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About these rules
Who do they apply to
Are these rules likely to change

Posting Rules
Start NewTopic
Use Meaningful Title
No email-ID
Don't Shout
Search before Post

Acceptable Behavior
Language
Give Respect
Give Feedback

Use of Links
No Forum Links
Signature Links
Spamming
Warez, etc

Private Messaging
Don't ask via PM
Keep it Clean
Don't Misuse

Attachment
Copyright
Cracked

Use of Images
Copyright
Adult Content
Advertising
Slow Servers

Our Policies
Edit or Remove
Warning
Ban
Termination

 

About these rules
Who do they apply to
IBMMAINFRAMES.com support forum is a free, open and public discussion board to make a communication among worldwide mainframe professionals. To make this Forum usable by all, we have created these Rules. Everyone, nobody is excused from them (except moderators and admin), and it's the users responsibility to keep upto date with changes to the rules
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Are these rules likely to change
Yes, rules may be changed after discussions in the Admin area. We reserve the rights to change the forum rules at any moment, Edit or delete the posts in the forum, remove Private messages and attachments, display advertisements on technology basement and even BAN the users without any notification or warning.
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Posting Rules
Start NewTopic
Start a new topic to post your queries. Do not ask your doubts as a reply to another post. Posts are to be made in relevant category/Forum. If you can't find one, post in Other Mainframe topics(e.g. Do not post SQL queries in COBOL Forum).
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Use Meaningful Title
Make your topic title meaningful and descriptive. Do not use words such as 'Urgent'/ 'Please'/ 'Help!' or 'Important' in your subject line. Don't use the Forum name as your topic title. In a nutshell, provide as much relevant information as possible you have. At the same time, let the post be short, to the point and not long stories ..
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No email-ID
Never post your Email-IDs, IRC links in the Posts or signature. Don't attach your resumes/CV. If you have to submit your resume, upload it to mainframeindia.com and submit the link thru a Private Message.
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Don't Shout
Do not use all CAPS, big text size, excessive question marks (?) or exclamation points (!) in your subject or content, the reason being is that this is considered as shouting
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Search before Post
Try to solve the problem yourself and make sure you have used the 'Search' facility before posting. You may be warned by the moderator, if your query already discussed and solved in our forums. If you are not satisfied with the previous solutions, post the query in the relevant/FAQ forum with your 'search' history.
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Acceptable Behavior
Language
All posts must be in English, there are several nationalities roaming here, people must be able to understand what you wrote. It doesn't matter if you write grammatically incorrect English, but never try another language. The forum also has a facility to check spelling, please use it!
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Give Respect
Treat others with respect, they are spending their time and head on your problem. Be patient and help others if you can. This is an all volunteer board so if your post gets answered, please remember to thank the posters for their effort.
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Give Feedback
Give feedback. If someone helps you by answering your question, try to add a follow-up response letting them know if it worked or not. If you made it work in a different manner or you did not get any result, do make it a point to let the forum know.
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Use of Links
No Forum Links
Try to avoid referring the links from our competitor websites. And never refer any links to the posts made in other Mainframe / MVS Help forums
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Signature Links
Links are not permitted in signatures. Links to Websites must be made in Text and/or by using the WWW link which can be set in your profile. Links within Signatures will be removed.
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Spamming
Spamming is considered to be multiple posts regarding the one website in order to attract traffic there for a personal gain. Do not use our forums for any commercial purpose, to distribute any advertising or solicitation of funds or goods and services without the prior approval from the site admin.!
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Warez, etc
Linking to malicious programs, pornography etc. will not be tolerated at all, post them to be banned!
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Private Messaging
Don't ask via PM
Do not request help via Private messages(PM) or emails. Post all your queries on forum itself. You will be banned if we receive any complaints from other users regarding this.
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Keep it Clean
Keep your inbox and outbox clean, delete unnecessary messages periodically.
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Don't Misuse
Do not send PM to other members without the proper reason.
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Attachment
Copyright
You should not use our forums to post/attach/link any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, sexually oriented, abusive, harassing or threatening, contains viruses or other contaminating or destructive features, violates the rights of others, such as Content which infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or violates any right of privacy or publicity, or otherwise violates any applicable law.. Feel free to ask the moderators before posting the downloaded materials from other sites.
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Cracked
Users posting or asking for information on warez, cracks etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed
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Use of Images
Copyright
No images, avatars, signatures which are under copyright should be used unless you make quite clear who the copyright belongs to and that you are allowed to use the image for social purposes.
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Adult Content
Examples of images not allowed are those specifically of Male and Female, or two people engaging in any form of sexual activity.
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Advertising
Putting links advertising websites (eg. Free Hosting click here) or linking to auction websites is strictly forbidden.
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Slow Servers
Links to images on slow servers e.g Lycos or those prone to failure will be removed. We recommend to use imageshack.us to upload your images and screenshots.
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Our Policies
Edit or Remove
The moderating, support and admin teams reserve the right to edit or remove your posts at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Team members and not users.
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Warning
Users abusing these rules will be given One(1) warning per abuse. If the offence is repeated, they will face a possible ban. If you received one or more warnings you are not eligible to participate in our 'MEMBER OF THE MONTH' contest.
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Ban
Users, their Email and IP will be banned permanently once they received the third(3) warning. And this can't be UNDO even by the site admin.
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Termination
OUR GOAL IS NOT POPULATION! So we have the rights to terminate the membership without any notice, if the user is not active for a long period.
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