SDMB registration agreement as of 12/21/2014

The agreement below spells out the rules by which SDMB users are expected to abide. The purpose of the present revision is to add the language in bold:

“If we tell you to refrain from behavior that we regard as uncivil, **or that in our view detracts from productive discussion, **do so or face revocation of your posting privileges.”

See discussion in subsequent post.

Straight Dope Message Board Registration Agreement

We have one guiding principle: Don’t be a jerk.

Registration is required in order to post messages on the Straight Dope Message Board (“the SDMB”). Registration is free. We don’t request personal information other than your e-mail address (although you may include such information in your user profile if desired). Registrants are given the user title “guest” and are shown advertisements. If you do not wish to see advertisements, you may purchase an annual subscription. Subscribers are given the user title “member.” For more information about subscriptions, click on the “Subscribe” link in the menu bar at the top of most SDMB pages after you register. A subscription is required if you wish to post a picture in your user profile.

The following rules apply to all participants on the SDMB:

Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board and the volume of messages received, it is impossible for us to verify the information posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. Users should be particularly wary of medical, legal or other professional advice posted on the message board and recognize that it is no substitute for in-person consultation with a competent professional. Messages express the views of their authors, not necessarily the views of the operator of the SDMB, namely Sun-Times Media, LLC (“STM”), or any entity associated with it.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use the SDMB to post any material that you know or should know is false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, or in violation of U.S. law. You agree not to post material that in our opinion encourages activity that is illegal in the U.S. We reserve the right to revoke the posting privileges of persons misrepresenting themselves on the SDMB.

Minimum age for registration on the SDMB is 13 years. Registrants found to be younger than 13 will have their posting privileges revoked and forfeit any subscription fees. SDMB content is intended for mature audiences; parents or guardians paying subscription fees for children aged 13 through 17 are responsible for determining whether the SDMB is a suitable environment for their child.

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This message board is intended as a medium for public discussion. Do not post spam, including but not limited to advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, solicitations, offers to trade or barter, charitable appeals, or other messages primarily intended to promote a cause, venture, organization, event (except Straight Dope-related events), website, or other entity or activity, whether or not money is involved. Do not post spam in your signature or send it via the SDMB’s “private message” feature. We allow exceptions for worthy causes (in our sole opinion) if you obtain prior permission from a moderator or administrator. We do not require prior approval for non-commercial gift exchanges, e.g., “secret Santa” exchanges. STM and its agents, including the administrators and moderators of the Straight Dope Message Board, make no representation that they have investigated or vetted charitable appeals, gift exchanges, and similar activities promoted on this board or groups or individuals associated with them. We do not vouch for, monitor, sponsor, endorse, or have any formal association with such activities. Proceed at your own risk.

Do not post the same or similar messages or threads to multiple forums; multiple threads on the same topic; or an excessive number of threads on any topic within a limited period of time. Do not start threads expressly for the purpose of meeting other posters for romantic or sexual purposes. We will notify the Internet service provider of any party posting objectionable messages.

You are free to express your views in a forceful manner provided you remain civil. Hate speech, insults, and purposely inflammatory remarks (i.e., trolling) will not be tolerated. Do not post threats or state or imply that any individual or group is deserving of harm. We recognize that this rule cannot be strictly applied in discussions of war, capital punishment and the like but urge users to express themselves in moderate terms nonetheless. If we tell you to refrain from behavior that we regard as uncivil, **or that in our view detracts from productive discussion, **do so or face revocation of your posting privileges.

The board is not intended to furnish you with a forum for promoting your personal agenda. We reserve the right to ask you to limit postings on a particular topic, or to refrain from posting on such topics altogether. Please do not ask other members to do your homework or provide input for your article, paper, or other off-board project. We may waive this rule if you obtain prior permission from a moderator or administrator.

Do not post links to pornography - we will be the judge of what constitutes pornography. Links to nudity or other potentially shocking or offensive material are permissible only in the context of a mature discussion - gratuitous posting of such links is grounds for revocation of your posting privileges. When posting a link to potentially shocking or offensive material, observe the “two click” rule - don’t link directly to the item, but rather to an intermediate page that in turns links to the item. If you’re not sure whether a link is appropriate, contact a moderator or administrator before posting it. Any user who feels a posted message is objectionable should contact the moderators of the affected forum by e-mail.

Only one screen name is permitted per user. If you wish to change screen names please email an administrator. Use of multiple screen names is grounds for revocation of your right to post under ANY screen name. We reserve the right to refuse postings from screen names we find objectionable.

Vandalism, tampering, or any other abuse of the site is grounds for immediate banning. We reserve the right to report violators to their Internet service provider and law enforcement.

We reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless STM, vBulletin Solutions, Inc. (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

All postings and other material on the SDMB are copyrighted by STM. Republication of material appearing on the SDMB without express written permission of STM is prohibited, except that users retain the right to republish their own work. By posting on this board you grant STM and its successors and assigns a nonexclusive irrevocable right to reuse your posting in any manner it or they see fit without notice or compensation to you.

STM and its agents, including the administrators and moderators of the SDMB, are not responsible for anything associated with any real life meeting of our members. While we permit SDMB users to post announcements and other discussion of meetings and events on the Straight Dope Message Board, we don’t organize, sponsor, endorse, approve, or have any formal association with such events or any activities that may occur at them. We don’t vouch for any individual or group organizing or participating in an event. Attend at your own risk. SDMB moderators and administrators who attend events do so as private individuals and not as representatives or agents of STM. We encourage all attendees at these events to obey the laws of the jurisdiction in which they are held.

Privacy policy: STM respects your confidential information. Confidential information is information that you are required to submit in order to participate on the SDMB and that is not publicly available. We will not release confidential information about you except in the following circumstances: (a) we have your consent; or (b) we believe in good faith that we are legally required to do so; or © there is an emergency involving personal danger; or (d) you have vandalized our site or otherwise behaved in a manner that warrants our contacting the authorities or your Internet service provider.

From time to time we may acquire nonconfidential but sensitive information about you, some of which you may have posted yourself to our board. We won’t disclose or repeat such information except as (a) reasonable and necessary to manage our business, or (b) required by law, or © consistent with good citizenship, e.g., to prevent or report a crime or to respond to inquiries from law enforcement.

If you privately provide us with sensitive information related to the SDMB, we’ll act on it as we feel prudent, with the understanding that we’ll take reasonable measures to prevent your being identified as the source of the information without your consent, provided we’re not shielding a wrongdoer or acting against the public interest in doing so.

You are required to submit and maintain a valid e-mail address. If you do not wish to receive e-mail from other SDMB users you may so indicate in your user profile. However, we retain your e-mail address in our database and reserve the right to have SDMB staff contact you. We won’t give or sell your e-mail address to bulk mailers, brokers, or similar entities.

We log your Internet address (IP number) each time you post. The IP number tells us your Internet service provider. We reserve the right to reveal the IP numbers and e-mail address (but no other confidential information) of chronic SDMB rule violators to other bulletin board operators. We do this to identify guests registering under multiple screen names. One of our third-party advertising providers, Google, uses IP numbers to customize ads served up to SDMB users.

Please remember that postings on this board are visible to anyone with access to the Internet, and are retained in a database indefinitely. In addition, the SDMB is open to third-party search engines (“spiders”). Please do not post personal revelations or other information that may come back to haunt you. In particular, do not post your telephone number or address.

Please remember that you are our guest here, and that we reserve the right to exclude you at our whim, for any or no reason whatsoever. Subscribers who are banned forfeit all subscription fees they have paid. If you have been banned from the SDMB and resubscribe, you will be banned again without notice and forfeit your subscription fee. By registering and using the board you acknowledge this right and agree to abide by our rules and to submit to their interpretation and enforcement by our moderators and editors.

Rule enforcement is the responsibility of SDMB staff. If you believe a post violates a rule, report it using the “report post” function - this is the triangular icon at the right end of the time/date bar above each post. Do not take it upon yourself to chastise others for perceived rule violations.

*Revised 6/12/2014 *

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I’ve added the words in bold to the registration agreement:

“If we tell you to refrain from behavior that we regard as uncivil, or that in our view detracts from productive discussion, do so or face revocation of your posting privileges.”

We think of this as the anti-derailment rule. We expect to invoke it sparingly, mainly in cases where someone (a) repeatedly uses an argument or tactic that (b) demonstrably sends a thread into the ditch, producing exchanges of the following form:

Poster 1: Ludicrous argument that I have previously made ad nauseam and gotten nowhere with!

Posters 2 through 10: Quit making that ludicrous argument!

Parties deemed to be engaging in behavior of this type will be notified (not warned) in advance. We will specify the tactic or argument to be given a rest. We’re not trying to suppress unpopular opinions or prevent threads from going off on entertaining tangents, nor do we aspire to eliminate dopey arguments in general; we just want to cut down on distracting repetitions of the same dopey argument.

I’ll leave this thread open briefly for discussion.

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How to receive 50,000+ dollars honestly legally and quickly with

#1) an email address
#2) a Premier or Business PayPal account
Now follow the steps: 1-4
STEP #1 - Setting up your FREE PayPal Account
It’s extremely safe and very easy to set up a FREE PayPal account!
and paste this to the address bar (notice the
secure “https” within the link)
Be sure to sign up for a free PREMIER or BUSINESS account (and not
a PERSONAL account) otherwise you won’t be able to receive credit card
payments from other people.
STEP #2 - Sending PayPal money “It is an undeniable law of the
that we must first give in order to receive.”
Now all you have to do is send $1.00 by way of PayPal to each of the
five email addresses listed below. After setting up your free paypal
account and confirming or verifying YOUR ACCOUNT AND putting (five
Dollars) $5.00 into your Paypal Account use the Account tab on Paypal
to send $1.00 to each of the Names on
the list with a note “Please add me to your list.”
Make sure the subject of the payment says… PLEASE PUT ME ON YOUR
EMAIL LIST (this keeps the program 100% legal… so please don’t
Note: (If you do not see the full email address for the 5 members,
Hit reply to this email and they will show up.)
(Just in case you still haven’t opened your PayPal account yet, use
this link to open one in your name),
3) rudievd4@gmail.com4)
(Make sure it’s the same e-mail address that you used to open your
PayPal account. This is the way you will receive payment)

STEP #3 - Adding Your Email Address
After you send your payments, it’s your turn to add your email address
to the list!
Take the #1) email off the list that you see above, move the other
addresses up
one (5 becomes 4 & 4 becomes 3, etc) then put YOUR email address (the
one used in your PayPal account) as #5) on the list.

STEP #5 - Copy Message to 200 Newgroups, message boards,etc… The
Pure Joy of Receiving PayPal Money!
You are now ready to post your copy of this message, to at least 200
newsgroups, message boards, etc. (I think there are close to 32,000
All you need is 200, but remember, the more you post, the more money
you make - as well as everyone else on the list! In this situation
job is to let as many people see this letter as possible. So they will
make you and me rich!!! You can even start posting the moment your
email is confirmed. Payments will still appear in your PayPal account
even while your bank account is being confirmed.
Step #1) You do not need to re-type this entire letter to do your own
posting. Simply hold CTRL key and A to select all, and then copy,
either with CTRL+C or select ‘copy’ from the edit menu. This will copy
the entire letter into your computer’s clipboard.
Step #2) Open a blank ‘Notepad’ file and place your cursor at the top
of the blank page. From the ‘Edit’ menu select ‘Paste’. This will
a copy of the
letter into notepad so that you can add your email to the list. Or
to a Word Document. and Place in the email upon completion.
Step #3) Save your new Notepad file as a .txt file. If you want to do
your postings in different sittings, you’ll always have this file to
back to.
Step #4) Use Netscape or Internet Explorer and try searching for
various newsgroups, on-line forums, message boards, bulletin boards,
chat sites, discussions, discussion groups, online communities, etc.
EXAMPLE: go to any search engine like,,, - then search with subjects like?
message board? Or money making message board? Or opportunity message
board? or money making discussions? or business bulletin board? or
money making forum? etc. You will find thousands & thousands of
boards. Click them one by one then you will find the option to post a
new message.
Step #5) Visit these message boards and post this article as a new
message by highlighting the text of this letter and selecting ‘Paste’
from the 'Edit’
menu. Fill in the Subject, this will be the header that everyone sees
as they scroll thru the list of postings in a particular group, click
the post message
button. You’re done with your first one!
Congratulations! THAT’S IT!! All you have to do is jump to different
newsgroups and post away. After you get the hang of it, it will take
about 30 seconds for
each newsgroup!
That’s it! You will begin receiving money within days!
Explanation of why it works so well:
$$$$$ NOW THE WHY PART: Out of 200 postings, say I receive only 5
replies (a very low example). So then I Made $5.00 with my email at #5
on the letter. Now,
each of the 5 persons who just sent me $1.00 make the MINIMUM 200
postings, each with my email at #5 and only 5 persons respond to each
of the original 5, that
is another $25.00 for me, now those 25 each make 200 MINIMUM posts
my email at #4 and only 5 replies each, I will bring in an additional
$125.00! Now, those 125 persons turn around and post the MINIMUM 200
with my email at #3 and only receive 5 replies each, I will make an
additional $625.00! OK, now here is the fun part, each of those 625
persons post a MINIMUM 200 letters with my email at #2 and they only
receive 5 replies that just made me $3,125.00!!! Those 3,125 persons
will all deliver this message to 200 newsgroups with my email at #1
if still 5 persons per 200 newsgroups react I will receive $15,625.00!
With an original investment of only $5.00! AMAZING!! When your email
no longer on the list, you just take latest posting in the newsgroups,
and send out another $5.00 to emails on the list, putting your email
number 5 again. And start posting again.
The thing to remember is, thousands of people all over the world are
joining the internet and reading these articles everyday, JUST LIKE
are now!!
So can you afford $5.00?? And see if it really works?? I think so?
People have said, what if the plan is played out and no one sends you
the money? So what are the chances of that happening when there are
tons of new honest users and new honest people who are joining the
internet and newsgroups everyday and are willing to give it a try?
Estimates are at 20,000 to 50,000 new users everyday, with thousands
those joining the actual Internet.
Remember, play FAIRLY and HONESTLY and this will work. This really
isn’t another
one of those crazy scams! As long as people FOLLOW THROUGH with
out $5.00, it works!
With warm wishes, bless you and your loved ones,