FORUM RULES AND REGULATIONS
The following rules list the most serious violations:
No Hacking - This should go without saying, but you are not permitted to hack the board. Guessing someone else's password and succeeding counts as hacking. Members who hack will instantly be permanently banned without any warnings!
No Discrimination - You may not insult members based on their religion, race, sex, political beliefs, or whether they are gay or straight. This Thif forum is a place where everyone is equal, and discrimination will NOT be tolerated!
No Bullying - Do not pick on other members. The worst kind of bullying is where new members are picked on. This hurts the member as well as the board.
No Flaming - Flaming harms the nice atmosphere of this forum. It also causes thread's to go off topic, and most importantly, it hurts the person being flamed. The victom may defend themselves against any accusations made to them, but may not make any additional accusations to the flamer (which also counts as flaming).
No Profanity or Obscene Content - Such content does not belong on this forum. A censor system is in place as a backup. If you see words in your post being replaced with ****, you have done something wrong. Please edit your post and tone it down. Cheating the censor system is against the rules.
The following rules are also important:
No Advertising - You are not permitted to make money using this forum. You are not allowed to use the member list to obtain Instant Messenging screennames to harrass people to purchase a product from you.
No Illegal Activity - You are not allowed to break the law using this forum. This can get us into legal trouble.
No Double Posting or Spamming - You may not post more than once in a row in the same thread. Posting lots of times in a row reduces the quality of the board, is a waste of the board's memory. Double posts will be merged into regular posts. Spamming is also not allowed, and is defined as a post that has no meaning.
No Topic Bumping - If a topic you created has no replies, you may not post again in it (although you may edit the post). If you made the thread because you need help with something, you may post again as long as you include additional information about your problem (the fact that you really want it fixed does not count as additional information). You must post this in the same thread, and you are not allowed to create more than one thread per topic.
No Posting Personal Info - You may not post your last name, or your street address. This is because this information then becomes accessible to anyone.
If you break one of these rules, the following penalties will apply:
Warning - Depending on how serious a violation is, you may be issued a warning first.
Muting - Muting for 10 days.
Temporary ban - People who cause more problems after being muted for 10 days will be banned for a month, and for 2 months for the next offense.
Permanent ban - At this point, it is obvious that will never learn your lesson, thus, a permanent ban is necessary to be rid of the problems you cause.
Amendment 1 - There are no excuses for breaking the rules. It doesn't matter if you were angry at the time and weren't thinking straight. It doesn't matter if you were only kidding around. If you break a rule, it does the same damage, regardless of your reasons for breaking it, and you will be punished all the same.
Amendment 2 - Harrassing the administration about punishments is not allowed. The admins are only trying to do their job, and many times they have to make difficult decisions. You also may not make threats against administrators (or other members for that matter).
Amendment 3 - If you break more than one rule, the punishments will stack up to a maximum of 2 months, or a permanent ban if neccessary. If a sentencing length is 10 days or less, it is a mute, otherwise, it can either be a temporary or permanent ban.
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