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Guidelines & Terms of Service

Forum Rules, Guidelines & Terms of Service

Here we summarize the most important rules and guidelines, as well as the terms of service of the Talk Classical forum. If in doubt about any of these rules and guidelines - or generally if you need help with anything on this board - you can always send a PM (private message) to a member of the staff, or use the contact form.

Forum Rules

Multiple registrations from the same IP address will not be allowed unless approved in advance by the forum owners. Members are only allowed one active account - when the moderators are convinced that multiple accounts are used by the same person ("sock puppeting"), all these accounts will be banned.

Members may not post/blog any messages or insert any images, nor insert URL links to any images or text that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise deemed unsuitable for this forum.

Members may not advertise nor insert URL links to any commercial or non-commercial products or websites for potential personal gain within their personal profile page, within blogs, nor in threads/posts except in the designated area (The »Classifieds« forum), and only if they apply solely to Classical Music and no other genre, unless given express permission by the owners of Talk Classical. The »Classifieds« forum is also the only place where you can advertise items for sale, provided that there are no legal issues (so e.g. no bootleg recordings) and only if they apply solely to Classical Music and no other genre, unless given express permission by the owners of Talk Classical.

It is strictly prohibited to solicit traffic to any sites competing with Talk Classical in any way, including but not limited to, links in posts, signatures, profile information, private messages, visitor messages, or blog pages.

Any kind of material copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member may not be posted on Talk Classical without the consent of the copyright holder. This includes images hosted on the Talk Classical server, large amounts of text (including song lyrics), and posting download links that breach copyright. Images that fall under copyright can only be shown by linking to the URL of the image hosted elsewhere via the [img]URL[/img] code. The use of the 'insert image' button may only be used for images that you created yourself, because the button will by default store the image on the Talk Classical server.

Guidelines for General Behavior

Be polite to your fellow members. If you disagree with them, please state your opinion in a »civil« and respectful manner. This applies to all communication taking place on Talk Classical, whether by means of posts, private messages, visitor messages, blogs or social groups.

Do not post comments about other members person or »posting style« on the forum (unless said comments are unmistakably positive). Argue opinions all you like but do not get personal and never resort to »ad homs«. Mentioning that someone is on your ignore list is not allowed either.

»Trolling« is not welcome. A »troll« is someone who intentionally posts derogatory or inflammatory messages with the deliberate intent to bait users into responding, ranging from subtle jibes to outright personal attacks.

Public accusations of multiple accounts are unacceptable and will be considered trolling. Any accusations about multiple accounts should be made in a report for preference or by a PM to a moderator where it will be converted into a report.

If you have any complaints about other users or their posts, contact the staff directly (by private message) or use the »report post« function. Do not reply 'in kind' to posts that you believe are not in line with our general guidelines.

A special forum has been created for Political and/or Religious discussions that are related to Classical Music. In general political comments and posts are not allowed on Talk Classical, neither in threads nor posts in its forums, social groups, visitor messaging, blogs and signatures, other than those specified related solely to Classical Music in this special dedicated forum. For religious comments and posts, the same holds, except that religious statements are allowed in signatures, and general religious threads and posts are allowed in the social groups.

Terms of Service

The owners/administrators/moderators of Talk Classical reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread or post for any reason.

The owners of Talk Classical retain the right to store and publish on the forums the content of any posts, for an indefinite period of time, and have no obligations to delete, edit or move posts per the request of current or former users, except if the post includes personally identifiable information in which case the user may request that information to be removed from the post .

In compliance with GPDR, user accounts may be deleted per a Private Message to the forum staff.

Username change requests will be allowed only to members in good standing. A member in "good standing" is one who has never received an infraction, or has not been issued an infraction for a period of at least one calendar year from the expiration date of the most recent infraction. One, and only one, username change is allowed per member (meeting the above requirements for 'good standing') each year. The user must wait a full calendar year before requesting a change again.

Although the administrators and moderators of Talk Classical will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Talk Classical, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

The default language for this forum is English (US).

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