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Guidelines

Forum Usage Policy 

 

xbox-society.com is a moderated forum, Moderators help keep the forum tidy, making it easier to find what you are looking for, Moderating also helps to maintain a friendly atmosphere.

 

By registering an account on xbox-society.com you agree to abide by the following rules set out in the Forum Usage Policy (FUP).

This covers new threads, replies and private messages, visitor messages and all other communication on xbox-society.com

The Policy 

1. Bulletin Board and Messages

 

1.1.         Messages must not contain any profanities

 

xbox-society.com is a friendly website as such posts must be acceptable for all ages.

 

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violate any law.

 

1.2 Message Content

The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this forum or any of its users. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact a Founder or Administrator immediately by email or using the report function. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.

 

We will not discuss in public why a particular post has been edited or deleted. If you wish to know why then please contact a site Founder or Administrator.

 

1.3 Acceptability of Messages

We are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message, please be vigilant at all times when writing or receiving messages including private messages.

 

1.4 Thread Derailment

All threads on the forum evolves from the first post and the last which helps to create debate. Derailing a thread so that it stops others from posting, keeps taking the threads back to a previous removed/reported post or tries to cause arguments will not be tolerated. 

 

1.5 Personnel Details

Messages must not contain the personnel details of any individual (except of your own) without written permission sent to a Founder or Administrator from all members.

 

Do NOT ask for or share details of your Xbox account's private information with anyone. This may lead to people stealing accounts. This also includes game sharing via account sharing.

 

We are committed to responsible data management and subscribe to the principals of the data protection legislation in the United Kingdom.  We are committed to maintaining the privacy of our users and maintaining the security of any personal information received from you.  The information provided by you is NOT available for sale or use by third parties. 

 

1.6 Messages must not break UK copyright laws.

This includes copying text from the internet directly onto the forum, linking to websites that infringe on copyright laws, direct links to online video and sound files.

 

To post text from an article please only include the Title, Citation, Link (If applicable) and brief quote.

 

Please only post images that you own the copyright to.

 

1.7 Post Count Increasing

Posting a post only to bump up a user’s post count will be deleted.

 

1.8 Banned Topics

Although the forum is a gaming forum, there is an area of the forum devoted to general discussion where most non-gaming related topics are allowed to be discussed.

 

Due to the fact that these topics will often cause offense, arguments or other disruption to the forum, we do not allow discussion about: Politics, ‘Adult Entertainment’ and religion.

 

1.9 General Behaviour

•             Please don't post a thread message all in UPPER CASE CHARACTERS, this is classed as shouting.

•             Post in the right Forum

•             Don't jump on newcomers there are NO stupid questions. We are all supposed to help each other.

•             Do some searching before asking a question, you will probably find the answer you are looking for.

•             Text Speak will not be tolerated with offending posts being removed, the poster will be notified of this.

 

2. Member Conduct

Members must not post any messages that are intended to offend any other members. Such posts will be removed and members may be banned.

 

Do NOT post spoilers for a game, If you must bring up a spoiler to a game, make sure you mark the post and warn members of a spoiler alert.

 

3. Spam and Advertising

Making a post with the sole intention of promoting a product/service or other forum offered by yourself or on behalf a person or organisation associated with yourself is not allowed unless prior agreement has been made with a Founder of the site.

 

This includes threads, replies, signatures and private messaging.

 

3.1. Advertise Your Services

You must not advertise any other website, whether in a post, signature, status update or any other method, unless specific authorisation has been granted from a board administer, otherwise the offending advert will be immediately removed and you may be banned from the forum. 

 

There may be an opportunity to advertise a service for a small fee to help support the forum, this has to be agreed in writing by a Founder prior to any advertisement being posted.

 

3.2 Gaming Hardware/Games for Sale

We do not allow the advertisement of any gaming items for private sale as we cannot guarantee the suitability and warranty of such items

 

3.3 Sponsors

xbox-society.com, like most websites, costs a great deal just to keep it online. We therefore have to allow advertisers and sponsors on the forum, this will be with express permission and vetting by a Founder of the site

 

Posts by sponsors and advertisers are sometimes left open for discussion. All discussion on these threads must be on topic and related to Original Post. Any posts not on topic, commenting on other issues or comparing products/services will not be allowed.

 

3.4 Other Forums

There are a number of other forums related to gaming. We believe this is a good thing. We have however puts lots of time, money and effort into xbox-society.com so if anybody is caught spamming other users, via pm, messages of posting on the forum to join their own or others forum, it will result in an instant ban.

 

3.5 Chain Emails

Chain emails are one of the most annoying forms of spam and there is no need to post them on a forum, so they will be instantly removed. Chain emails are usually quite long and ask that you send them to your friends, you address book or similar. If unsure please ask a Moderator/Admin or Founder.

 

3.6 Piracy Discussions

•             Do NOT discuss piracy or anything related including but not limited to: Cracks, key generators, console emulators.

•             Do NOT post about hacking games, selling hacks, or anything hacking related.

•             Do NOT post mods that are used for personal gain. Aesthetic mods will be allowed.

 

4. Signatures

Signatures are allowed as long as they fit within the parameters of the image size and do not violate any of the rules set out in the Forum Use Policy.

 

5. Moderators and Admin

Everybody hates rules, we understand that but without them the forum would be an unpleasant place and of not much use for everybody. If you feel that you don't agree with the actions of a moderator do not contact them please contact a Founder. Any public criticism of the moderating team is not allowed and will result in a warning or ban for persistent breaking of this rule.

 

Blocking any or all Founders or admins will result in an immediate ban. Our focus is to assure a friendly and hostile-free environment. We also expect our admin team to adhere to this. All differences and conflicts may need to be settled before either and any member is to rejoin.

 

6. Intellectual Property Rights 

The Website and its content (including without limitation the Website design, text, graphics and all software and source codes connected with the Website and the Services) are protected by copyright, trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights and laws.  In accessing the Website you agree that you will access the contents solely for your personal, non-commercial use.  None of the content may be downloaded, copied, reproduced, transmitted, stored, sold or distributed without the prior written consent of the copyright holder.  This excludes the downloading, copying and/or printing of pages of the Website for personal, non-commercial home use only.

 

xbox-society.com does not claim ownership of any materials you post, upload or submit to any publicly accessible area of the Services. However, by doing so you are granting us a world-wide, royalty free, non-exclusive licence to copy, distribute, transmit, reproduce, publicly display, edit, translate or publish such content for as long as you elect to display such content via the Services.  The licence shall be terminated when such Content is deleted from the Services.

 

7. General

•             You MUST use a valid Xbox Live Gamertag to register with as your login/display name.

•             Each forum member must maintain a valid e-mail address on record.

•             We use "cookies" as part of our normal business procedure to track patterns of behaviour of visitors to the Website

 

And Finally

 

The Forum Usage Policy (FUP) is non-negotiable and the decision of the Founders team is final in all circumstances.

 

We aim to make this forum to No.1 gaming discussion forum and by sticking to Forum Usage Policy (FUP) we believe that we can achieve this.

 

Failure to follow these rules may mean a suspension of your account and in certain cases a complete ban.

 

We reserve the right to update or amend the Forum Usage Policy at any time and your continued use of the Website/Services following any changes shall be deemed to be your acceptance of such change.  It is therefore your responsibility to check the Forum Usage Policy regularly for any changes

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