We're trying to cut down on language that some find offensive, so we're modifying and re-posting the rules. Please give them a read!
Most of these are from our site host's Terms of Service, and if we failed to go by them we could be deleted. So we're going by them:
Members should not post content that is:
~libelous or defamatory ~violent ~pornographic ~encourages or threatens harm ~glamorizes the use of hard drugs ~promotes or glorifies racial intolerance, uses hate and/or racist terms, or signifies hate towards any person or group of people
You may not
~sell things ~attack other members ~bring problems from other boards
Please keep swearing tame and infrequent.
The language filter has been set to disallow derogatory labels ('quee.r', 'faggo.t' etc.). It also disallows 'sh.it', 'piece of sh.it', and 'god dam.n' as part of our effort to curtail the use of foul and impolite language. The filter's job is to remind you whenever you use an unwanted word. Don't circumvent it. (That's a rule.)
So also is "no foul-mouthing". At the mod's discretion if your language is deemed unnecessarily coarse and offensive to the gentler ears on the board, you may be edited.
It's a little known fact of this board, but there is a 'three strikes' rule. If you break a rule and are warned about it, but then do it again, and then do it a third time, that will earn you a 2 day vacation from posting. However, to make this not so strict and scary, your strike count will drop to zero automatically, after three months of good behavior.
Finally - Please be nice to each other, use your common sense, and enjoy your forum!
If you have any problems, please message Lin or any of her staff.
These rules are here to keep us safe - mostly from the possibility of Proboards' intervention, but also from anyone going over the top language-wise, potentially scaring off new members.
The filter will be set in a couple days, but as of this moment, you officially may not use the following words:
hom.o, quee.r, faggo.t, n.igger, sh.it, piece of sh.it, god da..
The worst swears we'll leave to your common sense to know better. As to swearing, in general, the rule is "keep it tame and infrequent".
The purpose of picking these words is to 1) disallow derogatory labels, and 2) to discourage unnecessarily course speech. The filter is just a way of reminding anyone if or when these words come up that their use has been found to be offensive.