'SpoilerTV' Forum Rules & Guidelines

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'SpoilerTV' Forum Rules & Guidelines

Postby Dharmageddon on Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:26 pm

SpoilerTV Forum Rules & Guidelines

In the best interests of our forum community, 'SpoilerTV' strives to ensure that this forum is as enjoyable and as safe a place as possible. As such, all forum members must adhere to certain rules and guidelines. These rules & guidelines are outlined in full below.

The word of forum staff is final. If a member of forum staff makes a request or issues a warning, respect their decision and adhere to it. All moderator staff are well within their rights to issue official warnings where they deem necessary, which in turn can lead to account suspensions and permanent bans. The words of a moderator should not be taken lightly. Please adhere to the forum rules and guidelines. Action is taken against rule-breakers and repeat offenders.

Forum visitors are advised that the primary focus of the ‘SpoilerTV’ forum involves the discussion of television shows and movies. Many of these shows can involve violent and/or sexual themes. Be advised that although we do not permit vulgar material to be posted (as fully stated in the rules below), some discussions may deal in violent and/or sexual themes.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING RULES AND GUIDELINES BEFORE POSTING ON THE 'SpoilerTV' FORUMS.
BY REGISTERING TO THIS FORUM, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:


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Summary:

• NO ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS OTHER FORUM MEMBERS AND/OR FORUM STAFF
• NO ABUSIVE LANGUAGE AND/OR SWEARING
• NO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
• NO POSTING OF OFFENSIVE MATERIAL
• NO POSTING OF NUDITY OR ANY OTHER TYPES OF PROFANITY
• NO POSTING OF PERSONAL DETAILS/INFORMATION BELONGING TO OTHER FORUM USERS
• NO ABUSE OF THE PRIVATE MESSAGING SYSTEM

• NO SPOILERS IN NON-SPOILER FORUM SECTIONS
• NO SPOILERS IN THREAD SUBJECT LINES
• FABRICATING FAKE SPOILERS IS GREATLY FROWNED UPON

• ENSURE THAT YOU POST CONTENT IN THE CORRECT FORUM SECTIONS
• NO SPAMMING IN NON-SPAM FORUMS
• REFRAIN FROM DOUBLE POSTING
• NO MINDLESS BUMPING OF THREADS
• ADVERTISING MONEY-MAKING WEBSITES, OR TRYING TO SELL VIA THE FORUM, IS FORBIDDEN


• NO MULTIPLE FORUM ACCOUNTS (Only one account is permitted per person)

• NO BACK-SEAT MODERATING - ENFORCING RULES IS THE JOB OF FORUM STAFF
• DO NOT PUBLICLY QUESTION THE ACTIONS AND/OR METHODS OF A 'SpoilerTV' STAFF MEMBER
• ANY COMPLAINTS MADE AGAINST FORUM STAFF MUST BE HANDLED PRIVATELY VIA PM


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OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOUR / HARASSMENT -

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Our Definition of "Offensive":

Offensive material is defined as any text, image or forum content that is more than likely to offend someone because of its degrading nature to a group or individual. This includes but is not limited to: abusive, vulgar, sexually degrading, racial and/or threatening comments; text, photo, or video hyperlinks to anything defamatory or pornographic in nature; and/or any other material that is in violation of the law.

With this in mind, should you see any material that you consider to be offensive, please alert the staff by reporting the post or sending a private message to one of our forum moderators.

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The swear word filter:

In order to maintain a happy and family-friendly community, we have always asked that users refrain from swearing. Thanks to a forum swear filter (which automatically filters out common swear words), this has never become too much of a problem.

However, we would also like to deter away from such work-arounds as ‘f*ck’ (example). This can still be seen as offensive to some, and understandably so. Therefore, we request that users do not attempt to exploit the swear filter in this way. Either refrain from swearing, use ‘****’, or allow the swear filter to do its job.

To reiterate. Do not attempt to disguise swear words using asterisks symbols.

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Harassment:

The harassment of forum users and forum staff alike is greatly frowned upon. There is to be absolutely no bullying behaviour or bullying tactics on our forum. This applies to both public and private (PM) harassment. If you have an issue with somebody on the forum, you are welcome to contact a member of senior staff.

We ask that all forum users respect one another. If you disagree with a point somebody is trying to make, dispute their point and not the actual forum user. The excessive use of ‘You’ in these types of posts can be construed as rude, condescending and at times plain nasty. Equally, we will not stand for forum cliques ganging up on other forum members in this fashion (or any other fashion for that matter).

It can often become the case that small groups of forum users sometimes form into what we refer to as cliques. Cliques are generally an exclusive set of friends who share common interests. Sometimes, and occasionally, these cliques can knowingly or unknowingly portray a gang like mentality. This is counter-productive to what this forum strives to be, and we ask that forum users show all other forum users the same kind of respect that they would their friends.

We do not and will not tolerate any kind of bullying or provoking behaviour.

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Regarding personal information:

Forum users are prohibited from posting/displaying personal information belonging to other forum users, or anybody other than themselves, unless they have been given clear permission before hand. This includes real life names, telephone numbers, postal addresses, contact addresses, personal images/photos, and any other information that may be considered private.

Please respect the privacy of others.

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Rules for Private messaging (PM's):

When creating a private message, please remember the following:

• PM's must not be offensive.
• PM's must not be sent to multiple users. (Unless agreed to beforehand.)
• If a user asks you to stop messaging them, you must do so.

In addition, please remember that the private messaging system is here as an added bonus to our members. It is not an instant messaging application and should not be used as such.

Note: In the event that you receive a PM violating these rules & guidelines, you may report it by forwarding the PM to a Senior Staff member, and changing the title to include <reported PM> at the beginning.

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SPOILERS / POSTING GUIDELINES -

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Spoilers:

Please be advised that spoilers are not permitted in non-spoiler forum sections.

Previews, Sneak Peaks, Podcasts, Articles, News Stories and Interviews which reveal information that has yet to air in an episode is considered a 'Spoiler'. Once an episode has aired in the USA (EST) revealing said information, it is no longer considered a spoiler.

Please take note:
• Posting of spoilers in non-spoiler forum sections is prohibited
• Do not post spoilers in thread titles
• Do not post hyperlinks which contain spoilers in a non-spoiler forum section
• If you have a doubt, feel free to ask one of the 'SpoilerTV' Moderators

Knowingly posting false information as a spoiler in a spoiler forum section is frowned upon, and may result in an official warning being issued. Do not post false information, and do not attempt to mislead ‘SpoilerTV’ users.

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Guidelines for Creating Topics:

When creating a new topic for discussion, please remember the following:

• Topics must be created in the appropriate forum or sub-forum.
(Members should use their best judgement when deciding which forum or sub-forum to post a topic in. Topics may be moved at the discretion of 'SpoilerTV' staff)
• Topics must not be offensive.
• Topics must not be spam. (Unless in the spam forum)

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Guidelines for Posting:

When making a post, please remember the following:

• Posts must be related to the discussion of the topic that you are posting in.
• Posts must not be offensive
• Posts must not be spam. (Unless in the spam forum)

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SPAM / ADVERTISING -

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Our Definition of "Spam":

'SpoilerTV' defines spam as any post that does not contribute ideas, thoughts, and/or additional discussion to a particular Topic. Examples of spam include: Mass flooding of a topic or forum section, any post specifically designed to advertise a product and/or website, mindless thread bumping, double posting, or any attempt to disrupt an ongoing discussion.

Double Posting:
Double posting in quick succession is frowned upon. However, in the case of older threads of interest (and needing to bump them), double posting is permitted. Just ensure that your post contains some degree of depth and significance to the discussion at hand. “Bump!” posts are frowned upon.

Advertising:
The 'SpoilerTV' forum has adopted a strictly no advertising policy in regards to user owned money-making websites. This also includes blog selling and Ebay selling, as well as commercial trading of any kind. This community forum is not a medium for people to profit from. Anyone found to be selling or trading through the forum will be addressed.

Exceptional circumstances, as pertaining to trade, trade discussion, and the sanction of it, will be determined by senior staff.

Helpful commerce links will be deemed such at the discretion of forum staff.

Note: SpoilerTV recognizes that English may not be your first language. However, in order for posted material to be considered "Non-Spam", all material in question should be made in legible English. This is an ENGLISH LANGUAGE site.

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De-railing of threads and discussions:

Derailment occurs when a particular thread discussion is ignored and an unrelated discussion is started. Derailment is more often than not caused by spammy conversations between users.

Examples of thread de-railing are:

• Advertising a thread within an unrelated thread
• Starting and continuing a conversation that pays little or no relation to the thread itself
• Using a discussion thread to chatter casually amongst friends

Discussion derailment is greatly frowned upon. It is considered rude and discourteous. De-railing thread discussions disrupts the flow of the intended topic/s. Forum members who wish to partake in forum discussions can often find themselves deterred when threads are derailed in this manner. This is not fair, and it will not be tolerated.

All cases of discussion derailment will be dealt with seriously, so please heed this advice.

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STAFF RELATED ISSUES -

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Staff Notices:

STAFF NOTICE!
'Staff Notice' boxes are only to be used by forum staff. Failure to comply with this forum rule can and will result in disciplinary action.
STAFF NOTICES ARE ONLY TO BE USED BY FORUM STAFF!


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Backseat moderating:

On internet forums, it can often become the case that established forum members see it fit to openly enforce forum rules. This is called ‘backseat moderating’.

It is solely the job of forum staff to enforce rules and laws, so we ask that forum users refrain from lecturing other forum users in such a way. Backseat moderating can lead to a lot of problems, as have been seen on many other forums in the past. We do not plan to repeat those same mistakes here.

Whilst we appreciate the intentions of users wanting to be helpful, we ask that you refrain from trying to enforce the rules yourselves. Instead, if someone is behaving inappropriately, let the moderator staff know. Do not deal with the issue yourselves.

Moderators are trained to know where the line is between ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’, and when regular forum users attempt to do this, they can make mistakes, cause confusion, offend and discourage other members from posting. So again, issue a report and DO NOT react to the issue yourselves.

Blatant backseat moderating can now be considered against the forum rules, and repeat offenders will receive a warning.

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Contacting staff regarding forum policy:

Please be aware, private discussions between users and staff, pertaining specifically to rules and forum policy, can and may be read by senior staff and forum moderators.

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Forum Staff - Complaints:

If you happen to have any issues with the actions and/or methods of a ‘SpoilerTV’ staff member, you may contact a forum administrator. An investigation into your claim will take place and any issues will be resolved that way; tactfully.

There will be ‘NO’ public questioning or ridicule of a ‘SpoilerTV’ staff member’s ability to moderate this forum. If you have any issues, and wish to have them addressed, you will follow the procedure in the paragraph above.

To reiterate: Do not attack the actions/methods of a member of the ‘SpoilerTV’ forum staff publicly on the forum. Contact a forum Administrator if you have any complaints.

In addition, if you have an issue with the way that a moderator has conducted themselves on the forum, do not attempt to PM them questioning or attacking their ability to moderate. You should instead contact a member of the senior staff. Senior staff is the correct channel to go through.

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ADDITIONAL RULES -

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Embedding Youtube videos:

Forum users have the ability to embed Youtube videos into their posts, by using the following BB code:

Code: Select all
[youtube][/youtube]


Abuse of this feature is prohibited. All users should adhere to the following guidelines, when embedding Youtube videos:

• Ensure that any videos that you embed pay relation to the thread in which you are posting
• Even if the video is related to the thread, is the video truly necessary? Ask yourself this
• There are to be no spam videos (Rickrolls, etc) posted outside of the Chunky Ham forum
• Individual posts are limited to three youtube videos, max. If you wish to post more than three videos in a single post (for competition purposes, etc), you must ask the permission of a member of staff
• All other site rules apply

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Rules for Avatars/Signatures/Profile components:

Avatars, signatures and all parts of your profile must not contain offensive material or spam. Members who violate the avatar and/or signature rules will have there avatar/signature removed; official warnings will be issued.

Avatars: No user avatars should exceed a size limit of 130x130 pixels.

Signatures:
* All user signatures should be kept reasonable in size.
* No single signature image should exceed the size of 100pixels in height and 500pixels in length.

* Signatures are limited to two images each measuring 50-100pixels in height.
* Additionally, signatures are limited to 4 userbar style images.

* There are to be no embedded videos within user signatures

* All user signature content must be aligned to the left or centered (this includes both text and images). There is to be no right alignment in signatures.

* Invasive signatures can and will be removed by forum staff. Alternatively, a request may be made to a user to reduce the size of their signature.

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User accounts:

You may not have more than one account per person. The use of multiple accounts is NOT permitted unless you obtain permission from one of the Senior Forum Staff. The administration will close accounts where necessary. If there is a problem with your account that you are unable to solve (password/email/login issues), please notify an Administrator or a member of the Senior Staff for assistance.
Banned users are prohibited from creating alt accounts. Doing such will result is extended ban periods, and in extreme cases contacting the user’s ISP.

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Illegal downloading:

The illegal downloading of TV shows may be discussed, but in no way may it be explained or linked to. This includes links to illegal streaming websites.

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If you have any questions pertaining to these rules & guidelines, please contact the forum administrators or one of our Senior Staff.

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These forums are owned, run and operated privately by DarkUFO and a group of volunteers. Rules and forum laws are enforced as a means of maintaining order, but more importantly preserving a healthy and friendly forum atmosphere. In our aim to provide a friendly, fun and prosperous forum community, we will not hesitate to issue warnings to people who set out to ignore and undermine the forum rules set in place. Anyone whom refuses to comply with our rules and/or the Staff's requests, will be removed.

Senior staff reserve the right to remove any forum user at any given time, on account of any types of disruptive behaviour and/or reasons relating to the continued wellbeing and best interests of the forum community.

-- SpoilerTV Forum Staff
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Re: 'SpoilerTV' Forum Rules & Guidelines

Postby Dharmageddon on Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:27 pm

The ‘Report’ function:

What is the report function?
The report function is a means of alerting a member of forum staff to a thread and/or post that is, or may be, in contradiction of the forum rules and guidelines.

How do I use the report function?
There is a tutorial on how to use the report function and it can be found here.

When do I use the report function?
Any time that you feel that a thread and/or post contravenes with the forum rules and guidelines, you should immediately submit a report. A moderator will always be at hand to receive the report via our reports system.

Abuse of the report function:
We will not tolerate any abuse of the report function. If a forum user is found to misuse the function, it is grounds for an official warning.
(Misuse and abuse of the function includes: Sending random reports, Spamming the report system, and any attempts to undermine the purpose of the system set in place)

NOTE: Reports are entirely confidential; users who submit reports will not be named.
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