BowlingCommunity.com Feature Restrictions
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The Feature Restrictions are divided into four parts -- Avatar Guidelines, Signature Guidelines, Private Message Guidelines, and Member Rating Guidelines.
Don't know what an Avatar is? Avatars are small images that will be included in your user profile and will be displayed under your Public Display Name, to the right of all your posts on the message board.
These guidelines apply to their usage:
- Image Types:
For external avatars, only JPG, GIF, or PNG will be allowed. Absolutely, no .bmp, .swf, or .txt files.
- Size Restrictions:
The maximum area any avatar may occupy is 100 pixels wide by 100 pixels high. Avatars must also be under 20 Kilobytes in size so please use caution if you should choose an image that occupies the maximum space permitted or an animated graphic. Of course you may use a smaller avatar that occupies less than 100 pixels wide by 100 pixels high but no one will be permitted to exceed these limits.
You may not use BowlingFans.com or any of the usrbingeek LLC family of companies, or affiliates logos or logos of other bowling companies or web sites in your avatar without permission. You may not display objectionable content or content that otherwise violates our Community Standards. We reserve the right to define what objectionable content is, and deny you the ability to use avatars if you show disregard for the avatar guidelines.
If you are not using one of the provided avatars, please don't duplicate someone else's avatar - especially if they made it themselves. If you use someone else's originally created avatar we will remove it from your account and deny you the ability to use avatars in the future.
- Tips for use:
You can get to the avatar selection by clicking on the My Profile & Messaging link at the top of most BowlingCommunity.com pages. Then click on View / Update Profile link.
Also, you can choose to turn OFF display of avatars, if you don't want to see everyone's avatar. However, the BowlingFans.com Staff and Volunteer logos that appear under BowlingFans.com staff and volunteer names will continue to appear if you turn off the avatar viewing.
You may use a signature (also commonly used in email messages) on your posts on the Message Board. You may set your signature in your member profile. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to include it with any post you make by checking the "include signature" box when you create your post.
- Signature Length:
Your "signature" may not exceed four lines of 65 characters.
Your "signature" may not contain any images or flash animation. Images of any kind are not allowed as they can slow down the load time and disrupt the discussion and introduce security exploits.
A typical signature contains the poster's name, e-mail address, web site, and a favorite quote or saying. While you are allowed to promote your personal web site(s) in your signature, you are not permitted to post excessive links to sites, any kind of affiliate programs with referrer IDs, or links that otherwise violate our Community Standards.
Private Message Guidelines
A private message is not email. Private messages are one-to-one communications that can only be read by the recipient. On the Message Board you can read private messages in your profile section. You can also elect to be notified by email whenever someone sends you a private message (you can set this in your profile). You can also prevent anyone from sending you a private message (also configurable in your profile). Only registered members may send private messages.
To send someone a private message, look for the private message icon on a post a person creates. You can send a private message through the person's member profile, or from your Buddy List, if you have added the person to your Buddy List.
In the Chat room you may send a private message by double clicking on the user's nick name in the user list.
- Use PMs Appropriately:
Never private message a person when there is a chance that your message or the expected reply can be of benefit to others. You're joining a community and without open discussion there cannot be a useful exchange of ideas.
- Ask First In Chat:
Do not attempt to send a private message to other members in the chat without asking their permission first. Sending a private message to someone that is in the same chat as you can be considered just as rude as whispering to one friend amongst a group of friends.
- Private Message Privacy:
Member Rating Guidelines
We permit members to rate each other. Only registered members may be rated and they may only be rated by other members.
- Skewing Results
Do not attempt to skew your own ratings or the ratings of others by registering multiple times and voting for a member more than once. We investigate all duplicate IP addresses and will ban any person attempting to inflate his own rating or tamper with the rating of others.
Ratings are calculated using a curve. When a member with a high rating votes for another member, his vote may be weighted more verses a vote by another member with a lower rating. This helps to prevent the skewing of results in someone's own favor or sabotaging someone's high rating due to jealousy.
- Opt Out:
You may elect to not have other members rate you. To turn off member ratings for yourself, just change your profile settings.
Last Revised: 03/22/2010