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Post 11 Feb 2004, 20:53
[u][b][size=150]Site Rules for Soviet Empire:[/size][/b][/u]

1.[/b] You are prohibited from transmitting through the forum and services any unlawful or harassing or abusive materials and you will refrain from distribution or use of any threatening, obscene or vulgar material of any kind. This includes (but is not limited to) posting - or posting links to - pornography or 'warez'. Obviously do not post illegal content i.e instructions on how to make explosives and/or fire arms or links to site with such content.

[b]2.[/b] Conduct yourself in a courteous and civil manner towards other users of the forums at all times. Do not make personally directed attacks on any other user (for example, it is acceptable to accuse someone of making a "moronic proposition" but it is not acceptable to accuse someone of being a "moron").

[b]3.[/b] You are prohibited from transmitting through the forums and services any hateful or racially, sexually or ethnically objectionable material. (This includes Holocaust Denial) As a guide: You should not attack groups or individuals on the basis of prejudices or stereotypes but only on the basis of their demonstrated actions or beliefs. The following are the consequences for violating this rule:

[b]1st infraction-[/b][color=red]written warning accompanied by Red Card[/color] (one week suspension)

[b]2nd infraction[/b]-[color=red]unperson[/color] (permanent suspension of your account)

[b]4.[/b] You are prohibited from transmitting material that may infringe on any intellectual property rights, copyright or trademark or any other rights of any third party.

[b]5.[/b] Type properly. Do not tYpE lIkE tHiS or L1K3 7h15. Do not type whole messages or topic titles in [b]Bold print[/b] and/or ALL CAPS. Do not use improper abbreviations such as "ur" (you're) or "y" (why). Do not type entire posts without the use of grammar.

6.[/b] Do not post the same thing repeatedly (Spamming). Even (in fact especially) if it has been deleted by a moderator for whatever reason. This includes posting the same thing in multiple forums (cross posting).

[b]7.[/b] Never re-post something a moderator has deleted (in any forum).

[b]8.[/b] Do not register usernames that are deliberately offensive - this includes (but is not restricted to) swear words and anything that breaks the forum's rules.

[b]9.[/b] You are prohibited from using the services to distribute junk mail, spamming, or to collect information on other users including their email addresses without their agreement.

[b]10.[/b] You are prohibited from using the services to advertise commercial products or 'other' discussion forums.

[b]11.[/b] You are prohibited from using the services of the forums for the conduct of business and from making any potential revenue for the user dependent on the services provided by the forums.

[b]12.[/b] You are prohibited from taking any action to disturb the use of the services by others, distribute material that contains viruses or any other harmful programs. This includes interfering with the working of the network, attempts to gain unauthorized access to a service or other computer systems that are part of the site or any other site, by use of the available services.

[b]13.[/b] Personal signature images may only be a maximum of 100 pixels in height and 400 pixels in width. Only a single image may be included in one's personal signature and images may not be animated. Personal signatures may not contain URLs or hyperlinks to websites outside the forums.

[b]14.[/b] Personal avatar images may only be 100 x 100 pixel. Images may not be animated.

[b]15.[/b] Double logins (multiple accounts) are prohibited. To ensure enforceability of this rule, using anonymous proxies to access and post on the forum is prohibited.

[b]Failure to comply with any of the forum rules may result in your posts being deleted and/or your account being temporarily or permanently banned from the forums. In addition your account may be deleted or edited by the forum staff at any time without prior notification for whatever reason.[/b]

[b]Disciplinary Actions for Rule Violations[/b]

If you break rules, we take action. We have a smooth running board and we intend on keeping it that way.

If you see

This is for minor infractions. You lose your ability to use the PM feature and your Avatar is removed. You also get a nice yellow square under your name.

If you see

You Messed up. Your account is suspended for a week. If you set up a puppet account and we catch you, you will be banned permanently.

if you see

You really done it. You are sent on a train to a little place we call Perma, Banistan. You will not be allowed to return.

[size=150][u][b]Additional Legal Blurb:[/b][/u][/size]

1. You are responsible for any material or information you are transmitting to any other user or upload to the site. Such messages, pictures, audio messages software and graphics are your responsibility. The forum owners do not control such information and its distribution through the site. You will not hold the forum owners liable for any material transmitted through the site by other users.

2. You understand that you might be exposed to objectionable, offensive and indecent material transmitted by other users.

3. As a user you are responsible for your account, the password to your account and any activities conducted while logged into the account. You are responsible for the confidentiality of the password and the account. You will make sure that the account is protected by a non-trivial password.

[size=150][u][b]By using the forums you acknowledge that you agree to the following terms of service:[/b][/u][/size]

The forum owners may decide to terminate its services at any time, with or without cause. The forum owners will not be liable to the user or any other party following the termination of the services.

The services are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and users may use the services at their own risk. The forum owners do not make any commitments to an uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free service. The forum owners do not have to meet any user expectations and does not make any commitment to meet any user requirements. The forums owners do not have any obligation to correct errors in its services nor does it have any obligation to improve the functionality or other performance of any of the services.

The forum owners are not responsible to the users computer system or any data stored on such computer system and to any damage that may occur as a result or presumed result of use of services of the forums, nor the downloading of data and software.

User acknowledges that all the information on the site, (content), including all data on any software, sound, photographs and any text, video, or any other information presented to the user by any of the services, or any of the advertising materials, or materials presented by other users of the site, may be protected by copyrights, trademarks or patents.

Users are permitted to use such protected content only as authorized by the owners of such content and are not allowed to reproduce, copy, distribute or use in any other content without an explicit authorizations by the owners of such content.

The forum owners will not be liable for any loss of use, interruption of business, or any indirect, or consequential damages of any kind (including but not limited to lost profits) regardless of the form of action.

The forum owners reserve the right to modify the terms and conditions at any time and at its sole discretion. Updates to this document will be posted on the website and the users continuation of the use of the services on the site constitutes an agreement by the user to be bound by the conditions of the new terms and conditions document.

The forum owners have the right to modify, cancel or add services to the site at any time without any notice period or notice to the user. The forum owners have no obligation to continue the service for any set period and is not liable to any party in case it decides to change, add or discontinue any or all of the services.

All notices to a party shall be made either via online announcements or email. The forum administration may post messages on the Bulletin Board or contact the users by email to inform them of changes to the terms and conditions, changes to the services, or any other matters of importance; such announcements constitute a notice to the user..

[size=150][u][b]Newbies Please Read [/b][/u][/size]

[u][b]Sigs [/b][/u]

Just an extra note on personal signatures. Images contained in personal signatures that break the forum rules will be replaced by "Uncle Joe" graphic. If you find this graphic in your sig it is because your existing image broke the forum rules.


Also on the topic of links in personal signatures. Hyperlinks are allowed in personal signatures, but only to other pages on this website. We don't like people posting just to advertise their websites constantly, thus links to external websites are not allowed in personal signatures. Use your common sense, 'smart-ass' links to posts that are advertising other websites or competing websites to our own (ie 'other' politics discussion forums) are equivalent to posting advertisement links in ones sig, and thus are prohibited. Also, do not use text sizes larger than the forums 'normal' text size in personal signatures.

In order to prevent misquotes, out of context and selective quoting you may only place quotes by other users of this discussion board in your personal signature if they have given you permission to do so.

[u][b]Taboo stuff [/b][/u]

Generally speaking we are very relaxed about people's views. Be they liberal, conservative, communist etc, but [u]promotion of hate ideologies is not allowed[/u]. Common sense will tell you that such things are prohibited by the forum rules, but just to state it explicitly: [u]Nazis and any hate ideologies will not be tolerated. [/u]

In the past, we have had problems of people trying to actually organise armed militias/paramilitary groups on our forums. While we welcome the discussion of military history, tactics, and militaria, due to the world's current political climate, we cannot allow any posts to remain on the website that can be construed as violently subversive to ANY existing government. [u]Plan your coups elsewhere!
Invariably, the topic of child pornography and paedophilia may come up. While objective discussion on that issue is allowed, [u]any posts that could be seen by a third party as "pro-paedophilia" are prohibited. [/u]

[u][b]Quoting [/b][/u]

When using the function to quote someone do not just quote their entire post and then write a reply, everyone can see what they just wrote already. [u]Instead only quote the parts of their post that your are specifically refering to/responding to. [/u]

Named quotes can be achieved by using the following code"
[code][quote="username"]username's text, to be quoted.[/quote] [/code]

Above all do not quote someone elses entire post including their quoting someone else. I have seen some terrible posts like this:

[u][b]Emoticon (aka Smilies)[/b][/u]

Feel free to use them, but [b]do not make entire posts out of them[/b]. Such posts are considered spam and may be deleted.

[u][b]One Line Posts (aka One-Liners/The Bane of Our Existence)[/b] [/u]

Once upon a time in a forum far away, we came up with the maxim "One line. One bullet." That pretty much sums up our feeling about one line posts. For those blissfully uninitiated, a one-liner is a post that conveys NO ACTUAL relevence to the topic at hand. It is usually short, useless, and often contains random profanity. For example:


[quote="Billy Madison"]And that puppy grew up into a dog. But Industry, now THAT was a revolution. [/quote]

[quote="King of One-Liners"]That's bullshit! STFU! [/quote]

Whereas a more appropriate version might go like this:

[quote="Billy Madison"]And that puppy grew up into a dog. But Industry, now THAT was a revolution. [/quote]

[quote="Well-thought-out Responder"]I think that your thesis here could have been better thought out, and while the puppy may represent industry, I think you need to rethink your link between the book and the actual events. [/quote]

Don't get us wrong, brevity may be the soul of wit, but you have to make sure that if your posts are going to be brief, they must contain wit, or at very least some semblance of intelligent thought.

As this is a forum for adults (or at very least mature individuals) to discuss politics; immature, one-line posts [b]will not be tolerated![/b] Don't be surprised if any of yours disappear. Chances are if you think it's a crappy one-liner, it probably is. Might want to stop before you click that "submit" button and rethink it. Most particularly in forums in the Issues and Ideologies sections (note: one liners are generally acceptable in the Off Topic section of the board).


Post Content/Formatting [/b][/u]

Once again, we have to stress the fact that this is a forum for adults to discuss politics. As such, crap like ALL CAPITALS, RaNdOM cApITalZ, l33+ 5p34K (l0llzzz) k's such as ameriKKKa will not be tolerated. As moderators, we don't have time to retype all your posts in normal text, so your posts will probably just get deleted. This applies to the titles of messages too.

And because it's a forum for adult discussion, make sure that your posts contain some semblance of cohesion and comprehensiveness. It often helps to reread your message before you post it. Try to keep the swearing to a minimum, and certainly DON'T WRITE LIKE THIS!

[u][b]Hyperlinking [/b][/u]

If you are making a new topic who's main purpose is to make people aware of a link to another website that is not specifically relevant to any of the other forums on our board then post it in Cafe Mir.

Links to porn, warez, illegal content, such as bombs or automatic weaponry (by British or US law) and 'other' political discussion forums are prohibited.

When you are posting a link, make sure it isn't so long that it stretches the screen.

This is how a link normally looks:


But if a link is long, it will stretch the board, and make the entire page unreadable. Here's how to avoid it:


it will appear as [url=]S-E[/url]

[u][b]Acknowledging Sources [/b][/u]

Oftentime on a forum like this you will post information that is not going to be common knowledge, especially if it's something that you "just found on CNN, omg!!". If you are going to post something like this, make sure that you acknowledge it properly. Nobody is going to take you seriously unless you back your facts up with some proof (especially if your stuff is far-fetched). Acceptable proof includes a legitimate URL or a book title and (preferably) author, and not "my friend told me!" or "I looked it up in an encyclopaedia!" Please note- BLOGS ARE NOT SOURCES!!!

You will also have to remember that the internet is a BIG, scary place, and a lot of the information you may find out there isn't going to be legitimate. It's up to you to make that judgment for yourself, but one would hope that this site doesn't end up flooded with bogus news items. We're striving for accuracy and legitimacy to spark interesting and entertaining debate, not "Hitler found living on Mars!".

[u][b]WRT double logins [/b][/u]

If the admin staff come across two accounts from the same IP address both can and will be deleted or banned without prior notice. In the event of two people using the same computer, the admin must be notified before the second account can be made. In the event of a ban resulting from a dynamic IP cycling, whereby two people on the same ISP have, at some point, the same IP, the ban may be appealed directly to the admin.
Any attempt to circumvent a previous ban will result in an immediate ban by the administration without any notification whatsoever.[/u]

[size=150][u][b]Additional Newbie Frequently Asked Questions [/b][/u][/size]

[u][b]Who ARE you people?[/b] [/u]

Just a group of people from all over the world who enjoy discussing politics in a mature, legitimate manner. Although the most of us are mostly Marxists, our members hold the whole gamut of political views, from far left, to far right. We welcome everybody provided they agree to comport themselves with a certain level of maturity. It's free and fun. Join in!

[u][b]How do I put Ideology under my avatar?[/b][/u]

When you edit your profile, type Ideology: (your ideology here) after location

[u][b]What's with that forum called "Cafe Mir"? [/b][/u]

That is our general off-topic discussion forum. Although Cafe Mir is the off topic forum please try to keep it reasonably tidy. [i]Off Topic does not mean anything goes.[/i]

The main rule for Cafe Mir is if you don't like it, don't post there.

[u][b]"Bridge burning" and "Goodbye forever" threads[/b][/u]

Most of these are from people who are leaving angry and letting off parting shots. Therefore they are not allowed. If you have affairs that take you away from for a while and you are letting members know, that can warrant its own thread. Any "Screw you guys, I'm going home" threads will be immediately trashed.

[b]Questions about specific users should be sent via private message rather than posted as new topics in Cafe Mir or Let's work Harder Comrades. [/b]

[u][b]What is a cross-post? [/b][/u]

Cross posting is posting the same message in more than one forum. It gets on everyone's nerves so do not do it. Post a message ONCE only and place it in the most relevant forum.

[u][b]I don't like [InsertModeratorHere]; will you do something about him/her? [/b][/u]

The moderators at have the freedom to moderate their individual forums in a manner of their own choosing, as long as it is concurrent with the Forum Rules. If you have a legitimate, specific complaint about the actions of a moderator, and find that you can not first resolve it by talking via PM with the moderator in question, it should be sent directly to an Administrator via PM.

[u][b]Why Can't I make more than one post every 60 seconds? [/b][/u]
Because the board flood control will not allow you to do so. It is there to prevent spam. No, the time limit will not be lowered. If you find it too long for you then perhaps you should be thinking about the quality of your posts. The flood control may also prevent you editing your posts sooner than 60 seconds after you have submitted it. The simple way to avoid this problem is to preview your post to make sure it is correct before you submit it.

[u][b]Can I be a forum moderator? (Forum Commisar)[/b][/u]

[b]Can I be an Administrator? (Control Comittee)[/b][/u]


[u][b]What is the process for appointing Moderators and Administrators? [/b][/u]
This question cannot be answered because there is no policy for selecting moderators.

[u][b]Who's wrote this %@*$? [/b][/u]

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