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TVNewsTalk.net Forum Rules

(Formerly "TVNewsTalk.net Community Guidelines")

Updated: November 13, 2017

TVNewsTalk.net is an open community for those interested in television news. In order to ensure quality, informative discussion and interaction, we have established the following rules. In doing so, we aim to provide a place that everyone will enjoy. As a reminder, all content and actions on TVNewsTalk are governed by the Terms of Service (published below).

The Administrators and Moderators of TVNewsTalk reserve the right to move, remove, or edit content that breaches these rules and/or terms, and to restrict or ban users who act in violation of them.

All content posted to this site is the responsibility of the person that posted it, as governed under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C. § 230©(1))

Trolling and Abuse:

Content that is harassing, unlawful, harmful, threatening, defamatory, hateful, or vulgar is prohibited, whether it be directed at a site user, a television station employee, or otherwise. Blatant trolling and/or flaming of other members will result in action being taken against your account. Sometimes users may post in a manner that you may personally consider distasteful. In these cases, the forum makes available an "Ignore" feature that allows you to hide posts of individual users. It can be accessed through the User Control Panel.

Users who are found to be harassing television stations and/or their employees will be permanently banned from the site. Under no circumstance are users to act as representatives of TVNewsTalk or it's community.

Content shall remain within a reasonable definition of "work safe" at all times.

Advertising and SPAM:

Any form of advertising or solicitation is forbidden anywhere on TVNewsTalk, whether publicly posted or sent through private messages. This includes the advertising of commercial websites or solicitation through the Private Message system. Advertisers who wish to advertise on TVNewsTalk should contact the site administration via the contact form in the site footer.

Low-effort posts (one-liner posts like "I agree.", posts that are nothing but a link to an article, etc) or off-topic posts are considered a form of SPAM and may be deleted, and action may be taken against your account. This can include a loss of posting privileges or being placed on "Moderated" status.

Copyright Infringement and Confidential Information:

Any materials promoting the infringement of copyright is expressly forbidden anywhere on the site, including the Private Message system. This includes requests or offers for news music packages and station graphic files.

Posts directing users to corporate or network websites that are obviously not meant for public access are not allowed. You are discouraged from sharing this type of content as well as any other information that common sense would consider to be confidential (i.e. "Insider Information" regarding new graphics packages or the design of new sets.) YOU AND ONLY YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU POST HERE.

Posting Etiquette:

  • No Lists or Databases:
    Threads that simply exist to list items ("Your Favorite Stations", "Favorite Anchors", "What Does Your Stations Legal ID Say", etc.) or exist to function as a database of information (i.e. "Stations Using Hello News", "Stations that use Accuweather", "When does the morning news start", etc.) are not allowed and will be deleted or locked on sight. This rule is retroactive and will be applied to any bumped threads.
     
  • Proofread Your Posts:
    Please make sure your posts make sense. Excessive use of capital letters (TYPING IN ALL CAPS) is not allowed. Nonsensical posts and posts that do not follow the basic rules of the English language are likely to be removed. Avoid ranting.
      
  • Stay On Topic:
    Try to stick to the topic on hand. Slight deviations are allowed here and there, but posting about WYYY’s anchor lineup shuffle in a thread about WXXX’s new graphics is frowned upon. Use your best judgment and feel free to create a new thread (It’s much easier to merge two threads than it is to split two or three conversations out of one!)
      
  • Make it Your Own:
    Don’t just drop a link somewhere or copy and paste an article from another source and hit the Submit button. Write a paragraph or two explaining the article or what you think about the subject. Never copy and paste an article without a link to the source.
     
  • Let it Rest:
    Please ensure that the thread you are replying to has been active recently. There is rarely a good reason to bump a thread that hasn’t been posted in for two years. Continuously dredging up old threads for no real reason will result in a loss of posting privileges. This includes bumping inactive topics with no purpose other than to bring awareness to the inactive thread. This can be considered a form of SPAM.
      
  • Think Before You Post:
    Please refrain from replying to a thread multiple times in a row. If you want to add something to a previous post, use the "Edit" feature to modify your post. Use the multi-quote tool to reply to several other users at once.
      
  • Privacy:
    Don’t post other member’s personal information without their consent, even if they have posted it online elsewhere.

Additional Rules:

Individual forums may have their own special rules. Please check for any “Sticky” or “Announcement” links at the top of the page. Some forums may feature special rules visible when creating a new thread or replying to a post.

Conclusion:

The staff of TVNewsTalk will issue warnings via the forum’s built-in warning system for content found to be violating these rules. Each infraction is worth a certain number of points and if you go over a set number of points, your activity on the site will be restricted. TVNewsTalk Staff also has the ability to bypass the warning system and limit activity immediately when necessary.

This document is not an exhaustive list of rules and regulations, and TVNewsTalk staff is expected to uphold "the spirit of the law" over the "letter of the law".

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