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Old 06-14-2006, 04:27 PM #1
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*** Mask Forum RULES! Read to avoid getting banned. ***

These are the rules by which the Mask forum will be governed from now on. Please read them carefully as they are important to the community and the continuation of your membership depends on your understanding and following these rules:
  • 1) No threads will be permitted that contain any offers or requests to buy, sell, or trade equipment (so called “b/s/t” threads). This includes links to any third-party site (Ebay, for example) where equipment is being sold. Any thread which breaks this rule will be immediately closed or deleted and the offender will be issued a ban.
  • 2) No flaming will be tolerated. Flaming consists of excessive insults of an offensive nature. Flames can be directed toward individuals, groups, companies, etc., and none of these types are permissible under PBNation rules. Posts or threads containing flames will be edited, closed, or deleted by the moderators at their sole discretion. The decision of what is a flame and what isn’t rests solely with the moderators.
  • 3) Versus threads are allowed, but deciding between masks is mainly personal preference, try the ones you are interested in on at a store, or at your field, and then decide. Please read this thread about masks before posting a new V's thread.
  • 4) Advertisements of any sort are not to be posted in the Mask forum. This includes any post which attempts to increase business for a specific store, field, “big game” registration, etc. Posts which violate this rule will be edited or deleted at the discretion of the moderators. The exception to this rule is threads in which the thread starter has solicited a response, ie "Where can I get the cheapest _____?". In these cases it is permissible to respond with "Store X has them for $xxx".
  • 5) The posting of any material which could be considered offensive is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to pornography, graphic violence, and any material which may be construed as illegal in any way ( and other file download sites, for example). PBNation is a cleanliness-oriented website and it will remain so. Any posts which violate this rule will be immediately deleted, and the offending user will be warned or banned at the discretion of the moderators.
  • 6) We have a swear filter for a reason. Cheating the swear filter will result in a ban.
  • 7) Do not post in all caps, as it is generally considered to be “yelling” on the internet. Besides, it’s harder on the eyes and accomplishes nothing. First offenders will be warned; repeat offenders may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the moderators.
  • 8) When posting a new thread, the title must be representative of the thread’s content. In other words, a thread’s title should inform other users of the topic therein WITHOUT them having to actually enter the thread. Instead of titling your thread “got a question about my mask”, be specific: “Question about straps”, “Need help deciding what goggle kit to buy”, etc. Since the other users are here to help you, try to make it easier on them.
  • 9) Threads directed toward one person will be deleted immediately. That’s why we have Private Messaging. This rule also applies to personal grudges which show up repeatedly in a user’s posts; such a user may be warned and then banned.
  • 10) Try to make sure your post will add something worthwhile to the discussion at hand. If all you can say is “yeah” or “that sucks”, then you aren’t contributing any worthwhile information to the community. Remember, in an internet forum all you have to go by is your reputation, and if you don’t contribute, no one will think anything of you.
  • 11) Before posting a new thread, try using the “search” function of the website. We understand that sometimes you won’t be able to find the answers to your question, and in that case we welcome you to post a new thread. However, many times people post threads that are re-posted almost every day. Sometimes there are even multiple threads on the same topic that are on the front page at the same time! That is simply unacceptable, as it unnecessarily sucks up site bandwidth. Once you’ve determined that the search function isn’t helping, put a little note in your new thread to let people know you already tried searching; that way they’ll be more eager to spend time helping you out.
  • 12) Do not revive “dead” threads. That means, if a thread hasn’t gotten a reply in over a month or is more than 10 pages back from the main “current threads” page, you generally should not post in it and bring it back to the top. We obviously didn’t care enough about it to keep it going then; we still don’t care so don’t bring it back. We realize that there may be occasional exceptions to this rule but they are uncommon. Most dead thread revivals will result in a warning and then a ban for repeat offenders.
  • 13) The Golden Rule applies. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Be generally respectful of all the other users here. If you have a problem with someone, just ignore them instead of burdening the rest of the community with your squabbles.
  • 14) If you see a violation of these rules occurring, please do not attempt to correct the offender yourself in any way. That’s why moderators exist. Simply use the “Report the Post” function to alert the moderators of the nature of the infraction, and they will handle the situation in a method they deem appropriate. When six users jump on another user for an infraction, all it does is send the thread down the tubes and cause general disruption. Let the moderators do the dirty work.
  • 15) All decisions rest with and are made by the moderators of the Mask forum and the staff of PBNation in general. All decisions made by moderators are final and non-negotiable. Moderators may interpret these rules as they see fit and may act on those interpretations. If you feel you have been disciplined unjustly, send a respectful PM to one of the moderators and we will explain to you why actions were taken. Threats or arguments with the moderators will result in further and more severe actions.
  • 16) No "price my mask/strap" or "is this trade worth it" or "is this mask/strap worth X $" threads will be allowed from now on. If you want an appraisal of your mask or strap, or another's or a trade, go to the B/S/T forums and look for similar setups that other people sold/traded. The only place to do this is in the specified Appraisal thread.
  • 17) No "upping" will be permitted. If no one responded to your thread, that means they didn't want to. Upping simply perpetuates a thread that will not be answered. Anyone upping their own thread will have it closed and they may get banned.
  • 18) The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) thread is here for all to use. It is designed to keep certain questions from clogging the forum when they are asked day after day. It is expected that all users of the Mask forum have read the FAQ. Any thread which poses a question that could have been answered by reading the FAQ will be closed immediately.
  • 19) Threads that ask what upgrades should be purchased are no longer allowed, please read the stuck thread on upgrades. The questions on upgrades can only really be answered by the marker owner. If you need to ask this question, ask yourself "what do I like the least about my mask?" and go from there.
  • 20) Pictures of your mask should be put into one of the official Picture threads, threads including ‘rate my mask’ are no longer allowed. Exceptions are only for masks with something very special/unusual about them. It's at the moderators discretion. Threads with pictures which should have been put into the picture thread will be deleted.
  • 21) Posts in the Official Pic Thread or Action Pic Thread should consist only of pictures of your mask. Any user posting text or non-Mask pictures in the thread will receive a temporary ban.
These rules take effect immediately. All threads which were in existence prior to the posting of these new unified rules will be grandfathered in, but any thread created after the introduction of these rules or brought to our attention by being on the first page is completely subject to them and ignorance of these rules will not be tolerated as an excuse for non-compliance. Thank you all for your cooperation and enjoy the Nation.

Edited - 10.28.07 11.39PM: Changed "gun" to "mask and strap" and changed "mask" to "mask/strap" in rule 16. - leed
Edited - 03.12.08 7.23PM: Made adjustments to rule 20 to leave room for newly accepted MOTM.
Edited - 07.27.08 4.20PM: Made adjustments to rule 16 to allow one main appraisal thread.
Edited - 08.10.08 1.11PM: Revised rule #3.

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Old 08-10-2006, 10:21 AM #2
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B/S/T threads posted here will simply be deleted. They will not be moved by mods.
Posting B/S/T may also result in a ban. Do NOT post B/S/T type posts in threads here. Please keep the threads clean and as much on topic as possible without B/S/T clutter.
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Rule #20 will be revised based on the turnout of the new MOTM.
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