02-23-2012 08:43 PM - edited 11-01-2012 12:07 PM
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Welcome to Idol Nation! Here you’ll find the forum rules to help guide you and answer any questions you may have about the community forums. We’re here to help make your time on AmericanIdol.com as fun, easy, and enjoyable as possible. Don’t hesitate to leave a question for the moderators.
These rules are subject to change. We suggest you bookmark this thread and periodically review it for changes.
When you joined the forum, you agreed to abide by the Terms of Service (there, it says that the moderation staff reserves the right to remove any post or thread, or you, at any time for any reason). Here are a few additional rules that apply to your use of the forums.
Before beginning a discussion, please skim through the threads to make sure that someone hasn't already started a conversation about your topic. Also, please make sure that you place your message in the correct folder.
Although you may not share a member's enthusiasm for a particular contestant, judge, guest, aspect of the show, etc., please respect their opinion. This forum was created to discuss a wide range of topics, and attempts to drive off a member because they have a differing point of view will not be tolerated. We encourage you to post your perspective, but you aren't permitted to insult, harass, or intimidate other members for expressing theirs.
Profanity (even if it is masked) and name-calling will not be tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, disparaging or hateful comments based on gender, age, appearance, race, sexual orientation, ethnic background, locality, or religion.
The question the moderation team asks when deciding whether to delete a post or thread is: "Is it mean-spirited or malicious?" If the answer is "Yes," it comes down. If a member establishes a pattern of mean-spirited posts, their account will be disabled.
Discussion threads can lead strange lives. Many begin well but may deteriorate into flaming, bashing, and general negativity. If a thread becomes dominated by this type of post, the entire thread will be deleted.
Contestants of reality shows who did not make a cut or have been voted off and who are no longer a part of the competition deserve respect for having come as far as they did. Returning to their threads only to bash or gloat is not in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
If you see an offensive or abusive post (or one that violates the forum policies in some other way), please report it. You may counter it, but do so respectfully. If you attack back, you may find yourself in just as much (or more) trouble as the original offender.
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Please don't post the same message more than once in the same thread or another thread. It is considered spamming and those who consistently do it will be banned from the forum.
Please don't hijack threads - it isn't fair to the originator of the thread, since many members are reluctant to interrupt an ongoing conversation, even if it's just to ask for a return to the title topic. There are several methods of hijacking a thread: two of the most common are abruptly posting a message that is completely off topic to the original thread post, or two or more members begin "chatting" in a separate "personal" conversation. If this is done maliciously, your account will be flagged.
Please remember that this is a forum for discussing a show on a specific network. Discussions of shows on other networks are usually not allowed.
We encourage you to be as individual as you like in the way you express yourself, but messages that get your point across (and get the best responses) are those that use complete words and sentences and an attempt at good grammar and spelling. Please don't type in uppercase as it's considered yelling.
We understand many people like Fan Fiction and Role Playing involving show characters. Fan Fiction and Role Playing may only be about fictional characters, not real people. Therefore Fan Fiction and Role Playing are not allowed on AmericanIdol.com.
Please don't use AmericanIdol.com to sell or promote goods, services or other sites.
Occasionally, a member may create a thread bashing the show/contestants/etc. just to stir things up. This type of poster is called a troll. Feel free to report them. Be critical, but do it constructively.
Occasionally you will see a message with only the word "Bump" in it. This is a vehicle for moving a thread to the top of the menu. Since threads with the most recent posts are displayed first, members get more replies to the threads they create (and threads that they believe are important and should be reviewed) if it appears often at the top. Frequent bumpers, however, are also spammers. Please don't be one of them.
The only links that are allowed are ones to articles about the show, performers, judges, etc., in the mainstream media, or the official sites of past performers. Links to fan sites, competing sites, commercial sites, links to download sites, JPGs, mp3’s, etc., are not allowed. Since YouTube is filled with unauthorized content, links to the site are not allowed. If you develop a pattern of posting unauthorized links or attempt to get around the word filter, you will be banned from the forum. In addition, using the forum to recruit members to a fan site is not permitted. You can put links to fan sites in your profile and mention it once or twice in conversation, but if it looks like you are promoting/recruiting, your account will be flagged. In the Off-Topic Discussion folder, links are OK as long as they aren't spammed, are related to the topic under discussion, are in the mainstream, and are not to other communities or competing sites.
Most news articles on the Internet are copyright protected. You can post excerpts or a summary, but you can never post the entire article without obtaining written permission from the copyright holder and you put "posted with permission" at the bottom. Otherwise, just post a short introduction, the link, and solicit feedback, as long as it isn't to a fan or competing site, or one with forums or groups, such as MSN, Yahoo, AOL, etc. Links to MSNBC, Yahoo News, etc., are OK, but not to the communities or groups. There also are copyright restrictions that are applied to song lyrics, episodes, trailers, and screen caps, as well as any other content that is broadcast. Any member who knowingly promotes sites that feature unauthorized or illegal content will lose their ability to post messages in the forum.
Downloads of television episodes, etc., are illegal and the creators of those sites that make downloads available are violating copyright laws. Any promotion of these sites in this forum will result in the suspension of posting privileges. The same holds true for the sharing of DVDs and tapes.
DVDs and tapes may be made for your own personal use, but they may not be shared via US mail. Please do not request episodes. Please do not offer them.
In Internet spaces where interaction occurs: forums, IM, chat rooms, etc., there may be people looking to exploit others. Don't ever give out your personal information to anyone you don't know, and this means knowing them by having already met them in person *before* communicating with them online. Please do not share any private information (this includes: your email address, your real name, where you live, your phone number, and even such innocent information as what baseball team you play for or what store you buy CDs from). If you are asked for any of this information, simply say "I don't feel comfortable giving that out."
If anyone makes you feel uncomfortable, end the interaction and ignore them if they persist in trying to contact you. If they won't stop: if you are a teen, report them to your parents; if you are an adult, report them to the police. Law enforcement is taking Internet harassment, stalking, and exploitation very seriously and will take action.
Even though this is an "official" site and we go to great lengths to keep you safe, always keep your safety in mind. If you feel that another member is being pushy or putting you in an uncomfortable situation (such as pressing you into an email exchange or an IM session), please let us know. We will look into it and if necessary, we will take action.
A good guide to Internet safety can be found in the publication: "Teen Safety on the Information Highway," published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. You can read it at http://www.safeteens.com/
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Solicitation by members of any type of donation for any cause is not allowed. Please report any you see and they will be promptly removed.
Pictures can enhance almost any discussion. Unfortunately, improper pictures can cause disruption as well.
Creative genius is to be celebrated! However, there are times when one person's humor can offend others, including those involved with the show. Please do not post or upload any altered photos of anyone from American Idol, past or present. The only exception to these is simple, supportive statements like "Bobby Sue Is Amazing!" Any alteration of the graphical portion of the photo will not be allowed. This includes web addresses (URLs), Site Names, watermarking, or copyright information
Text captioning in a post is acceptable as long as the captions are not in violation of the other forum policies, especially those regarding bashing and harassment.
An easy way to post photos is to click-and-drag them from your photo hosting account into the posting window. This often creates a live link back to the photo hosting account. These links are acceptable as long as they are to photo hosting accounts. Links to fan sites, where some people gather photos, are not.
Signatures can be used to add a bit of personality to your posts. However, the regular forum rules apply in signatures as well. Please do not use them to promote other threads, groups, or websites.
Thanks for continuing to make AmericanIdol.com the number one place for fan discussions. See you in the forums!
03-01-2012 08:44 AM