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About and Rules

PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:21 pm
by Admin
Disclaimer: Some of what you read on this forum may not be the truth so use your own judgement.
As you may have noticed from the subtitle this board is dedicated the the UseNet sci.physics.* newsgroups of the old days before they were overrun by spam and other junk posts. Some dead groups have been removed from the heirarchy and some new ones added.
This forum DOES NOT mirror the actual UseNet groups.

You must register with a valid email address to post to this group. To start with, all registrations must be approved by the adminstration to combat spammers.
Member accounts and posts will NOT be removed unless the Admin and owners deem it appropriate. What you have posted on the forum may be required for good topic flow and may help others. Consider what you post as enduring forever on this forum.

The short set of rules of this board are (below are the long set of rules);
1. Impolite behavior is NOT to be tolerated
2. No foul language including in name handle
3. No off-topic posts
4. No flaming
5. No derogatory personal comments about anyone; stick to the physics
6. No spamming the group which includes advertisements of any kind and also includes overly repetitious posts
7. You must post in English; you can use Google's translator to translate from your language to English then post to the board
8. No links to websites that have pirated material or that are infected with malicious code or contain pornography
9. No posts about new theories that are clearly contrary to experimental evidence
10. And... the most important rule; Have Fun!
11. If you have any comments or suggestions about this forum, please send a private message to Admin and do not post on the boards. For those that are not registered, you can send an email to admin at sciphysicsforums dot com

The board administration and/or moderators may remove any posts that violate the above rules and the member that posted them will get a warning (ad spammers will get no warning). Repeat offenders may or may not get a second warning depending on context; they may be removed as members and blocked from the board. This board will be somewhat self moderating; if a member see a violation of the rules above please click on the "Report this post" icon. That will alert us to take a look at the possible offense. We may or may not take action depending on the entire context of the situation.

You can post LaTeX math in these forums by using the tex button.

Now the long set of Rules; please read thoroughly
Forum rules
a.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 policing below). #
b.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. #
c.Members are asked to not act as “back seat moderators”. If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of the Moderator Team. Please use the “Report this Post” feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly “act” as moderators may be warned. #
d.Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. #
e.Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.#
f.Members are asked only to post in English, as this is an English speaking community. #
g.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. #
h.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 coloured 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. #
i.Members should use an appropriate, descriptive subject when posting a new topic. Examples of bad subjects include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "I've got an error!", etc. Examples of good subjects include; "Getting an TABLE FULL error upon login", "Cannot restore a backup", etc. #
k.Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed. See specific item on spam and 3rd party linking for more information. #
l. #
m.The moderating, support and other teams reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. Please note that currently any very first post is automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the present Rules. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Team Members and not users. #
n.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. #

2. Signatures
Signatures are currently not allowed but if we turn them on, here are the rules;
a.Signatures may contain up to five lines of text (of small or normal size) and/or one image, valid combinations include; a single image of no more than 60px high, 468px wide and 6KiB (6144 Bytes) in size. Signatures containing an image this large may also include one line of small size text. Signatures containing an image of 30px high may include up to three lines of small size text or two lines of normal size text. Images of 15px height or less may allow up to three lines of normal size text or four lines of small size text. Animated images are not allowed. Remote signature images must have a consistently high availability to avoid removal. Limit on image filesize prevents detrimental effect on forums page load speed. #
b.Text sizes should be between 75% and 100% (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, warez, emoticons, and so forth. #
c.Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of four unique pages or sites. phpBB Team members are allowed additional links to aid in rendering support for phpBB. Such links may only be to * or approved material. Linked sites may be commercial in nature. You may not include links in a way which suggests you offer official support, software, etc. for phpBB. You may not link to warez, porn, racist or other similar hate sites. Links are included in signature size limits. #
d.Users abusing these rules will be warned. #

3. Avatars
Avatars are currently not allowed but if we turn them on, here are the rules;
a.Users are permitted to utilise a gallery avatar or to link to one of their own (subject to previous points on misuse of bandwidth). User defined avatars are to be no larger than 120 pixels square, contain no animation, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimicking ranks or copying avatars of team members), may not exceed 12KiB (12288 Bytes) in filesize. Remote avatars must have a consistently high availability to avoid removal. Limit on image filesize prevents detrimental effect on forums page load speed. #
b.Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, and so forth. #
c.Users abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their avatar privileges. #