Terms of Service and Rules
The Beyond3D forum community rules are minimal, straightforward and all underpin a core tenet of "be nice to each other". There's a lot of scope for a heated discussion in 3D graphics and we encourage it at Beyond3D, but only if you're able to stay civil and keep the conversation on-topic and moving forwards.
Circular discussion and argument is frowned upon pretty heavily, as is moving off-topic rapidly, shilling for your favourite company and not listening to experienced members.
We have a lot of industry participation on the forums from all walks of graphics life. In fact, that's one of the great things about Beyond3D: you can be posting in a thread about a game or a piece of hardware and the folks who built it might well pop up and add something to the discussion.
So the rules are:
- Have a good time! The Beyond3D forums are an excellent place to discuss graphics technologies, games, consoles, handheld devices and more. Have a great time posting.
- Keep colourful language to a minimum. It tends to just add noise, not signal.
- Listen to the moderation team. We have over 100 man years of experience between us, so if we ask you to do something around your behaviour or posting style, please heed their advice or instruction.
- Keep your bias in check. Bias and preference are unavoidable in a lot of cases, but rarely do they help move a discussion forwards. Talk about what you like and don't like positively, not derisively.
- If you're a shill, go away. Seriously, if you're acting on behalf of a company to overtly promote its products or rubbish the competition, please leave and find another forum to subvert.
- If you're banned, please see out the ban. If you want to talk about why you were banned, as a banned user you can still message the moderation team.
If you get stuck and need some help understanding a moderation decision or some other aspect of how we run the forums, head to the Site Feedback area and make a post and ask.
If all else fails, drop me, Rys, the forum's Admin, a line by email. firstname.lastname@example.org will make its way to me.
Lastly, we have a basic user promotion system. It's not something to game, but more of an indication of how long and prolifically someone's been participating over the years:
- 0-249 posts, you're a Newcomer
- 250-999 posts, you're a Regular
- 1000-4999, you're a Veteran
- 5000+, you're a Legend
You get various extra stuff as you make your way up the ranks, but nothing crazy. Regulars and above can edit their own posts, have a signature, and give themselves custom user tiles, Veterans can add colour to their signatures.