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By Zach
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Our belief at Social Hideouts is to see to it that people could a place where they were free to speak their minds and have a good experience,and feel like a true community.

General Information
While these guidelines cover general situations, they cannot forsee everything. Because of this,we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.

You might notice a few changes,where extraordinary privileges are extended to certain members, but not all members. Members who've contributed often and have been helpful here for a long time may not get warnings straight away, but may rather, depending on the situation, be contacted personally for their offence.

This does not mean that simply because you have a large post count you are automatically allowed to go rouge and break as many rules as you see fit. If you want to receive VIP benefits, simply post often, be helpful, nice & active.

The following things are not tolerated:

Impersonating as someone else
Backseat Moderation: taking issues into your own hands.
Unfriendly attitudes and looking to start fights
Posting explicit images or links to such sites
Posting personal details of someone else to illicit hatred
Seeking nude photos or asking for personal details of members
Promoting or posting any type of illegal activities such as illegal drug usage,

You are not allowed to abuse or attack (flame) any of our members or staff under any circumstances, be it fun or not! It won't be tolerated.

If someone insults you, report the post and let us take action, do not abuse back and indulge in fights. If you insult or abuse back, we might or might not take action, and if we take action, all parties may get warnings. Depending on the severity.

Everyone is equally fair here, including the staff so treat people the way that you would like to be treated. If anyone break the rules, including staff, they get severely punished, just as the offending members do. No member is exempt.

If you feel that you are being picked on just to be banned, please contact one of the administration team and they will be happy to look into it for you.

Don't expect the staff to do all the posting as they all have other duties to follow other than posting.

Please refrain from posting in CAPS as it looks like your yelling, and we are also not deaf! It really hurts members ears!

Please also try to refrain from using "slang" or "text talk" as not everyone can understand it.
Posting
Finally, if the thread is irreverent to you, please do not post, just to get your post count up. An example of this could be saying like "nothing" in the what are you currently listening to thread or saying, "I don't have these games" in one of the threads about a game. You will be warned about this if you continue to do it, so please post Quality Posts within the forums to avoid being banned for spamming. Quality over Quantity will help us exponentially in long run!
Posting in Correct Sections
Finally, Please post your topics in the correct sections. For example, post about Media in the Sound Booth or about general things in The Social Commons Section. Topics that have been put in the wrong section will be moved by one of the Staff.

Please keep it in mind that posting of pictures can slow down the loading of the forum, so please be considerate about it by checking the file type & image size.

When Posting Videos & Other Items, please try and keep it to one item per thread/per post, unless stated otherwise. This will help preserve the loading times of the page for you.


Spamming & Trolling
Spamming and trolling is not allowed! If you are caught spamming, you will get a warning and if it is continued, then you will have feature restrictions and will progress as needed.

Trolling is strictly prohibited and you will immediately be banned from the forum and reported to the stop forum spam service.

Finally, please refrain from double posting, please use the edit button instead.

Ban Format
The Ban Format Works in the following order:

Courtesy warning via PM.
Official warning, notified by Message and put on a lookout list.
Another warning issued, 1 day suspension issued.
3 warnings issued = 1 week suspension issued.
4 warnings issued = 1 month suspension issued.
5 warnings issued = permanent ban issued.

If you are banned, please do not create new accounts as they will be banned also and you are likely to be banned by IP forever for doing this. Any spammers will be automatically banned for life.

Warnings will expire after 60 days (around 3 months). This ban format is only temporary and you may be subject to shorter or longer suspension & bans depending on how serious your Offenses have been on the forums.
Sensitive Topics
Religion, Politics and certain other topics of sensitive nature are perfectly fine. However, to keep things from getting out of control, we advise you to refrain from name calling. Be respectful of people's opinions even if they differ from yours. If there's something you want to post about and aren't sure if it's allowed, please don't hesitate to ask. Anyone caught flaming, disrespecting fellow members, etc. Could risk being banned from the Court Room section.

Any topics that the team deems it looks like you're advertising a product or service, rather than asking for opinions, the topic will be automatically locked and you will receive a board warning. Two strikes is all members get. Second infractions will lead to an automatic permanent ban for life or the duration of the time Social Hideouts is operational. No questions asked. We don't allow advertising of any kind, which is why we're strict about it. Advertising in signature is ok, but it must be YOUR OWN project or a project you are staff on.

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