In order to keep things fun for everyone, all we ask is that you play by a simple set of guidelines when interacting with fellow members in the Forums.
1. FREE SPEECH & FREE EXPRESSION
(See Hitchens, Christopher). We strongly advocate free speech and free expression, in our forums and throughout the world. Free speech and free expression are what separate us from savages. We firmly believe you have the right to make your own decisions and we allow you maximum freedom to do so within our forums. With maximum freedom comes maximum personal responsibility. Use your free expression constructively as we will not allow our forums to descend into Lord of the Flies.
We are not going to disagree with your opinion, deem it inappropriate, and ban you. Quite the contrary. There's nothing we enjoy more than fostering debate. But that debate must be among respectful adults who know where to draw the line. It's the difference between a fencing match and a drive-by.
2. "YOUR RIGHT TO MAKE A FIST ENDS AT ANOTHER PERSON'S FACE"
That is to say, your right to freely express yourself in our forum ends when it infringes upon another person's rights. And it goes without saying that we’ll delete anything which could be construed as inappropriate at any time for any reason. We will not be held responsible for your views nor the views of fellow forum members. We’re all grown ups, so please be respectful, constructive and make it count.
3. BE NICE
This is a nice place with nice people. We're a community of like-minded people with shared interests, and we all found our way here for similar reasons. Our common love of Atari, gaming, and retro culture should be a catalyst for treating each other with genuine courtesy and shared respect, regardless of how strongly we disagree on a topic.
4. DON'T BE A DOUCHE
Douches troll, instigate, create problems, spread negativity, ask for free stuff, monopolize the conversation, complain constantly and generally ruin the good experience for everybody else.
- NO TROLLING
- NO FLAME WARS
- NO SPAMMING
- NO MOOCHING
- NO ILLEGAL FILE SHARING
- NO HARASSMENT
- NO FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION
- NO PERSONAL ATTACKS
- NO WHINING
- NO EXCESSIVE POSTING
- KEEP NEGATIVITY TO A MINIMUM
- ONE ACCOUNT PER PERSON
Don't be a douche or you will be removed, quickly.
5. ACT AS THOUGH YOU'RE ENTERING OUR HOME
This is a privately owned website that we put time, effort, and money into creating and maintaining. This is not the public square. We ask that you conduct yourself as you would a guest at a party in someone's home. A likable party guest doesn't constantly ask where the free stuff is, they aren't a downer, aggressively political, divisive, critical of others or argumentative in an otherwise friendly setting. Please treat our forums and your fellow members the way you would want to be treated.
6. BE HONEST IN YOUR TRADES
(SEE 3, 4, & 7)
7. NO PRESALES
Presales of products that do not yet exist are NOT ALLOWED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES in the forums. DO NOT use the forums to directly solicit money for products that are not yet complete or projects that are still in development. Even with the best intentions, sincere promises of "ready to ship in six months" many times become tumultuous as months turn into years. Please wait until your product is ready to ship before soliciting sales in the Marketplace.
8. HANDLE YOUR OWN BUSINESS
We're not your mommy. Clean up after yourself, try not to make a mess and handle your own affairs.
9. RESOLVE QUARRELS PRIVATELY
We will not allow bickering, petty fights, personal problems, passive aggressiveness and general negativity to infect this forum. Disagreements are part of life, it's how those disagreements are handled that counts. Address them in a respectful way. Resolve your quarrels privately rather than dragging them into the forums for everybody to suffer through.
10. TRY TO BE INTERESTING, MAKE FRIENDS & HAVE FUN!