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Rules: The Big Five
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:44:35 PM »
We wanted to keep the rules as light and accessible as possible. It was important for us to make everything as quick and easy as possible.

ManOfMany has lots of experience with large forum communities and was more than happy to work with Foo and myself to iron out some rules. After much discussion, we all feel these illustrate our values without making things convoluted.

So here The Big Five

  • Nothing that puts the management in a legally liable position, and all ads must be approved by the site owners.
  • Do not harass other users or in any other way deliberately make other users uncomfortable. This includes anything that would foreseeably cause offense or create a hostile environment. Think before you post.
  • Respect the space you're using. Do not leech images, and don't make a habit of breaking the forum's formatting with oversized images or the like. Keep the forums readable for everyone.
  • NSFW content must be linked externally and tagged as such. No porn allowed.
  • Respect your moderation staff. Mod sass is not appreciated, nor is backseat modding. And attempting to get clever in order to circumvent the rules will end poorly for you.
« Last Edit: February 06, 2015, 05:22:45 PM by ManofManyChars »
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Re: Rules: The Big Five
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2015, 04:04:33 PM »
Hey, here's the skinny on image leeching and why doing it is a Bad Thing: When you use inline linking to display an image in your post, the bandwidth to display that image is taken from the URL you're using. For most websites, this is essentially stealing, since they're getting no ad revenue or page hits to compensate for that bandwidth. This is why the thumbnails Google Image Search uses are actually their own unique images with separate URLs. So, don't do it. Image hosting sites like imgur and Photobucket may be inline linked from, because that's their entire reason for existing. So, the quick-and-dirty version is, if you want to use [img] tags in your post, put the image on imgur first. It takes like ten seconds, don't be That Guy.

EDIT: Oh, right, bit of an edge case, but if you own the webspace you're taking the image from, you can leech away, it's your bandwidth to waste as you deem fit, but depending on circumstances I may need verification of ownership in that situation.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2015, 12:07:52 AM by ManofManyChars »
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