Forum rules 1. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below). 2. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. 3. 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 member of the Admin Team, either by PM or clicking the Report button of the offending post. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who consistently "act" as moderators may be warned. 4. Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. outside of the mature content forum will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. 5. 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 material without sourcing will receive a warning and their post will be removed. 6. 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. 7. Members are welcome to use the test forum for general "test purposes". These may include checking signatures, testing a link or image, etc. (subject to previous points on decency, warez, etc.). Users posting in the test forum just to increase their post counts will be warned. 8. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. Users posting spam will be warned or banned (if a new member) and their post removed. 9. The Admin Team 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 Admin Team Members and not users. If the admin concerned believes your behaviour to be argumentative or otherwise problematic, then appropriate action will be taken. 10. The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging. Policing 1. The board operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a temporary ban will be put in place of between 1 to 14 days. 2. Arguing with team members 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. 3. Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact another Admin member. They will take it to the rest of the Admins, and if the consensus is that you were treated badly they may remove a warning. A collective Admin decision is final. 4. 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 of evade an email ban. Circumvention includes posting as an anonymous user. 5. An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact Admins personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban. 6. Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While the Admins may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time this is a rare occurrence.