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Forum Rules
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:45:59 PM »
Rules
These rules are not posted in any certain order.  If a rule is broken, a member will receive 1 warning.  If another rule is broken within 30 days, the member will then be moderated, muted, or banned.  In some instances, if it is deemed a member is purposely breaking a rule just to cause trouble, they could be banned right away.

RESPECT... respect for the cast, fellow members, and the staff.  We understand that members may not always agree, and that's fine.  But there is no need to be negative towards other members.
PRIVACY... is important to everyone, even celebrities.  Please do not post personal information regarding cast members.  Though they are in the spot light, some things just should remain private.  Things like contact information and personal photos should not be posted.  We also ask that you do not post your own personal information as it could be a danger to you.  We deem personal photos as 1) a photo that could have a negative impact on the cast member, 2) a photo that may show family members or friends of the cast member, or 3) when a cast member requests a photo to be taken down.
NO HARASSMENT... of any kind will be permitted.  Derogatory remarks about various races, religions, and sexual preferences will not be tolerated.  Members also are not allowed to send harassing private messages, leave harassing profile comments, or create graphics that may be directed towards another member to harass them.  Harassment is an act that is found to be threatening or disturbing and causes torment, annoyance, trouble, or bothers to another person.
CENSORSHIP... no obscene topics or posts will be allowed. This includes pornographic, drug related, or vulgar discussions. There is a difference between having fun and being offensive. The use of profane, suggestive or obscene language is strictly prohibited. If it can't be said on the show, it can't be said on the forums. Please note that using an * or other symbol in place of a letter does not make a word acceptable.
SPAM... of any kind is not allowed.  Please do not advertise things through private messages. We provide a forum section for all site advertising in the "Other Sites" section. Please post your web sites/forums/groups/etc in that section. Also, please do not post random things just to bump up your post count.  All posts must add value to a topic, stick to the topic you are in, and do not make multiple topics.
MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS... are not needed for any reason.  The only reason a person would want multiple accounts is to play tricks on the forums, avoid a punishment, cause trouble, etc.  There is no logical reason one person would need two or more usernames to benefit the forums.  Therefore, this will result in an automatic ban for all of the accounts associated to that one person.
ALL CAPS POSTS... is considered yelling, and many people find it annoying.  This includes caps in subjects.  Using caps in a subject is just to draw attention to your topic, and it's not allowed.
DOWNLOADING... of copyrighted material without paying is illegal. We do not allow discussion regarding services that offer downloading for free. The show does provide cw.com and hulu.com with the rights to stream the show, and these sites are allowed to be discussed.

NOTE: We strongly believe that the private lives of cast members should remain private.  However, we are no longer restricting discussion on things that are made public, no matter what the source.  Discussion regarding cast member relationships (past and present) are now allowed for ALL cast members. Please keep in mind that posting PERSONAL photos of cast members is still restricted.

LEGAL: You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum. Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well. You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum. You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason.  We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft. After you register and login to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable. Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement. Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.

Warning Process
If a rule is broken, a member will receive an official warning using our automated warning system.  This system will set a warning on their profile that will last for 30 days.  It will also send them a private message letting them know they have received an official warning and a link to the post they were warned for.

There are 4 different levels for the warning system:
1. Warned (30 Days) = PM sent, no restriction applied to user
2. Moderated (Minimum 15 Days, maximum 20 days) = PM sent, member may still post, however posts must be approved by a Moderator
3. Mute (Minimum 30 Days, maximum 45) = PM sent, member is unable to make posts, but can still see the forums
4. Ban (Permanent) = PM sent, member can not access any threads

The system will automatically remove a members warning status once the time frame is over. If a member makes it to a status other than "Warned", once the time frame of that status is up, they will be downgraded to the status below for that default time frame.  For example, if a member is "Mute", after 14 days the system will "Moderate" them for 7 days, then it will change them to "Warned" for 30 days.  Provided that member does not break a rule within those time frames.

Please remember that warnings are at the staff's discretion.  While some situations may warrant are more harsh punishment, other situations may be prevented without a warning.  The only rule that results in an immediate ban is discussion of downloading copyrighted material illegally.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2013, 07:26:16 PM by Patrick »