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The Rules! (Updated October 2012)

'The Pit' Rules


In order to keep this forum relatively clean and pleasant to use for staff and regular users alike, here is a list of rules that we expect all UG members to follow. Punishments including warnings and bans will be given to those members who break any of these rules.

Please note that most of these rules apply in ALL of UG's forums, not just The Pit.

***DISCLAIMER***
All warnings and bans are at the mods' discretion - to put it simply: if we don't like it, you can be punished for it, regardless of whether there's a specific rule against that specific offence in our current list of rules. We also reserve the right to close or delete any posts/threads at our discretion. Any punishments listed are the most common punishment given for that offence - other punishments may be given at the mods' discretion. The rules can and will be updated at any time, and any new rules are effective immediately.



*** MAIN RULES ***

NO MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
- Each person is only allowed to have one account on UG.
- If you have unknowingly made a multiple account in the past, PM a moderator ASAP and they will most likely ban it for you and allow you to continue using your original account. If we find it ourselves, you will be punished, no excuses.
- If you are aware that a sibling living in the same house as you has a UG account or is planning on making one, PM a moderator with their account name and if we believe you are telling the truth, you will not be punished and you will both be allowed to use your own accounts. If we find their account ourselves, we will assume it is a multiple account and you will be punished.
Punishment: New account receives a Permanent Ban. Original account receives a Ban.

NO SPAM
- This means no meaningless posts, overdone threads or random gibberish.
- If the opening post of a thread is spam, then that thread will be considered a 'spam thread'. Any posts made in a spam thread (other than to notify everyone that the thread has been reported) will be considered spam, regardless of the content of the posts.
- What is deemed appropriate or not is decided by the moderators. Use your common sense or ask a mod before posting if you are unsure.
- Please note that it is a very rare occasion when a comment such as "ok", "wut" or "no" would be considered a valid response to a thread. Please try to expand your thoughts to form a full sentence wherever possible, as posts like these may be considered spam.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. Your thread may be closed, and you may receive a warning or ban.

NO POSTING IN REPORTED THREADS
- Once a thread has been reported (using the report button underneath the first post of the thread) and someone has posted "*reported*" in the thread, you are no longer allowed to post in it.
- There is a 2-minute window in which people will not be punished for posting that they have reported a thread which has already been reported.
- Posting in a spam thread for any reason other than reporting it is unacceptable and will be considered spam. If a thread has already been reported, just leave it alone and a moderator will get to it ASAP.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This usually results in a warning.

NO FLAMING
- Be nice to each other. We will not tolerate excessive name calling or hateful comments directed towards other users, bands, moderators or anyone else.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or ban.

NO ADVERTISING
- You may not advertise other forums or tab sites (in your posts/signature/user title/location/etc) or send private messages to other users which contain advertisements or links to such forums or tab sites, unless those users have specifically asked for a link or information.
- You may not advertise other websites on UG (in your posts/signature/user title/location/etc).
- This does not include linking to sites that are relevant to a particular discussion, or linking to your profile on a social networking site.
- If you are considering posting a link to a third party website and you are unsure if it is considered advertising, obtain permission from a moderator BEFORE you post the link.
Punishment: People who have signed up to UG specifically to advertise another site will receive a Permanent Ban. Users who have posted an advertising link in a post/signature/etc will be asked to remove it (you may receive a temporary Ban which will be lifted after you agree to remove the link from your signature/location/user title) and may receive a warning.

NO PORNOGRAPHY
- On UG, pornography is defined as any nudity showing any portion of the genitals of a male or female, or any portion of nipple on a female breast.
- You may not post a pornographic image anywhere on UG, or link to a website containing pornographic images.
- A person who quotes an image/link containing pornography is treated the same as the original poster, as it is reposting the image/link and increasing the chances that another user will be exposed to it.
- If an image requires editing (ie: adding "nipple blocks" or "paint clothes") to make it "safe" to be posted, it will be treated as porn.
- Anyone who assists another UGer to find a pornographic website may be treated the same as someone who links directly to a pornographic website - do not give people instructions to find pornography.
Punishment: Instant Ban.

NO RACIST/VULGAR/GORE IMAGES OR CONTENT
- You may not post any extremely graphic or violent imagery, links to sites containing such imagery, or express any racist or hateful sentiments anywhere on UG.
- What is deemed appropriate or not is decided by the moderators. Use your common sense or ask a mod before posting if you are unsure.
- Anyone who assists another UGer to find a gore website may be treated the same as someone who links directly to a gore website - do not give people instructions to find gore images.
Punishment: Posting any extremely graphic or violent imagery will result in an instant Ban. Hateful/vulgar comments may receive a warning or ban.

NO CONSPIRING TO SPAM OTHER FORUMS/WEBSITES OR SOLICIT ILLEGAL ACTIONS
- You cannot use UG to plan an illegal action or plan the attack/spamming of another forum or website.
- Users who encourage others to undertake attacks on other sites may be treated the same as those who actually partake in the attack.
- This includes the editing of Wikipedia articles to include false information, the spamming of YouTube comment pages, the spamming of guestbooks, and related actions.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This will usually entail a ban.

NO HARASSMENT OF OTHER PEOPLE
- You cannot use UG as a vehicle for the harassment of another person or use UG to obtain anyone's email address, website, profile information, instant messenger ID or any other means of communication for the purposes of harrassment. This includes the sending of hateful emails, instant messages, private messages or comments to any UG user or staff member.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or ban.

NO COMPUTER HARMING LINKS OR INSTRUCTIONS
- Suggesting instructions to users that may harm their computers is strictly forbidden as well as linking to websites that can damage their system.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This will most likely result in a straight ban, and your post or thread will most likely be deleted.

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
- You may not share any copyrighted material or assist others in finding such illegal material on the forums or profiles, including copyrighted mp3 files, movie files and pirated software, for any reason. This includes linking people to torrents containing copyrighted material.
- You may not upload copyrighted mp3s to your UG profile.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or ban.

NO ADBLOCKERS
- You may not suggest or discuss the use of adblocking software on the forums. UG maintains its servers by ad revenue - in other words, these ads are the only thing that keep the website cost-free for you. The use of adblocking software is therefore detrimental to UG's much-needed maintenance revenue.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This usually results in a warning.


*** OTHER RULES ***

No double/triple posting
- This means no posting multiple times in a row in a thread. Please use the 'edit post' button wherever possible.
Punishment: Excessive double posting may result in a warning.

No stealing avatars
- Do not steal another user's custom avatar.
Punishment: Will usually result in your avatar being changed to the default Mandy Moore avatar.

No pointless bumping of threads
- Bumping means posting in an old thread to bring it back to the top of the first page.
- Don't bump threads for no reason. Threads should only be bumped if you actually have something to add to the topic.
Punishment: The thread may be closed or you may receive a warning.

No 'versus' threads
- This means no threads like 'Which is worse: Fall Out Boy or Panic! At The Disco' and 'Peanut butter or Jam?'. These threads nearly always incite really pointless arguments that we don't want in the Pit.
Punishment: The thread will be closed.

No 'mirror' threads
- This means no parody threads of other threads, no copying of other threads and changing them to mock the original thread, etc.
Punishment: The thread will be closed and you may receive a warning.

NO posting in languages other than English
- Posts in foreign languages must be accompanied by an English translation.
Punishment: The thread may be closed or you may receive a warning for excessive use of other languages without a translation.

NO asking for medical advice
- Do not ask for medical advice for yourself, your friends/family, your pets or anyone else. Following medical advice given on the forums is extremely dangerous, any medical issues should be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional.
Punishment: The thread will be closed.


***WARNING***

Any memes that the moderators deem offensive, annoying or just plain stupid are against the rules, regardless of whether they are specifically mentioned here or not. This includes images such as the 'LOL WUT' pear, and the practices of 'Rick Rolling', 'inb4' and 'c-c-c-combo breaking'. We suggest you do not spread memes like this across UG as if we feel the meme is sufficiently annoying, is being overused, or is a form of spam, you may receive warnings or bans at the mods discretion.

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If there are any questions regarding these rules, send a private message to one of the Pit moderators for clarification or ask in the New Members Q&A Forum - do not make a thread in The Pit about it.

- The UG Mod Team

*** THE WARNING/BAN SYSTEM ***


***PLEASE NOTE***

When you receive a warning or ban, an email is sent to the address associated with your UG account. Please keep these emails as a record of when you were warned/banned.

If your email address has changed since you created your account, please update this information as soon as possible (My Profile > Account Settings > Security Settings) or you will not receive notification of any warnings/bans you may receive. The moderators are not responsible should you fail to receive your notification emails, or if your email client automatically moves these emails into your Trash folder and they are deleted.

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The warning/ban system on UG operates as follows:

- Any warning received before you have received a ban stays active for 30 days.

- If you receive a new warning whilst a previous warning remains active, this will result in a ban.

- Your first ban lasts for 30 days.

Your record at this point would look like this:
~You receive warning #1.
~Warning #2 received within 30 days of Warning 1.
~Immediate 30 day ban for having 2 active warnings.


- Any warnings received after a 30 day ban has been served will stay active for 45 days.

- Receiving a new warning whilst a previous warning remains active will result in a 45 day ban.

Your record would now look like this:
~You receive Warning #1.
~Warning #2 received within 30 days of Warning #1.
~Immediate 30 day ban for having 2 active warnings.
~Your receive Warning #3.
~Warning #4 received within 45 days of Warning #3.
~Immediate 45 day ban for having 2 active warnings.


- Any warnings received after a 45 day ban has been served will stay active for 60 days.

- Receiving a new warning whilst a previous warning remains active will result in a 60 day ban.

Your record would now look like this:
~You receive Warning #1.
~Warning #2 received within 30 days of Warning #1.
~Immediate 30 day ban for having 2 active warnings.
~Your receive Warning #3.
~Warning #4 received within 45 days of Warning #3.
~Immediate 45 day ban for having 2 active warnings.
~You receive Warning #5.
~Warning #6 received within 60 days of Warning #5.
~Immediate 60 day ban for having 2 active warnings.


- Any warnings received after a 60 day ban has been served will also stay active for 60 days.

- Receiving a new warning whilst a previous warning remains active will result in a permanent ban.

Your record would now look like this:
~You receive Warning #1.
~Warning #2 received within 30 days of Warning #1.
~Immediate 30 day ban for having 2 active warnings.
~Your receive Warning #3.
~Warning #4 received within 45 days of Warning #3.
~Immediate 45 day ban for having 2 active warnings.
~You receive Warning #5.
~Warning #6 received within 60 days of Warning #5.
~Immediate 60 day ban for having 2 active warnings.
~You receive Warning #7.
~Warning #8 received within 60 days of Warning #7.
~Immediate permanent ban for 2 active warnings.


- As only one account is allowed per user, there is no coming back from a permanent ban.


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- Immediate bans (including permanent bans) can be given at any time at the mods' discretion, this means that 2 separate warnings do not need to be given for you to receive a ban.

- If you DO end up getting banned, you will lose access to all forums but one, The Forum of the Banned (FOTB). The FOTB is only to be used to discuss your ban with the moderators. You are unable to post in any threads besides your own, and only one thread is permitted per user. It is very important that you read the rules in the FOTB before posting or you may find that your ban is extended or made permanent.

- Please be aware that when you are banned from the forums, you will also be unable to submit contributions to the site such as tabs and articles, you will be unable to leave comments on content such as tabs and articles, and you will be unable to add a rating to any content on UG.

- Your ban may be extended for many reasons including:
~Making a new account while banned.
~Spamming the FOTB.
~Abusing staff members in any way while banned.

- When your ban is extended, it means that when you have finished serving your current ban, you will be re-banned. For example, if you are currently serving your 30 day ban, we will wait until the 30 days are up, unban you momentarily, and then immediately give you your 45 day ban. If you are currently serving your 45 day ban, we will wait until the 45 days are up, unban you momentarily, and then immediately give you your 60 day ban, and so on. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not make any multiple accounts or cause trouble in the FOTB.

- It is also worthy of noting that any troublemakers in the FOTB may be 'shushed' or 'X2'd'. If you are annoying us to the point where we do not want to hear from you anymore, you will lose the ability to see and post in the FOTB for the duration of your ban. We suggest that you co-operate with the moderators and refrain from spam/flaming during your stay in the FOTB.

Your account is your responsibility. This means if your friend goes on your computer and posts porn, saying "it wasn't me, it was my friend" will not get you unbanned.
If there are any questions regarding this system, ask a moderator for clarification.

If you wish to know how long is left on your warning or ban, then simply
  • Go to the main page, making sure you are logged in.
  • Click the green plus sign on the left hand side, then choose "fun widgets" and add "criminal status" to your selected applets.
  • The remaining time of your ban should be displayed.
- The UG Mod Team

*** FAQ & IMPORTANT TIPS ***


What am I allowed to post in The Pit?
- The Pit is a general discussion forum. It is not a spam forum.
- Topics can be posted here that are not covered by the other forums. Any threads about guitar, bands or anything else that we have a specific forum for should be posted in the appropriate forum, not The Pit.
- If youíre not sure where your topic belongs, check the guide in this thread first.

Iím confused and need help using the forums or editing my profile, where should I ask for help?
- Regardless of when you joined UG, the New Members Q&A forum is the place for these kind of questions. It can be found right here.

Is there anything I should do before making a thread?
- Yes, there are a few things you should do. Firstly, use your common sense. Does your thread incite an interesting and positive discussion? If youíre just telling us what you ate for lunch Ė donít bother, we donít care.
- Use Google first. Many questions that are asked in The Pit would be answered much more quickly and accurately by searching on Google.
- Use the search function. Someone else has probably asked the exact same question or started a similar topic to the one you have in mind in the recent past and we donít need 20 threads on the same topic.
- Only make a new thread if you could not find the answer to your question elsewhere, or if you're looking for opinions on something not covered by the other UG forums.

What should I do if my thread gets closed?
- Do not remake the thread, it has been closed for a reason.
- If a reason was not given for the closure of your thread and you canít work it out for yourself, do not make a new thread asking why your other thread was closed. Please send a private message to a Pit moderator with a link to the closed thread and ask nicely why that thread would have been closed. We will get back to you as quickly as we can.

If I want to post about religion, politics or relationships do I have to post in the stickied threads?
- Yes. To keep the forum more organised, these threads must be used for the discussion of religion, politics and relationships. All other threads made on these topics will be closed.
- We also have several large threads dedicated to the discussion of sex, drugs, body modification, photography, etc. which you will easily find by using the search function (try using an appropriate keyword and restricting the search to threads with over 100 replies). These threads are not stickied but it is important that they are used for the discussion of these topics to prevent the forum being overrun with hundreds of threads on these subjects.

What behaviour is acceptable and not acceptable on UG?
- We expect everyone to behave in a manner that shows tolerance respect to others. Please think about what you are saying before you say it Ė there are people of all ages and varying backgrounds and social demographics on this site, and you should act accordingly.
- We will not tolerate any behaviour that we deem to be out of line, including racism and other discrimination. We would like UG to be a positive environment for all users.

By deleting my thread/warning me/banning me, arenít you violating the First Amendment/my right to free speech?
- No. The First Amendment only guarantees that the US government will not suppress speech. We reserve the right to put any rules in place that we deem appropriate, and ban anyone from the forums/profiles at any time. You can certainly say what you like on the forums Ė but if itís against our rules, donít expect to be around very long after youíve said it.

If you have any questions, please send a private message to a Pit moderator.

IN ADDITION TO THIS:

GUIDELINES FOR THREADS IN THE PIT

ANY THREADS INVOLVING BANDS, SONGS, OR GENRES BELONG IN THE BANDS AND ARTISTS FORUM AND ITS APPROPRIATE SUB-FORUM

ANY GEAR OR INSTRUMENT THREADS BELONG TO THE APPROPRIATE SUB-FORUM OF: INSTRUMENTS

ANY COMPLAINTS OR SUGGESTIONS GO HERE: ULTIMATE GUITAR FEEDBACK


THE PIT IS ONLY FOR DISCUSSION ABOUT TOPICS NOT RELATED TO ANY OF THE OTHER FORUMS ON THIS WEBSITE.

IF YOUíRE STILL NOT GETTING THIS, WHY NOT BROWSE THE FORUM INDEX AND LEARN WHERE EVERYTHING GOES.



ALSO,
  • NO VERSUS THREADS.

  • NO HOT CHICK THREADS. EVER. ITíS NOT UP FOR DEBATE.

  • NO ADVERTISING THREADS. However, if you have something you want to promote that isnít completely in your own self-interest, you can PM a Pit Moderator and ask for permission.

  • NO POINTLESS ĎRATE THE USER ABOVE YOUí THREADS. They are only acceptable if there is real discussion not, for example, endless posts of numbers out of 10

And (as always) remember to use the search bar before you create a thread. You aren't light speed ultra mega 3e8 m/s fast yet.

IF YOU WANT TO DISCUSS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS, DO SO IN THE THREAD PROVIDED. IF YOU CREATE A NEW THREAD ON ONE OF THESE SUBJECTS IT WILL BE CLOSED. INCLUDED ARE LINKS FOR THE LAZY.

World Issues/Debates

Religion thread (Last page)

Drug Thread (Last page)

Political thread (Last page)



Relationship/Sex

Relationship thread (Last page)

Sex thread (Last page)


Computers/Games /Internet

Computer Thread (Last page)

Gaming thread (& UG friends for xbox live, PSN,Steam, etc) (Last page)


Sports

(Club) Football Thread (2012/2013) (not that yank stuff ) (Last page)

Pro Wrestling thread (Last page)

MMA Thread (Last Page)

Formula 1 Season 2013 thread (Last page)

NFL Thread (Last page)

NHL Thread (Last page)

Baseball Thread (Last Page)

NBA Thread (Last Page)

General Interests

The Pit's Official Chat Thread (Last Page)

Comic Book/ Graphic Novel Thread (Last page)

The literature/relatively good book thread. (Last Page)

ONLY Photography thread v2.0 (Last page)

The Film Thread (Last Page)

The Body Modification, Tattoos and Piercings Thread (Last page)

Exercise/Nutrition thread (Last page)

Only Car Thread (Last Page)

Math & Science Help Thread (Last Page)

Awesome Gifs Thread (Last Page)

Headphone Thread (Last Page)

Where do I even start? (Get advice on an artist/genre) (Last Page)

Official UG TinyChat Thread (Last Page)

The Anime Thread (Last Page)

Pokemon Thread (Last Page)

Friendship is Magic (Last Page)

A Gay Thread (Last Page)


With few notable exceptions, such as the politics and gay threads, we ask that new threads are created when the current ones hit 40,000 replies/ 1000 pages (40ppp.) Please message Pit Moderator to close the old one when a new one has been created.

If you feel that there is a thread that should be added to this list or a link that needs updating, please Private message one of the those Pit Moderators, preferably a Super Moderator (light blue name) to have this announcement updated. A list of the current Pit Moderators is at the bottom of the forum page.

Please PM in the following format:


Please keep in mind the following criteria for threads that qualify to be here:
  • They have to be pretty large (at least 2000 replies)
  • It covers one topic that would constantly have threads made about it otherwise
  • The thread is generally helpful to users
  • The thread is in the pit.

So, if the thread doesn't seem to fit this kind of criteria, DON'T PM US ABOUT IT.



- Special thanks to paintITblack39 for the original version of this post.

- Last updated October 2012 by O.K. (theguitarist)

- The UG Mod Team
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