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Forum Rules

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Forum Rules

Registration

1. Due to a bombardment of spambot membership applications, the administrators have to manually activate new accounts. If you have been unable to gain access, please post in the 'Help, Questions and New Member Introductions' area, which is open to guest posting.
User may NOT use temporary or anonymous email servers like humailer or gmailtube; any request to join from such domains will be deleted.
If you're some low-rent "SEO expert" looking to raise a brand with links go away, your skills are mediocre and SEO doesn't even work like that anymore.

2. You may not use actual names of any of recognised actors, writers, directors, etc. as your user name. Of course, if you happen to be someone who was involved in the show, feel free to use your own name, but please understand that we will want to verify who you are for your sake as well as ours.

General Conduct

3. Keep it civil. No flaming or personal abuse.

4. Respect the opinions of others, even if they are the polar opposites of your own. We encourage all perspectives on the series and its facets and members should feel unafraid to offer their own views without them being shouted down or denied in some other way. Members who disrespect or call into question the opinions of others risk a ban, even a permanent one.

5. Harassing, bullying or baiting other members privately or on the forum can and probably will result in an immediate suspension of a prescribed duration or in extreme cases, a permanent ban.

6. No excessive foul language. The occasional epithet is understandable. But don't fill your posts with obscenities.

7. This is truly an international forum. Any racial slurs, or the slamming of another country or religion can and probably will result in an immediate permanent ban. You may also not slur others, or be disrespectful, of gender difference, LGBTI+ status, age, weight or personal or mental disability. Be nice.

Bear in mind that what seems okay to you may cause offence; respect others at all times and if someone indicates that they have been offended by something you've written, take a step back and UNDERSTAND WHY. This is the 21st century.

Excluded Topics of Discussion

8. No posting, trading of, or asking for, pirated materials. This rule is exceptionally important, as forums have been shut down for piracy talk.

9. No obscene/pornographic discussion or images. This one is obvious, but as with any TV show forum, there's the occasional fan who gets "creative" with the source material. If you do this sort of thing, do not post it directly on here - link it with ample warning. Administrators will use their discretion in allowing, editing or deleting such posts.

10. In the interests of a pleasant atmosphere at The Avengers Fan Forum, discussions on potentially heated topics where opinion may be polarised, such as current affairs, politics and religion are not encouraged, and may be deleted by administrators at their discretion.

However, we recognise that some fanfic and artwork might not sit comfortably within these rules - and in such instances, we suggest that such material is linked to rather than posted, and appropriate warnings are given when doing so.

Fan Fiction & Fan Art Area

11. The 'Mission... Highly Creative!' area is for the posting, highlighting and discussion of fan fiction, fan art and other creative works. The administrators realise that occasionally these works may be of an adult nature. We ask that such materials are not posted at the forum, but instead are linked to instead with appropriate warnings. Such works can be discussed here, though please be careful in how you post about them. We trust members to use their discretion.

Posting Etiquette

12. Please start new topics in the most appropriate forum area for them.

13. Please check for existing topics before starting new ones (the forum software does not permit the merging of topics).

14. The use of ALL CAPS in topic titles and messages is not permitted at this forum. Typing in ALL CAPS is considered bad netiquette, even rude or 'shouty'. It also discriminates against those with dyslexia and visual impairments, who find type in capitals much harder to read. Please respect fellow forum users and take the CAPS LOCK off! Topic titles and messages in ALL CAPS may be edited or deleted by Administrators, at their discretion.

Posting of Images

15. There is no facility at the Forum to upload photos. Therefore, any images posted by members should be hosted either on their personal webspace or at an image-hosting facility such as imgur.com. Do not directly link to an image on a website you do not own. We recommend this to discourage bandwidth theft.

16. The administrators of The Avengers Fan Forum are not responsible for copyright imagery posted by members. Such material should be posted with discretion and appropriate credit.

Avatars

17. NOTE THAT AVATARS ARE CURRENTLY BROKEN. We have no ETA from the forum vendor for when or if this will be fixed. If you have one already, lucky you, they will still work.

Cross Posting, Spam Posts, Personal Messages and Emails

18. No spam. If you want to plug your Avengers website or whatever, you may do so in 'The Avengers Online' section. Spam messages posted on other subjects will be deleted and will result in a permanent ban for the perpetrator.

19. Do NOT post the same information in multiple threads! If you *really* must mention it in multiple places, link to the thread you posted the main information in.

20. Responding to members' questions with entreatments to buy books or other merchandise to find those answers is not encouraged. Such items can only be advertised in the appropriate forum area (i.e. 'Books and Merchandise') or in your signature.

21. Using the members list to send off massive e-mails for spamming purposes will result in a permanent ban.

22. Sending unsolicited spam Personal Messages will also result in a permanent ban.

If you have received spam email or PMs via this forum, please contact an administrator.

Any topics or posts that contravene the above rules are liable to be edited or deleted by administrators and the member(s) responsible for them risk suspension or a permanent ban in extreme cases.

Administrators of The Avengers Fan Forum are identifiable by their rank - 'The Ministry' - and by their names appearing in bold in 'Who is Online'. Their names appear beneath the description of the 'Rules, Tutorials and Information' sub-section of 'About the Forum' on the forum homepage.


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Forum Rules revised: 19th May 2016 (Point 4 clarified). Please see above.
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Avatar rule added (this is actually unchanged but was previously shown as a separate topic).
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Note concerning the new fan fiction and fan art area added.
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Rule 7 updated following recent events.
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Rule 1 updated to explicitly disallow joining from an anonymous email server address.
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Rule 1 updated to call out the continual attempts by dodgy SEO marketers using outdated attempts to raise website visibility.
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What is SEO?
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SEO is search engine optimisation, the idea being that if they plant links to the sites they're promoting in fora and news sites, it will result in a higher search engine ranking for their clients and they'll appear higher up in Google results.

It's all out-dated as the search companies have changed how they calculate that sort of thing.
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