1) Thread Derailing/Threadcrapping:
This occurs when a person comes into a thread and posts something contrary to the spirit/intent of the thread, often derailing the discussion or turning it into an argument. For example, coming into a thread about the “The Greatest Beatles Album” and posting “The Beatles were overrated” is a thread crap. The same goes for posting “PCs are better and cheaper” in a thread titled “I love my new Apple computer.” If you feel the need to turn a discussion into a debate, start a new thread instead.
This is when members deliberately try to antagonize or criticize others to get a reaction, frequently by posting incorrect information, posting blatantly stupid questions, wisecracking, or other nonsense. If you note this behavior, please do not “feed the trolls” by responding in the thread. Obvious trolling behavior is considered a serious offense.
3) Chat Threads:
Will not be allowed. Topics must have a general purpose or at least revolve around a topic that has a discussable premise. Any topics that don't fit this definition will be removed.
There are other ways and places to chat with your online friends. Please don't do it here.
We reserve the right to close or remove any post or thread at any time for any reason, without notice. If after reading the forum rules the reason for the thread/post removal is not clear to you, please PM a moderator or use the "Contact Us" link to ask for further explanation. Do not, under any circumstances, post in the thread or start a new thread asking why your thread or post was removed.
4.) Moderators work hard enforcing forum policies and helping the forum run smoothly. Forum threads complaining about the moderation staff or forum policies are not permitted, and under no circumstances may you lash out at a moderator or question a moderator's decision in public. Feedback is welcome but it must be done privately. If you have a problem with a moderator, or feel that a misunderstanding has occurred, you may directly PM any of the moderators and they will try to resolve the issue. If a moderator contacts you with a concern, please try to understand the root cause of the problem and do not fire back an angry message in protest.
Members who choose not to conform to these criteria will receive an official warning. If a second official warning has to be issued, then a concurrent suspension (or banishment) will also be enforced.
Please note that a very serious first offense might warrant a suspension with no prior warning. Do not rely on having a "one time shot" to make a personal attack, thinking that you will just get a warning.
All suspensions and banishments are considered a private matter and are not made public on the Forum nor privately via PM or e-mail.
Banishments are considered permanent, and reinstatement to the forum is not possible. Banished members found signing up under a new user ID, in order to circumvent their banishment, will have their account terminated immediately without prior notice.