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MacInsiders Code of Conduct

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By registering and participating in discussions on MacInsiders, which includes but is not limited to, posting new threads or replying to existing threads on any of the MacInsiders forums or posting messages on the MacInsiders Chatroom, you must agree to the following policy.

While MacInsiders staff will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible where acceptable, in accordance with our Code of Conduct, we do not make any guarantees to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to the MacInsiders forums express the views and opinions of the author and not MacInsiders or our staff (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

You agree not to post any or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately, permanently or temporarily banned (and your service provider being informed).

MacInsiders has the right (but not the obligation) to review any Content and delete any Content that in the sole judgment of MacInsiders violates the MacInsiders Code Of Conduct or MacInsiders Terms Of Service, is prohibited content, is illegal, violates the rights, harms, or threatens the safety of any User or any other person, or creates liability for MacInsiders, its suppliers, service providers, partner companies, or any User. MacInsiders reserves the right (but has no obligation) to investigate and take action in its sole discretion against you if you violate this provision or any other provision of the MacInsiders Code Of Conduct, including without limitation, removing Prohibited Content from the Service, terminating your membership, reporting you to law enforcement authorities, and taking legal action against you.

Members assume full responsibility for their use of content obtained from or through this website. Members who falsely use this website, impersonate others, invade the privacy of others, engage in piracy or any illegal actions that go against the regulations that govern this website will assume responsibility for any legal action taken against them.

If you are found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct, your account may be put under review, into 'limited mode' with restricted access to the forums, and/or banned from the site entirely, at the sole discretion of MacInsiders Staff. The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that MacInsider's Staff have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic or post at any time should they see fit under the guidelines specified below. You agree that MacInsider's Staff have the right to censor any forum user, with or without warning, who is in violation of forum policy.

Administrators, moderators and other staff are assigned the task of upholding the following regulations and Code of Conduct. These rules are subject to change without notice, and it is recommended that you periodically review this document from time to time in order to keep current. You, as a user of this website, maintain full liability for your actions on this website and we reserve the right to terminate your account at anytime and for any reason without notice.

5.1 MacInsiders Forum Code Of Conduct

1. Respect MacInsider's Staff. We provide a service in our free time to keep the forum running efficiently. We will occasionally ask for input and feedback from users, but in some cases we will not, please respect our decisions. We do moderate content in forum posts where we see necessary to uphold forum conduct rules or to correct mistakes, and try our best to maintain the original purpose and meaning of the post. If you are unsatisfied with the moderation of a post you made, click on the "Report" button to alert the Executive Staff members who will assess your issue and help resolve the problem.

2. Respect one another. MacInsiders encourages upholding The Golden Rule whereby everyone is treated with respect and enjoys their time on the site and being part of our community. When in doubt about whether a post will break this rule, don't post it. Take a deep breath, check your facts, etc. It's better to wait if you are unsure of something or too frustrated to think clearly. MacInsiders encourages and promotes discussion that is insightful, solution-oriented, open, honest, factual, and constructive.

3. Profanity/Language: Profanity and cursing is strongly frowned upon in our forums, but not censored. At MacInsiders we strive to provide a clean discussion environment. Please consider that the use of profanity on the forum degrades the content nature of our forum for all.

In general, we will leave posts with cursing unmoderated, as long as it is not at somebody, because then they can be offended by it or consider it a personal attack (which is against Section 5 of the Code Of Conduct). A personal attack is one that is directed at a person rather than at an idea. The use of such words should be infrequent and not used in a sexual context. Using profanity in an excessive manner could result in that post being removed, being kicked from the chatroom, and/or having chat or forum privileges suspended at the discretion of a moderator. In the chatroom, we ask that you keep conversations clean and use better judgement. Keep it classy.

We prohibit any profanity found in thread titles, and will remove the thread or rename the title.

All posts must be written in English, as that is the language most commonly used on this site. Do not write posts in all uppercase letters, as it looks as if you are screaming at the people reading your post. Typos and other errors can cause miscommunication between users on the forums, please preview your text before posting.

4. Adult/Sexually Explicit Content, Violence, Illegal Activity, Images: Pornographic, sexually explicit, and inappropriate images that are otherwise not consistent with the overall goals of the site are not permitted under any circumstances.

Messages containing sexually explicit/adult references are forbidden. Users are prohibited from posting depictions or descriptions of: (1) sexual references; (2) full or partial nudity, including depictions of uncovered female breasts, aroused or unaroused male or female genitalia, and unrealistic or overly detailed genitalia; (3) bestiality; (4) sexual acts to or with minors (anyone under the age of 18); (5) sexual acts including, but not limited to, penetration/intercourse, and/or oral sex with or without another person or any other object, including overt sexual toys and/or sexual aids; or (6) sexual behaviour that has a violent context.

Promoting or discussing illegal drugs or illegal activity, warez, pirating software, binge drinking, keggers, and/or any events that encourage heavy drinking is strictly forbidden. Users are not allowed to post links to pirated software, illegal downloads, or content that is violating copyrights.

Any of the above actions are considered a serious offence and violation of the Code Of Conduct, which could result in your account being suspended or banned.

Chatroom privileges will be revoked for users found to be abusing the chatroom feature and talking 'dirty' on purpose.

MacInsiders recognizes the privacy concerns pertaining to posting a picture on this website, and encourages individuals who do not feel comfortable with posting images of themselves to either leave the image section blank, or to use some other image that is not a photo of a person. If you place a picture of a person in your profile or anywhere associated with your username, it must be of you. Do NOT steal other people's pictures at anytime for any use.

5. Bashing, Flaming And Condescending Messages: Bashing and Flaming is strictly forbidden on MacInsiders. Messages personally attacking, calling names, bullying, harassing, or being condescending to another forum member or any ethnic or religious group will be removed or hidden from the public for further review, at the discretion of MacInsider's Staff. A personal attack is one that is directed at a person rather than at an idea.

Messages containing embarrassing, confrontational, objectionable, libel, slander, vilification, defamation, and/or smear campaigns against an individual will also be removed and/or subject to moderation. Also, posting information that is known to be false is prohibited and will be subject for moderation. If a thread turns into pure flaming, it will be locked or removed without notice. Sometimes a Staff member may split the thread or delete certain portions in order to keep the discussion going. If you believe a message or comment posted by a user is questionable, click on the "Report" icon inside the post and it will be brought to the attention of MacInsider's Staff.

6. Trolling, Flame-bait, and Annoying Users: If the thread/post/message is flame-bait, it will be locked or removed without notice. Individual flame-bait may be deleted or edited at the Staff member's discretion. MacInsiders will not permit any conduct that it believes will keep others from using or enjoying the site, which includes but is not limited to inappropriate comments and trolling threads in the discussion forums. "Trolling" can be defined as messages intended solely to annoy and/or offend other users by going against the clear nature of a board, topic or chat room, and is strictly forbidden. Certain users who continue to post flame-bait or engage in other questionable practices (such as trolling) may be subject to more serious sanctions.

Posting messages in the chatroom or the forums that are meant to annoy other users of the site is prohibited. This includes flooding the chatroom with many messages in quick succession, harassing or bugging a user when they have said to stop doing so, or doing actions in the forum or chatroom that cause others users to be uncomfortable or not have a positive experience on the site.

7. Spamming & Advertising: Spamming or posting solicitous content is strictly forbidden anywhere on MacInsiders. If a thread is spam it will be removed at the discretion of MacInsider's Staff. Posts selling products, services, or anything commercial in nature can only be posted in the MacInsiders Marketplace and must be beneficial to students and/or the MacInsiders community. You must be the original seller. No affiliate links allowed in the forums. Marketplace posts can be removed at the disgression of MacInsiders staff for any reason, including if they do not fit the nature of the site or are inappropriate. Advertising or posting in the forums with the blatent intent to promote other website(s), services, or products is strictly prohibited. MacInsiders prohibits the promotion of credit cards, loan services, cash advance services, or any services that can aid in putting students into debt. Any products or services that can potentially cause users harm, or put a user's safety at risk are strictly prohibited. Links in posts which are not relevant to the topic, or found to be 'spamming' or 'advertising' will be removed and the author of the post notified, warned and/or banned. If a user wishes to advertise on MacInsiders, more details about our rates can be found here.

8. Thread Drifting/Steering: Please keep discussions on topic. It is crucial to keep content clear and concise. If a thread drifts off-topic, a Staff member may split the thread or delete certain portions in order to keep the discussion going. It is recommended that if you have a different or similar topic that you would like to bring up, that you start a new thread and link to that thread from the old one to direct users who would like to discuss your new topic.

9. Posting Private Conversations: It is unacceptable and totally inappropriate to post a private message (PM) exchange between two people. Posting private messages without the permission of the author is almost universally considered extremely poor etiquette. If there is an abuse, then please notify a staff member or click the "Report" button, especially if it is harassment. If you have an issue with a private message that requires action, even from a Staff member, you should address them to another Staff member or the site Administrator. Flagrant abuses of this policy could lead to a ban from the community.

10. Inclusivity: Remember that these forums are inclusive of ALL people, and we strive to maintain accessibility to everyone. Racism is not tolerated on MacInsiders and will result in a temporary or permanent forum ban. All users must be treated with respect, and in no form bullied or harassed. Harassment will not be tolerated. Spirited discussions are fine, as long as they don't turn personal with name calling, and put downs. Please make all new members feel welcome and open to ask questions at all times, there is no such thing as a 'stupid' question on MacInsiders!

11. Duplicate Threads: - Do not create more than one thread with identical content, or content that is very similar to another thread that you recently posted (this includes modified titles). If you wish to draw attention to a "buried" thread, add a reply to that thread which will bring it up on the homepage as an active thread. Duplicate threads will be deleted, and duplicate thread or spamming infractions will be given.

Special note about the Chatroom: Please keep in mind that because of the real-time, fast-paced nature of the discussions that happen in the chatroom, it is more difficult to moderate and we ask that if you see a user breaking the Code Of Conduct please send a copy of the chat conversation to [email protected] and we will investigate the incident.

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