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FORUM RULES **READ FIRST**

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FORUM RULES **READ FIRST**

Post by Admin on Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:48 pm

By using this Forum, you agree to all our rules as explained below.  It is your responsibility to read and comprehend these rules before using this Forum.  Please PM the administrator ("Admin") or a BCK Moderator if you have any questions. These rules may change from time to time.  Any modifications will be announced here.

1) ONE ACCOUNT ONLY:  You are allowed one account. If you register more than one account, both accounts will be removed and your IP address banned.

2) USERNAMES:  The Username you choose when you register must include some form of your REAL first name. For example, Joe Smith can register as “SmokinJoe” or “JoeBoo” or “Joey123”.  Joe Smith may not have a username of “Bubba” or “Killer” as it does not include his real first name.

3) PROFILES (avatar, signature, social media links, etc):  You are given the ability to edit your profile by clicking on the “Profile” tab.  There you will find additional tabs to setup your preferences, favorites, friends tab, and so on.  All material you present for public viewing must be kept clean.  No nudity, profanity, links to objectionable websites or material not suitable for an all-ages audience.  When providing links to social media or your ebay listings or websites, only list working accounts that belong to you personally. Do not use your signature to defame anyone, inflame passions, or direct members to competing sites.  

4) EMAIL:  Never post your email address on the forum or in your signature.  Communication between members should be via the forum or the Messaging System (PM).  Anyone trying to collect email addresses for resale, self-promotion, solicitation or bulk email purposes will be permanently banned.  DO NOT give your email address to anyone.

5) INTRODUCE YOURSELF:  After registering, you should introduce yourself to the community in the “Meet & Greet” section.  After doing so, you will be given the rank of “New Member” along with your first star.  There are many ranks you can achieve based on how active you are on the Forum.  A sample of member ranks is as follows:
a. New Member – achieved after registering and introducing yourself.
b. Member – achieved after 10 posts.
c. Full Member – achieved after 100 posts.
d. Advanced Member – achieved after 1000 posts.
e. Expert – achieved after 2500 posts.
f. VIP – achieved after 5000 posts.

6) “PRIVATE” IS RELATIVE:  While other members cannot see your PMs, the Admin and Moderators can.  As the same guidelines for conduct that apply to the Forum also apply to the messaging system, in the event another member reports an abuse, we will review messages to determine our course of action.  So be respectful of each other and mind the rules.  Do not use the Private Message feature of this forum to solicit other members. If you receive a solicitation from another member, please PM the Admin immediately.

7) RESPECT:  As the saying goes, treat others as you’d like to be treated.  Any foul, abusive, threatening, or inappropriate posts or PMs with other members, moderators, or BCK staff may result in action against your account.  Such action may include an official warning, the loss of points and/or rank, temporary suspension, or permanent ban.  Similarly, using symbols to represent letters in an attempt to work around our foul word filter (i.e. dumba$$) or using abbreviations for foul words (i.e. fu, pos) – while sometimes clever and humorous – should also be avoided.

8.) NO REDIRECTING:  You may not post on the forum or Private Message members to inform, urge, or try to convince them to visit another forum, website, blog, ecommerce site, or any redirect link whether it’s a competitor of The Baseball Card King or not.

9) NO SOLICITATION:  You may not post affiliate links or ask members to donate to a specific organization or cause (unless prior approval from the Admin). You may not run raffles or contests.  You MAY do a no-strings-attached giveaway of an item you personally own and have in your possession, but must contact the Admin with details, and receive approval, BEFORE posting.

10) OWN YOUR POSTS:  You may not post for another person or member.  For example, “Bill wanted me to tell you that he has the card you wanted.”  This is not allowed for many reasons, not least of which “Bill” may be a suspended or banned member that lost his privilege of interacting on this forum.  Suspended/banned users may not circumvent the consequences of their actions by speaking through a third party.  Plus, if “Bill” has something to say and is allowed to be on the forum, then he needs to find a way to get on here and speak for himself in order to benefit from the community.

11) OWN YOUR POSTS #2:  You are responsible for your own words and actions… in life, and on this forum.  If you post something slanderous, libelous, threatening or illegal, the consequences – whatever they may be – are yours and yours alone.  While we may remove such posts quickly, ALL posts are archived.  If legally petitioned, we’re obligated to provide authorities with the requested information.  Choose your words wisely.

12) ROLE OF ADMIN & MODERATORS:  We are not here to interfere with vibrant, relevant and intelligent discussions.  We are, however, here to help maintain an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas.  In doing so, we will as necessary delete or edit posts and/or topics as we see fit.  In most cases an explanation will be provided, but not always.  Our decisions are final.  If you find a post that violates any of the rules, or is plainly objectionable, or if you’re being harassed or threatened, PM the Admin or a moderator immediately.

13) NO GAMBLING:  You may not sell or offer to sell squares. You may not take bets on any sporting events.  If it’s illegal ‘out there’, it’s not allowed ‘in here’.

14) POSTING A NEW TOPIC:  When posting a new topic, be sure to choose the appropriate forum.  For example, if you want to talk about your Fantasy Football league, do not post in “Just Sayin’: Football”, but instead in “Resources: Fantasy Leagues”.  All Buy/Sell/Trade trade posts should be in the Marketplace category and under the proper sport, and so on.  Do not duplicate posts or topics. Use the search feature to see if someone is already talking about your topic. Also, topic titles should be relevant and descriptive.  For example, “2014 Bowman Draft redemptions” and not “Does anyone know?”  If we find your titles too vague, we may edit.  If it becomes common, we may limit your posting privileges.

15) POSTING GUIDELINES:  NO TROLLING (starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory or off-topic messages with the deliberate intent of provoking an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion).  NO FLAMING (hostile and insulting interaction).  NO SPAMMING (excessive multiple posting that is repetitive and/or substantially similar to other posts, or creating messages that are advertisements).  NO THREAD BOMBING (jumping in a discussion with the intent to derail the topic).  NO THREAD BUMPING (posting in your own topic in order to move the topic to the top of the list) except where you are updating information in your topic.

16) MARKETPLACE:  Any Want lists, Sell lists, or Trade offers must be posted in the “Marketplace” category within its correct sport.  You may NOT offer to sell or trade any supplies or wax.  There are additional rules you must follow when posting in the Marketplace. Be sure to read them.

17) You may NOT discuss or plug our competitors under any topic on this forum.  Similarly, do not attempt to promote any of our sites on other sites without their permission.


NOTICE:  You must supply an email address in order to register.  We will not reveal, sell, or in any way distribute your personal information to any person or company at any time.  We will not add your email address to our general mailing list.  If you wish to join our general mailing list, you may do so by going to our main website (thebaseballcardking.com) and sign up there.  We MAY send you an occasional email to inform you of any change in Forum Rules, or to announce a special promotion for Forum members only.

Now, introduce yourself and jump into any topic of interest.  See you there!
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