I posted these almost 7 years ago when I started putting ads up for visitors. The fact is, we run this place at a loss - there is no other way to put it. I pay for the board out of my own pocket and it's not free.
Please don't do things that could make me lose one of the two meager sources of revenue that the board provides. There is an awful lot of "wink and nod" talk around file sharing, and I just don't want it here. I've been clear about this ever since these rules were posted, even if my own family doesn't agree with me about this policy.
New rules for the Board
Please read the following changes to board policy. At the end of the announcment, there is a link to confirm that you have read the announcement. This will return your access to the board.
Due to a new advertising agreement with Google Adsense, we are now no longer a non-commercial venture in the eyes of the law. Some changes need to take place because of this.
1) Any accounts for people aged 13 and will be deactivated in the next 24 hours. Please send a private message if you believe your account was deactivated in error. If your age is incorrectly set (Someone has theirs set at 2 years old, currently) please either remove the fake data, or update with the correct year and February 29 as the date.
2) From here on out, we have to be a lot more careful about copyright infringement and obscene material. There will be additional updates as we figure out what exactly this entails.
a) From now on, do not Cut and Paste entire articles or stories from other sites if you are not the copyright owner. Instead, provide a link to the site, and use the [ quote ] and [ /quote ] tags to quote relevant areas of the text. Some article quoting is allowed under the fair use provisions of copyright law, but entire article quoting is probably not justifiable. I am not a lawyer, so I'm erring on the side of caution.
b) Do not post "adult" content to the site using HTML or image tags. You may post links to this material on another source, but do not directly post the material on this site.
3) Hate speech will not be tolerated.
4) Discussions of illegal activities will not be allowed. Illegal activities include civil and criminal violations, including: Unauthorized MP3 trading, Unauthorized Movie trading, File sharing with the intent to infringe copyright, Illegal reception of Cable or Satellite TV signals, Unauthorized decoding of Cable or Satellie TV Signals, Unauthorized ROM file trading, and all other illegal activites. If you have a question about whether or not you can discuss something, the answer is probably No, but please contact an Admin before posting it.
Ads are currently set up to only display for guest users, and people who hit the site via a search. At this time, registered users are immune to seeing the ads. This may change.
Due to Google Adsense policies, we will delete or modify any posts where necessary to maintain our relationship with Google.
While working on transitioning everything on THIS server to the new server, this one ended up down for about an hour due to some interface problems. We'll try to make sure that doesn't happen again - at least, not for an extended period of time.