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    Forum Rules and Etiquette - What You Agreed To

    We ask you to keep the conversation civil, and in good taste. Please refrain from using vulgar language, personal attacks, racial, ethnic, or sexual innuendos. We have different age groups that visit this site, so keep this in mind when posting.

    You are free to disagree with others, but if you stoop to personal abuse or attacks, your post(s) will be deleted. If you are insulted by a post, please report the post, but PLEASE DO NOT retaliate. You have the option to ignore users on these forums.

    Advertising or promoting any product or service on any of our message boards is prohibited, unless you have permission. We want to be fair to those who sponsor this site through advertising.
    Please do not join these forums just to promote yourself, your website, your company or your fabulous products and services as this will simply annoy and alienate the users and will most likely result in your posts being removed and possibly your user account.

    If you are interested in advertising to hundreds and thousands of adults and teens, click here.

    Information: 'Free Speech' on Message Boards.

    Click here for information on Child Safety.

    Illegal suggestions/material - Respect the copyrights of other people, websites, software and printed media. Please no pointers, how-to's, advocating any illegal activity.

    Questionable content - Some content issues are left to the discretion of the individual moderators, but may include any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, misleading, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, that otherwise violates any law, or that encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense.

    Personal Info - Do not post personal information such as your home address, email addresses or telephone numbers.

    Private Messages & Emails - Private messages and emails sent via the forums are public and non-public. Please do not use the system to spam other members. You will be banned.

    Impersonating/accessing another user's account - You may not impersonate another board member or create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking other users. Also, accessing or using someone else's account or attempting to access another poster's account is strictly prohibited. This will not be tolerated and you will be banned.

    Circumventing a Ban - If you receive a message that you have been banned, it is not acceptable to return to the boards under another username. If you do, your ban time will be extended.
    • Corrective Action:

    If you do not follow the rules, we have the right to edit/delete your posts/account or deny your access to this board. If you are banned, you must not try to bypass the ban by registering new accounts, and you may not post messages to any part of the board.

    Post in the appropriate forum - Please read each forum description before posting to ensure you are posting in the correct forum. Off topic posts will be moved to the correct forum.

    No duplicate or repeat posts - If no-one answers your question or responds to your post. Posting the same question over and over or in every forum will just annoy people and will not get answers.

    Blog - You must be registered 14 days before you can use our Blog system.

    Profanity - Keep offensive language to a minimum.

    Obscene material - No posting of pornographic material or URL links to it.

    Flaming, Bashing, and Trolling - Hate posts and personal attacks will not be tolerated on the Forums, as is posting topics specifically to provoke a negative response from someone (AKA trolling).

    Spam - Purposely spamming a message board with senseless, vacuous, or empty messages is highly frowned upon, unless posting in test forums where spam is allowed to an extent.

    Any post that is off-topic or contributes nothing useful or interesting to a thread is considered to be spam. Most spam posts will be moved or deleted. Spam includes posts that:

    • only contain emoticons.
    • only contain a short message, such as "LOL" or "hello."
    • are posted more than once, or immediately after another one of your posts (double post). There is an edit button. Learn to use it.

    Signatures - No posting of pornographic material or links. No links (or urls) allowed in signatures (or the forums). Those continually breaking the rules will be banned for a few days. Repeat offenders will be banned permanently. You may have up to three images. Large images are not allowed. (You can tell by looking whether they are too large or not)

    Moderator Requests - Do not post any requests to become a chat/forum moderator. If mods are needed, we will post a thread.

    Flashing Screens - Are not, under no circumstances, to be used in signatures or posts in this forums. This can be dangerous to some users with Photo Sensitive Epilepsy and can cause serious harm.

    User Accounts - You may only have one account on these forums. All users whom we discovered to have multiple accounts will have at least one of their accounts deleted/banned. There is an automatic detection system that tells us who has multiple accounts, so please do not risk it.

    • You have agreed that your account will remain permanent and will never be deleted.

    Text Style - Messages should be typed and formatted so that others can read and understand them. Use of ALL CAPITALS, aLtErNaTe capitalization, poor spelling/grammar, and ugly fonts is discouraged.

    Subjects - The subject line of a thread should be descriptive, not something like "help plz." If a certain subject has already been discussed, making a new thread about it is discouraged. Please browse or search the forums before posting a thread.

    While we attempt to edit or remove any messages that are against these rules or the law, it is impossible for us to review every message posted on this board. For this reason, you acknowledge that all messages posted on this board express the views and opinions of the original message author and not necessarily the views of the Forum Staff or Therefore we take no responsibility and cannot be held liable for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy and completeness of every message.

    Note that any data provided to this board, including your IP address, can be stored in a database. Private information will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent. However, we cannot be held liable for any hacking attempt in which your data is compromised.

    We reserve the right to ban, edit or suspend a user, thread or post on this message board for any reason at any time, without warning and without reason.

    Information: 'Free Speech' on Message Boards.

    Chat Room Rules - Here is what NOT to do, and what may be grounds for a ban:
    • Harass, threaten, degrade, intimidate, victimize, or other wise abuse an individual or group. (Hate speech on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion or sexual orientation is unacceptable.)
    • Sell, advertise or otherwise post commercial solicitations, including web URLs.
    • Post any URL's regardless of the intent or content of the site. (Except where otherwise noted.)
    • Post any contact information (email/instant messenger address, home phone/address, etc.).
    • Post or advertise parties, meet and greets or any other function.
    • Post content that promotes, demonstrates or otherwise provides illegal instructional information - how to shoplift, how to hack a site, etc.
    • Attempt to collect other chatters' private, personal information such as telephone number, email/instant messenger address, home address or full name.
    • Posting another members' personal information (name, email/instant messenger address, home phone/address etc.)
    • Transmit or attempt to transmit a virus to other chatters.
    • Impersonate or misrepresent yourself as an employee of 321Chat.
    • Allow or instigate arguments to escalate into threats, harassment, or become violent in nature. While squabbles may occur between members, they must remain civil.
    • Flooding of the room (continuous posts of the same content).
    • Hacking - this includes speaking with or giving/asking for advice. No excuse.
    • Speaking a language other than one specified in the title of that room. You have the option to create your own rooms.
    • Respect the chat moderators. (Users in either Blue or Green).
    • Chat Moderators may kick you out of the room as a warning or permanently ban you, for but not limited to any of the rules listed above.
    • Information: 'Free Speech' on Message Boards.
    • Child Safety

    A Note on Safety

    Be wary of anyone asking you for your personal information. We will not ask you to post such information (Real name, address, email address etc.) in a public chat room. If for any reason someone does request this from you, report it to us. We HIGHLY suggest that you do not post ANY private information while chatting in a room. It's simply not safe.

    • Be careful who you trust online and remember that online friends are really strangers. People online, no matter how long you have been talking to them or how friendly they are, may not be who they say they are.
    • Stay in charge in chat. Keep your personal information secret when chatting online (name, address, telephone number, mobile number, private email address, picture), even if people ask for this.
    • Check your profile and make sure it doesn’t include any personal information (name, address, telephone number, mobile number, private email address, picture).
    • Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. If you feel that you ‘have to’ meet, then for your own safety you must tell your parent or carer and take them with you – at least on the first visit – and meet in a public place in daytime.
    • Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.

    Are You Banned?
    Give the user name and the mod name if you can. This can shorten your ban length.

    PLEASE NOTE: You may not connect to DigiChat because you have been banned from this DigiChat site That is the only message you get if you are banned. Please make sure you didn't try log in when your computer was going slow or DigiNet's slow side of things wasn't up to scratch!

    Click Here If You Are Banned From A Chat Room

    Please include your comments. All users will get a reply. Join the forums to be sure we can contact you back as at times, emails do fail. Or mail us again if you receive no reply after 72 hours.
    Note that you may not be banned personally, as ranges and hosts are banned for reasons. Mods are asked about the ban before you get unbanned.

    Information: 'Free Speech' on Message Boards.