Forum Rules

October 23rd, 2012 at 12:00:00 AM permalink
Wizard
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Member since: Oct 23, 2012
Threads: 141
Posts: 3111
  1. No abusive personal insults. If you disagree with another forum member, politely attack the writing, not the writer. The site policy is the Statler and Waldorf standard. For those who don’t know, they were hecklers on the Muppet Show, who made humorous and gentle jabs at the show itself. Anything beyond what they would say is frowned upon.
  2. Respect copyright: Don’t post entire articles from other sources. If you must quote without permission, do so sparingly, and properly indicate the source.
  3. No spam. Spam is an unwanted message, usually an advertisement, meant to be forced up as many eyeballs as possible. I will not put up with disguised spam either. If you want to advertise, expect to pay for it. That goes for anywhere.
  4. Respect privacy. Do not post any information about someone else that is intended to be private or quote from private communication.
  5. Do not post the same message more than once. This includes posting the same message in two or more places, and re-posting because nobody replied the first time. If you didn’t get a response the first time, chances are nobody else had anything to say about it.
  6. Keep it PG. No pornographic or violent images or text. Profanity is not specifically prohibited, but should be used sparingly to emphasize a point only, or in quoting another.
  7. No hijacking: Try to keep threads on topic. If you want to veer off on a tangent, please make a new thread for it.
  8. Keep it legal: Don’t post anything that would violate the laws of Nevada or the United States. For example, anything libelous, or promoting anything obviously illegal.
  9. No bumping. Don’t post one or two words just to keep a thread in the top of the list. If that is your motive, at least add something substantive to say about the topic, or at least a joke.
  10. Multiple accounts: One account per person. Posting under multiple identities is cause for immediate expulsion.
  11. No bullying/trolling: Members are expected to act like ladies and gentlemen. Members may not be overly divisive or abusive to another member. This includes starting a thread only the for purpose of attacking another member. This also includes threats against another member.
  12. Nuclear option: Finally, if the site administrators feel that a member is so disruptive to the site, even while abiding by the rules above, a "nuclear option" may be invoked to permanently ban the offender. This will be used sparingly for only the worst of trolls.
  13. Posting limits: For the first 30 days of membership, the number of threads you may start is equal to the number of days you have been a member plus two, and the maximum number of posts you can make is limited to the number of days you have been a member plus 10. This is to help combat spam.
  14. Private Messaging: Private messages are supposed to be private. Of course, by mutual agreement they can be quoted to a larger audience. The rules above also apply to private messaging, including rule #1. An exception to the privacy rule is that abuses may be reported to the Wizard or JB. We will treat it like a "coach’s challenge" in the NFL. If a banning is warranted, it will be given. If not, a banning of a perceived victim may be made for making a false claim.
  15. Wizard of Vegas: This is a sister site to Wizard of Vegas. A ban on either site will apply to both sites, and it makes no difference if you use different names. If you’re banned on one site, and complain about it on the other during the ban, we will take strong action.

The punishment for violating these rules will be meted out on a case by case basis. Options include a warning, temporary ban, and permanent ban.
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