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General Policy (all forums including The Lounge)
Most of this is common sense, but sometimes it just needs to be put down in writing...
  • Lurk for a bit before just jumping right in. It always helps to know the users you will be chatting with a bit before you jump in to post.
  • It is not recommended that you post personal photos of yourself unless you don't mind finding yourself photoshopped as a Dancing Chicken. There are some photoshop pros here who welcome the opportunity to practice their skills.
  • If someone asks not to have their picture posted, even if they were the one to originally post it here, please respect their wishes and do not post, or link to, their picture.
  • Act maturely. Don't rise to inflammatory posts. Remember that your opinion is only your opinion, and other people have a right to disagree with it, just as you have a right to have it. Don't turn a difference of opinion into an insult fest.
  • If someone does act immaturely - ignore them! Usually they act that way to get attention. Ignoring them may make them rethink their act.
  • Treat each other with respect or how you would like be treated: 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'
  • Again, if the person is acting disrespectful, usually it is because they want attention. So, the best thing to do is to not give it to them.
  • No using an anonymous proxy to hide your identity. No spamming, or advertising.
  • Think before you post -
  • Some common sense rules: no posting personal PMs or emails; no posting another user's full real name or address or phone number or email address or picture.
  • No nudity. And please do not swear overly much.
  • Do not just decide to attack someone. If someone insulted you a month ago, who cares, we don't want to hear about it. If someone insulted you on another site, we don't care, don't bring it over here or you may be told just how much the others don't want to hear about it. If you don't like another user, fine, then ignore them, but don't continually insult them because the rest of us don't want to hear about it.
  • No threats of physical violence.
  • No stalking - don't take your personal differences from one thread to another. And especially don't take it out of The Lounge.
  • No creating accounts under another name (an alias) just to harass specific people.
  • Do not disrespect the moderators. They are volunteers and do the best that they can, If you can do a better job, go start your own site and moderate how you want there.

Failure to follow these rules may get you banned from the discussion forums for varying lengths of time. Depending on how many times you've already been warned (banned from these forums), you may be banned anywhere from a day, a week, a month, or permanently (or anywhere in between). This is up to moderator discretion. You may PM that moderator to discuss and resolve the issue. However, insulting them in that PM may not be in your best interests.

The Mods reserve the right to remove any posts that they feel are offensive or against your terms of registration.

modified 2007-08-21, Added rule regarding creating alias accounts to harass people.

Technobabble Posting Guidelines

We have setup the Technobabble forum for discussion and questions on all technical topics. Before posting, however, please read through and search the FAQ to see if your question has been answered before. Many common questions have been discussed pretty thoroughly in the past, and our FAQ should be able to help you find the help you need. If you have read through, and still have not felt that there has been a sufficient answer, please feel free to post and ask.

If you ask for assistance, please provide as much information as you can to help others answer your question. What operating system you use, what hardware or software is applicable, what methods you've tried to fix the problem or what you changed before the problem occured will help everyone diagnose and help you sooner. If you can, post necessary screen captures relating to any problems.

The Technobabble forum is also intended to help us expand the FAQ. If there's anything you believe is missing, please post and include it. Remember that this is a user-driven community, and anything you can do to help is appreciated. If other people find the information useful, it will be archived to the FAQ and you will be credited. Graphical tutorials, additional software packages, anything Linux related, and audio/video mastering or authoring guides are specific areas where additional information is needed.

BitTorrent Announce Threads
BitTorrent announce threads are for the purpose of discussing only the active thread. Please use these threads to express thanks to the seeders, list info updates or corrections, report problems, or discuss the seed. Avoid posting off-topic in these threads. Posts that are off-topic may be removed at the discretion of the Moderators.

If you find a torrent or a post that does not meet The Traders' Den policies, please report it by pressing the icon, and let us know what is wrong with it.

If you are having technical problems, please post in the Technobabble forum, as your question will be found and answered much more quickly.

Private Messages

Private messages (PMs) are a way for users to send notes to each other that are unreadable by another users. There are not moderated and are invisible to the moderators of this forum. You may feel free to PM other users at will, but do not send anything harassing or inflammatory. If you do receive a message that you feel is harassing, please forward the entire message to the Site Administrator, U2Lynne. If another user feels persecuted, your PMs will be read and your account may be banned. Please note that there is a cap on the number of messages permitted in your personal mailbox, so keep it cleaned out to prevent messages sent to you from bouncing.

Please note that you have the option to either turn off your Private Messaging or to limit your PMs to only buddies and Moderators.

Private messages are just that - private. Please do not post any PMs that you receive or they will be removed and you may be warned.

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