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PokerSchoolOnline Forum Rules - Mon Jun 21, 2010, 05:14 PM
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PokerSchoolOnline Forum Rules

The forum is part of the website of PokerSchoolOnline.com. The forum is designed as a platform for the debate of poker-related topics. The discussions should take place in a constructive and friendly manner, even if occasionally the arguments may be rather heated.

Below we will list a number of rules for the forum which must be observed by members and guests.

Use the forum’s search function:
Many problems and issues have already been dealt with and solved in the forum. In many cases, using the search function will help you faster than waiting for an answer.

Select a suitable heading for your posts:
Try to describe the type of problem in the subject line and avoid subjects such as “Help!” etc. As a rule, such posts will be read and replied to less often. The PokerSchoolOnline team reserves the right to change headings if necessary.

No duplicate posts:
Duplicate posts will be deleted and only cause the moderators unnecessary work. If, when creating a thread, the wrong forum was selected, the moderators will move it to the right forum.
You may post several consecutive entries in the blogs without having to merge them. This is an exception!

Editing Post
You may edit your post up to 1 day from the time posted (1440 minutes). After that, all posts will no longer be able to be edited.

Reply to answers:
It is courteous to give feedback in a forum. It goes without saying that you should post a reply when a problem has been solved.

Warning members:
In the case of violations of the conditions of use, members may be warned and, in serious cases, banned from the forum.

Reasons for issuing a warning include:

• Members will be issued with a warning if they draw attention to their own commercial tournaments - either live or online!
• Members who mention their blog without backlink to PokerSchoolOnline.com in their signature and/or contributions.
• Members who insult other members or employees of PokerSchoolOnline and PokerStars or who are not constructive in their statements and opinions.
• SPAM (unwanted posts whose content is not relevant and without a real subject matter)
• Abuse of the report function, for instance in order to reach Support more quickly.
• Several duplicate posts - there is an edit function in the forum for this
• Anyone impersonating an PokerSchoolOnline team members or moderator will receive a warning!

Warnings will be issued by the moderators once they have personally assessed the situation. Anyone unhappy about a warning should private message the moderator in question and talk about it in a friendly manner and by providing support for the appeal. Warnings will only be retracted in justified exceptional cases.

Banning a member:
Members may be banned from the forum if despite several warnings they continue to violate forum rules. Members may be banned temporarily or permanently. In particularly serious cases there may also be consequences for their PokerStars account.
• Members who cause trouble and/or provoke others will be banned.
• Members who harass other members via PM.
• Members who repeatedly use unsuitable language
• A temporary ban is the same as a warning.
• Banned users many not set up a new account as this means they have a duplicate account, which violates PokerStars policy.

Content of contributions:
PokerSchoolOnline.com reserves the right to delete, move or edit posts that do not conform to forum rules. This will be done without notifying the author in advance.
The following content is not permitted or undesired:
• Posts whose content is extremely political or religious in nature
• Content that is criminal in nature, pornographic, harmful to young people, insulting or defamatory
• Warez or third-party copyright-protected content
• Email addresses
• Song lyrics
• Personal details such as telephone numbers, addresses etc. (please use PM system to exchange such information)
• Otherwise unacceptable posts that have not been listed here but are against the law, are an affront to common decency, violate moral norms or violate forum rules.
• Advertising
• Full quotes
• Begging posts
• Tournament passwords. (links to the relevant thread in our password forum are allowed.)

Images, graphics and attachments:
When using graphics and attachments, copyright must be observed. If in doubt, post a link to the graphic or file. You may not, under any circumstances, do any direct linking of images or files from external servers (traffic theft), i.e. direct links to a photo or using a photo as a hotlink. This is only allowed if the server or web space is the user’s own or of the links are from websites that allow these (clicksmilies, imageshack or other image hosting services).

Signatures are available to all members and can be used in any way whatsoever as long as the forum rules and the specifications for signatures are not violated. The signature may not be longer than three lines and 200 characters.
• Links to private blogs are only permitted with back link and upon prior consultation with the PokerSchoolOnline team.
• Hyperlinks to ref sites are not permitted.
• Images in the signature and banners are not permitted.
• No details such as telephone or fax numbers
• No email addresses 

Private messages (PM):
The "Private message" (PM) function is available to all forum members. It is designed to exchange non-public information. If this function is abused, it will be blocked and, in serious cases, the user will be excluded from the forum.
Passing on a PM to a moderator or forum administrator for the purposes of pointing out a breach of PM rules constitutes an exception to the rules.
• PMs must not be made accessible to third parties.
• PMs, or extracts thereof, must not be posted in the public forum.
• PMs must not be abused for advertising purposes.
• PMs must not be used for illegal purposes.
• A filtering system is in place that censors inappropriate language in the PMs. The PMs are NOT read by any staff members or moderators!

The following types of links are not allowed:
• links that point to competing offers, other poker sites or communities,
 2+2 Links are exception to the rule
• that point to illegal contents,

• that have an attached referrer,

• that contain theft games of any kind,

• that violate law and order,

• that only serve to generate profit from users’ clicking on it

• that are otherwise unacceptable.

• A post’s copyright remains with its author. By posting a contribution, the author grants the forum irrevocable right of use to the contribution. The forum continues to have right of use over the posts even once an account has been deleted or a user ceases to be a member.
• Posts by moderators will become the property of the forum and can be utilised in any way. In particular, this also applies for when a moderator quits.
• It is not permitted to post texts from third-party websites other than by quoting extracts.

Moderators are appointed and dismissed by the forum’s administrator. Moderators are forum members with elevated rights. These rights are:
• Moving, editing and deleting posts and closing topics. These actions do not have to be justified or explained to the author of the thread in question. Moderators are accountable for their decisions and actions only to the administrator.
• Pointing out adherence to forum rules
• Mediating heated debates (replies may sometimes take a while because moderators may have to confer with PokerSchoolOnline and/or PokerStars)

House rules:
The administrator or the moderators representing him/her reserve the right to issue a warning to a user or block or delete a user’s account if rules of use are violated. The administrator exercises a virtual house right in this forum. This house right does not just apply to the nickname but also to the natural person behind the nickname.

Given the great number of posts and members, moderators and the administrator are not always able to identify rule violations immediately. In order to prevent causing damage to the forum, the operator or the domain owner, all members are called upon to notify us about a rule violation that has not been identified by one of the moderators or the administrator. These notifications about rule violations are not to be understood as a reproof but rather as a means of self-monitoring within the forum community.
A post may simply be reported using the symbol that can be found at the top of each post.

Anything that is not specifically governed by these rules will be dealt with and decided on individually for each case depending on the situation by the moderators/the administrator. 

Changes to the rules:
PokerSchoolOnline.com reserves the right to expand the rules or add to them if necessary.
If members do not agree with the forum rules, they have the opportunity to appeal in writing within 14 days. The account of the member in question will then be deleted.

Liability notice:
PokerSchoolOnline.com accepts no responsibility for any losses or damages resulting from the content and information provided.
It is the responsibility of the user to check the content provided at PokerSchoolOnline.com.

The use of the website of PokerSchoolOnline.com is at the user’s own risk and responsibility.

PokerSchoolOnline.com accepts no responsibility for any resulting damage (e.g. as a result of the use of the content, loss of information etc.) including consequential damages and third-party claims.

Severability clause:
If individual regulations of these conditions of use of PokerSchoolOnline.com are invalid either wholly or in part or will become invalid, this does not affect the validity of the remainder of the user contract.
The invalid regulation shall be replaced by a valid regulation. The same applies should the general terms and conditions of use of PokerSchoolOnline.com contain any omissions or loopholes.

Good Luck
PSO Staff

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Welcome to our Support Section where our team will assist you in all ‘PokerStars’ related queries you may have.

We take your questions and feedback very seriously and as a result we provide you with this support section where we will answer all of your questions in a timely manner to the best of our abilities.

There are a few general ‘house’ rules on posting in this section as follows.

1. Give as much information as possible when submitting your query. This will help us answer your question faster and avoid confusion.
2. If the question has been answered a member of the moderator team may close the thread if there is no apparent need for further posts to be made on the topic.
3. A thread might also be left open for additional members of the school to post their thoughts on the topic.
4. If the support query has been answered fully and the thread develops into a general discussion thread this thread may be moved into a more suitable section of the forum.
5. Non-contributory and negative posts by members will be deleted from all threads at the discretion of the Moderator Team.
6. The decisions of the moderator team are final at all times.

Finally, we thank you for your membership of PokerSchoolOnline and want to let you know that we are at your service 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year. Please feel free to contact any of the team via the contact details found HERE

Best Regards,
Team PokerSchoolOnline.

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