Code of Conduct

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Jul 6, 2013.

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,683) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society Trader

    BeerAdvocate is here to provide you with a friendly environment where you can ask questions about beer, give advice, converse with other beer geeks and make some new friends in beer. Our forums are at their best when participants treat their fellow posters with respect. Therefore, we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner when participating in these forums.

    Access to the community is a privilege, not a right, and members who continually breach these rules will find themselves limited or removed from the community, regardless of the other contributions they have made.

    Bottom line: We want BeerAdvocate to be an awesome experience for everyone. And we want you to help us make this happen by abiding by the rules.

    In addition to our Terms of Service, here's our Code of Conduct:
    1. Please don't post anything which is inappropriate. This includes, but is not limited to, profanity, sexual, sexualized or illicit content, hateful, threatening, provocative or vulgar content, links and websites and discussion encouraging such activities, or any otherwise illegal content. Please do not attempt to circumvent the censoring options we have set up.
    2. Be courteous and respect your fellow members. To be clear, personal attacks, aggressive messages, and passive-aggressive behavior is unacceptable. If you take particular issue with another user and are unable to reply in a civilized and constructive way to their posts, you should ignore the user.
    3. Posts should always be constructive and on topic. For common questions, simply telling someone to search is not acceptable. If you disagree with a post and feel the need to reply as such, it's important that you explain why. Off topic posts may be moved or deleted as required.
    4. If you feel another user is attacking or being aggressive towards you, report their message. Don't respond publicly. This simply continues the back and forth that derails topics and makes them uncomfortable for other users. If someone attacks you and you respond with an attack, you will be warned regardless of who started it.
    5. All content must be posted in English as it is not possible for us to moderate the forums otherwise. Exception: Posting in your native language is currently allowed for the following: beer and place reviews, private conversations.
    6. All content must be posted in prose and free from abnormal formatting.
    7. Don't bump threads unless you have something else to add to the discussion. Additionally, replying to discussions which have been inactive for several months or longer should be avoided unless you have something of value to add.
    8. Posting GIFs is allowed, however, don't overuse them or post content that breaks our terms and rules. Doing so will result in your post being removed, quoted replies to your post being removed, and possible banning of your account.
    9. Please don't attempt to sell or trade any products or services in our community. This rule also extends to giveaways and competitions. Trading beer is allowed, but it is restricted to our Trading forums and private discussions.
    10. Soliciting our users (spamming / self-promoting) with products, promotions, links, services, and the like isn't allowed at any time.
    11. Personal information and private discussions may not be posted unless it's clear that all parties involved have consented.
    12. If a moderator or staff member takes an action or posts a directive (for example, to stop with a particular topic), you must adhere to this. If you discover a directive only after you've posted a message that contravenes it, delete your post or it'll be taken to be ignoring moderators.
    13. If you have a problem with or question about a moderator's decision, contact the moderator privately or email us. Posts or topics discussing moderator actions will be removed.
    14. Each user may only have one account. If duplicate accounts are discovered, the duplicates may be banned without warning.
    Thanks in advance for being awesome.
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