|SCMB Usage Rules|
This is a "work safe" messageboard, meaning anyone reading the SCMB at the office should survive if the boss walks by while he's checking out the new posts. The following items are not allowed here:
Regarding personal attacks, it's a fine line when they are inappropriate. In topical threads, attacks against other users are not permitted. Attack the argument, not the poster. If you have a problem with another user and want to call them on it, start a specific thread for that purpose and keep the discussion there. Don't derail other threads with whatever issues you might be having with someone.
On Topic/Off Topic
Moderation is stricter in the "on topic" forums. When replying to a thread outside of Off Topic, please make sure your comments follow the topic at hand, especially in The Debate Club, The Water Cooler, Gaming Discussion, and 3dfx Refugees.
In the Off Topic forum, you can pretty much post any fool thing you want, as long as you follow the other rules listed here.
Swearing is permitted here, but don't go overboard. Remember that it bothers some people, and we want this community to be enjoyable for anyone who may come by. Therefore, we have two rules:
Spam is not allowed here. Spam is:
Please be sure to refrain from annoying behavior on the messageboard. It's hard to define what's annoying without making this document unreasonably long, but here are a few examples:
Signatures can be no longer than 8 lines, and may not contain a few different vB codes (you can see which ones are restricted on the signature editing page). Also, please refrain from swearing in your sigs.
Almost all infractions on the SCMB will result in a simple warning. If the offending behavior continues, a suspension will likely follow. Please do not circumvent the suspension by creating a new account. This will almost always result in a permanent ban. Banning is a last resort here; if you pay attention to warnings given by the moderators you won't have to worry about it. No one is banned here unless they're really working on it.
There are two types of warnings you may receive: temporary and permanent. A small infraction or first time offense will almost always be a temporary warning. A repeated offense will result in a permanent warning. Permanent warnings can pile up and eventually result in suspension or termination of your account.
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Please note that subscribers are still subject to the same guidelines as everyone else. As mentioned above, we don't ban anyone without sufficient warning, so if you get yourself banned you'll have to really work on it. No refunds are offered in this situation.
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