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    1. Don't argue with the Admin when asked/told to do something. If you dislike a decision that is made, accept it and move on.
    If a moderator, not Admin, places a restriction or infraction on you that you believe is unfair, you may appeal to Admin. Send a PM or an email. Be polite in your request. People are prone to error and we may agree with you if you approach it in a polite fashion and not in a "Your moderator SUCKS and is BIASED!". You have the right of appeal. We may agree with you. We may not. Admin's decision is final. Admin is never wrong.

    2. Do not threaten or imply that you will bring a lawsuit against us. Doing so will result in your account being immediately closed. We do not extend the courtesy of posting privileges to people who threaten to sue us. We occasionally get a poster who wants a post removed and thinks to improve the chances by saying something to the effect of: "I don't want to bring the lawyers in, but if this post isn't removed, I will". If a post warrants removal it will be removed, however if you make a statement like that, so will your account.

    3. Copying any article/image that is copyright protected from any source, anywhere, and posting it in full or in substantial part on the forums, is not allowed. Maximum amount of copying allowed is one paragraph (five sentences) plus a link to the original source.

    4. Don't create multiple user accounts. If you suspect someone is a sock puppet, PM the administrator. Do not make a public accusation on the boards.

    5. Do not engage in personal vendettas or harassment. To wit: people will disagree, sometimes vehemently, however, if you have a personal distaste for a particular poster/ theory/topic, ignore them/it. Do not follow them/it around the boards, do not engage in never ending commentary after their every post or every time the subject is raised, do not take every opportunity to attack them/it. Do NOT use the Report Post button on every minor, petty infraction they do in an attempt to get them banned. We will view this waste of our time with EXTREME displeasure. To prove harassment, there must be a pattern established. Having an argument with someone (or even a series of arguments) does not constitute harassment. If you are responding to a poster in kind, you are not being harassed, you are having an argument. If you are not responding and they continue to harass you, you may invoke the harassment rule. If that occurs, neither one of you will be permitted to respond to the others posts. If you have a particular distaste for a topic, to the point that you will not allow others to discuss the theory without resorting to ridicule or derailing the thread (and again, if there is a pattern established) you might also be prohibited from commenting on that theory.

    6. Recognize the Venue in which you are posting. This is a board about killers and brutally murdered women and needs to be discussed and handled with sensitivity and respect. Adjust accordingly. Do not engage in sexual solicitations of other posters on the boards or make sexual innuendos/comments about posters. Do not post anything that could be viewed as sexist/misogynistic, including broad jokes about women, or anything that can be construed as degrading to women as a whole. In addition, do not threaten other posters with any form of physical violence. Do not do either of these, even if you think it's clear you are joking. Not everyone will appreciate your special sense of humor. Do not use an avatar that could be viewed as either sexist or gory. Respect this as a place catering to those with a genuine interest in historical mystery. This is not a splatter-site, catering to prurient, deviant or juvenile tastes. Maintain decorum.

    7. Do not engage in trolling behavior. For the purposes of these forums, trolling is defined as any behavior that disrupts a thread. If you believe a thread is too silly, stupid or offensive to be discussed seriously, ignore it. Remember, just because you don't find a topic worthy of serious discussion, doesn't mean there aren't others who do. Disrupting someone's thread with inflammatory or off-topic posts is trolling. Abide by the OP's stated intentions in starting the thread. This does not mean you can't take issue with the thread or point out silliness or flaws in the topic as long as your posts are on topic. Pouring ridicule on anyone who wishes to discuss the topic, is not on-topic. It is also considered trolling (on these boards) if anyone posts, not to further the conversation, but to sarcastically underscore a point. Posts that are nothing but an emoticon such as: or following a quoted post, are an absolute waste of server space. Your emotional reaction to a poster is not worthy of permanent record. ANY post that does not further the topic of conversation could be considered trolling and deleted if it is done with a hostile tone/intent.

    8. Do not engage in personal attacks of posters.

    Personal Attacks Policy:

    If you are not sure what constitutes a personal attack, as a general rule anything with the pronouns "you" or "your" that is not a compliment should just be avoided. If a negative statement is about the person and not the topic, it constitutes an attack. "This idea is silly" is not a personal attack. "Your silly idea" or "You keep repeating the same silly ideas...." is.

    Convoluted means of attacking someone will be considered attacks. Like pornography, we know it when we see it.
    Any attempt to circumvent the rules and insult or defame a poster by not naming them, but including them in a collective group like "people who..." or "members of a group of Ripperologists" or "the cabal/cartel" conspiracy is ... will earn double infraction points. Insulting someone and attempting to get out of the penalty by being shady is double the offense.

    Responding to someone's personal attack with a personal attack of your own will still earn you an infraction. "S/he started it" is not an excuse.

    If you post an entire post, that contains nothing of value in terms of content, and is posted solely to attack/ridicule/deride another poster, you will receive an enhanced Custom penalty for both trolling and personal attacks. See Examples Below.

    If you create an entire thread that exists solely to ridicule another poster, expect a lengthy (possibly permanent) ban. If you participate in a thread ridiculing another poster, you will also be banned. We will not tolerate this. Do not do it. Not even in Pub Talk.

    Slander/Libel/Personal Attacks of Published Authors and other Media/Content Creators and Professional Experts

    Comments on published works will generally not be considered libelous or fall under the personal attack policy (even though some Authors/Creators post here) unless they are completely off the wall or not based on evidence. If there is evidence that an author deliberately left out information, failed to do research, plagiarized, fabricated evidence, whatever the criticism may be, then people's honest opinions -of the work and the author - will not be considered libelous/attacking. Media creators are Public Figures and they cannot expect to have everyone love and admire their work. There is also protection for the poster from claims of libel when it comes to discussing public figures. We are based in America, and we base our Public Figure/Libel rules on U.S. standards. If there is evidence of wrongdoing on an author's part then a poster has the right to express their opinion of the work and the author when discussing the author's work or contributions. This is not a wholesale free pass to insult the author freely throughout time (especially if they are posting on unrelated threads or topics). If the author's work is being discussed, any criticism is valid, as long as it pertains to the work and is evidence-based or an honest opinion of generalities. "I think this book and author are biased crap" is a personal opinion and valid, and doesn't require any evidence, because it is the poster's opinion and while it is not supported, it is an opinion on the work.

    In addition, often times people will promote themselves as an "expert" in a given area. If someone promotes themselves as an expert then their credentials and experience are up for fair criticism. If someone promotes themselves as a surgeon, and it turns out they've killed 80% of their patients, it's absolutely fair to "attack" their claims of expertise/knowledge if they are basing their arguments on their presumed skill.

    We cannot read every post. We rely on our members using the Report Post button to keep us in the loop. We will try to catch as many as possible but do not promise perfection. We also do not particularly care what occurs in Pub Talk (unless especially egregious such as threats, etc.). We are primarily concerned with keeping the Ripper threads as uncontaminated with personality conflicts and as on topic as possible.

    Any violation of these or of the Minor Rules can result in you receiving an infraction. .To view information on the infraction system and how to report a post that violates the rules, please click here.

    Examples of Posts -Personal Attacks

    This post is fine. Zero points, no infraction given:
    Point A defies common sense for the following reasons...Reason 1, Reason 2, Reason 3. Point B is even more ludicrous when you consider all factors given. There is nothing in the laws of physics that would support such an erroneous and baffling conclusion.

    This Post contains on-topic commentary AND personal attacks. Regular Personal Attack penalty applies:
    Point A is wrong for Reason 1, Reason 2 and Reason 3. You consistently post in a manner that defies common sense and basic logic. It is utterly maddening trying to have a debate with you.
    This post contains nothing of value to the boards and will earn you the personal attack penalty plus a trolling penalty that will vary based on the invective and seriousness of the content:
    I am sick of trying to have a debate with you, you clearly aren't capable of it. I leave you to your ramblings.

    Last edited by Admin; 11-14-2023, 04:42 PM.

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    Bumping. Please read the update. Thank you.