These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on sharethefiles.com. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.
• First and foremost: Play nice.
That means no personal attacks, name-calling, libel, defamation, hate speech, comparisons to notorious dictators, and so on and so forth. Just be respectful of one another. And under no circumstances should you post anything that could be taken as threatening, harassing, bullying, derogatory, obscene, pornographic, sexist or racist.
• Don't use profanity.
We know there are ways around swear filters and we're not going to list every objectionable word here. Just remember that this is a public forum and we want everyone to feel comfortable participating.
• Questionable Content.
Since we can't have a rule to cover everything, this is the rule to, well, cover everything. These are public boards, so act like you would if you were in a public place. (A nice place!) These issues are left to the discretion of individual moderators, but may include any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, misleading, spammy, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, sexist, obscene, racist, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, that otherwise violates any law, or that encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense. Asking for or offering any of the material listed above is also not permitted.
• Terms of service.
By registering or using the site, you agree that the board moderators have the right, in addition to other rights, to delete your posts or ban you or any other user at any time, if they believe that action is in the best interest of the forum and its members, for whatever reason, and the reason need not be disclosed. #
a. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum or not according to forum posting rules may be given a warning.
b. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
c. If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of the Staff. Please use the "post report" feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. The same applies if you find any error in a topic subject or post content: please use the "post report" feature instead of posting a comment about it. (The "post report"-button is available in all posts, and has an "exclamation point"-icon.)
d. Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. So will posting content promoting the use of alcohol or illegal drugs.
e. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on hacks, cracks, serial numbers, keygens, passwords, DRM-removal, etc. will receive a warning and their post will be removed. This includes requesting and linking to websites that directly host them. Providing information on how to crack, hack or bypass copy protection is also not allowed! Posting eD2k links to cracks and already cracked software or games is acceptable. (Asking for or offering invites to other sites is also not allowed.)
f. Members are asked only to post in English, as this is an English speaking community.
g. No political or religious discussions.
h. Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline () image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed. In other words: hotlinking images is not allowed! Always upload images to an imagehost.
i. Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post large, small, bold, or coloured text, excessive numbers of emoticons, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Do not post smilies or images only. If you cannot bother using words, do not bother at all. Users consistently abusing this will be warned. Also, signatures are not allowed. Any text added besides a comment, and present in all or most of your posts counts as a signature, whether it is a link, a catchy phrase, your name, etc etc etc.
j. Off-topic posts will be deleted or moved to the appropriate board. Excessively posting off topic content or hijacking and driving a discussion off topic will result in a warning or ban.
k. There is a "thanks"-button available. Please use it instead of posting "thanks"-comments (instead, not both, as that would be the same as double-posting). This feature was requested by a majority of both users and moderators. One of its many advantages (for users/moderators/forum), is that no unnecessary email notifications are sent out to all users who are subscribing to a topic or forum. The "thanks"-button sends the notification directly to the person you are thanking instead! (And if you've never noticed the "thanks"-button, it is available in all posts, and has a "thumbs up" icon.)
l. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. Users posting spam will be warned or banned and their post removed. Asking for, or posting, DDL links will accomplish the same.
Do NOT SPAM the forums! Spamming is characterized by the initiation of threads or posts that contribute nothing to a forum, be it off topic or on topic. Examples include: images or smilies only, empty bodies, bodies with few words that have no relation to the current thread or discussion, posts made either to annoy, advertise or increase a member's post count. Posting multiple consecutive comments (regardless of content) counts as spam. This determination is made by the forum Moderator or Administrator and is not up for discussion.
m. If you have a question, PLEASE use the Search function to look for the same question, BEFORE you post yours! The question you have may have already been asked and answered elsewhere on these boards. If you have something to ask, ONLY ASK IT IN ONE POST! Do not continue to post the same question or information in different posts!
n. Do not duplicate (repost, quote, etc) an already posted link. If you have information about a specific link in a topic containing multiple links, quote the FILENAME and not the link. Do not in any way, shape, or form add an already posted link to your own post. Do not add new links to an already existing post, always make a new post.
o. The moderating, support and other teams reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. Please note that currently users ten first posts are automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the present Rules. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Staff and not users.
p. We take the security of our forum and members very seriously, anything done that could potentially harm or destroy the forums, members or guests that frequent our site will be dealt with severely.
q. Flagrant disregard towards something an Administrator or Moderator has asked you to do will result in further action.
r. The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.
s. STF operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times, after which the user will be banned.
t. Arguing with Staff after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. If you must question what a staff member posted, or did, then do it politely in a private message to them. If you are not happy with their response then contact one of our staff Administrators.
u. An exception to the three strike rule applies if you are rude to a member of staff via any method, whether it is in public or in a private message. That means an instant ban. Our staff members use up their free time without getting paid to help people here. #