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Offline Fineus

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Info: Guidelines For Forum Conduct
Below are the guidelines for forum conduct. Whilst these are guidelines (and therefore partially flexible), it is strongly recommended that each user read through and abide by them. Disregard them and you radically increase your chances of being monkeyed or banned.

However we reserve the right to review problems on a case by case basis. In these situations our word shall be final.

  • In the event of any problems regarding another forum members posts, please make use of the "report post" function and state clearly in the "Comments" field if you would prefer us to clean certain posts or just lock or remove the whole thread. We will look into the matter from there. If the post is inflammatory, please do not respond and make the situation worse.

  • HLP will not tolerate any posts of a racist, sexist or bigoted nature. Nor shall we tolerate any attacks of a personal nature.

  • Lively and interesting debate is encouraged and welcomed. However we ask that members respect the right of free speech. That is to say that as long as a comment isn't of a racist or sexist nature - a member has a right to say it. If you disagree with something that someone has said then feel free to argue a retort on the sole condition that (in keeping with point 2) it is not a personal or bigoted attack. Argue the point; debate the person.

  • Also, HLP will not tolerate the posting of pornography or warez files anywhere on the site. However the discussion of a pornography or warez related topic is still allowed. The difference being that the former contains content or links to said content - the latter does not. If you're unsure about what you want to post and are worried may breach this rule then please contact a staff member for advice first. Ignorance of this rule does not mitigate breaking it.

  • Additionally, any links provided in your posts, forum profile or signature, PM's or other communications on this forum should not be related or associated with advertisement, farming, phishing or other activities of a dubious nature (Spam, warez, pornography, Ad Revenue). Promotion of community projects or personal (related to community) sites are all well and fine, but advertisements, money pot links or search result links will be considered as Spam (as they are) and will be removed with a warning given. Ignore that warning or continue the activity, and your account will be removed.

  • When discussing topics that involve illegal activities, please keep in mind that HLP is not the place for confession and absolution. This includes piracy no matter how common it is. Any activity that could threaten current or future affiliations with any company in business, either developer or publisher will have consequences.

  • Be nice. If you don't know how, go watch reruns of Mr. Rodgers' Neighbourhood - he's a wonderful example. :nod:

Also there has been some confusion as to what a "Monkeyed" member is. A member of the Monkey user group is someone who has misbehaved so much that we feel they should be excluded from the main public forum and (if applicable) the Grognards section. However their actions do not exclude them from whatever projects they are working on. This allows us to moderate all users without negatively affecting our hosted projects. If a Monkeyed user misbehaves further whilst they are monkeyed then they may find themselves banned outright.

It is also worth noting that a Monkeyed user may be Un-monkeyed after an amount of time seen fit by the staff. Depending on the severity of the problem this may be a few days to calm down and compose themselves or it could be a much longer period - a user can be permanently monkeyed. As I've mentioned above, if a monkeyed user creates further problems then they may find themselves banned - again for a limited or permanent period.

If anyone has any other issues or questions, please contact a staff member who will be happy to answer your questions.

A Note on Attachments
Attachments to posts are NOT permanent in any way shape or form. There is a limited amount of space available on the servers, and "getting more space" is hardly the answer.
We would like to ask for you to consider the following guidelines in regards to what and when to attach an item to a post:

  • If it's an image for something that is NOT an error, to highlight a problem or issue or as a part of a support request, consider using any one of the free and fine image hosting services and either link to it, or use a lvlshot tag link to put it into your post.

  • If it is expected that people may still need to access it a month from now, then it is probably not safe as an attachment as it may get deleted if the attachment folder gets full.

In correlation to the above, the fewer attachments made, the less space is taken up, the longer they will last. Attachments are usually removed first by size, then by age.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2012, 08:18:01 am by Zacam »

 

Offline Fineus

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Re: Guidelines For Forum Conduct: All Users Please Read.
Update: 1.12.06
Further information regarding the "Monkey" system.

Recently in the staff forum we've been discussing the system of punishment for those who require it here. The upshot is this system:

Both the Monkey and Ban systems operate under a 3 strike policy.

The first strike will be a 1 week Monkey / Ban.
The second will be of 1 month.
The third will be permanent.

In the case of those placed in the Monkey group, this means you will no longer be able to function on any forum in the Hard Light Productions category.

In the case of those banned it means just that. You will be unable to use the forums.

The administration reserves the right to permanently monkey or ban someone immediately if they do something serious enough make it such a step necessary.

 

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Re: Info: Guidelines For Forum Conduct
It has been a while since I've had to make additions to this thread, but the recent trend of "spam" polls forces me to do it.

Please remember that although posts made in the General Discussion forum are not counted in a users post count, we still don't allow spam here. The forum is for discussion and we'd like to keep it that way. If users are found continuously posting spam, their right to post will be revoked as per the system detailed above.

 

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Re: Info: Guidelines For Forum Conduct
Please see this thread for the new monkey policy.  We've discontinued the three strikes rule for the time being.

 

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Re: Info: Guidelines For Forum Conduct
Guidelines For Forum Conduct received a small update.

 

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Re: Info: Guidelines For Forum Conduct
Updated Policy to cover Profile/Signature Links and Spamming/Link Farming/etc.
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Re: Info: Guidelines For Forum Conduct
Further updated to add a general note regarding the attachment system, with some hopefully helpful guidelines.
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"If you can keep a level head in all this confusion, you just don't understand the situation"

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[08/01 16:53:11] <sigtau> EveningTea: I have decided that I am a 32-bit registerkin.  Pronouns are eax, ebx, ecx, edx.
[08/01 16:53:31] <EveningTea> dhauidahh
[08/01 16:53:32] <EveningTea> sak
[08/01 16:53:40] * EveningTea froths at the mouth
[08/01 16:53:40] <sigtau> i broke him, boys