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The Rules - Updated 12-21-2015

Discussion in 'Forum Rules' started by MrDeranged, Jan 8, 2003.

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  1. MrDeranged

    MrDeranged He Who Rules Staff Member

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    BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, AND USING THIS SITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DESCRIBED BELOW, ALL POLICIES AND GUIDELINES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE, AND ANY SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THE FOREGOING. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE SITE TERMS OR ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATION, DO NOT ACCESS, BROWSE OR OTHERWISE USE THIS SITE.

    With an ever-growing number of users, Arachnoboards has seen fit to create a set of rules to govern what is acceptable and unacceptable on the boards. The goal of these rules is to ensure that the forums continue to be an informative, fun and community-building resource for all who venture here. They create a uniform code of conduct for the users and establish a framework for enforcement among the ever-increasing number of moderators and administrators that form Arachnoboards Team. We ask that you read, understand and abide by the rules of the forum. The rules may seem extensive, but as with any community, 95% of the rules are there because 5% of the people want to push the boundaries. There is no reason that the rules should interfere with your use of the forums for their intended purpose.

    You can help! If you see any violation of the rules, please REPORT IT using the "Report" button found in the post you'd like to report.



    RULES FOR USE <italicized text indicates the suggested consequences for an infraction. 10 points = 1 month suspension>
    1. Although the administrators and moderators of Arachnoboards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this site, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Arachnoboards, nor XenForo Ltd. (developers of XenForo) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
    2. The primary focus of Arachnopets.com and Arachnoboards is the promotion of the hobby of keeping invertebrate animals. Therefore, any behavior which patently transgresses this primary goal is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, Unacceptable Language and Material. <offenses dealt with on an individual basis>

    3. The forum is divided into numerous subject-specific areas and a designated off-topic, general discussion area. All posts must be made in the appropriate forums.
      • Off-topic material is to be posted only in the Watering Hole.
      • Classifieds ads go in the For Sale/Trade forum. If a post has a Dealer/Seller Name, Item and Price, it will be considered a classifieds ad and will be edited/moderated accordingly. Links to classifieds ads are strictly prohibited.
      • We have 3 different forums for posts regarding Tarantulas. Information on which posts go where can be found here.
      • Posts regarding your latest post count, the user titles and equally useless matters don't really belong anywhere. <2 points per offense, serious transgressions to be dealt with on an individual basis>
    4. Each user is restricted to one user account. If more than one person is to use a single computer, please contact the Arachnoboards Team so that we do not mistakenly delete the second account.
      • If you wish to change your user name, do not create a second account.
      • If you have been registered for 14 days or less, we will change it for you. Contact the Arachnoboards Team so that we can change the name on your existing account.
      • If you have been registered for over 14 days you can purchase a name change here or upgrade to one of our Arachnosupporter accounts here (they include 1 free name change per year). <5 points>
    5. Personal attacks of any sort will NOT be tolerated. <7 points up to a permanent ban, depending on the nature and severity of the offense>
    6. Spamming to advertise Arachnoboards elsewhere on the internet will not be tolerated. Nor will the posting of spam on Arachnoboards. In addition, commercial spamming and trolling will NOT be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban from the site. Please realize that all the commercial spammers and trolls want is to get attention and disrupt the community. Do not give them what they want. If any member notices there is a commercial spam or troll type post, DO NOT RESPOND TO IT. Responding WILL result in an infraction (with points). Just report it so we can take care of it. This will be enforced with zero tolerance. <2 points up to 2 week suspension for members, permanent ban for commercial spammers and trolls>
    7. No soliciting of any kind, anywhere on the site. <3 points and up>
    8. Material of an adult, but not explicit, nature should be restricted to The Watering Hole. <3 points and up>
    9. Copyrighted material which you do not explicitly have permission to use is not to be posted or distributed through Arachnoboards. <2 points and up>
    10. In the area of enforcement of the rules, the Arachnoboards Team are judge, jury, and executioner. Their decisions are not open for debate, and this is not a democracy. The moderators/admins are NOT to be mocked, ridiculed, called out on or questioned in the public discussion forums. Our moderation (in general) is NOT up for public discussion or to be questioned either. If you have issues with any member of the Arachnoboards Team, take it up in an email or PM. <1 month suspension, no questions asked>
    11. Our infractions/point system is intended only to create a framework for the Arachnoboards Team to work with. Due to the complicated and infinitely variable nature of possible infractions, we will step outside of the framework where necessary (includes closing/removing threads/posts at our discretion). The same applies to the nature of the rules. If we feel that there is behaviour not explicitly covered in the rules but which is harmful or disruptive to the community we will deal with it as we see fit.

    Please note that several of the forums have "Sticky" posts with rules and guidelines to be followed within that forum. Please read these before posting within those forums. Also, Conversations are private. Please keep it that way.



    Thank you for your time and cooperation,
    The Arachnoboards Team
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2015
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