- No needless name-calling and flaming. Healthy debate is fine. Calling people out or swearing at and harassing them isn't.
- Watch what you post. Oddly enough, what you and some others find funny might not be so appropriate for the younger generation checking the forum, or for those browsing while at work. And all the 'not safe for work' acronyms in the world don't stop it being inappropriate.
- Consider the feelings of other folk. Yes, this might be reinforcing a what we've mentioned earlier, but when it comes to certain matters that might lead to an immense flaming war, give it a second thought before you post and consider the tedious outcome.
- Try to put your post into the right forum section. We think you'll agree that to put it where it belongs keeps things tidy and benefits all parties.
- If you feel aggrieved by something on the forum, get in touch with a moderator. Don't suffer in silence.
- Watch what you share. Illegal downloads could bring the full force of the RIAA on us, meaning no more forum.
- Not so much a rule, more a suggestion - for certain personal topics, the direct messaging system helps avoid a forum freakshow.
- Flaming 'newbies' is played. You were one once, so take that into account. It's not big, it's not clever.
- It's our site. We can do what we want. Sounds cold, but it's the truth. Obviously we won't exploit this, but if we want to lock threads or issue warnings, we will.
- Heads-ups are great. Blatant buying and selling is not. It leads to the usual war of words and politics when someone gets ripped-off, and an invasion of single posting amateur salesmen clogging the boards. Keep it to direct messages, Skype or mail.
- Don't blow up auctions. Excited by what you've seen? Want to check whether it's legit? Think long and hard before you post it.
- The search feature is useful. If you think it might have already been posted, or want details on an earlier release type it in. You never know - you might get lucky.
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