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Forum Rules

Postby administrator » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:20 am

These forums, like the rest of our on-line presence, are designed as a place for our community members—readers, fans, writers, developers, and everyone else who loves our characters and stories—to come together to share thoughts, experiences, reactions, and other appropriate elements. They are intended to be a place of fun interaction, where members can express themselves openly and without fear.

With that in mind, there are a few rules in place that will govern all content posted in these forums. Violating any of these rules can lead to disciplinary action, including but not limited to deletion or editing of your posts and the permanent cancellation of your Story Portals account. The rules are few and simple, and designed to make this a welcoming community.

Rule #1: No Hate Speech.
This should be a common sense rule, and will be interpreted by the moderators. Basically, do not use defamatory or derogatory language, do not ridicule or impugn others, do not attack people, religions, philosophies, or ways of life, and, in the words of Hippocrates, first do no harm. This does not mean you cannot disagree with someone else, or that you cannot argue with them. It does mean, however, that when you do disagree or argue, you should do it in a constructive and not destructive manner.

Rule #2: Keep Your Language Clean.
We have no way of knowing how young our readers are, and neither do you. Keep your posts clean and your language inoffensive. A good rule of thumb is to shoot for an MPAA rating no higher than PG-13.

Rule #3: No Spamming.
‘Nuff said.

Rule #4: No Advertising.
As with #3, this one’s pretty self-explanatory.

Rule #5: No Copyrighted Material.
Only post your own words, or words you know are fair game. Do not post stories, poems, song lyrics, or other copyrighted material unless you can demonstrate either that you have the rights to the material or that the material is in the public domain. If you’re going to quote someone else, attribute the words properly and make sure that it’s okay for you to post them. A lot of material that gets posted on the Web is done so in unknowing violation of someone else’s copyright, and we can not condone that.

Rule #6: Ideas, Suggestions, etc.
While we’re open to the idea of our community members posting their thoughts about alternate endings to a given story, or what might happen after a particular story ended, or something cool one of our characters might do, any such posts are made with the following points in mind:
1) The developers and writers at Story Portals do not read these forums to get ideas.
2) At any given time, the developers and writers at Story Portals have dozens of ideas in the works or sitting on the shelves, including concepts for existing series and for new series, and the appearance of an idea or theme in a later story or series can not be used as evidence that the post was the source of the idea or theme.
3) In accordance with our Terms of Use, by posting in these forums, you hereby expressly waive any claim, now and forever, to any copyright or so called “droit moral,” or moral right, to any ideas, concepts, themes, etc. posted.
Basically, what this means is that ours is a proprietary site built around copyrighted characters, stories, and other materials. We’ve been working on this for a long time, and plan to continue working on it for a long time, and we’ve got a ton of our own material. We’re not reading these forums for ideas, and if you post an idea and later see an idea that looks an awful lot like yours, we didn’t use yours. We had it already or we came up with it on our own. Having said that, we also know that in that situation (i.e. you post an idea and later see something close to it in one of our stories, or especially if you see a new series pop up that bears a resemblance to your idea) it’s human nature to think we took your idea. We didn’t, and by posting the idea you waive the right to claim authorship, ownership, creation, etc. If this seems harsh or unfair—and we understand that some people might see it that way—then simply don’t post anything like that.

Rule #7: Complaints.
We know there will be some. We’re working very hard to make this a great place for our community members to come together, but no one does everything perfectly every time and we’re bound to make some mistakes along the way. And we want to hear about them. We would prefer to have them come to us in private e-mails, of course (see the “Contact Us” button at the bottom of every page or on the “About Us” page), but if something bothers you enough that you feel you need to post it in our forums, so be it. But please keep the rules of the forum in mind and make your criticism constructive and not destructive, informative and not defamatory, helpful and not hurtful. These posts should be left in the “Suggestions” area of the “General” forum, and may be removed once the issue is resolved.
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