FMA Talk Rules

Discussion in 'FAQ' started by Apollo, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. Apollo

    Apollo Administrator

    Site Wide General Rules

    General Posting Rules:
    • No "Flaming": Please do not post any messages that harrass, insult, belittle, threaten or flame another member or guest. NO insulting or personal attacks on other members - if some one insults you, do not retaliate but report the offending post using the 'report this post' button link located in each post's top right corner! Respect each others' opinions - you don't have to agree with them but please respect them.
    • Rudeness, flaming, trolling, or any messages (via the forum, e-mail, or PM) that constitute a personal attack will not be tolerated. You'll only get one warning. Any member who is intentionally unpleasant or disruptive may be banned without warning.
    • No "Challenges" - If there is a threat or physical challenge, real or perceived, issued, the person making said threat will be immediately banned from this board with no warning or recourse.
    • No "Trolling": Please do not post any topic that disrupts the peace and harmony of this board. Don't create meaningless threads with the sole purpose of starting a dispute. This includes messages in profiles, signatures and/or posting comments which will intimidate, promote or generate hatred or flames among members.
    • No senseless "Bumping": Please do not bump your request/help searching or other threads several times a day. Bumping can refer to posting useless information, making corrections or updates in a new post, posting one-liners or any other action to deliberately keep a thread hot or to bring it to the top of its forum. Moderators will use their discretion, depending on the nature of the post, as to whether to take action or not. Remember there are people who don't browse this board every hour. So do not bump a thread within 24h or too much even after 24 hours.
    • No "Offensive" Posts, Links or Images: Please do not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, or otherwise violative of any local or international laws. This includes links in your signature, profile, bookmarks as well as posted images, photos and avatars. Staff will ultimately decide if something is appropriate or not.
    • Post in the correct and appropriate forums.
    • Please don't post a message saying, "I need information about whatever. Please e-mail me at" Asking people to answer your questions via e-mail defeats this purpose of public discourse.
    • Members may not post to instruct users to check their e-mail, check their PM, or inform them that they've got mail or a new PM, or any variant thereof.
    • Members may not use the forum to publicly debate the forum policies listed here. If you have a concern or complaint about the way the forum is run, please email the administrator, or post in the suport forum.
    • Don't post libelous or defamatory comments. We will cooperate with court orders.
    • FMATalk and its staff are not in the business of endorsing or validating rank. Claims of rank made by practioners are theirs and theirs alone. FMATalk does not make any warranty to the validity of such claims and does have an "anti" fraud busting policy.
    We don't intend to censor messages based on the opinions expressed within those posts, but we will enforce the policies outlined both here and on the forum. We reserve the right to remove posts at our discretion and without explanation and to limit or terminate service to participants who violate the terms of this agreement. If you have any questions, please ask the forum administrator or post in the support forum.

    Privacy policy
    Our privacy policy explains how we protect and respect the data we collect from you.

    Account Policy
    • Members are permitted a maximum of one account per person, regardless of how many organizations you represent. If you choose to ignore this important restriction, all your accounts will be disabled.
    • Members may not post on behalf of any banned member in any public manner. This includes all forums, private messages, signatures, and e-mail features.
    • Keep your account information private (password).
    • Purposefully violating the security of the forum or allowing someone else to use your account may result in suspension or ban.

    Signature, Custom Title, Avatar and Personal Picture Policies

    Each FMATalk Membership comes with the ability to display a signature, an Avatar, a Custom Title and a Personal Picture.
    Signatures: Signatures are attached to the end of your posts.
    Size Limits:

    All signatures should not exceed the following size limits:
    • Just Text: 8 lines small size or 4 lines size 2 and up to 90 chars per line
    • Just Image: 1 image up to 300 pixels wide, 125 pixels tall and 20k in size
    • Text and Image: 4 lines (or 2 with Textsize 2) and one image (in a new line) up to 300 pixels wide, 75 pixels tall and 20k in size.
    • ( Empty lines are counted as well.)
    Content Limits:
    • No advertisements
    • You can put in links that lead to your site(s) or a product page.
    • You may mention your company, and contact information.
    • You can have a slogan. i.e. "Best place to train in the UK"
    • Pre-approved BBcode is acceptable.
    • Signatures are subject to all other content restrictions.
    • Signatures must be setup in your profile and not manually added to your messages.
    • All signatures must be appropriate for this Forum and are subject to review by the FMATalk Moderation Team.
    Custom User Titles: The custom user title is the text that appears underneath your member name in the posts.
    URLs or other forms of advertising (phone numbers, plans, contact details, etc.) are not allowed in custom user titles, which is limited to 25 characters. Also, members may not use custom titles to impersonate, or attempt to impersonate, Staff or user groups.

    Avatars and Personal Pictures :Avatars are the small images that appear in posts by your user name. Personal Pictures are larger images that appear in your profile.
    • Image sizes vary by user group.
    • Images must comply with all content policies
    Language Policy
    • All publicly displayed messages are limited to the English language. This includes posts, titles, signatures, as well as any attachments or other forms of public display.
    • Members may not post words or URLs that are censored by adding spaces, dots, or substituting characters; or by any other means in an attempt to defeat any censors put in place by us.
    Is covered in our seperate Advertising Policy.

    How you can help.
    • If you spot a violation of these guidelines, please use the "Report this post" link inside the post.
    • Members should use common sense. We don't have a written policy for everything.
    These policies are subject to change at any time. Please check the announcements forum for changes to these guidelines.

    In light of our policy of encouraging candid, open exchanges of views and the rapid distribution of information originating from many sources, cannot determine the accuracy of information that may be uploaded to the Forum. Opinions, advice and all other information expressed by participants in discussions are those of the author. You rely on such information at your own risk. Participants are urged to seek professional advice for specific, individual situations and not rely solely on advice or opinions given in the discussions.

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    We reserve the right to modify and amend these terms at any time without notice. It is your responsibility to remain informed of current forum policies.

    Finally; any abuse towards our staff and/or management in any form, may result in immediate suspension of your account.
  2. Apollo

    Apollo Administrator

    Privacy Policy

    Privacy Policy

    FMATalk respects your privacy. Below is an outline of what information this network gathers and how it’s used:

    · In our forums there are several polls. By voting you are not disclosing any other information other then the answer to the question the poll asks. A vote cannot be traced to a specific individual, and hence your identity remains anonymous.

    · The information collected during the registration process for the FMATalk Community is used to contact members in the event of a Forum rule violation. It can also be used to prevent banned users from re-registering under a different username.

    · will not sell, lease, or otherwise disclose your information unless required to by law.

    · The IP address is logged whenever a post is made to our forums. This information is used if it becomes necessary to ban a user. The IP address can only be seen by administrators and moderators

    - We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 6, 2009
  3. Apollo

    Apollo Administrator

    Advertising / Spam / Cross Posting Policy

    - No Advertising outside of the Advertising Forums (Events).

    - No "Spamming": Please don't double post or cross-post the same message in multiple forums. You will not mass-PM or mass-email multiple members of this site the same message. You will not post for the sake of increasing your post count.

    - NO selling or distribution or discussion of illegal or copyrighted materials on this board. Any posts that encourage illegal intent will be removed and the account disabled. Discussion of P2P networks, File Sharing, Bootlegs, Warez or related is not allowed here.

    - NO selling or promotion of your own web services or products. If you want to pay for advertising on this forum contact the Admin here for current advertising rates.

    - You may not post commission, referral or affiliate links anywhere on the forum.

    - NO "Cross-Posting" - Cross-Posting is not allowed here. Cross-posting refers to posting new duplicate threads or posts, or the linking to threads or posts they have already started.

    - Participants may not use discussions to recommend, praise, or belittle other products or services, or any company; without first hand experience of those products or services. This includes companies recommending other companies.

    - Under no circumstances may you...
    • Spam our members for commerical or non-commercial reasons! If you think you have been spammed by a member, please forward the e-mail to the forum administrator, with complete header information.
    • Harvesting the e-mail addresses of our members for commerical or non-commercial reasons.
    • Ask other members to contact you, nor may you request their contact information (if a member has not enabled a form of contact, assume that member does not want to be contacted).
    We enforce a very strict policy regarding solicitation of our membership by forum participants except in those sections where advertising is expressly permitted. Please Contact the forum administrator about forum sponsorship and/or purchasing a paid ad.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2005
  4. The Boss

    The Boss I am the Law! Supporting Member

    Advertising Policy Addendum:
    FMATalk seeks to be as SPAM free as possible. To that end, we have updated our ad policy as follows:
    - Event, Seminar and Camp notices are always free and welcome in the appropriate forums.
    - Product and event reviews are always welcome.
    - If you would like to advertise your business or product, please contact the administrators for rates and terms.
    - You may not post commission, referral or affiliate links anywhere on the forum.
  5. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    Privacy Policy Updated - 4-6-2009

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