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NOTE: This is meant to serve as a reference/educational/informational thread, NOT a rock solid list of rules.



Recently I noticed that a lot of new members don't know all the rules and I don't (usually) blame them since not all rules are written and even those written can be overlooked by users who don't pay much attention to some stickies in select boards. Maybe they'll pay attention to this thread in which I'll try to list all the rules present on the forum. I'll provide sources (if I know of any) to where they are posted. The rules are in no particular order, just written as I found them although I'll try to keep the more general ones first.

Update: I also added in guidelines for posting threads and a FAQ. Just keep scrolling down until you reach it.



Overview / Table of contents (click the link to go to that part of the post):

Forum rules
Examples/Explanations of rules
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Guidelines for threads
Sources
Credits



Legend:
[1] - number of the source below
[e] - more examples regarding the rule below.
[?] - Need confirmation if rule is still active.



The list is somewhat complete but I still will be adding rules as I encounter them. I'm open to suggestions on formatting, sources, mistakes, rules, removal from the list, etc.

Forum rules

1. No zero or low value, pointless or uninteresting posts or threads. [1][e]

2. No off-topic posts.

3. No trolling.

4. No referral code (ref link) spam. [1]

5. No link shortners that requires users to view an ad.

6. No linking to phishing or malware, without a warning and a valid reason. [e]

7. No begging. [5]

8. No threats to inflict bodily harm, death threats.

9. Discussions in the main boards must be in english. All other language discussions should be posted in the appropriate Local board. [e]

10. No embedded NSFW images anywhere. NSFW content must be marked accordingly.

11. No linking to illegal trading sites.

12. No duplicate posting in multiple boards (except for re-posting it in the local language boards if it's translated).

13. Bumps, "updates" are limited to once per 24 hours.[2]

14. All altcoin related discussion belong in the Alternate cryptocurrencies and it's child boards. [3][4][e]

15. No on-forum altcoin giveaways. [6][e]

16. Do not have more than one active sales topic in the Currency exchange board. [3]

17. Trading of goods that are illegal in the seller's or buyer's country is forbidden. [2]

18. Having multiple accounts and account sales are allowed, but account sales are discouraged.

19. Possible (or real) scams and Trust ratings are not moderated (to prevent moderation abuse).

20. There are restrictions when selling accounts and invites for invite-only sites. See https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=134779.0 [2][?]

21. Old bumps should be deleted. [2]

22. Advertising (this includes mining pools, gambling services, exchanges, shops, etc.) in others threads' is no longer allowed, including, but not limited to, in altcoin announcement threads. [8]

23. When deciding if a user has broken the rules, the staff have the right to follow their interpretation of the rules.[e]

24. Advertisements (including signatures within the post area) in posts aren't allowed unless the post is in a thread you started and is really substantial and useful.[9][e]

25. Ban evasion (using or creating accounts while one of your accounts is banned) is not allowed.[e]

26. Local thread rules, if stated properly when the thread was started, specific enough and don't conflict with the forum rules, have to be followed.[e]

27. Using automated translation tools to post translated content in Local boards is not allowed.

28. Exploiting bugs or flaws (even if the result is harmless) in the forum's software is not allowed.

29. Sending unsolicited PMs, including but not limited to advertising and flood, is not allowed.

30. Similar marketplace items must be listed together.[2][e]

31. User avatars must not contain NSFL or NSFW content, infringe on copyright or attempt to impersonate a user.[10]

32. Posting multiple posts in a row (excluding bumps and reserved posts by the thread starter) is not allowed.

33. Posting plagiarized content is not allowed.[e]



Examples:

1. Such posts like "SELL SELL SELL", "I agree", "+1", "Support", "Watching", "Interesting", "LOL", "SCAM", "LEGIT", "FAKE", other one word posts, posts consisting mostly of swearing, quote pyramids,useless introduction threads, threads about a topic already recently discussed in several other threads.

6. The warning must be obvious. For example: "MalwareSite.com <------ CAUTION. This is a malware site - do NOT click". A valid reason would be if your Bitcoin wallet was hacked and you feel a file you downloaded is to blame.

14. This includes services, trades, discussion, speculation, mining and any other content related to altcoins. Trades that include an Altcoin and Bitcoin is OK (except for an exchange between the two). For example, a thread named "Buying Bitcoins and Litecoins for bank transfer" can stay in the general boards.

15.
<...>
Specifically, you are not allowed to give people any incentive to post insubstantial posts in your threads. You can't offer to pay people who post their addresses, usernames, etc. You can do giveaways off-site and link to the giveaway page in a thread, but you can't give people any bonus for replying to your thread.
<...>

23. This rule is meant to prevent from users exploiting possible loopholes in the rules or some interpretations that follow the literal meaning of the rule rather than the meaning of what it truly wanted to prevent.

24.

<...>
Ads are typically not allowed in posts (outside of the signature area) because they are annoying and off-topic. It is especially disallowed to put ads or signatures at the bottom of all of your posts. Except for traditional valedictions, which are tolerated but discouraged, signatures are for the signature area only.

However, if you are using the forum as a publishing platform to host something really substantial and useful, selling ads in that substantial work is allowed. To be eligible for this, your post must be in a topic that you started, and your post must be substantial and long enough to make the ad seem entirely insignificant. If in doubt, ask me.

25. If you get banned (temporary or permanently) and create a new account to continue posting / sending PMs, it's considered ban evasion. The only exception is creating a thread in Meta about your ban.

26.
Those were mostly replaced by self-moderated topics, but local rules can be enforced at the moderator's discretion.

30. This includes (but is not limited to) domains, software keys and membership invitations. What's considered similar is up to the moderator handling the situation.

33. This includes both copying parts or the entirety of other users' posts or threads and copying content from external sources (e.g. other websites) and passing it as your own.



Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q: Why haven't you banned <insert scammer username here> who is an obvious scammer?
A: Possible (or real, not for me to decide) scams are not moderated to prevent moderator abuse. If we start picking out which ones we call "scammers" and ban, we would make a lot of decisions based on biased opinions.

Q: Do you moderate/delete (possible) FUD, accusations and untrue information?
A: No. We don't have enough time to check every single piece of information and verify the validity of the sources. Also, just like scams - too much room for bias and abuse.

However, trolling isn't allowed. If a user is habitually posting obviously false nonsense ("obviously false nonsense" to an outsider, NOT to someone who follows or is involved in the discussion) just to stir up trouble, then it's considered trolling, which is prohibited. Such cases should be thoroughly documented in the report though (There are tons of reports that just say "trolling", but moderators don't have time to look through each user's post).

Q: Someone insulted me. Why aren't you deleting his post/thread?
A: Possible (since we don't have the time or resources to check) insults are also allowed as long as they contain any kind of constructive opinion, info or something else substantial and aren't off-topic. For example, posting something like "you are dumb" will be deleted as it contains no meaningful content. However, if the post is somehwere along the lines of "You are dumb. This is wrong because this website/thread/etc. has explained it's not right", it's in most cases accepted.

Q: What about deleting DOXes?
A: Nope, we don't delete them either as long as they comply with the following rules:

<...>
1. Personal information must be confined to the new "investigations" board (under Scam Accusations), which is only visible to Members and above. Personal information is defined as anything which links a user's online identity (username, email, etc.) to their meatspace identity, excluding links that the person himself has posted. It is not allowed to post somebody's personal information in any other public place, including in signatures.
2. It is not allowed to post someone's dox if it is especially obvious that you're just using the dox as a weapon. For example, if there are no remotely-plausible trade complaints, then the person can't be a scammer, and their dox should not be posted.
3. As before, anything that the legacy insecure government/banking system requires to be secret is not allowed anywhere. This includes social security numbers, credit card numbers, and certain account numbers.
<...>

Why aren't they deleted? Because such doxing is just compiling information about a user already available publicly, often via search engines.

Q: I saw a guy selling Bitcointalk accounts. Why is that allowed?
A: Since we can't effectively prevent these sales (proxies, TOR, sales in other forums), we don't because otherwise we would be giving the users a false sense of security.

Q: My account was hacked! What do I do?
A: See this thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=497545.0. If you don't know how to sign a message, see this thread made by shorena: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=990345.0

Also, remember when PMing the signed message, send it in [code ][/code ] brackets (just without the space at the end). For example,

Code:
-----BEGIN BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----
My account <account> has been hacked/lost. Please reset the email to <email>. The current date is <date>.
-----BEGIN SIGNATURE-----
<insert address here>
<insert signature here>
-----END BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----

Here is the unedited post where I posted that address: ...
OR
I sent that address to someone in a PM with PM ID#...

If you don't know how to sign a message and the tutorial mentioned before didn't mention your client, google for some tutorials with terms like: "signing messages with <insert your bitcoin client name here>". For example, "signing messages with bitcoin-qt".

Q: What is Trust and how does it work?
A: Trust is Bitcointalk's feedback based on trust (hence the name). The Trust system is made of 2 components: the Trust list and left feedback.

The Trust list is where you select the users whose feedback on other users you trust and how deep is this trust. You can either trust just their feedback (select the Trust depth as 0), theirs and their trusted users feedback (Trust depth 1), and so on (up until Trust depth 3). Trusted feedback will be counted when displayed as numbers to the left of a users post in trade boards such as Marketplace or Goods.

The feedback page is where you can leave feedback on other users or see a detailed view of a users feedback. Trusted feedback will be shown first and untrusted feedback will be hidden by default. You can view it by clicking the link "Show ratings". Last of all, you can see all the feedback the user has left on others.

This covers the basics of the Trust system. If you want a more in depth description of the Trust system and details I probably missed, go here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=211858.0.

Q: Why isn't trust moderated?
A: Feedback isn't moderated (except for obvious cases such as pure advertising, hundreds of identical empty/gibberish reports on one user) for the same reason as scams - too much room for abuse.

Q: So when is the new forum software coming?
A: Well, according to theymos, some time after February 2015.

<...>
Quote
When will the software be finished?

About one year from now.
<...>

Q: I want to change my forum username. What should I do?
A: You can either donate 50 BTC to become a VIP or PM theymos asking to change your username (although he rarely accepts such requests nowadays).

Q: 50/10 BTC for VIP/donator? Are you all crazy?
A: No, we aren't. Someone who is a donator or a VIP is usually an early adopter and having such a rank means you were either from the start or you contributed a lot in the Bitcoin community. Although, there is a possibility new cheaper ranks will be added.

Q: Why is my IP banned? What are those units of evil?
A: Your IP might be banned because it was used by a user that got perma banned. Don't worry - IP bans decay over time if there's not too many of them during a small period. If you register using a banned IP, are using TOR, VPNs or well known proxies, you will have to pay a small fee. This is to prevent spammers while allowing legitimate members to post without many restrictions.

Q: Why was my account banned?
A: You probably have broken one of the rules. Try emailing a message to the specified appeal email shown in your ban message.

Q: How does activity work?
A:
The activity number is determined in this way:
time = number of two-week periods in which you've posted since your registration
activity = min(time * 14, posts)

Activity is updated every hour.

For example, if in a 14 day period you post 14 posts, you gain +14 activity.
If you post 2 posts in a 14 day period, you gain +2 activity.
If you don't post at all in a 14 day period, you don't gain activity.
However, if you post 15 or more posts in a 14 day period, you still gain only +14 activity.

Some extra reading on it: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=582736.0

Q: How do ranks/membergroups work?
A: See this link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=178608.msg1861412#msg1861412

Q: How do I put an image in my post/thread?
A: First you have to upload it to some image hosting site. Just google it, I'm sure you'll find one that suits you. Then simply put in the link to that image like this:

Code:
[img]http://ImageHostingSite.com/MyImage.jpg[/img]

Q: I can't post / embed an image and I'm a newbie. Why?
A: Embedded images have been disabled for newbies due to abuse. You'll be able to post images when you become Jr. Member. See more: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1172918.0.

Q: I'm a newbie and I really need to be able to post images for <insert any reason here>. Is there any way I can bypass these restrictions?
A: Aside from having the thread posted by a user who is not a newbie or continuing to post until you become Jr. Member, nope.

Q: Why do I get the "The last posting from your IP was less than 360 seconds ago." error when I haven't posted today?
A: Logging in, sending PMs and reporting posts to a moderator will also be counted as posting and extend this limit back to 360 seconds. Don't worry: as your activity increases, the 360 second limit will decrease as well. Here you can see the algorithm how the posting limit is caluclated based on your activity: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=237597.msg4131557#msg4131557

Q: Can I enable self-moderation on an already existing thread?
A: No. Just lock the old thread and start a new one with self-moderation enabled in "Additional Options... ".

Q: How do I delete/lock my own thread(s) when I no longer need them?
A: On the top right of your post is a delete button. You can delete threads if nobody has seen them. Otherwise, just click "Lock topic" link at the bottom left.

Q: How do you add a link to a word?
A: Pretty simple. Just use this code:
Code:
[url=MyLink.com]Word[/url]

Just replace the "Word" with the phrase/word of your choice and the "MyLink.com" with the link of your choosing.

Q: Why can't I put <insert something like a link, image or color> into my signature?
A: There are signature restrictions based on member rank:

- Newbie: No styling (including links) allowed. Max 50 characters.
- Jr. Member: Links allowed. Max 150 characters.
- Member: Unlimited length.
- Full: Color allowed.
- Sr. Member: Size allowed
- Hero: Background color allowed

Q: What is the draft feature on these forums?
A: When you write a post or a PM and click preview, the post gets saved into the Draft page. Same as when you click post (even if an error that prevented the post from being posted appeared such as "The last posting from your IP was less than 360 seconds ago."), send a PM or save an edited post.

Drafts can be found at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=drafts.

Q: Where can I find all the moderators/staff/administrators?
A: Just go to the Member search page (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=mlist;sa=search), untick all the boxes and then tick "Search by position". To find all regular moderators like board moderators, local moderators or patrollers (site-wide newbie moderators), search for "Staff" (without the quotation marks). To find all global moderators, search for "Global Moderator". To find all admins, search for "Administrator".

Make sure to check you are not dealing with an imposter: real mods have the "Position:" field (or the field bellow their username and above their rank (like 'Member' or "Hero member") when they PM or post) set as either Staff, Global Moderator or Administrator. Also, administrators and global moderators have a half colored last coin when you view the left side of their PM or a post. Admins have a red one and global mods have a light blue colored one.

Q:What can <insert staff member name or rank here> do?
A: Different ranks have different access to moderation tools. A quote from Salty Spitoon explains it pretty well:

<...>

Admins: can do everything imaginable on the site. They however can't delete their accounts.

Global Moderators: can perma ban, nuke newbies, see and handle reports from all sections, and see reported PMs.

Moderators: can see and handle reports from their sections and nuke newbies

Patrollers: Are essentially Moderators but can only do moderator tasks for newbie members.

<...>

Q: How should I name my thread? / Are there any guidelines to naming threads?
A: A post from the admin, theymos, explains it pretty well. See: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=102944.0

Legacy questions (no longer relevant):

Q: Why doesn't the forum let me add an avatar?
A: The forum was hacked some time ago. It is thought that the avatars were used as a means of injecting malicious code into the forum. Even though the vulnerability was patched, the avatars will be disabled until a new forum software is released.






Guidelines for threads

Some boards which are obvious were left out of the list


Section: Bitcoin

Bitcoin Discussion - "General discussion about the Bitcoin ecosystem that doesn't fit better elsewhere. News, the Bitcoin community, innovations, the general environment, etc. Discussion of specific Bitcoin-related services usually belongs in other sections."

Legal (child board of Bitcoin Discussion) - Discussion about laws regarding Bitcoin, it's companies (in general), "court cases, complaints, regulatory actions, etc."

Press (child board of Bitcoin Discussion) - Articles about Bitcoin with links with the appropriate title format.

Meetups (child board of Bitcoin Discussion)- Bitcoin related meetups, conferences, discussion and anouncements of such events.

Development & Technical Discussion - "Technical discussion about Satoshi's Bitcoin client and the Bitcoin network in general. No third-party sites/clients, bug reports that do not require much discussion (use github), or support requests. "

Alternative clients (child board of Development & Technical Discussion) and it's child boards - Discussions, technical support about other clients such as Multibit, Electrum, Armory, etc.

Mining - Discussion about Bitcoin mining in general (discussions that don't fit in it's child boards).

Mining support (child board of Mining) - Problems with mining (rig stopped/doesn't start, miner not hashing), "getting started" guides.

Pools (child board of Mining) - Discussion about Bitcoin mining pools, announcements of such pools. Multipools with Bitcoin as a possible mining cryptocurrency are welcome.

Mining software (miners) (child board of Mining) - Discussion, announcements of Bitcoin mining software.

Hardware (child board of Mining) - Discussion about Bitcoin mining hardware, new hardware announcements. No trades.

Mining speculation (child board of Mining) - Speculation about mining hardware (will this rig break even, when, etc.), difficulty (predictions about it rising/falling), profitability (is this rig profitable, should I mine with such price of electricity, etc.), etc.

Technical Support - Problems, issues with the Satoshi's Bitcoin client (bitcoin-qt, bitcoind). Issues with other clients should go to the Alternative clients board.

Project Development - Organization of Bitcoin and related projects (sites, software not yet developed/in development), bounty campaigns, advertising etc. No hiring here although "looking for partners" threads should be here.

Section: Economy

Economics - Discussion about economics in general: this includes both Bitcoin and fiat.

Speculation (child board of Economics) - Speculations about Bitcoin's price, predictions.

Marketplace - Business/trading with Bitcoin related threads that don't fit into other sections.

Goods (child board of Marketplace) - Trades of physical goods on-forum for Bitcoin. If you are selling goods on another site (e.g. have an online store), it doesn't belong here.

Collectibles (child board of Goods) - Trades of physical collectible items ("Including physical Bitcoin coins" as the board's subtext states). If you are selling these collectibles on another site (e.g. have an online store), it doesn't belong here.

Digital goods (child board of Goods) - Trades of digital goods on-forum for Bitcoin (except for invites and accounts). If you are selling goods on another site (e.g. have an online store), it doesn't belong here.

Invites & Accounts (child board of Digital goods) - Trades of site invites and accounts. If you are selling accounts on another site (e.g. have an online store), it doesn't belong here.

Computer hardware (child board of Goods) - Trades of mining hardware on-forum for Bitcoin. If you are selling goods on another site (e.g. have an online store), it doesn't belong here.

Services (child board of Goods) - Services provided/demanded on-forum for Bitcoin. If you are providing/demanding services on another site (e.g. have a hosting site), it doesn't belong here.

Currency exchange (child board of Marketplace) -  Buying/selling bitcoins using other fiat currencies.

Gambling (child board of Marketplace) - "Gambling and all "investments" that are so risky they might as well be gambling (HYIPs, pyramid schemes, etc.)"

Games and rounds (child board of Gambling) - "Spreadsheet games, forum-based games, and discussion of individual rounds/games on other sites." All Bitcoin giveaways, raffles, contests also go here.

Investor-based Games (child board of Gambling) - "Games where the main factor is whether or not new "investors" join the game. Also any Bitcoin-denominated investment product with an APY far above the reasonable market rate. " That includes ponzis, HYIP and other "invest and get tons of cash tomorrow" type sites.

Gambling discussion (child board of Gambling) - "Discussion of sports games and other gambling-related topics which are separate from games and services themselves. ".

Lending (child board of Marketplace) - "Lend BTC or get loans of BTC." This includes loans to individuals and loans to companies.

Long-term offers (child board of Lending) - "Long-term offers to lend BTC or receive loans of BTC, including deposit accounts. "

Securities (child board of Marketplace) - "This section is for topics about individual Bitcoin bonds, stocks, etc."

Auctions (child board of Marketplace) - "Auctions may optionally be placed in this section. Topics and replies in this section can't be modified or deleted. "

Service Announcements (child board of Marketplace) - "New services and significant information about existing services. Do not create excessive "announcements" just to advertise your service." All Bitcoin service website announcements should go here.

Micro Earnings (child board of Service Announcements) - "Faucets, rotators, web based games, and other services that are primarily based on ads and/or micropayments." That includes a lot of websites that payout either dust or near dust amounts of Bitcoin.

Service Discussion (child board of Marketplace) - "Comments and questions about specific Bitcoin services or about all Bitcoin services." This includes discussion of Bitcoin sites (both specific and in general), discussion about technical problems of such sites (API doesn't work, etc.).

Web Wallets (child board of Service Discussion) - "Discussion about online wallets.". This includes client-side Javascript based wallets like Blockchain.info, as well as exchange accounts that double as a wallet like Coinbase.

Exchanges (child board of Service Discussion) - "Discussion about specific exchanges, Bitcoin ATMs, and Bitcoin debit cards. ". Emphasis on Bitcoin - discussions about altcoin issues on exchanges don't belong here.

Trading Discussion -  "Discussion about doing business with Bitcoin. Best trading practices, delivery methods etc.". Specific site, exchange discussions don't go here. If you are having problems conducting a trade, need to know the best way to ship a miner to a certain place then this is the place to do it.

Section: Other

Politics & Society - Discussion about politics, recent event in the world - both related and unrelated to Bitcoin.

Beginners & Help - All primitive questions (to pros like us Cool) like "what are ASICS", "who is satoshi" and "what is mining" should stay here.

Off-topic - "Other topics that might be of interest to bitcoiners "

Section: Alternate cryptocurrencies

Altcoin Discussion - "Discussion of cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. Note that discussion of how these currencies *relate to* Bitcoin may fit in other categories. ". Generic coin discussion threads or discussion about altcoin prices do not belong here.

Announcements (Altcoins) - Altcoin announcements, generic (usually announcement like) coin discussion threads. If a cryptocurrency token (e.g. token on a altcoin's blockchain) is much more similar to a new coin (new technology, actual funtional purpose, etc.) rather than a conventional investment (stocks, shares, etc.), it belongs here.

Mining (Altcoins) - Altcoin mining discussion. This includes discussion of PoW mining, PoS staking as well as other mining-like activity (e.g. dedicated devices, software, troubleshooting etc.).

Pools (Altcoins) (child board of Mining (Altcoins)) - Discussion and announcements of altcoin mining pools.

Marketplace (Altcoins) -  On-forum sale of goods and services either altcoin related or sold for altcoins. This includes bounties, advertisement campaigns, dedicated ICO threads, announcement of external giveaways (that do NOT require posting on Bitcointalk), etc. If your cryptocurrency token is more of a traditional investment (e.g. stocks, shares) rather than a new coin, the ANN thread belongs here.

Service Announcements (Altcoins) (child board of Marketplace (Altcoins)) - Announcement of external services that are directly related to or accept altcoins.

Service Discussion (Altcoins) (child board of Marketplace (Altcoins)) - Discussion of altcoin services (both external and on-forum).

Speculation (Altcoins) - Discussion about altcoin prices. This includes discussion about portfolios ("what altcoins are you holding?"), price predictions ("is coin X going to reach 10$ next week?" or "why is this coin's price so low?") and general speculation ("are the altcoin markets crashing?").

Section: Local

All Local boards - Discussion of various topics in the appropriate language. Posting translated coin announcements is limited to languages that have their own section (a.k.a. dedicated board with sub-boards).



Sources:
[1] - "Forum moderation policy" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=20333.0
[2] - "Marketplace rules and guidelines" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3629.0
[3] - "Currency Exchange rules and guidelines" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=594959.0
[4] - "Do not post about altcoins here, use the correct sub-forums please." - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=401897.0
[5] - "NEWBIE README" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=177133.0
[6] - "Giveaway threads are not allowed" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=434310.0
[7] - "Do not post off-topic replies" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=14356.0
[8] - "Advertising spam is not allowed" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=718124.0
[9] - "Ads in posts" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=749961.0
[10] - "Re: [Serious] Avatar Rules Discussion" - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1011789.msg10977206#msg10977206



Special thanks:

For finding typos:

shorena
Welsh
dserrano5
Willisius
MadZ

For suggestions:


Welsh
Baitty
Brewins
railzand
medUSA
shorena
Buziss
UFOkid
hilariousandco
dserrano5
Quickseller
-ck (ckolivas)
qwk
capcher
Mitchełł
SaltySpitoon
Cyrus

Translations:

Spanish translation "Reglas no oficiales del foro" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=705523.0) by dserrano5

German translation "Inoffizielle Bitcointalk.org Regeln/Richtlinien/FAQ" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=767079.0) by Zephir

Portuguese translation "Lista "não-oficial" de Regras do Fórum" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=759695.0) by Adriano

Croatian translation "Neslužbena lista Bitcointalk.org pravila/smjernica/FAQ"  (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1182311.0) by Lauda



Legal note: this post is based on the forum policy, not mine.

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July 21, 2014, 07:09:55 PM
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Awesome!

You used 3 twice. Trolling is against the rules?

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July 21, 2014, 07:20:12 PM
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Awesome!

You used 3 twice. Trolling is against the rules?

+21 million. great job, but please I live to troll.

also: no necro. of old threads - a rule or just etiquette?

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July 21, 2014, 07:59:04 PM
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Awesome!

You used 3 twice. Trolling is against the rules?
Corrected, thanks. Yes, trolling is against the rules. It's removed less often due to the fact that it's harder to identify.

Awesome!

You used 3 twice. Trolling is against the rules?

+21 million. great job, but please I live to troll.

also: no necro. of old threads - a rule or just etiquette?
Well, slow down at least. Wink Regarding necro posting, if the necro post is substantial (doesn't break the rule especially rule 1 and 2 (2014/07/21 version)), then it's OK.

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Might want to consider adding the guidelines for each category. (what can and can't be posted in each category with examples) It might reduce the amount of people posting in the wrong sections if they have a place to refer to with examples.

Good job mprep. I can finally reduce my signature by adding this thread instead of having 6 different locations of rules & guidelines.

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July 21, 2014, 08:11:52 PM
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Nice updated list! But isn't there a rule that you must remove a bump after someone has posted?

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July 21, 2014, 08:34:23 PM
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Nice list, thank you!

May I translate it into spanish? We have a troll that has already been temp-banned 3 times and this post would be an excellent reminder to him Smiley.

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Might want to consider adding the guidelines for each category. (what can and can't be posted in each category with examples) It might reduce the amount of people posting in the wrong sections if they have a place to refer to with examples.

Good job mprep. I can finally reduce my signature by adding this thread instead of having 6 different locations of rules & guidelines.


Will do. Either today or tomorrow since it's kind of late here.

Nice updated list! But isn't there a rule that you must remove a bump after someone has posted?
There is a similiar one. I've added it in (Rule 21).

Nice list, thank you!

May I translate it into spanish? We have a troll that has already been temp-banned 3 times and this post would be an excellent reminder to him Smiley.
Sure. Attribution isn't necessary, but would be appreciated. Smiley

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July 21, 2014, 09:10:03 PM
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Thank you so much for collecting and collating these unofficial rules. While they aren't (yet) fully confirmed, they will at least provide a basis for forum members to adhere to and the community to help moderate where they see violation of said rules.

For too long have the entire set of rules been scattered around the forum, where only the determined would dig them up from old posts and the like.

Would it be possible to have staff discuss and confirm the definitive list of forum rules? While many of them are common sense to most people it certainly doesn't hurt to have a floated, locked topic with them in.

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July 21, 2014, 09:18:40 PM
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there could be some rules about PM's also, to restrict some folks to just send PM's with begging content.
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July 21, 2014, 09:20:43 PM
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there could be some rules about PM's also, to restrict some folks to just send PM's with begging content.

What do you mean? begging in pm is not allowed either. so this thread is a discussion thread at the moment and when we can confirm all the rules then you'll post again and lock the topic and have it as a sticky?

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July 21, 2014, 09:28:10 PM
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Thank you so much for collecting and collating these unofficial rules. While they aren't (yet) fully confirmed, they will at least provide a basis for forum members to adhere to and the community to help moderate where they see violation of said rules.

For too long have the entire set of rules been scattered around the forum, where only the determined would dig them up from old posts and the like.

Would it be possible to have staff discuss and confirm the definitive list of forum rules? While many of them are common sense to most people it certainly doesn't hurt to have a floated, locked topic with them in.
Well, even though I'm moderator (patroller), I don't have the privileges of stickying a topic. I am discussing this situation with other staff though.

there could be some rules about PM's also, to restrict some folks to just send PM's with begging content.
That's what rule 7 covers:

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there could be some rules about PM's also, to restrict some folks to just send PM's with begging content.

What do you mean? begging in pm is not allowed either. so this thread is a discussion thread at the moment and when we can confirm all the rules then you'll post again and lock the topic and have it as a sticky?
I prefer it to be left as a discussion unless other moderators/staff would convince me otherwise. I'd sticky this myself if I could, however I don't have that much power although I am discussing the matter as I mentioned previously.

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This is great. I think the list should be vetted by forum administration and stickied.
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This is great. I think the list should be vetted by forum administration and stickied.
I think that's intentional there is no comprehensive rulebook.
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1. No zero or low value, pointless or uninteresting posts or threads. [1][e]


Except maybe in off-topic, with the count to 21 million with images, bn the person above you, ask the above question with a question threads.



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14. All altcoin related discussion belong in the Alternate cryptocurrencies and it's child boards. [3][4][e]

From altcoin section description:

Note that discussion of how these currencies *relate to* Bitcoin may fit in other categories.

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17. Trading of goods that are illegal in the seller's or buyer's country is forbidden. [2]

I think more like not recommended, since enforce it would be impossible. Or they would need to watch the nationality of people in the gambling section.







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This is great. I think the list should be vetted by forum administration and stickied.
I think that's intentional there is no comprehensive rulebook.
Why so?




1. No zero or low value, pointless or uninteresting posts or threads. [1][e]


Except maybe in off-topic, with the count to 21 million with images, bn the person above you, ask the above question with a question threads.



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14. All altcoin related discussion belong in the Alternate cryptocurrencies and it's child boards. [3][4][e]

From altcoin section description:

Note that discussion of how these currencies *relate to* Bitcoin may fit in other categories.

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17. Trading of goods that are illegal in the seller's or buyer's country is forbidden. [2]

I think more like not recommended, since enforce it would be impossible. Or they would need to watch the nationality of people in the gambling section.








The image thread is interesting, in a way. I'll put the altcoin note in the guidelines. And regarding illegal goods, we do try to enforce it, at least the obvious cases.

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July 22, 2014, 07:55:44 AM
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Finished up all the guidelines: feel free to suggest changes, point out mistakes, etc. I've also added in a poll regarding getting it stickied - it would be best if the community decided, although I do feel that wouldn't help much.

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July 22, 2014, 04:37:28 PM
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this should be linked from every forum becaus i never saw these rules before.

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July 22, 2014, 06:45:55 PM
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May I translate it into spanish? We have a troll that has already been temp-banned 3 times and this post would be an excellent reminder to him Smiley.
Sure. Attribution isn't necessary, but would be appreciated. Smiley

Done! Thanks again for your effort.

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May I translate it into spanish? We have a troll that has already been temp-banned 3 times and this post would be an excellent reminder to him Smiley.
Sure. Attribution isn't necessary, but would be appreciated. Smiley

Done! Thanks again for your effort.
No problem. I'll PM you if I update this list so you could edit the translated one.

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