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Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 6:20 am Post subject: NEW HobbyKings.com Rules - Updated 3/2/09
All of these rules are to be followed by all members of the site: members, moderators, and administrators. HobbyKings ownership, admins, and staff reserve the right to modify or remove any post or member as needed to maintain decorum and protect the site, it's members, and it's owners. Our focus is on creating the best environment for discussion and learning about our shared hobby, your participation in keeping this environment suitable for members of all ages is appreciated.
1.) The HobbyKings.com forum is used for discussion of various topics in the card collecting industry. Please keep the appropriate discussion limited to the specific forum to avoid confusion. If it is about a basketball card, create a thread in the Basketball Hobby Talk section. If it is not hobby related at all, please use the General Discussion forum. Any topics that are not in the appropriate forum will be either moved or deleted without warning. Multiple offenses may lead to a short suspension.
2.) This site is meant to be fun for everyone, so the occasional jab at someone will happen. Most users are pretty good at where to “draw the line” when it comes to this. This line includes but not limited to the following topics: sexual orientation, disabilities, religious beliefs, and racist remarks. However, if the insults and jokes go too far, please inform the Administrator or Moderator of your situation. They will decide whether or not to temporarily suspend or ban the offending party. In addition, flame wars will not be tolerated. All parties initiating or at all participating in them will be suspended or banned.
3.) Avatars must be a maximum 45KB and the width cannot be larger than 80x80 pixels. Avatars must not contain anything that can be possibly offensive to anyone on the forum.
4.) Signatures are permitted on HobbyKings. Please be sensible about what is in your signature. If a moderator or administrator deems your signature too large or inappropriate, you will be asked to take it down or modify it. If you do not respond in a timely fashion, your signature will be deleted.
5.) Trading and selling/buying is permitted on HobbyKings.com. The HK staff and site has no financial responsibilities/liabilties toward these transactions. HobbyKings.com can be considered as only a venue where these deals can take place. If there are any problems with transactions you are a part of, please contact one of the transaction moderators or any of the staff for help, and they will do what they can to make sure the deal does go through.
6.) All posts and threads made on the HobbyKings.com forum express the views and thoughts of the people that are writing them, and not necessarily to the view of HobbyKings.com
7.) It is important that when anyone from the staff contacts you about an issue on the site that you respond promptly. If you do not, a suspension may be put on your account.
8.) We work on 3 strike system. If you are suspended 3 times within a 6 month period, you will be banned from HobbyKings.com. Starting 9/23/07, everyone's slate is clean with no strikes. It is the decision of the staff of HobbyKings whether or not a suspension or ban will be issued at anytime.
The following three rules can be more viewed as guidelines and have been added as of 3/7/08 in regards to deals made on HobbyKings:
9.) Members must send first regardless of transaction [buy/sell/trade] until they reach 5 positive feedback
10.) When a member reaches 5 positive feedback they can trade/buy without sending first but if selling STILL have to send first until they reach 10 positive feedback
11.) Any warranted negative feedback during this time can lead to suspension or ban which will be decided on by the staff
12.) Members are prohibited from requesting to borrow paypal on the message boards. Threads created in this nature will be locked or deleted without notice
13.) Group box or case buys can ONLY be run by a staff member. No members are allowed to organize group buys unless given permission by an admin or a moderator
14.) Deceit in any form is generally frowned upon. Full disclosure and honesty of the condition and authenticity of patches or autographs on items is expected. This rule extends past the realm of HobbyKings [i.e. ebay]. If it is discovered that you have knowingly deceived another collector, you will be suspended or banned.
15.) Due to a recent influx of members thinking they can circumvent the rules concerning politics, religion and sexual innuendo, the entire staff will be more strict towards these offenses. There are to be no references towards religion or politics or any sexual references on the boards. This includes threads themselves, signatures, avatars or any other creative outlet you might discover to express yourself on this site. These topics, even when subtle, have proven to disrupt the site. This update serves as a notice and warning to all members, from this point, they will be deleted as seen and multiple offenses will be treated as any other abuse, meaning suspensions up to a ban.
Sexual references have also gradually and slowly gotten out of hand. And so has topics on guns, alcohol and drugs. We have to remember this site may be comprised mostly of adults. But it is still centered around a hobby meant for people of all ages including minors. These areas will be watched and cleaned up/corrected and penalized in the same way as all other infractions on the site.
16.) The swear filter has been put in for a reason. If you purposely avoid the swear filter by "misspelling" swear words then your post may be edited or deleted without warning. Any members who try to avoid the swear filter in this manner may be suspended
17.) Name changes are NOT allowed on HobbyKings. This is a control we have put in place so we know who is who at all times. If we constantly have to change names for members, we will lose track of who is who on the site.
18.) Having multiple accounts on HobbyKings is prohibited. If we find any members who have multiple accounts we will deactivate accounts without notice and in some cases ban members.
19.) Spamming of sites [not personal collection related] is prohibited. Links to EBAY auctions and personal collection sites are allowed, but sites that have any "get rich quick" theme or anything of that nature are not allowed on the site through posts AND PMs. If you have something that you want to post that you are not sure qualifies as spam, please contact a moderator.
20.) Inappropriate links that violate any of the rules listed here are not allowed on HobbyKings. For instance, links that lead to pages that contain nudity, sexual references, gambling, etc are not allowed on the site. Any posts that have this type of content may be deleted without notice.
21.) We have been having a problem with the content in signatures. Inappropriate signatures will be removed without notice and if this becomes a bigger problem, signatures as a whole may be removed from the site for a period of time.
These rules are not being enforced as a personal attack on any member or members and therefore should NOT be taken personally by anyone or any group. These rules are being enforced due to the fact these topics have and will continue to disrupt the site. These rules have nothing to do with who or what is right or wrong in any of these topics (as these topics often a matter of personal choice and opinion to begin with). Please do not PM the mods to convince them into letting you break the rules. If you are asked to remove one of these offending items, please do so. If not it will be done for you. This notice extends to everyone.
These rules were put in place for the protection of you, the user. But please remember to have fun and respect everyone here as you would want to be respected.
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