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This document is designed to clarify various responsibilities of community members here. Please read it and become familiar with it, its terms are retroactive and agreed to by Moderators and Administrators.


1. Forum Rules

  1. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum and in the relevant thread. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policy below).
  2. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. This applies to ALL users, regardless of post count, forum rank or perceived status. Flaming, trolling or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
  3. Members who disrupt the normal flow of dialogue or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real-time exchanges may be warned.
  4. Members who participate in discussions should attempt to make a meaningful contribution. Users who spam or post with the sole intention of increasing their post count and ranking may be warned.
  5. Members are asked to not act as "back seat moderators". If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a Moderator. Only do this if a moderator has not replied within 6 hours. Members who consistently "act" as moderators may be warned.
  6. If your thread has been locked or removed please do not start up another thread asking for an explanation. If you have a question about the status of a thread please contact the moderator of the forum by private message.
  7. Members should remember this forum is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. Members who repeatedly evade the language censor to post offensive language may also be warned.
  8. 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 copyrighted material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 coloured 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.
  11. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include; "Huge Trade!", "Look Here!", "Check this out!", etc.
  12. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. Users posting spam will be banned and their post removed.
  13. The administrators and moderators 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 Moderators and not users. Moderators will endeavor to avoid removing any post simply because of disagreement or political bias.
  14. Members must register with a syr.edu email address. Upon successful registration, a member may use a pseudonym.
    The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above).


2) Posting News Articles


As stated in the above forum rules, users shall not upload, post, or otherwise make available any material protected by copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right. Users shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission. Newspapers, magazines and other online news articles are allowed.


If you wish to quote from a news article please follow these guidelines:

  1. Quotes can be no longer than 3 paragraphs from any source.
  2. The author of the material should be given credit.
  3. A link to the articles source MUST be present in your post.

Members who knowingly post fake or fraudulent news articles with the intention of disrupting the flow of dialogue in a forum will be warned.


3) Signatures


Signatures may contain up to five lines of text (of small or normal size) or one image, valid combinations include; a single image of no more than 90px high and550px wide in size. Signatures containing an image this large may also include one line of small size text. Signatures containing an image of 60px 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 four lines of normal size text or four lines of small size text.

  1. Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small and normal).
  2. Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, warez, emoticons, and so forth.
  3. Links in signatures are permitted. Linked sites may be commercial in nature. You may not link to warez, porn or political, racist or other similar hate sites. Links are included in signature size limits.
  4. Users abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their signature privileges.


4) Avatars


Users are permitted to link to a picture for use as an avatar. User defined avatars are to be no larger than 80 pixels square, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimicking ranks or copying avatars of Moderators), may not exceed 35KB in file size and have a consistently high availability (i.e. links to images on slow servers or those prone to failure may be removed).

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


5) Warnings, Suspensions and Bans


This forum operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offenses in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a suspension will be put in place of between 1 to 7 days.

  1. Arguing with moderators after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place as above.
  2. Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant Global Moderator or Administrator, e.g. if warned by a moderator you should contact a Global Moderator. If they feel you were treated badly they may remove a warning. If you feel their decision is also unfair you may contact an Administrator. Their decision is final. Contacting Administrators over warning matters should be done so as a very last resort ... Administrators do not want to be bothered unless vital.
  3. Any attempt to circumvent a temporary 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 also includes posting as an anonymous user.
  4. An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact team members personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.
  5. Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them, but if the situation warrants it an immediate ban may be given without warning.

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