UKMIX Rules Update 2014

 

Postby Thriller » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:26 am

Hi all, for the past few weeks the moderating team have been discussing the forum rules and with various incidents cropping up recently it seems people could benefit from a refresher. As such, the rules have been updated for 2014 - everybody who signs up to UKMIX is expected to adhere to them and 'I didn't read the rules' won't wash as an excuse so we strongly suggest everybody reads them!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to PM a member of the team.

1. GENERAL RULES

a) Personal abuse and harassment will not be tolerated, either on the forums or by private message. We encourage users to report any personal abuse to a moderator.
b) One account per person. If a user is found to have a duplicate account for any reason, all accounts will be banned, along with any subsequent sign-ups. If you are having trouble logging in to UKMIX, do not sign up again - contact a member of team for help first.
c) Racism, homophobia and all other forms of bigotry have no place on UKMIX and will not be tolerated. Again, we encourage users to report any instances to a moderator.
d) Causing arguments is not good for anyone. Continuing an argument after being told not to by a moderator is even worse. Repeatedly causing or continuing arguments is likely to result in official warnings and bans.
e) File sharing is only allowed under two conditions: firstly, it must be a permanent link, i.e. not Zippyshare or Sharebeast etc. Secondly, it must be a free and legal sample. If either of these two criteria are not met, it is not allowed. This is to ensure that UKMIX remains within the law.
f) All posts must comply with the laws of the country from which you are accessing the site and those of the UK.
Please note that UKMIX reserves the right to warn and ban users who repeatedly break these rules, in accordance with the UKMIX discipline procedure (see below).
g) Advertising should be posted in the Artists & Promotion forum and nowhere else, and as such should be music related. We encourage users to report misplaced advertising to a moderator.
h) We've now introduced the facility to embed Tweets! We expect posters to make use of this function sparingly and appropriately and only by exception should the facility be used more than once per post. The moderation team reserves the right to amend posts where we feel this hasn't been the case.

2. WARNING & BANNING PROCEDURES

STANNING/TROLLING POLICY

UKMIX operates a zero-tolerance approach to stanning or trolling.

Stanning: The act of being overly obsessed with an artist/person/character/etc.

Trolling: starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response.
Members who have been signed up for less than 3 months or have less than 500 posts:
First instance = Permanent ban

Members who have been signed up for more than 3 months or have more than 500 posts:
First instance = Warning of a permanent ban
Second instance = Permanent ban

OTHER INSTANCES OF RULE-BREAKING

First instance = Warning of a 1-week ban
Second instance = 1-week ban with a follow-up warning of a 4-week ban should anymore rule-breaking occur
Third instance = 4-week ban with a follow-up warning of a permanent ban should anymore rule-breaking occur
Fourth instance = Permanent ban

SHORT TERM BANS

If necessary, users may be banned without notice for a short time period to allow for 'cooling off'. Generally, this would be for 1 hour, 6 hours, or 1 day. Should this happen, a reason will be given for the ban and a warning regarding any future behaviour.

The above procedures apply to everybody, however discretion may be used if a member is deemed to have made a valuable contribution to UKMIX.

3. PORN/NSFW MATERIAL

a) Posting or linking to pornographic or shock images, or sites containing these, is forbidden. As a guideline: if you think it might not be suitable for people viewing at work or school, don't post it.
b) As distributing pornography to anyone under 18 years of age is illegal under the laws of most countries in which UKMIXers reside, we could get in legal trouble if we are found to be distributing pornography to underage people. Furthermore, cartoon porn is also considered porn, so that is also part of our regulations as we cannot allow it to be posted.
c) Images, memes, GIFs etc. that contain explicit language/swearing or could be considered unsafe for viewing at work or school should not be posted on the forum. You can post a link to these if you must, however you must warn others of the content behind the link i.e. NSFW/contains swearing.
d) Posting photos of topless men is classed as NSFW therefore not allowed on the forum.
e) Sexually explicit discussion is not appropriate for UKMIX and heavy flirting is discouraged - if you want to take part in this, find somewhere else or do it via private message.

Anyone who posts pornographic material will be banned permanently from the forums without any chance of appeal as per our zero-tolerance policy in this regard.

4. FORUM ETIQUETTE

a) In the interest of promoting active discussion, please try to avoid single-sentence posts. Quality is always preferable to quantity. Post because you have something to say, not because you have to say something.
b) Hour-by-hour (or overly regular) updates of iTunes chart positions/airplay updates in single/general artist discussion topics - please keep this sort of thing in Chart Analysis and not the genre/general artists forums.
c) Please keep posting of polls to a minimum - while they may occasionally serve a purpose, they are not meant to be used as a substitute for discussion. This includes topics that act as polls, which require nothing more than a one-word answer.
d) Although the site is called UKMIX, our user base is international so please try to use a reasonable level of spelling and grammar to make it easier for everyone to understand what you're saying. We understand that nobody is perfect, but that's why spell-check was invented. Most browers now spell-check your post as you're writing it.
e) If you feel the need to comment on or disagree with a moderator's decision, please don't bring it up on the forum, instead contact them by private message so that your question can be answered directly and efficiently.
f) It's generally preferable to post in an existing topic rather than starting a new one on the same subject. UKMIX, as all forums, has a built-in advanced search function that does work perfectly well - please use it. Similarly, please don't post the same topic in more than one forum. Duplicates will be deleted.
g) Please try to stay on-topic. This particularly applies to derailing discussions with unnecessary comparisons to, and discussion of, other artists. Negative posts about a song or artist in a topic clearly aimed at people who like that particular song or artists will be considered off-topic and, as such, are discouraged.
h) New topics regarding a single or album release must contain a reputable source or have been confirmed by the artist themselves. There are no prizes on this site for the amount of new topics started, so don't start a topic on a rumour.
i) Everybody has opinions and, with that, the right to express them. However, please try to remember that opinions are subjective (that is, not fact) and should be treated as such.
j) Backseat moderating is heavily discouraged. If you see a problem post or topic, please don't post in it as this will often make things worse - just report it to a moderator by private message and they will deal with it appropriately.
k) Forum signatures and avatars must comply with the general rules and etiquette. Animated avatars are not allowed.
l) Animated .gifs are not allowed to be posted on the forum apart from in this dedicated thread. This is to encourage intelligent discussion on the forum.
m) Please don't make entire posts in bold text or colours. It's fine to use these for emphasis, but it's entirely unnecessary to do it all the time.
n) Quoting large blocks of text and quoting images is heavily discouraged. If you want to share a large block of text, please share a link rather than posting/quoting the whole article.
o) UKMIX invites and accepts posters from all over the world; however, we are predominantly an English-language based forum and we expect anyone that posts here to respect this and ensure that all posts reflect this.

5. SURVIVOR RULES & GUIDELINES

a) Survivors must be updated daily or every two days. If the host does not comply with this, a moderator will post a reminder in the survivor thread that it needs to be updated. If it hasn't been updated with the next few hours, a moderator will update the survivor themselves - regardless of what format the survivor is taking.
b) If a moderator has to frequently remind a host to update a survivor, then the host will lose some of their survivor privileges. Currently, there are three categories of Survivors; Artist, Theme and Album - and every user can have up to two survivors in each queue at one time. However, if the host has a bad record at updating their survivors, then they will only be allowed to have one survivor in each queue - meaning they'll have to wait twice as long to start their next one. Think of 3 reminders per survivor as frequent.
c) Use some initiative. If your survivor attracts 4 regular participants and they've all voted within a few hours, there may not be any need to keep it open for 48-72 hours.
d) Do not drag out your survivors forever. Only when you're down to the final 5-6 songs should single eliminations take place. If you're not in the top 20, then you should be eliminating more than two songs per round. Sometimes there may be a tie between a large number of songs - tiebreak situations are fine in this instance. However, if you had 18 songs left, and there was a tie between 3 songs - it's probably worthwhile just getting rid of all 3.
e) Modifying votes. This is something which is somewhat controversial - users editing their votes after seeing what the following votes are. I don't want to make a rule on this - it's up to the host and the host can make it clear during their survivor how they feel about this.
f) Have fun!

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Postby Thriller » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:57 pm

Rules have been updated to add rule 4n.
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Postby Thriller » Sat May 09, 2015 12:34 pm

Rules have been updated to add rule 5.
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Postby biscuits » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:54 pm

DO NOT QUOTE YOUTUBE VIDEOS
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Postby Wayne » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:33 pm

Rules amended to reflect the following inclusion...

UKMIX invites and accepts posters from all over the world; however, we are predominantly an English-language based forum and we expect anyone that posts here to respect this and ensure that all posts reflect this.
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Postby Wayne » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:48 pm

Rule added following Twitter embed:

We've now introduced the facility to embed Tweets! We expect posters to make use of this function sparingly and appropriately and only by exception should the facility be used more than once per post. The moderation team reserves the right to amend posts where we feel this hasn't been the case.
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