THE FOLLOWING RULES WERE LAST UPDATED ON April 3rd, 2006
These are Official Rules for the Penguin Forums as approved by Penguin Magic Administrators.
The Penguin Magic Discussion Forums (aka "Penguin Town") are public forums and, while we appreciate and encourage your thoughts, comments, and input, we also ask that you follow a few basic rules.
By using or participating on the Penguin Magic Forums, you agree to the Rules of Conduct.
Use of the Penguin Magic Forums is a privilege, not a right, that may be revoked at any time without notice at the sole discretion of Penguin Magic.
Should you have questions, suggestions or other comments regarding the Penguin Magic Forums, contact Timah via private message, or you can email Penguin Magic at CustomerService@PenguinMagic. com Please include the name you use on the forum, your real name, and email/contact information in any inquiry.
Here are some things you'll want to keep in mind while posting on the Penguin Forums: The posting of information or material that is not suitable for ALL ages is strictly prohibited.
Direct exposure or links that expose magic secrets or that damage a product or inventor is strictly prohibited. Additionally, offers and/or requests for exposure of magic secrets that damage a product or inventor are also prohibited. This includes the performance of sleights.
Non-Penguin Magic Marketing
Posts and links that mention other magic vendors may be made provided the item in quesion is NOT carried by Penguin. Posts that include links to other magic forums, or forums which may lead to other marketing websites/vendors other than Penguin Magic which carry items Penguin carries are prohibited. Posts that include links to personal magic websites are also prohibited. You ARE allowed to discuss non-Penguin products as long as you follow these guidelines:
1.) Do not discuss other companies/sites, which carry Penguin products ? no links, or abbreviations.
2.) Do not recommend getting a product over a Penguin product. For example saying, ?Stealth Pen sucks, get [non-penguin product] instead.? would get your post/thread deleted!
3.) It is OK to give a negative opinion on a Penguin product as long as you do not recommend a non-Penguin product over it.
4.) With the exception of the ?Most Wanted? forum, and the ?Reviews? forum, you cannot start a thread about a non-Penguin product.
This rule is directed to those who visit the Penguin site to start trouble, stir the pot, so to speak. Those who make Topics/Messages for the sole purpose of disrupting the normal flow of respectful conversation. Treat the Penguin site as you would treat any other "house" you've been invited to. Show courtesy and respect for it's property and it's inhabitants. Questioning or downgrading Penguins business practices and the "house of Penguin" or "Penguin Bashing" will not be tolerated.
Criticism of a constructive nature is encouraged. However postings which denigrate and bash those that supply Penguin with magic, whether suppliers or a single person will not be tolerated and will be deleted.
Additionally non constructive criticism of effects sold by Penguin will also be deleted. Example: That trick sucks, it is garbage, etc. Especially those posts which clearly show the person does not own the effect.
Additionally any posts which are not helpful, constructive and positive in nature will be deleted, no questions asked! This includes posting negatively about mods (or anyone for that matter) or challenging a mod's decision. These posts will be deleted! If you have a problem with a mod doing their job you can take it up with Acar or the Head Moderator (currently FCCHIEF).
Flaming, Bashing, and Trolling
Hate posts and personal attacks will not be tolerated on the Penguin Magic Forums. Treat others on these message boards as you would expect them to treat you. "Talking trash" about another user will not be tolerated, as is posting topics/messages specifically to provoke a negative response from someone (aka trolling).
There will be no offensive language allowed on the Penguin Magic Forums. This includes any coded or partially written bad language (Censor Bypassing). If you are unsure whether or not your language is offensive, a simple rule to follow is: "when in doubt, leave it out." Posts with profanity in them will be deleted on the spot without warning and without hesitation.
Purposely spamming a message board with senseless, vacuous, or empty messages (1 word comments, single or numerous Emoticons) to increase your post count is highly frowned upon. This includes such things as two-word "I agree" or "me too" responses, continually posting the same topic on a particular board, and posting the same question across several boards.
Posting messages in all bold, all color or all CAPS is hard on the eyes. Do not abuse the bold, color and caps features. For the most part, just use bold, color and caps for emphasis. Posting long strings of Emoticons is prohibited, as is posting long strings of text or characters that stretch the screen to the right so people have to scrool across to read it is prohibited. In addition writing in a Font Size too small for someone to read is prohibited as this is disruptive and open to abuse. If in doubt, post in normal size.
Flooding a topic/topics with a string of your messages is also considered Disruptive Posting. Do not Flood/Spam for the sole purpose of raising your post count.
Going off topic is also considered disruptive, when you post a reply keep your responses pertaining to what material or conversation the topic is about. Don't post non relevant messages ... stay on topic.
For Sale/For Trade Ads
The personal sale and trading of magic tricks is prohibited on Penguin Magic. Do not post For Sale/For Trade posts. They will be deleted. It should go without saying, but this is a commercial business. Advertising from other dealers, their representatives or employees will be deleted on sight.
Impersonating Other Users/Accessing Another User's Account
You may not impersonate another board member or create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking other users. Impersonating a Moderator or a mod edit is strictly prohibited. Also, accessing or using someone else's account or attempting to access another poster's account is strictly prohibited.
Private Messages (PM's)
There will be no sharing of or copying and pasting of any Private messages (PM's) to the public forums. PM's are to remain private. If you have trouble with someone sending you unwarranted PM's, contact an Admin or a Moderator.
Requesting that someone PM, email, Instant Message or otherwise contact you off the public board is not allowed. The reason for this rule is from a long history of abuse. Also the posting of personal email addresses. While there might be legitimate reason/s for this sort of request, let's face it... most of the time it's to trade secrets. So please do not request someone to contact you.
These are public boards, so act like you would if you were in a public place. Some questionable issues are left to the discretion of the individual Moderators, but may include any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, misleading, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, racist, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, sexual preference insults, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy or beliefs, that otherwise violates any law, or that encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense, and any other issue/s that may require Moderator discretion. This is to include postings which refer to P2P software and Torrents, the advocation of use of these products, or the mentioning of downloading any content via these type products. Postings will be deleted, no questions asked.
No Contests allowed
No contests are allowed at the present time. If you wish to run any type of contest you will need prior Administrator approval. If by chance you obtain Admin approval Moderators have to be notified so they will know not to delete them. Unauthorized/unapproved contests will be deleted on sight.
Remember that all Rules extend to all areas of the Penguin Magic Forums, including but not limited to Private Messages, Avatars, Signatures, Locations and all of your Penguin's Only forums.
By registering at the Penguin Magic Forums, users agree that any post may be removed at the sole discretion of the Penguin Moderators. Penguin Magic also has the right, at its sole discretion, to revoke board privileges at any time without notice or reason. Think of these rules as a forewarning and, if you break them, you're taking your forum status into your own hands.
Penguin Magic has the right but not the obligation to monitor and/or moderate the Penguin Magic Forums. Penguin Magic reserves the right to change any or all other parts of these Rules of Conduct at their sole discretion and without notice.