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  1. Be Civil
    We have very limited patience for troll-like behaviour. Troll-like behaviour includes, but is not limited to, things such as: unprovoked flaming; excessive spamming; picking fights; threatening members; overt bigotry (misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and so forth); etc. In the end, it comes down to:
          Don’t Be a Dick.
    Explaining “I don’t like your opinion, and this is why” is fine. Calling someone a “Godless shitfucker” is not. If in doubt whether a given course of action is acceptable, your best bet is to ask a staff member.

  2. The various forums exist for a purpose
    The descriptions speak for themselves so please read through them before you post. Spam in inappropriate places will be removed. We appreciate daft, nonsensical, humorous threads, and the forum is even partially built on them (that and Aaron’s horrid, broken dreams), but please don’t clog up the music forum with 10,001 ways to turn navel hair into masterpieces.

  3. Stay on topic
    We don’t mean that the conversations in a thread about petting puppies can’t also contain information about petting kittens, but do not derail it into “I hid a ball python in my ass once.”

  4. Keep graphic content that will offend people behind spoiler tags
    Obscene stuff is fine so long as you keep it in Adult Discussion and inform the other members that you’re posting something obscene. Make sure people know where your links go, mark any pornographic material with NSFW tags, and keep it in the Adult Discussion section. If you need help understanding how NSFW tags work, check here.

    Posting child pornography will always result in a permament ban of all your existing accounts. No exceptions. Gratuitous gore and other similar subject matter will not be tolerated either. This isn’t rotten.com.

  5. It’s been done before
    We’ve got a number of threads for recurring topics (such as an Uninteresting Stories thread, a ‘What are you listening to’ thread, a YouTube thread, and a Photo Thread) so we don’t clutter up the board with a plethora of nearly identical threads. Please check to make certain that there isn’t already a thread for your generic topic, should you feel like posting a thread of that nature.

  6. No unsolicited advertising
    In fact, if you even look like a spambot, we probably won’t even activate your account, and if you post anything that looks like advertising, we’ll probably just permaban you. We’re all sick of that crap.

  7. Use common sense when creating second accounts
    On the whole we’ll allow members to have second accounts if they serve funny or constructive purposes. However, creating a second account to get around or argue a ban will simply result in your ban time being unceremoniously increased, and if you have been given an indefinite ban, this will decrease the likelihood of it ever being lifted. There are plenty of ways to get in touch with the staff outside of creating a second account; most staff members have messenger contact details in their profiles and plenty of them have links to their accounts on frequently used social networking communities like Last.fm, LiveJournal and Facebook in their signatures as well. Additionally, using sock puppets for the sake of agreeing with or validating your own posts will most likely result in those sock puppets being banned as well.

  8. Respect members’ privacy
    This shouldn’t even require saying, but content from private forums (which, as of August 2015, constitutes the entire message board minus Rockin’ in the Free World, Games, and General Arts) is not to be posted outside those forums or disclosed to anyone who cannot view them. Messages disclosed to you privately are to remain private between you and those who disclosed them to you, unless you are given explicit permission to reveal them or you are reporting harassment to a staff member. Fool’s Gold’s owner (Aaron) and host (Shade) have theoretical access to read your private messages through database queries, but barring extenuating circumstances such as subpoenas, will not do so. Furthermore, all information collected from users of this forum, apart from that clearly revealed to others such as in posts, will remain accessible only by the user and Fool’s Gold staff unless otherwise directed by the user or duly constituted law enforcement.

  9. Respect one another
    This goes hand in hand with rule 1, but it needs to be reinforced. Here, you are an anonymous entity on a screen. Don’t forget that we’re all human (or a sub-species thereof) and are subject to our own feelings and beliefs. Do not abuse this anonymity.

    We hope to one day attract more posters to join our community here, and with the accessibility of the internet, there is no reason why we couldn’t. People are online all the time, and want to shove their opinions into whatever medium they can fit them. We offer discussions on, well, pretty much any topic in existence. We just want to tidy up a bit around the place, make it look presentable to the public once more. Thanks for your time and cooperation.

On the whole we tend to be extremely lenient in enforcing most of these rules; however, a single violation of #4 will result in an instant ban, which will start at a week for a user with no prior offences and increase with each occurrence thereafter. Also, repeated violations of #1 will probably just result in us banning you without warning. There was a climate of hostility on the board for several years of its existence and we’re all sick of it, so we’re simply going to be adopting a low-tolerance approach towards hostility in the future.

These rules are subject to change at any time under the discretion of the forum staff. Rule changes will be announced publicly.

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