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Unread 02-13-2006, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Site Rules v1.8 - Please Read & Comply Before Posting! NEW MEMBERS MUST READ!

Welcome to Hawaii Talks!

This site was created in response to the growing need for an impartial, politically-free community forum where all may speak their mind without consequence. You will not be banned for questioning the way we run things or simply speaking your mind (as long as it is done in an appropriate, civilized, & non-threatening manner). We fully respect your rights as an individual and as a member of this community. That is our goal and our wish, and the reason for Hawaii Talks' existence.

Hawaii Talks prides itself on promoting a friendly, open, and fun atmosphere for all of it's community members. To do this, there are set rules and guidelines that need to be adhered to. As responsible community members, it is your duty to read and comply these rules. Failure to comply with these rules will result in restricted user rights, penalties, and ultimately, banning from the forum.

Also, it should be noted, that this is a very new community...and the Site Rules will be constantly changing. It is important to check back here regurally for rule updates. Any suggestions for rule changes or additions will be strongly considered.

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Site Rules v1.8

General Forum Rules

1. Be courteous and use common sense when posting. Just because it is not listed in the forum rules, does not mean that it is okay to do. Vulgar remarks will be moderated strictly. Swearing should be kept to a minimum, and is not recommended. When in question, the forum administrators/moderators will make the final decision.

2. No personal attacks of any kind against other members will be tolerated! This includes, but is not limited to, vulgar profanity, harassment (sexual or otherwise), confrontational posts with malicious intent, racism, bigotry, stalking, or otherwise slander. ANY violation of this rule will result in the possibility of immediate banning after review. This board is for public use, and you should carry your conversations with respect and courtesy. We understand that the issues are not always black and white, and will try our best to work through issues as they arise.

Hawaii is known as the biggest melting pot of cultures in the United States. It is well known and appreciated for it's diversity. This community reflects that, and in no shape, fashion, or form will we support any disruptive behaviour that affects that balance. Remember to have Aloha in your heart, and your mind. There will be many times where your viewpoints will differ from those of another, even to the point of frustration. This forum is primarily for discussion and debate of a large variety of topics. It will serve you well to remember that you must approach all of this with an open mind, and discuss things with tact.

3. Spam will not be tolerated. Any and all spam, regardless of content, will be immediately deleted, and the responsible poster will be dealt with according to the severity, including the possibility (and in some cases, definite) of immediate banning. Spam consists of, and is not limited to, spam posts, threads, photos, scams, marketing schemes, and links to outside content. URL?s that lead to affiliate programs are absolutely not allowed. Users are advised to be wary of outside links. Hawaii Talks will not be held responsible for any links posted. Spam generated solely for the deliberate increase of a user's post count is frowned upon, and excessive spam will result in moderation. Hawaii Talks should be a place with quality topics and quality posts...we do not mind a bit of "fluff", but it does not help the forum in any way.

4. No illegal activities are allowed. If it's against the law, then do NOT post it here. Posting anything illegal, or any links which lead to anything illegal such as warez, crackz, hackz, or the discussion of such things as theft, violence, rape, etc will result in IMMEDIATE banning. No ands, ifs, or buts...Hawaii Talks will NOT TOLERATE THIS. We have seen too many good people robbed of their posessions by the slimy, underbelly of Hawaii. If the discussion warrants, all users and their IPs will be reported to the proper authorities in such cases.

5. No nudity is allowed in any forum other than Adult Discussion. No vulgar or graphic nudity is allowed, period, including such subjects as bestiality, sadomachoism (BDSM), child pornography, or otherwise distasteful topics. If it is questionable, it will be removed immediately, and the poster punished accordingly. No nudity of any kind is permitted to be posted to the Photopost photo Gallery...ANYWHERE...regardless of whether its a member or public gallery.

6. Any topic within Adult Discussion with pornography must have the term *WW* in it's subject box, which stands for Work Warning. All members are reminded that the Adult Discussion is just that...adult discussion, and it is recommended NOT to be viewed in a working environtment. Hawaii Talks will not and cannot be held responsible! Also, any topic posted in Adult Discussion that gets out of hand, or seems overwhelmingly questionable in nature will be edited or deleted. It's Adult Discussion, but not an excuse to perv out!

7. POST IN THE CORRECT FORUM!!! Any post that belongs to a specific HT section will be moved. The General Discussion area is the only area where topics will be considered to have a slight grey area. Posts of obvious relevance and importance to the HT Community that do not normally enter a specific forum will be allowed to stay...BUT...if it's obviously belongs in another forum it will be moved! (for example...posts such as "How do wax a surf board?" or "where can I buy an RC car?" will be moved to the appropriate forum.) Any post with nudity will NOT be moved...but will be DELETED.

8. No posting of home addresses, phone numbers, or otherwise personal information of any OTHER user will be allowed. You may post your own personal information if you like...but not otherwise. The fact that we live on small islands should be reason enough not to allow this.

9. USE THE SEARCH FUNCTIONS! If you have a question, a concern, a movie you'd like to share, etc... please use the search functions first before cluttering up the forums with unnecessary posts. Your question might have already been answered or it might be a repost, and instead of showing everyone how clueless you can be, do yourself a favor and do a little research first.

10. The Classified section is where ALL For Sale, Wanted, etc. threads go. Any For Sale posts, etc, found anywhere else will be DELETED. The only exception to this rule is the console section of the site, where it is allowable to post game trades/sales/wants and the R/C section. This is a necessary allowance due to the relevant nature of these sections.

11. Forum Avatars & Signatures are allowed and recommended to be used to help differentiate Community members. Avatars and Signatures should be of good taste and shall not contain any hidden, vulgar, or racist meanings. No nudity is allowed in either the Avatar or the Signature. You may use your photo gallery to host your signature file, and it is recommended. Your signatures should not be larger than 50k, with a dimension of 500Wx200H. Any sig over the specified height requirements will have scroll bars placed around it until set within the proper dimensions. This is to help reduce the workload for Administrators and Moderators. A combination of both text and image is allowed, but you cannot exceed the authorized image dimension. We will try to adhere to this policy strictly, but with all large forums, some signatures may slip by. Self moderation is the key, otherwise be prepared for a deletion of your signature and an adomnishment to follow the sig rules. Remember, this is done as a courtesy for our 56k users, and for the overall community to help provide a speedy experience.

12. As far as links are concerned...no outside advertising, such as links to products or websites that directly compete with our advertisers are allowed. The no external linking applies only to text url links. If you are hosting a sig from imagestation, photobucket, etc...that's allowed. Don't try to be sneaky and make it a hotlink, though. We shall try to be vigilant, but of course, sometimes things may slip by us. As long as there is not a clear case of someone trying to abuse their signature rights, everything will be fine. We are not afraid of competing forums...we encourage the Hawaii community to join together with a strong online bond.

13. Administrators & Moderators have the right to moderate the Hawaii Talks board in performance of their duties. They have the right to censor, modify, move, delete, and perform any other function relevant to their job. If you have a concern with a moderator, do NOT discuss it in the open on the public forums. Take it to PM, and work your differences out. If you have a problem with a specific moderator, and are unable to work things out in an acceptable fashion, PM any administrator (such as HTAdmin), and the problem will be dealt with in a fair and decent fashion.

The Owner of this board will NOT ALLOW any abuse of Adminstrator or Moderator priviledges. No Administrator, Super Moderator, Moderator, etc will be allowed to violate any Member rights. Failure to comply with all rules and guidelines will result in all priviledges being revoked. This includes any organization that has a forum section within Hawaii Talks. Your forum sections are provided free of charge for the good of the community and your business in an effort to enhance your relationship with the people of Hawaii. Failure to moderate your forums in a respectable fashion will result in the deletion of your account and forum section. The Owner does NOT TAKE THESE ISSUES LIGHTLY.

14. Usernames and member titles may not contain any swear or curse words. This is a public forum, and many people may be offended by it. Usernames will be edited once notified of any infraction regarding this issue.

15. Threadjacking is generally frowned upon. It is expected that a discussion may go off course, but for serious posts, please be aware that it is extremely rude to do so. If the original poster feels it is necessary, he/she may make a statement as to "No Threadjacking", and moderators & administrators will moderate the thread as necessary.

16. Multiple usernames will not be allowed. All users are restricted to only one username at a time. If you have multiple usernames, please notify a moderator on which you would like to keep. It's not a large problem now, but as the forum gets larger it will.

16. In an effort to maintain a fair and balanced forum, any serious personal issues between members, must be taken to Private Messaging (PM). If the problem cannot be resolved, only then may a moderator be contacted. This forum is here as a public service, but we are not going to get involved with member's personal issues with one another.

17. Advertising on Hawaii Talks is restricted to paying sponsors only. This is directed towards blatant attempts at advertising services, products, websites, etc to our members. An allowable example is if the topic of "who's the best at ____" comes up in normal discussion. Singular posts specifically directed at sharing one's business or product will be counted as advertising spam and will be edited for content. If you would like to sponsor Hawaii Talks, you'll find our prices are extremely reasonable and will fit into practically any small business budget. See here for our sponsorship packet: Hawaii Talks Sponsorship Packet
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Specific Forum Rules

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Adult Discussion
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To enter Adult Discussion, you must be of legal age (18 or older), and must be in the AD Usergroup. GO here to join: http://www.hawaiitalks.net/profile.p...editusergroups and select AD. You should then have access.

1. Most of the rules have been explained in the Site Rules: General Rules section, but HT reiterates that posts and topics cannot get too out of hand, along with the photos, links, etc that are posted within the Adult Discussion section. Posters are responsible for their content. Any violations of any of the rules of the board will result in an immediate ban of the user/s.

Keep it civil, keep it fairly clean, and keep it gentlemanly...or gentlewomanly, whatever the case may be. Inappropriate content will be deleted immediately. Again, no graphic nudity (nudity is allowed...just not crazy stuff!), no S&M, no child pornography, no bestiality, etc. The quickest way to get booted off the board is to take it too far.

2. Hawaii Talks will not and cannot be held responsible for the content within the Adult Discussion section. You have been warned. Moderators will police this section regurally, but it is impossible to safeguard this area (or any other area of the board) 24/7. If something inappropriate has been posted, please PM or report it to the forum Admins or Moderators so they can take care of the issue as quickly as possible.

3. Adult Discussion is an ADULT section, and should be considered as such. No users of this board, members or non-members under the age of 18 have permission to view this section. If you are under 18, and you are viewing this section...GET OUT. You do not have permission to be there. Parents should monitor their children to ensure close adherence of this guideline. Do not blame Hawaii Talks for your inattention to your child.

Hawaii Talks has specific rules and safeguards in place to prevent this such as COPPA, and the fact that the Adult Discussion section is invisible to anyone under the age of 18, along with being unable to enter or post.

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Photopost Gallery
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1. The Photopost Gallery has been provided as a free service for registered members. We ask you not to abuse this priviledge, lest it be taken away. If we find that any user is using the system outside of these forums for profit, illegal use, etc., your gallery rights will be revoked. Using your photopost gallery for your classified ads is perfectly acceptable, but only within the confines of the forum itself. The gallery is for use within strictly within the forums.

2. The gallery has a wealth of options such as creating your own Member Albums for examples. You are highly encouraged to make use of this forum benefit, but do not abuse it. There is to be no nudity allowed. Skimpy bikinis, etc are allowed, but must be within the realms of decency. Extremely large uploads WILL be deleted. Noone should be trying to host huge, 20MB files on our server. We will see it, and it WILL be removed along with having limitations place on your account as punishment.

3. The gallery currently has four public galleries created for it...HT Hotties & Hunnies, HT Photos of Hawaii, HT Rides, & HT Featured Photos (HT Featured Photo gallery is for use only by HT Administrators, where we place photos of special interest to HT). These are public galleries created so that you can share your photos with the rest of the community. Again, you are highly encouraged to use this service as a way of integrating with the community in a constructive way. Show off your rides, yourself, and your favorite photos of our beautiful home. Photos should only be of you or your significant other (with their permission) and again, no nudity is allowed. Featured photos are randomly chosen, and registered users have the ability to comment on and rate your photos. Comments should be in good taste, non-offensive, and provide constructive criticism.

Registered members have the ability to move their own photos to whatever categories they wish, and to create their own personal albums. Currently space is available, but this entire process is still new. We will be monitoring the system, and if it appears that it is being abused, etc., we will put limits on files, sizes, etc. DO NOT ABUSE THIS PRIVILEDGE.

Photographers are highly encouraged to show off their favorite photos as a way to promote themselves or their services. Just remember we don't want to see stuff that looks more like advertisements than photos. Also, if you're uploading content, be forewarned that a watermark is recommended since you are posting to a public domain. Hawaii Talks will not be held accountable for illegal use of any photos posted to the gallery.

4. Throughout the year, we will hold special photo contests, with the possibility of the winner winning prizes from Hawaii Talks. Naturally, this will depend on the success of the forums userbase, but it is a planned in the coming months. We want to reward the users of the forum in a positive way, and what better way than to win something for their hard work.

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1. This forum has a special plug-in module that allows registered users to view and play special flash games. This plug-in system is capable of recording your scores, and ranking you amongst your forum peers. Top Ranking players are awarded 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place along with other awards such as Highest Score, etc.

Taking that into account, play smart...don't get caught playing our games during your work hours and then blame us for getting in trouble. You know it's not our fault.

But feel free to play the tar outta the games provided, in attempt to rule the board with your gameplaying supremacy. If you see a flash game that you're interested in, and would like it added to the gallery, PM a moderator or HTAdmin, and we'll take a look at adding it.

2. As with the Photopost Gallery, we will have monthly competitions where the highest scoring or ranking user has the possibility of winning prizes. Again, this depends on the size of the user database, but it is something we look forward to holding in the future. Keep an eye out for forum announcements for Game Tournaments.

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Classifieds
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1. As with everything on Hawaii Talks, this section is a priviledge, not a right. If you are found to be abusing the classified section, then you will be moderated appropriately. Buyers/Sellers are advised to use caution in their transactions and business dealings. Hawaii Talks will not and cannot be held liable or responsible for any monetary or personal loss from the use of the HT classified section.

2. No ordinary Registered Member has the authorization to do mass or bulk sells similar to such sites as E-Bay. The Classifieds are provided as a means to make money off items you no longer wish to keep, not as side business. Only site sponsors or Registered Members that have been given specific authority to act as a wholesale dealer may participate in such activities as bulk sales. If a member is authorized, he will have an appropriate title underneath his screen name...yet to be determined. Check back to this thread for future updates on this. Any violators will have their threads deleted, and their accounts banned where appropriate.

3. Group buys are limited to one group buy per person, as in a member is only authorized one group buy at a time. Site Sponsors or Authorized Registered Members are the only ones allowed to post several group buys at once. Any violaters will have their threads deleted, and their accounts banned.

4. Please use ratings system. It is there for your own protection and use. Buyers and sellers are highly encouraged to post feedback with this feature. They are also encouraged to rate the buyer/seller appropriately after their transaction. This helps clarify to the community who can be trusted and who cannot. Buyers/Sellers that are reported will be investigated thoroughly, and be dealt with accordingly. DO NOT TRY TO RIP PEOPLE OFF. YOU WILL BE BANNED AND ALL AVAILABLE PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES.

5. There are MANY scams going around the internet. Periodically, we will provide information on such scams and how to avoid them. Please take care when using the classifieds, as Hawaii Talks has no direct control over the transactions taking place. Protect your personal and account information. Do not post your credit card information on the boards. Hawaii Talks will not and cannot be held accountable for any transactions, successful or otherwise, that you choose to partake in.

6. If you feel that you have been treated poorly, unfairly, or have been ripped off, please report the situation to a moderator. We will investigate thoroughly, and do everything in our power to help you out.

7. Post in the appropriate sections...do not spam the entire board with your For Sale or Wanted ads. These will be deleted and you will be moderated swiftly. Please post the appropriate ad in the appropriate ad section as well. Any ads found in the wrong section will be deleted...not moved.

8. Vendors are required to become site sponsors if you wish to advertise and sell your products/services on Hawaii Talks. Contact HTAdmin for current prices. Our prices are extremely affordable, and we have several options for you to partake in. A price list will be up soon.

9. No duplicate posting will be allowed. Registered Members (including Site Sponsors) are authorized one listing for each product. Duplicate posts will be deleted.

10. In order to post a classified listing, your location tag must have your exact place of residence (i.e., Kalihi, Oahu,HI). ALL of your contact information must be given before the transaction and verified by the buyer/seller before completing said transaction. This includes:

FULL NAME
ADDRESS
CONTACT #
EMAIL

Any buyers/sellers that refuse to provide this information will have their ad deleted upon notification if there is a complaint. If you are interested in purchasing a product, you are encouraged to request this information beforehand, otherwise you risk being ripped off. Any buyer/seller refusing to exchange this information will have their ad deleted.
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