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Welcome to the Canucks.com message boards. We rely on you, the visitor, to help keep this board enjoyable for all. Please report all violations of the rules below via the 'Report' button located at the bottom of every post, or send a private message to a moderator or administrator. Moderators can not read every post, so please do not expect intervention unless you personally report the problem. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please read the board rules carefully. Claiming ignorance or not having carefully read the board rules will not be an acceptable excuse at any time. The moderators and administrators reserve the right to change or modify these rules at any time, it is the users responsibility to read the rules, and any announcements posted regarding the rules.

These rules are designed to maintain order and intelligent discussion and may not cover all possible situations. They apply to everything posted on the forums, status updates, blogs, and private messages. Moderators use discretion in the application of these rules to specific situations, and as such it should not be expected that these rules apply in every situation. Specific rules may apply to certain forums, in which case they will be pinned in a thread in that forum.

Anyone who repeatedly violates these rules, intentionally or not, will be permanently banned from viewing or posting on Canucks.com at the discretion of the Moderator or Admins. All topics and/or messages that violate these rules will be deleted or locked on sight. Please do not post here at all if you disagree with anything in this message

BASIC BOARD RULES

If you read anything here, read these.

1. You will be tolerant and respectful of your fellow visitors(and this includes via Private Message).

You will find every opinion imaginable here, so you may want to find another board if you are not able to keep your cool when someone's viewpoint offends you. Behave as you would in a public location. The following actions are strictly prohibited:
  • Calling out other users.
  • Personal attacks and flaming. Attacking an idea is acceptable, attacking a user is not.
  • Trolling and posting with intent to provoke other posters
  • Retaliating to personal attacks(contact a moderator instead)
  • Harrassment, stalking, and shadowing other users with intent to provoke
  • Using abbreviations such as 'STFU' and 'GTFO'
2. You will not spam.

Your message should be well thought out, and must add something of substance to the discussion, so please think before posting or creating a new thread. One-liners, list topics, quote pyramids, 'chat threads', and other "spammy" messages are not welcome. Do not post messages 'IBTL' or 'LOCK AND BAN' in threads, contact the moderators instead. Effort should be made to stay on topic with the original post as 'thread hijacking' is not acceptable.

3. Do not post violent, sexually explicit, hateful, racist and vulgar comments.

Explicit language and intentionally bypassing the word censors will not be tolerated. This includes starring out words, and any other method of bypassing the censor.

4. You will not start a new topic (i.e. hit the "new topic" button) if the topic already exists.

Always search for an existing topic to reply to, and only start a new one if you are sure the topic hasn't been discussed recently. You can access the search function by clicking the 'Search' button at the top of every page.

5. You will post your topic on the correct board.

With hundreds of messages posted every day, it is necessary to have several boards dedicated to the more popular conversation topics. Please read the board descriptions and think about which board your topic belongs in before posting your message.

6. You will respect the personal privacy of players/management(past and present) and their families.

Discussions about players or management that have nothing to do with hockey (including talking about how good looking the players are) are strongly discouraged. You will not post personal and/or private pictures of players/management.

7. If you are a fan of a rival NHL team, you will not attempt to antagonize Canucks fans.

This is a Canucks site and Canucks fans have a right to a place where they can discuss the team amongst themselves in peace. Biased viewpoints should be expected, so if you must respond, please do so in a respectful manner. In the same manner, Canucks fans shall not antogonize fans of other teams. Personal attacks against fans of other teams are not acceptable.

8. There will be no advertising or selling of any kind on this board.

This includes selling tickets or merchandise, referal/invite links or soliciting to join another message board. Any promotional content posted or displayed in signature or profiles will not be tolerated. Commercial advertising will be deleted on sight.

What's not ok:
  • Any 'classified' type advertisements
  • Threads, posts, links, or sigs advertising games
  • Any promotion to a website with intent to syphon traffic or make a profit
  • Advertisements and links to other message boards
  • Requesting for or selling merchandise in signatures
9. You will not discuss illegal activities.

Discussion of criminal activities, warez, software and media piracy, and illegal broadcast of games will not be permitted. No links to sites containing illegal material will be tolerated.

10. You will not abuse the moderators.

If you have an issue with a moderator's actions, need clarification on a moderator's decision, or want to make a suggestion to the moderating team, you are welcome to. However, this should only be done by PMing a mod, and not by making publicly viewable threads or posts. You are expected to always treat the moderators with respect, even when expressing a disagreement.

11. You will not possess multiple accounts.

Your account is for you only. Your account may not be used to post for users who have been suspended or banned. You may not grant other users access to your account.

If you are found to be using more than one account at a time(i.e. proxy accounts), you will be permanently banned. Any attempt to bypass a temporary suspension will immediately result in your account being suspended permanently.

WARNING AND SUSPENSION GUIDELINES

The following guideline will be used to determine what action will be taken for any rule violation. Warning points are given to users based on the severity of violations.

1 point: Warning or one day suspension
2 points: Three to Seven day suspension
3 points: Two Week suspension
4 points: One month suspension
5 points: Permanent suspension

You may have your posting or messenger priviledges revoked as part of your warning or suspension.

Any further violations will result in a permanent suspension.

Please remember this is a general guideline, and what action is taken is dependent on which rule was violated, the severity of the violation and the discretion of the moderator or administrator who responds.

EXPANDED RULES AND EXPLANATIONS

MODERATION

Moderators are identified by labels under their names saying "Super Moderator" or "Assistant to Regional Manager". Administrators, Super Moderators and Assistants act both as a team and individually to enforce the rules. While standards are set, moderators have leeways to enforce rules differently based on context or specific situations. Forums with special rules and consideration will have those rules pinned in that forum.

Please keep in mind that moderators will never be able to review every single posts. Perceived lack of consistency is not a valid defense for users breaking rules. Be sure to report rule violations, and do not consider it a license to break rules yourself.

If you have any questions regarding these rules, or anything else on the forums, or have anything you'd like to say(like to tell us how awesome we are), please feel free to contact any of the administrators or moderators.

Public discussion of moderator actions

Public discussion of actions taken or not taken by moderators is not acceptable. If you have a problem with a moderator or actions taken by the moderators as a group, please private message the Administrator (SN -Admin), and/or one of the moderators. Please give the person you PM'd at least 24 hours to compose a response. You will get a better answer if you are polite and constructive in your feedback. Do not expect a response if you attack the moderator.

General discussion of moderation is acceptable, and should be contained in the Feedback thread posted in the Rules and Feedback forum. Please do not discuss specific instances of moderation actions.

Moderator abuse

No abuse of moderators, whether on the board or in private messages will be permitted. If you send an abusive message to a moderator, you can expect to be banned in short order.

Closed threads

Please do not re-start closed discussions. If a thread is closed, it means the discussion is not acceptable for the forums, violates the rules or the users involved need time to cool off. If you feel a specific thread should be re-opened, please send a polite message to one of the moderators, either by private message or reporting the the first post in the original thread.

REPORTING POSTS

If you see a post or thread violating the rules, please use the Report Post function, and let the moderators deal with it. Note that reporting a post does not give you the right to break rules in retaliation. Please do not post that you have reported someone else, as that will likely make the situation worse and could be considered trolling.

Do not be a mini-mod. Telling other users to stop trolling, flaming or baiting will probably not make the situation better. Spamming the rules and telling people you have reported them will be considered trolling. Report the post and leave the rest to the moderation team.

All reported posts are sent to a moderation queue which is routinely cleared by the moderation team. Please allow at least 12 hours for a moderator response (although we are usually quite quick). If no action is taken on your reported post, please feel free to ask the moderators (via personal message) about it. Understand that moderators are not required to take action on every moderated post, as they may not see the situation the same way as you do.

SPAM DEFINIITION

Spam is posting a thread or reply that does not make a significant contribution to discussion. Moderators may allow some lighter threads (like game threads in White Noise), but in general it is expected that posters contribute and promote discussion. Posting isolated links is considered spam - please include an explanatory paragraph at the least.

VULGAR LANGUAGE

Swearing or explicit language is not necessary for any discussion on these forums. There is an autocensor on the forums that prevents most vulgar words, but it should not be relied on to convert everything. Bypassing the autocensor is not acceptable and will result in moderator action. Moderators will initially edit posts, but consistent bypassing or attempted swearing will end in a suspension. This language rule applies to all posted contents including images and videos.

There are two small exceptions to this rule.
  • If a video is posted that is relevant to discussion, it may be posted with a text warning (ie. caution, explicit language) above it. Vidoes must not be set to autoplay.
  • We realize it is necessary for users to express themselves, and sometimes normal words are just not enough. In this case, you may string together symbols, as long as no word or meaning can be derived from them.
Acceptable: @*&#^!&

Not acceptable:
You f*!^$%@.
#&!*wad.
#*ck you.

INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT

This is a family-friendly (PG) forum. Users on these forums should not be exposed to graphic violence, hate talk, or explicit sexual content. This includes advocation of hate, cruelty and illegal actions. Consider a 'one-click' rule to be in place - you may not post or link directly to any page that contains inappropriate content. Moderators will edit or delete inappropriate content immediately.

TROLLING

Trolling is defined as posting with the intent of annoying or provoking a negative reaction from other users. We realize this can be a grey issue in many cases, and moderators will use their discretion and judgment to sort situations out. The following is considered trolling:
  • Posting a negative topic about a group. For example, a "Why are ____ always ______".
  • Posting about a person instead of the topic at hand. Please keep discussion topic based. If you are talking about another user in a way which is not relative to discussion, you're doing it wrong.
  • Using personal information or images to attack another user. This includes making negative comments about where someone has been educated, where they grew up etc.
  • Mocking other users by imitating their posting style and behaviour.
  • Being rude, condescending, overly critical and aggressive.
  • Spamming board rules, or telling other users you've reported their posts.
  • Posting abrasive negative judgement on the quality of posts (eg. 'Your opinion is moronic, ignorant, stupid)
Stay civil and discuss the topic rather than the users.

FLAMING

Flaming is defined as posting insults, or something intended to insult another user or group of users. Indirect attacks are included and not tolerated.

Not allowed:
'You're a moron'.
'Anyone who thinks _____ is an idiot."
'Only a complete idiot would say that."

Moderators will look at the context of situations to determine whether an attack is indirect. It is not acceptable to flame forum members, but some leeway is given to flaming people outside of the forum like public figures and celebrities, as long as the intent is not to antagonize other forum members.

SIGNATURES AND AVATARS

Your signature image(s) will not exceed 600x200 pixels and your avatar will not exceed 80x80 pixels. The combined file size for avatars and signatures may not exceed 500 kB.

Please limit additional text and quotes to one or two lines. Your signature may be removed without warning if it is found to be too big. Images that are larger than 600x200 or 500KB are inconsiderate to those unable to access the site with a high-speed connection. To check the size of your image, right click your image to view its properties. Vulgarity, inappropriate images, advertisements, and anything else contrary to the other rules, are not acceptable.

Embedded video sigs (like youtube) are not acceptable.

Repeated signature size infractions may result in a warning, or in extreme cases, a suspension.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I'M BANNED

When you are banned, you will receive a message explaining the ban and the time to be served when you next login. You can check the status of your warning points by clicking the 'X warning points' text under your avatar. You will also be able to view moderator notes and explanations of past violations and suspensions.

HOW DO I REDUCE MY WARNING POINTS?

One option is to send a private message to the Administrator or Super Moderators asking for a reduction. Please don't do this unless you've gone months without a warning and have displayed good behavior recently. Moderators have every right to refuse a warning reduction.

In some cases, warning points may be set to expire a certain time after being received. If this happens it will be noted in your ban explanation message.

The Admin and Super Mods may also remove warnings at any time if they see you posting constructively and being a good influence on the forum.

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