By being a member of this forum site, you agree to abide by the following rules and regulations.
This web page is broken down into 3 sections. Each section is labelled with a level 2 heading and each subsection is labelled with a level 3 heading. This allows people who use screen readers to easily and quickly navigate through to the section or subsection they want using keyboard commands.
Here are the rules you must follow if you wish to be a good member of my forum site.
1: This site is owned by a blind person. Remember that!
You must not make any abusive, degrading, derogatory, discriminatory or threatening remarks or comments based on race, religion, sexuality, nationality, disability etc towards anyone in or outside of the site. Violation of this rule carries a minimum of a C3; repeat violators will end up with a C5, which you really don't want to get!
2: Must be safe for work
No NSFW (Not Safe/Suitable For Work) content is allowed on the site by any means! My aim is to keep this place as clean and family friendly as possible.
3: Watch your mouth!
Again, in an effort to keep this site as clean as can be, there will be no use of profanity (I.E. swearing). Mild words, however, like "Hell", "Damn" and "Crap", are an exception to this rule. If you're caught using strong language, the minimum punishment is a C1, however this will be escalated if you continue to break the rule. I must stress that using words like the N word is not permitted anywhere on the site and is a violation of rule 1, thereby resulting in a straight-up C3!
In order to join this site, you must not be younger than 13 years of age as required by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. If you are found to be under the age of 13, you will be banned from the site until you hit that magic number.
5: This is no place for politics
No political discussions are allowed anywhere on the site under any circumstances. Politics is too divisive and it starts too many fights. The minimum consequence for this rule is a C2; repeat violations will of course carry larger punishments.
6: Can you pls pls make me admin pls? The answer is no!
You may not, by any means, harass or threaten admins or anyone else into giving you powers that are higher than the ones you currently have. As the site owner, it is I who decides what powers are available to its members and which members have these powers. If you keep doing this without any intent to stop, at a minimum, you'll be C1'd.
7: You did the crime, now you must do the time!
Using methods to bypass consequences, such as deploying a VPN or proxy to defeat IP bans or privately messaging a site member and getting them to do something on your behalf, will only result in your punishment being escalated, so just don't try it, OK? If needs be, your internet service provider will be notified of your actions. Enjoy having no internet, and possibly having the authorities on your backside as well if it gets that extreme. The mature thing to do is to just admit that you were wrong and accept the consequences of your actions. Temper tantrums get you nowhere in life!
8: Words paint a thousand pictures
Remember that there is a person who is without any eyesight on the site. Screen readers have no way of seeing images, so try to keep pictures to an absolute minimum. If you absolutely must post a picture, make sure you describe the image as clearly as you can.
9: No bashing!
Bashing people based on the age or type of technology they use will not be tolerated here! Neither will trying to force someone to switch to something you and/or your friends are using simply because it's better. The fact that someone still programs in Python 2, or plays "old" audio and/or video games, or uses Windows Vista, doesn't make them any less of a person. If you're caught doing this, you'll be given a C1 at a minimum.
You are, however, allowed to voice your opinion about a piece of technology. Saying things like
If Microsoft just stopped shoving Windows 10 down our throats, the world would be a much better place!is completely fine. To be quite honest, I feel the same way.
10: Watch your wording
While not a severe violation of the rules of this site, use of words like "old", "outdated", "obsolete" etc is highly discouraged. Instead, use words like "retro", "old-school", "vintage", "classic", "nostalgic" etc.
11: If you know about it, you can fix it
Don't think you can get around helping someone with their IT problems by playing the "I didn't make it, so I can't support you with it" card, because that just ain't gonna fly here! The way I see it, if you're knowledgeable enough with something, you can provide support with it. I won't name names, but a certain PC technician I follow quite closely does this, and it drives me, for lack of a better word, insane!
Usernames that contain references to sex, drugs, acts of violence or terrorism or hate crime, are completely forbidden! Immediate C5s will be handed out to anyone who fails to change their username to something more appropriate within 1 week of being caught with an offending username!
Types of Consequence
Here are the different consequences members on this site can receive for violating the above rules
- C1: the violator will receive a verbal warning via email.
- C2: The violator will be put into Isolation for 5 to 7 days.
- C3: The violator will be banned from the site for 3 to 6 weeks.
- C4: The violator will be banned from the site for a minimum of 3 months.
- C5: The violator will be permanently banned from the site with no way back in!
The isolation role is the closest you can get before having your account banned from the site. Your account will basically be placed in read-only mode, with all communication features, including posting and replying, disabled. The only content you can take action on is your own.