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post Aug 14 2005, 04:00 PM
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Please be advised of the following forum policy. Before this posting, common sense reigned, but it's high time we set aside some solid policy so there can be some consistency amongst moderator actions.

CURRENT AS OF 18 SEPTEMBER 2010 ----


No Duplicate Accounts! This rule is strictly enforced. One account per person, please. If you are found to have multiple accounts, both will be banned immediately. You'll have to e-mail the admins with a good reason to get one unlocked. Repeat violations will have ... other ... consequences. If more than one person in a household register accounts, that's fine. It might help to e-mail or PM one of us to let us know, for future reference, should we accidentally accuse you of being the same person.

Stay on Topic. Please. We know the nature of a discussion tends to stray from its original purpose at times, but we ask that you keep discussions relatively on topic, or create a new thread if you feel the spinoff warrants it. Reading "Hamburgers" as a subject, and then finding on the third page a discussion on cars would probably be quite misleading -- especially to new users.

Please Follow the Instructions of All Forum Personnel. Our rules exist for your enjoyment of our forums. As much as you may not like the moderators or administrators taking action against you, they have absolute authority to the limit of their rank and the privileges it carries. When you find that you disagree with an administrator or moderator judgement call, you do have the recourse of requesting a review of the action by the administration staff, who will then review the matter, and the circumstances surrounding the incident, and make a decision to either uphold the decision or reduce the effect of the act.

Fraudulent Behavior. Any member participating in the act of fraudulent behavior, such as deliberately misleading the membership with false statements, misrepresenting one's identity, or engaging in similar acts, will receive an immediate permanent ban. We strive to be a haven from the traditional, hostile nature of typical Internet communities, and as such we must protect the community from those intending to deceive in order to prey on the tolerance, support, and friendship this community has to offer. Each case is individually investigated in order to determine if there was an instance of wrong-doing. Despite this policy, we understand and respect a member's right to privacy. As such, we ask that you withhold information rather than fabricate it (such as location, age, orientation, real name, etc).

Locked Topics are DEAD. Please do not resurrect a thread or topic that has been terminated by an administrator or moderator unless authorized by the person who locked the thread. Generally speaking, the thread's locker will identify themselves and use the "official post" mode. Violations of this are considered "necromancing" and will result in repercussions. Please search the boards for your topic before posting a new one!

Small Avatars in Good Taste. Yep. No nasty avatars, or anything sexually explicit. Google's great for finding those types of images. The HF board isn't the place for that stuff. Also, keep them relatively small. There is a programmatic limit of 120x120 and will be automatically resized if necessary. But still, a 120x120 red square would probably not be an avatar we'd encourage you to use. Violations will usually come with a request-to-remove via PM. If you get one, please change it ASAP. Waiting too long will result in us removing it for you -- not cool. Sometimes, if excessively inappropriate, we'll remove the avatar immediately. Repeat violations will cause anywhere from a loss of avatar privileges to bans.

Small Signatures in Good Taste. Like with your posts, please don't write anything that's not PG-13, please. No links to sites that would be inappropriate either. If you have an image in your signature, try not to make it too large. Standard "banner size" is usually what you'd want. 380x85 is usually a good rule of thumb. Anything ridiculously huge will result in a request for removal. Same goes for uncouth content. Waiting too long will make us do it for you. Repeat violations will result in bans.

Advertising. If you have a fanfilm you'd like to talk about, or have a small banner in your signature, we're all for that. Please DO NOT advertise sites that are commercial in nature. We don't look too kindly upon that because it might cause Paramount to not look too kindly upon us. Certain exemptions are well-known sites such as Amazon, or NewEgg, and the like. Please do not dedicate threads to such links, however, in order to advertise a product.

No Inflammatory Remarks. Debate is welcomed -- nay, encouraged -- but please try to stick to these general rules: No ad hominem remarks. Don't make accusations about another's character (like being a "Jesus-loving freak" or a "Godless fool" or an "unpatriotic scum"). Be civil at all times. Back up your points with facts, if possible. No muckraking. Any violations will result in a warning. Repeat violations may result in more severe action. This is a community where we expect everyone to be respectful to one another.

Username Changes. We can only change your username one time if you have posted less than ten (10) posts. This is to keep regulars from changing their username and potentially confusing board members. Please remember that creating an alternate account is not an acceptable solution. Every user is allowed one account and one account only. There are rare exceptions to this rule.

Spam. Just don't. Pointless topics, posts that deliberately detract from running threads, massive repetitive posts, and the like will be met with unfavorable attention. I've heard there were cement shoes involved in one case... but I could be wrong.

Harassment. This will not be taken to kindly. If you feel you are a victim of harassment, please report it to a moderator or administrator. We take all reports extremely seriously and in the strictest of confidence. Harassment would involve sending inflammatory/sexually explicit/derogatory/etc PMs or e-mails to members (via the board system) and/or not ceasing said behavior after requests to do so, and so-forth. Harassing members is strictly forbidden and will result in an immediate indefinite ban, and possibly a police report, if deemed necessary based on the level of the harassment.

Post in the Right Category. Please. Not doing so will have the thread moved. FAQ is for any questions about the website or the series. Trek Talk is for any discussions about Star Trek or Hidden Frontier, or anything else that relates to Star Trek. Communications Relay 47-Alpha is for anything not related to Trek. GLBT and Friends is for anything relating to the gay/lesbian/bi community, or anything GLBT-Trek related. Fan Fiction is for posting your Hidden Frontier fan fiction stories. Its subforum, "General Trek Fan Fiction", is for posting fanfics about Trek in general.

Practice Netiquette. Network etiquette is important. Practice it, and keep it close to your heart (or fingers) while posting. In fact, please read the RFC that defines "network etiquette". It tells you the basics like NOT TYPING IN ALL CAPS and that sort of thing, plus a lot more.

Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation. We understand the Internet is a free medium of discussion inhabited by millions of people from hundreds of countries around the world, so it would be foolish for us to require everyone to format their posts to follow Proper English rules (plus, there's a debate over what exactly "Proper English" is these days, too), but we ask that you take as much time as necessary to make your posts easily understandable. This avoids confusion and misinterpretation. Use spell-check. Re-read your post. Make sure your ideas flow and are clearly structured so the reader doesn't get confused in a jumble of words. No one will fault you for your language if you do your best to make things clear, but failing to do anything but that will not incite a friendly reaction either. Using "Internet slang" like U for you, r for are, 2 for to, and variants or using "leet speak" like "d00d" or "r0flc4k3s" is discouraged (unless used in jest. We all love a good joke, especially at the expense of n00bs leetwielders).

Story and Character Development Ideas. Hidden Frontier Productions encourage discussions about released episodes and future story direction. There is also a section of the forums dedicated to fan fiction, for any relevant stories and those set in the HF Star Trek Universe. However, since story developments and scripts for Hidden Frontier and associated productions may start many months before production begins, there is the potential for some ideas and plot points already decided and possibly in production to be posted to the forums by non staff members. Therefore, by posting stories or plot ideas on the Hidden Frontier Forums, you hereby give up any claim against, or credit from HFP in relation to those stories or ideas.

Imitating Staff. Don't. All official staff has a gold "Hidden Frontier" image under their usernames instead of rank pips. They will also have their role in HF listed under their name. Additionally, their username is a different color: yellow is cast/crew, green is administrator, teal is global moderator, blue is guest cast or director, and orange is section moderator. Falsely representing HF staff will result in problems, so don't do it. Also, attempting to moderate discussions if you are not a moderator, or performing/"assisting" in the performance of administrative duties is frowned upon. Let the moderators and admins do their jobs. They know what they're doing. If you have a problem with a post, report it using the link made for this purpose; don't take the role of moderator.

Disputes or Queries. Questions, comments, concerns, and/or suggestions regarding the HFP's online operations should be directed in the following manner.
  • forum or website technical issues (like download problems, account issues, etc) should be directed to Eden Akhavi (username Eden)
  • forum content queries/disputes should be directed to either David Hill (username DHillMSP), forum administrator or Simon Fraser (username Beo), the global moderator, or the designated moderator for the forum board in question
  • website content queries/disputes should be directed to Michael Hudson (username hudson)
  • Wiki content queries/disputes and technical issues should be directed to David Hill (username DHillMSP)


Queries regarding anything else about Hidden Frontier should probably be addressed to Rob Caves, username Rob_C. We say "probably" because John Whiting (username Thalek) would probably be a better person to ask about a make-up question than Rob, for example.

Clean Language. There are a number of words that are censored on the forums in order to create an atmosphere that's comfortable to everyone including children. As such, we ask that even though words are censored, you keep your language as clean as possible. You don't have to censor yourself all the time -- certain situations "warrant" certain language, and we won't fault you for it. However, excessive cursing won't be looked upon nicely either. If you wish to not have posts censored when you view them, there is an option to turn off censors in your profile.

Language Filter. Circumventing the language censor in any way, shape, or form is prohibited. There are a number of people who do not enjoy seeing foul language, and no matter how enlightened one feels he or she is, others may not agree with his or her viewpoints. Additionally, foul language gets picked up by search engines and web filters, and may, consequently, cause Hidden Frontier to be banned on certain firewalls or web filters, and may also cause it to be excluded from search results on certain search engines, or engines that have an "adult content filter" option (like Google, Yahoo, or AltaVista). We expect you to respect others' viewpoints on foul language, and especially our need to not be excluded or blocked from content filters of any kind. In other words: if you intend on using censored words in your posts, please type them out so they may be handled by our board software. Do not try to obfuscate them in any way. Use them or don't.

Quoting Correctly. When quoting a member, either in order to reply to the quote or to emphasize a point, please utilize the "quote" button that's available on every post. This quote button will insert a special quote tag that not only includes the member's name, but also the time the quote was made and a link to it, so that others can reference the original content if needed. Additionally, do not misquote. Misquoting will be cause for an immediate temporary ban. You may add emphasis or cut content from posts so long as it's noted with the proper edit marks (see below). You may not edit quotes, even if the edit is cited, if it changes the meaning of the quote in such a way that it is misconstrued as something other than what was originally intended. Any changes to quotes should be cited with "Emphasis mine" or "Edits mine", where each edit is made to be clearly visible.

Editing Posts. When editing a post, please make a note of what has changed in your edit at the end of your post. Correcting spelling/grammar does not require a notation; however, it's common courtesy to include one anyway. If several people have already quoted or replied to your post, editing it to drastically change its meaning will result in a verbal or official warning. Please try to limit editing posts for content in threads that are receiving a lot of attention (you can see who is viewing a thread just above the first post). It is up to the moderator to determine if an edit-for-content deserves an official warning or not, so it's better to err on the side of caution and just make a new post clarifying your original post. You will not be cited for double-posting if you make a post right after your original one if it was to add content, but consistently doing this may result in a warning. (Please note that these edit rules do not apply to CE. CE has its own rule that's much more strict than this. Please see the CE section below for more information on editing rules in CE)

Publication of Personally-Identifying Information. Other than publicizing your real name, publication of any other personally-identifying information such as telephone numbers, street addresses, workplace information (such as address or telephone numbers, unless these are readily available from your workplace's website), etc. is strictly prohibited. This is not only for your protection from online harassment (and possibly harassment offline, which is a serious problem on the Internet these days), but also to protect Hidden Frontier from any undue legal burden. If you wish to allow members of this community to contact you off-board, you may pass contact information along in a private message. Exemptions may be allowed on a per-case basis (such as in the incident of an organized meet-up, or other event) by an administrator. The exemption must be approved before publishing any such information.

Terms of Service Overrides. As providers of the forums, the administrators of the board reserve the right to override the Terms of Service and take action as they see fit. Please note that this is rarely done, but it is sometimes necessary in order to deal with a specific situation. When an action is taken against a user, they will be informed by the administrator whether or not they are allowed to appeal the decision. If the user has been denied the opportunity of an appeal, the decision is final and cannot not be changed.

Automated Programs. Using automated programs, scripts, alternate user-agents (i.e., not web browsers), or bots to access the Hidden Frontier website and forums will result in severe consequences, including possible account termination. Using these programs to post threads or replies, send PMs, modify profile information, harvest member data, crawl the forums, or in any way interface with the Hidden Frontier servers in an automated manner are prohibited. Please note that included in this prohibition are macro programs designed to simulate user input via a web browser. Exempted from this are obviously search engines (such as Google and Yahoo), and scripts approved for use by the server staff.

Harassment of Moderators. Forum members are prohibited from sending harassing or inflammatory messages to board moderators. Doing so will result in an immediate warning, and possible ban from the forums. When a moderator issues a warning, the board member is allowed to PM the issuing moderator ONCE to either: request clarification on reasoning, apologize and accept the warning, or respectfully disagree with the warning. Continuously debating with a moderator in private message about the reason for a warning is unacceptable (for example, arguing that your post was not against the ToS). Debating the nature of a warning is acceptable (for example, debating the viability of a specific rule with a moderator or administrator), so long as the moderator wishes to discuss it; however, debating individual warnings is prohibited, as they should be taken through the appeals process.

Warnings. Moderators have the ability to issue warnings to members who violate the Terms of Service and/or Acceptable Use Policy, or to members who are being generally disruptive to the discussions taking place on the forums. For more information on how warnings escalate to bans, please see the Forum Warnings Policy.

Appealing Warnings. Members may appeal warnings issued to them by a moderator by following the Administrative Review Procedure.

Current Events. The Current Events forum is provided as a means to discuss and debate hot-button topics that are happening in the world today (ranging from politics, to religion, to world news, and beyond). Occasionally, non-current events may also be featured (the name doesn't necessarily mean only current events may be discussed, but rather is named after the trend of discussing current events). The CE forum regularly contains debate that more non-confrontational or easily-offended persons may object to. Please be aware of the contents of this forum before becoming involved in discussion. While CE is moderated, we do allow a certain level of freedom in terms of expressing opinions and the methods in which those opinions are expressed. Again, if you are easily offended or are quick to temper, it may be wise to lay low, or only post when you are calm and collected. Certain "sub rules" apply to the Current Events forum, and they are included below. Please note that these rules only apply to CE, and in the case of conflict with a rule stated above, the rules below supersede the general forum policy.

  • Posting Stories. Due to the nature of the forum, current articles in the news are the regular discussion in topics. When you are creating a topic, or posting a link to a story, please remember to do the following: 1) Excerpt one or two paragraphs from the article in a quote, especially paragraphs that may be the highlight of the text; 2) Post a link to the full story if available (if unavailable, please remember to state why [ie, you got it from a book, etc]); 3) Write at least one paragraph commenting on the excerpt or the full story itself.
  • Editing Posts. Unless you are correcting grammar, punctuation, or spelling, please do not edit a post. If you wish to add something, please make a new post, even if it's right after your previous one. You won't be cited for double or triple posting, but consistently doing it will result in a warning. Your best bet is to review what you wrote in a preview and make any changes before posting. If you wish to remove something, do not just delete the text and resubmit. Use the [ s] and [ /s] tags (strike-through) to retract what you said, and make a note as to why you are retracting it (in a new post if it's a lengthy explanation; if it's short, you can add it to the bottom of your edit). Any changes to a post must be cited at the end (for example "Edit - Fixed spelling", etc). Failure to follow this editing policy will result in an immediate warning. No special exemptions will be made. Period. This rule supersedes the general post editing policy for the rest of the board.
  • Avoid Blanket Generalizations. We don't take to them lightly. If you honestly must do it, be sure to explain exactly your reasoning behind it, but be prepared to be questioned on your belief.
  • No Ad Hominem Attacks Against Board Members. While public figures up to discussion are fair game for ad hominem attacks (even though this may not seem right to some, we cannot in good conscience prohibit it), our board members are not. Attacking the member and not his or her ideas will result in an immediate warning.
  • Alternative Language Use. The couching of phrases, names, places, or any other words in a language other than the one you normally use in CE is hereby prohibited. The use of alternate languages such as Cyrillic or Arabic hides what you're saying on purpose, which intentionally causes difficulty in reading your commentary and does not contribute to the normal flow of discussion. It could also be construed as an attempt to circumvent the language filter (see above). The use of "alt tags" is insufficient to avoid breaking this rule, as it requires extra knowledge that the average user does not possess. Failure to follow this policy will result an immediate official warning.
  • Do Not Make Demands. No member may demand anything from another member (this includes an explanation, facts, quotes, sources, whatever). A member may politely request that a member or members do one thing or another, or provide proof of their accusations, etc., but if such a request is refused, no more can be requested of the member. Do note, however, that refusing to provide sources, facts, or other material to back up your claim in a debate will seriously hurt your ability to participate and be taken seriously in a debate.
  • CE-Governed Boards. There are other boards (well, really only one at the time of writing this) that are governed by the same rules as Current Events. The descriptions of such boards note the enforcement of CE rules. Please note this carefully before participating in a discussion.



Moderators Have Opinions Too. During the course of a discussion, you may notice that moderators express their views quite vocally. The Hidden Frontier staff encourages moderators to express their viewpoints on any subject freely, so long as they comport themselves to the guidelines outlined above (and in the staff regulations). In an effort to reduce the ambiguity of the difference between a moderator's opinion and his or her official actions, moderators are empowered to use a special tag in order to mark a certain post as "official". Such a post looks like this:

Official Post



This is an example of an official communication.


When this is present, anything enclosed in the box is part of an official statement by the moderator; in other words, the moderator or administrator is speaking in authority. Moderators or administrators showing bias while speaking unofficially, so long as they abide by the regulations set forth for the forum, are not out of line. Consequently, complaints against such posts which are not flagged as "official" will be ignored. The same applies to private messages.

These rules can be appended to, altered, or deleted from at any time without notice. Please keep an eye on this post for the latest rules, revised on the date set at the top.

Thanks.

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That's it. Any questions, let me, Jonathan, or Rob know.


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Quote Edit Examples

Pronoun Clarification; Clarifying Context --
QUOTE ("Original")
Sherry went to the mall, because she wanted to buy some shoes. She knew they were on sale.


QUOTE ("Modified")
She [Sherry] knew they [the shoes] were on sale [at the mall].


Shortening --
QUOTE ("Original")
Bill wanted to find a good lawyer to help him with his case against the insurance company. The challenge in obtaining a good lawyer is always finding one with good experience who works for the success of his or her client.


QUOTE ("Modified")
... The challenge in obtaining a good lawyer is finding one ... who works for the success of his or her client.


Emphasis --
QUOTE ("Original")
The support of a country by its citizens is the key to having a condusive environment for a society.


QUOTE ("Modified")
The support of a country by its citizens is the key to having a condusive environment for a society [Emphasis mine - Woz].


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post Aug 16 2005, 06:00 AM
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post Sep 20 2005, 05:54 PM
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post Dec 5 2005, 07:02 PM
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post Dec 30 2005, 11:04 PM
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post Jan 24 2006, 04:55 AM
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post Feb 18 2006, 04:06 AM
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post Jul 1 2006, 11:19 PM
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post Jan 9 2007, 01:52 AM
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post Aug 7 2007, 12:51 AM
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post Mar 26 2008, 11:59 PM
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