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Forums Rules (Updated 7/27/2012)

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RCTgo aims to be a friendly community that is relaxed in nature, allowing it to become what you want it to be. We strive to be as helpful and open as possible, and because of this, our rules are rather basic by nature.

However, it is still necessary to have forum rules, as it provides a backbone for the type of community we want to be. We use the forum warning system to enforce these rules when necessary. Also, it is important to note that the staff reserves the right to modify these rules at any time without notice, as well as moderate the forum as we see fit, regardless of the rules.

You may NOT:
  • Post, upload, link to, or otherwise make available any content that may be deemed inappropriate, illegal, or unnecessary. This could include, but is not limited to:
    • Malicious code
    • Viruses
    • Spyware
    • Adware
    • Warez (illegal software)
    • Copyrighted content without permission from the creator
    • Pornography
  • Have more than one account (Please send me a PM if you would like to change your username)
  • Flame, troll, spam, or otherwise vandalize the forum
  • Impersonate, manipulate, discriminate, stalk, insult, or otherwise be disrespectful of others
  • Misquote or modify the words of another
  • Post others personal information or email address without their permission

In addition:
  • Posts should be written legibly, in a manner that all can understand. "1337" speak and ALL CAPS are discouraged.
  • Profanity is forbidden and will be removed if posted.
  • Bumping threads that are old and/or where the original poster is not likely to see the responses should be avoided. This applies to most threads in the Introduce Yourself forum, threads where the original poster is strictly asking a question, threads in either of the Exchanges, and announcements in the News Desk. Additionally, bumping a thread solely for the purpose of bringing it back to the top of the thread list is forbidden.

A Note About Spam:
There has recently been an increase in the number of spam/fake registrations. To combat this, we are taking severe measures against any account that appears to be of questionable nature. This includes using the profile (including signature, bio, and home page) to promote websites while not posting any constructive posts on the forum. If your profile appears to be illegitimate, all of your profile data and posts will be removed and your account will be banned. Chances are, you, as a loyal RCTgo visitor, have nothing to worry about, as you are actually reading these rules. We do not ban or remove accounts that have been active; we ban those that have not been active and yet have spam in their profile.

If, by some off chance, your account is mistaken for a spam account and banned, please contact us immediately with the username and email address of your account, and we will correct the issue.

Regarding Signatures and Avatars:
Signatures and avatars are a common part of the community and allow you to identify yourself from others. While we are somewhat generous when it comes to signatures and avatars, it is necessary to set some guidelines.

Signature limits are explained on your Change Signature page and will be enforced by forum staff. Avatar limits are explained and enforced on your Change Avatar page.

Please remember that signatures and avatars must be family friendly and appropriate. Signatures or avatars that are deemed inappropriate will be removed and warnings may be issued.

Warnings and Bans:
We use the built in forum warning system and banning system for punishments that we feel warrant a warning. Warnings can range from 0 to 10 points, and if you have 10 points, your warning level is at 100%. Warnings are always given on a case by case basis.

If your infraction was small (such as a rule-breaking signature), typically you will receive a 0-point warning (if any warning at all), which means it is an official warning, but it does not count towards your warning level. Smaller infractions will be worth less, while larger infractions will be worth more. Only for major infractions will we ban you instantly.

We will always notify you using the private message system of your warning. You can also see your latest warnings from your User CP home page.

Reaching certain warning levels will enact certain punishments. The following actions will occur at the listed warning level:
  • 50%: You will be placed on post moderation for 1 week.
  • 80%: You will loose your posting privileges for 1 week.
  • 100%: You will be banned from the forum for 1 week.

Punishments may be lengthened based on the infraction, at the staff member's discretion. The forum staff also reserves the rights to give warnings or bans for activities that are not included in the rules, on a case by case basis.

Your Privacy:
  • The forum automatically logs all IP addresses. However, these IP addresses are only accessible to staff members and will only be used in extreme cases. Regular users will never see your IP address.
  • You must enter your email address to register. We will never send an email to your email address from these forums without your permission. You have the ability to disable the emails from administrators, emails from other users, and automatic emails generated by the forum from the Edit Options page in your User CP. Your email address is never shown on the forum. Only staff can see your email address.
  • Passwords are used to login to your account. Never give out your password, regardless of who is asking. Doing so can compromise your account.
  • Private messages will only be viewed by the administration when entirely necessary. Unless there is an issue brought to the administration's attention, private messages will always be private. We will only browse private messages when we deem it is completely necessary to provide necessary punishment.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Please do not hesitate to send us an email, send me a private message, or ask a question in the Public Relations forum. Full contact details are outlined on the website's contact page.

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