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Terms of Service
« on: February 19, 2017, 04:02:10 AM »
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By registering, you acknowledge that you will abide by the Comic Books Chat posting rules.  Failure to abide by these rules may result in temporary or permanent removal of your posting privileges.

Posting Rules

1. Play nice
When making a post on this message board, conduct yourself properly.  Proper conduct includes treating each other with respect.  Confront an opinion, rather than a person; personal attacks of any kind are not tolerated.  The posting of messages or materials that are abusive, discriminatory or threatening in nature, or designed to harass or intimidate another person are not tolerated.

We encourage lively debate about a number of topics, however when you object to a certain post to the point where you intend to attack the poster, contact the Moderators instead.  The post may also be objectionable to us, in which case a heated response will just get you in trouble as well.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Moderators directly, or by using the "Report to Moderator" button available in any post.

2. No profanity in thread titles
While profanity in posts is fine, please do not use profanity in thread titles.

Note that discriminatory language, including racial slurs, and words that are derogatory of a particular ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation are always out of bounds.

3. No spoilers in thread titles
No matter the form of entertainment (books, comic books, films, television, etc.), please do not put information that spoils important or climatic content of the work in the title of threads.

4. Don't spoil entertainment
Please be mindful of your fellow Comic Books Chat members and do not spoil entertainment, (books, comic books, films, television, etc.).  We have spoiler BBC codes, use them.  For comic books, graphic novels, manga, and television shows please wait at least one week before spoiling without using the spoiler BBC codes.  For books and films, please wait at least one month before spoiling without using the spoiler BBC codes.

5. Don’t ignite flames
Politics and religion are topics not allowed for discussion on this board.

6. Put things where they belong
Please do not cross post.  Cross posting is defined as posting the same information in two or more locations.  The forum will work best when posts are organized in their appropriate forum and/or sub-forum.  If you’re having trouble deciding where a post goes, feel free to ask.  If you think there should be changes to forum structure, let us know that, too.

7. Respect privacy
Do not post other people's personal information without their permission.

8. What happens elsewhere, stays elsewhere
Please do not bring problems or flame wars from other message boards or webpages to this one, or personal issues from any other source.  You have a problem with someone, DO NOT bring it in here.

9. Be constructive
When you post, add something substantive to conversations (“funny” counts as “substantive”).  Please do not post without contributing to the forum, or the discussion at hand.  If your posts add nothing, you may be wasting people’s time and our resources.  Do not post here if your only intention is to be confrontational.  This includes behavior considered trolling by the Moderator/Administrator team.  Problem posts will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Naturally, the odd frivolous post won’t attract attention, but systematic behavior, picking fights, and thread hijacking will be addressed with warnings and bans as necessary.  Posts may be moved or deleted at the Moderator/Administrator’s discretion in these cases (see Rule 15).

10. The no-commerce clause
Do not offer to sell/trade anything on these forums.  Do not offer to buy/trade anything on these forums.

Do not post links to active E-Bay auctions or similar content.  It is acceptable to link to completed auctions.

Do not post links to online businesses with the intent of profit.  It is acceptable to post links to online or brick and mortar comic book and/or game shops or other resources to assist fellow posters in locating items, as long as the other rules are followed.

11. Credit where it’s due
If you post materials from other websites (including news sources), books and/or newsgroups credit should be given whenever possible.  Summaries of news articles are acceptable and preferred with links to the original article included.

12. Use images and video sparingly
Can the right image and/or video add that certain something to a post?  Yes!  Can images and/or video be overused?  A thousand times yes!  So think before you add an image and/or video and make sure it’s truly useful to whatever you’re trying to communicate.  Also, please don’t pirate images (see rule 13).

13. Don’t be a pirate
This message board will not be used for trading, obtaining, making available or selling of unauthorized or illegally obtained copyrighted materials.  Therefore it is strictly forbidden to post any link, make reference to, or mention the ability through any manner, the acquisition of or sharing of ANY copyrighted material obtained through unauthorized or illegal means, from any location be it on the Internet or not.  In addition, no more than three pages of any given comic book, graphic novel, or manga should be posted at any one time.

14. Keep all NSFW (Not Safe for Work) and graphic and/or gory content in The Inferno section
Please post anything that you believe may not be safe for work, or anything with graphic and/or gory content only in The Inferno section.  Ultimately, this is at the Moderator/Administrator team's discretion, but try to use your best judgement.  Any post or thread found containing material not safe for work, graphic, and/or gory outside of The Inferno section will be moved there, and the poster(s) may be disciplined.

15. Executive privileges
The Administrators and Moderators have the right to edit, remove, move or lock any message and/or thread for any reason.  There may be NO warning and NO explanation as to why.  The moderators of Comic Books Chat use their own discretion and judgment in removing posts.  Simply put — our decisions are final.  We can be reasoned with, but we also can do what we feel we need to do to preserve order.

Note that any personal message sent to an administrator or moderator may be shared with the other administrators and moderators.  They will not be shared beyond that group.

Some offenses may result in an automatic ban, including:

  • Communicating any kind of threat
  • Circumventing an existing ban
  • Posting using another person’s username with or without their permission. This can result in both parties being banned.
  • Creating more than one account on this site may result in an immediate ban. If you feel you have a legitimate reason for having multiple accounts, contact the Administrators to discuss.
  • Violation of Copyright as per the rule listed above
  • Hacking the site or someone's account

Please think carefully before you make or take any action that will cause you to lose you posting privileges.  Ask yourself if it is worth it.

Moderators are accountable to each other and the Administrators.  If you suspect that a Moderator or Administrator is behaving inappropriately or has made a mistake, do not hesitate to contact the Administrators.

Opinions, advice, and all other information expressed by participants in discussions are those of the author. You rely on such information at your own risk. The Moderator/Administrator Team will NOT be held responsible for the content of any message posted in Comic Books Chat.