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Forum Policies

Section 1: Guidelines

SOF Studios is a business and as such, these forums are moderated for content and member behavior.

SOF Studios reserves the right to remove users from the forum without warning if they are judged to be disruptive, negative towards other users or not positively contributing to the community.

Abuse directed at Staff or Moderators will not be tolerated and will result in immediate removal of the offender.

Section 2: Forum Rules

The following activities WILL lead to moderator intervention and may result in suspension or removal of a member’s access:

*Rudeness, insulting others, personal attacks, threats or inflammatory posts or messages

*Repeat, redundant posting or negative commentary

*Advertising, spamming, solicitation or commercial self-promotion

*Discussing any illegal activities

*Lewd or racist comments, language or photos

*Posting of disturbing material not suitable for the general public or a business environment

*Misleading or irrelevant comments; state the facts and stay on topic

*Failure to follow moderator direction (disputes about moderator actions should be handled via a personal message to a Moderation Team Lead)

*Creating more than one forum account

Section 3: Posting Rules

Remember that this discussion forum is moderated by a group of people who have volunteered to put themselves in the position of making difficult judgment calls. Following these guidelines/rules makes everyone's experience visiting SOF Studios better.

Respect the Moderators decisions– the Moderators reserve the right to edit, relocate and/or remove any message, at any time, for any reason. All editing decisions should be considered final. If you don't agree with a decision, you may use the private message system to discuss it with a Moderation Team Lead.

The following rules apply when posting on our forums:

*Post in the right forum to avoid your post having to be moved or deleted.

*Use descriptive Topic Subject and Tags. This will help others find what they want to read.

*Topics with poor Topic subjects may be edited.

*Research your Post! Make sure you are not double posting, search the forum first to make sure you are not duplicating a thread that already exists. Duplicate threads will be merged with earlier ones (see exception below).

*Do not dig up old threads. If you want to continue an old discussion (older than 1 month), create a new thread and reference the old one in your post.

*No trolling. Don't make posts that are inflammatory just to annoy or incite people.

*Personal Attacks or criticism of others is not allowed. Debate the idea, do not criticize the people.

*Flaming will not be tolerated. This includes any material which is vulgar, defamatory, inaccurate, harassing, hateful, threatening, invading of others privacy, sexually oriented, or violates any laws.

*No pornographic, sexually offensive, sexually explicit, or objectifying material. This includes suggestive images, graphics, and comments.

*Do not post links to sites or sites with pornographic or objectionable content. Only link to sites that are suitable for family viewing.

*Do not post external links in any forums designated for official discussion or polls, e.g., The Key Hole or the Private Forums.

*Respect the privacy of others and your own safety. Do not post phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, pictures, etc. in public view.

*Do not use objectionable language or try to bypass the language filter.

*NO Blatant Advertising. This forum is not free advertising space.

*Politics and Religion. This is not a political or religious site; please do not post on any issue that can be considered as political as someone will always be offended.

*NO Spamming. No commercial posts or flooding the forum with useless content.

*Message content. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages.

*No Cap Locks. This is seen as shouting so do not use a string of caps in topic headings or within your posts, or your message may be deleted.

*Don't make slanderous statements, or anything else that might violate someone's privacy or SOF Studios integrity.

*Don't threaten other users. Threats will not be tolerated and will result in a ban.

Section 4: Report Icon on Posts

You should not react to bad behavior of others in the forums. Instead, use the Report icon on the originating post and allow the Moderators to deal with the issue.

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Section 5: Signature Rules

Consider the overall size of your signature block and the affect on others in the forums, please!

*Signatures should contain 1 image (max. 111 x 111 pixels).

*Signatures may contain a link to your personal site or sites that maybe of use to other members, No Blatant advertising!

*Signatures are expected to follow the same guidelines as posts.