These pretty standard Bulletin Board "Rules" are agreed to (i.e. The Agreement) by all new members signing up to http://www.stampboards.com
and all members are urged to read them FIRST before posting, in the new member sign-up email that you got.
We are the World's Largest Stamp Bulletin Board, with over 3Â½ MILLION posts
, and have near 10,000 members, from over 125 different countries. The board is popular BECAUSE
we have sensible Rules - and
enforce them. Boards become anarchy otherwise, and soon close down as history shows us - from all fields.
We are a Giant Stamp Club in cyberspace! You *MUST*
make your first "Welcome" post here - http://tinyurl.com/S-B-1-1-1
These Rules are posted below for easy reference. Please contact admin[at]stampboards.com with any queries - or any Moderator. Please note there are also extra specific rules relating to the Sales and Exchange Forum at:http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=1338
We have a friendly and informative and truly International Bulletin Board Community here, and setting out some basic "Rules Of The Road" we all need to observe, will help ensure we keep it that way!PLEASE
take a few minutes to read over them carefully
BEFORE posting. If you do not like The Rules, then please do not post.
"THE RULES"1. Getting Started
It might be intimidating at first to post a message here if you, like many others, are new to Bulletin Boards. No problem. You're welcome to hang out and read posts until you feel comfortable. Of course, we encourage you to join the discussions. We have a very supportive and friendly Community, and we welcome your contributions. If you can two finger type you are SET to join in the fun! It is that easy.
Before you can post, you must register with stampboards.com and establish a user-name or 'handle'. Your user-name is a unique and consistent identifier. Choose a simple and easy name
for others to type responding to you! "rameshvarivigrapin56432L"
etc is NOT
easy to type or remember, so choose "Ramesh"
or something shorter please. Your user-name may not
be a Web site or email address. Any user handle that the Moderators deem likely to cause offence to some other members, will be replaced. We are a STAMP board, not Howard Stern.
As advised in your 'Welcome' email, Your FIRST
be on the long "Roll Call" thread, to say "HI" to the other members - http://tinyurl.com/S-B-1-1-12. Browse First
Before you post, browse the board to become familiar with the community. Read the forum descriptions to determine WHERE your post belongs best. Misplaced threads will be relocated by moderators. We have a button at top centre of every screen called "FAQ"
(Frequently Asked Questions) that answers all the basics - how to post, how to edit, how to use smilies and HTML and all the neat features you see others using. Please DO spend a few minutes reading it over. 3. Your Password
This is known ONLY to you. Admin or moderators CANNOT see it or access it at any time. Remember this is just a STAMP Bulletin board not a Swiss bank account!
Try and use something short and SIMPLE
that you will remember. Admin gets numerous requests from folks that sign up, type in some silly long password, and forget it when they log in next. This wastes EVERYONE'S time. 4. Be Sure to Add A Locale
In the "location" box of NEW
member profiles we insist
you type in something please. City and country ideally. It really assists other members help YOU if you indicate what country, city or region you are in. This is specified as essential on the new member sign-in page. If we see Indonesia or San Salvador etc as "location" members will know English may not be your first language, and can make allowances with responses. And note - the locale new
members specify must be accurate - we can and do check them, which is simple for any Moderator to do via IP logging. Typing "Brisbane" when you are actually in Melbourne is asking for a query, before you are approved. 5. Accurate email address required
The email address you add to your user profile MUST
be the one you are signing up through. We can and do automatically check and verify this for all new members. We must at all times have a valid and current email address on hand for all members. We often need to contact members quickly via the board with an Admin question, or advise of Trivia Night promos etc, etc. So please do *NOT* use an email address you seldom check. 6. Please add an "avatar" image of your choiceEVERY
member of stampboards.com needs to select some kind of avatar to use under their user handle. Look around you and see what other members use. It can be your photo, your Mum or your pet. Or something light hearted or stylistic, or a photo of a stamp or cover of your collecting area, which is what most members prefer. Anything too large or in bad taste will be removed or replaced. Any avatar that the Moderators deem likely to cause offence to some other members, will also be replaced. 160 x 160 is the maximum allowed
, and that is FAR larger than most boards. Static images preferred - any animated
images deemed too distracting, well, no-one likes those in general, and we may ask you to re-think. Some tech advice on how to load an avatar is here - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=677. Get to Know the Moderators
Our large Volunteer Moderator Team are responsible for welcoming new members they encounter, and assisting all members. They were selected to serve based on their good judgement, and ability to uphold the stampboards.com rules. If you have questions, contact a moderator. The moderators are here - http://www.stampboards.com/memberlist.php?mode=group&g=1412
Moderators contribute to threads just as other members do. They are held to the same standards when posting, as any other member.
They do moderate our forums, and look for rule violations, or ways to assist members. They may delete and edit posts, and close threads without notice. They may discipline and suspend members who fail to adhere to the rules (see Discipline section below, for more information on this.)
Moderators understand that the various stampboards.com forums have slightly different tones. What's acceptable in one forum may be considered out of line on another.
The Moderator Team themselves suggested, and fine tuned, and amended and updated these "RULES" - so that all members know exactly how we work here, and what is expected of members. 8. The "SEARCH" feature is your biggest friend on these boards!
Before starting a thread, use the powerful "SEARCH" features to see if there's a recent thread on your topic. Many of the same questions come up repeatedly
on stampboards.com. The 'search' tab is located in the navigation menu near the top centre of each Forum page. We ALSO have a paid, site specific Google search box at base of EVERY page. So you have TWO separate and very different search functions
. Keeping information on the same topic confined to as few threads as possible helps members quickly find the information they need. If you find a thread 2 months old on the topic you want info on, simply add to that one, and the discussion stays in one place - and grows. Do NOT start a new thread. More info here - http://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=141979. Starting a new discussion, or "Thread":
Be sure you are in the correct
Forum to start your new 'thread', and just click the "NEW TOPIC" button after reading Rule 10 carefully. We like to see IMAGE(S) in each new thread - there are few exceptions allowed to that rule. See Rule 21 on how to do that.
We do NOT
approve or endorse or allow a new thread linking to an outside site, or a link to photos outside this site in any post #1. You link will generally be disabled by Moderators unless to a well known domain. Less tech savvy members might be curious, go and click, and their computer easily gets infected with a virus, Trojan, malware, adware - or worse
. This is VERY serious global issue these days.
Don't post the same thread more than once in different Forums. Our members read many forums, and weeding through the same message in multiple forums can be frustrating. Duplicate threads may be deleted, combined or locked by moderators, and those doing it will be disciplined.
Be thoughtful and start your thread in the APPROPRIATE forum. If you have a question ask it in THAT forum, not in a general one like "Discuss Stamps". And if you ARE asking a question, the thread heading must summarise that question .. see Rule 10. Pure common sense. All QUESTIONS need to have "?" at the end - again, simple common sense. 10. Create Descriptive Thread Headings, or Titles
Make thread heading titles as specific and descriptive as possible. Sometimes posters will start a thread with a very general title such as, "Guess what?"
or "Help needed"
or "Fault on Scott 539?"
These are all simply meaningless
to most members, who are busy, and simply do not have time to click on vague thread headings. And never ASSUME more than a small % of members have a Scott, SG, Michel or Unitrade cat. A concise
title will mean YOUR thread gets a strong
google ranking, and someone in a month may find it on a web search, and join up and answer your
Be as SPECIFIC as possible in your thread titles, and if you want to improve or change your thread's title after you create it, ask a Moderator for help - or edit it yourself, which you can do within
an hour of posting it. Add the YEAR involved, and a PHOTO in all cases
is a good suggestion - see Rule 21 for how to do that. This board has 10,000+ real members from well over 125 countries. Do not
ASSUME they can read your mind, or have YOUR catalogue. If you are asking a question about an Australia 1937 3d Blue, KGVI head, Die 1A identification
.. make THAT the heading - do not start a thread headed "3d Blue". 11. Stay on Topic
Please keep your posts on topic. Veering from the thread subject in serious threads is almost always
disruptive. Posting negative comments on such threads that add nothing to the discussion are frowned upon, and may be removed. ANY posts that stray from the subject of the thread may be removed without notice by moderators, or split off into a new and more relevant thread. And the member may be disciplined - see also discussion below in Rule 21 - "Discussing Specific Moderator Actions
" 12. Selection and Change of user name or "handle".
Rule number one - please choose a SIMPLE
'handle' or user name! jmcdr0pd47643527
is near impossible for others to remember or to type when replying to you. If your name is Jim Smith by all means sign up as Jim
Admin may refuse to register any new handle if it so chooses, if the Volunteer Moderator team feels it may cause offence or hurt to any section of our global membership. We will usually amend the user-name to something more mainstream, and advise you. Likewise, asking to register a handle that we deem to be too close to that of an existing member may be refused. In such cases, you will be asked to select another handle before your registration is activated.
Ideally we do NOT want to see members change names later on, as that gets really confusing, so please think yours out CAREFULLY
before registering. Admin CAN change a user name if you request it with a good reason, and if we agree to it. Contact any Moderator - or email Admin. But do so early
in your member career here, as all threads that by then refer to jmcdr0pd47643527
can't be edited. 13. "Notify Me Of Replies To This Post"
This is an *ESSENTIAL*
box to leave ticked when starting any new thread asking for advice or questions. You then get instant email advice when anyone responds.
Un-tick that, and you will never know who has responded, and your thread will generally wither and die. Many members - old and new
forget the importance of this! Likewise having your CURRENT email address in your profile is essential so as advise of new posts to your question will reach you. You can change your email address easily. 14. Start A "Poll"
Instead of starting a new thread you can tick the box to make it a "POLL". That allows you to ask a question and offer endless choices for members to vote on in their answer. Allow lots of answers to your question gives best results. Do NOT set a time period for them to run in most cases - set it at "0" which means it has no end date. Great fun - start one and see - here is what they look like:http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=381715. Please welcome All Newcomers
Welcome Newcomers - stampboards.com is a friendly, informative, fun and thriving Community. When newcomers arrive, please take a moment to welcome them when they make their first "Roll Call" post. By helping folks learn, you provide a shining example of what this Community is about, and you help ensure that stampboards.com continues to flourish. New members may not understand stampboards.com and its history as well as you do.
Older collectors may not be familiar how to quickly post up images via a free account like http://www.photobucket.com
Please offer them a hand and offer some encouragement. They catch on VERY fast when guided through it for 5 minutes - we've seen that 100 times. Remember we were all newbies once! 16. "View posts since last visit"
A fantastically useful new board feature. Go to main Index page (click either of the large coloured stampboards logos to get there!) and then simply click the link in blue at top right saying - "View all posts since last visit."
Even if you have not logged in for 4 days EVERY thread with a reply(s) made since then shows up. A wonderful way to ensure you miss NOTHING interesting being posted! You quickly go to the ones that MOST interest you. search.php?search_id=newposts
- Whether you are logged in or not it works. 17. Please Present Your Posts Thoughtfully and NEATLY"You are what you post".
You can come across to others here as either slap-dash and sloppy, and near illiterate - or neat and tidy and professional
- the choice is always yours
Some wise members even take a little time to use the "PREVIEW" button
to look over their posts, to see if the image has loaded correctly, to see their HEADING makes sense and uses normal punctuation, to see whether the "Quote" feature worked, and to check the colour and bold and highlights are coded correctly etc.
Best of all they download the superb and free http://www.iespell.com
tab that lets you quickly spell check every word in the post box BEFORE hitting "SUBMIT".
And they use PARAGRAPHS every couple of sentences. Vast globs of type with no paragraphs and no capital letters, and no spell check, might be just fine for quick text messages from 12 year olds, but we hopefully will not see it on stampboards.com
Headings or posts all in CAPITALS is regarded as "shouting" and very rude on the web - do NOT do it here please. "You are what you post".
Remember that. And others judge you on that. Please help us keep this board looking neat and professional. We take huge pride in how neat and professional this board has always looked. We all can do our bit. 18. Respect our Diversity
stampboards.com members come from all walks of life and all parts of the world. We are as diverse in our makeup as we are alike in our passion for stamps. Because we all bring a unique perspective to the forum, our collective experience is broadened, and we gain new insights and stamp knowledge.
Our diversity demands that we respect each other. Due to the inherent constraints of the Internet - humour, sarcasm, language and slang can be easily misinterpreted - especially when crossing cultural boundaries.
When posting a message, pay extra care to how it might be interpreted. And when you come across a post that offends you, read it with an eye toward giving the poster the benefit of the doubt.
If you have an issue with a post, please contact the member privately or contact a moderator via the "Report Post" red button. Do not make the situation worse by publicly responding.19. Guard Your Privacy
Keeping personal information personal is a good tip. If you want to share your personal information with another member of the community, do so via e-mail, or not via the boards. If you DO want to post your email on a thread for any reason we INSIST
you use this kind of disguised style - georgebush [at] aol.com
as it will not then be "harvested" by spam bots trawling websites looking for the curly "(at)" sign, which always means a current valid email address - and then bombarding you with masses of Spam and porn etc. We get LOTS of such bots regularly trying to access this site. The same with posting your personal phone numbers - do NOT do it please
- for your own privacy. Contact the other members via the safe and hidden private email system. Moderators will
amend any posts that breach either of these rules that they see - with no notice. http://www.stampboards.com
respects members' privacy. None of your personal contact information or email address etc will be posted or visible on the forums unless you post it yourself. By signing up here you specifically AGREED
to receive emails from us of any topic replies when you tick that you want those, and you agreed to receive the monthly newsletters, and admin advices from us. Some members post up covers or letters addressed to them, showing their full name and address. We strongly
recommend you do NOT
do that - try and disguise that data. YOU
are entirely responsible if burgled a week later. stampboards gets over two MILLION page views a month
- you never know WHO is reading your posts - or for what reason. 20. User's Grant of Limited License
While members in general terms own the content and interest in their posts, posting on stampboards.com grants us the right to reproduce, or agree to have reproduced if we so approve, that content in any medium without notification or compensation. Members' posts cannot be legally printed or duplicated in any way by any third party, without the consent of stampboards Admin, and attributed to source.
Once you submit a post, stampboards.com has no obligation whatever to remove or edit that post's content, at any time, whether you remain a member or not, or whether you request it or not. Once posted, it stays part of the thread. Forever. So as always, only
post images or text you are happy to stay here. You specifically agreed
to these - and our other terms - when you signed up. 21. Photo Images and text
Please share as many photos of stamps and covers that you own, that you care to. We have funded unlimited bandwidth to display them all, which is the main feature of this board. "One photo speaks 1000 words"
is true more of stamps than most things! However once you post them here, they will generally stay on public view, via your original link, or our back-up files. Removing an image(s) or text can quickly destroy the flow of a complete thread, and will do so for anyone. So, if you have something you do not want others to see - please do NOT post it!
Deliberate attempts to remove images from your photobucket account etc, to disrupt threads will
see your membership revoked with no notice.
By posting images or text here you are giving us express permission to store and display your images or text forever - whether you remain a member or not. Do NOT
post images or text if you feel they will breach copyright. If in doubt - check first with the source. Most auctions have no issues with stamp images or text being used on a not-for-profit open web resource such as this, especially if attribution to the Auction Firm is given, as it is of course, free publicity for that company.
Other websites, or magazines or newsletters will inevitably use material from here at some point, and members accept and approve in advance by joining and posting here, that some limited reproduction of this nature may occur. (Also see Rule 38.) Such use is generally permitted by us, provided clear attribution to the source is given in every
instance - i.e. "Reproduced with permission - from http://www.stampboards.com "
We cannot and will not
condone any other site or end source regularly and extensively "mining" this site for content and/or images and photos, unless written permission has been sought and granted from Admin, and all
such content is attributed via the wording as shown in this paragraph, immediately where re-produced.
Likewise, anyone who uses stampboards to promote any site via an "Click Here To Enter" type portal, that secretly captures IPs and email addresses or locale, or requires ID such as an email address to view that site, will in our view generally be "harvesting" member email data without consent of our members. We may at our total discretion, remove such links to protect members. Any member failing to comply with the clear guidelines in the last 2 paragraphs may have their membership suspended, or if not a member - legal action initiated.
Near all members use the free and superb http://www.photobucket.com
to quickly load images - full easy-to-follow primer on that here - and how to scan and load images here FAST - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=284
You MUST have some activity in your photobucket account once each 3 months
for it to stay active - and for your links here to still work - please heed their email to you if you get one. Just logging in 'activates' you.
22. Do not overuse the "QUOTE" Button
Please do not use the "QUOTE" Button unless needed! To reply to a post hit "Post Reply" and type your response. Far too many members hit the "QUOTE" Button, which captures all
the text and photos of the post above, and THEN type their reply. When images are involved, that can make threads annoying and very long to read. If replying to a post 4 or 5 up the thread, by all means use the "QUOTE" feature. Or, if a small section of the post above is what you are replying to. 23. Signatures
We do not wish to restrict your right to display personal views, ideology, etc. but do ask that you remain respectful of others in your signature lines. NO
gifs, or still or moving images may be used in signatures. They MUST be in the English language, and we also PREFER that they be in monocolour. And two (2) lines in usual font size is maximum
as you can see looking at other member signatures. Dealers or large auctions can link ONE
main business website etc, if they choose. ebay/TradeMe/Delcampe etc member's account names or links to them etc may not
be used in signatures, but there are threads where your specific current lots can be freely highlighted to others if you choose! NON
stamp related websites may not be used as signatures. Nor can links to other stamp bulletin boards, but a link to your own personal stamp blog
is welcomed. If you have any questions as to exactly whether something is acceptable, send a private message to Admin[at]stampboards.com . If your signature does not comply, the Moderators WILL
amend it with no notice or advice. 24. All posts to be in the ENGLISH language please.
stampboards.com is a truly International
board, and in latter 2009 had registered members from 85 different countries. We respect and encourage this enormous diversity, but just for the record we ask that all posts on the board be in the ENGLISH language. This is so the maximum number of members can respond and understand any post. (Not to mention most moderators will have absolutely no idea what is being posted!) HOWEVER, by all means welcome any countryman of yours who joins with a greeting on board written in your own language, or any similar friendly and light hearted exchange. 25. Please add a link to stampboards from your blog, club/society website, or dealer website, or in your ebay or Delcampe listing templates etc.
Adding a link increases traffic to YOUR
site - as you can see here - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=10980
- as we have google and MSN and Yahoo bots "glued" to this site 24/7
. That link has images in many sizes and shapes, and the HTML code you need to use on your ebay templates etc. We get MILLIONS
of hits a month to stampboards, and the bigger we get, the more reach your
posts and offers will receive. 26. Is there a way to buy the stampboards logo on T Shirts, Pens, Mouse Mats, baseball caps etc?
Yes. We have had some of the things above made in the USA as souvenirs with our neat "Penny Black"
inspired logo. Into T Shirts, and baseball caps, and pens and mouse mats and stickers etc, that some members have asked if they might buy. We did not make many due to the cost of small runs in full colour, so first in - first served. Colour photos of what we have, and prices are here - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=10980 27. Deliberately Misquoting Other Posters
You may use the quote feature to respond to specific posts from other members. However, changing the meaning or words of a quote while still attributing it to the other member is a violation of stampboards.com rules. Anyone doing so will be subject to the disciplinary process. (The use of ellipses to show a quote was abbreviated is allowed, so long as the original meaning is not lost.)28. Using Multiple stampboards.com Accounts
In general Members are allowed just one
stampboards.com account. In the past some members have used multiple handles to harass or mislead other members. Multiple accounts will be closed and members involved will be subject to the disciplinary process.
Remember every Moderator can click on ANY
post and see the IP address and city/suburb it was posted from and from which service provider. And also IP log where all posts and IP's from that member were from, and whether they match any IP used by any other member, at any other time. It is that simple. The special add-on software we have here does it all - at a glance. Tell us you are in Adelaide, and post from Brisbane - and we can see that readily. 29. Posting Private Emails and Messages Without the Member Author's Permission
This is an invasion of privacy, possibly unlawful, and members who violate this will be subject to the disciplinary process. If you receive any stampboards related email that looks suspect or controversial or suspicious - please forward it immediately to admin[at]stampboards.com30. Attempting to Defraud any Member
Anyone who uses stampboards.com in an attempt to defraud a member, or to knowingly deprive, or attempt to deprive, any member of goods or a benefit, will have his or her membership revoked. All members agree by joining, any fraud or proven debts owed to other members may be highlighted on this thread, with their names and details, as a warning to other members - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=1372831. Attempting to deceive Administration or Moderators
Anyone who attempts to mislead Administration or Moderators, or acts in any way contrary to the best interests of this board and its members is not welcome here. Fake and duplicate accounts ARE
readily detected and are removed. Your location and email are readily checkable by any Moderator - for every post you make. If contacted by a Moderator please respond truthfully, and as in all walks of life, you will not incur a problem by doing so. 32. Discussing Specific Moderator Or Admin Actions Anywhere On The Board
On-board discussion or questioning of any
Admin or Moderator decisions or board policy is disruptive and wastes everyone's time. This includes any post or thread deletions, or edits or removal or moving, or their comments on threads, or emails received, or reference to any member discipline etc. This is not allowed on board at any time, and will be removed when posted.
Transgressing Members WILL
also be subject to disciplinary action. If you have any question or query about ANY
moderator/Admin action or policy etc, contact the moderator directly, or far better still, contact - admin[at]stampboards.com - but do NOT
post it, or discuss it on the boards.33. Negative or disparaging public commentary re stampboards
Any publicly posted internet commentary anywhere, that is disparaging or negative to stampboards.com by person(s) members here, may result in their stampboards membership being suspended or revoked. Likewise any negative commentary by email or phone etc, to other members that Admin might become aware of. Any suggestions or issues re anything related to this board should be directed to Admin - and nowhere else. 34. Personal Attacks
We encourage a healthy exchange of opinions. If you disagree with another member, challenge the opinion or idea - not the person. Personal attacks, insults, name-calling, and "flaming" will not be tolerated and will be removed. The violator(s) will be subject to disciplinary action. You may challenge others' points of view and opinions, but please do so respectfully and thoughtfully.
retaliate or respond to something you regard as a personal attack. Too often, when an initial attack is made, others join the fray and, instead of becoming part of the solution, they become part of the problem
. If you feel that you are being attacked or harassed - contact a moderator by clicking on this red "Report This Post" icon found at lower right of EVERY post --> 35. Obscene or Offensive Language/Material
Any posts containing communications or hyperlinks or images that are knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, offensive, vulgar, abusive, hateful or bashing - especially those aimed at sexual orientation, gender, race, color, religious views, political orientation, national origin, or disability - will not be tolerated and will be removed. Individuals who post offensive material or links to such material will be subject to disciplinary action.
We have no public list of prohibited words or phrases - if you believe a word or phrase is questionable or ambiguous, don't
use it. Simple as that. We have members as young as 8 years old. If you find a questionable word or image in any of the forums, contact a moderator. They will determine whether the message meets our objective of offering a friendly and flame-free community for stamp collectors. Using spaces, symbols, highlighted colours or acronyms, or other "creative" methods to express vulgarities or abuse while avoiding stampboards.com censors is still a violation. 36. Furthering Illegal Activity
Posts that further illegal activity (i.e., buying and selling stolen or forged stamps etc) will be removed without notice and the posting members' stampboards.com account will be subject to revocation with no advance notice.37. Invasion of Privacy
Members posting another user's private information without their permission, including but not limited to - phone number, address, real name, or email may be subject to disciplinary action. Trade members or dealers clearly are exempt from that prohibition if they have made clear their real name or business via website or signature links etc.38. Posting Copyrighted Material, or violation of our rights.
Information or images copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the person posting should not be posted on the forums without the consent of the owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. stampboards.com shall not be held responsible for information posted by a member that may violate copyright law.
If there is a news article or other piece of information you'd like to share from the web, credit the source of the information and/or give a brief recap of the news and provide the appropriate link to the original source, which constitutes fair useage on a not-for-profit site such as this.
And as outlined in point 21 above, any attempt to misuse or purloin ANY material on this site without written permission from Admin, will jeopardise your membership here, and quite possibly leave you liable to legal action as well.
Contents of the board is claimed as copyright. The words "stampboards.com" and our distinctive font, and logo of a '1d Black' within a perforated stamp border are COPYRIGHT Â© to the owner of this board, and the Â© symbol appears on them on each page of the board. Unauthorised use of either device, or any facsimile thereof used for "passing off" or parody is prohibited globally, and will be defended - please email admin[at]stampboards.com to obtain written clearance for any planned use. 39. Repeated Posting of Disruptive Posts
Members who repeatedly post items that create disruption within forums will be subject to disciplinary action if they choose not to heed the Moderator or Admin warnings to desist - or edit or produce evidence of their claims if asked. Making clearly nonsensical or fanciful claims re monies paid for stamps etc, or items allegedly owned, is disruptive and annoying to others. Do NOT
do that on http://www.stampboards.com
please, or you WILL
be quickly detected and disciplined, as we have a VERY savvy membership, and vigilant Moderator team. 40. Abuse and/or misuse of stampboards.com e-mail facility
emails of members obtained or accessed at any time through stampboards.com - whilst "private", still fall under the rules outlined here. They must not be traded or sold, or used to send spam or un-solicited offers, to solicit cash payments, or to threaten or harass members, moderators or administrators, or to harm stampboards in any way. Contacting others via board email in order to join other Boards or ventures etc, or to harass is not permitted. Members who use them for the purposes outlined above, or
to circumvent the rules of the Community, or
to subvert or harm, or
to undermine stampboards.com or its members in any way, will be subject to disciplinary action - and at minimum
, will have their own email access disabled. If you ever receive this type of communication, report it to Admin immediately. Do not publish it on the board, and NEVER
respond to the sender.
Your actual email address is NEVER
visible to any member, so leave the "Always show email address" box ticked in your profile please. Like ebay, no-one can "see" it - only contact you via the board software. If any member contacts you with any message at any time you find out of line or offensive, please bring it to the attention of any Moderator. Do not reply to the person sending it, as that DOES then give them your email address
Communications, written or verbal, of stampboards.com members to moderators or other members are subject to review by other moderators and stampboards.com administrators at the discretion of the moderator recipient, when deemed necessary for consultative purposes. Moderators reserve the right to share such private messages with other moderators and/or the administrators and owners of stampboards.com at any time, and members expressly agree to this possibility by joining.41. Discipline Purposes
The purpose of discipline for violating the rules is not to punish members, but to protect stampboards.com users and to facilitate polite and harmonious discussion in stampboards.com forums. Moderators and administrators consider all relevant facts before imposing discipline, including the likely effect of the member's conduct on the forum, the experience and track record here of the member, the nature of the violation, and the general history of discussion in the forum.
Moderators have a private forum to discuss such matters, and has a wide range of technical tools to invoke. The Volunteer Moderator group of 20+ members comprises males and females, dealers and collectors, and has representatives from SIX
The perfect non-political mix, ensuring that even handed and unbiased consideration is given to any matters before them.
Their one aim is a happy and harmonious stampboards.com. The Volunteered time spent on removing and dealing with spam and pests and back-room work since inception would astound many members - all to make your enjoyment of these boards spam and hassle free. Member discipline is rare, and when invoked is almost always done after thorough group consultation. 42. Types of Discipline
If a moderator or administrator deems it warranted, progressive discipline may be imposed for any rules violation. In general, progressive discipline has the following levels, and each level need not be used if the moderators or administrator deems the violation serious enough to call for a different progression: Warning. The moderator or administrator identifies the member's improper or unhelpful conduct and notifies the member that future violations of that or other rules will result in possible suspension or revocation of membership.
Suspension for one week. The moderator or administrator suspends a member violating the rules for one week and notifies the member that future violations of that or other rules will result in suspension for one month, or revocation of membership.
Suspension for one month. The moderator or administrator suspends a member violating the rules for one month and notifies the member that future violations of that or other rules will result in revocation of membership.
Revocation of membership. The moderators or administrator revokes membership privileges for repeated or very serious violations of these rules.
In general, suspended members are indicated by having "Suspended Member"
showing on their user profile. Any member who whilst suspended opens a duplicate account to post on stampboards.com shall see both accounts permanently closed, and a permanent IP block put in place so they cannot even access the board. Types of Discipline - Summary Revocation
A moderator or administrator may revoke membership privileges, or board access, as a first discipline, if deemed reasonably necessary, to prevent immediate and serious disruption in one or more forums. Some examples of rules violations which may result in summary revocation are: posts from members which constitute overt "spam", repeated cross-posting to multiple forums in a short time frame, and/or posting obscene, fraudulent or defamatory material, and disruptive posts or bizarre posting behavior.43. http://www.stampboards.com RIGHTS
stampboards.com reserves the right to remove any content posted on our site at any time for any reason, and to organise forums in order to best serve the majority of our visitors and members. stampboards.com reserves the right to revoke or suspend or restrict members' accounts at any time. Decisions as to whether content violates or breaches our rules will be made by moderators and administrators, and do not need be outlined to the members, if they see fit.
stampboards.com reserves the right to delete messages that violate applicable laws or that may be harmful to others. stampboards.com does not have the ability to restrict conduct or communications that might violate our rules prior to transmission on the Internet, nor can we ensure prompt removal of offending forum posts in every case, as we have no paid employees or staff.
The content of messages herein does not constitute approval or necessarily reflect the views of stampboards.com. You participate entirely at your own risk
on the forums, and in e-mail. You take full responsibility for postings under your "handle" identification, and use the information provided here at your own risk. stampboards.com accepts no responsibility whatever for the content or accuracy or opinions posted here. Indemnity
. By signing on as a member, YOU agree to indemnify and hold stampboards.com and its Moderators, administration, officers, agents, partners, web-hosters, IP's, employees or contractors - totally harmless
from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the stampboards services in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement, and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth in this Agreement, and/or if any content that you post, publish or distribute on or through the stampboards website, causes stampboards.com to be liable to another.
or its members, cannot be held responsible for any real or perceived mental, physical, emotional, or financial issues arising from bona-fide member(s) emails, messages or posts. Some people react poorly to comments that disagree with them, or challenge them, their ideas, or views or beliefs. All are an ever possible reality on a large and vibrant Bulletin Board. If you feel for whatever reason you may NOT
be able to deal with that possible occurrence, please do NOT
post. It is as simple as that. = = = = = =
stampboards.com reserves the right to makes changes to these rules above without notice. As it is impossible to address every issue that could arise on these forums, just because an issue is not covered in these rules, does not mean it will, or will not, be allowed. The "Rules" on this page are to be taken as a summary, and as minimum guidelines of expected behaviour - and penalties.
By posting to a thread on stampboards.com, you fully agree to abide by our rules outlined herein. All new members specifically agreed to abide by these rules when signing up, and were further advised to read them by a "welcome" email. All existing members are also emailed reminding them of these rules at periodic intervals, and advised they were deemed to be accepting them. If you no longer wish to be able to receive emails from Admin or members, simply go to your 'member profile', and remove or change your email address.99.99% of members will never need to read or worry about the preceding rules. Problems have been VERY few given the large number of members we now have.
However, we do like having a formal framework in place for all members to be aware of, that governs their posting here.
The same way the roads always have a few speeding motorists risking a demerit point or two, we will have a few folks now and again who WILL need to read this section very carefully. The moderators and Admin reserve the right to act on ANY matter with no notice, but the synopsis above covers the most likely reasons you may hear from us.
The Administrator and the Volunteer Moderator Team. REMEMBER ALWAYS - Posting to stampboards.com is a privilege, not a right.
(This thread is for the information of members and is "locked" to member posts.)