RPB Forums Rules and Regulations
Article 1: Racism, Bigotry, Discrimination or Prejudice
Soccer is a game that unites the world and is beyond race, religion or creed. Racist behavior and comments that lead to discrimination or prejudice will not be tolerated under any circumstances. It will result in an automatic Ban or even a permanent expulsion without explanation.
Article 2: Images and web-links leading to pornography or images depicting violence
There is no place for Pornography or any other form of material that may be considered improper. Posting of such material will result in a temporary ban for members offending the first time for a period of a one week or more depending on the severity of the offense. Members offending more than once will be expelled permanently.
Article 3: Personal Attacks, Verbal Abuse and Speech that portrays Malice
Lighthearted swearing is perfectly legal in our books. But language that depicts violence, hate, bashing or prejudice of ANY kind towards a user in a spiteful manner will be dealt with utmost severity. An infraction will be meted out immediately and repeating offenders will be banned or expelled depending on the nature of the offense. Personal insults and attacks are not acceptable - attack the argument, not the person. Flaming, flame-baiting or other repeated attempts to abuse or derail threads also fall under this category.
Article 4: Trolling/Spamming
Members posting the same material over and over and making ignorant and pointless threads or posts will be given a Yellow Card immediately. Do not repost moderated material. Members offending more than once will receive an infraction or a ban – whichever may be more appropriate in that situation. Spamming is a serious offense and the offender can have his Internet privileges taken away if reported to the person’s Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Article 5: Off-Topic Threads
Keep appropriate threads in the appropriate forums made for that purpose. Please go through the Contents and Descriptions of the individual forums on this board and make sure you post appropriately. For example the Toronto FC Forum is not the place to discuss about the latest Music album. The moderators or administrators will move the off-topic threads to the appropriate forum but members repeatedly making the same offense will be warned or will be given an infraction.
Article 6: Signature Images
Signature images are a nice way to express yourselves. But remember it’s a privilege and can be taken away if you fail to comply with the rules. The size limits for Signature images are as Follows – 500 x 100 pixels and 100kb at the Maximum. And remember only ONE main image per Signature and TWO secondary images. Members who fail to obey the size limits will have their signature images removed immediately and will be told to replace it with an image that fulfills the requirements. This is necessary so that members with even slow Internet connections will not have trouble loading pages here. Members will be warned and if you fail to comply an infraction will be warranted immediately.
Article 7: Administrators and Moderators
The Administrators and Moderators are here to make your experience at the Red Patch Boys Forums an enjoyable one. They are here to make sure the rules are followed. Any comments towards the Forum Moderators or Administrators that suggest hate, contempt or any other form of abuse will not be tolerated and the offending member will be banned immediately and even expelled if the offense repeats itself.
Article 8: Multiple Accounts
Remember - Only ONE account per person. If Multiple accounts are detected with an IP search, please note that both your accounts will be Banned. Also, if a user has been banned, it is not permissible to make another account. Otherwise your IP Address will be banned and you won't be able to access the site altogether. Also please note that if you do have existing Multiple accounts, please let the Administrators or Moderators know ASAP. We will take the appropriate action and it will prevent your unneccessary banning.
Article 9: Forum Languages
In order for the harmony and useability of the RPB Forums to be preserved, it is essential that all users can understand each others posts, and therefore necessary for all posts to be in the same language. As the vast majority of our visitors are English speakers, it makes sense that all posts are made in English. In the rare occasion that you have a good reason for posting in a a language other than English, it is essential that you provide an English translation. Anyone who persistently posts in a language other than English will recieve only one warning before an infraction is issued and a ban will follow if the offender persists.
Article 10: Infractions
There are several levels of infraction.
Users who have accumulated 3 infractions during a given time period (10-15 days depending on the nature of the infraction) will face a ban of 30 days. Infractions are given out by Administrators and Moderators to users who have violated the rules of the forum. If you feel you have been given an infraction unjustly, you may appeal to an Administrator, whose decision on the situation will be final.
Article 11: Selling on the Boards
Our message board is not an online store nor is it an auction site. Any merchandise sold on our message board must be approved by the admins and the group executives. Anyone found to be selling merchandise for personal profit on the message board will be asked to remove their threads and posts. Failure to comply will result in the appropriate sanctions.
The Red Patch Boys Admins enjoy feedback from our members and appreciate any suggestions or complaints that you might have. Feel free to contact us with any feedback you might have. But please don’t whine. Your comments and complaints will be duly noted.
These rules are not open for negotiation, or discussion, they are set and this post is a warning to try and prevent unneeded suspensions or bans.
Finally but most importantly – On behalf of Red Patch Boys, we wish you a pleasant stay.
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