You must adhere to the following rules when posting on the Saber Arts Forums. Posts that break these rules will either be edited or deleted. Those who break the rules will be warned, punished, or banned. Punishments will be decided on a case-by-case basis. 1. A forum is a place where you can interact with people from all over the world. This will lead to the exchange of ideas that you may not completely agree with. It is OK to debate others and defend your point of view, however there is a fine line between doing it in a respectful way and making people feel unwelcome. By all means, stand up for what you believe in, but do it in a way that won't lead to unfriendly and bitter rivalries. We should all be friends here, so please argue accordingly. 2. Avoid using excessive amounts of profanity. This is a board for all age groups and we all know that some words or phrases aren't appropriate for everyone. If you have a really good argument, 'bad' words aren't necessary to get the point across. Do not insult other users of this forum using slurs, such as racial or sexual epithets. Do not attempt to argue about whether you believe a slur is insulting or not. 3. Posting URLs / back-links into threads: Only leave links to other websites (including YouTube) that clearly add to the conversation taking place in a thread. Any blatant and irrelevant promotion within a thread will be removed, and the poster will be warned and possibly banned. While it's fine to have a very relevant link in your signature, don't try and increase the visibility of your signature by posting very short answers to questions. (Moderators, do not loosely interrupt this rule. For example, if there is a thread about lightsaber combat forms and someone posts a video of a lightsaber combat form, the link is within our guidelines. You are not to judge whether or not the video truly "adds" to the discussion or not; whether you believe the video to be high quality or poor is not relevant to your duties as a moderator. Part of the purpose of this forum is to allow people to share their videos. If a link is clearly related to the discussion taking place, it stays. Period. - Carey) 4. Listen to the moderators. They are here to help answer questions and make conversations run more smoothly. You can find them by clicking the members button at the top. All moderators have green text for their names. Don't hesitate to message them with any questions or concerns. 5. Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this BB. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. 6. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this BB to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. 7. You agree not to upload or post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this BB. To clarify this rule, you cannot transcribe the contents of someone else's novel and paste the text into a post hosted on our forums, but you are allowed to post a link to someone else's YouTube video as that content is hosted elsewhere. 8. Do not post links to piracy websites. This includes bittorrents to download cracked (warez) software movies, music, books or games. 9. Impersonation is not allowed: a. Do not pretend to be someone that you are not. Should you do so, we will ban your names, your IP, your email addresses, and whatever else we need to assure that it doesn't happen again. b. The Saber Arts forums is a community to communicate about our mutual interests in lightsaber combat, not to pretend you are someone else and defame them because you feel the need to do so. 10. Do Not Engage in Star Wars Roleplaying. Saber Arts was created for serious discussion about lightsaber combat as an emerging competitive sport and fitness exercise. For more information about this rule please see http://saberarts.com/index.php?threads/we-are-not-a-roleplaying-forum-do-not-rp.3/ Special Rules Section Product Review Rules These special rules apply to all product reviews posted to the Saber Arts forum. 1. All reviews must be accompanied by a photo of the product. Furthermore the photo should be taken by YOU and not ripped from elsewhere on the internet. This is supposed to be a product you own so it shouldn't be too challenging to take a photo of the product you have received. 2. Any accusations of defects in the product must be supported by evidence. Don't just say something is crap, prove it through use of photos and writing a well reasoned argument. 3. Do not engage in fanboyism. We realize there is a tendency for "saber maker wars" to start in threads, and other saber related forums have sought to diminish this by banning the mention about certain manufacturers. At Saber Arts we want to talk about all saber products because we're focused on trying to find the right gear for sparring and competition. But if you write a product review for the sole purpose of bashing a saber manufacturer and suggesting people instead purchase from a competitor, you're very likely engaging in fanboyism and we're not going to tolerate that here.