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    House Rules

    House Rules - Please Read Before Posting

    1. Post in the right forum

    Please find the correct forum for the topic you wish to discuss. Similarly, please use the board’s search function to find relevant threads before starting your own one; this helps us to prevent duplicates and spam.

    2. No abusive posts

    Abusive posts shall result in punishment which will vary depending on the seriousness of the offence. For more information, please see Rule 12.2.

    3. No post-boosting

    This is self-explanatory. Do not post spam, superfluous threads, or unnecessary smiley posts. For further information as to the punishments post-boosting will incur, see Rule 12.2.

    4. Use common sense

    Internet message-boards are often places which contain irreverent, direct humour which can cause offence. However, please try to respect other people’s feelings and beliefs. This does not preclude healthy debate or the ridiculing of stupidity, particularly in The Third Half.

    5. Piracy

    You are permitted to discuss clients and file sharing as a phenomenon. However, discussion, linking or other publicising of files or sites that index files is forbidden. This will be met with the award of points and a possible ban, depending on the frequency and seriousness of the offence. See Rule 12.2.

    6. Sexually explicit content

    Breasts are allowed in the appropriate threads, which should be labeled NSFW (Not Safe For Work). Anything beyond that will be punished. See Rule 12.2.

    7. Posting Images

    Use www.imgur.com to upload your image. This helps to maintain the readability of threads, and it also enables those on slower connections to read the forums easily.

    8. Signatures and Avatars

    Animated signatures and avatars are prohibited. Avatars must be 120 x 120

    Your signature can be one from the following three options:

    1. An image with a maximum size of 400x100 pixels
    2. 1 Quote which may not exceed one line of 980 pixels width and 3 lines of text below it (this also includes open spaced lines).
    3. 5 text lines (including open spaced lines), excluding quotes.

    Violation of the rule above will result in a removal of your signature and possibly the removal of your ability to have a signature and avatar.

    9. No text talk in posts

    The Dugout severely discourages users from the use of l33t or text speech on the forums. We ask users to contribute using English to the best of their ability, and for those who do not know how to paragraph to learn to do so. Exceptions shall be made to those using a Braille keyboard.

    10. Aliases and ‘Loan Accounts’

    Each user is allowed one account. Any user found to have more than one account on The Dugout will be deemed to have an alias. The alias account will be banned and punishment for the original account will be at the discretion of the staff.

    People who are found "loaning" their accounts to other posters will be banned for one month. Persistent offenders will be permanently banned.

    11. Use of proxy services

    Use of proxy servers as in those of known proxy server sites and hosting companies like layeredtech, ev1servers and others is prohibited. Although we respect your privacy, those we find hiding behind a non-normal proxy server (normal being for example NTL, AOL, BT, etc) will be permanently banned from The Dugout.

    12. Warnings, punishments and bans

    12.1 Discretionary Bans

    Discretionary bans are given out to members who are a continually disruptive and divisive influence. Members who are deemed to fall in this category are given a permanent ban on the agreement of 3 members of staff. (Point of no return ban)

    12.2 Points System
    Code:

    Warning Type Points
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    Do not use TXT speech in posts 0
    Signature/Avatar Infraction 0
    Post boosting 1
    Nagging 1
    Abusing the tagging system 1
    Being an immature arse 1
    Insults/useless banter 1
    Ignoring Mod/Admin request 2
    Posting on Behalf of a Banned User 2
    Continually reporting posts 2
    Abusing the embedding of videos 2
    Offensive behaviour 3
    Repetitive use of Text Speak 3
    Creating alias account 5
    Pirated software 5
    Offensive PM's 5
    MP3 linking 5
    Promoting pirated software 5
    Attempting to log in as another user 5
    Racist comment 5
    Heavy Offensive behaviour 8
    Extreme Offensive behaviour 10
    Porn (XXX) 10
    Alias 10
    Permanent Ban 10
    2 Day Temporary Ban 10
    4 Day Temporary Ban 10
    7 Day Temporary Ban 10

    12.3 Incremental banning system

    Previously, an incremental ban system was in place, whereby each ban earned the user a further week's ban additional to the length of his previous ban.

    From now on, a user's first ban (regardless of bans up until this point) will last 1 week. His second will last two weeks. If he receives a third ban within a 12-month period (excluding time spent banned), he will be banned for 1 month and will also be automatically eligible for a permanent ban, at the discretion of the staff.

    If no further bans result after the second, the first two will be wiped off after twelve months.

    13. Enjoy the forums

    The staff here do a very good job in what are often very trying circumstances. Try to make their job easier by respecting them, and the house rules.

    However, we are here to help. If you have a problem, please feel free to contact an admin or a mod. If you think the forums can be improved, please post your ideas in the suggestions thread, or contact @phonics

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    Just out of interest - what's the reason for the piracy rules? Is it illegal in the UK to even provide third party links?

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    If you link to a piece of pirated material then that company could put a DMCA strike against us and the site would be down until the link is removed. 3 total and the entire site would be deleted off the servers.

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    Thanks.

    I'm not arguing here - genuinely interested.
    What if someone in Vietnam shares a stream being hosted in Thailand on a webpage in Mali - how is that even covered by DMCA?

    Or is it just a case of 'it's not worth the potential hassle', which is fine, of course.

    EDIT- ah, I guess it where the forums servers are hosted - that makes sense.

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    What's the reason for no porn?

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    You'd image the porn thing is an age thing. People would have to confirm they're over 18 to enter if there's porn about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SvN View Post
    What's the reason for no porn?
    Because this place is enough of a seedy den without Magic posting dogging videos left and right. Just makes it easier to blanket it.

    In the real world I just copy/pasted the TD rules.

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    I assume the TD rules were due to advertisers.

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    Are 'faggots' still a race on this forum as per your racism warning on the old TD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phonics View Post
    Because this place is enough of a seedy den without Magic posting dogging videos left and right. Just makes it easier to blanket it.

    In the real world I just copy/pasted the TD rules.
    Tag me bitch. Auto-tagging would be a good feature, so if I typed phonics it would give me the option rather than having to @ it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phonics View Post
    House Rules - Please Read Before Posting

    1. Post in the right forum

    Please find the correct forum for the topic you wish to discuss. Similarly, please use the board’s search function to find relevant threads before starting your own one; this helps us to prevent duplicates and spam. (E.g: site advertisements go into FM/CM Scene)
    Err...


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    Err...

    Some people will fuck it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic View Post
    Are 'faggots' still a race on this forum as per your racism warning on the old TD?
    I'd hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phonics View Post
    In the real world I just copy/pasted the TD rules.
    The 'particularly in The Third Half' left in rule 4 gives you away there.

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    Do we really need all these rules? No porn, no piracy, don't be Harold... Who the fuck is going to get warned for 'abusing the tagging system' or 'being an immature arse' on a lifeboat for people desperate to make the community work? I think we would all be fine with just letting the FAGGOT staff use their discretion.

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    Unless I get warned for that, in which case I'm going to precedent the fuck out of you all and start releasing the screenshots I have of that Supermods and Admins only 'Super Office' you used to make the big decisions in.

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    I want to see.

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    They're on my old hard drive. I'll look later. I could have won World War Faggot with those, but Harold and Zimidy ballsed it up.

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    Can we have a Room 101 but changed to something more topical and current. Like Islamic State or Libya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    They're on my old hard drive. I'll look later. I could have won World War Faggot with those, but Harold and Zimidy ballsed it up.
    Were you "Harvey Danger" then?

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    They were as well. You forget how fun CAUSING TROUBLE was. They bring that Demosthenes quote to mind.



    The greatest deception since Operation Mincemeat.

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    Also 3 points for f$$$$t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yevrah View Post
    Were you "Harvey Danger" then?
    Nah.

    My plan was to force a split between those of you who didn't want to enforce ANTI-HOMOPHOBIA (you and Floyd) and those that did until you were either sacked or Ital made good on his threat to quit if nothing was done, at which point IJ would have made it all ten times worse by locking the board down in a state of PANIC and CRISIS (I was going to say Wedge was providing the information, because you know how paranoid he was about Wedge).

    Pretty great scheme right? Unfortunately the idiots (Harold, Magic, Zimidy) turned my thread into a complete shitfest and forced you into the pro-zink camp, and it all collapsed around me like the Third Reich.

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    Zimidy had a proper 'mare on that one. Don't remember Harold and Magic, but they're always having 'mares so I am not surprised.

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    It wasn't our fault you surrounded yourself with partisan members. Also if you hadn't bottled it we'd be riding a sea of homophobic abuse right now.

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    In threads from the office, my favourite was always Ian's "Let's close TTH at night".

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    For some reason I've got the thread where you're (Super Office) deciding who replaces Ledley and Ital blackballs John (the 'Pongo-esque Scottish troll') twice in the space of about ten posts, so IJ does likewise to his suggestion of Luca ('too in with the idiot crowd' and 'Lewis in another timezone') until nobody could find a reason not to give it to Spav (you were *this* close GS mate).

    What a fucking waste of our lives.

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    Tell us another story.

    I'm loving it.

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    Too in with the idiot crowd.

    IJ was clearly jealous of us being BIG MATES.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    For some reason I've got the thread where you're (Super Office) deciding who replaces Ledley and Ital blackballs John (the 'Pongo-esque Scottish troll') twice in the space of about ten posts, so IJ does likewise to his suggestion of Luca ('too in with the idiot crowd' and 'Lewis in another timezone') until nobody could find a reason not to give it to Spav (you were *this* close GS mate).

    What a fucking waste of our lives.
    ffs.

    Good to see that smiley is fixed.

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    'Club Lewis' did have them on the run for a while. That's why it was so fun. You only had to make about three posts goading the right people and the secret forums would be on fire accusing me (and the people I controlled) of ruining the board and seething about the fact I was sitting on nine points for weeks without giving them any opportunity to ban me.

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    When it rains it fucking pours

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    I want to put a request in for different variation of colored smileys. I would give you a dark thumbs down, but its not available.

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    That's class.

    :sincere:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic View Post

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