Forum Rules

When participating on the Discussionist forums, members are expected to follow our forum rules, listed below. If you break the rules, your post will be removed. Repeated rule violations, or a single flagrant rule violation, will result in your posting privileges being suspended while we review your account. Members who display a pattern of rule violation will lose their ability to post on the site.


Civility/Content

No personal attacks
Do not personally attack, insult, flame, or threaten any member of this community.

Why we have this rule: The purpose of this website is discussion not insults.

No racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, anti-gay, or other bigoted hate speech
Do not spread hate based on race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or the like.

Why we have this rule: This website is open to a wide range of viewpoints, but not hate speech.

No harassment, threats, or advocating harm or violence
Do not harass, threaten, or advocate harm or violence against any person, on this website or elsewhere.

Why we have this rule: This should really be self-explanatory.

No graphic content
Do not post content that is Not Safe For Work (NSFW), which includes sexually explicit material, graphic depictions of bodily functions, or images of extreme violence, gore, pain, or human suffering. Exceptions are permitted when an image adds important context to a legitimate news story, but the post must include a "graphic content warning" in the subject line.

Why we have this rule: Most people do not enjoy stumbling across extremely graphic content while browsing the web.

No commercial spam
Do not post commercial spam or hawk commercial products or services.

Why we have this rule: It's fine for established members to plug or post links to their own products, services, or publications every now and again, but we do not wish to provide free advertising space for spammers.


Legal/Administrative

Respect copyrights
Excerpts from copyrighted sources must be no more than four paragraphs and include a link to the source. See our DMCA Copyright Policy for more information.

Don't post anyone's private or personal information
Don't post private or personal information about any person (including public figures) even if that information is available elsewhere on the Internet.

No malware, phishing, cracking, or other malicious code
Don't post or link to malicious code, or attempt to interfere with this website's software or administration in any way.

Don't post anything that violates U.S. law
Don't post anything that violates U.S. law -- including but not limited to: linking to illegally-shared files, attempting to organize hacking or DOS attacks, sales of weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, or other illegal products, etc.

Don't use an avatar or signature line that violates any of the other rules
Members may opt to make use of an avatar or signature line that is appended to all their posts. Avatars and signature lines must not violate any of the other forum rules.