A little housekeeping that is long overdue. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
In order to provide a safe and fun environment to meet other like-minded fans of the Codebearers books, we'd like to take a few moments to post some of the guidelines of using our forums that may have been overlooked. Please read these over carefully and abide by the rules of conduct. Failure to do so may result in a warning or suspension of your Codebearers account by the Moderators of this site. If you want to play here, you must follow our guidelines.
Our moderators are doing a fantastic job at helping guide the discussions in a way that is both uplifting and encouraging to one another, but more importantly we want to make sure this is a safe place for all to come.
Our guidelines are simple. Moderators will have the final say on enforcing any and all of these rules. Follow them well and you will have no trouble.
1. No profanity or offensive language of any kind will be tolerated. If you choose to use such language our moderators WILL delete your posts and flag your account for potential suspension. First offense will be given a warning, second offense will be temporarily suspended, third-time offenders will have their accounts deleted permanently. Let's keep this a fun and uplifting place to come.
2. No obscene or suggestive content will be allowed. Any photos, videos or written expressions of sexually or vulgar content will be immediately removed from this site. If you post it you will be deleted from the site permanently. There will be no second offenders. Keep it PG!
3. Do not solicit offline relationships or contact in the forums. In a digital world full of online predators it is the decision of the website administration team that this site be used primarily for anonymous conversations and encouragement of each other. Any individual actively seeking to gather contact information of other members of the website will have their account immediately suspended. DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL PHONE NUMBERS OR PHYSICAL ADDRESS INFORMATION TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS WEBSITE.
4. Bullying or repeated negative attacks will not be tolerated. This is a bully-free zone. If you wish to belittle or actively aggravate another member of this website either individually or as part of a collective you will be suspended. Cyber bullying is a crime. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
5. Have fun! This website is supposed to be an enjoyable and encouraging place to come and we need you to participate to keep it that way. By getting involved in both creating and contributing to forum topics that fit the forum guidelines, you help to make Codebearers.com the website we all want it to be. A great place to hang out and safely meet with people of similar interests.
BASIC RULES OF SAFETY FOR ONLINE TEENS
The most important thing to remember is that when you’re online in any kind of a public forum, you’re out in public and anyone can read whatever you post. You should never post anything on the Internet that you wouldn’t want known to the public at large. You should also remember that people you meet in cyberspace might not be who they seem to be. If you’re in any type of public forum, avoid giving out your full name, your mailing address, your telephone number, the name of your school, or any other information that could help someone determine your actual identity. The same applies to your family and friends. Never reveal anything about other people that could possibly get them into trouble. The biggest danger to your safety is if you get together with someone you “meet” online. Remember, you never know for certain if people you meet online are who they say they are. If you do feel it’s appropriate make sure the meeting is in a public place and bring people with you.
1. Keep Your Identity Private
If you’re in any type of public forum, avoid giving out your full name, your mailing address, your telephone number, the name of your school, or any other information that could help someone determine your actual identity. The same applies to your family and friends. Never reveal anything about other people that could possibly get them into trouble.
2. Never Get Together with Someone You “Meet” Online
The biggest danger to your safety is if you get together with someone you “meet” online. Remember, you never know for certain if people you meet online are who they say they are. If you do feel it’s appropriate to meet with someone, discuss it with your parents and never go to the meeting by yourself. Arrange to meet in a public place like a coffee shop or mall that you, not just the other person, are familiar and comfortable with, and never go alone. The safest procedure is to have your parents talk with the parents of the other person and for both of you to bring your parents along on the first meeting.
3. Never Respond To E-Mail, Chat Comments, Instant Messages Or Other Messages That Are Hostile, Belligerent, Inappropriate Or In Any Way Make You Feel Uncomfortable
It isn’t your fault if you get a message that is mean or in any way makes you feel uncomfortable. If you get such a message, don’t respond. Instead, show it to your parents or a trusted adult to see if there is anything you can do to make it stop. Sending a response just encourages the person.
4. Talk with your Parents About Their Expectations and Ground Rules for Going Online
It’s important that you and your parents are on the same “channel” when it comes to your online activities. This includes when you can go online, how long you can stay online, and what activities you can do online. Communicating with your parents doesn’t mean that you have to give up your privacy. It just means that you come to an agreement based on mutual trust and understanding. While you’re at it, perhaps you can help your parents better understand the Internet, what it can be used for, and how it is helpful for teens.
Visit www.SafeTeens.com for more safety tips online.
A few technical things
1.No double posting. Wait for a response and then you may reply to it, exceptions include if a thread has not been posted on for a minimum of three days. This keeps the forums from cluttering. In other words, don't post:
Anonymous: Yeah, tommorow's my birthday, at 2:52 am
Anonymous: :D 2:53 am
Anonymous: !!! 2:53 am
2. No one word posts. this again follows the anti-clutter means. Twenty pages of smiley face responses are just messy, and they don't help things flow. If you only have a one word response, it's probably not highly important in the first place.
With that said, let's have fun!
3. When a group is submitted, the name and/or the description can not be changed. Mods are given the job of approving and denying groups to prevent spam or bad groups. By submitting a group that is approved then changing it, makes the group one that was not approved. There are exceptions, if the name of a group is a synonymous change, there are no issues. Use your own discretion. Rule will be carried out in context of the situation
Oh gosh, please don't start that against, Andy... ;P
Andy got them cheesy fries!
Whatchu know 'bout cheesy fries?
better axis somebody, like Little Andy in his safety pinned diaper.
That went on for like...three weeks?
Thanx Millers! That One word post was getting on my nerves! :)
Hey! Me too;) SOme one word posts were fine, but in many cases, it was just people who wanted to stay on but had nothing better to say, and it never related to the topic of the thread which (although not too strongly enforced) should be enforced more so, because the millers made it a rule.
No one word posts will kill some forum games.
I already clarifued that those are the only exceptions.