Flaming (Insulting Other Users)
Posts of a hostile or insulting nature, toward other board members and a show's cast or crew, individually or as a group, directly or indirectly, beyond the bounds of reasonable and informed criticism and debate, are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to:
Name-calling ("You're an idiot", "You moron")
Direct insults ("Screw you")
Offensive orders ("Go kill yourself")
Suggestions ("Are you stupid or something?") or insults towards family ("Your mom...")
Physical threats, even as jokes ("I'm going to hunt you down and set you on fire!")
Derogatory references to another poster's experience or lack thereof.
Excessive upper-cap posting, which is the Internet equivalent of hostile screaming. (Back)
Flooding, Invading, and Board Wars
Users will be immediately banned (with any associated accounts) for:
Flooding a board with multiple disruptive topics or posts
Posting a single identical post on multiple forums, including but not limited to petitions
Invading another board (flooding a board as a group with multiple topics or posts)
Announcing or inciting a "war" or any conflict with the regular members of another board.
Posts of a patently offensive nature are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to:
Using vulgar, profane, or sexually explicit language
Using race, religion, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, handicap, nationality, or gender as a means of insult
Using sexual preference terms as insult in any way, shape, or form
Using threatening, harassing, defamatory, hate-speech, or libellous language
Posting or requesting links to or material from pornographic, obscene, or hate-speech web sites
Posting links to web sites with potentially offensive content without a clear warning
Descriptions or details about any sexual act or sexual organs
Sexually suggestive or nearly nude images that are judged inappropriate by Moderators or Administrators
As a general guideline, this refers to images that would be censored on network television or in a daily newspaper
The main purpose of the TV.com message boards is to provide discussion forums for television programs. Topicality is expected and will be enforced on all boards for current and cancelled series, as well as all general and special interest boards. On these boards, topics designed to get hundreds of posts with little or no content, topics that have nothing to do with the board's category, "secret base" type threads, and other "social" topics are not allowed. Other users are not on-topic in show and person forums. The manner in which a user chooses to post, any spelling or grammatical mistakes they make, their lack of experience, etc., is not on-topic.
Since we can't have a rule to cover everything, this is the rule to cover everything. These are public boards, so act like you would if you were in a public place. TV.com reserves the right to choose the guidelines of objectionable content based on its knowledge of users and company policy. These issues are left the individual moderators, but may include any material that is knowingly false or defamatory, misleading, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, racist, sexist, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy or that otherwise violates any law or encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense.
Plot Spoilers Posting "spoilers" (critical plot details) about TV shows, time-delayed broadcast events, or other media in the title of a topic or in a message without a clear notice is prohibited. To discuss such information in a topic, users should leave the title of the topic as vague as possible, ensuring that no mention of the actual spoiler itself is included, and include a warning (i.e. "SPOILER") in the topic title. In a message post in a non-marked or otherwise unexpected topic, users should leave several blank lines in a post after a warning before revealing any vital plot information.
We've noticed a flood of reviews coming in lately for episodes of shows that have never aired. Either we have a growing number of users with psychic abilities or some folks out there are using the review form to speculate on what "might" happen in an episode in order to gain points. Please be advised: Reviews of episodes or shows that have not yet aired WILL BE DELETED. Posting these "speculation" reviews, and for that matter any other TOS violations associated with the reviews section, could wind up costing you points. So, please, if you want to write a review, watch the episode first.
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