General Rules and Regulations for the Forums
I know Rules are mostly boring but well just to make sure our forum remains united and peaceful ,its important we all follow these simple Rules and Regulations ...
Will keep updating the thread ...
Use the help desk: Any queries or doubts regarding the show or the forum or actors/characters or any other issues , use this *~LMYAM Help Desk~* thread .Every member of the forum can co-operate their bits in this thread and help the members having doubts
Regarding Regular Written Update and Videos:Please be patient and avoid opening topics asking for Written updates since our updaters(who hv volunteered) will be posting the written update within few hours after the episode is aired ... In case Written update is not posted on any particular day , plss be a bit patient for the back-up updater to fill in ...
Coming to the Videos , due to copyright issues , Videobies will no more post the videos , so you will have to look in the Video section of IF for all the official episode videos that are uploaded by IF directly from official sony channel . ..
Regarding posting of Sony TV Videos : Due to copyright issues , no more Sony TV videos (Episode and Promo Videos to be precise) are allowed on IF ... So plss make sure noone is posting any youtube or other video links of episode scenes or promos in the forum or else they will be directly trashed without any notice ... Videobies will be only providing the SBS/SBB videos to you on time .. Rest of the Sony TV videos ,u can find in our video section of IF ...
Posting articles from other sites: India-Forums does not allow articles from sites like TellyChakkar.com or other competitive websites ,so please DO NOT POST articles from these sites. Posting articles from supported sites like indya.com or from our very own, TellyBuzz are permitted. In case you have any doubt regarding whether this article from a particular website can be posted or not,you can just pm Dev team thats me and ask your query before posting the article ..
No Creating repetitive topics: Many times it has come to the attention of the DT that members create topics, that have already been discussed. For example, if you see that someone has already opened a post on today's SBS or SBB segment, there is absolutely no need to create a separate topic for them as anything related to the segment can be all discussed in one thread only which will also keep the forum clean . So before posting any article or new topic or segment updates ,check the first 2-3 pages and only if there are no similar topics on that article or segment ,then open a separate thread to post it . If u wish ,u can post the Articles in .::LMYAM Article Archives::.No Comments as well .Also plss avoid opening one liner topics on similar discussions which are already posted in the forum ..Any topics which are found repitative or just have a one liner content will be merged in one thread or simply closed .
Regarding Spamming/Chatting:Many times Posts go till 20-25 pages of discussion but when one goes through the posts ,half of the pages are filled with Chit-chatting among the members using only emoticons or code words which are not really related to the show .These are considered as spamming and is against IF rules .So plss make sure such type of spamming is avoided .Chatting is allowed only in Appreciation threads but not elsewhere but even in Appreciation threads make sure theres no sarcastic comments made on other fan grps or another couple .If the discussion is really interesting then we won't mind any post going for even 50 pages,but if we find that same points are repeated again and again in every post and the post is going nowhere but has turned into a chat thread after a certain point we will close it with a note. .. Only Appreciation threads are excluded from this ...
No Comparison Topics/Polls:Please dont create topics or open polls comparing two actors or couples or two different shows as such topics or polls often lead to fights between different fan groups thus disrupting the peace and unity of the forum . If a particular track in the show is shown having competition between two characters or couples then a comparison topic or poll on "which character or couple might win" can be opened in the forum as such comparisons are mostly related to fictional characters in same show but no comparison topics should be opened on actors or couples of other shows .
No Typing in caps: Typing entire post in capital letters is NOT permitted on India-Forums as its considered shouting. So plss dont open posts writing everything in capital or huge fonts ..
DONT Make MIDs to bash the Actors,Creatives and Characters or Advertise other Websites: This particular issue has increased in the last few months on IF.There are many members who are creating Multiple IDs or using proxy servers just to bash the actors,creatives and the characters of the show deliberately . Dev Team can very well find out the members who are having more than one ID and if someone is found guilty then that member might immediately face a straight ban or an IP block . So its a request that if any member is having doubts on any particular Member ID kindly report it or pm the Dev team .
No Personal Attacks/Name Calling/Sarcastic Comments/Instigating or Provoking posts will be tolerated anymore :Personal attacks with sarcastic comments or making deliberate instigating/provoking posts is another common issue and this is what instigate fights between different fan grps .If a member does not agree with another member's POV,try to ignore the post or simply state your own POV saying "I disagree with you for so and so reason" instead of saying "Just stop your nonsense" which comes under personal attack ;India-Forums gives us the freedon of expression and so everyone has the right to speak out what they feel is correct but that does not mean you will force your opinion on others via personal attacks .So these are the conditions we are putting on this issue with a hope that the members will follow it.
If any member finds anything offensive/abusive/deregatory in a particular comment or post of another member,instead of quoting the member back , just report the comment/post immediately by pressing the report button or pm the Dev team and then step out of that thread immediately .Then Wait at least 24 hours for us to take action as its not always possible for us to be online 24/7. But we assure you that action will be taken within 24 hours.
Sarcastic comments will also not be tolerated because even they come under personal attacks..for eg :"Making indirect attacks on a Member's family or upbringing or questioning the Member's qualification in a particular field just because her views are different than yours...These are all sarcastic comments where another member is directly getting targetted...If we find anybody involved in such type of sarcastic comment,we will be editing that member's post immediately and will be deleting the comment followed by a warning PM send to that member and even if he/she continues with it, further action will be taken in terms of warning level rise or a direct ban.
Name Calling (Using B or F or many such abusive words) have become a very big issue on IF these days which can hurt the sentiments of that particular actor or couple's fan group ,So no such name calling will be tolerated . ...Dev team will instantly edit such posts and directly raise the warnings of those members without any warning PMs...
Constructive Criticism is allowed but strictly NO Bashing :Many times members have put forward these queires like which words come under constructive criticism and what comes under bashing..let me make it clear for all ...
Personal attacks/Name calling, using foul language and making derogatory comments against any particular member or actors or couples or characters in the show comes under Bashing which is not allowed but disagreeing with someone's POV and stating your own POV with a proper justification and decent language comes under constructive criticism or a healthy debate which is allowed.
Usage of extreme foul or filthy languages(like the B or F word) or taking potshots at any actor's physical appearence or looks ( like she/he is ugly , she/he is fat) will not be tolerated and whoever breaks this rule will face a severe action. But usage of sentences like "XYZ character/couple is not able to create magic or XYZ's acting needs improvement or storyline is going haywire" can be allowed depending on the context in which we are using these words or sentences ..There is a thin line between constructive criticism of a character or storyline and direct bashing..try to maintain that thin line in your discussions. ...Rest we r here to judge the rest ..so plss report posts which u feel comes under bashing and leave the rest on us to decide whether the report is valid or not rather than taking things in your own hand
If a member is bashing a particular actor/character ,don't follow the member and do the same. Instead report the post immediately and try not to comment in that post anymore because the more members comment on such post ,more instigating the topic becomes and this is how fights and rivalries between two fan groups keep extending.So the best way to maintain peace is to ignore any sort of instigating posts as Mods will be there to deal with such posts and members .
No Bashing Other shows in TRP Or IF Ranking Related posts:This is another problem which have recently come to our notice..whenever the trps of the serials or weekly IF Actor/CM rankings are posted,we have noticed that if our favourite show or actor is not there in top 10 shows or rankings,then out of anger and frustation,members start bashing other shows or actors without thinking that it might hurt the sentiments of that particular show or actor's fans since every forum has common set of fans as well ;How will you feel if your show or actor is getting bashed in some other forum??;I know sometimes if our favourite show is not doing good we do feel frustated wondering how XYZ show is getting more trps but that doesn't mean we will start bashing that XYZ show. Have constructive discussions in trp and ranking posts regarding a show's rise or fall in trps/Chaskameter or regarding an actor's ranking but no bashing or comparing..
No Discussion about an Actor's personal life without any valid source/article:
You all are very much aware that Actors visit IF and so its not really right to discuss about their private life affairs in public without any valid source and lets not forget that this is a Serial forum where we are suppose to discuss about the show and its different characters and NOT about the actors or their private lives..So avoid discussing about an Actor's private life without any valid source or article.If any member is seen spreading false rumours about any actor's private life ,simply report such posts and then Mods will take further action
.Only if a valid article is provided ,then it can be allowed but Mods will keep a check on such posts to make sure there is no bashing or personal attacks going on .
Regarding Fanfics and OS
:Dont open multiple threads for writing your single fanfic or OS parts unless the thread completes 150 pages . In case the forum traffic increases ,then Dev team will be shifting the FFs and OS to the Fan Fiction
section once it crosses 15 pages and its link will be put in the forum's **LMYAM Archive Mansion-No Comments**
but we will inform you in a separate post in case we take this decision in future depending on forum traffic .
Please dont write any FFs containing any graphic adult content or else Dev team will ask the author to edit their FFs asap and if not followed then the FF will be edited by the dev team . Also plagiarism is strictly against IF rules ,so if any member is caught in plagiarism ,then the fanfic thread will be instantly closed and member will be given an open official warning in the thread itself .
Regarding carrying Signatures in your profile:
Plss dont carry any signatures which are provoking or instigating any fan grp or indirectly making fun of any actor or character .If Dev team finds any member carrying such siggy in their profile ,then the profile of the member will be edited asap and the siggy will be deleted from his/her profile and the member will be sent an official warning PM for it . Rest all the rules regarding no. of siggies and size of siggies can be found in this ATTN: Signature/Avatar Size - Guidelines
Regarding Warnings and Moderation:
Many times queries on warnings and moderation are raised in the forum .Just to be clear ,we are not suppose to openly declare to everyone regarding warnings
.If a member breaks any rules mentioned above ,then the member is given verbal and PM warnings initially but if still a member repeats the same offence then he/she is given a raise in warning level and in case the first offense of the member is severe like usage of slang/offensive words or the member is a MID case then in such case we directly raise warning levels or go for direct ban but we are not suppose to declare the warnings of any member in open . So in case if anyone has any doubts regarding moderations and their warnings ,feel free to PM the Dev team rather than opening topics in the forum
For now these many rules are enough to make sure we have a peaceful united forum ...Will add any other rules later if needed ...but I hope we all co-operate jointly towards keeping this forum healthy and peacefully active
Please go through all these rules and if anyone has any doubts or suggestions regarding these rules then please let me know about it via PM ..Dev team will solve all your queries
Sony Dev team