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Forum Rules
« on: August 31, 2014, 01:49:41 AM »
Forum Rules:
  • Try to stay on topic.
    If you want to discuss a subject that is not currently addressed, create a new thread. Always be specific with your post's title, the subject line should indicate what's inside the thread. ("Look here!" or "Read!! This is important!" do not constitute acceptable thread titles). Always choose the appropriate forum in which to place your thread. Please use private messages (PM's) when you wish to talk directly to a user.
     
  • In order to maintain an environment that promotes ease in the exchange of information, spamming is prohibited.
    Spamming includes posting the same message repeatedly, cross posting the same message in multiple forums, making pointless threads or replies, excessive use of "smilies", as well as any advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, click-wars (referrals), or solicitations including ebay-type spam. Please avoid pointless bumping of old (dead) threads. You may bump a topic or a very important thread elsewhere, but not whilst the thread is still on the first page of the forum.
     
  • This is the Official Rubicon Models Forums and we take complaints and accusations seriously, but...
    Posting complaints or accusations against us or any other manufacturers in these forums are pointless. Please use our Customer Support section on our website to report your allegations, NOT our forums. It may take some time but using Customer Support is the only option that guarantees your report will be read and investigated by us.
     
  • Members may not attempt to misguide other members.
    This includes creating user names that impersonate manufacturers, forum staff, or other forum members.
     
  • Posts that are disparaging toward any religion, race, nation, social status, gender, or sexual orientation are strictly forbidden.
    Any post using excessive vulgarity, threatening or harassing, obscene or hateful, deliberately inaccurate or misleading, explicitly sexual in nature, an invasion of a person's privacy, abusing our censor, or in any other way violates the law, may be edited or removed and the user may be banned (at the discretion of the Administrators). Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but if your opinion involves the disrespect of others then it shall be deleted. Usernames (and profile information) may not be offensive, vulgar, profane, or abusive.
     
  • Mild, intelligent flaming is allowable.
    However, pointless harassment aimed at a specific individual or group of people is not acceptable. It is not our intention to limit the poster's option to use occasional curse words to demonstrate a point. However pointless, excessive, or obscene cursing will be edited or deleted. There is a chat filter in operation, which will disguise certain inappropriate words. Do not use unusual spellings or other means to bypass the filter!
     
  • Do not post any material that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner.
    Remote linking to pictures or images on commercial websites without their consent is stealing and won't be tolerated.
     
  • Do not advertise any unrelated material on the forum.
    Do not post any material that is not related to our hobby. Any unrelated material will be removed and won't be tolerated. This also applies to web-links attached to each poster's personal information.
     
  • BB Code may be used only for images, links, or nondisturbing (excessive) text.
    Use of images, flash, or text within the body of a message may be restricted as deemed necessary by Moderators for board performance issues. Always convert your images to '.gif', '.jpg', or '.png' graphic formats before posting. Never use .bmp's as their size is large and bandwidth consuming. You should also 'crop' all images before posting to reduce their physical size and prevent forum distortion.
     
  • The maximum image/flash size for signatures is 300 (width) x 150 (height) x 30,000 bytes (size).
    This applies to the TOTAL size of the signature, meaning that if there is more than 1 image, their sizes are added together to get a total size. It is allowable to use a small amount of text as well as a picture, however please be respectful to other users and limit the amount. Please also remember that use of any sound, java script or iframe is prohibited. Excessive use of blood and gore is not allowed either - this is determined by the staff member dealing with the 'case' at that time. Real-life pictures in signatures or in avatars will not be allowed either. This is for your own protection! However, the board Administrators reserve the right for final authorization and may approve, request you to change, or outright remove any image or text regardless of size if it's deemed inappropriate.
     
  • Moderators and staff members will use their discretion in taking any actions.
    They are here to ensure the rules are applied, to keep order, and to help members. Posting personal attacks against Moderators or staff members for taking these actions will not be tolerated. If you disagree with an action taken by a Moderator, DO NOT confront a Moderator anywhere on the forums, NOR anywhere else (3rd party messenger programs, chats, etc). Please attempt to resolve the issue through PM's (private messages) in a professional matter. If you are not satisfied with the resolution, please send your complaint to the board Administrator. Moderators will give everyone the respect they deserve, its only fair they get the same in return. NOTE: Moderators do not have the ability to ban people. Only Administrators have the power to do this. There are always at least 2 people involved in putting a ban in place - the Mod that finds a breaking of the rules, and the Admin who takes the action they feel is appropriate.
     
  • English is the board’s primary language.
    We understand that English is not everyone’s native tongue. All we are saying is that if you post something in another language besides English. You should, if possible, also post an English translation of it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as you try to get it as close as you can.
Penalties:
Posters who break these rules may have their posts moved, edited, or deleted. Moderators are not required to note the reason for edit or removal of a post. Please direct your questions regarding the reason behind removal or edit of a thread to the board Moderator through a PM (private message). Habitual or severe violators may have their posting privileges removed, and their accounts and/or IPs suspended or may be permanently banned. Moderators/Administrators will use their best judgement in deciding the most appropriate course of action. If you feel that any Moderator has made an inappropriate decision, please contact an Administrator.

NOTE: We are unable to distinguish the difference between users who use the same PC/IP address via router, proxy, or other means to use the forums, aside from their username. This means that if you are banned, then any other names "you" have will also be banned. If you misbehave on the forums and get banned, your whole family, household, or school could potentially also lose their posting rights. It is up to YOU to follow the forum rules so this does not become an issue. Ban Appeals with a reason of "It wasn't me, it was my brother" will unfortunately need to be declined as there is no way for us to prove or disprove your claim. Sorry - but that's the way it has to be.

Monitoring:
Although the Administrators and Moderators of this forum will attempt to remove posts that are objectionable or in violation of the stated rules of this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. Any user who feels that a posted message is in violation of the forum rules is encouraged to contact a Moderator or Administrator. We have the ability and right to edit or remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so within a reasonable time if it is determined that the action is appropriate.

Terms of Service:
The Code of Conduct applies to both public and private messages. Users authorize the Administrator to make use of any concepts, opinions, or other creative materials posted on the forum boards without compensation or other recourse. The Administrators are not responsible for the messages or the content therein. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy of any message. Each message expresses the sole views of the poster. The act of posting on these forums constitutes your acceptance of and agreement to be bound by this Forum Code of Conduct. Anyone who does not agree with the rules may leave the forums. We provide this service for you, the least you can do is cooperate with us.

And finally? Have fun and be nice! Everyone takes responsibility for the atmosphere of the forums; they should be a fun and friendly place to be.