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 Post subject: Of Rules and roast chicken...
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:49 am 
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Hello There!

Welcome to the rules thread. Follow the principles described below, and you can't go wrong (for those of you who want to explore that path, the Strike Policy is quoted towards the end as for roast chicken... you could be it if you don't follow the rules.).

  1. No Flaming -- as a general principle, you are not to insult people or groups of people.
  2. Censored words remain censored. Do not censor parts of the word yourself (i.e. f***) -- it simply won't fly with the moderators, and you'll probably be warned/striked.
  3. Double posting is not allowed. Rather than posting two posts in a row, use the EDIT button located at the bottom right of your post.
  4. Your posts have to make sense and be relevant to the previous discussion. As a general guideline, you might want to take more than three words to express yourself ("that's cool" or "that sucks" or "me too" will probably be deleted by the moderators).
  5. Moderating is best left to Moderators -- as a general rule, it is their (and their alone) job to lock, move, split and delete topics/posts (and their decisions are 99.9999% final). Posts such as "A mod should lock this" or "You posted this on the wrong board" (especially when combined with insults ("... New Member")) will earn you a warning / strike.
  6. Search before you post -- often, the topic you're going to create already exists somewhere. Those duplicate topics will be locked / deleted by the moderators.
  7. Do not cross-post (post the same topic in multiple boards). Those duplicate topics will be locked / deleted by the moderators.
  8. Spamming may earn you an immediate ban. This is at the discretion of Global Moderators and Administrators
  9. The comitee for newbie corectness finds the use of the word New Member immoral. Use New Member instead.

Strike Policy wrote:
Strike Policy

These forums operate a system to dissuade members from abusing the forums and/or each other. Abuse can take many forms and some of us have had first hand experience of this.

The Moderators of this forum have been empowered with the ability to award 'strike' points to members who don't follow the Terms & Conditions of the forum and any other general etiquette expected when taking part in this Community.

Therefore, if members fail to heed the Terms & Conditions of the forum, as we have seen in the past, or ignore requests from Moderators, they can expect to be jumped on.

The Moderators do not have to tell you if you have been awarded a 'strike', but they will regularly report any abuse of the Forum to the Administrators who will take action against repeat offenders.

Incase you're wondering just what might await you if you don't abide by the Terms & Conditions, then there is a simple guide below.

One strike will bring your future actions under close scrutiny by the Moderating team.

Two strikes will interest the Administrators, who will then pay special attention to you, and not in a good way.

If you manage to get three strikes, then you will find yourself banned from the forum for a set amount of time. This amount of time will depend on what you have done to earn those strikes in the first place.

Each strike thereafter, up to a maximum of six strikes will get you banned, again for a certain length of time to be determined by the Administrator dealing with you. When you reach six strikes, you're history. No discussion, no argument. The Administrator's decision is final.

Serious offences against the Forum or other users will result in an immediate ban.

All strikes will be wiped at the end of every month, apart from those with six strikes who will be permanently banned from the forums. The reasons for the strikes being awarded will be kept on file for future reference.

The vast majority of members will never get a strike as they conduct themselves perfectly respectably on the forum. The odd double post or less than three word response is not going to get you a strike. You will get a polite reminder from the Mods that you may want to carefully consider for next time, but if you respond badly to that advice, then they are perfectly within their rights to award you with a strike because of it.

We understand that people who are new to the board may make mistakes without realising it, so minor offences for those that have been here for a week or less will also be given the benefit of the doubt.

Thanks for reading.
The PPT Moderator Team.

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