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Forum Rules & Guidelines

Rules & Guidelines

Please read the following rules and guidelines very carefully. By proceeding to post you agree to these guidelines and must obey them at all times. Refusal to obey these guidelines will result in the appropriate responsive actions.

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We have implemented the following guide for using on all our forums. This guide is designed to strike a balance between the main goal of our forums, providing support, and keeping the relaxed and welcoming family atmosphere of our community which has made our site so popular.

Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this bulletin board.

Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email or PM. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.

You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you.

We require all posts to be positive, constructive, and on topic. We may delete individual posts that could ruin a good topic thread.

Unnecessary bumping of topics is considered Spam, and topics bumped for no reason shall be locked.

We reserve the right to edit or remove any content on these forums that we deem inappropriate with or without forewarning. We will try to give fair warning when we can, but it is not always feasible to do so.

Having fun is good, we like fun. There are several general forums for non-Outbackers related topics. Please keep it positive and polite. We do not censor opinions or ideas on our forums but we do take action against posts and/or topics that could cause unrest in the community beyond a civil and polite disagreement.

Please NOTE: Due to the inflammatory nature of political, world news, religious and other related topics, we have deemed them inappropriate for our forums. These topics often result in heated discussions not always suitable for our younger members. We suggest you discuss these types of topics on a forum and/or site dedicated for heated debates.

You may not make personal attacks on other users or staff members either in public forums or private messages.

You may not use profanity in usernames, posts, signatures or anything else on this website. It is unprofessional and offensive and will not be tolerated. We have word filters in place for the most vulgar terms. Circumventing those word filters will result in punitive action.

We reserve the right to ban any member who violates our guidelines or disrupts our community. We will be fair and provide warning in most cases.
If you have an issue concerning our services, policies, or staff, please use a personal contact method such as a private message or email to a staff member. All staff are highlighted in the active members list. We take serious complaints to heart and will do our best to address them.

The Golden Rules

1. There will be no excessive use of profanity.
2. There will be no racial, ethnic, gender based insults or any other personal discriminations.
3. There will be no posts meant to offend or hurt any other member, in a manner which is offensive or inflammatory; this includes the excessive use of all caps which is considered yelling.
4. Spamming is not permitted; please keep all your posts as constructive as possible.
5. Unnecessary bumping of topics is considered Spam; please do not unnecessarily bump topics. Please do not bump your own topic for at least 24 hours.
6. Asking for members or staff for your site/forums is considered Spam; please do not use our site to advertise yours without prior approval from a member of Management.
7. Pornography, Warez, or any other illegal transactions may NOT be linked in any shape or form.
8. All posts are property of the poster. This forum and all web sites owned in conjunction with this forum have the right to request alteration or deletion of any offensive post.
9. Posts may be deleted for any reasons the forum administrators deem reasonable.
10. Users may not argue a moderators decision publicly. Any and all complaints directed at a moderator must first address the moderator in question via PM. If the problem can not be resolved, then the moderator and user must send their positions to the forum admin. The forum admin will make or change any and/or all final decisions.
11. Pictures may be posted as long as they are not explicit or offensive. If you plan to post more than one image, or the topic is based on graphics, please link the images rather than screening.

12. Members may include a signature in their profiles. A signature is a good way to let the community know a little bit about yourself. As signatures appear at the bottom of every post you make, it is imperative that the size of the signature not be excessive. Oversize signatures can overwhelm smaller monitors (such as laptops), and large photo and graphic file sizes waste server space, and can slow the viewing experience to unacceptable levels (Especially for those using slower Internet connections). To that end, the following rules will govern the use of signatures:
-12.a. Signatures may include up to four (4) lines of text. One line may be over-sized (maximum: Size 2) for use as a header, remaining lines shall be the the default size. There is no restriction on the use of font, color or modifiers (bold, italic, etc.). Text may include approved emoticons.
-12.b. Graphic or photo images may be included. Individual images shall not exceed 100 pixels (vertical) x 500 pixels (horizontal). Multiple images are allowed, but must all reside within a single horizontal band no more than 100 pixels (vertical) x 800 pixels (horizontal).
-12.c. Additionally, another image band may be included for the exclusive display of Outbackers.com rally or event promotional banners. Individual banners may not exceed 60 pixels (vertical) x 500 pixels (horizontal). Multiple banners are allowed, but must all reside within a single horizontal band no more than 60 pixels (vertical) x 800 pixels (horizontal).
-12.d. Photo and graphic images to be included should be saved at resolutions no higher than 72DPI. The use of tools for further optimizing images for use on the web is highly encouraged. Many photo and/or graphics editing programs include such tools.
-12.e. Multiple frame animated graphics are allowed, but should be stored on a remote server, and then linked to your Outbackers signature.
-12.f. Signature content is governed by the same rules that apply to the rest of the Outbackers.com site and forums.
-12.g. The use of a signature to advertise or promote products and/or services is not allowed.
-12.h. The Administrator reserves the right to edit or delete any signature or portion thereof to assure compliance with these rules.
-Note: It is understood that not all members possess the skills or tools to manipulate their images appropriately. We will gladly work with those in need, to help them design and implement a compliant signature.
13. Please keep foul language away from these forums, any excessive un-called for language will be removed and you will receive a final warning.
14. Remember to post in the correct forum and search first to make sure it hasn't already been posted. Take your time to look at other topics and see where your topic should go. If your topic is placed in the wrong forum, it will be moved by a moderator.
15. If a topic is recognized as being posted in the wrong forum, or if the post is a violation of our guidelines then please contact a moderator either via PM or the 'report post to moderator' feature; please do not respond publicly to the member - a member of staff will do what is required upon contact.
16. Any person/s who attempt to present themselves as a Moderator by posting negatively to a member's topic (which has been posted in error and requires locking or moving to another forum) will be sent a PM warning and placed into moderation queue upon further actions.
17. Any impersonation of a user from these forums, in any mode of communication, is strictly prohibited and will result in a banning.
18. If you have a question about where your topic went, please PM a Moderator or Administrator before starting a new topic asking where it went, or posting a duplicate of the original topic. We will be happy to provide you with a link to the new location, or a reason why it was locked and/or removed.
19. By uploading and/or submitting content (forum postings, blog postings, articles, images, etc.) to Outbackers.com, you automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) the ownership of Outbackers.com a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license to use said materials on the Outbackers.com website. You warrant that all so-called "moral rights" in those materials have been waived. Except as necessary to enforce the rules and policies of this website regarding inappropriate content, postings and uploads will not be deleted or removed from the website or its public forums.

Violation of any of these rules will result in consequences determined on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for visiting Outbackers.com and we hope you enjoy your stay.