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Terms of Service
« on: January 30, 2008, 01:29:19 pm »
As a member of bksoft FORUM, you agree that you will not use this service to perform the following actions:

1. Offensive Posting
Posts of a patently offensive nature are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to:

    * Using vulgar, profane, or sexually explicit language
    * Using race, religion, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, handicap, nationality, or gender as a means of insult
    * Using sexual preference terms as a term of insult in any way, shape, or form
    * Using threatening, harassing, defamatory, hate-speech, or libelous language
    * Posting or requesting links to or material from pornographic, obscene, or hate-speech web sites
    * Posting links to web sites with potentially offensive content without a clear warning
    * Descriptions or details about any sexual act or sexual organs

2. Censor Bypassing
The bksoft FORUM message boards are programmed with a list of words that are considered vulgar under any context, and these words are not allowed to be posted. Attempting to bypass the censor by misspelling, inserting spaces or symbols, transposing letters, using look-alike symbols, or any other method is not allowed. The only acceptable method of posting one of these vulgar words is to completely obscure it, making it impossible to determine what the word is without context. Additionally, certain words are prohibited from being used in topic titles and user information pages; bypassing the censor to post those words where they are restricted is also disallowed.
For example, if \"gris\" is a banned word:

    * Not allowed: g-r-i-s, gr*s, g***, 9|-1$, girs, gryeeeas, grizznizz, **** (rhymes with \"bris\")
    * Allowed: ****, ****ed, ****ing, g\'ed, g-word

3. Flaming (Insulting Other Users)
Posts clearly insulting other board members, individually or as a group, directly or indirectly, are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to:

    * Name-calling (\"You\'re an idiot\", \"You moron\")
    * Direct insults (\"Screw you\")
    * Offensive orders (\"Go kill yourself\")
    * Insinuations (\"Are you stupid or something?\") or insults towards family (\"Your mom...\")

4. Trolling (Inciting Flames)
Posts intended solely to annoy and/or offend other posters by going against the clear nature of a board or topic are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to:

    * Provoking other users to respond with flames
    * Provoking fans of a particular system or game, especially on boards dedicated to that system or game
    * Making misleading topic titles
    * Asking obviously useless questions
    * Posting false information as fact

5. Illegal Activities
Posts that violate or incite others to violate the law are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, asking for or providing, in any way, shape, or form:

    * Illegal copies of copyrighted software (ROMs, Warez)
    * Methods of circumventing copyright protection (Cracks, CD Keys, mod chips)
    * Illegal copies of copyrighted music (MP3s), movies, videos, or any other type of media
    * Methods of cheating in online games

6. Spamming
Posts that clearly advertise a service or product are not allowed, unless the forum provides an \"advertising\" board. This includes, but is not limited to:

    * Unsolicited commercial or personal web site advertisements
    * For-Sale/For-Trade/For-Auction/Wanted notices
    * \"Make Money Fast\" scams, chain letters, and pyramid schemes
    * Advertising for another message board
      Users are allowed to include a web site address in a signature, request comments on their personal site in a social setting, or providing only once an interesting or relevant link to another site.

7. Off-Topic Posting
The main purpose of the bksoft FORUM is to provide discussion for various video and computer games and their systems. Topicality is expected and will be enforced on all boards, so take the extra time to post on the proper board.

8. Disruptive Posting
Posts that disrupt the message boards for other users, intentional or not, are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited, to:

    * Message posts or topic titles that force browsers to scroll horizontally
    * Large blank or content-free posts
    * Bumping old or \"dead\" topics without a reasonable cause
    * Posting multiple identical or near-identical messages or topics, including \"fad\" topics
    * Topic titles or posts consisting of all or mostly capital letters (Images cannot be larger than 600 pixels wide).
    * Intentionally hard-to-read posts (i.e. using all, mostly, or alternating capital letters; using no spaces, capital letters, or punctuation; using large amounts of \"1337 speak\", et cetera)
    * Post counting (i.e. \"First\", \"100th Post\")

9. Flooding, Invading, and Board Wars
Users will be immediately banned (along with any associated accounts) for:

    * Flooding a board with multiple disruptive topics or posts
    * Invading another board (flooding a board as a group with multiple topics or posts)
    * Instigating, participating in, or retaliating in an invasion of a Ogre\'s Network message board or any other online service
    * Announcing or inciting a \"war\" or any conflict with the regular members of another board

10. Impersonation
Users will be immediately banned (along with any associated accounts) for impersonating other boards users by creating and/or using a message board account with a name clearly intended to impersonate, mock, or antagonize another user, or otherwise falsely claiming to be another message board member.

11. Harassment/Stalking/Privacy
Continual harassing behavior directed towards a certain individual or group with the intent of an creating an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment on the boards, with or without use of explicit or implicit threats is strictly prohibited. Posting private information without permission is also prohibited. Requesting someone\'s age is also prohibbited, unless it\'s done by the board administration/staff.

12. Unauthorized Access
Accessing or attempting to access any bksoft user account not belonging to the user in question without permission is prohibited. Accessing another user\'s account in this manner is grounds for immediate loss of all known accounts.

13. Bugs and Exploits
Using exploits or tricks in the code to gain privileges, access, or abilities not clearly intended by the board design is prohibited. While you are more than welcome to try and find any exploits away from the public eye, making them public or using them for personal benefit is grounds for immediate loss of all known accounts.

14. Usernames, Profiles, and Forms
Violating any of the above rules with a username or any part of the user profile (signature, quote, e-mail, IM) is considered a severe violation.

15. Signature Images
If you use an image in your signature, please keep it within 400x80 pixels at 60kb. Most image editors will tell you how large the image is, in terms of pixels.

16. Other
Any other activity that is clearly detrimental to the flow of conversation and normal activities of the boards and its users may also be deleted.

Re-posting deleted or closed topics (yours or those of others) is also considered a violation. You agree that any violations of the above terms may result in penalties to your account. The severity of such penalties are at the bksoft staff and whoever it designates as moderators\' (hereby referred to as \'the staffs\') discretion. Posts or topics that violate the terms may or may not be removed without any warning. All determinations of what is \"acceptable\" and \"unacceptable\" content will be determined solely by the staff. You agree that the decision of the staff is final, and you may not legally or otherwise contest their rulings.

Intentional, repeated, or severe violations are cause for the banning of your account. The staff reserve the right to suspend or cancel your account at any reason at their sole discretion.

In order to register on bksoft FORUM, registrants must be 12 years of age or older. bksoft does not knowingly collect any information from any users under 12 years, and if it is found that an underage user has fraudulently registered, their account will immediately be terminated.