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BINARY REVOLUTION FORUM RULES
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Breaking any of the following rules will result in immediate action by the moderating team.

1. BEHAVIOR
Behave like an adult and treat others with respect. If you feel the need to be an elitist asshole, you are not welcome here. Do not personally attack others on these forums. This applies to all posts on the forum, but in several degrees. Flaming is strictly off-limits in the Newbie HQ, and some is allowed in General Chat. We want to maintain a friendly atmosphere and still allow you to express yourself and vent your frustrations.

2. PIRATED CONTENT / COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL / WAREZ
Do not link to, post, or ask for pirated software, copyrighted audio files, copyrighted books, and other material to which you do not own redistribution rights. You are allowed to discuss filesharing on the forums and even talk about specific filenames you've seen online, but uploading or linking to such material is not allowed. If you link to a site with free content, then it is your responsibility to ensure that the site is of a reputable nature and not just a distribution point for pirated material.

3. PORN / "NOT SAFE FOR WORK" MATERIAL (The "bland_inquisitor" Rule)
Do not post pornographic images or any material which could be reasonably considered "Not Safe For Work" in-line with your posting. If the image is merely "Not Safe For Work," then you are allowed to link to it, provided that you clearly label it as such. There is a porn thread in the "General Chat" forum specifically for linking to porn, but you are not allowed to post such images in-line anywhere on the forum. If in doubt, link it and label it.

4. SPAM
There is a "Linkz" forum where you may link to practically anything you want, so long as it can be considered reasonably on-topic to the Binary Revolution Forums in general. Posting links outside of "Linkz" which are not on-topic and do not contribute to the general discussion will be considered spam. Do not post referral links of any kind. Do not obfuscate your links with tinyurl; the forum software will automatically truncate your link's appearance.


GUIDELINES
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While the following are not hard and fast rules per se, they are guidelines for you to follow. Violating these will usually cause the moderating team to ask you to stop; failure to rectify your behavior may result in the same enforcement you would experience if you were to break one of the rules.

1. POST WHORING
Keep your posts and responses appropriate, on-topic, and intelligent. Don't post unless you have something to contribute to the discussion. Content, not post count, is what matters on these forums; there are well-respected members of this forum who only have a few posts to their name. If you only post silly jokes or funny comments, then you will get the reputation of being the funny guy, but you probably won't get the respect you deserve.

2. EDITING AND DELETION OF CONTENT AND ACCOUNTS
This is a public forum, and anything you post here is readable by anyone on the Internet. If you are posting something questionable, it's probably a good idea to think about it before you post. In the event that you post something that you later change your mind about, you have the power to edit your own posts. The moderating team and forum administrators will occasionally edit or delete posts that are in violation of the rules, but posts and accounts will not be deleted on account of your own paranoia; doing so could easily be considered "tampering with evidence" if anything like this were to go to court.

3. DEFINITION OF "HACKING"
Hacking is about production, not destruction; it involves curiosity, research, analysis, knowledge, the creation of new ideas, the discovery of amazing breakthroughs, and the sharing of information with those who will use it responsibly. Hacking is not illegal activity. The Digital Dawg Pound and the Binary Revolution Forums will not take any responsibility for your actions, nor do we condone any sort of illegal activity, especially in the name of hacking.

4. FLAMING
We realize that from time to time you will not see eye-to-eye with others on this forum. We don't expect you to agree with everyone else all of the time, but we also expect you not to start flame wars. Be respectful of others, think before you post, and consider the consequences of your actions. Mature adults have lively discussions centering on the merits of individual arguments; only immature children attack each other personally. We are willing to treat everyone as a mature, responsible adult. Don't screw it up for yourself.

5. DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA
We are a community and we look out for each other. We are here to help you in times of trouble and personal crisis; we will offer you advice and sympathy when you need it. After all, we are real people and we understand that you are too. However, Binary Revolution is not a soap opera, nor is it your LiveJournal, and we are not here to listen to your whining and complaining. Posting the same complaints over and over again, even in "Off-Topic," gets really old after a while.

6. INTELLIGIBILITY
You are encouraged to make sure that your posts are comprehensible and written in a language resembling proper English. If your posts fail to live up to an acceptable standard of readability, then no one will read your posts. Remember, your words are all that you have on these forums. If your English is sloppy and full of errors, people will see you as being far younger and more immature than you actually are. If your English is relatively error-free and well-constructed, people will perceive you as being more intelligent and mature, and will respect you for it. However, do not call others out on their use or misuse of language; leave the moderating to the moderators.

7. FREEDOM OF SPEECH
We may not agree with what you have to say, but we will defend your right to say it, so long as you are not in violation of the rules and are behaving like a mature, responsible adult. We encourage you to disagree with each other and hold lively discussions and debates on the topics that interest you; just be careful not to cross the fine line between lively discussion and flame war. While we reserve the right to edit or delete your posts for any reason, we will typically only do so if you are violating the rules.

8. RESOLVING PROBLEMS
If you have any problems with another user, you are encouraged to take it up privately rather than starting a flame war on the public forum; you may use the forum's private message feature or you may contact the other user via the instant messaging or e-mail service of your choice. If you have an issue with a member on the forums and do not wish to resolve the problem with that member directly, please contact a moderator. If the moderating team is unable to resolve your issue, you may contact the forum administrator (LogosX; logosx@binrev.com) or the webmaster (webmaster@binrev.com). We will try our best to help you come to a resolution.


ENFORCEMENT OF THE RULES
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1. MODERATOR DECISIONS
The enforcement of the rules is never carried out by a single moderator; the moderating team discusses all rule violations, and a consensus of at least three moderators must be reached before any enforcement action is carried out. Although we generally keep our enforcement policies consistent, we reserve the right to vary the punishment depending on the severity and apparent intent of the violation.

2. THREE STRIKES
We realize that people make mistakes from time to time, and that is why we have a "three strikes" rule: you are generally allowed to break the rules three times, at which point your account is suspended and you are banned from the forums. If you haven't learned your lesson once you break the rules a third time, then it's unlikely that you will ever learn your lesson. However, we're nice people, and we may reduce your warning level at our discretion as time goes on if you're an active, positive member of the community. Your warning level will automatically go down 1 point for every 6 months of good behavior unless you have been banned outright.

3. IMMEDIATE ACCOUNT SUSPENSION
There are certain instances in which an account with zero strikes will be given three strikes and suspended without a second chance. Any activity which is blatantly illegal generally falls under this category; new accounts which immediately start spamming the forums will also be banned immediately.

4. SUSPENDED ACCOUNTS
If your account is suspended, it is unlikely that we will re-activate it, although we may decide to do so at our discretion; pestering us about it will only delay our decision on this matter. If you create a new account merely to evade your account suspension, that account will be suspended immediately and your original account will likely remain suspended forever.


FINAL WORDS
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These rules are by no means intended to turn the moderating team into a group of totalitarian fascists; the rules and the moderating team are here to keep the forums a fun, positive place to socialize and share information. Many forums fall apart after becoming consumed by petty squabbling or having useful information drowned in a sea of stupidity and nonsense, and that is the fate we are actively trying to avoid. We are ready to treat you like a mature, responsible adult, and if you behave as such, you won't have any problems here. If you disagree with the rules or disagree with the way the forums are operated, you are more than welcome to leave at any time, but we hope that you will instead bring your concerns to the moderating team.

Welcome to the Binary Revolution Forums. Enjoy your stay and have fun!

-- The Moderating Team

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