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« on: January 28, 2009, 03:05:05 pm »

    Newerth Board Rules

    The Newerth Message Boards are a public forum and, while we encourage a free flow of information and ideas on the boards, we also ask that you follow a few basic rules. By using or participating on the Newerth Boards, you agree to the Rules of Conduct as stated below.

    Moderation
    The Newerth Message Boards are a moderated forum. However, the moderators cannot be everywhere and see everything. Because of this, please use these rules as a guideline as to what is and is not allowed, rather than the content of other users posts. If you see something that is against the Board Rules, please report it to a Moderator using the 'Report to moderater function'. Note that the moderators have the final say-so in any situation that you report. They will evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate action where needed. If you feel a moderator did not handle the situation, please contact the Newerth Board Administrators.

    • What Is A Moderator?
      A Moderator is a volunteer chosen by the Administrator from among the userbase who gives of his/her valuable time to help keep the boards a fun place for everyone. They try hard to be fair but cannot be everywhere. Because of this, please use these rules as a guideline as to what is and is not allowed, rather than the content of other users posts. If you see something that is against the Board Rules, please report it. Note that the moderators have the final say-so in any situation that you report. They will evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate action where needed. If you have an issue or question about a moderator, moderation, ban or the board rules, fell free to talk to a Moderater or an Administrator.
         
    • What Do Moderators Do?
      Moderators monitor board posts and respond to complaints to keep posting free of undesirable content as described in the Board Rules. They enforce the board rules, and can delete posts and edit posts. Please respect and adhere to moderators warnings, both public and private. Likewise, if your thread was deleted or locked by a moderator, do not repost or unlock the topic. They deserve respect and appreciation for their time.
         
    • Bans
      If you log onto the Newerth message boards and receive a message that you have been banned, please submit an unban request and wait for a Newerth Administrator to get in touch with you. Bans are private matters between the Moderators/Administrators and person banned and will not be discussed publicly or through third parties. It is not acceptable to return to the boards under another username. If you do, your ban time may be extended.
         
    • What If I Disagree With A Moderator?
      Moderators are not perfect and are only human. Disagreements occur. Try to communicate with them first on a respectful level and settle your disagreement. They are not targets for your obscenities, flames or general insults. If you do not agree with a decision, you are not entitled to start a thread arguing about the verdict or flaming any of the moderators. Any such messages will be removed. This extends to Private Messages and unban requests as well, and you are not entitled to insult moderators via either of these methods. Also note that bans are between the user banned and the Moderators/Administrators. Any correspondence about ban length and reason will be handled through unban requests.

      If you feel a verdict or ban was unfair, please contact a Newerth Board Administrator before anything else and he will work with you regarding your situation.

    Posting guidelines
    Following are some things you'll want to keep in mind while posting on the Newerth Boards. Please read the rules so you will be familiar with them:

    • Flaming & Bashing
      Hate posts and personal attacks will not be tolerated on the Newerth Boards. Treat others on these message boards as you would expect them to treat you. Talking trash about another user or posting topics specifically to provoke a negative response from an individual, a group or an entire community is not acceptable on the Newerth Boards. These posts will be deleted and will result in a ban.

      Board bashing is also not allowed on the Newerth Boards. Please respect the various communities on the Newerth Boards system. If another board is not your favorite, there's no need to complain about it. Simply refrain from visiting it. Board bashing posts will be deleted.
         
    • Pornography & Sexually Explicit Content
      Absolutely no forms of pornography or overly sexually suggestive imagery are allowed on the boards, this includes links and/or posting a name of a porn site. Please see these guidelines for more detailed information on what is acceptable to post. Note that pornography is not limited to images - descriptive sexually explicit posting is also not allowed on the boards. This includes describing sexual acts in a profane manner or using sexual slang terms for body parts or actions. We allow mature discussions of sexuality, but the boards are not your bedroom, local bar, porn shop or back alley. Please keep all discussions on this subject mature and use proper terms.
         
    • Pedophilia
      Content that in any way depicts or implies sexually explicit/suggestive/provocative/nude imagery of seemingly underage persons (under 18 years of age) is not allowed at the boards for any reason. Violators will be permanently banned and their accounts will be terminated. This includes but is not limited to all images, "friends" pictures or pictures taking from social networking sites, school sites, any joke-style images, written stories, jokes or remarks.. Any hint of pedophilia or related content will be dealt with harshly with the added possibility of Newerth contacting your ISP and local authorities. Also note all these types of content can be subjective and Newerth holds the right to make a judgment on what can fall under pedophilia related content. When in doubt -- leave it out.
         
    • Other Explicit Content
      Explicit images/videos, which include but not limited to death scenes, death pictures, torture, mutilation and human feces, are not allowed, except they are taken from a video game. Explicit written descriptions of these acts is also not allowed on the boards.
         
    • Posting "Real Life" Information
      Posting any real life information about another user/person is strictly prohibited. This includes such things as full names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. Purposely posting links to users social networking pages, websites, school, etc. for the sole purpose of harassment will be severely dealt with and can result in a permanent ban.
         
    • Racism/Hate
      Newerth will not tolerate hate speech in any form. This includes but is not limited to racist slang terms, hateful comments based on skin color or background, religious bashing or intolerance, gay bashing, sexist or misogynistic material, faith based prejudicial statements, derogatory remarks, and all poor taste jokes about these topics. Also note that using the word "gay" to describe something as stupid/lame/dumb is not allowed. Remember, these boards are open to all walks of life and with that comes the need to respect them all. So leave your hate at the door please.
         
    • Trolling
      We are all entitled to our opinions and that may included negative opinions about a console/game/anything else, but if you are knowingly or purposely posting to incite anger/negativity on the board or from the community, you will be banned for trolling. These boards are meant for meaningful discussions and debates, not a place for you to start trouble. Be mindful.
         
    • Profanity
      Offensive language is unacceptable. While we may let you get away with anything you might hear on network television (no, NOT cable) or radio, don't go overboard. Additionally, a simple rule to follow is "when in doubt, leave it out." All letters of an offensive word must be edited out. Remember, you don't have to use excessive profanity to get your point across, and it's usually better to avoid it altogether. Profanity in posts will be edited out, and repeat offenders or those who use excessive profanity will be banned. In particular, be careful when quoting outside sources or other users as you are responsible for your own post and everything inside it. When linking to external sites that contain profanity, please include a warning.

      Note that as thread titles are more visible than thread content, they are held to a higher standard. Vulgar, obscene, sexual terms, slang terms for body parts, etc. that might otherwise be allowed on the boards should not be used in thread titles.
         
    • Criminal Activity
      No discussions of illegal activity will be tolerated on the boards. Any instruction on how to carry out illegal activity or admission of illegal activity will be dealt with harshly. This includes but is not limited to discussions about how to obtain drugs illegally, how to steal, fraud, how to kill someone, rape (including statutory rape), abuse of humans or animals, and auto theft. To sum up, if it's against the law, don't post it.
         
    • Spam
      Purposely spamming a message board with senseless, vacuous, or empty messages is highly frowned upon! This includes such things as party posts, chain letters, merely posting an icon, one word replies, bumping old topics, +1, "didn't read" or "old", continually posting the same topic or post, posting the same question across several boards and using the Quote feature without contributing anything new to a thread. For spam we've got the OffTopic Forum, you can spam there as much as you want, except opening spam topics in a new thread again after they were locked.

      On a similar note, participating in spam attacks (post riots, etc.) on the Newerth Boards or planning a spam attack on the Newerth Message Boards or any other Website is unacceptable, and these actions will be reported to your ISP.
         
    • Circumventing a Ban
      Creating an alternate username and logging into the boards to continue to post will result in added ban time to your original banned account and the new username will be permanently banned.
         
    • System Wars
      System wars benefit no one. We encourage intelligent discussions about the merits and flaws of each system, but senseless console bashing should be avoided.
               
    • Piracy, ROMs, and Warez
      Newerth has a strict policy against piracy, ROMs, warez, and the illegal use of copyrighted material. Linking to or giving information about any site that distributes illegal software, ROMs, media, or emulators, seeking help to circumvent any copyright laws, admitting to possessing and/or distributing illegal copyrighted material, or encouraging software or media piracy is grounds for an immediate ban. It is also unacceptable to post first-hand impressions, reviews or screenshots of known pirated material. This goes for all copyrighted material, including but not limited to games, movies, music and television broadcasts.
         
    • Impersonating Other Users / Accessing Another User's Account
      You may not impersonate another board member or create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking other users. Also, accessing or using someone else's account or attempting to access another poster's account is strictly prohibited. If you engage in this type of behavior, you will be barred from the boards permanently.
         
    • Altering Board Code
      Altering or changing Newerth code and/or exploiting code bugs for purposes other than what the message boards were intended to do is strictly prohibited. On a similar note, using automatic scripts on any part of Newerth is also not permitted. Hacking, altering board code, exploiting code bugs and using scripts are all grounds for an immediate and permanent ban.
         
    • Off-Topic Posts
      Okay, so you probably won't get banned for an off-topic post, but c'mon, try to post suitable subjects on each of the appropriate boards. It's probably not a great idea to ask "Is Gladiator an anamorphic transfer?" on a Wrestling board when there's a dedicated DVD message board just screaming for questions like that. Off-topic posts will most likely be deleted, and further action may be taken against repeat offenders. We have an OffTopic Forum where you can spam your messages.
         
    • Spoilers
      Just because you know that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's daddy doesn't mean that everybody does (whoops). Be considerate of the other users who may not have seen a movie or played a game that you're talking about, and don't give away spoilers in subject lines that everyone can read. Simply use the Spoiler BBCode in your message:
      Spoiler (Mouse-Over to read)
      This is a spoiler.
      You should also avoid posting spoilers in a subject line altogether.
         
    • Posting Huge Images / Fake Signature Pics
      Out of respect for your modem brethren, please let them know if your thread contains a number of large images. A simple **56kers Beware!** in the subject line will go a long way in helping those who are broadband-challenged know not to open a thread that might bring their web browsing to a crawl. Also, if you must use fake signature pictures, please limit it to something normal since huge pictures slow down the boards for everyone.  Please be aware that all of the forum rules apply equally to Signatures.
               
    • Questionable Content
      Since we can't have a rule to cover everything, this is the rule to, well, cover everything. These are public boards, so act like you would if you were in a public place. Newerth reserves the right to choose the guidelines of objectionable content based on its knowledge of users and company policy. These issues are left to the discretion of the individual moderators/administrators, but may include any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, misleading, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, racist, sexist, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy or that otherwise violates any law or encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense.

    Additional information
    There are hundreds of posts each day on the Newerth message boards, so we can't always promise you'll receive a warning every time action has to be taken. By registering at the Newerth Message Boards, users agree that any post deemed inappropriate may be removed at the sole discretion of Newerth. Newrerth also has the right, at its sole discretion, to revoke board privileges at any time without notice or reason. Think of these rules as a forewarning and, if you break them, you're taking your account status into your own hands.

    Also note that the Board Rules extend to all areas of the Newerth Message Boards system, including but not limited to Private Messages, Signatures, and Unban Requests. This also includes asking for or offering anything against the Board Rules via Private Messages.

    Newerth is not responsible for messages posted on the Newerth Boards or the content therein. Unless expressly stated otherwise, this includes messages posted by Newerth personnel, agents, representatives et al. Newerth reserves the right to reveal the identity of or whatever information we know about any user in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by said user.

    Newerth reserves the right to change any or all other parts of this User Agreement at its sole discretion and without notice, including but not limited to implementing Rules of Conduct, Terms of Service and/or other measures.

    A list of Administrators can be found here.

    A list of Moderaters can be found here.


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