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Old 24 Aug 2006, 13:39   #1 (permalink)
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Default Posting Guidelines and Rules

Welcome to the Space Marine Message Board. Before you start posting (or before you post again after reading this),
make sure you have read the forum rules here.

[size=8pt]Updated the rules 5 - 11 - 2010[/size]

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General Advice
Read the whole thread before you comment, make sure you know what the topic is and what has been said already. Be tolerant of others views and try to be open minded, long discussions are great, arguing is fine as long as you don’t resort to flaming or spamming. The most important rule - be friendly and have fun, share your opinions, give advice when you can/want and just relax.

Posting of Copyrighted Information
Games Workshop spends huge amounts of money to produce rules and fluff for our enjoyment. As such Games Workshop doesn't want their copyrighted material posted on these forums and so posting of copyrighted rules, stat lines, fluff etc is prohibited. If you do post any copyrighted material it will result in editing or the removal of your post. Also a smote can be given for failure of following the rules.
Also starting new topics or posts solely to advertise another website, 40K or not, is against the rules. Advertising in posts is only allowed if it's germane to the post. Advertising via linking to other websites, or by advertising goods being sold on things like Ebay, Amazon etc are what this rule talks about.

Do not question the Moderators
A Moderator's decision is final. If I (Stam) or Spiritbw, any Global Mod or Admin decide to edit and/or delete your posts, or lock your topic, then it is our decision. Do not start another post to complain about it, as this will go very badly for you. If you feel that there has been a genuine error, PM me or them, and the matter may be discussed.

No thread Necromancy
Topics die. It happens, and it's usually pretty obvious when it has. If a topic has not been posted in for months, then leave it unless you have something very important to add. Bumping a thread like this will usually result in the post being locked.

Punctuation
It is not difficult to use punctuation, take your time to write your post. So if you are not using punctuation just imagine what impression your giving out of yourself. But more importantly imagine the impression your giving out of the Space Marines board and the whole TO Forums to guests. So not using punctuation is unacceptable, even it is only full stops and commas that you do use.

Notice: Failure to comply will result in a smiting, failure to comply on numerous occasions will lead to more severe punishments.

The above does not apply as much so to members not from an English speaking country, which in their cases we simply ask for such members to try and post as clearly as possible, using as much punctuation as possible for the individual. Inevitably many of us do not know which members are foreign, which will be dealt with soon. All I ask is that other members are understanding of foreign members instead of criticizing. Of course if someone is not using punctuation then you could always look at their profile to see if they are foreign or not.

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Searching
There is a Search Function on the forums allowing members to search for topics of interest, but more importantly it allows users to check to see if the topic they are creating has been created before. Doing this would mean topics do not recur so people don't waste their time repeating what has already been said. Furthermore it is extremely irritating to senior members here as we have posted regarding certain topics over and over and over, which is not enjoyable. So I ask all members who are posting here to first check whether their topic has already been done.

What should I get Next? Threads
There appears to be many new members asking for help on what they should buy next, which is fine except for the way people are going about them. To simply state what you have and ask for advice on what next isn't very helpful so I ask that all of these threads also include a brief rundown of how they are going to play, this can be as simple as one word; Balanced, Mechanized, Shooting, Assaulting or Infantry heavy. This will allow members to offer better advice regarding your army so is only of benefit.

Army Lists
All army list threads belong in the army list Child Board, where all currently active army list topics will be moved. You all should post new army list threads within the child board. Although any threads which are created in the wrong place will subsequently be moved, but be warned consistent (as in doing so several times) failure to post lists in their appropriate section may reward the offender with some negative karma.
Click here to go to the Army Lists board.

Battle Reports

Battle Reports now have their own subforum, which can be found here. The Battle Reports board has its own rules and guidelines, found here and here. Write some good ones for karma and the chance to be featured!

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Thread Titles
From time to time you may notice that the first post in some threads is listed as having been edited by myself or one of the other moderators. This just indicates that we changed the name of the thread after it was posted. I will usually correct spelling and grammar in thread titles as a matter of simple housekeeping, as well as making sure that the title accurately reflects the topic of the thread.

So if you are asking a question, make it clear what the question is in the thread title. Just putting "I need Help!" may be accurate, but putting "I need help fighting Orks!" will get you more and more focused responses. It also makes it much easier to search through old threads. Also if you have a simple question then always check your Codex or Rulebook first. It contains most the information you need. You can also send a member a PM with a question instead of making a whole thread about it.

Images
Do not post images of models that are not yours, or models that are hosted on a website other than your own unless you have permission. Posting links to those models is okay however. This is just common courtesy here, folks. There’s no need to crush another site’s bandwidth when it may be limited or on a pay basis for the person whose picture you would be posting.

Swearing
This is a public place so try act like you are in public. Swearing isn't necessary to get your point across. There are swear filters that prevent some words from getting printed. Members should not find ways to get around these filters. If you have a constructive reply, you can express it with little or, preferably, no swearing. Moderators will still be editing posts to correct the language, usually then followed by a warning. If the member in question continues to use language, smiting will occur.

Trolling
Trolling is to utter a posting designed to attract predictable responses or flames. Derives from the phrase "trolling for newbies"; which in turn comes from mainstream "trolling", a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it.

Flaming
Any topics that contain flames toward an other member(s) will be locked; also smitting may occur if the offence is great enough. So to keep your posts looking like they may actually contain useful information or discussion, please refrain from language and flaming; it will be greatly appreciated by all.
Argue all you want just don't make it personal. “Argument” consists of constructive posts presenting counterarguments. When arguments degenerate into insult contests, the line has been crossed.

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Grammar and Spam
Please don't spam in these forums and remember to post in the correct areas for your posts. If you are not sure as to where you post should be posted PM any of the staff members listed above for help.

For those who aren't sure, spam, or spamming, is the art of making useless, pointless posts to raise post counts. Please remember that post counts are not a status symbol of any kind, a post count is simply a number. That is all it is. Please don't feel the need to make short, useless posts to increase your post count- it may result in your post count being reset.

The language spoken on these forums is English. Not 'leet' or chat-room English, simply proper, grammatically-correct English. Please make every effort to include good spelling, punctuation and grammar in your posts. Moderators may PM you with a friendly warning to ask you to make your grammar better. If a member ignores the friendly warnings, editing of posts with poor grammar may take place, and you may also be smote.

Swearing is not permitted here. This extends to all swear words not just some of the 'worse' swear words. There isn't an age limit on members who can register here and as such there are young members here. Also please don't censor swearing- simply don't do it.

These are the rules and should be followed by every member. Questions about them should be send to me by PM.

Thanks for following the rules and happy posting!
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