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Old 08-19-2006, 07:27 PM
C K Dexter Haven is offline
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Are there any forbidden subjects, like sex and drugs?

You are allowed discussion on almost any topic, but...Note that the Registration Agreement prohibits:
any material that you know or should know is ... violative of U.S. law. You agree not to post material that in our opinion fosters or promotes activity that is illegal in the U.S.

Drugs that are illegal in the US: You may discuss the effects of drugs, but not where to obtain them. Limited discussion of past use of drugs is OK, but discussion of current use is not. Please include a disclaimer that the drug is illegal in the US.

Sex: The medical approach is OK, the Penthouse approach is not. If you're not sure, err on the side of caution and/or contact a staff member before you post.

Copyright violations: Are NOT OK, under any circumstances. For copyright rules, see Post #3 in this thread... and see the Registration Agreement for "illegal acts." We consider that discussions of P2P and file-sharing are pretty much discussions of how to evade copyright laws. The excuse "I just want to download public domain movies and Linux distributions" is lame. Very.

Many of the services that used to operate illegally/without paying royalties are now in compliance and so discussion of these services would be allowed, they're legitimate. But we do not want to see recommendations of companies and programs still remaining that operate in violation of copyright law.

How to get around the law: Discussions about legal methods (avoidance) are acceptable; discussions about illegal methods (evasion) are not. Again, see the Registration Agreement.

Calls to Action: Threads calling for folks to take actions (political, charitable, personal, etc) are prohibited unless there is prior approval from a moderator or administrator. Do not instigate members to take action for or against any issue or entity. Do not post phone numbers, email addresses or any other personally identifiable information of any entity in this regard. Exceptions for valid and noble causes may be made with the advance permission of a moderator or administrator.

Last edited by C K Dexter Haven; 09-04-2006 at 07:05 PM.