APUG.ORG GENERAL FORUM RULES (Includes ALL forums except "The Soap Box --unmoderated area" which has its own rules.
By using APUG.ORG, you agree that:
Staff (includes owners and moderators)
-staff here will not be held responsible for anyone else’s actions.
-staff reserves the right to edit or delete posts without explanation, if they are in violation of these rules or any law. We make every effort to give an explanation, but depending on the nature of the thread one may not be needed.
-staff reserves the right to take any system action deemed necessary against those that do not follow the rules below.
-staff reserves the right to move or delete threads that are not posted in the appropriate forum.
-Although staff do not and cannot review every single message posted and are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever.
Members (includes standard members and subscribers)
-Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of these rules.
-You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless APUG.ORG owners & staff with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s) or forum behavior.
We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.
-You agree to post only materials to which you have copyright, permission or references to distribute electronically. You may not violate, plagiarize, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, privacy, and publicity, personal or proprietary rights.
-When posting comments regarding organizations or individuals inside or outside of APUG, should those organizations or individuals ask for removal of that material we may accommodate them in some cases.
-you will not post any messages or links that lead to obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, or threatening material, or material that violates any laws.
-APUG does not tolerate personal attacks and will delete such posts and ban users if necessary.
-If a staff member contacts you asking for changes in your posting style or habits, abide by them or face the consequences.
-If you disagree with a staff member’s decision, handle it in a private message. Failure to handle it in private will result in possible banning, whether you were right or wrong. Example: A moderator closes your thread. If you post a new thread on the same topic or insulting the moderator for it, you could be banned.
-Cursing/swearing is tolerated but not encouraged. Keep in mind that there may be younger members visiting this site. Excessive swearing or swearing in topic titles could result in being banned.
-You may not start fights or induce fights in the forums. Use private means to resolve a dispute. Open flaming will result in removed posts, possible warnings and/or bans.
-Do not cross post a message in the forums (posting the same thread in multiple forums for more help/attention). Pick a forum, post the message, and let it be.
-no general politics (if the thread involves photography it may be allowed until it becomes unproductive, then it will be moved to the "Soap Box Forum")
-no religious discussions
-no digital vs. traditional threads
-Spamming is not tolerated. If it becomes blatant that your signature and user account are nothing more than a ploy for self promoting your products you may be warned or banned. Active members who contribute to the community are allowed signature links to their business or websites.
-If you are engaged in a constructive argument, make sure your posts are clear and that you aren't inadvertently starting a flame war.
-In some extreme cases we may place you on a "watchlist", which means you can post messages but we must approve them first. We will let you know if you have been placed on the watchlist and explain why. Do not try to argue a case against being placed on the watchlist, or how long you will be on the watchlist. Post approvals for watchlist users happen several times a day, please do not ask when your post will be approved. We will not waste time explaining why certain posts will not be approved.
-Use common sense when posting.
-Questions regarding digital techniques connected with traditional processes should be posted in the Alt. Process "hybrid" subforum.