It seems a few here want to think the forum-wide rules do not apply to this section or something. This is a reminder that those rules do indeed apply here, and will be enforced here. Here they are, please read them and put them into practice in your posting on this site.
the general posting rules are:
Flaming/trolling - any content that is unlawful, harmful, harassing, threatening, defamatory, vulgar, hateful or distasteful in nature are prohibited. Swearing is prohibited as we have a wide age range. This site employs a profanity filter. Please use appropriate language. Character substitutions, spacing, spelling variations or any form of modified spelling in order to get the word to pass through the filter is absolutely prohibited. Continued threats against a member, moderator or administrator will not be tolerated. If you disagree with another member, respond to the subject, not the person as the internet has made it easy to make personal attacks, you must still exercise courtesy and self-restraint here. Please use the pm (private messaging) system to resolve personal issues.
Take note that we have zero tolerance for racial, ethnic, religious, and any other discriminatory slurs. Offenses of this nature warrant more severe disciplinary action (immediate temporary or permanent removal from howardforums.com).
Advertising/spamming - any form of advertising or soliciting members or commercial website linking (excluding signatures of current howardforum advertisers) whether publicly posted (including signatures) or sent privately (including email or pm) is strictly prohibited. This also includes, but is not limited to advertising with the intent to 'help people', or to provide 'free' products or services (e.g. 'free unlocking' posts), or links containing a referral or affiliate id. While the forum is free for you to use, it is costly and time consuming for us to run so spam makes it harder to fund the forums. If you wish to advertise please use this form. If you're interested in our marketplace please use this form.
Owners and affiliates of businesses profiting from selling mobile phone related products and services who desire a username that resembles the business's name or the url of the business's website must contact us first about advertising prior to registering the username or modifying their current one.
Privacy of members - revealing personal information such as full names, mailing address or other information that is invasive of another's privacy without their express consent is prohibited.
Software piracy - any content containing registration key/serial numbers, cracks, warez or direct links relating to pirated software that violate copyright laws will automatically be removed as well as requests and offers for copyrighted material.
Adult/explicit/objectionable content - as the forum is intended for a wide age group, any content including pictures or links to pictures must not be considered r or x-rated. What is considered overly sexual or potentially offensive will be determined at our discretion.
Malicious links - links to sites containing any malicious material (spyware, viruses, pop-up bombs/e-bombs, etc.) are prohibited. As these types of links are usually posted with malicious intent, offenses of this nature warrant more severe disciplinary action (immediate temporary or permanent removal from howardforums.com).
Unlocking posts - unlocking posts are fine so long as they're in the appropriate forums and they're not soliciting other members. Please refrain from posting your imei's.
Off topic posts - please keep posts relevant to the particular forum title. It's natural for posts to become off topic but a great disruption of the flow of conversation will be moved to the lounge at our discretion.
Cross/double posting - please post to the most relevant forum. Double or cross forum posting or other attempts at flooding the forum with posts will be removed.
Bumping - this refers to posting with the deliberate intention to either pad your post count or to keep a thread 'hot' so it appears at the top of the forum. These type of posts can be described as useless information, gibberish, redundant or one-liners. Please try our search tools to see if there has already been a similar discussion first.
Multiple identities - only one username or account is allowed per forum member. If you have forgotten your log in information, do not create a new account, please contact us.
Languages - all public content, including but not limited to titles, signatures or attachments must be in the english language. Additionally, usernames must not contain any non-english characters.
Signatures - maximum size limit for a signature is 600x500 pixels.
Group buys - please, there is to be no group buys.
Account expiration - if your account is inactive (has not logged-in) after the following expiration times it will be made available to the general public again. 100 posts or less: 1 year since last log-in. 101-999 posts: 2 years since last log-in. 1000+ posts: 3 years since last log-in.
More rules - in addition to the rules posted here, members are required to abide by any individual forum rules which may be posted at the top of specific forums in the form of 'stickys' or 'announcements'.
» what if i see something on the forums that violates a rule?
There is a "report bad post" button on the bottom left side of each post or you can send a pm to either a moderator listed at the bottom of the forum in which the questionable post resides or to an available super moderator if a moderator is not listed.
» what if i've been banned?
Please keep in mind that as a busy forum we will not engage in protracted debates about your ban. If you have been banned for offenses other than spam, you will be given the opportunity to appeal your ban in a section reserved for banned members. If we suspect that you have signed up with a new username, that will also be banned. However, if you have mistakenly been banned (through no fault of your own) we apologize, and will investigate the matter.
» what if i don't understand a rule or not sure if i can post something?
We will not take ignorance of any rules or policies as an excuse for not following them. Please contact us first if you are unsure if the information you wish to post may conflict with our rules or policies.
» account removal policy - we will consider account removal requests on a case by case basis. Please note that to maintain forum continuity your posts cannot be deleted. If you have privacy concerns please choose an anonymous username and try not to post anything.
» contacting administrators/moderator supervisor - please keep in mind that as a busy forum the administrators and the moderator supervisor do not have the time to get personally involved in every particular issue, nor is it appropriate for them to do so. As such they will not respond to issues unless deemed absolutely necessary and only when lesser means (as applicable) have failed.
For forum issues that are within moderator purview your first avenue of recourse is to contact the forum moderator (or super moderator if the forum does not have an assigned moderator) via reported post or private message. If that fails to resolve the issue, you may then contact the moderator supervisor (who may defer to an administrator if necessary) for assistance.
For issues with moderators, please attempt to resolve it first with the moderator in question. If that fails, you may then contact the moderator supervisor for assistance.
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