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Wow... so they do not want us to sign our names?
It is redundant, obviously, considering your name is posted right next to your pic, but it makes you a law breaker now. Crazy.
You can't post links to other sites? So when I find some fabulously interesting story that I want to share, or pic. etc. I can't share that? So restrictive. Im bummed.
Also, there is something I would like to know.
There was a thread recently that compared Christians to ISIS... I reported it for hate speech. My question to the staff is, what will be done with these kinds of threads? I think the OP was possibly banned for 3 days, but the thread sat there in all its hateful glory for weeks. So is that the protocol? That the poster will be banned, but the thread will remain?
That surprises me to about not signing post. What is wrong with that? Hmm. I learn a new rule everyday.
They used to delete those hateful threads. I can't believe they stopped doing that.
Banning someone doesn't help if the message is still there for all to see
A forum "signature" is advertising text, links, and pictures beneath the post. They can be quite large, and many forums don't permit them.
you mean there are so many rules to follow when joining the forums? I thought it should be a friendly char zone
There is another rule about hyperbole. Anyone who exaggerates even a little gets banned from the internet forever.
"... avoid posting promotional or irrelevant links, be they to Hubs or external sites in which you have a vested interest."
So if the links are purely to enhance readers' experience without you as an author having a vested interest in those links, then they are permitted (as in a link to more in-depth information to a site you do not own or are affiliated with).
I think that all threads or posts from banned hubbers should be deleted. Maybe difficult to implement.
Good one! That does not give you a vested interest so it is OK. and therefore has not been cut.
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