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The Lounge Rules

This is a community where all are welcomed and appreciated. In order to keep the lounge a fun and enjoyable place for all, the following guidelines have been established. Please keep these in mind as you share your thoughts and opinions with The Lounge community.
  1. Do not discuss how to perform, elude capture, or profit from illegal activities.
  2. Bittorrent discussion is allowed but do not proliferate the forum with it. Also, please do not link to or mention where to find them in a public forum. Many of these sites contain illegal software.
  3. Do not post nudity or graphic descriptions of sex.
  4. Do not post links to sites with grotesque, gruesome or disgusting pictures/videos.
  5. Vote for me/friends contests are considered self promotion and not allowed.
  6. Do not use vulgarities & obscenities.
  7. Do not post under the influence. This means posting incoherent posts. Anything senseless will be deleted.
  8. 1 person, 1 account. Secondary accounts will be banned on sight, and if it continues the primary account can be perma banned as well.
  9. Do not taunt the mods to delete your post. If you create a thread that you know will be deleted, it will be DELETED. Also, taunting the mods to warn you will get you a warning.
  10. Spam, self promotion and referral links are not allowed.
  11. A temp ban doesn't require 10 pts. We can and will ban people who purposely break rules just enough to keep under 10 pts.
  12. Filters are in place for a reason. purposely bypassing them is not allowed.
  13. No noob bashing per this announcement link
  14. Referrals are not allowed. This includes posting of referral links, asking for a referral, PMing referrals, having a referral link in your signature, or linking to any & all sites that contain referrals.
  15. Links to sites with porn or adult ads are not allowed even if the video is within sd rules. The most obvious of these types of sites is college humor.
  16. All milestone threads are to be tagged as chat. Post Milestone threads are for 1k multiples only, rep milestones for every 100. Threads asking when so and so will be bold will be removed since that leads to undeserved reps.
  17. If you feel something is against the rules, mod alert it instead of taking it upon yourself to correct the action. This includes the IBTD/IBTL responses.
  18. No harrassment of other members will be tolerated. This includes accusations of being a prior member or a "shim". Notify the mods if you suspect someone of being a prior member or if you are on the receiving end of harrassment. In addition, harrassing the mods is not allowed, in public or in private.
  19. Utilize proper channels when dealing with mod issues. If you disagree with a warning/post deletion/mod action, pm any mod. They can point you to whomever can get you an answer. Breaking this leaves you open to either bans, or trolling warnings.
  20. Making a thread to ask others to thumbs up/down a deal is not allowed.
  21. Topics need to be soft-R. If it's discussed on national late night tv, it's usually ok. Anything more than that, we reserve the right to remove
  22. No OT in a thread title means no off topic. Keep posts in these threads on topics with no joking around. Useful if its a serious thread.
  23. These rules are a general guideline on what is acceptable. Just because its not specifically spelled out above, does not mean it's allowed. The moderators work in the spirit of the rules stated in order to keep a general flow to the forums
  24. Spoof threads are limited to 1 per original thread. All subsequent ones will be merged.

Failure to abide by these rules will result in deletion of the offending post/thread.

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Images must be PG-13 rated. General guidelines for images posted in the lounge. This also applies to avatars.
  1. No thongs or g-strings.
  2. No see thru clothing.
  3. No pics of sexual acts.
  4. No nudity.
  5. Images from mainstream PG13 rated publications (ESPN, Wired, Sports Illustrated etc) are allowed.
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Last edited by Schooby June 16, 2011 at 06:18 AM.
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Dear Loungers,

Thanks to copyright trolls like this guy, we're going to have to change the way that you guys share news articles here in the Lounge. To make a long story short, a lot of the stuff that gets posted in here is theoretically protected by the newspaper/magazine/website's copyright. This hasn't been much of an issue in the past, because most publishers simply appreciate the attention (and can't argue that the value of the copyright is being damaged with a straight face). Unfortunately, it seems as though the goal of these copyright trolls isn't to actually win a big lawsuit, but to force smaller sites to settle instead of hiring an expensive attorney to defend. Given the overriding principles of Slickdeals, you can imagine that we don't aim to rack up unnecessary attorney fees.

So, in response to this- we're establishing a new policy for pasting and linking articles:

From now on, posts SHOULD NOT INCLUDE LARGE BLOCKS OF TEXT FROM AN ORIGINAL ARTICLE. You can still quote from the article, but only use what you need to make your point (you guys are kind of doing this now by bolding particular parts- just quote what you might otherwise have bolded). Also, please err on the side of under-quoting.

I know that this will make things a little tougher on OPs, but I really do think that the extra bit of burden will (1) cut down on the number of lazy starts to threads, (2) help establish a focus for the discussions, (3) make threads less intimidating to jump into, and, most importantly, (4) help SD avoid being sued.

A similar note has been posted in the Podium.
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