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All of our moderation staff are volunteers and have jobs and lives away from the forum so please be patient when you contact them for help or advice.
- Open free speech and sensible constructive discussions are encouraged but another members point of view must be respected.
- Use of inappropriate usernames is forbidden.
- Bad, foul or inappropriate language must not be used.
- Threatening, insulting or abusive language or comments must not be made.
- Racist comments must not be made.
- Sexist comments must not be made.
- No form of spam/cross posting may be made.
- No form of commercial advertisement may be posted without prior permission from the site owner. We operate an authorised traders scheme, further details of which are available on request.
- No post may be made that could be considered provocative, its purpose just to start an argument.
- No posts containing images of an inappropriate nature may be made, including nudity.
While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposefully inflammatory posts. Our decision is final in these matters.
Multiple or repeated posting in order to increase your post count is not allowed.
Please wait a reasonable amount of time before bumping posts. For technical 'how to' questions this should be at least 24 hours to give our members a chance to see the thread and reply. For specific troubleshooting issues, use at least 12 hours as a guideline.
We aim for Alfaowner to be a family friendly forum so please bare this in mind when posting.
Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed.
Each member is allowed only one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is forbidden and action will be taken, we reserve the right to publish to the community who is using multiple logins.
Whilst we are happy to have constructive conversations about products and services, we will not tolerate blatant adverts.
We would appreciate it if you could refrain from blatant bashing of suppliers unless you have had dealings yourselves and can prove this to other members if asked (scanned receipt etc).
We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice, however the Thread Manager will send you a PM to advise when and why your post or thread was removed.
If you are going to post non-English on these forums, please also post an English Translation of your post.
Affiliate or referral links are not allowed, as are posts asking for a referral. Such posts will be subject to removal.
Whilst these rules cover most situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently the Alfaowner staff reserve the right to take any action deemed appropriate to ensure that the Alfaowner forum is not disrupted or abused in any way. The staff decisions are final in these matters and any grievances or disputes you have should be aired by private message or escalated to Admin. Public disputes with Alfaowner staff will not be tolerated and may result in an account being suspended.
We reserve the right to suspend accounts from anyone who wilfully violates the forum rules, as access to our forums are a privilege and not a right. A banned or restricted member is still entitled to view our site but not post whilst a ban is in place.
Signatures must follow the same community rules as posts;
Promotional text for a site that is not commercial and does not contain product(s) and/or service(s) is allowed, provided the site does not violate the community rules. Duplicate links to the same URL in a signature are not allowed.
Signature images must meet the following criteria;
- Maximum width of 550 pixels
- Maximum height of 125 pixels
- Maximum file size of 150 kB
Avatars that may be confused with Alfaowner staff are not allowed.
Avatars or profile pictures must be compliant with the Alfaowner rules.
The infraction penalty points system has been designed to automate the management of members who break the Alfaowner community rules. It works in a similar way to points on a driving licence; when a specified amount of points have been issued, an automatic ban is triggered.
The infraction penalty points system is as follows;
10 points results in a 24 hour ban
20 points results in a 2 week ban
30 points results in a 3 month ban, which can be made permanent at the discretion of Alfaowner staff.
Infraction points are issued as follows;
Spammed advertisements 5 points no expiry
Personal insults directed at others 5 points no expiry
Inappropriate image(s) 5 points expires after 3 months
Inappropriate language/avoiding swear filter 5 points no expiry
Private or Pager messaging abuse 5 points no expiry
Abusing status updates 5 points expires after 3 months
Trolling - Baiting users to respond 5 points no expiry
Persistent rule breaking 10 points no expiry
Public dispute with AO staff decision 10 points no expiry
Once a ban has commenced, it will always run the full course.
As part of the Alfaowner community, we ask that you report posts that are against our community rules.
At the top of each post are a number of icons, the icon of an exclamation mark allows you to report a post and clicking this will allow you to fill in a small form to bring that post to the attention of the moderators. The moderation staff will then discuss the post and act as necessary.