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Old 02-22-2008, 05:44 PM
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Forum Rules for MPSIMS - Please Read Before Posting

Welcome to Mundane Pointless Stuff I Must Share (MPSIMS). As the description reads on the main page, this is the forum for discussions ranging from frivolous chatter to deep thoughts; from harmless diversions to life-changing announcements.

Now that The Game Room has opened and the game threads moved out of this forum, we're taking this opportunity to consolidate and update the existing rules.

Listed below are the rules, one rule per post. We hope this format will make for easier reference. Some rules may be repeats of the overall board rules, but we're including them simply because questions or concerns about, or violations of those rules pop up with some frequency.

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Old 02-22-2008, 05:44 PM
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:45 PM
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:46 PM
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Post-Padding and Truly Pointless Threads

Even this forum—with its spectacular name—has its limits for truly pointless threads. We will be closing threads which cross that line, or exist merely for post-padding reasons. This includes any post count parties.

We understand that determining what is or isn't pointless is a subjective process, but we reserve the right to make the final decision. We will, however, be as consistent as possible, with the caveat that as human beings with families, jobs and other distractions, we'll probably foul up once or twice.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:46 PM
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Alternately, you can post a NSFW link as long as you make it unclickable. (This entails unchecking "Automatically parse links in text" before submitting your post, or breaking up the link by inserting extra spaces between the characters.)

ETA: Another acceptable method for rendering a link SFW is to place it in a spoiler box. Because the person needs to click once to open the spoiler box and then again for the link, it meets the two-click rule.

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Old 02-22-2008, 05:59 PM
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Copyrights

Since C K Dexter Haven has already stated the board's position on copyrights over here, we'll just steal from him. Suffice it to say that the SDMB takes copyright seriously, and tries to treat other sites, artists, writers, etc... with the same consideration we hope to receive from them.
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The rules of the Straight Dope Message Board are enforced by volunteer moderators who are not all legal experts in these matters. So we offer a set of guidelines that may be more conservative or stringent than the law in your jurisdiction, but that we think may help avoid the copyright violation issue. In this as in many other matters we depend not only on moderator enforcement, but also ask for the cooperation and goodwill of our posters.

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(1) If you are going to quote something from an article, quote less than 5% of the source. Include a link to the article if the article is available online.

(2) Only quote directly in very rare circumstances. Instead of repeating a source word-for-word, read the article, attempt to understand it, and rephrase what it says in your own words. Again, include a link to the source if the source is available online. Otherwise indicate a reference to the source (e.g. Science News, issue x, pages yy-zz).

(3) Minor changes in quoted text are permitted, as long as such changes are clearly identified (e.g., ellipses ... for omitted material, square brackets for added material, etc.) Changes that alter the tenor or interject editorial comment are not permitted. If you want to comment on a quote, do it outside the quotation marks or quote tags.
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Old 02-23-2008, 11:08 AM
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(No, you're not seeing double. We're including this disclaimer here as well as its original sticky because we feel it's pretty important.)
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