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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2013, 12:50:01 PM »
Three changes have been made to the Forum Rules, effective June 25, 2013...

1) IN THE PREAMBLE: The rule establishing the permanence of posted content has been clarified. As previously stated, all posts by all users become permanent content of the BEA forum 24 hours after posting. Posts of user-owned copyrighted content are treated the same way: if you're an artist or model displaying your work, or you're promoting a website in our public/free forum, posting your copyrighted content here grants the BEA perpetual license to display your post and its content in the free/public forum.

2) IN SECTION 5: The rule that prohibited messages about or links to solicitations for donations/gifts has been relaxed. Such posts are now generally permitted, though any solicitation message or link that the moderators consider to be suspect, inappropriate, or detrimental to the BEA will be removed without discussion or debate. When you post solicitation messages or links, you accept the possibility that they may be deleted without explanation. Deleted solicitations will not be counted as rule violations.

3) IN SECTION 5: Supplementing the rule prohibiting the import of external drama into our forum, we are formalizing a long-standing unwritten rule that prohibits you from doing anything that calls outside attention to the BEA. Specifically, do not invite models/celebs to visit the forum to see what's been posted about them, or tell third parties about what has been posted here, or do anything else that calls outsider attention to the BEA. Maintaining a low profile has helped to keep our community online for many years. If you take it upon yourself to raise the BEA's profile in defiance of this rule, you can expect negative repercussions, regardless of your intent or the outcome of any given incident. To paraphrase Fight Club, the first rule of the BEA is Do not talk about the BEA.


Thanks,
Palomine and gonZo
« Last Edit: June 25, 2013, 01:09:44 PM by gonZo »

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2013, 02:53:54 PM »
Due to circumstances beyond our control, all photos and discussion about the model Xena Kai aka Kai Lansangan are now prohibited.

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Change to Temporary Banning Mechanism
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2013, 01:45:22 PM »
Starting today, we're switching to a different type of temporary ban.

The old ban type would lock you out of the forum, damage your BEA session cookies, and leave you with no easy way to get information about your ban.

The new ban type will allow you to log into the forum, but you will not be able to post forum messages, send PMs, or enter the Chat. The forum will display a message on every page telling you that you're banned, and providing info about the cause and duration of your ban.

Permanent bans will remain as before: you'll be completely locked out of the forum.
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« Last Edit: July 30, 2013, 01:47:10 PM by gonZo »

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2013, 07:03:20 PM »
Not strictly a rule change, but the general guidelines for posting requests to the Morph Request forum have been revised. Please have a look here: http://forum.bearchive.com/index.php/topic,9989574.msg10229005.html#msg10229005 Thanks! :)

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2013, 04:01:00 PM »
Circumstances make it necessary for us to add a model to the prohibited list: all photos of "Noelle M" are prohibited for the foreseeable future because she is under 18 in many of them.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2013, 10:46:34 PM by gonZo »

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2013, 06:01:26 PM »
The site rules will be updated shortly to explain that images/links depicting subjects clothed in garments that advertise their compliance with religious conventions (nun's habits, burkas or abayas, etc...) are not permitted UNLESS it's absolutely clear that the subject is portraying a character dressed in a costume (i.e.: an actress, pro model, cosplayer, etc...). Thanks.

Added later: since it came up in another thread as a surprise to someone, let us reiterate the fact already spelled out in the rules/faq and mentioned hundreds of times over the years: if a user is under a temp ban, any attempt by them to participate in spite of that ban by ANY means will result in their temp ban automatically being converted to a permanent ban without discussion or debate. If a user breaks enough rules or misbehaves badly enough to get temp banned, they're well advised to simply cool their jets and wait until it's over, at which point they're welcome to participate once more with no hard feelings. However, if they choose instead to participate under another name/by proxy/whatever, then they will immediately find themselves permanently unwelcome here. We hope everyone will remember this particular bit of the Owner's rules. Thanks.
« Last Edit: January 09, 2014, 10:35:39 PM by Palomine »

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2014, 04:24:22 PM »
This is not a notice of a change to the rules. However, we're urging everyone to go re-read them... new users who may have clicked their consent to abide by them without actually reading them, and long-time users too, some of whom have absorbed them mostly by seeing them enforced in the forum over time.

We ask everyone to go actually take the five minutes to read the Rules: http://forum.bearchive.com/index.php?action=rules and the FAQ: http://forum.bearchive.com/index.php/topic,9987229.0.html (first post in that thread) because a good portion of our very finite time is spent explaining parts of the Rules/FAQ after a rule has been broken, or to clarify misinformation offered by one user to another (usually well-intentioned, but often wrong nonetheless) or to answer questions and/or respond to requests that the Rules/FAQ themselves already clearly explain.

There are just a few mods here for all the users and all the posts in this large, long-lived forum. We are volunteers, not full or even part-time paid staffers. Every time that we have to fix/explain/answer something that's already covered in the Rules/FAQ it leaves us that much less time to deal with more urgent matters, some of which impact the safety of this forum and the community of users that depend on it.

Imagine how you'd feel if you had to to repeat yourself (to explain a rule or answer a question) hundreds of times (as with the 1-1-1 rule) or even just dozens of times (as with some other rules or questions) when the relevant info (the Rules/FAQ) had already been shared countless times before. We're not bitching about this... we mod here because we want to, because we feel it's worth our time... but it's not too much to ask that people take five minutes to refresh their understanding of what they've already promised to abide by, is it?

Thanks! :)

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2014, 03:51:51 PM »
Just a note to remind all users that the pinned (sticky) threads permanently located at the top of each sub-forum often contain vital info that you're expected to know about, such as changes to rules and/or site policy. So PLEASE open and read ANY pinned thread if you see it's been edited/updated since the last time you read it (the little blue "new" tag appears next to the thread title in the sub-forum subject listing).

It's necessary that everyone who uses our forum are all on the same page about important items, so please keep yourself up-to-date with the pinned theads. Thanks. :)

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2014, 03:41:20 AM »
These changes and simplifications have been applied to the Forum Rules:

  • The prohibition against content from my$pae and web$hot$ has ended, and has been removed from the rules. However, all existing forum rules (about age, privacy, etc.) apply to content obtained from those sites.
     
  • The rule prohibiting Daktari Lorenz content now includes a linked list of Daktari's models.
     
  • Juggmaster and Abbie Montrose photos, which were previously prohibited by individual rules, have been rolled into the "Do not post the following content in any form" list.
     
  • Prohibited models have been reorganized into easier-to-read lists.
     
  • The spelling of "Veronika Black" has been corrected to read "Veronica Black".

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2014, 01:19:03 AM »
Just a note to mention that we've renamed the Morph Request forum to just Morphs (and edited the description) since it's where morphs of all kinds are posted, not simply morph requests. All our morphers are welcome to create new morph threads/posts in the Morph forum with or without a morph request.

Also, we've added a new top-level forum called Sightings ...as you'd guess, it's for real-world BB sightings by users (not for 'sightings' on tv or in movies, which still belong in VCR Alerts). Please post any new sightings stories here, and as time permits, we'll move existing sightings threads into this forum as well.

Finally, as time permits, we're going to move all the old VCR Alerts-type posts in the very earliest parts of the General Forum (where they were posted before a separate VCR Alerts forum existed) into the VCR Alerts forum. Of course, most of these old alerts are somewhat moot, but they might be useful as reference/in searches and some are bound to contain still-working links. For now, we have no plans to rename this forum to DVR Alerts... we know no one uses VCRs anymore, but we'll leave it as-is for nostalgia reasons. :)

Thanks! :)
« Last Edit: October 24, 2014, 01:24:18 AM by Palomine »

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Re: New Revisions to the Forum Rules
« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2015, 10:05:54 PM »
This is not notice of a change to the rules, but simply an announcement.

Salem has generously agreed to give of his time help us out with some of the housekeeping chores that accumulate throughout the forum. Specifically, he's going to help with thread merges and with moving misplaced threads to better locations (i.e.: basically, everything used to get posted in the General Forum years ago, before we had separate forums for Sightings, VCR Alerts, etc...). As we've done from time to time with other users, we've provided him with the tools/access needed to accomplish these specific tasks, so please feel free to submit any thread merge requests, etc... to salem directly if you like.

Of course/as always, for all rule violations, please contact gonZo or myself via PM or the 'Report to Moderator' link in each post. Thanks very much. :)

Edited July, 2015: as has been mentioned elsewhere, users salem, rtpoe and SwitcherX have agreed to be appointed as "Watchmen" ...details are here: http://forum.bearchive.com/index.php/topic,9992557.msg10318306.html#msg10318306
« Last Edit: July 07, 2015, 03:12:27 AM by Palomine »

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GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! Bigger attachments and more filetypes now welcome!
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2015, 12:17:12 AM »
We've been making a few tweaks prior to an upcoming upgrade, so we're happy to announce the latest improvements:

The maximum size of forum post attachments has been doubled to 3MB.

Attachments can now also be .avi, .wmv, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4 and .mp3 format files.


We're hoping this will be convenient for users who'd otherwise have to go to the trouble of using an external filehost for short video clips or very high resolution images. Of course, as with anything you download, please exercise common sense/caution and remember that all the existing Rules still apply regardless of file type.

Thanks! -the BEA Forum moderators

ADDED 5mar15 - FLV format attachments now accepted too! :)

ADDED 21may15 - asf format attachments now accepted too! :)

Added 30may15 - webm format attachment are now OK too! :)
« Last Edit: May 30, 2015, 03:19:39 PM by Palomine »

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Re: READ THIS: A little decorum please...
« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2015, 09:07:26 PM »
It happens more often than we'd like: two (or more) users get into a verbal scuffle and inevitably, one will resort to pressing the "Report to Moderator" button to accuse the other party of breaking the site rules. More often than not, either no one's broken the site rules at that point, or both parties crossed that line before the button got pushed.

While we DO want users to use the "Report to Moderator" button to promptly bring a problem to our attention, those problems should be actual violations of site rules or some other time-sensitive and/or serious issue. "Report to Moderator" is NOT there to press when feelings get hurt or a user doesn't like the fact that they're losing a public disagreement or debate. Users are adults, and adults are expected to behave responsibly, and that means if you're going to get into arguments, you accept the possible consequences of that yourself (i.e.: being bested, having your points disproved with logic/factual citations, being in the minority on an issue, etc...). If you can't deal with that, then we strongly suggest that you simply avoid potential conflicts altogether.

A recent public warning we had to make regarding just such an event:

Contrary to the complaint we received, we (moderators) see no evidence thus far of anyone breaking the Owner's rules, either in letter or spirit.

People are going to disagree with each other and as long as they do so within the rules, they are entitled to express themselves about it.

If you can't bear to have anyone ever disagree with you, the only sure method of accomplishing that is to never say anything at all. However, if you choose to express your opinions, you do so knowing and accepting that others are free to do the same, whether they share your perspective on things or not.

The "Report to Moderator" button is for actual violations of the Owner's rules or other pressing, time-sensitive matters. It's not there (and we're not here) to assuage bruised egos or hurt feelings, so please find some other outlet if that's what's eating you. Thank you.

-Palomine, on behalf of all BEA Forum moderators

« Last Edit: March 06, 2015, 03:02:23 AM by Palomine »

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Re: READ THIS: A little decorum please...
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2015, 06:21:33 PM »
Full moon last night? Something in the water?  ???

I logged in three hours ago and am only now able to catch my breath because things that a few folks took it upon themselves to do required moderator attention. Within the past 24 hours:

One user persisted in fanning the flames of yet another boring and pointless implanted-or-natural debate by continuing to beat that particular dead horse even after mods instructed him to stop. He (and his aliases, which also have a similar history of disrespect for other users and the Owner's rules) has been banned as a result.

A different fellow continues his self-appointed role as witch-hunter, literally chasing another user around the forum accusing them of being dishonest... basically holding them to a standard that neither he nor any other user here is required to insure. No one asked him to prove his identity, so why he thinks he's got the right to stalk another user accusing them is beyond understanding. This user (the stalker) has been warned to stop, and should he decide not to do so, he will be banned... so whether he stays or goes is entirely up to him.

Finally, another user made a great, valuable and on-topic post but for whatever reason (perhaps just enthusiasm) he peppered it with comments that could be seen as insulting to the subject of the post, other users, and/or people in general. This post was removed and the user was contacted to explain why and I'm delighted to report that this fellow actually is a gentleman and understood why those comments were problematic (and also unnecessary) and happily, he's agreed to re-post/continue without the superfluous editorializing.

SO: one user (wearing yet another face) continues to inflict himself upon our community in his usual negative way and is banned. Another continues his unwelcome, self-appointed crusade and has been warned. A third proves himself to be a reasonable adult and agrees to adjust his behavior to bring his posting in line with our community standards.

On behalf of gonZo and Prof Morearty and the BEA Owner himself, I'd like to reiterate that despite the veil of anonymity provided by usernames, every single thing posted here comes from human beings and when you post here, what you're saying gets received by other human beings. You don't have to like or believe or agree with everyone else here, but you do have to behave like an adult when you post by exercising common (adult) sense, as well as abiding by the letter and spirit of the rules and any additional moderator guidance.

So, please take a deep breath and think before you post, since what you post affects others.

Edited Jan '16 to fold this thread into the "New Revisions to the Forum Rules & other news PLEASE READ NEW POSTS!" thread so as to slightly reduce the total number of pinned threads in the General Forum.
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Not a bump insomuch a solicitation:

If you'd like to upload an attachment format not on the current list of accepted format extensions, please PM gonZo, Prof Morearty or myself and let us know the details. If it can be added to the list of what the server will accept as an upload, we'll be happy to do so.

Of course, whatever kind of media/extension is being used, the content itself must still adhere to the BEA Owner's rules.

Thanks! :)

Edited Jan '16: to fold this thread into the "New Revisions to the Forum Rules & other news PLEASE READ NEW POSTS!" thread so as to reduce slightly the number of pinned threads in the General Forum.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2016, 07:33:23 PM by Palomine »