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Old 12-29-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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IMPORTANT: The Rules

The Rules

This is a quick summary of some of the rules that you really need to know as a member of UG. Breaking these rules can result in punishments such as warnings or bans. It is your responsibility to read and follow all rules on this website and forum, ignorance is NOT a valid excuse.

The Site FAQ and Pit Rules/FAQ cover much more ground and go into further detail. This thread is just a summary to try and make the rules clearer for everyone

Please be aware that on UG, receiving 2 warnings will result in a ban. Every warning stays valid for at least 30 days, and bans vary in length from 30 days to a permanent ban. This is explained in more detail in the Pit Rules/FAQ.

If you have any questions related to the rules, you can post a thread in the New Members Q&A forum or send a private message to a moderator.


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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.
Punishment: Instant Ban.

NO RACIST/VULGAR/GORE IMAGES OR CONTENT
- 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.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or ban, and your post or thread will most likely be deleted.

NO MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
- You are only allowed to have one account on UG.
- If you have made a multiple account because you didn't know that it was against the rules, PM any moderator ASAP and they will ban it for you. This way, you will not receive any trouble.
Punishment: New account receives a Permanent Ban. Original account receives a Ban.

NO SPAM
- This means no meaningless posts, overdone threads or random gibberish. It is not ok to post in an obvious spam thread other than to report it.
- 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.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. Your thread may be closed, and you may receive a warning or ban.

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 post links to other sites with forums (in your posts/signature/user title/location/etc) or send private messages to other users which contain links to other sites with forums, unless those users have specifically asked for a link.
- This does not include linking to sites that are relevant to a particular discussion.
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).

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 reporting and posting in a thread that has already been reported.
- Posting spam in a reported thread is unacceptable. If a thread has already been reported, just leave and a moderator will get to it ASAP.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or ban.

NO CONSPIRING TO SPAM OTHER FORUMS OR SOLICIT ILLEGAL ACTIONS
- You cannot use UG to plan an illegal action or plan the attack/spamming of another forum.
Punishment: Decided by the moderator. This may include a warning or 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.


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PLEASE NOTE: This is not a complete list of rules, there are many others which we also expect you to follow (the Pit Rules/FAQ is much more comprehensive), but if you can follow these main ones, you should stay out of trouble for long enough to learn the other rules.


***WARNING***

Any memes that the moderators deem offensive, annoying or just plain stupid are against the rules. This includes images such as the 'LOL WUT' pear and the practice of 'Rick Rolling'. We suggest you do not spread memes like this across UG as you may receive warnings or bans at the mods discretion.

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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. 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.

Once again, if there are any questions, PM a moderator.

- The UG Mod Team
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