USMB Rules and Guidelines

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    USMB Site Guidelines and Regulations

    Registration Guidelines:

    Individuals are allowed only one (1) account. Anyone found to be in violation risk, having all accounts banned.


    Site Wide Rules And Guidelines:

    The following Rules Apply Everywhere unless otherwise stated on USMB, including Posts, Chat Box, Private Messages, Visitor Messages, and Signatures:

    • Please post in English. We like having Global USMB members, but the use of other languages is too often abused in order to circumvent rules.
    • When starting a new Thread, please first check and confirm that there are not Current Threads, on the Same Topic, This will Avoid Merges. Please select the forum that best relates to the subject matter of your topic. Opening Posts require more than a Copy and Paste with a Link, You need to include relevant, on topic material of your own. When posting a new topic do not use the CAPS lock.
    • No Direct or implied threats of violence/harm towards another member, or members family and/or threats with the intent of interfering in or disrupting a member's life. Moderation may act on obvious Stalking and Harassment of members on the forums.
    • No Attacks on family members.
    • No Accusations of other members relating to bestiality or pedophilia.
    • No Discussing infractions, bans, banned members, or specific moderator actions or duties on the open boards. Issues with moderation should be taken up privately with moderators in PM
    • You may not disclose any personal information about other members. Name, E-Mail, phone number, address, occupation, pictures, quotes, etc. that has NOT first been posted here at USMB by the member themselves (Include Link), this includes links to sites that contain said personal information. No Off Site Data Mining Members.
    • No Posting contents of PMs without permission from the sender. A Rep Comment is Not considered a PM. Responses to a Rep comment are considered PM's.
    • Foul language (profanity) will be loosely tolerated and at the moderators discretion at any time within any forum and/or sub-forum.
    • Copyright. Link Each "Copy & Paste" to It's Source. Only paste a small to medium section of the material.
    • No Linking to, discussing, or promoting other Message Boards Anywhere on the Site.
    • Editing quotes. You may selectively quote, provided that it does not change the context or meaning of the quote. When you comment on the quote, do it outside of the quote box. Do not post inside of the quote box or alter the member names in "link-back" text..
    • No Spamming. Multiple posting of the same thing, advertising and links to other sites.
    • No Cross posting. Cross posting is posting the same content repeatedly or in multiple forums. Pick one.
    • Off-topic posts may be edited, trashed, deleted, or moved to an appropriate forum as per administrator & moderator discretion at any time within any forum and/or sub forum.
    • Administrator and Moderator Official Posts are generally Posted in Red. They are Directives. Please adhere to them. Do Not Neg Rep them. Do Not Comment on them.
    • Not All Rules and Regulations are written. Not every circumstance can be foreseen. Moderator Discretion does apply. When in doubt, PM an Administrator or Moderator.
    • All violations will be subject to action by an Admin/Mod. Action taken could range from a warning, to Infraction, to banning and will be at Admin/Mod discretion.

    We Now are operating the site under 3 different zones. General site rules apply except where individual zone rules take precedent.

    • "Zone 1": Clean Debate Zone (CDZ) / Introduce Yourself (Welcome Threads) / The Lounge and Announcements: Civil discourse is the focus here, regardless of topic matter. Constructive criticism and debate is the tone. No insulting, name calling, or putting down other posters. Consider it a lesson in Civics.
    • "Zone 2": All other forums not specified as Zone 1 or Zone 3: This will apply to the vast majority of the board.: Baiting and polarizing OP's (Opening Posts), and thread titles risk the thread either being moved or trashed. Keep it relevant, choose wisely. Each post must contain enough specific thread topic content to advance the discussion, in addition to any personal flame or snark. No trolling. No hit and run flames. No hijacking or derailing threads.
    • "Zone 3": Flame Zone/Badlands/Rubber Room: The least moderated forum on the site. Not viewed by non members. Site wide rules still apply, but are more loosely enforced. Extreme flaming threads and posts belong here. If the OP (Opening Post) of Your Thread is focused on Mocking or Ridicule, It belongs here. You must be 18 years or older to enter and participate in these forums. In addition -- a 100 post (new member) minimum is required in order to post or "thank" posts in the Flame Zone.
    • Always refer to the "sticky threads" that are placed at the top of each forum for additional posting guidelines that may pertain to that forum.

    Attachments & Links:

    • A 15 Post Minimum is required before a member can "Link" or "Copy and Paste". After the 15 Post minimum is reached, each "Copy and Paste" needs to be linked to it's source. Only paste a portion of the piece, not the entire piece.
    • Graphic Images, material or links to images, Videos, and or material, whether real, satirical or implied, depicting obscene, indecent, pornography, pornographic acts, or Morbid Images (at Moderator/Admin discretion) are not permitted. This includes Gifs and cartoons.
    • Morbid Images may be Linked, not posted, when appropriate. A Clear Warning Sign Must precede the Link. "Warning Graphic Image" Or "Warning Morbid Image"
    • You may not post images that show Human genitalia or Human Female aureola or nipples.
    • Please Either Report or Ignore these Posts. Do Not Quote or Link to These Offending Posts.

    Signatures:
    • Signatures must be limited to the equivalent of 10 lines standard size type including spacing. Additional sig line vertical space is offered to "Contributing Members". See post below for details.
    • No Advertising or Soliciting in signatures.

    Titles Under User Avatar:
    • Keep it Civil.
    • Using the term "Banned" is prohibited in User Titles.

    PM Rules:
    • Using the PM system will only be allowed after establishing a 50 post count
    • Posting information gained through private messages is prohibited unless specific permission is granted in a public forum and/or to a USMB staff member from the member who is a participant in the PM conversation.
    • Using the USMB PM system for promoting other message boards is explicitly against board rules.
    • No Advertising.
    • Discussions of Site Issues, Banning, Banned Members, are permitted here.
    • PM's are only viewed by the Recipients unless Reported to the Staff. We respect your privacy. Should you have a specific problem or issue, Report it, we are here to help.
    *Most recent edits, July 20,2018 are shown in orange.

    All members and staff have the right to their own ideas, beliefs and faiths. Members have the right to constructively express these on USMessageBoard.com with equal respect and consideration. If you have a specific question/comment about these guidelines, Please PM a Moderator of your choice. Thank you and enjoy the forums!
     
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    Many members have had some questions and concerns as to the rules and the enforcement of those rules. This doesn't answer all of the questions, nor can it, the 'moderator discretion' aspect is a nebulous but necessary tool, as some situations arise where no hard, fast rule exists or can exist without it becoming draconian in nature. This will give everyone a better idea of what to look for.

    Last order of business is signature sizes. Below you will find the differences in allowable signature sizes depending on ones user group. We do ask that you please remain compliant when it comes to how many lines you use in your signature. If staff request that your signature fall into the acceptable parameters for your user group you will have 4-6 hours to change it. Failure to comply will result in the sig being removed for you.

    GUIDELINES FOR SIGNATURE SIZES

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    About "Specific Topical Content' in the USMB Zone2 Rules

    What makes the rules and moderation unique at USMB is our focus on getting good discussions without making a lot of judgments on what is acceptable content and what is not. Good discussions can be contentious and nasty. They may contain very controversial subjects or words that other sites fret over. All we want is that each thread has a topic and that there is enough coherent discussion for folks to learn and enjoy reading the topics. If you just want to rumble and rant -- get a Twitter account. Like the professional rumblers do. :113: Or use our World Famous (members only) Taunting Areas - where acting as a responsible caring human being is optional. :shok:

    We provide 3 Zones for EVERY level of discussion. From heavily moderated Civil Discussion in Zone1 -- all the way to very adult satire and flaming in the Zone3 Taunting Forums. In BETWEEN those two -- now sits Zone2, the vast majority of USMB forums. A lot of these forums are very contentious and are the topics you are warned about NOT discussing at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with your own family -- like Politics, Religion, Environment, Race or Israel/Palestine. Some others are "rest and relaxation" areas that are not really expected to GET violently personal or contentious. Shouldn't be large squabbles breaking out in the Gardening or Music forums -- but it HAS happened. Courtesy and common sense should be expected.

    So here are guidelines for complying with the moderation guidelines of keeping threads and discussions centered on "specific topical content".
    • Write titles and opening posts to be limited in scope, unique to the other current listings in that forum and select the proper forum. The Original Poster (OP) has the responsibility of setting bounds to this discussion and making certain that THEY respect their topics more than any other participants and constantly strive to keep the discussion on THEIR topic.
    • In Zone2 -- EVERY reply must have some NEW perspective on that specific thread topic that advances the discussion, clarifies a point, responds to on-topic questions.
    • Before you hit the "Reply Button" check your post to guarantee that it is not just repetition or pure personal flame and that you've included something that advances the SPECIFIC topic of that thread.
    • You have a limited time to edit or delete posts. Don't get so involved in personal squabbles or thread derailments that you can't go back and revise or delete your "illegal" content.
    • Help us by using the "Report Button" to highlight posts or threads that are in trouble. Give us a head's up in the description of the report, if the problems are not limited to the specific post you are reporting.
    • There is no "level of effort" that can be enforced on content. But we encourage you to post as though the WORLD is reading it. And act like the adults we assume that you are.
    • READ THE Opening Posts. Don't dive in and post "drive-by" comments without knowing the bounds of the discussion.
    • If you are on-topic and contributing, you MAY include some flame and snark directed at other members. This should be incidental to the post content, not something that is obviously the PURPOSE of that post. HOW you express that snark and flame -- we leave up to you. But we're not here to host pages of senseless member flaming.
    If you respect the topics and their boundaries and you are contributing to the discussion in every post, you should not ever have a issue with the Zone2 "topical content" rule. However, remember the Site Wide rules apply in every forum and in them are the only specified prohibitions that thou shall not post.

    If you don't intend to have completely civil, flame-less, and profanity free discussions, don't post in Zone1. Take all member confrontations to the Zone3 Taunting Zone forums. There's a place for everything at USMB.

    If you understand the Posting Guidelines (rules) and this guide to complying, you'll hardly ever have an issue with moderation warnings, penalties, or content deletion on USMB. It's simple. It's common sense. And it's vital to make USMB a place where discussions are readable and sometimes educational.
     
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