How Forum Moderation Works
Forum Moderation at TV.com works in three stages:
2) The editor and the forum users can report threads that they believe violate TV.com's forum policy, using the pulldown tool at the lower right of each thread.
3) These reports go to a central queue which a volunteer team of 4 moderators have access to, although staff can look in as well. Reports are essentially randomly assigned and the moderator who fields the case decides if the report requires action. Such action can involve doing nothing, deleting the post (which replaces it with an automated message), deleting the entire thread, locking the thread, suspending the user, or giving a full report of all violations to TV.com staff and letting them decide if a ban is necessary.
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
TV.com provides message board services to you, the visitor, based on its Terms of Service outlined here. When using the forums provided by TV.com, you are subject to these posted terms. Usage of the services on this site means acceptance of these terms. The TOS may be changed and without direct notice to individual visitors, so it is recommended that you check back with this page if you have questions or concerns.
To view messages on the TV.com message boards without user restrictions, no registration is required or necessary. To post messages on the boards, view boards with level restrictions, and use other advanced services, you must register with TV.com using a valid e-mail address. On registration, an activation key in the form of a URL will be mailed to the address you provided. You must visit this URL using the web browser of your choice to activate the account. No posting privileges are granted until the account is activated. TV.com does not require you to use your real name or other identification that can be easily traced to you, and the e-mail address you provide will be kept private. To register on TV.com, registrants must be 13 years or older. TV.com does not knowingly collect any information from any users under 13 years, and if it is found that an underage user has fraudulently registered, their account will immediately be terminated.
By viewing the site content, you agree that all content on the TV.com message boards is the responsibility of the person from which the content originated. You agree that neither TV.com nor its sponsors or affiliates are responsible for all content that you personally post or upload. TV.com does not directly control any content posted on the boards, and does not guarantee the truthfulness or quality of any content. You agree that while using the TV.com message boards, you may be exposed to content that is offensive or objectionable, and that you will in no way hold TV.com nor its sponsors or affiliates liable in any way, shape, or form for any harm or loss that may come to you or others because of viewing this content. TV.com is not responsible for screening content before it is posted, although an offensive language filter is installed on the system that will reject certain posts that may contain certain words considered offensive or used most often in an offensive way.
Users are solely responsible for protecting their accounts from access by others. You are strongly encouraged to select a hard-to-guess password and not reuse that password on any other sites where it may be read by the owners or administrators of that site.
While it is acceptable for users to maintain multiple accounts on TV.com, TV.com can and does track multiple shared accounts from a single or multiple computers as one account in terms of TOS violations. If the TOS is violated severely enough to warrant banning one account, all known accounts shared between a single or multiple users who use the same computer may also be banned for the actions of the violating account at the administrators' discretion.
Because of this rule, it is recommended that board users do not share their accounts with others, nor share their computers used to access the site with others, as the actions of some other person could easily directly impact all known shared message board accounts.
PRIVACY AND RELEASE OF INFORMATION
Under normal circumstances, TV.com will never release your provided information to any third-party without a court order requiring us to do so. However, in cases of certain severe or repeated TOS violations or illegal activities, we reserve the right to send any known information about you and your accounts to your ISP (including libraries, schools, and places of employment), e-mail service provider, your ISP account owner (if someone else is paying for it), and any parties whose copyright has clearly been infringed by your actions on the boards.
You agree that you will not use this service to perform the following actions:
Filing False Moderation Reports
Please note that Report Abuse is only to be used for genuine breaches of these Terms of Service and is not to be used as a means of settling petty disputes and squabbles between boards users. Repeated reporting of posts which do not violate the terms may result in your account being suspended.
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 TV.com message boards are programmed with a list of words that are considered vulgar under any context, and these words are not allowed to be posted. Trying to bypass the censor by misspelling, inserting spaces or symbols, switching letters, using look-alike symbols, or any other method is not allowed. The only acceptable method of posting one of these vulgar words is to obscure it, making it impossible to determine what the word is without context. Also, certain words are restricted from being used in topic titles and user information pages; bypassing the censor to post those words where they are restricted is also disallowed. For example, if "gris" is a banned word:
Not allowed: g-r-i-s, gr*s, g***, 9|-1$, girs, gryeeeas, grizznizz, **** (rhymes with "bris")
Allowed: ****, ****ed, ****ing, g'ed, g-word
Flaming (Insulting Other Users)
Posts clearly insulting 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!")
Criticisms of their spelling or grammar (also see "Off-Topic Posting")
Trolling (Inciting Flames)
Posts intended mainly to annoy or offend other posters by going against the clear nature of a board or topic are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to:
Provoking other users to respond with flames
Provoking fans of a particular show or genre, especially on boards dedicated to that show or genre (i.e., "This show suxx!!!")
Making misleading topic titles
Asking useless questions
Posting false information as fact
Posting spoilers without suitable identification in the subject header.
Posts that violate or incite others to violate the law are not allowed. This includes (but is not limited to) discussing, asking for or providing, in any way, shape, or form:
Illegal copies of copyrighted software and related applications (ROMs, Warez)
Methods of avoiding copyright protection (Cracks, No-CD Patches, CD Keys)
Illegal copies in part or in whole of copyrighted music (MP3s), movies, videos, TV shows, images, or any other media
Reprints of material from other web sites (pay or free)
Posts that clearly advertise a service or product are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to:
Unsolicited commercial or personal web site advertisements
DVDs, VHS tapes, downloads, screen captures, and any other copyrighted material, in part or in whole, owned by someone else
"Make Money Fast" scams, chain letters, and pyramid schemes
Advertising for another message board
Solicitations and drawings for charity or profit events
Users are allowed to include a web site address in a signature, request comments on their personal site in a social setting, or providing only once an interesting or relevant link to another site.
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.
Posts that disrupt the message boards for other users, intentional or not, are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited, to:
Message posts or topic titles that force browsers to scroll horizontally
Large blank or content-free posts
Posts that consist only of quotes, or quotes plus an unsubstantial reply ("Okay" - "Yeah!" - "LOL" - smilie), or just an unsubstantial reply.
Excessive quoting (i.e., quoting a ten-paragraph post to respond to one sentence)
"Bumping" older topics (posting in them well after the last post)
Posting multiple identical or near-identical messages or topics, including "fad" topics
Intentionally hard-to-read topic titles (i.e. ALL CAPS, AlTeRnAtE cApS, no spaces, no or excessive punctuation, 1337 speak, et cetera)
Posting multiple hard-to-read or absurd messages in a single or multiple topics
Posting large ASCII art (except in social topics specifically calling for it)
Post counting (i.e. "First", "100th Post")
Flooding, Invading, and Board Wars
Users are prohibited from:
Flooding a board with multiple disruptive topics or posts
Posting a single identical or near-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
Users will be immediately banned (with any associated accounts) for impersonating other boards users by creating or using a message board account with a name clearly intended to impersonate, mock, or antagonize another user, falsely claiming to be another message board member.
Continual harassing behavior directed towards a certain individual or group with the intent of creating an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment on the boards with the Personal Messaging (PM) system, with or without use of explicit or implicit threats is strictly prohibited. Posting private information without permission is also prohibited.
Accessing or attempting any TV.com user account not belonging to the user in question without permission is prohibited. Accessing another user's account in this manner is grounds for immediate loss of all known accounts.
Bugs and Exploits
Using exploits or tricks in the TV.com code to gain privileges, access, or abilities not clearly intended by the board design is prohibited. Making exploits public or using them for personal benefit is grounds for immediate loss of all known accounts.
Usernames, Profiles, and Forms
Violating any of rules with a username, any part of the user profile (signature, quote, e-mail, IM), or by feedback forms (such as the Mark for Moderation function) is considered a severe violation. If a Moderator or Administrator finds your Signature inappropriate and asks you to remove it, it must be removed.
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.
Topics and message posts that violate the TOS will be deleted from the boards, and additional penalties may be applied at the moderator's discretion. Reposting deleted violations (yours or those of others) is also considered a violation.
Messages and topics may be removed for any reason at the sole discretion of TV.com and its appointed moderators. User accounts may be warned, suspended, or revoked for any reason at the sole discretion of TV.com and its appointed moderators. All determinations of what is "acceptable" and "unacceptable" content will be determined solely by TV.com and whoever it appoints as moderators. You agree the decision of the moderators and administrators is final, and you may not legally contest their rulings.
Intentional, repeated, or severe violations are cause for the banning of your account, all use of the boards from your IP address or your entire ISP, and TV.com contacting your ISP or other relevant parties about your activities.