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Thread: Forum Rules and Code of Conduct
02-29-2008, 01:57 PM #1
Forum Rules and Code of Conduct
We try to run this forum with the utmost in posting freedom with the intention of providing a fun environment for everyone.
However, there are some rules that we must uphold, and the means by which they are upheld are at the discretion of the admin and mod staff. Since Texas Gun Talk is our house, we reserve the right to ban or punish anyone for anything, without warning.
Respect Other Posters
It's common for topics to get heated, but we will not tolerate people growing belligerent or getting out of hand. If you feel that a thread has exceeded it's limit, please report the thread for the admin / mod staff. We are all gun people, we are all playing on the same team.
* No threats of any kind allowed.
* Keep the family of others out of your arguments.
* No racial or religious comments.
* If you want to just insult people go somewhere else.
Posting on behalf or as a company or individual with the intent of making profit off of the forum is considered commercial posting, and is not allowed unless you are a forum sponsor. Those of you that would like to become a sponsor on the forum can contact me via email.
This isn't church, school, or your mother's house, but we do expect some civility out of our posters. Try to limit the usage of cuss words and swearing. If it gets out of hand, we'll ask you to cut it back a bit.
A Note About Censorship: No private citizen is capable of "censoring" anyone. A forum owner who rejects a member's post is fully within their free-speech rights to shape their forum however they like, through the approval of some submitted content and the rejection of other submitted content.
Censorship happens when a person is denied the ability to self-publish. Posting to a public forum that you do not own is not self-publishing. It the same thing as submitting a letter to the editor of a newspaper, which is not self-publishing. If a newspaper declines to publish a letter to the editor, that is not "censorship." It is the editor's right. The person who wrote that letter has the ability to publish it by other means, first and foremost by starting their own newspaper. This same principle is applied to online forums. A member is not "censored" online unless they are denied the ability to put up their *own* site, blog, forum, whatever it may be... and no private citizen can stop another from doing that. Everybody in the U.S. has the right to freedom of speech, but that right does not go to the extent of forcing some forum owner to carry it on their forums or servers. The rights of one person end where the rights of another person begin. If you agree that a forum owner can reject a submitted post (for whatever reason), then you are supporting the forum owner's freedom of speech. Censorship has nothing to do with it, because the person whose post was rejected has not been denied the right to self-publish.
On or Off-Topic
We aren't going to enforce any stringent on/off topic rules. So long as the thread is progressing and people are getting the info they need we don't mind if it ends up in left field.
Pornographic or Extremely Graphic Material
We simply do not allow pornographic material, and extremely graphic material will be at the discretion of the moderator staff. Since we deal with a potentially violent subject matter, there will be a time and a place for graphic material. All threads dealing with graphic material must be marked NWS or Graphic in the title for the benefit of those that wish to not view such images.
We allow classifieds access after 25 posts. This measure enforced to promote people to post on the site and get to know other Texas gun owners. We don't mind if you want to sell your entire collection, but we are not an avenue for illegal transactions of any kind.
Texas Gun Talk does not condone the posting of copyrighted material. Any known infringed material will be removed immediately. If you believe your material has been cross posted without your approval please contact me via email. Authors work very hard to produce, promote, and write content ... let's respect their work and give credit where it is due.
This forum is based in the United States, and more importantly ... Texas. Posts and threads will be conducted in English. If you cannot speak English, then Google offers a free translator. If you cannot post in English, or something resembling it ... you will make me nerd rage and you will be sent to an ESL internment camp.
Multiple Accounts (Alter-Egos)
The usage of alter egos and multiple accounts is generally frowned upon. We would like everyone to stick to a single account, and the usage of AEs to troll the forum is not allowed. Usage of AEs for business or comedic purposes is allowed on a case by case basis.
Discussions on religion are not allowed, as people cannot discuss the subject without behavior on the forum devolving. It also tends to derail threads. All threads concerning religion will be locked and/or deleted.
Last edited by SIG_Fiend; 10-16-2014 at 10:23 AM. Reason: Rule update