This document is designed to clarify various responsibilities of community members here at the forum. Please read it and become familiar with it. Its terms are retroactive and agreed by moderators and administrators.Forum rules
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).
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.
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 moderator. Only do this if a moderator has not replied within 24 hours. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who consistently "act" as moderators may be warned.
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.
Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes offering legal services (charged and free), divorce-related products, etc. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed. See specific item on spam and 3rd party linking for more information.
Moderators and Administrators reserve the right to edit or remove any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to moderators and not users. Signatures
Signatures may contain up to five lines (one line being that displayed on a browser opened to 800px width) of text (of small or normal size). Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect to decency, copyrights and so forth.
Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of four unique pages or sites. You may not link to pornographic, political, racist or other similar hate sites. Links are included in signature size limits.
Users abusing these rules will be warned.Spam and Linking Policies
Users may post links to third party or personal websites that offer legal services or other products that can assist divorced/divorcing fathers. No active solicitation, however, may be posted on the forums.
Links to products and services related to divorced/divorcing fathers may be included in signatures but should not include offers, prices, "specials" or slogans/trademarks.
If a link is deemed by moderators or administrators to be excessive in advertising a product or service, MensDivorce reserves the right to edit or delete such links.
Users who repeatedly violate this policy will be issued a warning and are subject to the warning policies as outlined below. Policing
The forum operates on a three-strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offenses in a three-month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning, a temporary ban will be put in place of between one to seven days.
Arguing with moderators and administrators 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 described above.
Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant moderator, e.g. if warned by a moderator you should contact him/her. If the moderators feel the users were treated badly, they will remove a warning. If you feel their decision is also unfair, you may contact the board administrator. Their administrator’s decision is final. Contacting Administrators over warning matters should be done so as a last resort.
Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent. Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, registering a new email account to an evade an email ban, etc. Circumvention also includes posting as an anonymous user.
An exception to the three-strike rule applies when users contact moderators or administrators personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.
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