In order to use our forums we ask that you read the entire forum rules and guidelines posted here. Rules may change from time to time, so check back occasionally.
Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).
Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to disciplinary action.
Threads created on velorooms are automatically posted to our twitter accounts. Creation of threads with inflammatory titles will lead to automatic disciplinary action.
Members are asked to not act as “back seat moderators". If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of the Moderator Team. Please use the “post report" feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly “act" as moderators may be warned.
Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
Members may change their display name however normal forum rules apply regarding offensive content, and the member may not copy, or mimic another users display name.
Members are asked only to post in English, as this is an English speaking community.
Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.
Members should use an appropriate, descriptive subject when posting a new topic.
Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance.. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed.
The moderating, support and other teams reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. Please note that currently any users initial posts are automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the present Rules. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Team Members and not users.
The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.
Signatures may contain up to three lines of text (of small or normal size) and will appear once per page.
Users are permitted to utilise a gallery avatar or to link to one of their own (subject to previous points on misuse of bandwidth). User defined avatars are to be no larger than 120 pixels square, contain no animation, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimicking ranks or copying avatars of team members), may not exceed 12KiB (12288 Bytes) in filesize. Remote avatars must have a consistently high availability to avoid removal. Limit on image filesize prevents detrimental effect on forums page load speed.
Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, mimicking other users, and so forth
Moderation and Warnings
We operate a warning and moderation policy.
Warnings may take the following form:
a) basic in thread public warning from a member of the moderation team asking for the activity to cease. This should be viewed as an official warning
b) Basic warning (Private) and instructions to cease the relevant activity and being placed on a watchlist so that moderators may monitor your activity
c) Temporary approval needed on posts, for a period of time your posts will be subject to moderator approval, this may also include removal of shoutbox permissions.
d) A ban on posting for a set period of time.
e) Permanent ban from posting on the forum.
Arguing with the moderation team after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning.
Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant member of Admin. If they feel you were treated badly they remove a warning.
Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban or other moderator action will lead to a permanent ban of your account(s). Circumvention includes re-registering or using an already registered account under a non-banned username. Other examples include changing IP addresses, using a new email account or other action that can be taken to evade moderator action to hide your identity as the owner of the sanctioned account.
An exception to the normal rules apply when users contact team members personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.
Users who deliberately harrass, or are aggressive towards other members of the community will also be dealt with outside the limits of the normal warning system.
Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them.
Members are able to donate to the upkeep of the forum..
Any member donating will recieve a "supporter" badge on their username and will receive access to the vip section of the forum. Normal rules apply to the “Supporters” section.
There may be additional benefits of being a supporter, for instance, for 2012 all supporters will enjoy a version of the forum free of advertisements.
Supporters are expected to comply with the normal rules of the forum in all other message boards.
Supporter Status does not change your status as far as moderation goes. You are still liable to warnings, and potential banning in line with the forum rules. No refunds on donations are given in the event of a warning, suspension or ban
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