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  1. torrmercury

    torrmercury Rob's Gaseous Minion
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    The rules of this forum are somewhat long, so here is a basic summary with the full listing after this post. However, should you choose not to familiarize yourself with them in detail, know that ignorance of the rules is no defense when the bans come down.

    TL;DR Rules
    • Keep Calm and Don’t be a Dick - This is not a public space, it's a privately-owned forum. While you are very welcome to discuss your point of view, we recommend that you do so politely and sensibly. We wouldn’t come to your home and misbehave, so we likewise expect you to respect the community and not cause mayhem.
    • Stay on Topic - Post in a thread only so as to advance the topic of discussion as defined by the OP (Opening Post) and subsequent on-topic posts. Don’t troll, don’t post nonsense, and don’t necro without a good, on-topic, or substantial reason.
    • Keep it PG13 - Don’t be inappropriate or creepy. Keep the sex and violence restrained enough for a teenage-ish audience. Cursing is ok, as long as it’s not directed at anyone else.
    • No Trolls - Don’t be mean, don’t target others, and especially don’t harass people.
    • No Haters - Don’t use racial slurs, promote violence against any person or group, or post anything else that would constitute hate speech.
    • No Hacks - Don’t do anything to threaten the functionality of the boards.
    • Happy, Helpful, and Respectful - Just like Cohh’s Twitch stream, we aim to promote a positive community. If you can’t abide by that, you don’t belong here.

    With that said, the full listing is as follows:
     
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    torrmercury Rob's Gaseous Minion
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    The Terms of Service
    This site is meant to be open, inclusive, and enjoyable by all users and these rules are intended to accomplish that aim. They should be interpreted in the broadest possible light to accomplish that goal, and any ambiguity should be resolved with that in mind.

    I. Introduction
    1. Certain words are capitalized in these Terms of Service because they have a particular definition as set out in this document as follows:
      1. “Service” means this website and its subsidiaries, and any other supplementary or successor entity and its subsidiaries;
      2. “We”, “Us”, and “Our” means the current owners, operators, and staff members of the Service, whether paid or unpaid;
      3. “Content” means any and all text, documents or any material of any kind whatsoever submitted to the Service by You;
      4. “You” means any user of the Service, whether registered as a member or not, and any visitor to the Service;
      5. “Rules” means any set of Rules which We shall, from time to time, at Our sole discretion, establish for Your use of the Service.
    2. We are not responsible for any Content on the Service submitted by any user of the Service. Content submitted to the Service expresses the views of their authors only, and shall, under no circumstances, be construed to be approved by or endorsed by Us.
    3. You agree not to use the Service to submit any Content or link to anything which would be a violation of the law in either Canada, Australia, or the United States or which violates any of the Rules of the Service.
    4. Any Content submitted, uploaded, or published using or on the Service may be reviewed by Us at Our sole discretion, and may be sent to other third-parties, including but not limited to spam-prevention services and law enforcement. You have no guarantee or warranty of privacy or confidentiality whatsoever in the Content you submit to the Service.
    5. We reserve the right to remove or modify any Content on the Service for any reason at any time without explanation, including, but not limited to, posts and user accounts.
    6. We do not guarantee or warranty any level of access to the Service. It may be restricted or removed at any time for any reason.
    7. Requests to remove or modify Content on the Service will be undertaken solely and exclusively at Our discretion.
    8. You are granting Us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish or republish your Content in any manner that in our opinion is necessary in connection with the Service. You retain your copyright over the Content.
    9. You agree to waive and disclaim any and all legal right, cause of action, or interest of any kind whatsoever against Us with respect to Our operation of the Service. Nothing done by Us, including any obligations we accept in the Rules, will constitute a warranty or guarantee of any kind or create any legally cognizable right You may enforce in any court of law.
    10. Your continued use of the Service constitutes a continuing agreement to be bound by these terms and the Rules of the Service, and they may be changed at any time without notice.
     
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    torrmercury Rob's Gaseous Minion
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    II. User Obligations and Rules
    1. Unlawful Material
      You agree not to post anything that is against the law of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, or Canada, and that if you do so, we may delete it, infract you, or ban you- or any combination of these things- without any appeal or warning. Things that may fall under this section include, but are not limited to:
      1. Child pornography, including simulated and written child pornography.
      2. Threats against another user or specific person.
      3. Slander and libel, i.e., specific untrue factual allegations about any person.
      4. Hate speech, i.e., advocating genocide or incitement of hatred against any identifiable group.
      5. Harassment, i.e., stalking, doxxing, exposing a user or post their public details, etc.
      6. Copyright infringement, including links to things that are infringements of copyright, such as scans of manga, game torrents, and so on.
      7. Obscene material that might otherwise be illegal.
    2. Hate Speech
      You agree to not post anything that constitutes hate speech, including but not limited to:
      1. The promotion or advocacy of extermination, torture, maiming, or other violent acts directed against a group of people, by race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or otherwise;
      2. The promotion or advocacy of harassment or violence against any specific individual person for any reason;
      3. The hateful or pejorative use of slurs or other language, whether based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or otherwise;
      4. For greater clarity: this section does not prohibit the discussion, quoting, and/or criticism of news or historical events, educational or academic material, or literary or artistic works so long as such discussion is tasteful.
    3. Unacceptable Content
      1. You agree not to post any images, videos, or other multimedia that is intended to appeal to the prurient interest, including, but not limited to:
        1. Depicts or appears to depict children unclothed or in a sexual fashion;
        2. Depicts adults engaged in sexual acts or otherwise fully naked;
        3. Depicts anyone, or any animal, in a state of extreme injury or physical trauma which would make it generally unacceptable for display broadly to members of the public;
      2. You agree not to post any written material that is intended to appeal to the prurient interest, including, but not limited to:
        1. Describes, or appears to describe, children in a sexual fashion;
        2. Explicitly describes adults engaged in sexual acts;
        3. Explicitly describes extreme violence or physical trauma.
      3. You agree that you will not make comments which:
        1. Express sexual intent or impute sexual acts or connotation toward minors;
        2. Express advocacy, promotion, or other comments that suggest a fictional character should, or deserves to be, the victim of any violent or sexual act.
      4. You agree that your avatar and your signature will be free of any image or text that is, or might, be, intended to titillate or contains in prominent part anything that is sexual in nature or that might otherwise be construed as offensive.
      5. You agree that you will place below a labelled spoiler any text or media which:
        1. Might shock the conscience;
        2. Contains prominent sexual imagery;
        3. Contains visible significant violence, injury, or trauma, even if fictional.
      6. For greater clarity: so long as such discussion is tasteful, includes as little description as is reasonably necessary, and is not intended to titillate, this section does not prohibit:
        1. The discussion of current or historical events or public policy;
        2. The criticism of literary or artistic works;
        3. The presentation of educational or academic material;
        4. The discussion of sexuality or sexual health;
      7. This section shall not prohibit the posting of content if such content is:
        1. Posted in a location, if any, which has been explicitly approved for material of its kind; or
        2. Explicitly approved in writing by the staff as having sufficient literary, artistic, political, or scientific value so as to warrant an exception to this rule.
    4. Linking Equally Unacceptable
      You agree not to post any hyperlinks to any site or content that:
      1. Contains images, multimedia, videos, roleplay, or fictional work that violates those rules for content on this site;
      2. Contains pirated content, such as movies, or books;
      3. For greater clarity, this provision shall not prohibit linking to a website which hosts material which might otherwise be prohibited, so long as the link itself does not take the user to a page which displays prohibited content.
      4. This provision applies to all elements of a webpage, including any advertising appearing on it.
    5. General Posting Behavior
      1. You agree that there is an expected standard of posting behavior on the forum. You will not do anything considered spamming, including, but not limited to:
        1. Making a significant number of threads in quick succession;
        2. Making multiple, unnecessary, sequential posts;
        3. Overuse of single-image posts or memes;
        4. Piling on another user with additional vitriol, complaints, praise, etc;
      2. You agree that you will not engage in any sort of commercial advertising, including but not limited to:
        1. Unwanted solicitations of goods and services
        2. Blatant promotion of affiliated materials
        3. Advertisement spam
        4. For greater clarity: this provision does not prohibit organic advertising, such as linking an interesting kickstarter or game. This provision also does not prohibit organic solicitations such as a user posting fan-art with other users asking for commissions. In those cases, we ask that you please move those types of solicitations to private messages.
      3. You agree that you will not do anything considered trolling or harassment, including, but not limited to:
        1. Posting spoilers in a thread that has explicitly prohibited them or where they are otherwise inappropriate;
        2. Joining a thread with the intent to or effect of disrupting it or harassing the users in it, or doing anything that would tend to do so;
        3. Sending private messages that harass, bother, offend, or otherwise upset the recipients;
        4. Posting anything in a thread in which it does not properly belong that might cause a disruption of that thread;
        5. Posting personal attacks or ad hominem arguments which go beyond the level of what might reasonably be expressed in frustration in the course of a discussion;
        6. Debating in bad faith, i.e., intentionally mischaracterizing opposing positions, intentionally ignoring evidence that contradicts one’s position, etc.
      4. You agree that you will not use the resource of this site to harass any person, including, but not limited to the following:
        1. Organizing and launching campaigns against other boards, websites, IRC channels, etc;
        2. Intentionally suggesting or advocating that other posters do anything harmful or potentially disruptive on any other forum, website, etc;
      5. You agree that you will not do anything to disrupt the activity of the Staff in moderating and administering the site. That includes, but is not limited to:
        1. Taunting a moderator to punish you;
        2. Challenging a moderator decision in the thread in which it was taken;
        3. Attempting to avoid a ban or other discipline by any means.
    6. Use of the Board and Its Software
      1. You agree that you may not use the ignore function to harass other users. That includes, but is not limited to:
        1. Using the ignore function in a discussion to block out the contributions of users who oppose you;
        2. Encouraging or advocating that other users put another user on ignore;
        3. Informing someone that you have put them on ignore.
      2. You agree that you will not abuse the report function. That includes, but is not limited to:
        1. Encouraging other posters to report specific posts;
        2. Advocating the abuse of the report function;
        3. Declare that you are reporting a post;
        4. Threaten to report a post;
        5. Make frivolous, vexatious, or otherwise improper reports;
        6. Use the report function to harass a user, i.e., by reporting all of their posts.
     
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    III. Staff Obligations
    1. We will do our best to hold your information in confidence. We understand that we have access to email addresses, IP addresses, reports, private messages and edit logs. We will not release that information publicly unless:
      1. You allow us in writing to do so;
      2. It is necessary for us to do so to carry out our duties, such as the Administrative Tribunal, in which case we will only disclose as little information as we consider reasonably necessary to carry out those duties;
      3. It is necessary for legal, safety, or technical reasons.
    2. We agree that we will never post your IP address or email address in the publicly-viewable areas of the forum without redaction.
    3. We agree that we will not act in an unprofessional manner in the exercise of our duties. Staff are users as well, and are free to engage in passionate, and even potentially vitriolic debate, but in the carrying out of their duties and with their powers, we will not:
      1. Harrass or intimidate other users;
      2. Moderate a discussion in which we are taking part;
      3. Engage in breaking our own rules of the forum
        1. With the notable exception of advertising our own games
     
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