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PostPosted: 25 May 2007, 21:10 
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1. 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 Moderator Team by means of the post reporting feature. Only do this if a moderator team member has not replied within 6 hours. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly "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. 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 permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
  6. Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline [IMG] image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed.
  7. 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.
  8. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic.
  9. Spam is not tolerated in threads other than "spam threads" under any circumstance. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed. See specific item on spam and 3rd party linking for more information.
  10. The use of any language other than English on this forum is not permitted. Forms of English such as "1337 sp34k" are not considered English and therefore fall under this rule. Users who post in other languages will be warned.
  11. The moderators and administrators 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.
  12. 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.

2. Signatures

  1. Signatures may contain up to five lines of text (of small or normal size) and/or one image, valid combinations include; a single image of no more than 150px high, 450px wide and 20kB (20000 Bytes) in size. Signatures containing an image this large may also include one line of small size text. Signatures containing an image of 60px high may include up to three lines of small size text or two lines of normal size text. Images of 30px height or less may allow up to three lines of normal size text or four lines of small size text. Animated images are not allowed.
  2. Text sizes should be between 75% and 100% (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, warez, emoticons, and so forth.
  3. Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of four unique pages or sites. Linked sites may only be personal in nature. You may not link to warez, porn or political, racist or other similar hate sites. Links are included in signature size limits.
  4. Users abusing these rules will be warned and will have their signature removed.

3. Avatars

  1. Users are permitted to utilise a gallery avatar or to link to one of their own (subject to previous points on misuse of bandwidth). User defined avatars are to be no larger than 120 pixels wide by 160 pixels high, contain no animation, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimicking ranks or copying avatars of team members), may not exceed 16kB (16000 Bytes) in filesize and have a consistently high availability (i.e. links to images on slow servers or those prone to failure may be removed).
  2. Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, and so forth.
  3. Users abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their avatar privileges.

4. Policing

  1. The FRAG forums operate a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of two times for any and all offences in a 90 day period. Upon the issuing of a third warning, a temporary ban will be put in place of between 14 and 120 days.
  2. Arguing with team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this be the third strike a temporary ban will be put in place as above.
  3. Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant team leader - for example, if you warned by a member of the Tournament Team, you would contact the Tournament Team Leader (note that the Website Team are the leaders of the Moderator Team, so if warned by a member of the Moderator Team, you would contact anyone in the Website Team). If the team leader feels that you were treated unfairly, the warning may be removed. Users that are still unhappy with the team leader's decision may contact the Lead Forum Administrator (Ron2K) - his decision is final and binding. Contacting team leaders over warning matters should only be done as a last resort - team leaders do not want to be bothered with warning matters unless it is of importance.
    • If Ron was the one who issued the warning in the first place, you have NO chance of getting the warning removed. Don't bother trying.
  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 to evade an email ban. Circumvention includes posting as an anonymous user.
  5. An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact team members 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 forum staff may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time, the chances of this happening are extremely minimal.


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