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General Discussion Board Rules
« on: June 10, 2017, 09:27:22 PM »
    General Conduct
    1. Be nice.
    2. Stay on topic.
    3. Make sure there isn't already a thread on a topic you want to talk about before making a new one.
    4. It's good manners to post screen names and quotes when responding to others. If it's personal, send a message.
    5. Personal messages also fall under Rule #1 (screen caps are a thing). People will be banned for inappropriate behavior even if it isn't public.
    6. Do NOT post porn or any "questionable" material; if you would be uncomfortable viewing it at work, do not post it.[/li][/list]

    Posting Rules
    Spam Posts: We do not care if you are drunk or high; please do not inform us of either. No one cares if you are "first." Please do not register gimmick accounts and make posts as a gimmick, as they are not funny. Please do not post crap asking us to vote for you on some website, give you referrals for free iPods / flatscreen / spare tires, or any other semi-spam things.

    Forum Wars: Don't fuck up the forums or any user on the forums. If you post a malicious link (any URL with spyware or code designed to annoy people) you will be banned. Do not make plans to annoy / destroy other forums.

    Stay On Target: Try to use the appropriate thread for your post. This helps people find your thread and makes the forums more user friendly.

    Low-profile Conflict: If you insist on flamewars, trolling, and arguments, recognize that anything significant enough to come to a moderator's attention is probably in his/her best interest to ban rather than risk further distraction later. Rule #1 will be enforced with prejudice.

    Respect the Mods: The moderators are here to keep the forums safe, sane, and secure. Most of them also had a significant role in creating Red Markets. If they ask you to do something, please do it. Please do not harass or intentionally annoy the mods. If you do not like the mods or the moderation, feel free to not post here.

    Harass and Sass: If somebody is harassing you on the forums, then discuss it with them over PM or email before contacting a mod about it. Please do not post others' personal information (phone number, addresses, emails, etc.). Try to stay out of other peoples' personal lives as well. Maintain a healthy distinction between the Internet and real life. Words that are merely insulting may not constitute physical, sexual, racial, or body shaming harassment, but those who conduct themselves in such a way that they A.) come to a mod's attention and B.) seem like may be working towards such nonsense can and will be banned before things go further. There is no appeal process.
    Accountability: Only one person may use a forum account. If you share an account, you share accountability. One gets banned, both get banned.

    Forum Rules Lawyering: Do not try to cleverly circumvent some rule listed here or pick on some obvious infraction not explicitly listed. This isn't a legal document or a courtroom. Mods will follow the spirit of all regulations, not the letter.

    Hate Speech: Offensive terms such as "faggot" or "nigger" may secure instant bans, dependent upon the context of the sentence. Quoting something that was said to you in the context of a real-world interaction would be acceptable (also: sorry that happened to you). Having a character use it in fiction might also be okay, but it's far more questionable (for instance, I hope that character is about to get his/her ass kicked). Using hate speech against another forum member or real-life person will not be tolerated. This rule is completely, 100% subjective and is based on the mod reading the post at the time. There is no appeal process. Remember: if it's bad enough to get a mod's attention, it's already not on the right track.

    Politics: All the mods have them. Red Markets certainly has them (if you haven't read the book yet, it leans LEFT). We will let everyone else have their politics too, but only within the scope of our collective gag reflex. If you're a MRA, Proud Boy, TERF or any other flavor of neo-reactionary bigot, you're wasting your time. We will not be entertaining any of your bullshit or reacting to your trolling. You will be banned, again and again, for however long it takes.
    « Last Edit: June 21, 2017, 06:26:08 PM by Palbicke »