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    GayIndiaForums.com Rules - Please read before posting

    Welcome to GayIndiaForums.com! We call ourselves GIF. Registration to GIF is free but we do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below.

    New members are requested to introduce themselves in the For New Members: Introduce Yourself! forum. It is not compulsory but it would be nice to get to know you. Existing members are encouraged to take a few moments to welcome the new members to GIF to help them feel comfortable here. We hope you enjoy your time here.

    GIF is a place for Gay people to interact and engage in discussions that are fun as well as useful. For any discussion forum to be useful and enjoyable for everyone it is very important to maintain a friendly and civil environment.

    We have a team comprising of a Webmaster, Volunteer Administrators and Moderators (The GIF WAM Team) who manage the forums and step in if members violate any rules that are laid down. It is not possible for the WAM team to read each and every post so action is taken only when it comes to their attention or is reported by other members. Therefore we request you to report any violation that you may encounter.

    All members of GIF are required to strictly adhere to the following rules. These rules are applicable to all members of GIF pertain to any post that you publish on GIF including but not limited to Forum Posts, Blog Entries, Blog Comments, Articles, Article Comments, Photo Album, Photo Comments, Signatures and any other section where Members can post.

    Violating these rules may result in the post or thread being deleted and repeated violators will be banned either temporarily or permanently.

    LANGUAGE


    1. At GIF we like quality a lot. We aim to make it a quality place for people to get information. Keeping that in mind, we request you to use proper language with proper punctuation. Please do not use abbreviations or text messaging (SMS) language in your posts. This means we cannot be v. You cannot be u. Gay is good but straight cannot be str8, we prefer straight instead.
    2. Please do not use dotted sentences. What is a dotted sentence?
      This is a dotted sentence: Hey all....I have a question to ask....would you help me......like right now?
      Use this instead: Hey all, I have a question to ask. Would you please help me with it?
    3. English is the official language of GIF. Please do not use any other language to post on the forums. We understand that not everyone may be fluent in English and it is absolutely fine if you use broken English but we still insist that you post in English.
    4. Please do not post in ALL CAPS. It is considered as shouting and we do not like being shouted at.
    5. You are not allowed to use abusive language. This includes but is not limited to all swear words. Using swear words even indirectly like F%$# or B**** etc is not allowed. Even non-swear words like idiot, fool etc are not allowed if directed at any member. This applies to swear words or abuses used to retaliate to someone who has used them on you or your friends. "He/she did it first" will not be accepted as an excuse. Instead of retaliating, just report to the WAM Team and let them take care of it.

    PERSONAL ETIQUETTE

    1. The GIF community is made up of people from all walks of life belonging to diverse backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations and professions. With such diversities, differences in opinion are bound to arise. Due to the nature of the internet, you cannot see the face or hear the voice of the person, so while you are airing your disagreement, please remember that you are talking to a real person and not a machine. Please respect everyone and their right to their opinion. Please make use of smileys and emoticons to indicate your tone in a respectful manner.
    2. Please be cordial to everyone and refrain from using hate speech. Any hate language referring to sexual orientation, gender, sexual role & preference, religion, ethnicity, race, culture, belief, height, weight, color, IQ, any physical or mental condition, age, shoe size etc, is completely unacceptable. Hate speech used as a reply to hate speech will also get you a ban. If you encounter any kind of hate speech on GIF, please refrain from replying to it and report it to the WAM Team.
    3. This is not a Hook-up website! While we will only be too happy if you found someone for dating, relationship or sex during your normal course of interaction on GIF, express posts for hooks up are not allowed even in the "Water Cooler" section. You may approach members privately if you are interested in them but do not become a pest if they are not interested in you.
    4. Any kind of personal attack, abuse or insult is not allowed. If you disagree with someone's point, strongly or otherwise, attack the point not the person making it. Any personal attack even if it was a reciprocation of one to defend yourself or your friends cannot be used as an excuse. You will be subject to the same action as any direct personal attack.
    5. Do not start any thread with an intent to insult or disparage anyone directly or indirectly. This also includes posts made by following a member around in GIF, repeatedly citing any past events or interactions gone sour, posting personal messages or emails or any personal details, spreading rumors, etc.
    6. Posting personal details of any other member, personal message exchanges, email exchanges, chat logs and other personal interactions is strictly not allowed.
    7. Any post on GIF that is intended to out any member or individual as Gay or to malign someone's image or to defame them is not allowed.
    8. Trolling or Flame-baiting or Flame wars is strictly forbidden. If you do not know what these mean, please read this and this.
    9. If you have problem or issue concerning any specific member or post or want to report a rule violation, please report it to the WAM team directly. Do not reply to the offending member or post on the forums.
    10. Please do not send private messages or make threads asking for reputation points. Your reputation points will be lowered to great depths if you are found indulging in this.
    11. All members can create a personal Signature that will appear under all their posts. Please note that your signature cannot be more than 5 lines, the font size cannot be more than 2 and it cannot contain images. The WAM Team may ask you to remove or change a signature if found inappropriate. Ignoring such request will invite action.

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    GayIndiaForums.com Rules - Please read before posting [Contd]


    FORUM ETIQUETTE


    1. Please stay on-topic! This is one of the fundamental rules of GIF. Stick to the topic of the thread at hand and do not divert it to an altogether different topic. Create a new thread if you want to discuss something that might be related but might potentially divert the current topic.
    2. Give appropriate meaningful title to each thread so that it summarizes the topic you want to cover. Title like "Look what I found", "Do you think..." etc are not acceptable. It may also result in other members not taking interest your topic. Meaningful titles also makes searching easier for other members.
    3. Before starting a thread, please use the Search feature to see whether a similar topic already exists. Creating duplicate topics that may have been discussed at length in the past is discouraged. Your question may already have been answered in the past.
    4. Do not post one-liners that do not add anything to the topic like "I agree" or "You are right". We want to keep our forums uncluttered and easy to read.
    5. Do not make multiple back-to-back posts. If you want to add something please use the "Edit" option. You will be able to edit your post for up to 20 minutes after you have posted. Also, if you are editing your post, please ensure that you add the reason for the edit, like "reworded my sentence" or "corrected typo". Also, please take care to not to change the context of the section you are editing as failing to do so may make any reply to your post out of context.
    6. Please do not refresh any old threads if you do not have anything new to add. Anyone found making a lot of irrelevant posts just to increase their post count will be warned and repeat offenders will be banned. Remember we like quality more than quantity.
    7. Please do not post your own or anyone else' personal details including but not limited to phone numbers, email address, chat handles, physical address or any other information that can be classified as a privacy breach. This is required for your own safety as well as the safety of others.
    8. Please do not post any matter that may violate any law in India. This includes but is not limited to any material that violates copyright, trademark, patent or NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
    9. Please do not post spam messages advertising your business or website or services. We allow this in a controlled manner only. Please contact the WAM Team for further details.
    10. While posting reviews of movies or anything that may contain endings/spoilers, please add "Spoiler Alert" in the title. Disclosing any spoilers in the title itself is not allowed.
    11. Please do not post anything that could be considered of adult nature in GIF except in the XXX Adult forum. Posting anything adult in any forum other than this will get a direct ban. Pornographic posts or links are completely banned even in XXX Adult forums. Please avoid anything overtly graphic in nature.
    12. While opening new threads, please post in an appropriate forum according to the subject matter. If your topic fits in multiple forums, pick one that fits the best. Do not open the same thread in multiple forums. This means No-cross-posting is allowed. Do not post the same or similar matter or content in multiple threads/posts.
    13. Please do not post any copyrighted material without the express permission of the copyright owners. If you want to share copyrighted material (e.g. a News story), post an excerpt or synopsis with a link to the original material. Please always give credit to the owner or creators for their work.
    14. Please remember that all material posted on GIF is viewable publicly on the internet even by unregistered users who have not logged in. This material may also be picked up and be visible on search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. Please take due vigilance while posting as your posts cannot be deleted and will stay online for a long time to come. Please do not post anything that you might regret later.

    MODERATION

    1. While reporting any member or post please ensure you have good reason for doing so. Please do not indulge in reporting just to get back at someone.
    2. The WAM team will have full discretion and final say in any matter reported to them or found by them. Any matter related to moderation cannot be discussed on the forums. If you have any concerns, please discuss it with the WAM Team via the private message mechanism.
    3. The WAM team will not allow any discussion with you, even via private messaging, of any moderation action or issue that does not concern you. Matters concerning members or posts unrelated to you will not be disclosed to you.
    4. Due to the subjective nature of many of the matters that are allowed or not allowed on GIF, the WAM Team's decision will be final. Anyone trying to violate any rule based on technicality will be banned. GIF reserves the full right in deciding who can and cannot be part of the community here.
    5. Arguing on or questioning any decision taken by the WAM team is not allowed. Doing so will result in a ban and any such posts will be deleted. Anyone ignoring the WAM Team's warning or request will be banned.
    6. The WAM team will, at it own discretion, move threads to the appropriate forum. Also, any pointless thread will be moved to the "Water Cooler" or deleted if found inappropriate.
    7. The WAM Team reserves the right to summarily terminate any discussion that involves an inconclusive debate to avoid never-ending threads that do not add anything new or of value to the discussion.

    ADDITIONAL NOTES

    1. One person can have only one member account on GIF. Anyone found having multiple accounts will see all accounts being banned. Please do not create duplicate accounts to circumvent a ban.
    2. Discussion of any illegal activity, criminal or civil, on GIF is strictly not allowed.
    3. GIF maintains a strict stance on safe sex and safe sexual practices. Any post on any matter that may directly or indirectly encourage unsafe sexual practices is not allowed.
    4. Some of the topics of discussion (like Religion and Politics) are sensitive and have the potential to become explosive and hence these may be heavily moderated. Any sensitive posts that may be seen as potentially causing harm or hurting the sentiments of other members or any group or community are not allowed.
    5. Do not post any illegal content including but not limited to copyrighted material like Software, Music, Movies, TV Shows, other media etc.
    6. While we allow discussions on a wide range of topics, members are requested to use their own discretion while using the information found on GIF for any purpose including but not limited to any medical, legal or financial decisions. GIF and the WAM Team cannot be held responsible or liable for any effect, loss or harm that may arise of out of using this information. Members are asked to seek professional advice before using any information found on the forums.
    7. Members are not allowed to discuss any Administrative details of GIF, Moderation Decisions, Technical Details of the GIF website, Financial details pertaining to GIF or any other aspects of the GIF in public or private forums as well as via private messaging medium.
    8. While we have tried to cover all the common aspects of the forums and its usage, we certainly cannot anticipate each and every issue that may arise. So we reserve the right to take any action that we feel is appropriate to ensure that the forums are not disrupted or abused or used for any purpose other than what it is intended for.
    9. The WAM Team reserves the right to remove, edit or close any topic at any time they see fit without any prior warning.
    10. All material posted by you on GIF can be re-used by the WAM Team on the website or other web properties without any remuneration or payment. Due credit will be given where applicable. By posting such material on GIF you accept and agree to this.

    We at GIF believe self-discipline is the best policy. Unfortunately there are many elements and factors that make it impossible for us to run GIF without enforcing these rules. We hope to intervene as little as possible to keep GIF running smoothly so that you feel free to express your views and interact with other members. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Although the WAM Team will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this site, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of GIF, nor the WAM Team will be held responsible for the content of any message.

    By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar,sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

    By creating an account on this forum, you are also stating that you are at least 18 years of age.

    The GIF WAM Team

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