This document is designed to clarify various responsibilities of forum members here at The Spanish Town Mardi Gras Forum. Please read it and become familiar with it.
Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see Warnings and Banning below).
Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning or immediate banning.
Members are asked to not act as "back seat moderators". If members note an issue which breakes the rules in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of the Moderator Team. Only do this if a moderating team member has not replied within 6 hours. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who consistently "act" as moderators will be warned.
Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline () image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed.
Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or colored text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.
Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic.
Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance.
The Moderator Team reserves the right to edit or remove any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, flaming, spamming, etc. as noted in these points is up to Moderator Team Members and not users.
The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.
Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, and so forth.
Users abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their avatar privileges.
Warning and Banning
Spanish Town Mardi Gras Forum operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a temporary ban will be put in place of between 1 to 7 days.
Arguing with Moderator team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place as above.
Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the administrator. If they feel you were treated badly they will remove a warning, if not the warning stands. Their decision is final.
Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent. Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, registering a new email account to evade an email ban.
An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact the administrator or Moderator Team members personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.
Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While Spanish Town Mardi Gras administration may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time this is a rare occurrence.