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Dubcc Forum Rules
« on: February 09, 2010, 09:47:14 AM »
Dubcc Forum Rules

Please abide by the following rules if you intend to continue posting in the forums.

Create Threads In The Appropriate Forums
- Each forum makes it clear from its name and description what is acceptable in there or not. Be sure you have the appropriate forum before posting. If there is no forum dedicated to the topic you wish to discuss, use Tha G-Spot. Additionally, please verify your post is not a duplicate. Duplicate posts will be deleted and/or locked.

Create Relevant Topic Titles
- Do not post misleading topics
- Include as much relevant information as possible
- Try not to post general headings such as "check this out" or "help!"

No "Teaser" Topic Titles
- If you are sharing an article, try to post the entire article (with source credits), not just the first few lines with a link to the article.  Same goes for interviews.
- If you create a topic promising something such as a news article, and in the message only provide a link, it will be subjugated to deletion/modification.

Official Album Discussion Format
- We use a specific format for album discussion threads that creates a more aesthetically pleasing experience for our users. With the format, the artist's name and album's name are in uppercase letters, followed by "(Official Discussion)". This makes the forums easier to navigate for posters trying to find the latest albums released.
- If an album is yet to be released, post the artist's + album's name in uppercase letters followed by “(Coming Soon)” or “(Coming *date here*)”
- If you do not follow the format or were unaware of the format while making the thread, a moderator and/or admin will help you out by editing your title to the proper format.

Do Not Bump Threads
- Do not reply to your own threads for the sole purpose of bumping the topic. Deleting your post and replacing it with a similar post is considered the same, and can lead to the thread being deleted.
- Some bumped posts will be allowed if they are justified (eg. a topic suddenly becomes relevant again)

Personal Attacks
- In order to maintain a positive atmosphere, try to avoid personally attacking another member in the midst of a debate. While discussions may become heated, it is not a reason to resort to insults. There is a difference between a respectful discussion and one that delves into personal matters. We would like to avoid the bullshit as much as possible.

No Advertising
- Dubcc has a strict "no spam" policy.  If your intention is only to share links, please contact Sccit to arrange advertising rates.
- While we are quite happy to have constructive comparative conversations about competitor's sites, we will not tolerate blatant adverts or the sort of "ooh look, check this out" threads. Also, we would appreciate it if you refrain from blatant bashing of other sites.

Signatures & Avatars
- Keep pictures to a reasonable size.  Pictures found to be too big will be removed. If your signature takes up nearly the whole screen or more, it's too big.
- Keep flashy images text to an absolute minimum.
- No pornography in sigs.
- Signature size and content will be judged by staff.  If we feel it is inappropriate in any way, it will be removed without warning.

File Sharing
- Distributing copyrighted material is strictly prohibited.
- Some times mp3's are leaked by artists/labels before an albums release. Sharing these files is generally okay.  However occasionally we may receive requests to remove links. If an mp3 is posted on the forum before a DUBCNN post of the same mp3, it will be merged with the DUBCNN topic and/or edited with a DUBCNN link
- NEVER post full retail albums
- NEVER request links to albums in the main sections. This will result in a temporary ban
- Mixtapes are okay.

Forum Politics
- Do not ask to become a mod.  It will never happen if you do.  Mod's are chosen based on merit and conduct on and off the forum.
- Mod's found manipulating discussions by editing/removing posts will be mods no more.
- Relevant and on-topic arguments/beefs will be allowed to run their course. They will be closely monitored for violations of forum rules. Please don't hold grudges over a debate. There is a difference between the internet and real life. It is up to the Mods to decide whether an argument/beef can run it's course. 

We Do Not Openly Discuss Moderators' Decisions
- The moderators are volunteers and do not have time to justify every decision to you, nor are they required to.
- If you have a question or issue with a moderator's decision, send a Private Message. Ruining threads by dwelling on moderators decisions, or re-posting modified/deleted posts will lead to the post being deleted and/or temporary ban being issued.

- Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed. Account sharing is a bannable offense, so please keep your password secure.
- We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice.
- If it is abundantly clear that a user has no intention of positively contributing to discussions, combined with an abrasive, combative attitude, they will be banned.
Tips (Stuff we find annoying)
- Don't post pics so big that people have to scroll sideways.
- Default text is preferred, as it's easier for everyone to read this way.
- Grouprip thread titles are okay (although somewhat ugly), just NEVER request links.

What Do Moderators Do?
- It is up to a Moderator to decide when a rule has been broken. If a mod decides a rule has been broken it will result in deletion, thread lock, modification, or a ban. Many decisions are discussed in the Moderators Lounge, and all mods are generally on the same page with regards to forum conduct.
- If you have an issue with a particular moderator, PM him. Do not create an open thread.

Also while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.

Please review these rules periodically as they are subject to change without notice.

Comments/suggestions to the new rules can be made here:
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