Slurs against race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.
Personal swipes, attacks or insults against members or staff (who are also members)
If members come across posts that violate the above they should bring it to the attention of the forum mod through the Report function.
Clarification can be asked for, in a respectful manner, in the off-chance that a poster was not aware they were posting against any of the above.
This also will not be tolerated:
Refusal to cooperate with moderators/administrators/board owner
Harassing staff, including continually repeating oneself once an issue has been settled.
Thread boots will remain a moderator tool. In IC it will only be used as described below, where members have been booted from other threads. Mods will try to resolve a situation as quickly as possible, but sometimes may take extra time to get the decision right rather than get it out quickly. Verbal/board warnings will also remain moderator tools. They will be used at their discretion, depending on the severity of the situation. Mods and Admins also have the additional tools of forum-specific boots or boardwide bans to use at their discretion. The Board Owner or three out of four admins have final say in any action taken. Forum suspensions/boardwide bans are not negotiable.
A member will be notified via PM if they have been booted from a thread. They may then reply to that PM and discuss it with the moderator in question. Admins may be added at the discretion of the moderator or the member. Additionally, the booted member may also start a thread in IC if they wish to protest the boot. In this case, only that member and the mods/admins may post in the thread to discuss the boot. Anyone else will be immediately booted from the thread (and their post hidden). The thread will remain open for as long as it takes to discuss, but Staff will attempt to respond as quickly as possible, as it's better for us to get it right than to get it fast.
We will not allow any duplicate threads in IC about any boots, such threads will be immediately locked and appropriate action taken. Only the booted member, as described above, may start one if they wish.
Attacks on staff will not be tolerated and if anyone has a problem with moderator conduct then they are to bring those problems to the admins/board owner through PM, not on the open board.
Moderators will work to finalize their conclusions, with reservations held by the Adminstrators and Board Owner (or three out of four Administrators) as an end result.
Links related to the rules will be updated soon.