THE RULES - read them!

link Arawak Joined: Nov 13, 2002
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Welcome to The Rum Shop, an online venue to discuss cricket in a Caribbean context. If you want to discuss other stuff, try The Back Room or one of the many other message board sites.

There is really only one Rule: Don't be a Jackass.

There are many ways to be a Jackass, and we will detail the main ones here. This list is by no means definitive.

1. Racial abuse, race baiting. This is a multi-racial and multi-ethnic community and that reality must be respected. Derogatory references to any race, or race/ethnic/religious based insults are not acceptable. Posts that are deemed to be an attempt to stir up racial arguments are not acceptable. At best offenders may get a warning, but will most likely simply have their posting privileges abruptly removed. On the line is out.

There are racial words that may be acceptable in some places, amongst some people. There are not acceptable here, please don't use them.

2. Offtopic posts. The Rum Shop is for cricket discussion, the Back Room is for everything else. If it's not about cricket, don't post it in the Rum Shop.

3. Multiple handles. People who want to have conversations with themselves should visit a doctor.

4. Explicit or excessive profanity. This isn't church, but that doesn't mean everyone wants to read someone's potty mouth.

5. Commercial announcements. If you want to advertise on this site then please contact the sales department (sales at caribbeancricket dot com).

Notes

The Rum Shop (and the Back Room) is a raucous place, and we make no guarantees that people will be civil to you. If you have delicate sensibilities or are easily offended, then this is not the place for you. You are best advised develop a thick skin if you choose to post here.

The moderators will move threads that do not belong in the Rum Shop, and lock ones that are getting out of control. Starting a new thread to continue a discussion that has been locked is definitely Jackass behaviour.

Democracy may be a wonderful way to govern a country but it has no place here. The Shopkeeper has absolute authority and does not answer to anyone when his wife is not home. Plebicites and lobbying affect nothing, and the decisions of the Shopkeeper are not subject to appeal. But, as much as possible, the Shopkeeper prefers to interfere as little as possible.

Enjoy the discussions here, but remember that what gets posted here has only as much credibility as the (generally) anonymous person posting it. Don't take things too seriously and try to have a good time.

ADDENDUM 1

Reposting articles from other websites in their entirety is not allowed as this has copyright implications.

The way to repost an article is to include just the first portion of the article, followed by a link to the rest of the article. This gives the source their due credit and allows them to gain the benefit of of their work in terms of web traffic.

Also acceptable, but less preferable, is just the link by itself or with a comment.

ADDENDUM 2

Statements that could be contrued as libel are jackassery. Rest assured that in the event of legal action resulting from libel your name, IP address, everything will be shared with the authorities.

ADDENDUM 3

Please do not post links to copyrighted material such as video clips. This is illegal and we will have to remove the links and suspend the accounts of those who ignore this request. Youtube and Google Video are fine, however.

ADDENDUM 4

Abusing or harassing people with Private Messages is jackassery. Contining to send people private messages after they have told you not to is harassment.

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