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08 Jun 2007 03:37 PM  

Universal Rules are rules that are enforced throughout the entire board and must be obeyed at all times by all users. Understanding (including all changes) these rules are the responsibility of the user alone. It might look like a lot, but most of it is common courtesy and common sense. They are subject to change at any time; each member is responsible for keeping up with any updates. By using this message forum, you agree to these rules.

Short Version (See Long Version for more detail.):

1) No profanity, inappropriate material, or content.
2) No illegal content.
3) No harassment.
4) No flaming.
5) No spamming (advertising, bumping, and multi-posting included, see below).
6) Stay on topic.
7) No trolling.
8) No whining.
9) No begging.
10) Submission of ideas.
11) Signature Restrictions (500x100, file size 50KB or less) and
12) Account Responsibility - Protect your password; keep it updated.
13) No multiple accounts.
14) No plagiarism.
15) No recruiting for other forums.
16) Read and follow staff messages.
17) No backseat/mini-modding.
18) Staff can delete or lock messages at any time.
19) Foreign Languages - not allowed without translation
20) Release of Other User’s Private or Personal Information
21) Other Rules - Listen to the mods. Do not use loop holes. Mods determine what is considered flaming, spam, etc. (more in the section)

Staff Have The Final Say!

Long Version

1) No profanity, inappropriate material, or content.
This is a family friendly forum; we have users of all ages, including children. Do not post links to sites that have content rated more "mature" than PG-13 (Some PG-13 content, swearing and partial nudity in particular, is prohibited from the boards.). Profanity is strictly prohibited. Any material that is pornographic, sexually explicit, visually offensive, derogatory, or discriminates on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, lifestyle, or, any other material (includes nudity and offensive pictures) that may be deemed as objectionable in a public community environment, is strictly prohibited . Use of foul language, including swear words, real-world racial slurs, alternate spellings, and other language that is not consistent with the Buckmasters environment will be considered a disruption. Any swearing, whether spelled out, placed in an acronym, and/or censored (both self and through the forum), or placed in a graphical image, is prohibited. The existence of the built-in swear word filter does not mean you should let it do your editing for you. This includes offensively named accounts which may be deleted/renamed at any time. And yes, filters are used for a reason. Circumventing these filters is considered breaking the rules.

2) No illegal content.
This includes linking to any sites that may violate the rules. If you have any doubts, whatsoever, about the appropriateness of the content you want to post, don't post it. This includes but is not limited to:
• adult-oriented content
• content that breaks any laws
• copyright infringement (many MP3s, ROMs, etc.), warez, CD keys, cracks, passwords, serial numbers, etc.
• gambling and drugs
• hacking materials and information
• terrorism (promotion/carrying it through)
• trojans, viruses, worms, and other such harmful things

3) You must not harass or abuse others.
Harassment is defined as specifically targeting another user or group of users to harm or inconvenience them. As harassment can take many forms, the moderators will make a determination as to whether or not a "reasonable person" would feel harassed and act accordingly. Actions which would be considered abuse include but are not limited to:

3.1) Sexual Abuse or Harassment - untoward and/or unwelcome advances of a graphic and sexual nature - PMs: If someone tells you to stop PMing them and includes a reason, you stop. If you do not, it will be considered harassment.

3.2) Attempting to Defraud - creating false information with the intent of harming another and/or receiving benefits as a result

3.3) Impersonating a Moderator - falsely representing yourself to another player as an Buckmasters Staff Member (or on chat) - includes using anything restricted to moderators like using official tags (see (5) No spamming.) ) and making it seem like a moderator edited it into the thread, implying that you can edit someone's posts, ban someone, etc.

3.4) Personal Abuse - includes but is not limited to sending excessive private messages or e-mails to a moderator or staff member, making physical threats, or using abusive language against a moderator

4) No flaming (inflammatory speech).
Any speech or inference, direct or indirect, that constitutes a personal attack against another individual or group is prohibited. Do not insult other users for their ideas/opinions no matter how ridiculous they may be. Snide remarks will not be tolerated.

5) No spamming.
Unsolicited promotion of other web sites, or products, is spam. The occasional post about a website or product is allowed, but no advertising your uncle's Avon catalog site, etc. Please keep our forums free of unsolicited advertisement or product promotion. Posting referral/recruitment/trick links is strictly prohibited. Do not create threads on a topic that is already being discussed. Make sure to read all forum and sub-forum descriptions before posting new threads to ensure that you follow the rules and post in the correct place.

Spam also includes (this does not mean "limited to" - if a mod determines that something is spam, it is spam):
• any posts that serve no purpose and/or fail to contribute to the overall productiveness of a thread (includes off topic posts),
• posts bumping/reviving threads will be considered spam.,
• double/multiple posting
• posting in all caps and/or other pointless formatting,
• excessive use of smileys (three per post maximum),
• extra lines of space (only makes the post longer, wasted space)
• threads targeted at one person/a few people (use PM, e-mail, or IM instead - If no information is provided, nothing can be done.)
• general conversation (posts that serve little purpose on the boards, content that is better off in private ("How are you doing?", "I'm fine.", etc.), same as the above)Except in the "Rapid Fire" thread. • and excessive quoting - quoting the post immediately above you (unless you are relevantly breaking down a post several lines long), quoting a quote, and quote pyramids).

6) Stay on topic.
While Buckmasters respect and appreciate your privilege to free expression the fact remains that our forums are topical in nature. As such the posting of material should remain at all times within a board that is topically appropriate. It is not, for example, appropriate to post Baseball items on the Braggin’ Board forum. Please keep replies and posts topical to the board on which they are posted or they will be removed. Remember to read each the description of each place, the guides, and any pinned (stickied) topics before posting. Do a search if you want to ask a question or start a new thread to make sure that it hasn't been posted before.

6.1) Don't change existing thread topics.
Relating to topicality, you should not be changing the topic of an existing thread when you reply. This just serves to confuse people who have been following a thread, and often leads to spam and extra threads. If you have a new topic, you should be creating a new thread on that topic and not "hijacking" an existing thread.

7) No trolling.
In other words, don't post pointless replies to every thread that someone writes, also considered spam. If you don't have any serious things to contribute to the conversation, stay out of it. Please try to keep your replies relevant to the topic you are replying to. If they are asking about Trail Cameras, do not start going on about your pet snail Snoopy or your great thirst for orange juice. Do not post anything intended to provoke someone. Be nice, and make the forums better for everyone.

8) No whining.
Whining is defined as "an attack upon an idea, concept or problem, without offering a counter-idea, alternative concept, or a solution" or anything along the lines of "It's not fair." Any and all whining is strictly prohibited. Ideas are welcome, however, attacking ideas without offering constructive criticism is counter productive.

9) No begging.
Do not ask for someone else's account information. This includes via the forum, PM, and chat. Accounts created for begging will be banned. Do not ask to become a admin, mod, etc. Do not ask for titles, or special treatment. Asking is the best way to not become one. This includes heavily hinting at it and joking about it.

10) Submission of Ideas
Submitting ideas does not in any way mean your art, ideas, etc. will be used or included in any way. Any ideas submitted to Buckmasters are free to be used by Buckmasters as desired.

Any ideas, art, works, or suggestions submitted to Buckmasters Ltd, or a member of, become property of Buckmasters Ltd.

11) Signatures
Signatures are a privilege. Any sigs that do not follow the rules (includes ALL of the Universal and forum rules) will be removed.
This includes using your signature to recruit for other sites.
You may post a link to another "hunting related" site that maybe of interest to other members, but no blatant recruiting in an attempt to pull members to another site. This will be limited to (1) link in your signature. Most hunting related links will be allowed. Mods have the final say whether a link will be allowed.

11.1) Sig Dimensions Sigs, if used and are text only, should be no more than six lines of text. Please remain brief and to the point. The maximum total sig size (all images and text combined) is 500 pixels (length) x 350 pixels (height). The maximum total file size is 50KB, as it will cause the page to load slowly, especially for low bandwidth users.).

11.2) Sig Animation Animated signatures are allowed, but they must not flash excessively, promote violence, or otherwise be contrary to the spirit of our forums. Moderators have the final word on whether a signature is appropriate or not. Animated signatures that follow all other signature rules are permitted. Please do not use signatures with excessive flashieness or attributes that could provoke an epileptic or epilepsy-like attack.

12) Account Responsibility
You are fully responsible for your own account and protection of your password. Statements such as "My friend/sister/brother/dog was using my account." are not acceptable as an explanation for the violation of any rule. If you share your account with someone and they break the rules, it will be treated the same as if you broke the rules yourself. It is also your responsibility to keep the account up to date, particularly the e-mail. If you use an e-mail that you rarely check, it is no one's fault but your own if you miss important notices from the AE staff. The same applies to using an invalid e-mail. Once again, your account and password are your responsibility and no one else's.

Members of Buckmasters Ltd. will never ask for your password.

13) Multiple Accounts
Multiple accounts are not allowed on the board. There is no reason for them, and the accounts will be banned.

14) No plagiarism.
This should not even need to be in the rules. Do not take credit for someone else's work.

15) No recruiting for other forums.
You may post a link to other hunting related sites that may be of interest to other members, but no blatant recruiting. We don't allow you to come here just to try to get members to join your website. Again, the Mods/Admins will have the final word as to whether you are "recruiting" or not.

16) Read and follow staff messages.
If staff or moderators post rules specific to a board, they must be obeyed. Staff give their own time to keep the boards running smoothly. Failure to comply with their requests is grounds for deletion. If asked by a member of Staff to stop or change a behavior or action, you will do so. It is the job of Staff to keep the forums clean, so don't think that they're "out to get you". Users will find their time on the board much more enjoyable when they follow the rules and address Staff politely (This does NOT include something that seems polite but is meant to provoke...).
The term “polite” is at the moderator’s discretion. An action or statement that you think seems acceptable or inoffensive may offend a moderator who has different views than you.

If you are confused with a Staff member’s decision, or there appears to be a conflict with another rule, bring up your question in a polite and respectable way.

17) No backseat/mini-modding.
This includes demanding that a user delete his/her post and/or getting the thread locked (e.g. Delete your post! This thread should be locked.). Any action where the user attempts to take over for a mod (including any variation of "I'd rate this ___, if I could!") anywhere on a sub-forum without explicit permission may be considered mini-modding. This is especially true when the user only posts to do so. If someone has posted in a forum where it might be hard to determine what topic belongs there, post with advice addressing the question and suggesting (Note: NOT demanding) that the user post in the appropriately named forum. Posting in a particularly troublesome thread will likely get you into as much trouble as other users. The best way to take care of rule violations is to PM a mod. Only PM the mods once per violation. It is the responsibility of the mods and the sub-mod groups to enforce the rules

Additionally, if someone has already posted proper advice on where to post, do not post the same advice worded in a different way, or posting “Member X is right!” or other statements along those lines.

18) Staff may delete and lock messages at their discretion.
Part of the job of moderators is to keep the boards clean. Messages deemed inappropriate, old, or off topic may be deleted/locked by moderators at any time.

19) Foreign Languages
While we realize that Buckmasters is read internationally and we have members all over the world, the boards are english-only and do not allow any foreign languages, unless a translation is provided.

This does not apply to short famous quotes or easily translated taglines.

The intent of this rule is to discourage foreign languages from being spoken at length where the Moderators do not have the ability to properly moderate the posts.

Additionally, if a Moderator requests that you not use additional foreign language in a thread, it means that they want you to stop, not to disregard the request.

20) Release of Other User’s Information or Communications
It is unacceptable to post another user’s private/personal/public information, including email address, location of residency, contact information, or other information without express permission from that user.

Private messages from the forum or external chat clients, emails, memos, note scribbled on napkins and all other forms of communication are classified as personal and are not to be publicly posted in any shape or form onto these forums, or PMed to other users of these forums, without express permission from all parties involved.

Private Messages are susceptible to review by administrators and moderators in insure that forum rules are being followed are not to be used to create problems on the forums.

21) Other Rules
If you are told by a moderator to stop, you cannot claim that it was not stated in the rules. It is impossible and impractical to list every rule possible. Attempting to circumvent a rule will result in a more severe warning. That includes deleting a post then reposting an identical or similar version of it. That will be considered both bumping and multiple posting. Also, the determination of things such as begging, flaming, spam, whining, etc. are dependent on the mod, not the users. Any complaints involving attempts to find loop holes in the rules and complaining that it was not explicitly stated in the rules will be ignored.

The forums are not to be used as your own message system.

Threads directed at and/or inquiring about one person are not allowed. That is what PMs are for.

Posting for a banned member/allowing that person to use the account is also not allowed and could be considered ban evasion.

People who are temporarily banned then unbanned and return flaunting the unbanning will be banned again. Bans are not a joking matter.

Note: All Buckmasters Ltd., forums, etc. are in the private sector. This means that some rights such as the freedom of speech do not apply at all, as that is ONLY for the governmental and public sectors. Also, implications/threats to sue may result in anything from a warning, post deletion, thread lock, or removal of all forum privileges (equivalent to a ban.).Know what you're talking about before posting.

On Replying to Troublesome Threads/Posts (DON'T!)

Rules Enforcement
Excuses for not knowing the rules will not be accepted. This includes claims about being a n00b/noob/newb/etc. The rules apply equally to everyone.

When any of the above rules are violated or supposed violation occurs, Buckmasters Ltd Staff will, at their sole discretion, determine an appropriate remedy with or without communicating the warnings or results of the remedies taken. This includes but is not limited to verbal warnings, written warnings, temporary account suspension, permanent account suspension, server bans, and legal action.

Access to this server and any of its related products is a privilege and not a right! The staff of this community moderate the server to their best of their ability and at their own discretion. Attacks upon their decisions or non-constructive arguments will be completely ignored and may result in banning.

Ban Evasion
When evading a temporary ban the following can occur:
The first incident will result in double the ban length.
The second incident will result in a permanent ban.

E-Mail/Private Message (PM)
Remember that PM abuse will result in an immediate loss of that privilege. Using shown e-mails to break the rules will result in a ban. If you choose to hide your e-mail, provide an invalid e-mail address, disable PMs, and/or let your PM box reach its maximum capacity, the staff is not responsible for you lacking information about your account. As stated in Rules Enforcement above, the staff are in no way obligated to notify you of their actions in the first place. The times that they do this (nearly all of the time) is out of courtesy. Respect that.

Follow the rules and guidelines. Enjoy your time here!

Staff Have Final Say
Membership of this forum is a privilege, not a right. Membership only guarantees the ability to access them. Trolling, harassment, or any other rule breaking will result in varying degrees of punishment (though some violations result in automatic bans). Staff have the final say in the issue, and disagreeing with them in anything other then a private, respectful manner will be considered not only harassment but trolling. If you have issues with moderation that has occured the correct actions to take are:

Failure to proceed in this manner, such as by posting a public thread indicates you haven't actually followed the rules, and as such your thread may be locked or deleted.

(These rules derived from the Artix Enterainment, LLC (AE) Forums.)

Updated 12/22/06 - Zero

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