Ariel Atom Chat FAQ

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The Official Ariel Atom Chat Forum Rules

Ariel Atom Chat would like to thank all of you for being a part of this growing community. In order to keep the forums running well and to prevent problems, please follow these simple rules. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact the Administrator.

General Rules

  • While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, profanity (or attempts to bypass profanity filters), insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision is final in these matters.
  • Please refrain from posting meaningless threads, one word (or short) non-sense posts, or the such.
  • All off-topic discussions should be limited to the specific off-topic sections of the site.
  • Multiple or repeated posting in order to increase your post count is not allowed.
  • Advertising, spamming and trolling is not allowed. This includes using the forum, email, visitor messages, blog comments, picture comments and private message systems to spam other members.
  • Please wait a reasonable amount of time before bumping posts.
  • We also do not allow posts or links to sites that are sexual in nature or violate Ariel Atom Chat community standards. The Ariel Atom Chat administrator shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards.
  • Discussion of illegal activities and other intellectual property violations are not allowed.
  • Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed.
  • We reserve the right to remove or edit posts (whether offensive or not) without notice.
  • Posts arguing about Ariel Atom Chat policies are not allowed. You can send the Administrator a private message or use the Contact Form if you have issue with forum policies.
  • Posts discussing moderator actions are also not allowed.
  • Also while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.
  • You cannot post any affiliate or referral links, or post anything asking for a referral. Such posts will be subject to removal.
  • You cannot post advertisements or notices for contests.
  • All post must be made in English.
  • We also reserve the right to ban anyone who wilfully violates the forum rules, as access to our forums are a privilege and not a right.

Advertising, Solicitation, and Commercial Posts

  • We do not allow people to post threads or to send private messages or emails to users here that advertise or solicit any products, services, websites, funds, or donations. Explicit advertising and soliciting in signatures is also prohibited.
  • Individual members may post a reasonable number of "For Sale" or "Wanted" topics in the appropriate Marketplace forum. The definition of "reasonable" is at the sole discretion of Ariel Atom Chat.
  • If a member has an affiliation with the product or service being sold, that affiliation must be disclosed in the discussion. This extends to posts not directly selling a product, such as if you work for a company that manufactures or sells a product or service being discussed. Ariel Atom Chat may edit or remove posts deemed to be in violation of this rule without notice.
  • Commercial posts should be limited to Atom-related items in the appropriate forum and limited in number, and commercial entities must receive permission from the Administrator (via Private Message or the Contact Form) prior to making such posts. Unauthorized commercial posts may be removed without warning by Ariel Atom Chat.

Links in signatures must follow these guidelines

  • Promotional text for a commercial product or service is ok, provided there are no price(s) of product(s) or service(s) listed.
  • A link and promotional text for a site that is not commercial and does not contain product(s) and/or service(s) is allowed, provided the site is not sexual or does not violate Ariel Atom Chat community standards. The Ariel Atom Chat Administrator shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards.
  • Duplicate links to the same URL in a signature are not allowed.
  • All signatures must be made in English

Avatars

  • Avatars containing explicit content are not allowed. No exceptions.
  • Avatars that may be confused with official staff avatars are not allowed.

Signature Size Limits

All signatures should not exceed the following limits

  • For text signatures: 4 lines normal size, 8 lines small size and up to 90 chars per line. Font sizes above 2 are not allowed. (Blank lines count as lines.)
  • Do not use images with large text to bypass the previous item
  • For images in signatures: 1 image up to 500 pixels wide, 100 pixels tall.
  • Animated images in a signature are not allowed

Moderation

Although the administrators and moderators of Ariel Atom Chat will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and the owner of Ariel Atom Chat will not be held responsible for the content of any message.

By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

The owner of Ariel Atom Chat reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason without warning or explanation.

Staff Disputes

Any disputes with the staff of Ariel Atom Chat will be handled in private through the Private Message System or the Contact Form.

The Bottom Line

All the above rules were written with the intent of making Ariel Atom Chat a friendly, casual place to discuss any topic relating to the Ariel Atom. In a perfect world, everyone would just be cool and we wouldn't ever need to refer to a list of rules. I wish that was the world we lived in. :) But everyone has different opinions about how forums should be run, what should and shouldn't be allowed, how things should be handled, etc. The bottom line, however, is that this website is owned, financed, operated, and managed by a single individual on a volunteer basis. This is a community, but it's not a democracy, so please think of me as a benevolent Platonic philosopher king. I'm going to try my best to keep things running smoothly and keep everyone happy. I'm going to be as nice, and fair-minded, and even-handed as I can about everything, but in the inevitable cases where there is a dispute, my decision will be final, and I am under no obligation to explain myself. Unless I change my mind. Which I could. At any time. At my sole discretion. I can move things, change things, edit things, add things, remove things, make up rules, change existing rules, add functions, remove functions, and do anything else without warning or any need to explain myself. That's what I get in return for providing this awesome website free of charge.

I'm a pretty nice guy, and I have no plans to abuse my authority. But if I do something you don't like, your only recourse is to close your account and go elsewhere. :)

Addendum

We reserve the right to update and modify these rules as the needs of the community dictate to ensure the smooth operation of this community.

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