Site-Wide Rules and Guide to Rule-Breaking Consequences
The Rules of the Site
To ensure that everyone is able to participate in the forums without conflict, be sure to adhere to the following set of rules when using MTF. Failure to adhere to these rules can lead to infractions and bans (outlined below)
(1) Discriminatory remarks of any sort will not be tolerated. This includes degrading and/or offensive remarks about an individual or a group of individuals based on their race, colour, ethnicity, sex, sexuality, age, nationality, religious affliliation, or indeed any other basis.
(2) Do not wish for tennis players, fellow posters or indeed anybody else to be injured or dead, even as a joke - it's not the kind of joke many people find funny, and is taken very seriously on this forum.
(3) Do not threaten to harm anyone.
(4) You may only use one (1) account on this forum.
If you're having any issues with your account or need help changing your username, password, email etc., please see this thread or failing that, contact a super moderator or administrator.
(5) Ideas and opinions may be challenged, but personal attacks are not allowed. See this thread for more information on how to deal with interpersonal disputes.
(6) Do not harass members. Attempts to provoke or intimidate other posters will not be tolerated. See this thread for more information.
(7) Do not disclose private information about members without their consent (e.g. names, contact details, pictures, details about personal life, etc. - this includes private messages.)
(8) Do not post messages on behalf of banned members. They are banned for a reason. Doing so will result in a ban for the poster who is conveying the message, and an increase in the ban length for the poster who is sending the message
(9) Refrain from using inappropriate/vulgar language in posts and threads. For example: excessive swearing, explicitly sexual or vulgar phrases, emoticons or images.
Clearly, this is a wide field and what is considered appropriate will be decided by the moderators given the context of the discussion. Also, what is appropriate in Non-Tennis, for example, might not be appropriate in GM or a player forum. Likewise, where certain language and discussions are fine in a thread clearly labeled that way, it may not be appropriate in a more general chat or tennis-related thread. Since this is an all-ages forum, we'd like to help people avoid the more offensive topics/posts if they so choose. Where necessary, individual forum guidelines to clarify acceptable content will be issued and stickied in the forum in question.
(10) Do not go into a player's forum to bash that player or troll the forum. Player subforums provide a place where fans can discuss events related to a player without hostility from other individuals.
In cases where posters that are known to be non-fans are invited to post in a player forum, they are asked to observe forum guidelines about not bashing that player, and to stick to only the threads where their presence is acceptable.
Equally, fans in a player forum do not have the right to "bar" or "veto" other posters from that forum, if their presence is welcomed in a thread within that forum by other fans. They may discuss their concerns with the moderators. Final decisions about who is or is not allowed to post in a specific player forum are at the discretion of the player forum moderator, if one exists, or the super mods and admins if one does not exist.
(11) Do not bash staff members. While it is o.k. to criticize moderating decisions, if it is done in a rude and/or disruptive manner or involves personal attacks on moderators, it will NOT be tolerated.
(12) Spamming advertisements is not allowed whether by posts, starting threads or via PM. This includes repeated posting of the same information in multiple parts of the site, or resurrecting dormant threads for no good reason.
See this thread for more information on the site's Spam policy
(13) Pornography, censored photos, or highly disturbing or graphic images, or links to sites containing such images are not allowed anywhere in the forums.
See this thread for more information on the site's policy
(14) Member signatures shall be appropriate, both in content and in size. No excessively obscene or rude language/content is allowed, nor may you use it to harm, harass or insult fellow members or to spread messages which are generally forbidden. If necessary, we reserve the righ to delete or edit members' signatures at any time.
See this thread for more information about signatures
(15) Avoid starting threads with a subject that has been discussed before. Use the 'search' function to find out if threads with the given subject have been started before, then use the old thread to discuss the topic, updated with new information as required. If there is more than one thread active on the forum on the same or similar topics, moderators may merge the threads and broaden the scope of the thread to encompass all the similar topics.
(16) Start threads in the appropriate forums. If a thread is started in a forum where it doesn't belong, the thread will be moved to the appropriate forum or deleted.
(17) Please give warnings in your titles if needed for those who may not want to read the information in your thread (e.g. spoilers).
(18) Do not start threads or make posts or reps that make serious allegations about a player, another poster, or anyone else, that can not be substantiated with independent and cast-iron evidence.
This includes allegations of doping. Such matters are only eligible for discussion if the person in question has been identified by an appropriate legal or governing body with a specific allegation that they must answer.
This also includes allegations or accusations of match fixing or result fixing in other sports. Evidence of unusual betting patterns are insufficent proof to publicy denigrate someone's reputation and will not be tolerated. When unusual betting patters occur, posters are, if they wish to, encouraged to post details of this, but without drawing inappropriate conclusions. If a specific allegation is levelled against a player or sportsperson by the appropriate governing body, this can be discussed, but posters should again remember that an allegation is not the same as a conviction.
Please note that this rule also covers insinuations about these types of allegations - making an allegation by use of certain words, phrases or references to individuals that are generally understood to be in reference to subject covered by this rule is not permitted either.
(19) Backseat moderating won't be tolerated. Simply report a post if you feel that it breaks the rules. Don't post that you've reported a specific post, that another poster should be banned, that a thread should be moved to a player forum just because you aren't interested, etc. Such behaviour will result in a warning or an infraction for baiting.
(20) Do not create threads or posts questioning specific infractions or bans that you or another individual have received. If you do have a question, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Site-Wide Rules and Guide to Rule-Breaking Consequences
If a user is found to have broken one or more of the rules above, they may be issued with a warning (yellow card) or infraction (red card). In the interest of public disclosure, members will be warned, infracted, and banned according to the following procedures.
Offense Types and Ban Lengths
The categories of offenses are listed in the table below.
In an attempt to improve constancy and objectivity, we have come up with a set ban length for the different infractions using the ban lengths that are available within the system. The list is used only for active red cards.
All procedures for permanent bans remain the same and can be seen here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/show...6#post15212506
If a user who is serving a ban longer than 3 months creates a double account to evade his or her ban, the double account will be deleted and the ban on the original account will be extended by 1 month.
If the moderator team determines that the duplicate account was created deliberately but not for malicious reasons - e.g. ban evasion or game cheating - then the initial 3 month ban will be reduced to 1 month.
Returning on Probation
Users who have made a successful appeal to return from a permanent ban as per rules described below in appeal procedures, will be on a probation period until rules from Good Behavior are applied to them (for PROBATION users, the good behavior period starts at the day of return, instead of last infraction) but with a minimum of 6 months. During this period any infraction leads to:
a warning that they are now on the path towards a permanent ban. Subsequent to receiving this warning, upon getting a new infraction, the user will receive a permanent ban.
Application of the Rules
Everyone including MTF Staff must obey the rules. Updates and edits can be made at any time so please review these guidelines regularly.
Note that not all violations will be clear-cut; sometimes a corrective measure will be taken in accordance with a moderator’s judgement as to what is appropriate in a given situation.
Moderators cannot read every single post. If you notice a problematic post or poster, be sure to report it to the moderators using the report post button or through a private message.
Currently Banned Users
If someone you know has been banned and you are curious as to why, please review these rules or visit this thread
New Users Read Here
Every new user will be considered under a trial period. The trial period will be over once both these conditions are met:
- The user has reached 200 posts.
- The user has been on the forum for more than 6 months.
If a user breaks rules during this period, he/she will risk permaban according to the severity of the rules broken. The rules regarding periods and the number of infractions needed to receive a permanent ban warning will not be disclosed so that users do not take advantage of the system in order to break enough rules to keep from being warned. New users are allowed to appeal their bans/infractions just like regular users.
If a user under the trial period receives a number of red cards within a certain time frame (variable according to the severity of infractions), that user will receive a permanent ban warning, the next infraction of any kind resulting in a direct permanent ban.
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