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The Main Rules
Race City Rebels Forums
As common sense would dictate, these rules are subject to change and are not all-inclusive. There are bound to be some isolated situations that don't fall under these rules as they currently stand, but require moderator action, and these rules may be altered or added to as need be.
Acceptance of the rules (and the right of the administration staff to change the rules) is part of your agreement in using the forum.
Rule I: Executive Decisions
It is wise not to purposefully argue with the admins about a decision they have made. While we are willing to discuss a decision, any action the admins take is first discussed among the administrative staff, and is usually final.
Rule II: Be Civil
Don't come to this forum to pick fights, be rude, start wars, or put everyone down. If you are overly antagonistic everyone around you, the administrators will be more than happy to deal with you in an effective (and permanent) manner.
- Section A: Racial slurs/derogatory terms will not be tolerated.
- Section B: No member here shall be subject to prejudice or ridicule based on: gender, race, ethnicity and /or religion, or age.
- Section C: No Trolling. This means no "following" someone else from thread to thread posting antagonistic posts.
Rule III: Forum Business
As this is the forum for a roller derby league, some buisness that originates on other sites/forums will need to be discussed. That said, do not bring petty rivalries from other league sites/forums to this community. If business between two teams needs to be discussed, please use the proper channels and handle those matters in an appropriately civil and business-like manner.
- Section A: By the same concept, unless acting as an authorized agent of the Race City Rebels, do not take RCR business to other sites/forums/communities.
Rule IV: Illegal Materials
Do not post pornography/NSFW (Not Safe For Work) materials and/or pirated software/media anywhere on the site, even in Private Messages.
Rule V: Spam
No spamming. This means advertising, pointless threads, or posts that are meant just to be annoying. This also goes for Private Messaging or any other forum-linked communication (i.e., using the emails of members and spamming their inboxes).
- Section A: No Double Posting in Topics (which, of course, includes triple posting, quadruple posting, et all). If you've made a post in a thread, and you have a new thought that you want to add, use the edit button and add it to your previous post.
- Section B: No advertising in threads or PMs. You may, however, advertise in your signature (that includes a tasteful -- i.e. 150 px or less in height, non-glaring, non-obnoxiously animated -- image). Please note that there is a fine line between posting up a cool link you found and posting up an ad for your own site or advertising to join another site. This will be up to moderation to decide.
- Section C: Don't hijack threads -- take threads in a completely off topic direction to further a personal agenda. We understand that, due to the natural flow of a conversation, topics will wander as new ideas come about. However, taking a thread, purposefully, far off course to discuss a topic unrelated to what is going on in the thread is not allowed.
Rule VI: One User, One Account
The are to be no multiple accounts for any one user. This is final. If you dislike your current account name, it is possible to change your displayed name in your profile settings. This, however, will not change your login name.
- Section A: Making a new account to get around a ban placed on your first account will result in all accounts being permanently banned.
Rule VII: The Forum Police
You are not the forum police. You are just an average poster, and it is not your job to make sure other people are doing things "properly". If you see people doing naughty things (being a troll, posting naughty images or illegal materials, etc.), do not post about how they are doing things wrong. Report the posts to the admins -- that is as far as you should take any matter.
- Section A: Do not abuse the "Report" button. It's there as an easy way for you to make sure the admins see your complaint, but the offense needs to be complaint worthy. Do not push the "report" button simply because you don't like another member's thoughts on... whatever topic it is you're discussing.
Rule VIII: Idle Accounts
Old accounts, those that have fallen into disuse, will be deleted after an appropriate amount of time. Make sure, if you want to stay a member of this site, that you login regularly (at least once a month) to ensure that your account does not get deleted.
- Section A: Member accounts that have no posts will be deleted after being idle for two months. We assume that if an account has never been used for posting, then the account never will be. Guests (and lurkers) can see the portions of the forum without needing a member account. Having a 0-post account doesn't give the user access to any of the closed sections, so having a 0-post member account is pointless.
- Section B: Member accounts will be deleted after being idle for a year. This is for all accounts. We have to assume that if someone has left the community for over a year, they won't be coming back.
- Sub-section 1: Members that have been permanently banned will have their accounts deleted after the year-long idle time as well. However, their bans can and will remain in effect, so that they won't be able to post even if they make a new account (and if, somehow, they do manage to sneak back onto the forum under a different account, they will get rebanned for not only violating their previous ban but also making a new account to sneak around a ban). There are no exceptions to this.
Rule IX: Warnings and Bans
The forums work on a system of increasing punishments for rule breaking. The first offense will warrant a warning. Subsequent offenses will be met with temp bannings of a day, a week, a month, and then, on the fifth and (trust us) final offense, you will be permanently banned. If an offense is severe enough, the amount of punishment incurred may be higher than normal.