BeerAdvocate (BA) 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. Using our Terms of Service as a base, its purpose is to provide clarity in regards to how we expect our members to behave. Where applicable, the following code of conduct extends to the posting of any and all content using our services. General Be respectful and intelligent. Don't spam, solicit or promote. Don't offer to buy or sell beer/alcohol. It's illegal and you will be banned. Don't ask to buy or offer to pickup (mule, proxy or trustee). Don't trade outside of the Beer Trading forums. Don't post offers to buy, sell, or trade event tickets. Be Respectful Hate speech and slurs (words that hurt or offend groups of people) are unacceptable. Don't troll (flame, bait, mock, deceive, slander, etc.), harass or attack others. It's unacceptable. Profanity isn't against the rules. We're all adults, however, it should never be directed as an insult towards others, used in excess or in a vulgar manner. Post with mutual respect. There's a difference between disagreeing and disrespecting. Debate the topic, not the person. Be Intelligent When Posting Search before posting a new thread, and don't start your post apologizing if the topic has already been posted. Check if it has. Don't post off-topic content. If it's not about beer or its culture, it doesn't belong on BA. No posting just to post. Posting should be meaningful and engaging. Don't post clickbait. Don't post joke or fake posts (e.g. April Fools'). Don't start a thread simply because you have an opinion, or want one, on a beer or place. We have reviews for this. Use them. Don't copy and paste the entirety of another's work. It's a copyright infringement. Post a blurb and a link to (or cite) the source instead. Post in the appropriate forum and use the correct prefix (if required). Ensure that your thread's title is clear to readers, free of misspellings and doesn't misuse or overuse punctuation, special characters or all/caps lock. When referencing another website, don't just post a link to it. Quote some content using the quote tool or add some thoughts of your own. Don't crosspost in multiple forums. It's spammy. If posting an event, it needs to be in the calendar first. Once submitted, you may post in the appropriate forum, however, you must include a link to the calendar entry. Your post will be considered spam if otherwise. Be Intelligent When Replying If your contribution to a thread isn't constructive, don't reply. Like a post? Then click the "Like" link vs. replying to say that you simply like or agree. No single word or image posts. They add nothing to the discussion. This includes, but isn't limited to: TL;DR Yes, No, Meh, acronyms, hashtags, etc. Memes, image macros or links to them. Video clips, unless under these exceptions: Beer-related and specifically related to the thread. Daily "What Beer Are you Drinking Now?" threads, in which case it must accompany a pic of the beer you're drinking now. No bumping threads. No double posting. You have 15 mins to edit your post. No necroposting (reviving an old thread for arbitrary reasons). Keep threads on topic. Don't derail threads with talk beyond the scope of the discussion or bickering. Don't reply personally when it should be down privately. Start a conversation (private message) instead. Don't feed the trolls. Use the Report link and let our moderation team handle it. Language Support While we encourage users to post in English, posting in your native language is allowed for the following: Beer and place reviews. International forums; accordingly. Private conversations, but post in English if you're conversing with someone whose native language is obviously English. You can still post in English if you want, which will ultimately be more useful to the greater community, but we'll leave that up to you. Note: We currently don't provide translation support. Emoji While they're meant to be a fun way to show some emotion in your posts, please don't abuse or overuse/spam them in your posts, or link to/embed emoji from other sources. Only use the emoji that we provide in the message editor. Multiple Accounts Multiple accounts (pseudonyms, usernames, sockpuppets) aren't allowed. Their only purpose is deception. If a user is found to have multiple accounts, all associated accounts will be banned without warning and further actions may be taken to block access to the site. Moderation BA is a moderated website. Meaning that we have guidelines, rules and resources in place to help ensure that things don't get out of control. Moderators (Mods) Mods volunteer their time to help enforce our terms of service, code of conduct and other rules. They're human—just like you—so please respect their role as they're only trying to help the greater BA community. Reporting Use the "Report" link to alert mods of infractions or threads that need updating (title change, wrong forum, duplicate topic, etc), not simply because you disagree. Don't abuse the reporting system. Don't reply to a thread with "Reported" (even in jest) or alert the offender that they've been reported. Reminder: Don't feed the fucking trolls. Warnings Warnings are issued by moderators, and almost always as a result of user reported content. Points are associated with each warning and will stack when multiple warnings are received. Stacking may result in further actions taken against the account. You can view your Warnings, Warning Actions, related points and expirations dates under the tabs with the same name on your profile page. Both are viewable by only you and mods. Bans There are two types of bans that can be applied to accounts: Temporary bans are automatically applied by the warning system and will eventually expire as points expire. Banned users will see the end date when attempting to visit the site. Permanent bans are manually applied based on the severity of the account's actions or past warning history. They're used as a last resort. Since BA started, we've banned less accounts than we welcome new ones in a week. Note that these guidelines are not exhaustive, and may not address all types of offensive behavior. As such, our moderators shall have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Your access to the website is a "privilege," not a "right." We reserve the right to suspend your access to the website at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by these guidelines. We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis, and the action we take may be more lenient or more severe as a result. Our code of conduct may be changed at any time without notice. Bottom line: We want BA to be an awesome experience for everyone. Help us make this happen by abiding by the rules.