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Forum Rules & Guidelines

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Forum Rules & Guidelines

Postby modern freelancer » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:29 am

Our focus at Modern Freelance is to ensure that our forums be a safe place where all members show sensitivity, respect, and support for other forum members. In accordance with this policy, all new member registrations require a valid email address which can be verified or confirmed.

Also, please ensure that you read the complete Forum Rules below before posting. Your use of this forum indicates that you have read, understood, and agreed to these rules and guidelines.

The following are also expressly prohibited on this web site:

Additionally, please note that all members are expected to treat other members with courtesy and respect. Profanity, insults, personal attacks on other members, or harassment of other members in any form will not be tolerated and may result in being banned from the forum.

Finally, please note that spam or blatant self-promotion will not be tolerated. Such posts will be deleted and will probably result in the member being banned.

Forum Rules
Registration at this forum is free. However, registration means that you accept the forum rules. The rules also apply to the blog functionality if applicable. The rules are not meant to be exhaustive and we reserve the right to edit posts and/or to take other action in accordance with the purpose and principles of the forum.

Although the Forum Staff of this website will attempt to monitor and remove objectionable content in the forum, it is probably impossible for us to review all posts thoroughly. If you find an objectionable post, please report it to forum staff.

All posts reflect the views of the author of that post. Modern Freelance will not be held responsible for the content of any messages or information posted. By registering at this forum, you are agreeing to be held responsible for the information you add to the forum and that you accept and understand the basic forum rules outlined above as well as the general forum rules below:

E-mail Accounts
You must register on this site with an e-mail address that is valid and users whose e-mail accounts bounce will have their accounts deactivated. New users will not be able to post on the forums until they click the activation link sent to their registered e-mail address and the account has been approved and activated by the forum administrator.

Number of Accounts
Only one account per person is allowed and registering more than one account could result in all of a user's accounts being suspended.

Abuse of Other Members
Abusing other members of this website is not tolerated. Personal or targeted insults are not tolerated. Posts that are just insulting or nasty are not tolerated. Please report abusive posts or Private Messages to a Moderator or Administrator.

Disagreements or Arguments
If you feel a post is not correct or the actions or comments of another member have upset you, do not start an argument in the forums. Instead, send a Private Message or E-mail to the user and speak to them directly. Please do not question the actions of Forum Staff within the forums; instead, communicate via Private Message or e-mail. In the event of disagreement, Forum Administrators will have the final say.

Please note: While moderators and administrators will attempt to ensure that insensitive or abusive posts are removed or edited, and as stated above you are encouraged to report any such activity to Modern Freelance Staff, you alone are responsible for your interactions with other forum members. Modern Freelance reserves the right but is not obligated to mediate or solve disputes between you and other users of the forum.

Privacy statement: please read our privacy statement.

Account Removal and Banned Accounts
If a user who has posted on the forums wishes to leave this website, we will deactivate the account. However, please note that posts will not normally be removed since this can cause other posts and threads to read incorrectly. We will only remove these posts if it could cause a serious problem to another person or to this website.

Banned users will not have their account removed and their information may remain on this website so we can attempt to limit them from registering again and should the need for further action arise.

Posting and Readability Guidelines
Please try to use clear English with standard punctuation, capitalization, and paragraphs in your posts. Among other things, this will help you to get more replies to your posts and questions. Long run-on sentences with no breaks and no paragraphs are a lot of work to read and many members won´t have the patience to persist to read the whole post.

Avoid abbreviations like the use of "txt msg" formats such as "u no" and "ur problem" - not all of our members will be familiar with the conventions used in text messaging and it makes threads difficult to read.

All CAPS are not a good idea.

Do not use nonstandard font sizes or font colors except for emphasis (i.e., don´t use a nonstandard font size or font color for your entire post).

Third Party Materials
All third party articles or excerpts must include full credit to the authors as well as a link to the original source. Please also ensure that you do not post material where the author has expressly forbidden reproduction.

Advertising and Spam
Advertising a website, product or service is not allowed unless permission has been given from the Forum Staff or in a specific forum with rules on the types of posts that can be made.

Malicious Content
Any member posting anything that you know may cause the computer or system of a visitor to experience problems will face an immediate and permanent ban from the forum.

Junk Posts
Posts made must be in the correct forums. Specific forums are available for users to post off topic posts so please use them if required. Please try to remain on topic, especially in serious or informational threads.

Do not post when the only content is a smiley or a quote from another member followed by a smiley.

Multiple Posts
Posting the same information in multiple forums is not permitted (unless you have forum staff permission). You may post something similar to another post if it has not been discussed or used for a reasonable time period.

Registration and Account Activation
You must register with a valid e-mail address in order to complete your registration. Once you have completed your registration, your email address must remain valid so please remember to update it if you should change internet providers or otherwise change your email address. Members whose e-mail accounts bounce will have their accounts deactivated.

New members will not be able to post on the forums until they click the activation link sent to their registered e-mail address.

Your Email Account
You must keep an active valid email account to maintain your membership at this forum. You can edit and change your email address in your User Control Panel Settings.

If an email notification sent by the forum software to your listed email account is ´bounced´, i.e., comes back to the Administrator, this is an indication that your email account is not active or valid. If this happens, your forum membership account will be set to Inactive and your forum privileges will be restricted until the email problem is corrected.

To correct this, go to your User Control Panel Settings and change your email address to a valid one. Then request an activation email. This will be sent to your email address. It will contain both a link and an activation code to reactivate your account. If you have any difficulty reactivating your account, please contact one of the Forum Administrators for assistance.

Many email providers also have spam filters. If you do not receive your confirmation email make sure you check your spam folder or your spam filter settings as it may be being flagged as spam.

Private Messaging
Private Messages or PMs are just that: Private. They cannot be viewed by other forum members or forum staff, other than those to whom the private message is addressed.

Please do NOT use private messages to request advice or support from our moderators or administrators. First, Modern Freelance staff simply do not have the time to reply to individual PMs. Second, part of the purpose of the forum is to share problems and solutions with other members. Trying to solicit advice and support via PMs defeats this purpose.

Instead, please post any requests for advice and support in the appropriate forums.

Do NOT try to spam our members via the PM system. That will result in an immediate ban.

Ownership and Copyright
All original posts and threads posted by members become the property of Modern Freelance, much like a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Members still retain the copyright to their original content (e.g., they can post the same content on their own web sites or blogs) but have in effect conveyed a license in perpetuity to use that content here at Modern Freelance. Members can edit their posts for a limited time to correct errors or to clarify the intended meaning. When the time period for editing has elapsed, members may request that a moderator or administrator edit the post for further modification. We do respect the privacy of members and Modern Freelance will take action to protect that privacy at its discretion. If you have second thoughts or concerns about threads or posts that you have submitted, you may contact an administrator or moderator to have such posts removed. However, the decision as to whether to remove any posts will be made on an individual basis at the discretion of Modern Freelance.

If you post material from any other source, either from an internet web page or from a source in print, you must give FULL CREDIT including the author´s name, organization if appropriate, and a link to the original source. Otherwise, such posts will be removed.

Note that if you link images from other websites, they might be removed by the moderator in such cases.

There are two reasons for rule #1:

First, it means that no one can take the personal posts of Modern Freelance members and reproduce them without the consent of Modern Freelance, which in such cases would also mean the consent of the member posting.

Additionally, it means that members must understand that they are posting in a public forum, rather like the "Letters to the Editor" portion of a newspaper, and that others can both read and reply to what a member posts. This is, of course, the whole point of an online forum. Sometimes, members will ask that their posts or threads be removed. Often, we will honor such requests, especially where concerns about privacy are the reason for the request. But the rule is there to remind forum members that we are under no obligation to remove posts or threads, just as once a letter to the editor is published it cannot be retracted. In many cases, to delete posts would disrupt the flow of a thread to the point where the thread would become incomprehensible.

Avatars, Profile Pictures and Other Images
All images uploaded to your profile, inserted into posts, or added to your signature must conform to the general Modern Freelance Rules, must be tasteful, and must be suitable for a family-rated website.


No nudity or sexually explicit images
No depiction of violence
No threatening images
No images displaying personal features
Avatars depicting Death, Blood, Gore, Vulgar language or Images, Weapons of any kind or that have Sexually Suggestive undertones are not appropriate for this site.
Modern Freelance reserves the right to remove or edit any images that violate these guidelines or are offensive in nature.

New Members: Restrictions on Privileges and Permissions
We have found it necessary to add certain anti-spam measures. First posts are systematically screened by the moderators.

These restrictions are lifted once a new member has proved to be a member with good intentions, and the removal of such restrictions remains in effect as long as the member remains a member of this forum in good standing.

How soon your restrictions will be lifted is a function of several factors including number of posts, length of time as a member, and whether or not you have received any infractions for breach of forum rules (which can lead to permanent ban or the user´s posts to be systematically screened before being published).

Signature Restrictions
Signatures should not include links to any commercial site (except if you have a formal agreement from the staff).

Spam in signature links, as in other areas, is not permitted.

Signatures may include one link to the members own web sites provided they do not violate other forum rules.

Links must be transparent. Shortened links or links that redirect to another URL are not permitted.

Violations of signature rules may result in loss of this privilege or banning from the Forum.

Article Restrictions
All posted articles which are not the work of the member posting the article must include full credit including a link to the original source and the full names of all authors at the top of the post. Please abide by specified copyright restrictions and laws of fair use.

By registering on this forum, you agree to abide by the Modern Freelance Rules.

These rules are subject to change any time without notice.
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