Rules and Guidelines

General guidelines and tips for new members.

Rules and Guidelines

Postby Florian » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:28 pm

Welcome to the Auxotectonics Forum

Please familiarize yourself with the information below before you post, and from time to time to keep up with any changes.

Whilst we hope and trust that users will treat each other and the hosts of the forum with appropriate respect, we include here a list of rules and guidelines to enhance the experience of all users. As a matter of necessity, any breach of any rule or guideline may result in administrative action (including warning or banning the offending user). These are the legally binding Terms and Conditions which users accepted upon registration, which are followed by some additional guidelines which form part of the conditions of continued membership.

By accessing “Auxotectonics Forum” (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “Auxotectonics Forum”, “http://forum.auxotectonics.com/forum/phpBB3”), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use “Auxotectonics Forum”. We may change these terms at any time and we’ll do our utmost in informing you. Notice of changes to the terms of service posted to the forum, sent via private message(s) or sent via e-mail(s) shall constitute sufficient notice under the terms of this agreement. Users agree to periodically check their e-mail, private messages and any relevant Announcement forums or threads for updated terms of service. Continued usage of "Auxotectonics Forum" after any change(s) to the terms of service shall constitute a legally binding acceptance of all updated terms and conditions.

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You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, insulting, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where “Auxotectonics Forum” is hosted or International Law. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us. The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that “Auxotectonics Forum” have the right to edit, move, close or remove any topic or post at any time should we see fit. As a user, you agree to any information you have entered being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, neither “Auxotectonics Forum” nor phpBB shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

Additional guidelines to 'best practice' posting:

Personal or ad hominem attacks will not be tolerated, under any circumstances. If you disagree with something which has been posted, address the post, not the poster.

For the most part, discussion is to be restricted to published materials with some relevance to the expanding Earth and Geosciences themes, and related scientific information. Please keep in mind that This forum is a scientific forum. So discussions will be restricted to topics supported by scientific data and observations. Cranky and pseudoscientific topics will be flagged and moved to the 'Pseudoscientific drift' board. Please note that the 'Pseudoscientific drift' board is not a place for pseudoscientific discussions, wild speculation or conspiracy theories. On the contrary, this is a place to debunk unscientific discussions and resources related to the expanding earth theory not meeting the scientific standard.

The discussion of political and religious matters is to be discouraged, except when clearly relevant to the discussion in progress.

The Auxotectonics Forum is not a personal publishing house for your own theories or opinions. Please do not post large excerpts of information that is available on your own or another website. It is far more acceptable to post a link to such information. Likewise, posting the same information repeatedly in one thread or the same text across multiple threads on the forum is also to be discouraged.

Spam/Links/Signatures

Users whose only goal appears to be to spam our boards will be deleted along with their posts.

Do not link to purely commercial sites. Whilst many sites with good information do have a commercial aspect, sites whose primary goal is to solicit sales of goods or services are to be avoided. Links to material unrelated to the forum discussion at hand will be viewed as spam.

We do allow links in signatures, and these may be exempted from the need to relate to a specific forum discussion but these should be treated with caution. Any signature links of a purely commercial nature will be removed and may lead to posts/membership being deleted.

Privacy

Always respect the privacy of others, including non-members. The posting of personal contact or other details of a third party (which are not already readily and legally available on the internet) without their permission will likely lead to administrative action including but not limited to banning from the forum, and could also lead to legal action. Do not post the content of emails or PMs (Personal Messages) without the senders permission.

Quoting posts:

Please do not quote whole posts unless you need to address the post as a whole. It is preferable to quote only the relevant passages which you are addressing. So if you've used the 'quote' button on someone's post, make sure you delete all of the irrelevant parts before posting. Should you need to quote many passages seperately, learn how to manipulate the BB code quote tags to achieve this. The 'preview' function will help you to experiment and understand just how text / images will look, before posting, if you are unsure.

Images and avatars:

We have allowed the uploading of images and avatars to our system, but this will only remain available whilst members maintain good sense in the posting of images, as follows.

BEFORE uploading any image, make sure it does not exceed 600 pixels in either dimension, and is preferably not larger in file size than 50KB. If practical, use of a smaller 'thumbnail' image of around 300x300 pixels and a url link to an off-site larger hi-res version of the same image is preferable. One of the many available open-source or professional image editing programs will allow you to resize your images. Using a moderate 'compression' value which keeps the file size of the image(s) down is also a 'best practice.' This forum is viewed world-wide and not everyone has access to high-speed connections, and with the phpBB3's 'timeout' function, the loading of image-intense pages is particularly difficult for those on dial-up or other low-speed services. Our aim is to reach as many people as possible with our information, so please keep these suggestions in mind.

Finally:

Always treat fellow users, moderators and site administrators with respect. Users come here to discuss matters of common interest in an environment of friendliness and freedom from abuse. Moderators and administrators are volunteers who give their time and attention to ensure a good experience for all.

These rules and guidelines and the terms and conditions are subject to change at any time, without notice. Please view them from time to time to ensure you continue to operate within their parameters.


Most of all, enjoy your experience!

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