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Forum Rules - Updated 15th December, 2011
Personal Feuds - Zero Tolerance Policy
A personal feud can be defined as an ongoing, largely personal rather than issue-driven, reciprocal hostility between two members, or among three or more members in groups, whatever you wish to identify, wherein the primary focus is a flame war intended to undermine forum member reputations, and not to advance arguments on policy, philosophy, politics or other primary interests of our forum.
1. GENERAL FORUM ETIQUETTE
IndianRealEstateForum (IREF) is an English-only forum. All content posted in publicly viewable areas of the forum must be written in English.
A few members are using “Hindi’ and ‘Hinglish’ on our forums. Please limit their use as we would like to maintain a consistent language across our board.
Search Before Posting
If you have a question, please use the forum search function before posting to make sure that it hasn't been answered before. There is a big chance it has, not only does searching help to keep the forum free of multiple/duplicate threads it will also help you to get an answer much quicker.
IREF was put together for people to come together and help each other, collaborate and discuss in a positive way – not bash on someone because you don't like their idea, or because they don't share the same views as you. We are big into the free speech idea here. So you're free to say what you think – but do it in a constructive and positive way. We encourage mature debates – discourage childish arguments. Personal attacks, insults, rudeness, racism, threats, name calling or unnecessarily inflammatory posts will NOT be tolerated. Common courtesy, politeness and respect for fellow members, along with constructive posting of opinions are essential in preventing posts from being edited and/or deleted, or having threads locked. Whilst we encourage healthy disagreement/debate, please maintain respect towards fellow members at all times.
Do not post personal information, such as full names, email addresses, numbers, or home/business name/addresses on the forum. If you feel the need to disclose this information, do it in a private message. Posts containing personal information will be deleted. Revealing real world information about a member, administrator or moderator is STRICTLY PROHIBITED, regardless of the source, public or private. This includes any information about a forum member that reveals an individual's legal name, address, occupation or other sensitive or personally identifiable information.
Posting the content from a private communication in a publicly viewable area of IREF is NOT permitted. Private communications include any medium where the involved parties have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as: emails, chat logs, instant messenger logs, private messages, private social group posts, reputation comments, etc. Such private communications are to remain private, not shared with third parties. Any such private communication content posted will be removed.
Use of Private Message Board by Agents/Brokers
IREF has no reservations with real estate agents/brokers signing up on the forum. Their participation is welcome providing they stay within the realm of the forum rules. While brokers may not be engaging in direct buying & selling, some might try to influence members through biased postings on projects of their choice and convince members to discuss their requirements through the PMB (Private Message Board). In case you are doubtful of such members who are using IREF for soliciting leads, please inform us. While reporting, please include the username, their URL’s/Posts/PMB Messages and other plausible reasons to support your suspicion. We will ALSO take action against members who send ‘Private Messages’ to buy, sell or negotiate real estate deals.
Shouting, Caps Lock, Overuse of Bold and Coloured Text
You may NOT shout (all capital letters, and/or excessive punctuation) in posts or thread titles. Use caps and punctuation only for minimal emphasis. We discourage unnecessary use of caps lock writing, overuse of bold and coloured text and keeping the post clean and simple.
Excessive complaining and/or whining disrupts the mission of IREF and interferes with the ability of other members and visitors to enjoy their visit to the forum, and is therefore NOT permitted.
Advertising goods or services related or unrelated to Real Estate, posting of affiliate or referral links, or any other form of solicitation is NOT permitted (this includes member profiles or any other publicly viewable area). Links on first post (or first couple if you're being slick) to your own site: If it's a competing website, not okay. If it's a blog entry you're referring to, that's alright. Bottom line - Don't come here to pimp your site – come here to be a member. Links to your own site, in general: Sorry. Not Allowed.
Any discussion of, or links to web sites promoting piracy, warez, illegal downloads, cracks, cd keys, illegal file-sharing, ography, illegal drugs, or any other illegal or similar content WILL BE DELETED without notice. Such discussions and links are totally inappropriate on IndianRealEstateForum (IREF)
Criticism of IREF rules, or Forum Staff implementation of these forum rules is NOT permitted in any publicly viewable area of the forum. Such content WILL BE DELETED without notice. Be respectful of Admins and Moderators even if you disagree with particular decisions. Their time is dedicated voluntarily to keeping IREF Forum a happy place. If you disagree with how the forum is being moderated or administered, please contact the admin on admin(at)indianrealestateforum.com
Word Filter Circumvention
Certain offensive words, terms or links are automatically filtered by the forum. Any attempts to circumvent the automated forum word filter (such as by adding spaces/dots/punctuation, using colors or text markups, or by substituting characters) will result in the offending content being edited or deleted.
Changes in Thread Title, Description etc
Thread title Changes, poll option edits, Social Group title and description changes, and moving threads: You may contact the moderators for these, or click the "Report Post" button on the post you need modified and request it that way.
2. MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBER ACCOUNTS
Single Account (Strictly no Multiple ID’s)
You may only have ONE account on IndianRealEstateForum (IREF). Creating a second (or more) account will most likely get all - including your original - accounts banned. People usually do this for less than desirable purposes, which may include but aren't limited to:
-Have an alter ego to say how they really feel
-Gain numbers in arguments
-Just plain create trouble
Deleting your current account and creating a new one to start "fresh" is also not permitted. Staff needs your history to make the best decisions, and wiping the slate clean makes fair moderation impossible. If there is a reason other than this that you need to delete/remake an account, please contact us. If you would like to have your username changed - let us know.
Permanently or temporarily banned members may NOT create new accounts in order to circumvent or dispute their ban. Such accounts will also be banned. Temporarily Banned members found creating duplicate accounts will find their ban extended significantly (or permanently), and may risk having their IP address blocked. If you wish to contact the forum staff to discuss a ban, please contact us.
Member names may NOT contain any offensive, racist, ually explicit, profane, abusive or otherwise objectionable terms. Also, you may NOT use a confusing or intentionally misleading member name or a member name that is confusingly similar to that of an existing member, administrator or moderator. To ensure that your ‘account’ is approved, please AVOID using a GENERIC ‘username’ such as ‘homebuyer’, ‘gurgaoninvestor’, ‘genuinebuyer’, ‘househunter’, ‘realtyman’, ‘want2buy’, 'flathunt’, ‘realestateguy’, ‘investinpune’ and so on. Also, signing up a user name that is an obvious domain name or product name is not permitted. This is out of unfair promotion considerations as well as trademark implications.
3. DISCUSSION AND POSTING
The following are NOT permitted:
Spamming - Posting the same thread in multiple forums, or posting the same post in multiple threads, or sending unsolicited private messages to members.
Flooding - Posting many times in succession in a single thread.
Trolling - Constant harassment of a member, or repeated off-topic and/or rude posts in a thread.
Depending on severity, content in violation of this rule will be edited or deleted, and may result in a ban.
Please make every effort to keep your posts relevant to the active thread topic. Detours usually take a thread wildly off topic, and invite others to do the same. Off topic posts (and any responses to such posts) may be deleted without notice.
Please make an effort to post new threads in the appropriate forum or subforum. Posting threads in the proper section makes the forum easier to browse for all members and visitors, and reduces the workload for our volunteer moderators and administrators. If you are unsure where to post a new thread, please take the time to read the forum descriptions in order to familiarize yourself with the focus of the various available forums and subforums. Threads posted in an inappropriate forum will be moved/removed without notice.
You may NOT crosspost (creating redundant threads that link to or promote an existing thread for the purpose of gaining extra visibility). Such threads will be closed or deleted without notice.
Pointlessly bumping of dormant, inactive threads causes confusion for other members and visitors who may not notice the original thread post date. A thread is considered inactive if there have been no replies in the last four (4) months. Posting in an inactive thread is strongly discouraged, unless there is a very good reason for reactivating the thread. If you feel an issue or topic from an inactive thread deserves renewed discussion, please create a new thread in the appropriate forum or subforum.
Any threads or posts about leaving IndianRealEstateForum (IREF), such as “I’m Quitting” whether for positive or negative reasons will be deleted without notice. If you any issues, please contact the admin on admin(at)indianrealestateforum.com
Posting for Banned Members
Members are NOT permitted to post on behalf of any member permanently or temporarily banned from IndianRealEstateForum (IREF). Similarly, members are NOT permitted to allow any banned member to use their IndianRealEstateForum (IREF) account to circumvent a ban.
While the above rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate all circumstances. Consequently, the Forum Staff reserves the right to take any actions deemed appropriate to uphold the Mission of IndianRealEstateForum (IREF), to ensure that the forum is not disrupted or abused in any way, or to protect IndianRealEstateForum (IREF) Staff and members from fraud, harassment or abuse.
Please be aware that it is impossible for the Forum Staff to review all content posted on IndianRealEstateForum (IREF). The Forum Staff does its best to keep discussions positive, on topic and polite, and to enforce the forum rules fairly and consistently.
We encourage members to help us in this effort by contacting us whenever one feels a post is offensive, inappropriate or violates these rules. This will enter the offending post into the moderation queue, and will result in quicker attention from the Forum Staff. For other content that may be in violation of these forum rules or otherwise objectionable, please email us on admin(at)indianrealestateforum.com
IREF staff reserves the right to edit, delete, alter or remove any content that violates these forum rules or the IndianRealEstateForum (IREF) Terms of Service with or without notice. The Forum Staff also reserves the right to restrict the permissions or ability of any member to access any or all parts of IndianRealEstateForum (IREF).com for violation of these forum rules or for any other reason.
The more general right to refuse access, ban a user, block an IP address, or otherwise restrict the functionality of IndianRealEstateForum (IREF).com content or services in any way and for any reason is reserved by the IndianRealEstateForum (IREF) administrators.
Circumstances and situations may arise that periodically require a revision of these forum rules. As such, IndianRealEstateForum (IREF) administrators reserve the right to modify and/or expand the official rules of this forum at any time. We encourage you to periodically visit this page to advise yourself of the latest rules.
The Forum Staff shall be the sole and final arbitrators of what does or does not violate these rules and/or IndianRealEstateForum (IREF) community standards.
The decisions of the Forum Administrators/Moderators are final.
These forum rules are supplemental to the following:
Terms & Conditions of IREF Use
Copyright Infringement Policy