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Forum Rules - Read Before You Post

Postby Whiterook » Sat May 21, 2011 8:11 pm

All Members must agree to follow these simple rules:

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You MUST post a thread in the "Introductions" board of the HQ Section upon registration so we know you are here for the right reasons.
Say hello to your new forum friends and let us welcome you aboard! Tell us a little (or a lot) of your interest in miniature and other wargaming, and this will show us a good-faith effort showing you are here for what the site was created for....the hobby of Wargaming (and not spamming unwanted products).....
Otherwise, your registration will be deleted.

You are welcome to lurk on the site as a Guest; but membership comes with the stipulation that you are a *contributing* member, even if only an occasional post....ON topic.


    1. No foul language or any type of language that would be considered abusive. This includes any instances which are knowingly mean, false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, sexually oriented, vulgar, obscene, hateful, harassing, profane, racist, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy; or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or that otherwise violates any local, state, national or international law or regulation.

    2. Use of potentially offensive Usernames and / or Avatars is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: Extreme politically oriented, racist, violence or nudity, war criminals, of a vulgar nature, etc.

    3. No posting of full copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you.

    4. Multiple Military Wargaming Forum Accounts by a single person are prohibited.

    5. Spammers will not be tolerated. Grow up and go somewhere else. Based upon infraction level, a Member will either receive a Warning, or be Banned outright.

    6. No blatant advertisements for non-strategy/Wargamer products. Schemes, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also prohibited in this forum. Users are allowed to include a web site address in a signature, request comments on their personal site in a social setting, or provide an interesting or relevant wargaming or military/history link to another site.

    7. No Trolling. Trolling is whenever someone is clearly and deliberately posting in a manner for the purpose of angering and/or insulting the other participants of the forum boards; whether directed towards one user or a group of users. Trolling DOES NOT encourage further discussion; it only encourages personal attacks and will not be tolerated.


    8. No Copyright Infringement posts. We do not permit the posting of information that will enable other people to use pirated software or to evade the copyright laws. Please DO NOT post serial numbers or CD keys, copyrighted media or links to sites that contain file-sharing software or such information.


    9. Keep posts on topic. The Moderator corps reserves the right to delete posts when necessary.

    10. No rude or disrespectful posts to or about any Military Wargaming Forum Moderators or Staff. We will not tolerate any forum member acting in this manner.


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Military Wargaming Forum will maintain a high-level decency standard on our forum’s boards.

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Legal disclaimer:

Military Wargaming Forum does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The posts/messages express the views of the author of the post/message, not necessarily the views of Military Wargaming Forum or any entity associated with it. Members remain solely responsible for the content of their messages, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Military Wargaming Forum, and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of messages. Military Wargaming Forum also reserves the right to reveal Member identities and / or recent activities in the course of any legal proceedings in which it may be drawn into.

Please direct any questions or concerns to me or to one of the moderators.

Revised: October 17, 2012

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A word about "Fair Use" of referenced material. The following is applicable US law from http://www.copyright...2chap1.html#107:

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§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use


Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include —


(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;


(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;


(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and


(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.


The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.



Further info from the US copyright office:

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The distinction between “fair use” and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.


The 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law cites examples of activities that courts have regarded as fair use: “quotation of excerpts in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work, for illustration or clarification of the author's observations; use in a parody of some of the content of the work parodied; summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report; reproduction by a library of a portion of a work to replace part of a damaged copy; reproduction by a teacher or student of a small part of a work to illustrate a lesson; reproduction of a work in legislative or judicial proceedings or reports; incidental and fortuitous reproduction, in a newsreel or broadcast, of a work located in the scene of an event being reported.”

Please bear in mind that it is always best to get owners' permission before using their material.


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Posting images

We realize that many members have collections of photographs; or photographs of wargaming items, museum items, militaria or scale models used in wargaming. Such images are welcome and the rules below do not necessarily apply to them. To avoid confusion, however, we recommend that you credit your image(s) as appropriate.


Image size
In respect for members with slow connections or small screen resolutions, please ensure that posted images do not expand the screen horizontally beyond the normal screen width. When posting from an external linked site (meaning you are using Photobucket, Flickr, Imageshack, or similar), the typical image size is generally no larger than around 640 X 480 pixels.


Excessive images
Try to only post enough images to make your point. This will in most cases be no more than 2 - 5 images per post, and you must always be able to explain why you have posted any image, if asked. If posting more than 5 images in one post, you must have a very clear reason for doing so.


Listing the source of the images
We appreciate that many of the discussions require illustrations, including period photographs. At the same time, we would like to maintain the high quality that the Military Wargaming Forum is known for. Therefore, we require that our members list the source of the photographs they post as appropriate, per he following. The required information depends on the source of the photograph:

    • Books and magazines: The author and title of the book. Page number is also preferred, but not required.

    • Archives: The archive name and reference, as per the instructions of the archive.


    • Websites: The URL to the specific page where the photograph was found. Note, that Google image search or eBay auction is not accepted. If you have found the photograph using Google image search, you must follow the link on Google, and post the website address. Likewise, for eBay auctions, you must post the seller's id. If you do not remember the source, you must explicitly write this (this is not a carte blanche to state that the source for all the photographs you post are unknown, and abuse of this method is not accepted).


    • Own collection: If you own the photograph yourself (i.e. a period print or a print which you are allowed to re-publish), it will be understood based upon this guideline that by not posting a credit, that it is lawfully yours. Claiming you own photographs which you do not actually own will not be tolerated.

Violating these guidelines can result in removal of posts, warnings and banning.


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