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    Exclamation Forum Rules !

    Note: Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. Although the administrators and moderators of SpeedGuide.net Bulletin Board will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages.

    SpeedGuide.net Forums Rules
    1. Post to the appropriate forum for the topic being presented.
    2. Use descriptive titles when posting.
    3. No offensive behavior - these forums are for expressing your opinion in a civil manner. Any offensive or insulting posts will be removed, users warned and possibly banned, as deemed necessary by the SG Staff.
    4. No spamming. This includes any type of referral links, advertising one's own company, or product. Any such messages will be removed and your account will be banned.
    5. No linking or posting of any material that is pornographic, obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.
    6. No flaming, or bombing forums or threads with pointless posts.
    7. No cussing - refrain from using excessive profanity dammit.
    8. No shouting (CAPS Off) - It’s rude and annoying.
    9. No cross-posting (posting the same message in multiple forums).
    10. Each SG Forum member is limited to one account/alias, unless otherwise authorized by a SG administrator. Do not impersonate other individuals or falsely represent yourself. Anonymous proxy abuse will not be tolerated.
    11. Do not post personal information (i.e. addresses, phone numbers, IPs, passwords, PINs, or any other information considered private) without the express permission of the individual.
    12. Respect - members, moderators and administrators, as well as their opinions should be treated with respect.
    13. Do not abuse VB code. It is provided as a benefit to you and its usage can be revoked.
    14. Observe all copyright laws when posting. If the material belongs to someone else, credit the original author. Do not post material where you do not have permission to distribute it electronically or otherwise.
    15. No advertising, buying, selling, or trading anywhere with the exception of the "Marketplace" forum. The classified forum is only intended for personlal use of participating members. Any unsolicited commercisal content will be removed (and related accounts banned) at our sole discretion. SG is not responsible for any loss due to any transaction in the Classified forum.
    16. Posts should be in English only.
    17. You will not discuss, suggest, engage, or encourage any illegal activity. Links provided to locations that deal with any such activity are also expressly forbidden. Do not post messages that violate Federal, State, or Local laws which include, but are not limited to, anything that violates a copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or is bound by NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).
    18. No Religious fanatisism, or preaching of your religious beliefs will be tolerated. Religious discussion is only allowed if determined that its purpose is discussion, as opposed to judging or converting others to your beliefs. Extensive religious commentary or attempts to preach or solicit members for a particular church or faith is not allowed. Treat others' beliefs with respect.
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      - No graphics allowed in signatures with the exception of Premium and Distributed computing members. For such members, no image in signature should exceed 500x60 pixels or/and 50KBytes.
      - Any signature text or images deemed offensive will be removed at the sole discretion of SG Staff
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    • Non-compliance with any of the above rules will be grounds for immediate removal of your posts, or posting privileges at our sole discretion. SpeedGuide.net reserves the right to ban any user, at any time, and for any reason, without prior notice.
    • SpeedGuide.net reserves the right to change the aforementioned rules at any time without prior notice. It is the sole responsibility of the forum member to check this page on a regular basis for any revisions in SpeedGuide.net rules.
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    Exclamation Infractions

    We've implemented a new "Infraction" system to help us automate the management of warnings for breaking the SG rules.

    Infractions carry a point total given by the SG staff for specific offenses. Infractions/Warnings will be given and linked to specific posts, and include a PM explaining the reason, if necessary. The system also allows for warnings without adding any infraction points. Warnings serve as a method to remind users of the rules and encourage following them without actually receiving infraction points. Each infraction has an expiration time, usually a month. When the infraction expires, the associated points are removed from the user's point total. Users can see their infraction level (if any) and links to posts in their profile. If you are given an infraction/warning you'd also receive a PM. If you feel you've received an infracton without a just reason, you can always contact an administrator.

    Here are the current infraction points:

    Inapropriate Images / Links - 2 points (expire in 1 month)
    Offensive Language - 5 points (expires in 1 month)
    Spam Account - 100 points = immediate automatic ban
    Reaching a certain infraction level may cause users to lose some permissions on the forums, or even an automatic ban. Currently, 100 infraction points will automatically ban the user permanently. We may be adding other levels to this infraction system if it proves effective.

    Note this is not intended as a reverse reputation system, or any form of approving/disapproving user content - we have absolutely no desire to micromanage content on the forums. It is rather a more advanced form of warning/tracking system for obvious breach of the SG rules.

    You can discuss this infraction/warning system -here-

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    Going forward, we will enforce our inappropriate image policy more strictly to align better with Google Ads policies.

    Any images that contain nudity, are sexually suggestive, or offensive in any way will be removed, and further actions may be taken against repeat offenders. Please keep the forums clean, thank you for understanding.

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