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  1. Fellowslothb

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    Registration Agreement



    Registration is free and allows you to participate in the Fellowsfilm Forums. Registration is limited to one membership per person, with a single name and email address and accounts are not to be shared. Do not register unless you agree to the terms below.


    You warrant and acknowledge:

    • That you give Fellowsfilm permission to store your posts in a database and display them on a website.
    • That you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, hateful, abusive, threatening, sexually explicit, or that violate any law.
    • That you will observe all forum rules, including the rules that prohibit posts with personal insults, advertising, or the promotion of a product, service, organisation, or website, except where explicitly permitted.
    • That you understand that your posts and the username you select will be visible to the internet and to search engines, that you are responsible for your own privacy in deciding what to post, and that your posts will remain visible even if you leave the forums or your account is closed for any reason.
    • That your membership may be temporarily suspended or permanently banned for violation of the forum rules.
    • That you will be permanently banned if you re-register while your membership is suspended.



    The Fellowsfilm Team reserve the right to:

    • Remove, edit, move or close any discussion or message for any reason.
    • Close memberships that are detrimental to the forum community.
    • Make changes to the forum rules without notice.



    Although the Fellowsfilm staff will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for them to review all forum posts. All messages express the views of the author and neither the Fellowsfilm staff, nor Invision Power Services (Developers of this forum software) will be held responsible for the content of any message. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Fellowsfilm staff and its owners with respect to any claim based upon the storage or display of your messages.


    If you agree to these requirements, you are welcome to complete your registration. If you do not agree, do not complete your registration.
     
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  2. Fellowslothb

    Fellowslothb Administrator UKDT

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    Forum Rules







    (I will whip up a seriously short version of these soon, there is a substantial amount of text here... I am sorry :/ )


    Included are: Instantly Bannable Offenses | Advertising/Self-promotion | Things Not to Do | Minor Problems


    The following Rules govern use of the forums. You are also responsible for observing the Registration Agreement, which you agreed to when registering. There are additional Rules for Appropriate Debate. Members should observe both the letter and the spirit of these rules. Users are also responsible for following forum specific rules posted at the top of specific forums (If any).


    Each member is responsible for only his or her own posts. If another member breaks rules, you may ignore them or report the problem to a member of staff but you may not use it as an excuse to break the rules yourself.


    Volunteer moderators help us manage the forums and enforce the forum rules. The moderators cannot read every message so they rely on members to report problem posts that they encounter. The point of moderation is to keep the forums enjoyable and free from problems that detract from the experiences of our users.


    For full details about reporting posts and what to do if your posts are moderated see:

    • How do I report a post?


    • Moderation FAQ


    • How to contact the moderators and administrators








    A: Instantly Bannable Offenses


    These offenses can result in temporary forum suspensions or permanent bans. If you get a warning, heed it!

    1. Insults. Direct personal insult of another forum member (EG. "You are an idiot.") and other name calling. Why? Because this isn't first school. People should be able to discuss or even dispute other's posts without insulting people. You may dispute somebody's opinion but not attack/flame the person who stated it. There are a lot of other non-direct-personal insults that won't necessarily get you banned instantly, but depending on the context/nature may lead to post editing, post deletion, warnings or time outs. They include telling people to shut up, describing a member as an ignorant person (Rather than ignorant about a particular topic), and being extremely or repeatedly rude or sarcastic. It's not your place to tell other users they are not welcome. If they follow the rules, they are welcome. Bottom line -- Don't try to tick off others and don't make discussions unnecessarily personal. If somebody else insults you, report their post, their post does not give you a license to break the rules by returning their insults. Although we do not read Private Messages sent between forum members, the rules for appropriate and inappropriate content apply to them as well.


    2. Harassment. Purposely intimidating a particular member, harassing them, sending them rude or unwanted private messages etc. This includes personal attacks on moderators for doing their jobs.


    3. Threats. Any threat or intimation of a threat.


    4. Registration rules. Violation of the rules you agreed to when registering for the site: That you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violate of any laws.


    5. Multiple registration. You may register only one account. Reinstatement of banned or cancelled accounts can only come from an administrator.


    6. Hoaxes. Purposely misleading other members to their detriment. Giving advice you know to be incorrect or harmful. Sensationalism.


    7. Trolling. Do not post in order to anger other members or intentionally cause negative reactions. For a given post, this can be a subjective call, but a pattern of such posting or an especially egregious case will get you banned.








    B: Advertising/soliciting/self-promotion


    Your purpose in joining the forums or posting should not be to promote, advertise, or otherwise call attention to your site, blog, product or business. If you would like to advertise, please send a PM to a member of staff for assistance and we can co-ordinate with you accordingly.


    Forum posts should be free of ads and promotions that benefit the poster. Legitimate recommendations and requests for help are permitted but in ambiguous circumstances users without a previous forum track record will not be given the benefit of the doubt.


    Rules:



    1. Advertising. Using the forums for advertising, site or product promotion, or for business deals and offers. You may not make posts to promote commercial, personal, or not-for-profit websites, products, or services. Threads will be deleted if their purpose is to advertise, announce, or promote products, services, or organizations, build traffic at other websites, carry out business activities, or for similar purposes that do not benefit our forum community.


    2. Shilling. If you pretend to be a consumer who recommends your own product(s) or favors your own product(s) over others, without admitting your affiliation, you will be banned. Vendors who post in threads only to criticize a competitor's product while promoting their own will also be banned.


    3. Soliciting. You may not use the forums to solicit donations, votes, or participants for surveys, contests, petitions, or product testing.


    4. Self-promotion. Self-promotional links to your blog, video channel, product, business, etc. are limited to your forum signature and your Personal Details, even if you have a wonderful and useful site, blog, product, or business.


    Memberships created solely for these purposes will be banned.


    C: Things Not to Do


    These habits can produce warnings and repeated violations can produce bans.



    1. Inappropriate posting in a debate. The Rules for Appropriate Debate apply when users disagree with each other. We insist on a certain level of respect and civility toward other users, even when your viewpoints differ, and prohibit posts that attack posters personally or serve only to anger others (see "trolling" above).


    2. Frivolous and one-word posts. Such posts waste everyone's time and will be deleted. Examples includes posts with only one or two words (e.g., "cool", "LOL", or a smilie), posts celebrating being the first post in a thread, posts saying "I agree", "+1", "this", "me too", or the equivalent, posting overused memes, or making image-only posts. If you aren't interested in a thread, skip the thread; don't post to tell us you aren't interested.


    3. Overposting. Making the same post many times, making multiple pointless posts in the same thread, making numerous posts with no real content, or posting for the purpose of gaining a higher post count.


    4. Reposting. Please don't repost entire articles from other sites. To initiate a discussion about an article, post a link to the article, quote a bit of it if you like, and include your own comments or questions so people know why you think it's worthy of discussion.


    5. Referral links and pyramid schemes. Fellowsfilm Studios does not condone multi-level marketing schemes (e.g. free iPods or Macs if you refer X number of people). Members who post referral links to these or other sites will have their posts/signatures edited and may be warned. New members who post solely for this purpose will be subject to bans under the Advertising rule.


    6. Off-topic posts. Off-topic posts will be deleted/edited. If you keep doing it see "Repeated problems (12)" below. Threads and posts on controversial political, religious, and social issues are to be limited to the Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum, and made only by those eligible for that forum.


    7. Instructing other members to search. Instructing members to search themselves for an answer or responses such as LMGTFY ("Let me google that for you") are experienced as rude and condescending. We don't have an issue with people linking to Google search results, although we prefer that members also link to a specific page that addresses the question being posed. A few words explaining how you got your search results makes your response even more helpful.


    8. Warez/Serials/Keys. Do not post software serial numbers or keys or refer people to specific websites, software, or techniques whose purpose is to break or bypass software licensing methods, distribute cracks, or obtain or use commercial software or media in violation of its license and/or for copyright violation. Do not ask for or give such help.


    9. Shared accounts. Accounts can be shared between family members, friends or any other people. But registration is free, so there is no reason not to create a unique account for each person. You are responsible for any posts made with your account.


    10. Profanity. The profanity filter is there for a reason. Do not circumvent it by using the language we intend to exclude or disguising those words. If a word is replaced by asterisks when you Preview or Submit a post, you know it's on the list.


    11. Don't discuss blocking ads on the site.


    12. Repeated problems. Any ongoing actions that make more work for the moderators and administrators or regularly annoy other members and require moderator action. We have a lot of forum members to serve and can't spend a disproportionate amount of time dealing with problems caused by any one member. If your membership is an ongoing detriment to our community then your membership may be terminated.


    13. Possible stolen and or content related to Chris Samuels






    Minor Problems



    1. Chattiness. Use the forums to discuss the topic of the thread, not as a substitute for Instant Messaging.


    2. One thread. Do not post a thread more than once. Post a new thread in the proper forum. If the topic is relevant to more than one forum, pick the best fit or most specific forum and post it only once.


    3. One post. Do not post multiple messages with the same content. One post in the most appropriate thread is sufficient.


    4. Signature size. Signatures may not be over 10 lines in height. Signatures may not be more than 400 characters and spaces in length, not counting BB codes, and at most 700 characters including the tags. They should not have blank lines or lines consisting solely of punctuation (dashes, equal signs, etc.), or use forum features, such as "INDENT" and "QUOTE" tags, that produce unnecessary vertical space. We recommend using a single paragraph, without linebreaks. (A maximum of 4 images of a sensible height, if you are unsure, we are always here to help!)


    5. Avatar and signature content. Avatars and signatures, as well as other profile fields, must comply with all forum rules, including those against profanity, explicit sexual content, insults against groups or individuals, referral links, and cannot be in other ways offensive. Members will be required to change avatars or signatures that are deemed too controversial or that are particularly annoying or distracting to other members. Note that signatures may include links to your own site or business as long as you do not make posts whose purpose is to call attention to your signature.


    6. Simulated signatures. Signatures must be set on your Forum Signature page and not simulated within posts, so that other members can choose whether or not to display them. You may not use automated software such as FoxyTunes Signatunes to insert content into your posts. You may use a salutation, i.e., put your name or user name at the bottom of your post.


    7. Bumps. Posts that bring a thread to the top of the New Posts list but add no content to the thread (bumps) are not permitted. This applies not only to posts that say "bump" but to those with the intent to bump, e.g. posts saying "anyone?" or the equivalent.


    8. Corrections. There is no need to point out another poster's spelling or grammatical errors unless you think it is causing confusion. Remember that not all members are native English speakers. Communication, not correctness, is our goal. Examples: Don't correct members who spell Mac in all caps or who call the iPod touch an iTouch. When other people (especially new members) fail to search and start new threads on old topics, don't scold them or make them feel unwelcome. The best way to be helpful is by posting a link to a relevant thread or specific instructions for problem solving. Set a good example yourself by searching first before starting a thread if you have a question that may already have been answered in the forums or you want to discuss a topic that may already have been discussed.


    9. Sequential posts. We ask that you try to avoid making multiple posts in a row within a few minutes of each other, if you can avoid it, as a courtesy to other users. You can use the Multi-Quote feature to reply to multiple posts at once or you can edit your previous post to add new information.


    10. The Fellowsfilm Forums is an English-language site, so we ask that posts in the forums be written in English. Any non English speakers can put their own native language with a simple Google translate underneath.


    11. Common sense. In the end, use common sense. When you are about to post messages just to increase your post count, or post something you think is funny at someone else's expense, think to yourself "Is this annoying?". If the answer is yes, don't do it.


    12. WIP threads. Before posting a new WIP (Work In Progress) thread to the Forums for a mod you're working on, please ensure you have at least 2 screenshots for your modification. For anything else, please use alternative existing threads, such as the What's on your workbench thread.






    13. Quote only required information. If addressing a particular part of a post (e.g. a particular question), quote that question question only. If replying to a message that is several posts ago, quote the important information you are referring to to add clarity to your message. If you are replying generally to a post directly above, you don't need to quote that post, because it is clear what you are replying to. If you need to alert the poster to the fact that you have replied, you can type "@" and then the username (the forum will prompt usernames) like this: @Road-hog123 to avoid the need to quote the post. Only quote images when required, please don't quote whole posts full of images, especially if all you want to say is "looking good" or similar. Having the same images again makes it hard to see who posted them and clutters up threads.






    Language and Moderator Post Editing:

    1.  If you are using any sort of bad language on the forums, a moderator will replace the text with something humorous, for example: "F***ing Tw*T >> DonkyBonk" ... I feel that is the best way to approach things.


    2. If a moderator has to edit your post for a minor reason, they will not be getting the red text of doom out or the banhammer, they will simply edit your post and add a reason in the "Reason For Edit:" box.


    3. If however a user is frequently offensive or shows worrying behaviour, red text may be applied to a post and a warning point may be given (4 warning points is a temporary ban although I may lower this to 3)


    4. If you have to make a complaint about a member of staff, please contact @Fellowslothb via PM with the reason, member of staff and what you think should be done.


     
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    Tom Forums Manager Administrator

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    We've decided to update the rules with the introduction of a new WIP Threads rule regarding adding screenshots to any new WIP threads. The new rule is as follows:











    This rule will now be taking effect from now for new WIP threads, and any existing WIP threads that have already been posted as of now will not be deleted.
     
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    Added "Minor Problems 13" to the rules. Maybe it's just an annoyance for me, but I put it under "Minor problems" so it isn't going to get you any warnings or bans, just simply that following it means users have to scroll past less duplicated content and moderators don't have to go and remove all the pictures from the full post quote that I've seen before "Looks great" comments. :)
     
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    Tom Forums Manager Administrator

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    We have noticed a lot of backseat moderating recently. Please note that, although 'backseat moderators' usually mean good, it doesn't help out the Staff Team when resolving ongoing issues and can in many cases make the situation worse.

    We don't feel the need to introduce this as an official offence as of yet, but we'd appreciate it if people could leave it to the Staff Team to deal with issues.
     
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