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    The ALPost 555 Forum is our area to exchange ideas. Please adhere to the ground rules to keep our Forum a comfortable atmosphere for open discussion.
    Thank you

    The Ground Rules:
    1. No Advertising - Members are not permitted to make for profit money using ALPost555. Members are not allowed to use the member list to obtain Instant Messaging screennames to harass other members to purchase products.
    2. No Illegal Activity - Members are not allowed to break the law using ALPost555. This can get ALPost555 into legal trouble. Posting links to roms is illegal, so this counts as a violation of this rule.
    3. No Double Posting or Spamming – Members may not post more than once in a row in the same thread. Posting lots of times in a row reduces the quality of the board, is a waste of the board's memory, and provides the culprit with ill earned post count points. Double posts will be merged into regular posts, and members will lose 10 postcount for each of the posts excluding the first one. Member post count can be changed to a negative number if necessary. The only exception to this rule is if Members edit timer (24 hours) for the post has run out, in which case Members may double post if you have something important to add. Spamming is also not allowed, and is defined as a post that has no meaning.
    4. No Topic Bumping - If a topic a Member has created has no replies, Members may not post again in it (although the post may be edited if the timer has not run out). If a Member has made the thread due to a help requirement with something, the Member may post again as long as additional information about the problem is provided. Members must post this in the same thread, and are not allowed to create more than one thread per topic.
    5. No Posting Personal Info - Members may not post your last name, or your street address on TEU. This is because this information then becomes accessible to anyone.
    6. No Threatening to Leave the Board - Due to past experiences on the board, I have had to add this rule. You may not make posts threatening to leave the board. This causes flaming to occur. Because of what a problem this is, I cannot issue a warning for violations. Anyone responding poorly to these threads will also be muted.
    1. Warning - Depending on how serious a violation is, you may be issued a warning first
    2. Muting - Muting for 3 days
    3. Muting - Muting for 10 days.
    4. Temporary ban - People who cause more problems after being muted for 10 days will be banned for a month, and for 2 months for the next offense.
    5. Permanent ban - At this point, it is obvious that will never learn your lesson, thus, a permanent ban is necessary to be rid of the problems you cause.

    The following rules list the most serious violations:
    1. No Hacking - This should go without saying, but members are not permitted to hack the board. Guessing someone else's password and succeeding counts as hacking. Members who hack will instantly be permanently banned without any warnings.
    2. No Discrimination - Users may not insult members based on their religion, race, sex, political beliefs, or whether they are gay or straight. This is a place where everyone is equal, and discrimination will NOT be tolerated!
    3. No Bullying - Do not pick on other members. The worst kind of bullying is where new members are picked on. This hurts the member as well as the board.
    4. No Flaming – Flaming, or “pie fight” is defined as:
    Flaming is the act of posting or sending offensive messages over the Internet. These messages, called "flames," may be posted within online discussion forums or newsgroups, or sent via e-mail or instant messaging programs. The most common area where flaming takes place is online discussion forums, which are also called bulletin boards.
    Flaming often leads to the trading of insults between members within a certain forum.
    Flaming harms the nice atmosphere of any forum or group. It also causes threads to go off topic, and most importantly, it hurts the person being flamed. The victim may defend themselves against any accusations made to them, but may not make any additional accusations to the flamer (which also counts as flaming).
    Flaming will not be tolerated.
    1. No Profanity or Obscene Content - Such content does not belong on ALPost555. A censor system is in place as a backup. If members see words in a post being replaced with ****, members have done something wrong. Please edit the post and tone it down. To edit a post, click the "Edit" button right below it. Cheating the censor system is against the rules.
    If members break one of these rules, the following penalties will apply (first time, second time, third time...) with the exception of breaking the rule "No Hacking" which immediately results in a permanent ban:
    1. Warning - Depending on how serious a violation is, the member may be issued a warning first
    2. Muting - Muting for 10 days
    3. Temporary ban - People who cause more problems after being muted for 10 days will be banned for a month, and for 2 months for the next offense.
    4. Permanent ban - At this point, temporary bans have proven ineffective, and the member will be permanently banned.
    Breaking rules result in punishments. Punishments are listed below:
    1. Warning - This is where a public announcement is made that mentions the offender’s name and that said offender has broken a rule. Admin will determine whether the offender knew what they were doing was wrong, or whether a warning is necessary to explain it to the offender. If Admin does not give a warning, Admin will skip ahead to the next step in the penalty list.
    2. Muting - This is where the offender is not able to talk on the board. The board however still be viewed.
    3. Temporary Ban - This is where the offender is no longer able to view the board for a certain period of time.
    4. Permanent Ban – The offender can never again view the board.

    The following are a set of amendments to clarify the rules for those people who wish to nitpick:

    Amendment 1 - There are no excuses for breaking the rules. It doesn't matter if the member was angry at the time and was not thinking straight. It doesn't matter if the member was only kidding around. If members break a rule, it does the same damage, regardless of the reasons for breaking it, and members will be punished all the same.

    Amendment 2 - Staff abuse will not be tolerated. A staff member’s (Admin, moderator, manager, etc) job is to help the people, not harm them. Staff members may only use powers for the purposes that they have been given. There is no limit on how much staff members may be punished for this severe offense as this must be stopped at all costs to protect the members. This means that if admin privileges are abused, the result will be a permanent from ALPost555 Forum.

    Amendment 3 - Harassing the administration about punishments is not allowed. The admins are only trying to do their job, and many times they have to make difficult decisions. Members may post opinions in the thread that announces the punishment, so long as members do not flame anyone. If this thread gets out of hand, it will be closed, and the offending member may not complain elsewhere on the board, or by other means including, but not limited to: private messages, instant messaging programs, email, telephone calls, and house visits. Members may not make threats against administrators (or other members for that matter...). Punishments for harassment range from a 5 day mute for minor harassments to a permanent ban if serious threats are involved.

    Amendment 4 - If members break more than one rule, the punishments will stack up to a maximum of 2 months, or a permanent ban if necessary. If a sentencing length is 10 days or less, it is a mute, otherwise, it can either be a temporary or permanent ban.
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