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Category: 5. Bad Behavior

5.01. Outing.

Do not post personal information about any other person even if that information is publicly available. This includes, but is not limited, to divulging personal information such as the real-life identity of other Forumosans, telephone numbers, or sexual orientation. In addition, Forumosa does not condone or encourage efforts by individuals to “dig up” information about […]

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5.02. Shouting.

Posting in all capitals or in all bold, and using large or unusual fonts and colors can be considered disruptive or rude. Sensible use can enhance posts and is within the rules; however, excessive use may be moderated.

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5.03. Duplicate posts.

Do not post duplicate topics that have already been posted.

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5.04. Inexplicable Titles.

Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include; “Help me!”, “I’m stuck!”, “Don’t know what to do!”, etc. Examples of good titles include; “My language school won’t refund my tuition”, “My software won’t display Chinese characters”, etc. If a moderator renames your thread, respect this decision. […]

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5.05. Incomprehensible input.

As much as possible, use correct punctuation and spelling. If you are unwilling to take the effort to make your message readable, do not expect anyone to be willing to read it. Posts with little or no effort paid to be readable may be removed or sent to the Temporary Forum.

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5.06. Back-seat moderating.

If you notice something that is against the rules, PM the moderator of the forum in question instead of responding to such topics yourself. Or use the “Squeal” button found at the top left corner of the post. Members who consistently “act” as moderators may be warned to stop or invited to join the moderating […]

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5.07. Egregious profanity.

Avoid excessive profanity. Posts with egregious profanity may be deleted or moved to the Temporary Forum. Please recognize that empirical studies have proven that frequent and gratuitous use of obscene language reflects poorly on the speaker’s / writer’s credibility (SOURCES: http://bit.ly/profanitystudy1 http://bit.ly/profanitystudy2 http://bit.ly/profanitystudy3). On the other hand, thoughtful and unexpected use of profanity can have […]

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5.08. X-rated content.

Do not post sexually explicit images or messages. If you wish to discuss topics of a sexual nature, please exercise an appropriate level of maturity and sensitivity. If you post a link to a sexually explicit image, be sure to affix the letters “NSFW” (Not Suitable For Work) on either side of the link as […]

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5.09. Excessive quoting of external material.

Do not post entire articles that are available elsewhere on the Internet. It is simply unnecessary and can make following the flow of the conversation difficult. Quoting a few paragraphs is better, as is posting a picture – aim to post just enough to give the gist of the article or the point you are […]

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5.10. Excessive quoting of internal material.

Avoid quoting entire, lengthy posts merely to make a brief comment on them, especially posts immediately preceding yours. Please quote only as necessary to let others know which specific post or point you are addressing. We do understand that we like to quote what we might consider outrageous posts so it will be preserved from […]

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5.11. Link Only Posts.

Except in threads expressly designed for this purpose, please do not post a link or embed a video without adding any original content. Forumosa is a forum for discussion. When starting a topic thread, be sure that you have something to say. In most cases, just linking to another discussion or news article is insufficient […]

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5.12. Illegal Activities.

Do not promote illegal activities. Breach of this rule can lead to legal proceedings against this site, and will not be tolerated. Forumosa will cooperate with requests made to it by legal authorities. In cases where the law has clearly been broken, Forumosa may notify the proper authorities.

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5.13. Identity Theft.

Do not impersonate other users. If you suspect someone has hacked into your Forumosa account, alert us right away at admin (at) forumosa.com or leave us a Google Voice message at +1 (413) 248-7743 so that we can suspend the account as quickly as possible.

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5.14. Trolling.

Trolling is not permitted. Trolling is the deliberate posting of inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. Trolling does not encourage further discussion in the long run, it only encourages personal attacks (if left unchecked). Substance is the […]

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5.15. Ad blockers.

Please do not post workarounds that allow users to block ads from our sponsors when they use the forums. Forumosans who disregard this rule may find themselves suspended or even banned from the forums.

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5.16. Stay on topic.

Do not jump into an unrelated discussion and introduce a barely-relevant tangent.

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5.17. Deleting Posts.

Please do not edit the content of your posts to the point that replies to that post become meaningless – this diminishes the value of the entire thread. For the same reason, deleting entire posts is strictly verboten, (unless one is removing an accidental duplicate post).

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5.18. Smurfing (Multiple Accounts).

Each Forumosan is permitted one forum account. If you have reason to require more than one account, please discuss this with the admin at admin (at) forumosa.com or leave a Google Voice message at +1 (413) 248-7743. Sponsors of Forumosa are encouraged to use a Forumosa ID for their business or service distinct from their […]

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