Posting Rules

I’ve forgotten the rules.

No, not this stuff
Forum Rules:
Who Can Read The Forum? Any registered user or guest.
Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered user.
Who Can Post Replies? Any registered user.
Changes: Messages CANNOT be edited by their author. Messages CANNOT be deleted by their author.
Posts: HTML code is Off. Smilies are On. vB code is On. [IMG] code is Off.

I mean the rules of what we can and cannot put in our posts. I can’t for the life of me figure out where they are.
Could someone give me the link

Thank You



Log out and then click on “Register” and read the registration agreement. Or log out and go to . Basically, don’t post commercial messages, don’t post anything TOO obscene, harassing, disgusting, etc. The basic rule is “Don’t be a jerk” and if you just keep that in mind, you’ll be able to figure out what you should and should not post. If you have any questions, email Tubadiva or me ( or and ask us, or ask the forum moderator.

Hmmmmmmm, I just tried logging out and checking for the rules, and now it won’t let me do it. Crud. I’ll tell TubaDiva about this.

Hmmm, it works fine for me, Lynn. Anyway, here’s the full text of the registration agreement.

We have one basic rule: Don’t be a jerk.

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Thank You.

I also found go information & guidelines at

Where Are The Rest Of The Rules
Somebody Clue The Newbie In
Moderator Behaviour(Not by a Newbie)

Sorry, I hit submit instead of preview. That’s goodinformation. The reason I asked was:

“You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this BB.”

Sorry if this has been asked & answered. What about, say, song lyrics? Book excerpts? They are copyrighted, yes?

Song lyrics and book excerpts are copyrighted, yes. You can quote a portion of a song, or a SMALL portion of a book excerpt. You can’t copy all of it. It’s better to post a small excerpt and provide a link, if possible.

This goes for articles, too. Just post a SMALL portion of the article, please do not post the whole article!

…Just one more thing. Is there any restriction on the links we can put in our posts? Obviously it would be in pretty dreck taste to put in a link for an obscene site and label it something else. That’s common sense. What about:

When its a link to a photo or image of something for sale
(example: I want to include a link to an image of The Three Stooges Playing Football, but the only one I can find is on a site that is selling a poster of it)

As long as I or none of my family or friends are profiting from a link that I include in a post, does anything go???

We’re not supposed to post “links to commercial sites” with the idea of getting people to buy something. Your example, however, is clearly not intended to boost people into buying Three Stooges posters, nor will clicking on your link and registering a hit on the Three Stooges site result in money in your pocket.

Strangely enough, the Administrators and Moderators here generally seem to use common sense. If you found a site that resolves someone’s question or makes a point clearer, and it happens to be quasi-commercial in nature, they’re not going to sweat it.

I’ve noticed that one thing people do, which seems well accepted by members and staff alike, is to describe a questionable site adjacent to the link. For example, if the old “Is Jamey Lee Curtis a hermaphrodite?” question came up again, someone might post a link to a site called http://www. moviestarsnude. com\jcurtis.html that proves her to be all woman with a message like “Note: This is a porn site which has a nude picture of her which proves she’s a woman. Be warned that it’s a porn site.” (That may be an extreme case, but I noted on a question about whether a book that came out in the 1970s was child pornography, someone posted a link to the text-only version of the book and nobody got bent out of shape on it.)

Tuba? Is this pretty close to on target on how you’d like such questionable cases handled?

You got it good, Polycarp. Now all I have to do is pass out the kudos.

Thanks to everybody that posted to this thread (except for that person who decided to test here, I’ve removed that one).

It always gives me a little glow of pride to see Dopers doin’ it for themselves! (Not that I don’t mind helping. But I LOVE the assist.)

your humble TubaDiva

I wanna see that Stooges link, btw. :slight_smile:

your humble TubaDiva
“Will that hurt?”
“No, but THIS will!”


see my post on


your humble TubaDiva
More of a Marxist than a Knucklehead.

I can fix that.

We’ve noticed.
(:D) Joking, really, I was joking. What’s behind your back UncleBeer???

It’s even OK for a poster here to post links to books they wrote for sale at Amazon. I have seen several commercial sites used to illustrate a point. For example, I remember a thread about celestial navigation (whatever happened to sailor anyways?) where links to various sextants for sale were posted to illustrate what one can get for various prices.

Again, common sense is the rule. A poster who has been in good comportment and a contributor to the boards may be untouched in their “Hey, I wrote a book, here it is for sale!” (Though we’d probably prefer they run it by the mods beforehand, at least as warning). Conversely, someone we’ve never seen before starting a thread titled “FREE!!! Solve all your money woes at!!!” will get a boot to the head.

As for other links- we generally frown upon links to sites that could be considered ‘illegal’- porn, for example (there are minors on this site); information on how to procure or manufacture drugs; information on how to build small nuclear devices for use against certain government officials, etc.
(And I have that Stooge picture on my mousepad at home.)

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