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Rules and Guidelines

Unread postby forum_admin » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:22 am

Welcome to the Thunderbolts Forum, which is owned and operated by Thunderbolts.info, as part of the Thunderbolts Project.

Please familiarize yourself with the information below before you post, and from time to time to keep up with any changes.

Whilst we hope and trust that users will treat each other and the hosts of the forum with appropriate respect, we include here a list of rules and guidelines to enhance the experience of all users. As a matter of necessity, any breach of any rule or guideline may result in administrative action (including warning or banning the offending user). These are the legally binding Terms and Conditions which users accepted upon registration, which are followed by some additional guidelines which form part of the conditions of continued membership.

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Additional guidelines to 'best practice' posting:


Personal or ad hominem attacks will not be tolerated, under any circumstances. If you disagree with something which has been posted, address the post, not the poster.

For the most part, discussion is to be restricted to published materials with some relevance to Electric Universe and Plasma Cosmology themes, and related scientific information. Having said that, this forum affords more latitude than most, assuming most users will allow common sense to guide them. For those who wish to discuss topics closer to the fringes, please restrict your discussions to the 'New Insights and Mad Ideas' or 'The Human Question' boards. Please note, that even on these boards discussion still must bear some relevance to EU/PC themes. This is not the place for wild speculation or conspiracy theories, and there are many other forums suitable for that purpose.

The discussion of political and religious matters is to be discouraged, except when clearly relevant to the discussion in progress.

The Thunderbolts Forum is not a personal publishing house for your own theories or opinions. Please do not post large excerpts of information that is available on your own or another website. It is far more acceptable to post a link to such information. Likewise, posting the same information repeatedly in one thread or the same text across multiple threads on the forum is also to be discouraged.


Spam/Links/Signatures

Users whose only goal appears to be to spam our boards will be deleted along with their posts.

Do not link to purely commercial sites. Whilst many sites with good information do have a commercial aspect, sites whose primary goal is to solicit sales of goods or services are to be avoided. Links to material unrelated to the forum discussion at hand will be viewed as spam.

We do allow links in signatures, and these may be exempted from the need to relate to a specific forum discussion but these should be treated with caution. Any signature links of a purely commercial nature will be removed and may lead to posts/membership being deleted.


Privacy

Always respect the privacy of others, including non-members. The posting of personal contact or other details of a third party (which are not already readiliy and legally available on the internet) without their permission will likely lead to administrative action including but not limited to banning from the forum, and could also lead to legal action. Do not post the content of emails or PMs (Personal Messages) without the senders permission.


Quoting posts:

Please do not quote whole posts unless you need to address the post as a whole. It is preferable to quote only the relevant passages which you are addressing. So if you've used the 'quote' button on someone's post, make sure you delete all of the irrelevant parts before posting. Should you need to quote many passages seperately, learn how to manipulate the BB code quote tags to achieve this. The 'preview' function will help you to experiment and understand just how text / images will look, before posting, if you are unsure.


Posting Limits

In order to better manage both your own posting habits and for readers to be able to follow discussions more easily, and to assist moderators and administrators to manage the boards, it has become necessary for us to introduce posting limits. We ask all contributors to follow these guidelines:

Do not start more than two new threads in any one day.

Do not make more than three to six posts in any one day. Three is preferred, six would be the maximum allowing for answers to members who have posed a question to another particular member.

Members seeking to flood our forums with flippant or nonsensical posts may find both their posts and membership deleted. Other members should find the above guidelines helpful in causing them to "think before you post" and make posts more succinct and relevant to the discussion at hand.

Quite simply, the above equates to "don't bite off more than you can chew" and "make your posts count".


Images and avatars:

We have allowed the uploading of images and avatars to our system, but this will only remain available whilst members maintain good sense in the posting of images, as follows.

BEFORE uploading any image, make sure it does not exceed 600 pixels in either dimension, and is preferably not larger in file size than 50KB. If practical, use of a smaller 'thumbnail' image of around 300x300 pixels and a url link to an off-site larger hi-res version of the same image is preferable. One of the many available open-source or professional image editing programs will allow you to resize your images. Using a moderate 'compression' value which keeps the file size of the image(s) down is also a 'best practice.' This forum is viewed world-wide and not everyone has access to high-speed connections, and with the phpBB3's 'timeout' function, the loading of image-intense pages is particularly difficult for those on dial-up or other low-speed services. Our aim is to reach as many people as possible with our information, so please keep these suggestions in mind.


Finally:

Always treat fellow users, moderators and site administrators with respect. Users come here to discuss matters of common interest in an environment of friendliness and freedom from abuse. Moderators and administrators are volunteers who give their time and attention to ensure a good experience for all.

These rules and guidelines and the terms and conditions are subject to change at any time, without notice. Please view them from time to time to ensure you continue to operate within their parameters.


Most of all, enjoy your experience!

The Thunderbolts Forum Management.


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by contributors to "Thunderbolts Forum" are those of the authors of the material and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Thunderbolts Project.
Last edited by davesmith_au on Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:44 pm, edited 8 times in total.
Reason: Adjust presentation.
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Re: Rules and Guidelines - Note on edits

Unread postby davesmith_au » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:25 am

Just a note to add in reference to editing times, as the matter has been raised on more than one occasion.

This forum has had the editing time set to expire after one hour. Most forums allow only a few minutes, if any time at all. As the Thunderbolts forum is in essence of a scientific nature, all posters should be accountable for what they post. Giving consideration to the fact that a good number of posts will contain a certain amount of technical information, we have allowed an hour which is both ample and generous. Proof-reading should be done before you hit the submit button.

Should anyone have the absolute need to edit a post after this time, they can submit a request to a moderator or admin who have access to edit if need be, and all reasonable requests in this regard will be actioned.

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Re: Rules and Guidelines

Unread postby davesmith_au » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:51 am

Just a note to update members on our new moderator arrangements.

We have decided, to avoid personal conflict, to allow the moderators to use a "generic" membership for moderation duties, called "Forum Moderator".

At present, the moderators all who have "global" moderator status are:

arc-us
MGmirkin

This will allow the moderators to choose how their username is displayed, and also not have their own personal style stifled by the moderator tag, especially where a conflict may arise. That is, it allows the moderators to be moderated, along with everyone else.

Also, the admins if they choose can use the generic moderator ID for moderation duties. Currently the Admins are:

David Talbott
Brian Stewart
davesmith_au
and we also have a generic "forum_admin" for similar reasons.

We are constantly in discussion to make the process as smooth as possible for all users, and this has been our agreement of the best way forward at this point.

Should the system prove unworkable for any reason we can revert to how we have been doing it up until now, or work out another system. But we'll give this one a go for a while and see how it pans out.

Cheers, Dave Smith.
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Re: Rules and Guidelines - Well done all...

Unread postby davesmith_au » Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:16 am

Giday all.

A huge WELL DONE!

Just a quick note to acknowledge the cooperation, restraint and good sense used by the vast majority of posters to our forum.

Whilst we have tried to keep moderation to a minumum, that's not always possible but of late little has needed attention in this regard, for which all are to be commended. We can't keep all of the people happy all of the time, and there are those who would argue that some of the subjects we allow discussion of are not related to EU, and thus don't belong on the forum. And whilst this is correct in the strictest sense of interpretation, the good sense of posters has prevailed of late and whilst people treat each other with the respect deserved I see no reason to bring the hammer down severely on anyone.

This means that there are a few posts and topics which contain opinions which are not held by most EU proponents, nevertheless everyone has a right to think what they like and believe what they will, and whilst good will prevails I see no sense in enforcing strict adherence to particular themes. It is great to see the self-discipline of most users posting only scientific information on the majority of forums and leaving the more speculative and esoteric ideas to the Human Question and New Insights and Mad Ideas forums.

So again, well done, the tasks of moderators and admins is made easy when everyone cooperates, and I'm sure I speak for all of the forum staff in passing on thanks to all concerned.

Cheers, Dave Smith.
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Re: Rules and Guidelines - NO MORE POLITICS!

Unread postby davesmith_au » Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:59 am

Just to keep those informed who put a lot of time into the respective posts on the "NAZI occultism" thread which I just deleted from the NIAMI board, please don't enter into unnecessary and irrelevent discussions of politics on our forum. Your efforts will be wasted.

We have let a fair bit 'go' lately on the moderation front, appealing to good sense both of posters and readers alike to make up their own minds about many of the more speculative posts. But this freedom will quickly be lost if people begin to think politics is fair game on our boards. It isn't.

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Re: Rules and Guidelines

Unread postby nick c » Thu May 01, 2014 4:31 pm

Just a reminder.
Perhaps everyone, but especially new members for we have quite a few, should review the Rules and Guidelines (the first post on this thread.)
I would especially like to make a note about Posting Limits as this seems to be a frequent violation of late. Forum members should be aware of how many posts they make in a day.
Posting Limits

In order to better manage both your own posting habits and for readers to be able to follow discussions more easily, and to assist moderators and administrators to manage the boards, it has become necessary for us to introduce posting limits. We ask all contributors to follow these guidelines:

Do not start more than two new threads in any one day.

Do not make more than three to six posts in any one day. Three is preferred, six would be the maximum allowing for answers to members who have posed a question to another particular member.

Members seeking to flood our forums with flippant or nonsensical posts may find both their posts and membership deleted. Other members should find the above guidelines helpful in causing them to "think before you post" and make posts more succinct and relevant to the discussion at hand.

Quite simply, the above equates to "don't bite off more than you can chew" and "make your posts count".
If anyone has any questions, send me a PM.
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