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No one likes rules, and we don't like enforcing them, but to ensure the future of the forum and make the site attractive to as many people as possible, there are a few simple rules you are expected to follow.
This is a Real Names Forum.
Members on this forum are required to use their full real names for their Display Name. The format to use is your first name followed by a space followed by your last/family/surname. Please capitalize the first letter of each.
Be courteous, civil and respectful of others at all times. Due to the sometimes offensive nature of political, world news, religious and other related topics, we have deemed them inappropriate here. These topics often result in unresolvable, heated discussions. Please do not use profanity or create racial, ethnic, gender based , or discriminatory insults or hurtful remarks. Do not make personal attacks on other users or staff members either in public forums or private messages.
Please do not create useless posts. Posts with one or two words (e.g. LOL or I agree. or Ditto.) are wasteful and are routinely removed by the administrator. Please do not quote a large portion of a previous message in your post. A threaded discussion is most often read from the start, so the reader will usually understand that you are referring to a previous message without needing to re-read it in your post.
Do not cross-post. Posting the same or similar message in more than one place in the forum is not acceptable. If done by accident, please contact a forum Leader or Administrator with a link to the post and we'll remove it.
Avoid sarcasm. It is nearly impossible to recognize sarcasm in print, and often it is interpreted as rudeness.
No "Unboxing" Posts. We're glad you enjoyed unwrapping your new camera/toy/tool. Please don't share that special moment on this forum. We don't care.
Do not post copyrighted material in the forum that you do not own. This included text and images from other forums and web sites.
Think twice before posting. Your contributions have a long lifetime. The administrator will not delete that embarrassing post you now regret you made. It would not be fair to the others who contributed to that conversation.
Private Stays Private. Don't forward or post private message replies without the express permission of the original author. This includes private replies to public posts and other private or personal communication including off-forum e-mail communication
Remember to post in the correct forum and search first to make sure it hasn't already been posted. Take your time to look at other topics and see where your topic should go. If your topic is placed in the wrong forum, it may be moved by a moderator. If a topic or post is recognized as being posted in the wrong forum, or if the post is a violation of our guidelines, please contact a forum Leader or Administrator either using a Personal Message or the Report Post to Moderator feature. Please do not respond publicly to the member.
Any impersonation of a user from these forums, in any mode of communication, is strictly prohibited and will result in a banning.
We reserve the right to edit or remove any content on these forums that we deem inappropriate with or without forewarning. We reserve the right to ban any member who violates our guidelines or disrupts our community. We will be fair and provide warning in most cases. Violation of any of these rules will result in consequences determined on a case-by-case basis.