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#1 2014-05-25 10:03:56

iMic
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Read Me First: ThinkClassic Rules & Guidelines

Preamble

Welcome to ThinkClassic!

Thank you for taking the time to join our little community, and we hope you enjoy your stay. As a relatively new community, we hope to develop a community that is informed, inspired, friendly, fun and inviting, and we hope to accomplish this by providing a strict set of guidelines to ensure that the forums are kept clean, free of trolls, and overall a fun place to be. This guide contains everything you know about how we expect the community to run, and what we hope from its members, so it pays to take a few minutes to read through and become acquainted with some of the local customs.

It looks like a lot, but rest assured that most of it is the same as any online community. As a matter of fact, we may actually be a little lighter on the restrictions than some. We pride ourselves on being a humorous but mature community that doesn't take itself too seriously.

The site primarily consists of our Community Forum, where our members chat with one another, share ideas and information and show off our latest projects. The community may also offer other services, including but not limited to Chatrooms and Group Conversations from time to time.

Regardless of the medium, the rules and guidelines outlined below cover the ThinkClassic community as a whole, so take a few minutes to read through it and become acquainted with us and how we do things around here.

Most of all though, enjoy your stay!


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#2 2014-05-25 10:07:57

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Re: Read Me First: ThinkClassic Rules & Guidelines

1. General Forum Guidelines

While we strongly suggest you read through the rules and guidelines in its entirety, here’s a simplified version for quick reference. Making note of this section will help make your experience on ThinkClassic as smooth as possible.


Minimum Registration Age Requirements

Online Communities have a duty to ensure the safety of their users. Many communities have minimum age requirements to ensure their compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA. An excerpt from phpBB's official documentation regarding COPPA:

COPPA, or the Child Online Privacy and Protection Act of 1998, is a law in the United States requiring websites which can potentially collect information from minors under the age of 13 to have written parental consent or some other method of legal guardian acknowledgment, allowing the collection of personally identifiable information from a minor under the age of 13. If you are unsure if this applies to you as someone trying to register or to the website you are trying to register on, contact legal counsel for assistance.

To remain in compliance with United States Federal and State legislation, ThinkClassic maintains a strict minimum age requirement of thirteen (13). No individual under the age of thirteen may provide any personal information to ThinkClassic or otherwise submit personal information through the services provided by ThinkClassic (including, for example, a name, address, telephone number, or email address).

We are unable to make any exceptions to this rule in order to remain in compliance with United States Federal and State legislation. By clicking Agree during registration, the user acknowledges that they are over the age of thirteen (13) and are eligible and not legally prohibited from using the services provided by ThinkClassic.


Buy, Sell & Trade Access

  • You must have made a minimum of 30 posts before you can post in the Buy, Sell & Trade forum.

  • Exceptions to the above are generally not made, however access to the Buy, Sell & Trade forum for individual members is at the discretion of the Administrative and Moderation teams.

  • Do not post trading threads in other parts of the forum, they will be deleted.

  • Do not post threads asking "Why can't I post in the Buy, Sell & Trade forum?" as they will be deleted.

  • Any requests to get access before you have made 30 posts are generally discarded.

  • If you are joining the community just to sell something, other forms of listing your item (such as eBay or local trading posts) are advised instead.

  • The full trading forum rules are stickied in the Buy, Sell & Trade forum.


Search Before Posting

Within our community, we attempt to record as much information as possible from our forums for future reference. If you have a question about a product or feature, we may already have the information you need readily available via our Search function. When you ask a question, you’re asking for somebody to take a moment of their time to help you. Please extend those members the courtesy of taking a moment of your time by searching the forums first. If you require further information, feel free to reply to an existing thread on the topic (in order to keep all the information and discussion in one place). If after searching you are still unable to find the information you require, then do feel free to create a new thread and ask away.


Golden Rules

  • Treat others with the same respect and dignity that you would expect back.

  • Extend your respect to the whole community by making quality posts and threads, ensuring that you take the time to search the forums and use correct spelling and grammar in your posts.

  • View your ThinkClassic experience in a positive light, even when people are negative and unhelpful. Members should always attempt to be helpful and friendly when possible, don’t allow one bad experience to cloud potentially hundreds of good ones, and remember, it's the internet - no point getting worked up over some text on a computer screen.


Signatures


Simple signatures are permitted on ThinkClassic. Signatures should be limited to no more than four lines and can not contain images or emoticons. This rule includes "signatures by proxy", by manually typing in signature-like information at the end of every post you make. You can put further information about yourself in your profile. We also have dedicated profile sections as an alternative to having this information in your signature.


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#3 2014-05-25 10:08:49

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Re: Read Me First: ThinkClassic Rules & Guidelines

2. Contributing To The Forums

As with most online communities, your presence here is a privilege rather than a right - one which can be revoked at any time should you decide that you no longer feel the rules apply to you.

Make sure you have read the rules below. These are what you need to follow to ensure your account remains active and fully privileged. If you break a rule, you will likely receive written notice of infringement. This may be in the form of a warning, a temporary ban or a permanent removal from the community. Thankfully, these rules are pretty much common sense and are not hard to follow.


Posting A New Thread

When creating a new thread, ask yourself "Am I about to create a thread which is funny, informative, helpful, inquisitive or interesting on any level?" If you can answer "yes" to this question, post away. If not, please refrain from posting.


Search Before Posting

If there is already an existing thread on the topic you wish to discuss, its better for you to reply to that one than it is to start a new one. Multiple separate posts on the same topic fragments discussion and makes it difficult to follow. In addition, there are often common topics that may already be covered in great detail - starting a new thread on an extremely common topic may be met with advice to refer to one of the existing threads covering the subject and possible closure of the thread where deemed necessary. Refer to Section 3 for General Conduct.


Use a descriptive thread title.

When creating a new thread, always use a descriptive thread title. This allows members of the forum that are knowledgeable on your particular topic to find your thread much easier and allows the thread to be found easier in searches. For example, a good thread title may be “Vertical Lines on Mac Classic display”, while thread titles like “Mac Classic Issue” or simply “Problem” or “Help” do little to make your thread stand out. Also, do not put your username as the thread title.


Check your facts.

We don’t mind it when you’re incorrect. After all, our discussion forum is one way for people find the information they seek, and how would we ever learn if we didn’t ask questions? However, some information is common and readily available, and its better to be correct in the first place. Do a bit of research before making a post to help someone. Remember, your post is not just read by the person asking the question, but also the thousands of passers-by finding our search results on the many search engines out there.


Use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling.

On the internet, the only representation people get of your personality, intelligence and level of education is based off what you write. By using proper grammar, punctuation and spelling people don't have to battle to read what you want to say, will take what you say much more seriously and will be more inclined to reply to your thread.


Don't make two threads about the same thing.

Making multiple threads can make you look impatient or ungrateful - it may even be interpreted that you're a spammer. Select one forum and make one thread in it. One is sufficient to be noticed and posting the same thread in multiple forums is unlikely to yield any positive results.


Are you posting actual content?

If you cut and paste a whole article, that's bad - particularly if you don't attribute it. Tell us why it's interesting. If you're just pasting a link, that's not good either. Again, tell us a little about it, why you’ve posted it and why it’s of interest to us.


Replying to a thread

Before you reply, ask yourself the following question: "Does my reply offer any significant advice or help contribute to the conversation in any fashion?" If you can answer "yes" to this, then go ahead and reply. If you cannot, then refrain from replying.


Read all the posts in a thread before replying.

It never ends well when you ask a question that's already been answered. If you're about to link to a relevant article, make sure nobody's already beaten you to it. It's also a matter of respect. By replying without reading the thread, it gives the impression that you can’t be bothered reading anyone else’s replies, but you expect them to read yours. Posts like "I can't be bothered reading the rest of the thread, but..." make little difference and are also likely to be deleted or ignored.


Don't make pointless "me too", "+1", or "lol" posts.


These just litter up the forums, so we need to eliminate these as much as possible. Unless you're contributing to the discussion, just enjoy reading it. Just posting to get your count up to get access to the Buy, Sell & Trade forum or some inflated sense of importance via the size your post count is not tolerated either.


Don't make two replies in a row.

If you want to add something extra, such a forgotten point or an added idea, you can use the "edit" button rather than posting a new reply. You can also use the edit button to fix up any typos you might discover or broken links/images.


Do not register to promote your business, blog, website or any other thing you are part of.

Simply signing up to tell us about something you are doing or a post you made on your blog isn’t highly regarded nor generally permitted (unless it’s strictly relevant or beneficial to the community). We allow established members of the community to let us know of things they're involved in, or work they've created, but do not appreciate those who register to simply promote themselves.


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#4 2014-05-25 10:09:18

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Re: Read Me First: ThinkClassic Rules & Guidelines

3. General Conduct

Overall we always try to be an inviting and easy-going bunch, and for the most part we don’t mind having fun. However, there are few things which are considered problematic or things that we try to avoid.


Do not register to promote your app, business or website.

  • ThinkClassic is not a venue for free advertising.

  • If your first post is advertising, it can be considered spam and you will likely be banned.

  • Hiding behind "its a great deal!" or "its a service for the community" doesn’t change how your post is perceived.

  • If you are an established member of the community, then exceptions may be made for members offering products or services that are relevant to the community interests. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please contact an administrator for assistance.

  • Businesses or operations of any form interested in having a presence on ThinkClassic solely to offer products or services (that are relevant to the community interests) should first contact the Administrative Team to discuss this further.


Do not make multiple accounts.

  • If you have forgotten your password, it can always be retrieved.

  • If you've been banned, creation of a new account won’t circumvent the ban. It’s easy for us to identify and link multiple accounts to act on this, including involvement of your ISP where necessary.

  • If you would like your username changed, contact a member of the Moderation Team. We can look into it further.

  • Please be aware that we are unable to delete existing accounts at this time. While we respect your right to have your credentials and contact information removed from our records, deleting an account outright can cause complications in threads and posts you have previously contributed to and can release your username for use by another person, which is something we wish to avoid. If you require assistance with this matter, please contact a forum administrator.


Do not be abusive, rude, inflammatory or personally attack people.

  • No matter how stupid or wrong they may seem to you, don't do it.

  • It's just the internet. Life goes on.

  • Racism will not be tolerated.

  • Homophobia will not be tolerated.

  • Direct, personal attacks are not necessary will not be tolerated.

  • Any behaviour that can be seen as bullying will not be tolerated.


Do not post adult content or questionable material.

  • Never post, or link to explicit adult content. Ever.

  • If you think what you're about to post is borderline, take a step back and don't post it. If it's near to borderline, link to it and mark the link as Not Safe For Work (NSFW/Not Work Safe/NWS). It may still be subject to moderation, but if somebody chooses to click on it and they're offended, at least you have provided sufficient warning.

  • This does not give you free license to post anything disgusting. ThinkClassic reserves the right to delete anything it deems has crossed the line.


Do not post defamatory, derogatory, racist or hate-speech.

  • Derogatory terms for individuals, their background, race or orientation won't be tolerated. Nor are they permitted when used as synonyms.

  • Any racist epithets will be removed on sight.

  • If your post is going to start with "I'm not racist/sexist/homophobic, but..." then please refrain from posting it.

  • Anything racist, including but not limited to rants or racial stereotyping, will be removed and can result in a banning.

  • Rights to free speech do not make any of the above any more acceptable on this forum.


Do not post a person's personal information or business details without permission.

This is considered a privacy concern, and posts of this nature will be deleted immediately.


Do not make personal messages public.

If someone sends you something in private, it's because they don't want the conversation in the public domain. Respect this, and don't post private conversations in the public forum.


Don't talk about software piracy.

  • Don't ask for serial numbers, cracks, or links to illegally download software.

  • Due to copyright laws and software licensing agreements, ThinkClassic can not endorse or provide any methods of questionable legality when it comes to obtaining or distributing software, nor can we provide the means to do so on the ThinkClassic website, forums, chatrooms or any other forms of media affiliated with the site and community.

  • While we encourage users to modify and tweak their hardware, this rule can include elements of hacking and tweaking discussions where legalities are questionable.


Don't try and sell anything outside of the trading forums.

  • ThinkClassic provides the Buy, Sell & Trade forum as a centralised location for members to trade personal goods and services with other members. Posts of this nature outside of the Buy, Sell & Trade forum will be deleted.

  • If you don’t yet have access to post in the Buy, Sell & Trade forum, consider listing your items on eBay, your local trading post or wait until you have access to the Buy, Sell & Trade forum.

  • For a full run down of the trading forum rules, see the stickied topic in the Buy, Sell & Trade forum.


Do not rehash topics that have been beaten to death over and over again.

  • This may include topics that are posted excessively over and over again, excessive spamming of inside or community jokes and advertising on the forums.

  • Please no requests for help with your homework. It does happen and chances are the answers will be purposely incorrect or sarcastic anyway.

  • Use your best judgement. Just because something isn't specifically prohibited in these rules, it doesn't mean it’s specifically permitted either.


Image posting guidelines

  • Resize your images. Although ThinkClassic's board software attempts to resize images to fit the available screen space, some of us may be on slower connections that can't handle 3000 pixel wide images.

  • Use your own web-hosting or a free image host when posting images. When you directly link from another site it adds additional strain on their bandwidth and runs the risk of your image not working as some sites prevent directly linking to their images.


Approach the moderation team if you have a question.

When we’re not cleaning up the forums, we’re here to help. We prefer you to ask us first before doing something you're not sure of, rather than have to follow it up afterwards, and we’ll appreciate that you took the time to ask.


Use the "Report" button to report posts.

  • This is the quickest and easiest way to bring a questionable post to the attention of the moderators. We actively get alerts to reported posts and attempt to follow up on them promptly.

  • Do not make a “Someone please delete/edit/fix/destroy that post” reply to a post in order to alert the Moderation Team. We don’t receive any alert that way, and then we have to delete that post too.

  • You can also report your own threads and posts if you need us to do something for you, such as close a sale thread, update a thread title or add a poll.


Respect the moderators' wishes.

  • If a moderator or admin asks you to do something, they have a reason for doing so. We exist to keep the forums sane and secure.

  • Please do not harass or intentionally annoy the Moderation Team, including frivolously reported posts that do not violate any rules.

  • If you have any issues with how you have been treated, contact a staff member or site administrator. We can explain our reasons in more detail and even change our minds if you convince us we were wrong.

  • Do not post in the public forums complaining about it.

  • We consider the moderation team to be fairly reasonable and respectful of our community and its members. While we are always open to feedback and suggestions on how to make the community a better place, we can’t please everyone. If you don't like the moderators or the moderation, feel free not to post here.

Last edited by iMic (2015-07-02 08:46:32)


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#5 2014-05-25 10:09:37

iMic
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Re: Read Me First: ThinkClassic Rules & Guidelines

4. Changes to Rules & Guidelines

In the event of a change to rules and guidelines that will directly affect the members of the forum, the Administrative or Moderation Teams will issue a notice in the forums of the change, highlighting the changes that will be made and how it will affect users of the forums.

In the case of significant changes, such as a rewrite of the rules and guidelines, the Administrative or Moderation Teams may choose to send a mass email to all registered members of the board in order to make them aware of the changes.



If you have any further queries about the rules and guidelines, please feel free to contact a member of our Administrative and Moderation Team for assistance.


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