The TwistyPuzzles.com forum is not your average message board. Generally speaking, the type of people that read and write these messages are intelligent and mature individuals, and as such, we should be able to treat each other significantly better than what can be seen on most public forums.
Never-the-less, experience has shown that a posted set of rules is a good idea. Most of these rules are obvious and merely serve as written guidelines to what most of us would call common courtesy. These rules are general in nature, as it is impractical to spell out every possible offense that may result in moderator intervention.
All visitors are assumed to have read and understood these rules before posting.
- Post in the Appropriate Forum.
Please post your topics in the most appropriate forum. This is primarily to seperate the advertisements from the general conversation. If you post a thread that would be more appropriate in another forum, I'll probably move it for you.
- Advertising your Auction or Product.
Messages advertising rare items for sale, auction or trade are generally a welcome sight, but please don't forget that many of the world's foremost twisty puzzle specialists are readers of this forum. It should be obvious that you aren't going to generate much (if any) interest by posting links to auctions or sales for common or inexpensive items. Not only do most readers already own them, they also know full well how to find them if they were interested. Don't post ads anywhere but in the designated forum except when topic flow would benefit from your ad. Don't post duplicate ads. This forum is small enough that a single ad will be easily found by those interested in reading it.
- Active Auctions.
In the spirit of fair play, do not post links to active auctions unless it is your auction. Collectors who have been watching the item will get rather upset if you publicly expose what they hoped was a hidden gem.
- Quoting Private Communications.
Do not directly quote information you have received in a private communication without the permission of the other party. Paraphrase or summarize the information if you decide to share it at all. The other party may be expecting that buffer, and certainly deserves your respect in return for choosing to share that information with you in the first place.
- Flames, Derogatory Insults and Sarcasm.
Flames and other forms of derogatory insults are strictly against the rules. The use of sarcasm is a dangerous grey area that can often have you inadvertently crossing the line because of the emotionally detached quality of written text. As much as I hate the little buggers, use smilies to make sure your mood is understood. If you disagree with another member's point of view, do so in a mature and civil manner. If you find yourself being insulted by another guest or member, please do not dignify that person with a response. Simply notify me so I can take the appropriate actions. If you feel you must respond to that person directly, don't degrade the forum further, do it privately. Better yet, be the better person and let it go. Odds are, it was a misunderstanding in the first place.
Suffice it to say that not everyone is comfortable reading swear words. Replacing letters with characters is not an acceptable solution. There are numerous ways of expressing yourself without the use of expletives or the dollar and percent signs. In the event that an inappropriate word finds its way into a message, the forum software will most likely filter it out. Please avoid the temptation to try out all the old truck stop favourites just to see if the filter will work. E-mail me if you notice a word you think is inappropriate and I'll probably add it to the filter.
- Threats, Racism, or Sexism.
Threats or messages promoting or expressing intolerant views towards minorities (race, religion, sexual preference, etc.) will not be tolerated. This includes all such jokes.
- Copyright Laws.
Please respect the law and do not copy any work unless you have written permission from its owner. In addition, any writings found in this forum belongs to their original owners and may not be copied without permission. Quoting previous forum messages for the purposes of maintaining conversation coherance is an obvious exception to this rule.
- Database Growth.
I reserve the right to insert any textual message content submitted to these forums into the puzzle database. This blanket statement will allow me to avoid asking each time I identify something I'd like to add. I believe the collection of this data and continued growth of the database is for the general good of the entire community and all I'd really be doing is moving data from one TwistyPuzzles database table to another. As per the usual system, contributors will be credited in the Contributors section of the appropriate puzzle page under the name they used to post the original message. If you would prefer that I NOT use your message texts in this manner, e-mail me a note to exclude ALL of your current and future messages, or simply add a "Sandy, don't use this information" note to the bottom of any single message that should be excluded. Pictures appearing in messages will never be copied or used in this manner unless permission is clearly given by the owner.
- The Legal.
The opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TwistyPuzzles.com or any of its affiliates. Neither TwistyPuzzles.com nor any of its affiliates can be held responsible for the opinions of its forum members or guests, or their postings. Use of these forums is entirely at your own risk.