The Official Board Rules. Read it or get banned.
The Official Forum Rules
READ it as abusers get BANNED!
FileForums is a group of forums to find help on backing up your own legally bought PC/console games and making these backups work. You must have a legal copy of the game to ask questions, otherwise you will get banned! Besides the rules below, that apply to all forums, you may find some more rules in the stickies of the respective forums, as well. Also, in case you haven't done so already, read the Netiquette, the general guidelines on how to behave on the Net.
Threads/posts breaking these rules will be closed/deleted. Users breaking rules #1, #2, #7, #10 and #12 will get banned temporarily; this usually lasts for one month or, according to the judgement of the moderator, longer or shorter, depending on the seriousness of the offense. Milder offenses will get so-called warnings or infractions (yellow and red cards, like in football/soccer), prior to a ban. Serious and repeat offenders of any rule will be permanently banned and will not be unbanned; the same goes (without any prior warning or infraction) for first time posters who start (and end) their career on the forum with an advertisement. Also, don't bother to try to avoid a ban by creating another account because that new account of yours will also be banned.
These rules may seem very strict, but they've proven necessary for maintaining order on a forum with this much traffic.
History of changes:
[16/11/03] Changed off topic rule to include the new "General Gaming" forum.
[15/03/04] Added "Off Topic" forum.
[01/07/04] Further explanation of "reasonable amount of time", and how temporary bans work.
[29/07/04] Rule #11 added.
[15/06/05] Rule #12 added.
[24/02/06] Rules rephrased and refined, more explanations added.
[21/07/06] Moved definition of "warez" from rule #3 to rule #1, along with some new subdefinitions added.
[26/10/06] Added Mini Image to rule #6.
[23/12/06] Added "lost CD/DVD" and "don't download warez even when having original CD/DVD" to rule #1. Moved "contact publisher" from rule #3 to rule #1. Added "don't publish either" to rule #3. Added warnings and infractions for milder offenses.
[07/01/07] Raised the two week limit in rule #6 to two months.
[18/02/07] Added link to the Netiquette (on Wikipedia, in English). Added "no help with cracking applications, demos and beta releases of games" to rule #1.
[08/03/07] Renamed "Off Topic" forum group to "Games".
[10/25/07] Added "no help with getting the full version of any free demo software" and "no help with circumventing online activation" to rule #1. Further explained advertisements and added "first time posters with an advertisement will get permanently banned" to forum rule #12.
[11/18/07] Added "don't moderate" to rule #10. Raised the standard length of temporary bans to one month.
[03/02/09] Added "don't request/discuss CD/DVD conversions before the release date" to forum rule #6. Added "don't multi-post either" to forum rule #8. Added "posts referring to the forum rules will get deleted" to forum rule #10.
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