply just browsing our forums, you will indemnify OneGuyFromBarlick from any and all legal liability both civil, criminal, or otherwise. Any legal proceedings brought against OneGuyFromBarlick or its owner must be originated in the British Courts of England. You warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

The owners of OneGuyFromBarlick Forums reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason but are not compelled to do so unless they deem it to be necessary.

Specific Forum Rules
The rules and guidelines found in this document and in the Etiquette Forum cover all forum categories within this site. In addition, some of the forums may have additional rules and guidelines that apply specifically. Before posting in any forum, check for any sticky posts containing additional rules.

General Posting Guidelines
I figured this was necessary because a lot of people come in and post threads without thinking.

USE SEARCH FIRST!
There is a pretty good chance that unless you have some really odd or unique topic that it has been addressed on this forum before.
Use the forum's search feature first to see if there are already some good threads on the subject. It's easy to search - just click the "Search" button at the top right of the page.

Be DESCRIPTIVE
Don't use stupid topic names
Post a descriptive topic name! Give a short summary of your topic IN THE SUBJECT. Don't use attention getting subjects. They don't get attention. They repel attention and annoy people.

Apart from all that feel free to POST away
Best Regards
Doc
Site Administrator
Chief Stoker - Royal Navy (Retired)

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