The [H]ard|Forum Rules Below - FSFT has its OWN RULE SET. FSFT has a required 100 post minimum to participate. FSFT is for contributing members of HardForum. PMs have also been TURNED OFF for low post members to prevent scamming of our community members. WARNING: Do not spam the forums to reach the required minimum, your posts will be deleted or your account banned outright. Soapbox (subscription forum) has its own rule set as well that you need to be aware of. (1) Absolutely NO FLAMING, NAME CALLING OR PERSONAL ATTACKS, NO TROLLING. Mutual respect and civilized conversation is the required norm, this includes personal attacks in signatures. NO POLITICAL DISCUSSION OUTSIDE OF THE SOAPBOX SUBFORUM. http://hardforum.com/account/upgrades (2) No OFF-TOPIC posting will be allowed with the exception of the General Mayhem sub-forum area. There are multiple sub-forums as well that are subscription-access only. You can buy a subscription at this link. http://hardforum.com/account/upgrades (3) No THREAD HIJACKING. Start another thread if you have a different topic. (4) No THREAD Crapping (5) No SPAMMING. Any such messages will be removed at the discretion of either a forum moderator or administrator. (6) You must have a valid E-MAIL ACCOUNT where you can be reached by a forum moderator or administrator. Email accounts must be updated in your account when a change is required. (7) No CURSING (or any facsimile thereof including but not limited to changing one letter in a word for using symbols instead of letters) in the thread title. It is permitted in the thread body, but please refrain from using excessive profanity dammit. (8) No BOMBING forums or threads with pointless posts. (9) No SHOUTING (Posting in all capital letters) Its hard to read and just plain rude and annoying. 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This includes posting images directly from a website (Bandwidth Theft) Images are to be hosted personally or by a third party host. (15) Observe all COPYRIGHT LAWS, TOS's and NDA's when posting copyrighted material. If the material belongs to someone else, credit the original author. Do not post messages that violate Federal, State, or Local laws which include, but are not limited to, anything that violates a copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or is bound by NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). (16) No BUYING, TRADING, or SELLING anywhere with the exception of the For Sale / Trade forum. The FS/T forum has its own set of specific rules and has a required 100 post minimum to participate. WARNING: Do not spam the forums to reach the required minimum, your posts will be deleted or your account banned. Please read their rules before posting in that forum. No PRICE CHECKS allowed except in General Mayhem. [H]ard|Forum is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any loss due to any sale or exchange of any item in the For Sale / Trade forum. (17) Posting is to be in ENGLISH only. Non-English posts will be locked or removed. (18) You will not discuss, suggest, engage, or encourage any ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES. Links provided to locations that deal with any such activity are also expressly forbidden. (19) ADVERTISING, site pimping, contests or any type of business promotion is not permitted. Soliciting for fraternal organizations, humanitarian causes or personal rewards is prohibited unless approved prior to posting. (20) Do not abuse BB CODE. It is provided as a benefit to you and its usage can be revoked. (21) Each Hard|Forum member is limited to one ACCOUNT/ALIAS, unless otherwise authorized by a Hard|Forum Administrator. Protect your password and your account. You are responsible for your account regardless of compromised or stolen passwords. (22) No active links, graphics, code, profanity or advertising allowed in the SIGNATURE. Signature is limited to 5 lines total at no more than a maximum 500 characters. (23) Link shorteners of any kind are not allowed and an immediate bannable offense. (24) You must follow forum MODERATORS' and ADMINISTRATORS' directions. You are bound to follow their directions and instructions. (25) Do not put your signature or other redundant phrases in the closing body of your post. A signature section is supplied for that usage should you wish to populate it. No one wants to see your name or anything else on your posts multiple times as it is annoying. (26) PRICE CHECKS are not allowed anywhere on the forums with the exception of the subscribed access General Mayhem forum. (27) REFERRAL or COMMISSION type links are not allowed in our forums. (28) Thread NECRO-ING is not allowed unless specific to the old thread and necessary. Mods will determine what is necro-ing and what is not. (29) Use of SPECIAL CHARACTERS that break with traditional English and cause graphical anomalies will be grounds for an immediate permanent ban. (30) All avatars must be SAFE FOR WORK! (31) New accounts must have a minimum number of post to use the PM/Conversation system. FSFT drive-by fraudsters are the reason for this. MORE FOR YOUR INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [H]ard|Forum utilizes Xenforo's WARNING system. If you break a rule, you will receive a warning. Warning points are cumulative and last for a month. If three points overlap each other in those 30 days your account will be temporary banned till the oldest warning expires. Warnings expire after 30 days but remain part of your permanent record if that warning was assigned a point(s) to begin with. Only you and the mod/admin team can see the warnings in your profile. If you receive a warning, your notification will state why. Warnings are based on the forum rules which are subject to change without notice. It is your responsibility to periodically review the rules and remain in compliance with them. Complaining or whining or throwing a temper tantrum about getting a warning, will likely result in you being banned from the forum for a time period totally up to the discretion of the mod or admin you are complaining to. A warning isn't a huge deal, it just means you broke the rules or did something that was deemed worthy of being warned about by a mod or admin. Learn from it, don't do it again, and all will be fine. The #1 way for established members to be permabanned is by taking up too much administrative overhead by wanting to argue or discuss at length a warning. We simply do not have the time to manage with such granularity. Registering a new account during a temp ban will result in both accounts being permabanned. Remember that this is a privately owned and operated forum. The first amendment/freedom of speech does not apply here. Breaking any of the above listed forum rules can result in the loss of posting privileges and possible loss of your forum account. [H]ard|Forum also reserves the right to ban any user, at any time, and for any reason. Moderators and Administrators frequently review forum messages for those that are in violation of [H]ard|Forum rules. Any messages found to be in violation will be deleted without warning or explanation. [H]ard|Forum reserves the right to ban any member or limit access to open forums or subscriptions forums at any time without prior notification and without explanation. Also HardForum reserves the right to edit, reprint, distribute, or delete any posting for any reason and without prior notification or explanation to the author. All messages posted become the property of [H]ard|Forum. 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We simply ask that they contact us before posting so we can do a few checks. First we like to make sure that the persons are in fact who they say they are, have the proper affiliations, and also have the authority to be interacting with our forum members. We also like to identify those people with the proper titles, such as Official Company X Rep, etc. Obviously this lends a tremendous amount of credibility to the person making the post, and to our forums alike. We do not allow companies to come in and advertise, but we encourage them to be active in helping their customers with issues and helping inform consumers about their product lines when they are being discussed. Public forums are a very dynamic medium for a private company but are certainly one that can be leveraged if managed properly. Please contact HardForum@HardOCP.com with any questions about getting authorized to post in our forums.