Jon and I have spent some time creating and recreating rules for QJ.net in order to give us rules that all must follow including future mods and all staff as well. We have also created a Terms Of Agreement and a Code Of Conduct as well. This is not something we take lightly. Of course it will take some time for members to get familiar with these rules so it is best to point your fellow member to the Rules/FAQ section of the forum if they are acting in a way that may be breaking any. Please understand that this is all in an effort to make progress and move forward with QJ.net and it is important to have rules that all must follow in order to give ourselves a start at bringing moderators back one day.
So what is next for QJ? Next we will be working on the following.
1. Spambot post modification so we get less.
2. Back to cleaning up forum sections.
3. QJ Gamer Level explanation and implementation.
4. Few other things in the works.
The Basic Rules of the QJ.net community
1. Everyone is Welcome!
Everyone is welcome to participate equally here on the forum. All members are asked to be considerate to a new person on the forum when they ask questions. Just because something has been discussed before does not mean it can’t be discussed again! We were all new to this forum once and many are very eager to participate in the fun here, so let’s keep that in mind. Let us all play nicely – the sandbox is big enough. As a member of this forum please take pride in our community and keep an eye out for people posting in a harsh manner towards new members that are new.
2. Search is OK but not mandatory
For many members the use of the Search function is used often to find something particular or something else related to Games. Use it for that. As a member of this forum you have decided to be a part of a Gaming community. NEVER stoop so low as to refer a member to "USE the SEARCH Function". This is in fact very RUDE, with lots of posts "YES" everything under the sun has been talked about. The new members coming in are eager to post so let them. If you feel you have nothing to add to a post then simply overlook it and move on. We are a discussion board so let use the board for that purpose.
3. Personal Attacks
Personal attacks/derogatory comments made towards fellow members will NOT be tolerated. Any such incident will be dealt with swiftly and harshly according to the QJ.net Code of Conduct/Terms of agreement.
4. Account Suspension
Any attempt to circumvent a Temporary Account Suspension by re-registering another name and/or any other method will lead into the offending member to be permanently banned.
5. Sharing Account Info
Any members giving their account information to any Banned members will have their account permanently banned as well. No Exceptions.
6. Forum Code of Conduct
The most important rule of QJ.net is to be well versed on the code of conduct for QJ.net because both member and QJ.net staff is held to this code of conduct. The code of conduct is also located with the Terms of Agreement that each member agrees to when registering on this forum.
NOTE! We will never, ever sell any of your personal information or email address under any circumstances, ever. Content posted on QJ.net is owned by QJ.net. By using our forums you agree to all of the rules and guidelines stated above!
The Terms of Agreement of the QJ.net community
Although the administrators and moderators of QJ.net will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of QJ.net, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. QJ.net owns -all- content that is posted and that resides on QJ.net servers. By participating on our forum you agree implicitly to this. We will not ever sell your email address or personal information to anyone under any circumstances, ever. If you own a gaming type of site do NOT promote it here. It will be considered spam and your post will be deleted and you will most likely be banned. Spam is not tolerated. Ever. Period.
Spamming in General - Well the spammers have been hitting us up lately on QJ.net and basically what they do is register and then try to post as much as they can with links out to stuff like pills, cell phones, calling cards, etc. After some complaints and reported post Jon decided it would be best to stomp a mudhole in that. I think it is all figured out now so we should be set to go back to games and not be worried about spammers. These are the changes made to remedy this. 1. No new registered member can post web links or embed images within their post until they have at least 10 post under their belts. If a spammer is going to take the time to register and post then he/she will be pissed when they go to post a link and get denied.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise in violation of any U.S. laws or the laws of your country of origin. NO SELLING OF PRODUCTS ON OUR FORUM. PERIOD. You also agree to follow the QJ.net Code of Conduct listed below. A complete offense structure is also listed with each item.
The Code of Conduct for the QJ.net Community
Drama will not be tolerated. What is drama? Bashing of QJ.net forums, bashing of QJ.net moderators, bashing of QJ.net members. Inciting arguments, instigating arguments, spreading the flames of discontent will not be tolerated. If you have a constructive criticism that is fine - present it in the proper manner. Professional, constructive, and without insult or intent to incite a riot. This is a bannable offense. You may or may not receive a warning prior. Drama will NOT be tolerated.
When critiquing a game, please do it in an adult, considerate and decent manner. Do not insult the manufacturer or simply state "it sucks" etc. Give a reason as to what you feel does not fit your liking. As part of the QJ.net community your post are looked at by manufacturers and it can often give them a heads up about problems that made it past quality control. Try to be specific. Things like this can really help other members too. Also, feel free to offer some positives about the game itself that you did like, this will inform the manufacturer about the things the consumers enjoy about the game. We can all learn a lot from each other here.
Please do not post professional photography of any sort. Only post pictures that you do not mind sharing and pictures that are not in violation of copyright infringement. This forum is indexed daily by many search engines so the pictures within get indexed as well. QJ.net will not be held responsible for pictures which are inappropriate or stolen – YOU will be responsible.
Common Sense decision: Make sure that any attachment or picture would be able to stand the test of being viewable in the workplace, home or other such place where others would be viewing our forum. Pictures that would be considered NSFW (not safe for work) fall in the category of "unwanted postings" on QJ.net. Common Sense reasoning: We all view QJ.net in places where professional and personal rules of decorum apply to our viewing habits. Pictures posted on QJ.net that fall into the category of NSFW will be removed by the Board Moderators at their discretion and the Member responsible for such posting will be notified of the decision via Private Message. Possible infractions may occur as a result against the user who originated the post.
QJ.net Staff will CLOSE threads that they deem are spiraling out of control. Granted this will be done on a case by case basis and there is no litmus test for what fits this description. We know it when we see it is the best we can offer.
Thread Closing challenge
Any author/originator of a thread who has a problem with why THEIR OWN thread has been locked and/or deleted must contact the ADMIN and/or the moderator who locked the thread PRIVATELY through a PM stating their case in a rational and respectful manner. Creating new threads to vent your frustrations with the closing of a thread will only result in that thread's deletion as well. If you still feel the need to vent by creating new threads you will then the below offense structure may be applied:
As policy for QJ.net no threads are hard deleted. This means that moderators and administrators can always go back and look at the threads to see how things unfolded. This again is a form of Checks and Balances to help police ourselves.
If you are registered to use our forums at QJ.net you will be registered to receive the QJ Monthly newsletter which is only sent once a month. If you do not wish to receive it, simply click UNSUBSCRIBE at the bottom of the newsletter and you will never receive it again. We will never, ever share your information with ANYONE.
One last note: Depending on the severity of any of the above rules broken we reserve the right to instantly permanent ban anyone for breaking the above rules. This will only be done in the most severe of cases.