Terms of Service and Rules

Learning and understanding the following guidelines and rules will help make the community much more pleasant for both new users and existing forumites.


General Guidelines

  • If you're new here, please take the time to introduce yourself in the Introductions forum. Although this is surely not a requirement, if will definitely help the community get to know you better.

  • If you're unsure about where or even whether to post something, a questions about your account or how to set up something in your profile, ask a member of the staff or use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.

  • Follow the instructions of the staff, which includes any Administrator as well as any Moderator of the forum. If you have an issue with how something is handled, something a staff member has said and done or an issue about a specific forum policy, contact the administrator or use the Contact Us form. We are human, so please do feel free to contact a different staff member if you feel something was mishandled by another.

  • The rules contained herein are not meant to be comprehensive and there's simply no way to cover every case. The administrators of EQNforum.com are the sole arbiters of what falls within community standards, and so may act on things not specifically covered by these rules in order to preserve the harmony of the board and remove disruptive behavior.


Good Things

The following are encouraged, and will help keep you in the good graces of the community and the management staff:

  • Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation, or at least a healthy attempt to do so. This includes spelling out words such as "are" "you", etc.. Although the staff will usually not intervene, please be considerate of fellow members using the search functionality to look for phrases that may be impossible to find if the post contains TextSpeak.

  • Become familiar with the various forums and create your threads in the appropriate sections.

  • When creating a new thread, use a descriptive title that gives other readers a decent suggestion of what they're going to read about or see. Threads with generic titles like “need help”, “watch this” or “look here”, etc. are discouraged and will not give you the same audience/response as a thread with a more detailed description.

  • Remain civil in your discussions. Courtesy rules. Differences of opinion are OK and even encouraged, but try to avoid out and out flamewars.

  • Don't take anything you read personally. We probably don't personally know each other all that well, so what you read as an insult may not have been intended as such, and if it was, getting mad isn't going to change much.

  • Use the reporting feature (present under every post, conversation or profile message) when you see something that you think breaks the rules or needs to be moved to another section. A member of the staff will tend to it soon enough. Do not undertake backseat moderation, and do not post in obvious spamming threads. You may post in the threads that you believe may need to be moved elsewhere, but keep it to the topic at hand.


Bad Things

The following are discouraged, and may result in a formal warning being attached to your account:

  • Trolling, unwarranted flaming, excessive swearing, and the like.

  • Replying to spam or other threads likely to be deleted.

  • Posting meaningless threads, one word (or short) non-sense posts, or the such for the purpose of bumping a thread or to disturb a conversation.

  • Backseat moderation, including whether to lock something, where something should have been posted, whether something is spam, or what kind of punishment someone deserves (please report these issues instead, using the reporting feature as described above above)


Prohibited Things

The following are prohibited, will almost certainly result in a warning attached to your account, and may result in immediate disciplinary action, up to and including bans:

  • While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, profanity, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts.

  • Spamming and Advertising. This includes using the post, profile message or conversation system to spam other members.

  • Registering for more than one account per user (Please contact us for exceptions).

  • Remarks that are racist, libelous, slanderous, plagiarized, or derogatory.

  • Messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

  • Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed. Topics that have a primary goal of condoning, training, or listing illegal activities are not permitted.

  • Posts or links to sites, video or images that are sexual in nature or violate EQNforum community standards.


Commercial Advertising and Solicitation

  • We do not allow advertising or the solicitation of any products, services, funds or donations to forum members via posts or private messages. Explicit advertising and soliciting in signatures, avatars, profile, etc. is also prohibited. This includes posting a URL, telephone number, or other contact information with the intent of advertising a commercial website/business.

  • Posting links to competing forums, blogs, or other online communities anywhere on this site is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, you agree not to solicit our members to join another site via Private Message, Email, Phone or through other contact information obtained here at EQNforum.com.

  • You are not allowed to post affiliate links, or anything asking for a referral anywhere on EQNforum.com or privately via personal messages.


Terms of Service

  • The providers ("we", "us", "our") of the service provided by this web site ("Service") are not responsible for any user-generated content and accounts ("Content"). Content submitted express the views of their author only.

  • You agree to not use the Service to submit or link to any Content which is defamatory, abusive, hateful, threatening, spam or spam-like, likely to offend, contains adult or objectionable content, contains personal information of others, risks copyright infringement, encourages unlawful activity, or otherwise violates any laws.

  • All Content you submit or upload may be reviewed by staff members. All Content you submit or upload may be sent to third-party verification services (including, but not limited to, spam prevention services). Do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential.

  • We reserve the rights to remove or modify any Content submitted for any reason without explanation. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. We reserve the right to take action against any account with the Service at any time.

  • You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. You retain copyright over the Content.

  • We reserve the right to update and modify these terms, rules and guidelines at any time without notice as the needs of the community dictate to ensure its smooth operation.

  • If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register or use this Service.