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  Posted: Sep 30 2007, 10:40 PM


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Getting Started
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Browse First
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Get to Know the Moderators
Our volunteer moderators have been screened and were selected to serve based on their experience, judgment, and ability to uphold the rules. If you have questions, contact a moderator. The moderators for each forum are listed at the bottom of that forum. Moderators are also labeled as such under their usernames when they post.

Moderators contribute to threads just as other members do. They are held to the same standards when posting as any other member. They do moderate their forums and look for rule violations and may delete and edit posts and close threads without notice, but will typically avoid doing so except in extreme cases. Only a handful of threads have ever been closed or deleted over the lifetime of Moderators may discipline and suspend members who fail to adhere to the rules.

Use the Search Feature First
Before starting a thread, use the search feature to see if there's a recent thread on your topic. Many questions come up repeatedly on If you're asking a relatively generic question, there's a good chance one or more threads already exist. The search link is located in the upper right corner near the top of the Forums page. Keeping information on the same topic confined to as few threads as possible helps members quickly find the information they need. If you decide to ignore this rule, as many newcomers do, be prepared to be criticized for it by other members (and hopefully, learn from your mistake).

Do Not Start Game Threads
Game threads are not permitted. For example, "the counting game" where the sole purpose of the thread is to reply to the previous post with an incremental number, or "the word association game" where the sole purpose is to reply to the previous post with a single word post. Similar mindless game threads are included in this rule. Members who start game threads will be subject to immediate disciplinary action and may be banned on the spot.

Don't Write Like a Teenager
Don't use text messaging or instant message speak in forum posts, for example, "u" instead of "you." Don't go crazy with punctuation. A few exclamation points is sufficient if you're excited about something. Entire posts in all caps or huge fonts are also not permitted.

Create Descriptive Titles
Make thread titles as specific and descriptive as possible. Sometimes posters will start a thread with a very general title such as, "Guess What?" or "Interesting News". Be as helpful as possible in your thread titles, and if you want to improve or change your thread's title after you create it, ask a moderator in that forum for help. Do not create threads with titles directed at specific people, such as "Hey Bob!" Use private messages for contacting individuals.

Post Your Thread to Just One Forum
Don't post the same thread more than once. Our members read many forums, and weeding through the same message in multiple forums can be frustrating. Duplicate threads will be deleted, combined or locked, and repeat violations will be subject to disciplinary action.

Guard Your Privacy
Keep personal information personal. If you want to share your personal information with another member of the community, do so via e-mail or private message. respects members' privacy. None of your personal information will be posted on the forums unless you post it yourself.

Guard Others' Privacy
Do not post names, addresses, phone numbers or e-mails of other members. This information will be removed by moderators. Posts that ask members to submit personal information will be removed.

Commercial Messages
Posts containing promotional messages for commercial or charitable products or services -- including but not limited to Internet sites, business advertisements and solicitations -- will be removed. If you spot a commercial post, please report it.

How to Report Bad Posts
Our volunteer moderators read as much as they can on, but they can't get to every post, so your help is appreciated in keeping a polite community. If you see a post that does not comply with the rules, report the post by clicking on the "Report this post" link, at the bottom right corner of each post. Your message will be sent to forum moderators who will review the post.

Multiple Usernames
Members are not allowed to have multiple usernames. If you are banned, accept it and move on. Or read as a guest -- we can't stop you from doing that, and honestly, we don't care if you do.

Avoid Bumping Very Old Threads
Unless there is a compelling reason, avoid bumping threads that are more than two years old. Often the information is outdated and it clogs the forums, making it difficult to find current threads.

We do not wish to restrict your right to display personal views, ideology, etc. but do ask that you remain respectful of others in your signature lines. Members whose signatures include affiliate links, commercial links, or spam will be subject to immediate disciplinary action.

As a courtesy to members we suggest you follow the these guidelines when creating your signature:
  • Use the normal posting font size
  • Limit your signature to a few lines
  • Text should comply with our regular posting rules. No all-caps, no alternating caps, etc.
  • Do not make your signature too long or obtrusive through overly creative use of punctuation, color, etc.
  • Avoid putting your username in your signature as it's already on the top of each of your posts
Should you wish not to view signatures, you may shut them off. To do so, go to My Controls -> Board Settings, and remove the checkbox from the item labeled "view members signatures."

Deliberately Misquoting Other Posters
You may use the quote feature to respond to specific posts from other members. However, changing the meaning or words of a quote while still attributing it to the other member is a violation of's rules. Anyone doing so will be subject to the disciplinary process. The use of ellipses to show a quote was abbreviated is allowed, so long as the original meaning is not lost.

Posting Private E-mails and Messages Without the Author's Permission
This is an invasion of privacy and possibly unlawful. Members who violate this will be subject to the disciplinary process.

Invasion of Privacy
Members posting another user's private information, including but not limited to phone number, address, name or frequent flier number, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Discussing Specific Moderator Actions
On-board discussion of moderator decisions -- including post deletions and member discipline -- is not allowed and will be removed. Members will also be subject to disciplinary action. If you have a question about a moderator action, contact the moderator or forum administrator directly.

Personal Attacks
We encourage a healthy exchange of opinions. If you disagree with another member, challenge the opinion or idea -- not the person. "Flaming" will not be tolerated and will be removed, and the violator will be subject to disciplinary action. You may challenge others' points of view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully.

On the other hand, don't feel the need to tiptoe around specific hot-button issues or people who are easily offended, for example, calling a post offensive because of a differing opinion. This community is not a pre-school. Learn to have discussions with people whose opinions differ from your own without accusing them of attacking you.

Obscene or Offensive Language or Material
Any posts containing communications or hyperlinks that are knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, offensive, vulgar, abusive, hateful, or bashing -- especially those aimed at sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, or nationality -- will not be tolerated and will be removed. Individuals who post offensive material or links to such will be subject to disciplinary action. There is no public list of prohibited words; if you believe a word is questionable, don't use it.

Repeated Posting of Disruptive Posts
Posters who repeatedly post items that create disruption within forums will be subject to disciplinary action.

Abuse of Private Messaging PMs still fall under the rules established here. They should not be used for commercial purposes, to send spam, or to threaten or harass members, moderators or administrators. Members who use them to circumvent the rules of the community will be subject to disciplinary action. If you receive this type of communication, report it immediately to an administrator, along with an example of the offending material. Do not publish it on the board.

Discipline Purposes
Posting to is a privilege, not a right.

The purpose of discipline for violating the rules is not to punish members, but to protect users and to facilitate effective discussion in forums. Moderators and administrators may consider all relevant facts before imposing discipline, including the likely effect of the member's conduct on the forum, the experience of the member, the nature of the violation, and the history of discussion in the forum. Discipline may be imposed even if the member did not intend to violate the rules or even if similar conduct was tolerated earlier in the same or other forums.

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