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TechSpot Forums - Community & Posting Guidelines

Last updated: April 2, 2007

Over a million readers visit TechSpot on a monthly basis and the community forums constitute an integral part of the site. We are passionate about computers and we love to share our thoughts and ideas on the subject, members are expected to use good judgment and common sense when posting. The golden rule that will keep you in good standing is respect.

  • The terms of service agreement must be respected in full.

  • Criticize ideas, not people. We won’t stand, nor support personal flaming.

  • Respect the privacy of others. Do not post other's personal information without their express permission.

  • Each member is entitled to have only one forum account and must provide a functional e-mail address (not made public unless you've agreed to).

  • Make sure you are posting in the correct board.

  • Use descriptive subject lines and research your post. Posting generic titles such as "I have a question", may be immediately deleted.

  • No SHOUTING allowed!!! That is, posting IN ALL CAPS or with excessive exclamation marks (!!!). It's rude and annoying, and if you do it, your post will be removed.

  • Use the search function. Before posting any new messages make sure the topic you are interested has not been discussed just recently, you can choose the search feature from the forum menu which will take you to previously posted information.

  • Avoid double posting. Make good use of the 'Edit' function and do not “reply to yourself” in a same thread unless it's completely necessary.

  • Keep your posts clean: Excessive foul language is likely to get moderated or get you banned. Same applies for shouting (read above).

  • Avatars – We allow up to 70x70 pixels images, avatars fall under the same guidelines as printed text. Please no animated avatars.

  • Signatures – You can include with your messages a small signature, quote or slogan. Please keep your signature less or equal to 2 lines long. No special characters or BB code should be used besides linking (which is permitted).

  • No spam, no warez, no pornography, no advertisements.

  • Moderators are entitled to make good use of their judgment in moderation.

 

TS Forums Rankings

When you register to TS Forums you will be designated a custom title, these were created with the only purpose of giving you that special feeling when you join our community and as you spend more time around how you can grow and learn with it. No preference nor discrimination or offense should be taken regarding titles; you can feel free to ignore them if you don’t like them.

First titles given to users are managed by the forum software and are based on your post count:

  • Newcomer in training: Self-explanatory.

  • TechSpot Member: Registered members with 50+ posts.

  • TechSpot Enthusiast: Registered members with 350+ posts.

  • TechSpot Booster: Registered members with 600+ posts.

  • TechSpot Addict: Registered members with 950+ posts.

  • TechSpot Maniac: Registered members with 1400+ posts.

  • TechSpot Guru: Registered members with 2000+ posts.

  • TechSpot Evangelist: Registered members with 3000+ posts.

This second tier of user titles is given manually:

  • TechSpot Paladin: “A strong supporter or defender of a cause”. In order to qualify for the Paladin title, a user must have been registered to the forums for at least 1 year and must have remained in good standing. It’s not guaranteed you will be given the Paladin title by just fulfilling these requirements however.

  • TechSpot Chancellor: In order to qualify for this title, the user must have been registered to the forums for at least 2 years and must have remained in good standing. It’s not guaranteed you will be given the Chancellor title by just fulfilling these requirements however.

  • TechSpot Ambassador: In order to qualify for this title, a user must have been registered to the forums for at least 3 years and must have remained in good standing. It’s not guaranteed you will be given the Ambassador title by just fulfilling these requirements however.

  • TS Special Forces, TechSpot Elite: These titles are reserved for our board moderators and staff members, respectively. Whenever you come across members designated with either title, you should know they are authorities within the site and should be treated with respect. Moderators keep the boards clean from spammers, and otherwise undesired users. Staff members are those editors and admins who help keep the site up to date on a daily basis. Feel free to bring any administrative questions to our attention in the Site Feedback forum, we will be glad to help.

TechSpot and its staff members appreciate the time you spent helping and making the community grow, in a certain way, we use these special titles to show that appreciation for your efforts. Also note that given the nature of this second group of titles, you should feel free to nominate any of your fellow members, however asking to be granted any of these titles for your own, will bar you from consideration for several months.

 

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