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Posting Guidelines

In an effort to provide a secure, trouble-free, and usable environment for individuals to discuss events and issues that matter to them, we've chosen to implement a brief but comprehensive set of posting guidelines.

The guidelines are divided up into three parts:

  1. The Cardinal rules
  2. the Compulsory rules
  3. and policing

Cardinal Rules

  1. The terms of the registration agreement must be abided by in full.
  2. No trolling. Posts with the sole purpose of disrupting a discussion will be locked and/or deleted.
  3. Avoid personal attacks. A good flaming can be fun and can also be necessary sometimes but let's try to attack the idea and not the person. Excessive flaming will not be tolerated. If you must have it out with someone, take it to email.
  4. No pornographic, sexually offensive, sexually explicit, or objectifying material. Doesn't get any simpler than that.
  5. Respect others privacy. Posting personal information about other people or posters, without their express consent, is strictly forbidden.
  6. No spamming. Commercial related posts will be deleted.
  7. No cross-posting. One topic, one post.
  8. Moderators' discretion always applies. If you wish to dispute a moderators decision please send an email to the moderators that clearly outlines your reasons for the dispute. DO NOT start a new thread to complain as it will be locked or deleted and your complaint will be ignored.
  9. Copyrighted Material: As per the registration agreement and with few exceptions, under no circumstances should you post copyrighted works in their entirety. Fair Use legislation in the US and Fair Dealing legislation in Canada loosely dictate that only portions of copyrighted works may be reproduced for matters of comment or criticism. For all intents and purposes this means you should quote only the portions of copyrighted texts that are most relevant to the discussion. Providing a link to the source of the quotes is strongly encouraged but not absolutely necessary.

Failure to abide by these rules may result in the permanent suspension of your posting privileges.

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Compulsory Rules

  1. Use descriptive subjects for your threads. Doing so will make it easier for people to find the topics that interest them and make searches turn up much more relevant results.
  2. THERE'S NO NEED TO YELL. All-Caps posts are annoying and generally regarded as rude.
  3. Avoid using foul language in your thread subjects. While we have no objection to the reasonable use of colorful language in posts, we'd like to keep the subjects fit for syndication.
  4. Please observe the basic rules of "Netiquette".
  5. Post in the right forum. If it's about something we have a forum for, please post it there. If you think it belongs in a forum we don't have, feel free to suggest an addition in the Feedback forum.
  6. Avoid reviving old threads. If a thread hasn't had a single reply in over a month, there's probably a good reason for it. Let it die peacefully and start a fresh topic instead. If you must make reference to an old thread, a quote and/or a link will suffice.
  7. When sending email to the mods or the admin for technical assistance:
    • Use a proper subject that describes the content of the email.
    • Describe the problems you're having in as much detail as possible.
    • Include the text of any messages or errors the forum is giving you.
    • Include your login name, password and the email address you used to register.
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Policing

  1. uncharted.ca operates a three strike policy. Members will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offenses. If the need arises for a fourth warning a temporary ban will be instituted for a period between 3 and 14 days.
  2. Arguing with the moderators after having recieved a warning will result in an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed the three strike policy, a temporary ban will be instituted as above.
  3. Members who feel that they have been unfairly warned may appeal to the moderators via the same method as #8 of the Cardinal Rules.
  4. Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban will result in a permanent ban. Any attempt to circumvent a permanent ban will result in a formal complaint being registered at the users Internet Service Provider. Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username to evade a username ban, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, and/or registering a new email account to evade an email ban.
  5. An exception to the three-strike rule applies when a user contacts the administration or moderators personally, via any means, and communicates in an insulting, indecent or vulgar manner. 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 we may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time, this is a rare occurence.
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