The Internet is a great place to find information, to meet new friends and share ideas. However, other people cannot see your emotions, so you need to think before you post. Other viewers don't know when you're joking... Use the emoticons (those little smiley faces to the left of the posting window) we have on the list to show when you're joking, or serious, etc.
What's not allowed:
No illegal topics (porn, how-to's on terrorism, hacking/phreaking, etc.). No modern politics, religion (discussion of period religon and religious things are okay, but NO proselytizing or attacking another religion). Getting all worked up and arguing about current-events and politics is not allowed either -- we are here to discuss Roman history and training.
No outright hostility or abusive conduct -- this means flaming, spamming, zinging or flooding. Excess of malice IS abuse. Discrimination on basis of nationality, ethnicity, sex, race, religion, which way you swing, etc. is also being abusive . Do not characterize other members with negative labels.
No foul language: Mild expletives like "crap," "damn" and "hell" are okay, as long as they are not used in cursing AT someone.
What is encouraged:
Treating others as you would want to be treated. Be polite and courteous, and you'll be treated that way. Healthy disagreement over ideas or facts is definitely OKAY. But direct your arguments at another person's logic -- not at the person. Be mature!
Supporting newcomers and helping them to become a member of the community. Build the board one person at a time. Welcome newbies' innocent questions. Take the time to explain things to them -- we were all new once!
Posting often. Have something meaningful and pertinent to say in the topical forums. In "Off-Topic" area, be as frivolous as you like.
Supporting a position with a Primary Source Referance. Please support your position with a primary source ref , author, section etc. If your information is of a extroploation or inferance nature, so state in your post with why you believe your statement to be valid.
Your NAME. Please put your REAL name in the signature box of your profile so that we can tell who you are!! Otherwise all anyone can see is a screen name -- not very conducive to community building or letting old friends find you.
If you have any questions, ask a Moderator. Thanks and enjoy making this board a fun, easy-going kind of place where everybody's welcome.
For those who can't adhere to the above standards of behavior:
Members who make minor one-time violations may receive a warning on the thread in question, or via their Personal Messages system or email, and the offending post(s) may be edited or deleted by a Moderator or Admin without notice. Threads found to be disruptive or unsuitable for the Forums may be deleted or closed, without notice.
Repeat minor offenders may have their accounts reclassified as "Restricted Members," meaning that they may post only ONCE per-day and can only access a limited number of daily page views on these forums. Restriction can last until the member has shown that they can adhear to the published rules and standards of conduct.
True incorrigibles (e.g. unwilling to follow Admin instructions or heed Moderator warnings) and major offenders (libel, threats, sabotage) can be banned without notice and a reason for the banning posted upon the forum. Depending on the member's history of wasted second chances, the ban may be temporary or permanent.
Sanctioned members who attempt to evade these corrective measures by creating new aliases or accounts in order to post freely will have those new accounts banned, and their original account may suffer further restriction.
**These Rules for Posting are subject to the interpretation of the site owner who reserves final right of standard of conduct and shall not be open for debate.**