The official Forum Rules: Please read prior to posting

Discussion in 'Forum Help and Feedback' started by Dr Zaius, Aug 27, 2002.

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  1. Dr Zaius

    Dr Zaius Chief Defender of the Faith Staff Member Administrator Moderator

    User Agreement
    By registering for the GameSquad forums you agree to be bound by the site Terms of Use and User Agreement. The following forum rules are part of the Terms of Use and you agree to follow these rules at all times on these forums.

    Flame Wars and Trolling
    For better or worse, flame wars and trolling are part of Internet culture. They always have been and probably always will be. Members are going to argue over various subjects, and sometimes these discussions are going to get heated. Even if one of these topics gets very heated, the mods will generally allow the discussion to continue. After all, the forums are a place for gamers to discuss topics of interest openly and honestly, and it is our policy to to give members as much freedom as possible. We don't want to be in the business of censoring discussions or attempting to limit what members can talk about. That said, there is a limit of how much the mods are willing to put up with. And who gets to make that call? The mods do.

    This is an open discussion forum, so the mods are typically only going to respond if they deem there is no other choice. That means you may encounter other members who say outrageous stuff and generally piss you off. It happens. If you cannot stand stand a particular member, use the forum tools available to you to add them to your ignore list. Contact the mods if you need help, but be advised they will only intervene if they have to.

    Excessively profane language is unacceptable on the forums. What constitutes excessively profane language and who gets to make the final judgment call? We do. We will generally let you get away with the kind of harsh language you might hear on network television or radio. This means there will be some cursing and profanity permitted on the forums, but don't go overboard. The mods will be the ones who have the final say.

    Slander and Libel
    You agree that you will not defame, abuse, threaten, stalk, or otherwise post untrue or libelous statements about any individual, entity, or company using GameSquad resources. GameSquad and its affiliates specifically disclaim any liability with regard to content posted by any user and any actions resulting from your participation or the participation of others on this site. GameSquad does not endorse or control the content posted by members on this site, nor does GameSquad make any claim of truthfulness or accuracy of any message or information contained within. You agree to protect and fully compensate GameSquad from any and all third-party claims, liability, damages, expenses and costs (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from your use of GameSquad resources, or violation of the Terms of Use by you or any other user of your account (authorized or not).

    Spam & Porn
    Purposely spamming a forum with empty messages intended to boost your post count is frowned upon. Posting chain letters, "Get Rich" schemes, or just posting the same message across multiple forums is a surefire way to get banned.

    Copyrighted Material
    Forum users agree not to post any material that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner(s) of said copyright, trademark or other proprietary right. When quoting a portion of an online article or magazine, please include appropriate links and credits when doing so. GameSquad has a strict policy against piracy, warez and any other type of illegal use of copyrighted material. Do not use our resources to link or give out information about illegal software, ROMs, or bootleg media, and do not post links to sites that contain such illegal information.. Do not engage in "how to" discussions seeking help to circumvent copy protection safeguards, break copyright laws, or encourage distribution of illegal material.

    Accessing Another Member's Account / Impersonating Other Users
    Accessing or using someone else's account, attempting to access another member's account or impersonating another member is strictly prohibited and will result in an immediate ban.

    Do not post advertisements for products or services on the GameSquad forums without express permission to do so. Want to advertise your goods or services? Contact us for information on marketing opportunities and current ad rates.

    Questionable Behavior
    We can't possibly have a rule to cover everything, so this is the rule to, well, cover everything. There are a large quantity of posts each day on the forums, so we can't always promise you'll receive a warning every time action has to be taken. By registering at the GameSquad forums, users agree that any post deemed inappropriate may be removed at the sole discretion of GameSquad. GameSquad also has the right, at its sole discretion, to revoke forum privileges at any time without notice or reason.
  2. Dr Zaius

    Dr Zaius Chief Defender of the Faith Staff Member Administrator Moderator

    Emporium Terms of Use
    Please note that GameSquad, to include its staff and volunteer moderators, are IN NO WAY INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN BUYERS AND SELLERS ON THE EMPORIUM AREAS. GAMESQUAD ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LEGALITY, SAFETY, ACCURACY, OR LEGITIMACY OF THE ITEMS LISTED BY MEMBERS. GAMESQUAD DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT BUYERS OR SELLERS WILL COMPLETE A TRANSACTION OR HONER THE TERMS OF ANY AGREEMENT BETWEEN MEMBERS, AND BOTH PARTIES ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY TRANSACTIONS TRANSPIRING THROUGH THE GAMESQUAD CLASSIFIED FORUMS. GameSquad reserves the right to remove any ads or posts from the classifieds section at any time at our sole and unfettered discretion. Your participation in the GameSquad Emporium is proof that you have read and agree to these terms. All transactions are between you and the seller. Moderators and staff can not get involved in your transactions. If you do not agree, do not use the Emporium areas.

    Emporium rules:

    1. ONLY SUBSCRIBING MEMBERS CAN POST CLASSIFIED ADS IN THE EMPORIUM AREAS. Transactions are at your own risk. Ask for photos and additional information if necessary. If something doesn't feel right, don't do the deal.
    2. Prefixes - Please use the various prefixes available. If an item is for sale, use the "For Sale" prefix.
    3. Bumping - Only one bump per day. Do not continually post replies to your own thread in order to "bump" it higher on the list and draw attention to it.
    4. Price - You must post a price with your ad if it is a sale item. Be clear and specific.
    5. Only one ad per item being sold.
    6. No negative comments about someone's ad or pricing. Be polite.
    7. Members are limited to no more than 10 active ads at a time. If your item has been sold, please edit the listed with the "Sold" prefix.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2016
  3. Dr Zaius

    Dr Zaius Chief Defender of the Faith Staff Member Administrator Moderator

    What do moderators do?
    Mods enforce the forum rules, can edit or delete posts, lock out-of-control threads, and respond to complaints to keep posting free of undesirable content as described in the Forum Rules and Gamesquad Terms of Use. Be advised that mods are volunteers and as such are not authorized spokespersons for Gamesquad, nor do their views necessarily reflect the views of Gamesquad or its affiliates.

    What if I disagree with a moderator?
    Disagreements occasionally occur with moderators and/or their decisions. In the vast majority of cases, if you try contacting them and communicating on a respectful level you will be able to quickly settle your disagreement. Note, mods are not targets for your obscenities, flames or general insults. If you do not agree with a particular decision, you are not entitled to start a new thread arguing about the verdict or attacking any of the moderators. Any such messages may be locked or moved at the discretion of the mods.

    How do I report offensive material?
    There is a button on each individual post with a small red flag on it. Use this "Report Bad Post" button to send an automated report to the mods asking for help. They will review the post in question and determine if action is required.

    What are infractions?
    The Gamesquad forums are equipped with an infraction system that moderators can use to help rein in members who violate the ToU and forum posting rules. Moderators can award infractions for any rule violation, and mods also determine the number of infraction points to be awarded. A relatively minor infraction might incur 2 or 3 points, while a more serious offense might be worth a lot more. The number of points awarded for a particular offense is up to the judgment of the moderator.

    What do infraction points mean?
    These points expire over a period of time (10 days by default). When a member accumulates a total of 15 infraction points, this will result in an automatic suspension (a temporary ban). Very serious troublemakers may receive infraction points which do not expire for weeks or even months. If you have questions or concerns about a particular infraction or don't understand which rules was broken, you may contact the mods in private or use use the Ask the Mods forum. Arguing about it or flaming the mods will only earn additional infraction points and eventually a ban.

    Members who get out of line by breaking the forum rules may receive a private warning from a moderator. If you receive such a warning, take heed and follow the forum rules. There's no sense insulting or flaming the moderator about it.

    Members who violate the forum rules risk having their posting privileges suspended. We don't want to see anyone get banned, but we will do it for serious violations of the forum rules. We reserve the right to modify, delete, or suspend your account at our sole and unfettered discretion. If you log onto the GameSquad forums and receive a message stating that you have been banned, please feel free to contact a Moderator and discuss the matter in private.

    Evading Bans
    If a user gets banned for whatever reason, it is not acceptable to create a new account and attempt to sneak back in under another username. If you do, your ban time may be extended.

    Can I get my account deleted? We will not delete all your previous posts. However, we will delete your contact information and change your user name at your request. If you somehow ended up with two user accounts, you can request they be merged together.
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