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Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:44 am Debate Forum Intro and Rules
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1. Personal attacks of any sort are not allowed. Comments about any person that are negative, condescending, frivolous or indicate in any way a lack of respect are not allowed.
2. Profanity and obscenity of any sort are not allowed (this includes words that are abbreviated or coded).
3. When you start a new topic in a debate subforum, it must state a clearly defined question(s) for debate.
4. Stay on the topic of debate. If a topic brings up another issue, start another thread.
5. Support your assertions/arguments with evidence. Do not persist in making a claim without supporting it. All unsupported claims can be challenged for supporting evidence. Opinions require no support, but they should not be considered as valid to any argument, nor will they be considered as legitimate support for any claim.
6. Do not debate in the discussion subforums. They are only for general discussion to get to know one other better.
7. Do not post frivolous, flame bait, or inflammatory messages.
8. Extensive quotes from another source (particularly other websites) should state the source to avoid plagiarism.
9. No unconstructive one-liners posts are allowed in debates (Do not simply say "Ditto" or "I disagree" in a post. Such posts add little value to debates).
10. Spamming (duplicate posts, advertisements, etc) or solicitations are not allowed anywhere on the forum (posts, signatures, and PM).
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12. Do not post personal information about other people (license plate numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers, phone numbers, etc). Information deemed personal by the moderators will immediately be edited.
13. Posts that do not meet the minimum level of readability and comprehensibility can get deleted without notice and can result in an immediate member ban.
14. Signatures which are deemed to be uncivil, insulting, or inflammatory are subject to arbitrary removal by the administrators (or moderators). Repeated infractions can result in disciplinary action.
15. Appeals, challenges, or any response to comments/warnings made by moderators should not be made in public. The proper channel is to send a PM to a moderator and to discuss it directly and in private.
16. Do not comment on any rule infractions made by others. Ignore any rule violations made by others and only respond by reporting it to the moderators.
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18. Abide by the guidelines on preaching and the guidelines on ranting. Repeated violations of the guidelines can result in a warning.
19. In general, all members are to be civil and respectful.
Personal Messaging Rules:
1. No personal attacks of any sort are allowed in Personal Messages (PM).
2. Civility and respect are to be expected in PM exchanges.
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4. If you receive any PMs that are harassing or threatening to you in any way, send a copy of the PM to a moderator. The moderating team will then review the PM and will discuss how to handle it.
Violation of any of the above rules will get a Moderator Warning from an administrator/moderator.
After a Moderator Warning, an additional rule violation would result in a Moderator Final Warning.
An additional violation after a Moderator Final Warning will result in being placed in the probation room. You will also be placed in the "Under Probation" rank, a probation avatar will be next to all your posts, and a penalty fine of 5000 tokens will be imposed. The probation step requires a discussion among the admins and moderators and is not a step taken lightly. After one month, you may request to be removed from probation by sending a PM to an admin or moderator.
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While on probation, additional violations can result in membership suspension. You will be unable to log into the forum for one month and will have a token fine of 5000 tokens.
Further violations will result in a permanent ban of membership. This step requires agreement among the admins and moderators.
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