Post Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:43 pm

*** Site Rules - Please Read! ***

We all hate Rules but there are some that are required to protect Kill-Switch and also its members. Please respect the rules below as it makes all our lives easier.

We don't want to ban anyone but if anyone purposely flaunts these rules there WILL be consequences.

1. General

a. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).
b. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
c. Members are asked to not act as "back seat moderators". If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of the Moderator Team. Please use the "post report" feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly "act" as moderators may be warned.
d. Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
e. We don't mind swearing but don't take the piss!
f. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
g. Members are asked only to post in English, as this is an English speaking community.
h. Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Therefore excessive "text talk" will not be allowed. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.
i. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive subject when posting a new topic. Examples of bad subjects include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "I've got an error!", etc. Examples of good subjects include; "Best place to buy BT016", "Why didn't I buy a Busa", etc.
j. The moderating, support and other teams reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time.
k. The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.

2. Signatures

a. Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of four unique pages or sites.Kill-Switch Team members are allowed additional links to aid in rendering support for Kill-Switch.. Linked sites may be commercial in nature. You may not link to warez, porn, racist or other similar hate sites.
b. Users abusing these rules will be warned.

3. Avatars

a. Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, and so forth.
b. Users abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their avatar privileges

4. Policing

a. Kill-Switch operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a temporary ban will be put in place of between 1 to 7 days.
b. Arguing with team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place as above.
c. Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant team leader, e.g. if warned by a moderator you should contact the Moderator team leader. If they feel you were treated badly they remove a warning.
d. Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban or other moderator action will lead to a permanent ban of your account(s). Circumvention includes re-registering or using an already registered account under a non-banned username. Other examples include changing IP addresses, using a new email account or other action that can be taken to evade moderator action to hide your identity as the owner of the sanctioned account.
e. An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact team members personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.
f. Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While Kill-Switch may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time this is a rare occurrence.