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Due to some recent incidents and keeping in mind the changes in the Bolly Section (BS), we felt that there is a need to update the rules, as well as the way rules are implemented. We've also received feedback from various members, DTs and higher admins regarding the same. In view of the present circumstances, we have decided to modify certain rules, as well as decided on strict implementation of all rules without exception from now on.
Rules to be followed:
The three article a day policy is still in affect, anymore than that your posts will be locked. If you're unsure if an article has been posted before please use the search feature located on the right side of the forum. Type in key words like the name of the actor/actress and/or film. Or you can go back at least three pages to see if a similar article has been posted, if so please post related articles in the same thread. DO NOT MAKE A SEPERATE POST
No profanity allowed, using asterisks like W*F are no exception
Member related threads are limited only to Member of the Week and Birthday Threads
Members can create polls comparing actors/actresses BUT the 5 limit rule applies. No more than 5 polls per week, one poll per member. Do keep in mind the comparison threads are for polls only.
Final request, when making a comparison poll please make it a valid discussion topic. No biased polls where there is no fair option or one clearly used to rile up fan bases.
There will be no tolerating name calling of actors/actresses. Examples: Salmon, Trash, Belan, Kamini Katty, etc. It is bashing and as you know celeb bashing is against the rules. Since, bashing is a subjective matter and terms used for bashing are ever evolving, what constitutes bashing will be at the discretion of the DT. Do note this rule now applies to the Bollywood CC thread as well
Another thing we've noticed, are in topics members go off topic by bringing in a celebrity's past (I.e. Salman's past run ins with the law and using them to call him a criminal, past relationships ), questioning/mocking their sexuality (Shahrukh's and Salman's, etc.) and most recently one in which an actor was accused of being a pedophile and an actress a hooker/escort. There is a limit to everything and these cross the line. All such behavior is considered slandering, as it vilifies a person, and is illegal; and therefore strictly prohibited on IF as well.
In the past we did ask members to stay out of each other's topics in an effort to put an end to fighting but that has since changed. The DTs all agree, that although it was well intentioned and a simple solution to a problem, IF is a public forum and members have the right to post wherever they please and we don't want to infringe on that right. With that said, it does not mean members can use this to their advantage and intentionally rile up members by making instigating posts. You can post your opinion but no spamming or quoting posts just to say 'LOL' or 'Agreed'. Please stick to posting valid opinions only
When posting in a topic (except for in BS CC), members should stick to the topic at hand and discuss points relevant to the topic. Going off topic (e.g. by bringing in another celebrity in a completely unrelated discussion, starting to chat, etc.), is not allowed.
No more mocking, ridiculing, personal digs at members whether it's on the forum or in the Bollywood CC. In the CC thread stick to general issues and not use the thread as a place to vent about members you have issues with, that is not the purpose of the thread.
No more bringing up a member's past history with the intention to ridicule/ instigate/ abuse that member, everyone deserves a second chance and it is unfair to constantly bring up the past especially when no rules are being broken. Only DT members, for obvious reasons, reserve the right to discuss a member's past history with the concerned member or with other DT members, over PMs or in Viewbie/ Moderator Section, and also take the member's past record into consideration before taking any action.
No more moral policing, the DT is here to take care of the forum, so please inform us if you feel any post violates the IF COC instead of pulling up the member yourself. Also once you've reported a post, please don't state on the open forum that you've reported that post. Stating on the open forum about reporting can act as an instigation and therefore prohibited.
Limit of 3 quotes per post, makes things easier.
Abusive and/or threatening PMs should be taken up directly with the DT or higher admins. Please do not make PM's public knowledge or use the forum as a way to target another member. It will not be tolerated and you will be held equally responsible as the other member
Please keep in mind making an MID with the purpose to fool around with members or to bash or create an unnecessary fight will lead to ban on the MID and warning issued to the original one.
1. Apart from the above rules, IF COC is applicable at all times for all posts
2. All examples stated above are for illustration purpose only and are indicative in nature. They are neither absolute in themselves nor comprehensive as a whole.
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If you get any such PM's or if there are any issues that need immediate attention, please PM us or the GM's and we will look into the issue.
We are reminding you again on the privacy issues. Please don't share personal information with members even if they are friendly with you here. Watch out your interaction and what you share with them on the social networking sites.
Multiple quoting: Member have been warned many times, but they still continue to multiple quote and that slows down the pages taking too much time to load and also messes up the alignment of the page. If the rules are not followed, it will lead to strict action. Kindly reduce the quotes while posting or use @ while referring to a specific member.
Threads unrelated to Bollywood: This is the BW forum, and lets just stick to Bollywood and its related topics and discussions. Everything else and general topics, please post in the appropriate sections. Any videos, threads, topics, pictures that are unrelated to BW will be moved to the general sections.
Any concerns, please PM the DT.
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