Paragraph 1: General Limits
Article 1: Generalities
1.1. Common forms of spam but not limited to, which are forbidden are advertising, recruiting, requests for participation, spamming and trolling. The Forums may not be used to advertise a product, sites or services neither the recruiting of new members for others sites, groups or services. This Forum also does not take part in public participation polls, therefor do not ask members to take part in public surveys, petitions, contests, campaigns or any form of fundraising.
1.2. Self promotion of services or products in threads of the Forums are forbidden, you are limited to self promote your own history or militaria related website in your signature or in special Forums created to act as such. In return of favor, a link posted to our Forum would be most appreciated.
Article 2: User-Friendliness, Copyrights, Correspondences and Language
2.1. In positive terms for the community to be safe and user-friendly we do not allow content which is offensive, illegal, preaching, plagiarism or private content. Do not post content which contains links to excessively violent, sexually explicit or overly graphic nature material. Content which violates a law in terms of illegal activities such as taking, growing, buying or selling drugs, trespassing, downloading or selling pirated software, hacking or participation in criminal offences or plans to enact criminal acts.
2.2. Respect the copyright rule and provide a source when posting articles, images, quoting material from external sources and/ or entire (web)(book) pages. Do not provide or copy intentionally false, inaccurate or misleading content from sources. Do not deliberately post nonsense either for personal reasons or in case of any other matters.
2.3. Content of private correspondences or personal contact details of other members are private and therefor not to be made public. Preaching own beliefs or views to others is forbidden on our Forums in same terms to any ideology, politics or glorification of any religion.
2.4. The Language of the Forum is English, although most of our Members are registered in Europe and therefore speak several other languages, we do not allow posts made in one language other than English. However we accept the native tongue and posts may be made in own language as long there is an English translation with it.
Article 3: Harassment, Accusing, Defamation...
3.1. To remain civil and a courteous community we have a zero tolerance for hatred towards individuals or groups. Do not harass, defame, threaten or victimize other members as well as posting intentionally false, controversial or offensive comments designed to start arguments or to provoke, bait or bully other members.
3.1.2. Do not initiate or participate in arguments with other members. Collective or individual attempts to attack, accuse, discredit or force a certain viewpoint on other members are disallowed which can constitute a prolonged series of disruptive confrontations between specific members or groups.
3.1.3. Defamation of other websites, forums, groups or individuals is not allowed. Similarly, members found to be engaged in activities designed to disrupt, defame or otherwise undermine this Forum will be punished.
3.2. Don't misrepresent yourself or pretend to be someone else. It breaks trust and hurts the community. Give others the benefit of the doubt. If you're offended by a post, consider whether the person who posted it meant to be offensive. People may be tired, stressed out or having a bad day.
Article 4: Self-Promoting, Advertising, Fundraising...
4.1. We work hard to maintain and improve this forum and we'd rather not have our members or traffic diverted to other sources. Therefore, we don't allow self-promoting, advertising, or soliciting visitors to your own or an affiliated website, forum, mailing list, service, product, workshop, conference, auction, etcetera... Either via posts, threads, signature, email, or private message. All advertising will be removed unless you have express written permission from administration. Spam, affiliate links, email addresses and links to other forums will be removed without notice.
4.2. No fundraising, money raising or soliciting donations. While many members on the forum may have personal needs or worthy causes to promote, we have no way to verify the need or use of any collection of funds. For this reason we don't allow members to ask for money or donations of any kind (time, materials, items or objects) either for themselves, their families, or other causes.
4.3. Professional sellers who are looking to sell on our Militaria Buy, Sell & Trade section are friendly asked to either become a Forum Sponsor or make a voluntary donation towards our Forum as support. Forum Sponsors are allowed to advertise on the Forum (either via posts, threads, banner or signature) whilst making donation will give you free sales access on the Forum's selling section. (Currently the Sales Section is OPEN to ALL MEMBERS)
Article 5: Posting Behavior
5.1. First, use the search feature. There are currently over 55,000 existing messages in our forum. Your question might have been answered - there may already be a whole thread on the topic. Make an effort to find the most suitable board for your question, so you will receive more replies. Don't cross-post or repeat the same message in more than one board. Summarize the topic of your thread in your subject line. This way, it takes fewer clicks to see what your message is about, and it assists everyone else (including you) in finding the thread again later.
5.2. We like thoughtful posts that contribute your thoughts or opinion. Don't post 'Me too', 'I agree', 'Well said', 'bump' type one line messages, as these will be removed by moderators. Keep personal conversation to Private Messaging. If your conversation is directed at one other person and is of no interest to anyone else - take it to private messaging.
5.3. Use CAPITALS sparingly. Using capital letters in posts is considered to be shouting. They can also be difficult to read. Only use bold, italics and underlining to highlight parts of your post.
5.4. Asking a new question deep within a thread, that isn't directly related to the original topic? Post it in a new thread so everyone can follow the discussion. Tempted to diverge into an unrelated tangent while deep in a thread? Show good manners and move your discussion to a more appropriate place.
5.5. Avoid meta-discussion. Instead of talking about the thread or post itself while you're posting in it, stick to talking about the original topic. Any concerns about our policies, rules or guidelines should be sent privately to a moderator or to administration for handling.
Article 6: Multiple Accounts
6.1. Each user can only have one and only one account. All clones (other accounts for same user) will be immediately perma banned with no warning whatsoever. The original account (taken as the oldest account for that user) will be sanctioned at least with one warning, up to direct permanent ban, to the moderation team discretion. Banned accounts count as one account as well.
Paragraph 2: Administration and Moderation
Article 7: Rights
7.1. Although the administrators and moderators of the Historical War Militaria Forum will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Historical War Militaria Forum will be held responsible for the content of any message. By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violate any laws.
7.1.2. The owners of Historical War Militaria Forum reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason. Also while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.
7.1.3. We also reserve the right to ban anyone who willfully violates the forum rules. We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice.
7.2. Threads, Posts, Images, etc. made here may and can be used in our own HMWF Reference Databases for reference and documental research. Do not copy or misuse any of the posts made here on the Forum on other Fora and websites. If you want to use any information or photographical material which was posted on our Forum, ask the correct owner for permission. Should any problems occur, contact the Forum Administrator.
Any disputes with the staff of the Historical War Militaria Forum will be handled in private through the Private Message System via the Forum Adjutant or Forum Administrator.
We reserve the right to update and modify these rules as the needs of the community dictate to ensure the smooth operation of this community