Terms and rules

Forum Rules

1. What are the basic rules and acceptable use policies here?

Always be polite and respectful to other members, moderators and administrators - so no personal attacks! You may have noticed other Internet forums are filled with aggression, insults, and general immaturity. Check that at the door here, this forum is different. Our members appreciate thoughtful discussion and a mature tone. Please adjust accordingly.

*All users are expected to review our Posting Etiquette Guidelines as well, as listed below. The staff retains the right to edit and/or delete posts that we judge to be not in accordance with these rules or the Posting Etiquette Guidelines.


2. Acceptable language & graphics:

We have members of different ages, ethnic backgrounds, religions, countries and personal beliefs so please no vulgarities, obscenities, or hate speech. Text and graphics with pornographic, obscene, vulgar, violent, hateful or otherwise offensive content are prohibited. Do not use w*rds with aster*sks or words made of asterisks to mask vulgar language.


3. No spam, necroposting, topic bumping, or cross posting...

Do not spam a thread with off-topic replies or advertising. Addon developers may post a single donation button on the forum, provided prior approval is obtained from the staff. Do not post just to bump a thread or to ask for updates on the topic, please send a PM to the original poster instead. We do not tolerate cross posting or one word posts to simply increase one's post count. Also, please do not necropost in old threads (more than 30 days since the last post) unless you are adding relevant information to it. Note, the 'OrbitHangar Addons & Comments' forum is excluded from the necroposting rule.


4. Fraudulent activity will not be tolerated.

Fraudulent activity on ORBITER-FORUM.COM is strictly prohibited, including but not limited to; hacking the forum (guessing someone else's password counts as hacking), creating a "sock puppet" account or creating a new account to get around a ban, illegal peer-to-peer game or media swapping, illegal download sites, or rip-off websites. Do not point people to illegal software or media distribution sites. Don't ask for serial numbers, manuals, or cracks.

Fraudulent activity can and usually will result in the termination of your forum account. Users are allowed only one forum account. If you must create a new account, please contact us before doing so.


5. What role do Orbiter-Forum moderators play?

Orbiter-Forum allows a wide range of discussion freedom but there are limits. Moderators volunteer to see that the forums do not descend into chaos and anarchy and that the rules are adhered to. Members should not publicly attack a moderator or intentionally undermine a moderator's actions by baiting or harassing them. The moderators are here to do a job and often times have to make difficult decisions. Moderators will use the infraction system to enforce our current Forum Rules.


6. Editorial & staff inquiry policies.

Threads may be closed and posts may be removed at any time for review by the staff. If, after review, the posts are found by us to be acceptable, then we will restore them. If your post is deemed inappropriate, then it will be edited or deleted, and you will be notified as such. Threads may be re-opened after the staff have resolved the issue. The administrators & moderators ultimately have the final say on content they decide should be cut or threads which should be closed.

Any questions or concerns about staff actions such as why a thread was closed, posts removed, or infractions and bans given, should be raised in private with a moderator or administrator. If a member wishes to challenge a moderator's action, this challenge must be raised in private with an administrator, not in the public forums! We are more than happy to listen to objections or suggestions raised in private, as long as they're presented in a civilized and reasonable manner. Out of respect for our members' privacy, we do not share information about a warning, infraction or ban with anyone besides the member who incurred it.

Posting Etiquette Guidelines

1. General posting etiquette.

ORBITER-FORUM is not the place for flaming, spewing, or otherwise mouthing off. Posts where people are called idiots, morons, etc. will not be tolerated and will be vaporized by the Probe. We do not want the forum to degenerate into a collection of *This game sux!!!!* and other immature rants. Like something or dislike something about a topic, express your thoughts in reasoned and responsible terms. Do not bait other members while posting on this forum. Show tolerance for your fellow posters. Finally, be patient and wait at least 24 hours for a response to your question or post.


2. Search before you post.

The Probe implores you to search before posting a new thread to see if someone else has already answered your question or posted about the same topic you intend to create. There is a quick search located on the top right of every page.


3. Creating new topics.

All topics must have a descriptive title! Topics titled "Help" or "Please help me!!!" for example will not be accepted and will be crushed and melted by the Probe! Also, pay attention to the content of the topic. Make a clear topic in which you substantiate your opinion or statement. Topics starting with a few words or one liners are not tolerated. Additionally, please make sure when you post a new topic that you post it in the appropriate forum.


4. Avoid changing the text color.

This forum features several skins for users to choose from, some are bright like the default skin and others are very dark. For this reason, users must be careful when formatting a post. Please be considerate of others and avoid using black or white text. It's best to leave the color settings alone. If you change anything, using colors that are legible on both bright and dark skins will ensure the Probe doesn't beat you to a pulp.

Please note, pasting text from another source can break the default colors and make a mess of the BB code in your post. This happens if you're using the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor. If pasting content into your post, please ensure the text is using default colors.


5. Reporting copyright / license violations for Orbiter addons.

Do not post on the public forums accusing someone of stealing another person's work. Doing so is not constructive, nor is it the best way to contact that person. If the addon in question is published on ORBITHANGAR.COM, then you should report it by using the Report This Add-On button, located on the top-right corner of each addon's page (looks like an exclamation mark icon). Please include the name of the original addon and a link to the copy-righted material and any other evidence required to support your claim in the report on orbithangar.com. Complaints raised without evidence will not be responded to.


6. Please use proper words and avoid "chatspeak" or "leetspeak".

We understand not everyone speaks English as their first language, however try to speak English at the best of your abilities.

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