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1 General forum rules
Violation of any of the following General Forum rules will result in a preliminary warning. If violations continue, the forum user will be banned for one week with a note explaining the reason for the ban. If violations continue, the user will suffer a permanent ban. Additionally, if necessary, a Forum Moderator or Administrator may delete or edit posts or signatures at will and without warning. These enforcement policies are slightly different than the Piracy rules, so you are encouraged to read both policies thoroughly before posting.
Forums are not static entities. As need arises, these rules may be altered or added to. Exemptions to any of these rules may be granted by forum moderators.
1.1 General conduct
- Be civil.
- Polite language is required.
- Respect the coding efforts of XBMC devs and other coders. Calling a program or addon “worthless” will be automatically deemed as disrespect.
- Respect the efforts of the forum moderators and those answering questions or writing guides. They are working for free in a fairly thankless job.
- Make an effort to read any sticky threads in the forum you're posting in, along with FAQs and Online Manuals.
- Be patient. XBMC's user base is global and there are many more forum users asking questions than writing answers. Please wait at least 24 hours before bumping your own post unless you have new information to add.
1.2 No solicitation
- No donation links directly to Paypal or any other donation collections website. However, you may post links to other websites, even if those websites have links to donation sites (for example, Wikipedia requests donations regularly, but you are still welcome to post links to Wikipedia. Alternatively, if you’ve written a guide or created an XBMC addon on your site that’s applicable to a discussion, and your site includes a donation option, you are still welcome to post a link to your website.)
- The only exception to the above rule is in the original post of an original work relating to XBMC created by the author of the work. For example, if the post author was the primary author/designer of an XBMC addon, skin, or useful guide, that author may include a donation link. The link must be written with this exact wording: "Donations for this [addon/skin/guide/etc] gratefully accepted."'
- Users may not use company names or websites as usernames, unless those companies or websites are legal non-profits or XBMC sponsors, and then the user must include a personal identifier (e.g. XBMCSponser-Nate or Nonprofit-Nate).
- One topic per thread for ease of management.
- All posts should be written in English to ensure uniformity and to make the post accessible to the maximum number of people.
- Choose a descriptive thread title. Descriptive thread titles are not only far more likely to be read, but will rank higher in searches and be more helpful to others with the same problem in the future. Use some of the terms you used in your search queries as a base for the thread title.
- Be as descriptive and detailed as possible. Assume nothing, there are no mind readers on the XBMC Community Forum.
- Post all the the information requested in forum stickies, everything you've tried so far, any suspicions you have. Show that you've made an effort on your own. And remember “the latest release” can mean many different things, so be descriptive in what version of XBMC you are using.
- When posting a problem you are encouraged to post a debug log from when the problem occurred. When posting a log or other lengthy code in the forum, please use a paste site, as described in the debug log wiki page. Do not post log snippets on the forum, if you want to point out a specific part refer to the line number.
- No cross-posting. Do not cross-post or double-post.
- Don't misrepresent the work of others as your own.
- Don’t try to draw excessive attention to your signature through use of large characters, unusual fonts, or colors.
- Signatures are to be limited to 4 lines of text plus 1 image with a max-height of 40px.
- Images and links advertising addons that violate XBMC's piracy policy will be removed.
- Links in signatures are to be limited to XBMC.org domains and sites related to XBMC (For example, a site dedicated to a dev’s XBMC addon).
- Forum moderators may, at any time, delete or alter your signature to be less distracting and spammy without warning.
1.5 Piracy Policy
- All discussions dealing directly with or linking to add-ons, websites, or services that violate US copyright laws ("pirated content") will be closed when a forum moderator has been made aware of them. The original poster or add-on creator may provide a link to a website not hosted by XBMC for further discussion and inquiries.
- Discussions for add-ons that link directly to pirated content and enables the user to access that content through the add-on will be shut down.
- All links to pirated content will be removed.
- "Pirated content" add-ons, websites, and services typically do not include the following (to be determined on a case-by-case basis if necessary):
- A. The add-on does not actually perform the act of accessing pirated content ("mistaken identity") [For example, Sickbeard, which performs no actual downloading or streaming.]
- B. The add-on has the potential to access pirated content, but is potentially useful for downloading legal content as well. [For example, an add-on that downloads torrents is not, itself, a problem, since a torrent can cover a wide variety content, including legally distributed videos.]
- C. The add-on links/accesses content in a similar way to a normal web browser. This is done under the assumption that if the content owner did not want the content streamed, the owner should have not made the content available to be streamed in their site. [For example, the Bluecop Repository.]
- D. The add-on accesses content with permission of the content owner, the content is "copyleft", or the add-on accesses content without the clear disapproval of the content owner. XBMC will do its best to comply with DMCA-related takedown requests.
- Thread originators or add-on developers may petition Forum Moderators to re-open a thread that was closed if he or she believes one of the above exceptions applies.
- Fair use exceptions apply for issues such as small video samples for testing and debugging, fanart and related artwork, video and audio summaries, subtitles, etc.
- These rules apply only to the forum. They do not apply to the XBMC Addon Repository. At no point will any user be prevented from using XBMC Media Center as they so choose, nor will they be prevented from adding additional Addons not in the XBMC Addon Repository or additional add-on repositories.
2 ADVICE: How do I ask a question in a smart way?
If you are asked to ask a question in a smart way then you should refer to the article on the web called How To Ask Questions The Smart Way, it contains some very wise words to follow in online community forums if you would not like to ignored or treated as a stupid person. This article on "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way" covers areas like:
- When you ask:
- Use meaningful, specific subject headers
- Be explicit about your question
- Be precise and informative about your problem
- Grovelling is not a substitute for doing your homework
- Describe the problem's symptoms, not your guesses
- Describe your problem's symptoms in chronological order
- Describe the goal, not the step
- Don't ask people to reply by private e-mail or private message
- Courtesy never hurts, and sometimes helps
- Follow up with a brief note on the solution if you find one
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