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 Post subject: Forum Guidelines
PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 8:24 pm 
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1. Forum Guidelines

a. 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.

b. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. This includes bad language and name calling. Upseting or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.

c. Members are asked to not act as "back seat moderators". If members note an issue which they feel has broken the forum guidelines they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of the Admin team using the PM system. Members who consistently "act" as moderators may be warned.

d. Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban.

e. Members should avoid posting topics of a religious or political nature - even in the off topic forum. In past experience, these subjects just end in arguments and serve no real purpose. Everyone just ends up upset. There are plenty of places to vent elsewhere online. No need to bring that here to our friendly community.

f. Members cannot post official Games Workshop rules or stats on this forum. Doing so will lead to a warning.

g. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "I've got an error!", etc. Examples of good titles include; "Help painting an Aragorn miniature", etc.

h. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed.

i. The Admin team and moderators 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 Team Members and not users. If a post is edited or deleted the member will be notified of why via PM.

j. Repeatedly posting one word replies or trivial messages just to raise your post count will result in a warning. This practice wastes moderators' time and also uses database space and bandwidth.

k. The above forum guidelines where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the removal of private messaging system (PM).

2. Signatures

a. Signatures may contain up to three lines of text (of small or normal size) Signatures containing too much text will be removed.

b. Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, emoticons, etc.

c. Links are permitted in signatures. Such links may be made to personal websites etc. Links are included within the text and image limits above. Links to offensive sites may be subject to removal.

d. Signatures of a religious or political nature are not permitted.

e. Users abusing these rules will be warned.

3. Avatars

a. Users are permitted to utilise a gallery avatar or to link to one of their own. User defined avatars are to be no larger than 200 pixels by 150 pixels, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimiking ranks or copying avatars of team members), may not exceed 10KB in filesize and have a consistently high availability (i.e. links to images on slow servers or those prone to failure may be removed).

b. Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, etc. and must not contain religious or political symbols, images or messages.

c. Users abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their avatar privileges.

4. Warnings and Bans

a. One-ring 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 7 days.

b. 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.

c. Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact an admin member, If they feel you were treated badly they remove a warning. Their decision is final.

d. Any attempt to avoid a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent. Avoiding includes re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, registering a new email account to evade an email ban. This includes posting as an anonymous user.

e. An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact team members personally (via PM or email) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.

f. Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While one-ring may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time this is a rare occurrence.

5. Post Approval
Due to the increase in spamming here, we have implemented a policy of reviewing a new member's first three posts before they are permitted to join in the forums. It is only the first three posts - once they have been approved, the new user is free to join in the discussions here as much as they want.

We understand that is an inconvenience and could be a little confusing for members, not to mention a bit irritating too. Please understand that it is intended to help us in keeping the forums spam-free and preventing any unwanted and inappropriate posts from slipping through.

6. GW Bashing
We acknowledge and respect that people have the right to complain about the behaviour of companies towards their customers if they have reason to do so.

But it has become an epidemic with regards to Games Workshop, to the point where we believe it is destructive and goes against the spirit of this community.

If you have a genuine complaint about such things as their service or the quality of their goods or difficulties on their website, then that is fine. We won't be able to help you directly of course, but we may be able to offer some advice.

But repeatedly complaining about price rises or Finecast or similar topics - "GW-Bashing" - is not going to be tolerated here. The site is about painting miniatures, making models, and improving our skills in each of these things. Let's keep that in mind and reconsider expressing our rants before we click the Submit button.

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