SDB Rules and Regulations

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Forum Rules

 

Registration to Sudan.Net Discussion Board is free. We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, please check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Register' button below. If you would like to cancel the registration, click here to return to the forums index.

Although the administrators and moderators of Sudan Discussion Board will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages exclusively express the views of the author. The Owners and Moderators of Sudan Discussion Board are not responsible for the content of any message.

The primary focus of the Sudan Discussion Board (SDB) is to encourage debate on issues related to the Sudan and those of concern to the Sudanese. Sudan Discussion Forum is open to everyone without regards to gender, national origin, or religious/spiritual persuasion. All members on the forum have the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. All members of the forum are equal.

By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violate any laws.

The administrators and moderators of Sudan Discussion Board reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread that is not inline with the forum rules and regulations.


Members who violate the Sudan Discussion Board rules will be warned several times and if they persist may be banned from the Sudan Discussion Board and barred from posting.

 

Abusive Posting:

This creates a hostile environment contrary to the purposes of civil discourse and a welcoming forum environment.

Members are strongly encouraged to avoid profane writing when discussing religious/spiritual themes. Don't post personal/racial/ethnic/gender-based insults, slurs and/or offensive comments.

No lynch mobs. Do not use the forums to spread hate, racism or otherwise fill the SDB with hatred and malice.

The use of vulgar and hate speech is strongly discouraged. No offensive, profane, or vulgar remarks. Key word is RESPECT.

Don't get personal; a good general rule is "criticize ideas, not people".

Members are not allowed to publish material that encourages or glorifies acts of terror.

Ban Bypass:

A user who has been banned forfeits his/her membership. The username along with the welcome are revoked. All other attempts to register under a different name will be blocked. Banned users may not post on any Sudan.Net public forum. He/she may use the private message system or the “Contact us” link at the bottom of the SDB to send Private Messages to appeal and discuss the ban.

Generally speaking, once a Moderator has taken action, He/She has "the ball" and will be handling related matters. Administrators and a panel of moderators may consider some cases, depending on the appeal process and the scenario the member has been banned.


Retreads:

This term refers to previously banned users who attempt to slip by a ban by assuming a different screen name and resume posting as if he had gotten welcomed again. This is in violation of the Ban Bypass and is outside of the banned user procedure.

 

Flooding:

Flooding is a form of spamming, it's the practice of bumping other topics out of view in favor of changing the board to either increase your own visibility or decrease the visibility of another guest or topic. It can be cross-posting identical topics in different posts or multiple posts in any one forum with identical or nearly identical content. It may result in actions from topics being deleted to the account responsible banned.

Impersonations:

Do not impersonate other visitors. Don't pretend to be someone else on the site.

Copying a member's avatar, and/or closely approximating their screen name for the purposes of being mistaken for them or to mock them and/or destroy their reputation falls clearly into the realm of abuse of other members, and that amount of malice and aforethought rises to the level of instantly been banned. This is a no-questions-asked, no-quarter-given ban. It's an offense so blatant, so egregious, and so obvious that any regular member who has been a member for long can spot it coming a mile away.

Obscenity:

Posting pictures of obscene gestures, linking to obscene web sites, posting obscene or graphic descriptions of a decidedly adult nature, and violating the standards of decent behavior found in the SDB falls under obscenity.

Image content that violates the site content rules and protective language censors will be removed. Pornographic content is not permitted.

Picture Policy:

Image size limits exist to maintain a user-friendly format in consideration of the nearly half of all Great Netizens in rural areas who are limited to the use of dial-up connections for internet access, and preserve SDB system resources.

Images may be deleted or removed without notice and all rules about profanity filter bypasses, obscenity and the like apply to images.

Do not post images of graphic violence, obscene gestures, pornography or otherwise abusive/deviant content.

About hot linking images: Beware, if you hot link to web space you do not own, and the owner of the web space changes the content of the link, then you will be held as responsible for the content as if you had done so yourself. Once you realize an issue with an off linked image, bring it to the attention of the moderators or administrators using the contact us link at the bottom of the SDB.

 

Personal Information:

The privacy, dignity, and safety of all members on the forum is to be protected from injury and/or physical harm at all times.

Do not post personal information that is not in the public domain, e.g., telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, street addresses, or mailing addresses of anyone but yourself or by expressed permission of the person whose information you are posting.


Profanity Filter Bypass:

The SDB uses a Profanity Filter because there are words which are not allowed on these forums in order to maintain and engage in sober and civil debate in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Any attempt to bypass these filters and get these words on the forums in violation of the SDB will be deleted or edited.

Signature Line:

This is also subject to every rule. It is not to be used to taunt other members, it is not to be used to display contempt, and it is not to be used for hateful or abusive messages.

Trolling:

Trolling is to deliberately post derogatory or inflammatory comments in order to bait other guests into angrily responding. Very similar to an arsonist, the troll tosses a lit match at anything he thinks might burn in order to see what destruction and disruption he might cause. The troll has no intention of taking part in discussions, save to try and ruin them for others. Trolls may be banned with impunity.

NOTE:

Do remember that the SDB (Sudan Discussion Board) is moderated by a group of people who have volunteered to put themselves in the position of making difficult judgment calls. Following these guidelines/rules makes their life easier, and everyone's experience better. You can also report any messages violating these rules using the “report post” feature in the tab of each message, moderators and administrators will look into it and may or may NOT take any decision depending on the message that is been reported and if any violations exists. If you don't agree with a decision, you may discuss it with the moderator or administrators whose decision is final. The rules outlined on this page, above, will be used as moderation guidelines.