The below guidelines aren't run by rules, per se. Rather, they are moderated by a tight-knit group of moderators who have volunteered to put themselves in the position of making difficult judgment calls. Most of these Guidelines are geared towards just improving the state of the forum and comments through smart tips (using good subject lines is just wise, ya know). Some of these Guidelines are more prohibitive, however, and they function as rules.
A. General Forum Rules:
No multiple accounts and disposable emails
Your post should be meaningful and without excessive formatting
No inappropriate content
Watch your language
B. Code of Conduct
Here are things that will get your comment or forum post removed and quite possibly get you banned. Note that this is not a comprehensive list. Our moderators reserve the right to remove anything we deem inappropriate.
Zero tolerance, of course! If it comes from a human or a robot, spam will be deleted. This includes self-promotion. Generally speaking, promoting your projects here will be treated like any other spam.
Don't attack or insult another user. It's not helpful and it doesn't make MalwareTips a friendly place. This includes calling other members trolls.
Posting links to illegal downloads, ways to steal service, and other nefarious activity is not OK here.
Nope, not allowed. Even images or links that could be considered borderline are not acceptable. A good rule of thumb is that anything beyond PG-13 will get you in trouble, but we reserve the right to remove any post we deem offensive. This goes for pornographic material, vile language, gore and generally gross stuff.
Attacking entire classes of people is just like attacking a single person: we'll ban you for it.
"Trolling" is a big, messy term, but we know what trolls are and we won't tolerate it. If you're abusing the good conversations here at MalwareTips, we will take your comments and posts down. This includes taking a thread off-topic, by the way.
Don’t make duplicate posts across different forums — it clogs things up and fractures the conversation.
Above all, our team of moderators works to keep conversation here friendly, engaging, helpful, and productive. If we feel a comment or forum post is harming that endeavor, we’ll take action.
C. Signature and avatar guidelines:
D. Content from external sources:
E. Moderation and helping us:
Well, no and yes. We’re trying to foster great conversation and we will remove comments that harm that endeavor. You’re free to say whatever you like other places, but not here. At MalwareTips we have a different standard, working very hard to keep the conversation informative and fun. The bottom line is that the admins and moderators have the final say on whether it fits within our community guidelines.
We're happy to have a discussion with you about it — in private. We've found from long and hard experience that public complaints about moderation just leads to people trying to “game” the system. If you have a question about moderation, hit us up on our contact form and we'll have a talk.
Moderators work very, very hard with your best interests at heart. Please help them out by flagging inappropriate comments and take heed when they ask you to change your behavior. Note that most of our moderators are volunteers freely dedicating their time to help make things better. They don’t speak for the site, but still deserve your gratitude.
We don’t have an application process, we select from the best members of our community. If you want to be a mod, our advice to you is to be awesome: help users when they have questions, flag inappropriate comments with good explanations of why, help users relax when threads start to look like flamewars, and generally just show us that you're a helpful and real human being. When the time comes, we may tap you on the shoulder and ask if you're interested.
F. Frequently asked questions
Don't worry, place your post where you think it fits best. A member of our staff might move it to the appropriate section. As long as you don't do it often, it shouldn't be a problem.
Send a private message to one of our staff members and state your issue. You can find a list with our staff members here.
G. Final notes
If at any time you would like to communicate with us about these community guidelines, please contact us by using this feedback form.