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Hypography Science Forums - Site Rules

These rules must be observed by anyone who wants to participate in our community.

Why do we require registration before I can post? We want everybody to feel welcome, and we want to make these forums a community which is open to all. We do not want anonymous flamings and rants. If you plan to post messages for which you do not want to be responsible - well, these are the wrong forums for you.

You should register because we want to know who you are, and because you get to post, edit, subscribe and post private messages. Click here to register now!

If you want an alternative forum which does not focus on science, we have a sister forum for general chit-chat called PostMagnet which might be of interest.

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Lost your password? Since passwords are encrypted, we cannot resend them manually. But you can create a new password here.

What kinds of topics are discussed here? This is a forum for discussing science and technology. Basically, we welcome anything that falls within these realms. We like to consider ourselves open minded, but we do not like to see commercials, arrogant comments, or flames. Nor do we accept posts that are obvious attacks on other members, or which make other members appear needlessly stupid or ignorant. It is, however, okay to point out that you believe a member is in violation of our rules. You can also report posts to the administrators for review.

How should I behave? Be yourself. But please respect these ground rules:

  1. In general, back up your claims by using links or references.
  2. If you make strange claims, please provide proof or at least backup of some kind. If you fail to do so, or the backup you provide is not deemed adequate, the moderators may move your post to the Strange Claims forum.
  3. If you want to refute someone's claims, please stay calm and point out where you think they went wrong, and what kind of proof you base your own opinion on.
  4. Do not post links to other sites as proof of your claims without commenting what the relevant sites say and why they are important to the current discussion.
  5. Statements like "I just know that this is the way it is" (especially when religion is being discussed) are considered ignorant and might be deleted. Likewise, users who have an obvious agenda behind the majority of their posts may be banned.
  6. The explicit discussion of drugs in order to promote non-scientific experimentation of drugs, show people how to obtain or create drugs, or providing histories of drug use to show off, will lead to deletion of posts, and we will issue warnings.
  7. If you ask for opinions, respect the replies you get.
  8. It is generally a good idea not to spend all your time in only a few topics.
  9. Do not endlessly show us that *your* theory is the *only* truth. And don't follow this up by making people look stupid for pointing out that there are other answers, especially if they provide links and resources. It will get you banned!
  10. Rude and offensive behaviour is not tolerated and might lead to instant banning (at the discretion of the forum staff). This includes forum posts, e-mails to users, messages in the chatroom, and private messages.
  11. Avoid cross-posting--that is, posting highly similar posts in multiple threads. The majority of our members actually read most threads, and this is impolitely forcing them to read something they've probably already read. It's OK to reply in existing threads with a post containing, "I discuss a related, but different, idea in *this thread*", and provide a link, but it should be in the context of the thread in which you are posting.
Also, we will not accept racist, sexist, hateful, or derogatory posts. Such posts may be deleted or edited without further notice. Violations of these ground rules might lead to banning without further notice. It is always a good idea to lurk around a bit before you start posting.

Introduce yourself We require that all new members make their first post in the Introduction forum. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your interest in science.

It's generally a bad idea to introduce yourself in this way:

Hi! I am Superboy234 and I'm here to debunk (evolution/big bang/relativity/moon landings/sunflowers).

Just a warning - it will get you noticed and it may lead to a ban since coming here with an agenda to pick fights is not welcome. It's usually wise to start out friendly, and we'll be friendly back.

How do I avoid having my posts edited/deleted? Try to stay on topic. Lurk around a bit before you start posting. It is generally a good idea to search the forums to see if what you want to discuss has been discussed before.

Avoid short, witty, off-topic remarks ("hit-and-run posts") in a thread where people are having a serious discussion. This is considered rude and offensive. Use the Watercooler forum for that kind of thing.

Also, rants, flames, arrogant posts, and hit-and-run posts might lead to temporary or permanent banning so please try to behave in here as you would in real life, and everyone will be happy.

Important: Never post PMs or e-mails from other users without asking their permissions first. PMs and e-mails are considered private communication and posting them is a violation of the other user's right to privacy. If you have received an offending PM or e-mail, send it to one of the admins. Posts containing PMs and e-mails can be deleted by the admins and might get you banned.

Similarly, do not use PMs or a user's e-mail address to send rude or aggressive comments or rants. Any user who receives such communications is asked to forward this to an administrator for evaluation.

A word on copyright You must not publish content which is copyrighted. It will be deleted and you might get banned. We might not even give you a warning before we delete it, as it is we who are responsible for the content that is posted on this site.

Read more about copyright here:

Typical reasons for banning If you find yourself being banned, you most likely broke our rules above, or:

  1. Posted SPAM or something we assumed to be SPAM
  2. Annoyed our members so much that the moderators decided to ban you
  3. Posted hoax theories without doing proper research (this is a science forum, not a forum for fanatic nuts)
  4. Kept posting with an obvious agenda (like wanting to debunk science) without having proper proof
  5. Trolling - generally being rude and annoying, and contributing very little
A ban is either temporary or permanent. A temporary ban will usually last for a week, after which it will automatically be lifted. A permanent ban is - well, permanent. Please follow our site rules - we really don't like to ban people.

Linking to other sites Our policy on linking to other sites is pretty simple. Members may link to any other site that provides information that helps answer another member's question or is just of general interest to members of that particular forum. We do, however, encourage members to add these links to our reviewed science links database for indexing and easier access out of context.

The only type of linking (besides porn, pyramid schemes, hateful sites, and spam, of course) that will not be allowed on our site is when members solicit people to leave our site and join a competing service. That's just common sense. We won't allow people to use our site to promote a competing service any more than a brick-and-mortar store would allow his competitor to paste flyers all over his walls.

However, observing these rules, members are always welcome to link to any online resource, whether it's on our site or any other site, in order to share useful information with fellow members.

Allowed usernames We do not allow usernames that have domain names in them, or which imply that you are a moderator or admin. Foul language in usernames is also not accepted, and the moderators will delete accounts which break these rules.

Watch your spelling It is generally a good idea to write clearly and edit out spelling mistakes. We encourage everyone to write as well as they can. For a lot of our users English is a second language and for them a misspelling may make your entire message unreadable. If you are among those who do not command English very well, please try to do your best.

Please also do not write all your text in one huge block. Hit the ENTER key now and then and leave some space between your paragraphs to make your posts easier to read.

PLEASE DO NOT WRITE POSTS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. This is the same as shouting and is considered rude (plus it is hard to read!). Such posts may be edited by the moderators.

What are the user levels? The user levels are our way to give active users access to more features like PM storage, their own gallery etc. You can read more about that in our How to understand the user levels thread.

Respond to requests from Mods and Admins The moderators and administrators put a lot of time and effort into maintaining this site. If we send you an "official" private message or an e-mail, in which we obviously want your reply, we require that you respond. Failure to respond in such cases may force us to close your account.

The Admins and Moderators have the Final Word Although the administrators and moderators of the Hypography Science Forums 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 these forums, nor the staff (admins, moderators, developers), can be held responsible for the content of any message posted by our members.

The staff of the Hypography Science Forums reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason, without warning, and without explanation. The staff also reserves the right to deny any user membership.

If you find that one of your posts or threads have been removed or edited, and you wish to appeal this decision, you may direct this appeal to any of the site administrators and the matter will be considered.

How do I avoid normal argument fallacies? Take our advice: If you post theories which are untestable, ideas which are obviously based on bad logic, arguments which appeal to faith but fail when faced with reason, you will meet opposition in these forums. This is not because we are unfriendly. It is because we want to learn, try theories, understand, and most of all, discuss.

Privacy policy The information you provide when you register will not be resold, unless our entire forums are sold to a new owner. We will not offer mailing lists or release member information to advertisers.

Note: We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Have fun!

Most of all, these forums are here for people to meet, discuss, and learn. But we also want you to have fun. So rule #0 is: smile and be happy. Most likely people will smile and be happy back.

With regards, The Hypography Science Forums admins and moderators