Below is a list of the general rules and
guidelines of what the site administrators of CowTownDance consider appropriate
and inappropriate behavior. Reading them should give you a good idea about
what actions and behavior will not be tolerated by the site moderators and
Note that these rules are subject to change
at any time with or without notice. Also note that these rules are only meant
as a guideline. The moderators and administrators of CowTownDance reserve the
right to issue warnings or bannings to troublesome users, to remove or edit any
posts which are inappropriate for the site, or to make any other administrative
or editorial changes as necessary. It is left at the sole discretion of the
moderators and administrators of CowTownDance to decide what kind of behavior,
activity, or posts are deemed inappropriate, as well as to decide what actions
or measures are necessary to correct the situation and prevent it from
Finally, it should be noted that the
purpose of these rules and guidelines are to provide a respectful, congenial,
legal, fair, informative, and fun online environment for everyone to participate
in. CowTownDance’s administrators and moderators will do their best to let the
community operate and evolve on its own, with minimal intervention.
Last Updated: September 15, 2005
- Posts in the forums are to be made in the
relevant forum. Users are asked to read
the forum descriptions and the individual forum rules (found as the first
“sticky” post in each forum) before
posting. Posts found in inappropriate forums may be moved without
noticed. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a
- Members should always post in a way that
is respectful of other users. “Flaming” or abusing users in any way will
not be tolerated. While debate and discussion are fine, we will not
tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or intentionally
- Members should remember that this board
is aimed at a general audience. Posting of pornographic, illegal, illegally
obtained, profane, or generally offensive text, images, links, etc., will
not be tolerated. Such posts will be deleted with or without notice.
- Members should respect the bandwidth of
other users and sites. The use of inline ([IMG][/IMG]) image tags pointing
to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received
permission to link to may be removed.
- Members should post in a way which is
consistent with "normal writing". That is, users should not post
excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc.
Similarly users should not write in all upper case text or use excessive
punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently
abusing this will be warned.
- Members should use an appropriate,
descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles
include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", or "I've got
an error!" Examples of good titles include, "Getting an TABLE
FULL error upon login" and "Cannot restore a backup".
- Spam is not tolerated here under any
circumstance. As a general rule-of-thumb, messages posted in the forums
that are meant to advertise a product or service, or to solicit members is
not permitted. The exceptions are announcements in the news forums for
upcoming dance related events, and messages about items for sale in the
buy-and-sell forum. If in doubt, ask a moderator or site administrator
about what is and isn’t acceptable before posting solicitous messages.
- Do not cross post. That is, do not post
the same message in more than one forum. The exception to this is for
news announcements or dance venue descriptions which fit well into more than
- Please refrain from posting meaningless
threads, one word (or short) non-sense posts, and the like.
Asking For Help In the forums
- Read up before asking! There is a lot of useful information
and instructions on the FAQ section.
- Use the search function to
search the Help & Support
forum for what you’re looking for. There’s a good chance that someone else will have already asked your
- Signatures may contain up to two lines
(one line being that displayed on a browser opened to 800px width) of text
(of small or normal size). Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small
and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts
with respect decency, appropriateness, and so forth.
- Links in signatures are permitted to a
maximum of one unique page or site. Linked sites may be commercial in
nature, but again, must conform the degree of decency and appropriateness
excepted elsewhere on the site. Furthermore, commercial sites linked to
in signatures must be dance related.
- Users are permitted to upload or link to
an image for use as their avatar (subject to previous points on misuse of
bandwidth). User defined avatars are to be no larger than 80 pixels square, must not contain animation, must
not attempt to portray the user as having an official status here, must not
exceed 6kB (~6000 Bytes) in filesize,
and must have a consistently high availability (i.e. links
to images on slow servers or those prone to failure may be removed).
- Avatars are subject to the same
conditions as posts with respect decency and appropriateness.
- Users abusing these rules will be warned
and/or may lose their avatar privileges
General Website Concerns
- Members discovering any site
vulnerabilities are asked to contact a moderator or administrator
privately. That is, these vulnerabilities should not be posted publicly.
Any such post will be deleted with or without notice. Any user caught
attempting to exploit any discovered vulnerability will be permanently
banned from the site.
- Multiple registrations per individual are
prohibited and are grounds for immediate account deletion.
- Private messages are meant to be used as
a private communications medium between members of the community that do
not want to share email addresses. Please use the messaging system
- Sending private messages to users to advertise
or solicit any products or services will not be tolerated. The site
administrators encourage you to report any of such incidences to them.
News Items & Events Calendar
- The news forums (with the exception of the General Community News forum) and events calendar have restricted access.
Only dance venue operators/organizers are allowed to post news items or events in the calendar. If you are a dance venue operator/organizer, and you would like access to post to
the events calendar, contact the site administrator.
Post only one announcement per event. In other words, don't post reminder or reapeated messages about an event for which you've already posted an announcement.
New announcements should be created as new posts in the forum, not as replies to earlier messages.
Remember that messages posted in this forum will be distributed to all subscribers via email. This list could potentially become very large. Be sure to double check your information (dates & times, location, completeness, spelling, etc.) before you post!
If your announcement needs revision after it has been posted, decide whether or not a new email notification to the community is required. If it is, post a reply to the original message. If it is not, simply edit the original message.
Classes or workshops that require participants to register at the beginning should not be made repeating events in the site calendar. Such events should be listed only given a single entry in the calendar with a single date and time. The announcements description can give details as to how long the class will continue.
Values entered in the duration fields should indicate how long an individual session will normally take. This includes weekend workshops and the like; in the case of such workshops, enter them as repeating events in the calendar spanning 2 or 3 days. The values for duration should be entered as the typical length of an individual session at the workshop.
- CowTownDance generally operates on a
three strike policy. Users breaking any of the above rules will be given a
written warning, via email and/or private message. Users committing a
second violation of the rules will be given a written warning, and will
temporarily be banned from the site. Users committing a third violation
will be warned, and may be banned from the site permanently.
- Arguing with moderators or administrators
after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional
warning, and potentially a banning.
- Users who feel they have been unfairly
warned are welcome to contact the relevant moderator or administrator.
- Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban
will lead to that ban being made permanent. Circumvention includes
re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade
an IP ban, registering a new email account of evade an email ban, etc. Circumvention
includes posting as an anonymous user.
- An exception to the three strike rule
applies when users contact team members personally (via any method) and
post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to
an immediate and permanent ban. Similarly,
moderators and administrators reserve the right to give any user a warning
or temporary ban, based on a user’s observed behavior.
- Permanent bans are a last resort and
thought is given before implementing them. While administrators may
consider lifting permanent bans from time to time, this is a rare occurrence.