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1. General Rule

CoS Forums is a family friendly forum. Anything we deem inappropriate will be removed, this includes posts, signatures, usernames, images etc. The offending member will be warned. This also extends to websites which contain inappropriate material.

Reference: Zero Tolerance Policy
Reference: Slash Fiction Policy
Reference: Signature Content Policy
Reference: The Department of International Magical Cooperation - Rules

2. Privacy

CoS Forums Privacy Policy ensures your privacy on this site, however members who supply false information about themselves, in particular age and gender will be removed from this site instantly with the possibility that your ISP will be notified of your behaviour. Note: You are not obliged to give your age or gender upon registration and that is a right we guarantee, but the staff will not tolerate misleading information of this nature either in your profile or in threads. It is a security and welfare risk to our young members.

Reference: Personal Information & Impersonation Policy

2a. Community

The goal of CoS Forums is to make sure everyone has a good time and can make friends. Obviously not everyone will agree with one another and we ask that you respect the opinions of others even if you cannot agree. Attacking other members for holding views different to your own will not be tolerated and you will be warned. If you see this taking place, please report it to a Professor.

Reference: Forum FAQs - Please refer to question seven.
Reference: Zero Tolerance Policy
Reference: The Charter of Values
Reference: The Department of International Magical Cooperation - Rules

3. The Staff

3. The Staff of CoS Forums comprise of the Administrators, Unspeakables and Aurors. None of us are paid to do this job and therefore we are all maintaining this forum because we too are dedicated fans of the Harry Potter novels. We appreciate and value your opinions on all topics. However, a Moderators decision is final. If you continously argue with a member of staff, warnings can and will be issued. If you wish to complain about a warning you have received, PM one of the Administrators.

Reference: CoS Staff
Reference: Morgoth, Ali, lanifiel, Jessica, Sherlock Holmes, gertiekeddle or Kizz, the forum administrators.

4. Spelling, grammar & punctuation

Please remember to watch your spelling, grammar and abbreviations. Lazy English and Instant Messaging/phone text lingo is not appreciated by anyone and doesn't help our many members who speak English as a second language. Please try and be as clear and precise as you can when posting. Remember to spell check your work using an online spell checker or MSWord and ALL CAPS is not to be used when posting comments. Ensure that you do not double or triple post. We have a handy edit feature to edit any comments back into a post if you can. We may consider it post-count boosting if you do this.

Reference: Zero Tolerance Policy
Reference: Online spell checker

5. Forum Descriptions

Under each forum you will notice a description. This indicates what sort of topics we expect to see in there, so be sure to read the descriptions carefully. If you are unsure about where to post your ideas, then please PM a Forum Leader. Remember also to utilise the search facility provided by CoS Forums, otherwise you may find yourself repeating threads that have already been started.

Reference: Search Engine

6. Creating Threads

When creating a new thread, think about how you want to start it. The first impression an individual gets from your thread is the title, so it should be as clear as possible. A thread with the title "Phoenix", does not give members much of a reason to visit your thread, let alone comment within it. If you feel the absolute urge to post about your undying love for Harry or Draco or the actors, then your thread will be closed and you will be a sent a warning from a member of staff. Finally, please remember that all images uploaded to a thread must be relevant to the thread. Any that aren't, will be removed for bandwidth reasons.

Reference: Zero Tolerance Policy

7. Introducing Yourself

We ask that members don't write threads introducing themselves because there is no discussion that can come from them. These threads will be closed, so if you want to introduce yourself there is an introductions thread in Hogwarts Express to say 'hello.'

Reference: Introductions Thread

8. Positive Commentary

Threads that are created with the sole purpose of providing negative commentary towards an actual person/persons are not permitted. Additionally, threads that de-generate into nothing more than hate-filled ranting will also be closed and members will be warned in either case. NOTE: To ensure that your thread is not closed, when starting a thread criticizing the comments or actions of a real life individual, you should approach the issue in a non-judgemental way, i.e. present your case factually and draw a non-hateful conclusion from that.

Reference: Zero Tolerance Policy

9. Signatures

Signatures are permitted on CoS, but there is a need to limit the type of signature you can have. This is to help reduce the load time of a thread for members on slower dial up connections. You may edit your signature in your profile and include one (1) small imaged of up to 300x300 pixels and up to 7 lines of 8-12 point (size1-3) text. We will allow basic html codes. No audio, javascripts, iframes or other "tricks" allowed. A Professor or Administrator has the right to remove anything at anytime. Please also remember to close all tags and not to use ' < nobr >' . Last, please do not use excessive smilies. Smilies are a nice feature, but too many at one time can be very off putting. NOTE: We operate the signature rules on a standard 1024x768 resolution.

Reference: Signature Content Policy
Reference: Zero Tolerance Policy

Reference: Forum FAQs

10. File Sharing

CoS Forums does not encourage members to openly discuss file sharing activities. Whilst we understand that file sharing is a fact of life and will be continued by a lot of people, we will not allow members to openly support this activity publicly. Any threads which discuss, request or encourage downloading of illegal material such as the HP Movies or MP3s will be deleted by staff. This will be followed by a cautionary Private Message from our staff advising [[username]] to refrain from posting such threads. Private discussion is between yourselves and is not discouraged, but we would strongly advise you look elsewhere for file sharing tips and advice. This rule WILL be enforced.

Reference: Zero Tolerance Policy

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