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Old 03-05-2007, 06:26 PM
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Smackdown Specific Rules The intent of this forum is to create a stage for meaningful discussion of the differences between Blu-ray and HD DVD.

If you choose to participate in the smackdown forum, name calling directed towards an individual or group is strictly forbidden and will be dealt with accordingly. As a forum participant, if you don’t have something meaningful to contribute to a smackdown topic, please refrain from posting.

(1) Directed attacks of any individual or group of people are strictly prohibited! Here are some examples of what is and is not acceptable:

Acceptable: Your format is GARBAGE, and here is why... (then provide qualified response)
Unacceptable: ____ format supporters are all a bunch of idiots! (This is a generalization with no qualified response)

Note that in the example above, the important difference is that attacking the format is acceptable, while attacking its supporters is not. If you still have questions as to what is okay, and what is not... please PM a moderator, and we will help you sort it all out.

(2) Many topics & statistics have already been discussed, debated, turned upside down, inside out, re-analyzed, and re-securitized multiple times. With that said, we encourage you to please use our search feature before you begin a topic. Take note we are working on creating “Master Threads” for topics that tend to come up a lot. These are the only areas where you may post about a frequently discussed topic. To keep things neat, all other posts that belong in “Master Threads” will be moved, or deleted.

(3) Threads that contain format bashing in their title will be removed without warning .
One example would be "10 reasons why _____ format sucks!"
These type of topics are HIGHLY unproductive and simply fuel other unproductive threads and dialog.

(4) Personal attacks in the threads themselves are not permitted. Additionally, please do NOT fuel the situation by responding to a personal attack. If you observe a personal attack, use the 'Report Post' icon at the top of every post. DO NOT quote personal attacks, and do not respond in kind with your own counter-attack (the first post is a problem, and any response -- however well intentioned -- compounds it).

(5)Trolling is not allowed. Posts that say absolutely nothing will be removed, and action will be taken (i.e. 1st troll post = warning, second troll post = 1 point... see 'Warning System' below)There is no substance to this post, and it does nothing but make you look silly. If you have facts or ideas to share, we encourage you to do so. If all you want to say is how much you hate the other format... DON'T!

(6)Users of the Smackdown forums are now limited to 2 new threads per forum per day to help keep the Smackdown area cleaner. This is in response to the numerous complaints from users looking for more organized lively debate.

(7) Avoid excessive uses of CAPS, colored Text and Huge Font Sizes, and Do Not Capitalize The First Letter Of Every Word. These just serve to make people think you are craving attention. Well written prose in standard text is far more persuasive and will get your point across more clearly.

(8)The moderating staff is changing the way that we handle infractions to a Progressive Warning System. We used to initially send out a friendly PM, explaining 'you can't do that'... and get more stern from there.

Here is the new 'Warning System':
This is a point based system --- the worse the infraction, the more points you will accrue
    This warning will often be exactly that... a warning. You will typically not receive any points for your first offense. This is subjective, however -- if your infraction is bad enough, you may receive your first 'point' with this initial warning (BTW, points are bad). Keep in mind, warnings are like 'fix-it tickets'. There isn't anything being done about the problem, we are simply telling you it's time to calm down. If you choose not to listen, however, you may find yourself progressing down the list.
      If your first infraction was a warning, your second will result in a 'one point infraction'... but if your first warning was something that merrited a point, your second infraction will result in a short suspension (usually 1-7 days). This is time for you to cool off, and get things back into perspective. This is not 'life and death'... it's a format war. Calm down.
        If you receive a third infraction, you will be suspended from the site, typically for a longer period of time (7-30 days).
          Our goal is to help you correct the problem before you get to this point.

          There are a few items that will receive an instant 1 week (or more) suspension from the site. These include, but are not limited to:
          • Hate speech of any kind (be it race, sexual preference, or gender).
          • Attacking a moderator.
          • Willful, and flagrant disregard for other members.
          • Intimidation or even hints of physical violence (example: "why don't you come over to my house and say that to me in person, if you're man enough") This includes attacks made via PM.

          In summary:
          • 1st minor offense: Warning message sent.
          • 2nd offense (or first major offense): Point added and/or posting privledges suspended.
          • 3rd offense: Temporary suspension from the site.
          • 4th offense: Permanent Ban from the site.

          Points will accrue on a rolling 180 day period. What does that mean? It means that if you receive an infraction, you will be 'on watch' for 6 months. If you are good for 179 days, and then make a mistake... the 6 months start all over again.

          By posting in the Smackdown, you are signifing that you understand these rules, and agree to follow them. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me, or any other member of the moderating staff.

          If you have issues with the moderation of this board please contact jed (the site's publisher), and your complaint will be investigated appropriately. We have a system of checks and balances in place to ensure fairness. Do not attempt to air your grievances about moderation publicly or it will be viewed as an attack on the moderators (which will receive an immediate suspension of posting privledges).

          Last edited by AV_Integrated; 03-06-2010 at 11:10 AM. Reason: Updated Rules
          Old 03-05-2007, 06:28 PM
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          As a reminder, here are the General Site Rules:

          General High Def Digest Forum Rules
          (1) Absolutely NO FLAMING, HATE SPEECH, NAME CALLING OR PERSONAL ATTACKS. Mutual respect and civilized conversation is the required norm.

          (2) No FORMAT BASHING allowed, except in the Blu-ray vs HD DVD Smackdown forum, which has its own set of specific rules.

          (3) Each of our topic-specific boards are intended as a place for substantive discussion of that topic. No OFF-TOPIC posting (including "joke threads") are allowed. If the topic of your thread doesn't fit one of our existing topic areas, you can post it to our "Water Cooler" forum, where nothing is off-topic.

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          Last edited by jed; 06-08-2008 at 12:12 AM.
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