Last Updated: December 30th, 2005 08:56 AM CST
General Guidelines and Provisions
The Golden Rules
Amiga.org's Forums aren't run by rules, per se. Rather, it is moderated by a tight-knit group of moderators who have volunteered to put themselves in the position of making difficult judgment calls. Most of these Guidelines are geared towards just improving the state of the forum through insightful tips (using good subject lines is just wise, you know).
Some of these Guidelines are more prohibitive, however, and they function as rules. The rules come in two-forms: the cardinal, and the compulsory.
Try as we might to provide a fun, enjoyable experience here at Amiga.org, we (the administrators and staff) are not responsible for the content of comments or posts made by our user base. If you experience a situation where someone is being intentionally offensive, using foul language, or being verbally abusive, please let the moderator staff know immediately and we will gladly step in to evaluate the situation and take the appropriate measures.
And of course,
- No trolling.
Don't make posts that are inflammatory just to get people angry. Substance is the key to not being labeled a troll.
- Blatant personal attacks are not permitted.
Criticize ideas, not people. Excessive flaming will not be tolerated. Users who verbally assault the character or person of other posters on a regular basis will be banned. Name calling is best left to grade school. Moderator's judgment applies here. "You are wrong" is not a personal attack; "You are an idiot" is. "You do not have all of the facts" is not a personal attack; "you are obviously clueless" is. These are generalized examples, but you get the idea.
- Posts of a libellous nature are not allowed.
Everyone has a right to their own opinion, whether you think it right or wrong. Posting false information about an individual is not only bad form, but could become a serious problem, both for the poster, and for Amiga.org itself.
- No pornographic, sexually offensive, sexually explicit, or objectifying material.
Simple rule. Moderator's judgment applies here. We'd like for our readers to be able to read the forums at work and share with friends without fear of retribution.
- Do not post links or requests for warez.
Warez in our definition is illegal software up to and including "abandonware". The exception is if the person is KNOWN to have the legal right to distribute said software. This is not debatable.
- Respect the privacy of others.
Do not post other's phone numbers, addresses, pictures, etc., without their express permission. You wouldn't like it done to you, so don't do it.
- Each forum member may have only one account.
Anyone found using more than one Amiga.org account to post here will be banned. No debates.
- Each forum member must maintain a valid e-mail address on record.
All users must provide a current, frequently read e-mail address in his/her internal profile. Note that non-moderators do not have access to your internal e-mail address (which is separate from "Display e-mail").
- No posting about illegal activities
If you get drunk, that's fine. If you use drugs, that's fine. The moderators of this site aren't here to be your mother. We will not however tolerate excessive posting promoting drug use or other illegal activities. It's not funny, it's annoying, and it's unacceptable. Moderators are free to use their discretion up to and including banning the account of the person responsible.
- Do not place foul language in thread subects.
If it's not something you would say to your mother, stop and think about whether it's acceptable language to use to other people. You don't like people using profanity at you, so think twice before thinking it's ok here.
- Members will not publicly question a moderator's decision.
All moderation concerns should be addressed in a private manner, either by private messaging or emailing the moderator in question.
- Regarding the use of Avatars.
The use of avatars is intended to allow people to express a little about themselves. We reserve the right to remove avatars of a questionable nature, such as those containing "near nudity", cleavage, or other matter which is of a potentially offensive nature. Please remember that to the users of this site, Amiga.org is considered to be family-friendly. Anything less results is us being banned at workplaces,
public access points and other areas.
- Limit your use of external image linking
Because not all images in the world can be hosted on our server, we allow you to insert images into your posts, comments, and even your signature. Please be aware however that each image loaded from a different site slows everything down, meaning pages load slower, they become much heavier (size-wise), and they're harder to get to for other members who are using a 56k or slower dialup modem. Be courteous and thoughtful of others please.
- NO SPAMMING.
No commercial-oriented posts, except where warranted (Amiga on eBay forum) and no flooding with useless content. If you are a dealer, do not abuse our forums posting advertisements for either your platform or your company. Please consider supporting Amiga.org by the purchase of an advertisement instead.
Finally, remember that we're not the ratings board here. We're not going to give you a PG for four swears and a gunshot, but R for five swears and splattering brains. Not making any hard and fast rules means that the moderators can use their good judgment in moderation, and we think the results speak for themselves.
- Use descriptive subject lines and research your post.
This reduces the chances of double-posting, and it also makes it easier for people to see what they do/don't want to read. Also, scan the subjects of the last several days' posts to make sure you aren't duplicating posts.
- Post in the right forum!
If it's about CPUs, post it in the Hardware forum. Even if it's only humor, an observation, or angst, if it's about something that we have a forum for, post it there. All Off-Topic (OT) posts will be moved to the Coffee House forums.
- No SHOUTING
Posting in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS is considered to be the Internet equivalent of SHOUTING. It's rude, and it's even moreso difficult to read. Find a way to illustrate your point without excessive SHOUTING. If nothing else, use bold or even italicized characters. We reserve the right to kill a post written in all caps.
- HTML is currently disabled
Not everyone has broadband! DO NOT attempt to subvert, modify, or disrupt the normal flow or display of the forums or its content.
- Restrict the use of excessive foul language.
Although we don't really care if people cuss (um, we have been known to cuss ourselves now and again), excessive foul language is likely to get moderated, f only because excessive foul language usually indicates that someone is utterly clueless. Buy a thesaurus. We also require that you leave rough or offensive language out of the thread subjects. A lot of people read the forums at work, and while foul language is par for the course, let's try and keep it away from the big, yellow, eye-catching folders.
- No blatantly juvenile toilet humor.
Simple rule. Moderator's judgment applies here. Talk about what you do to relieve yourself, although popular (for some odd reason) is not needed here.
- Don't Jump on newcomers there are NO stupid questions
These forums were created to answer the questions of people who are either curious about, or running Amiga computers. This includes both newly arrived as well as seasoned veterans. Therefore, please don't jump on anyone, but especially not on newcomers, for asking what you may feel are stupid questions. That is the purpose of these forums ... to have someone to turn to when you need to find answers. There are no stupid questions!
- Remember you're in public
Feel free to publicly criticize ideas. If you have a personal comment to or about someone, we don't need to hear it. It doesn't concern us. Take personal items to e-mail. All posts as comments or to the forums are subject to the Moderation Policy.
Bottom line: We almost always give warnings.
But we don't give them twice to the same person.