• Policies & Infractions

  • FlyingGiants moderates online discussions using a sophisticated, highly customized infraction system. In order to maintain a welcoming environment that everyone can enjoy, we require all FlyingGiants members to follow the simple policies outlined on this page. Thank you.
Name Description Points
Redacted Content*Points: 0 The content has been removed from view for undisclosed reasons. This infraction is not really an infraction at all, and is only used when we must hide otherwise acceptable content for legal, ethical, or other reasons. 0
Copyright infringement*Points: 1 Posted content contains copyrighted material and the poster does not have a license for distribution, or the post encourages or provides access in some way to pirated material. Note that it is considered copyright infringement to quote extensively from a published work, including articles published online. Please provide a link to such works rather than a quote. 1
Cross-postingPoints: 1 Posting the same content in multiple posts. Note that moderators only act on cross-posts that cause a problem, and often choose not to issue any warnings, instead choosing to move, merge, or close threads to resolve the situation. 1
Excessive Advertising (Over-competition)Points: 1 Vendors may freely respond to any questions that are asked, but are prohibited from heavy participation in competitor's threads and may not seek to detour discussions toward their own products. 1
Excessive Advertising (Spam)Points: 1 We allow one advertisement per week per forum per user. An advertisement is any content designed to sell or publicize an event, good, or service. Note that certain areas of the site (including the classifieds and vendor sections) are exempt from this rule. 1
Off Topic AdvertisementPoints: 1 The post contains an advertisement that is not appropriate given the forum's topic. 1
Offensive Content (Violent)*Points: 1 The post contains content which conveys a threat or depicts an injury in a graphic manner. 1
Offensive content (Flatulence)*Points: 1 Flatulence is when a user brings up a controversial off-topic issue (e.g. religion, politics, moderation issues) within the course of an on-topic discussion. Please keep all content in its proper place. 1
Offensive content (Nudity)*Points: 1 The post contains content that portrays an area of the body normally covered by a bikini. 1
Offensive content (Offsite link)*Points: 1 The post contains a link to content considered offensive. 1
Offensive content (Personal info)*Points: 1 The post contains an email address, phone number, street address, or other private information about another individual. We do not allow the posting of this information because once it is indexed by the search engines it may cause a person annoyances in the form of spam, telemarketing calls, etc. Note that it is acceptable to provide the public with a user's real name and general locale (e.g. "someuser is really Joe Smith from Chicago"). 1
Offensive content (Profanity)*Points: 1 The post contains language presumed to be considered offensive by a majority of our users, or the poster has deliberately circumvented the swear word filter by misspelling a word, substituting certain characters, or crafting an abbreviation. If the offending word can be determined by context then this warning can apply. The sole exception to the abbreviation clause is "BS," which is deemed acceptable in abbreviated form only, and only in the context of "falseness." 1
Offensive content (Racism)*Points: 1 The post contains a judgment of the intelligence, character, or appearance of a race of people, supports a position of superiority of one race over another, or contains humor or other text which would reasonably be considered offensive by a member of a given race. 1
Offensive content (Substance abuse)*Points: 1 The post depicts or endorses the use or abuse of mind-altering drugs or the abuse of alcohol. 1
Offensive content (Suggestive)*Points: 1 The post contains sexually suggestive material or offensive gestures. 1
Over-bumpingPoints: 1 The post does not contain relevant information and was made purely to keep the poster's thread near the top of the thread listing. We allow two bumps per thread. 1
Personal AttackPoints: 1 The author has attacked another user's intelligence, character, or appearance. 1
Trolling (Group attack)Points: 1 The post contains an attack against the intelligence, character, or appearance of a group of users. 1
Trolling (Obnoxious behavior)Points: 1 The post is designed to annoy other users, inflate the post count of the author, describe or recommend an illegal or recklessly dangerous activity, or give advice that, if followed, would cause obvious harm. 1
Trolling (Provocation)Points: 1 The post contains content which is designed to elicit an emotional response from other users. 1
Unapproved contestPoints: 1 Raffles and wagering are strictly prohibited. Contests where items of real value may be awarded may be run by site sponsors no more than once every 30 days. Non-sponsors may run contests only if the item has no real value, or if special permission is received from the forum moderator or site administrators. 1
Trolling (Widespread)Points: 3 Posting obnoxiously in multiple forums or threads with the intention of distracting the user-base and annoying moderators. 3
Highly Offensive Content (Immediate suspension)*Points: 10 The posted material is considered so offensive that the user must be immediately suspended. 10
*: Indicates that users will not be able to view the content of posts which have received this infraction.