The Rules

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  1. You must use your real first and last name on photoSIG, although only your first name is visible. If you don't, you may be asked to provide it, and refusal to do so will cause the account to be terminated.

  2. You may only have one account. If you create a second account, it will be terminated and your original account will be suspended. If you create a second account to complain in the forums about your suspension or cause trouble, both accounts will be terminated.

  3. Only submit photographs you yourself took.

  4. Give and take. When you submit a photo, you are asking for critiques. If you ask for critiques by submitting photos, it is expected that you will also write critiques. We strongly suggest that you write 3 critiques for each photo you submit. When someone fails to return critiques to the community, their photos may be locked until critiques are written.

  5. Think before you write. Absolutely do not make or encourage posts or emails which are defamatory, threatening, offensive to any group, or of a partisan political or religious nature.

  6. Be nice. Though we encourage members to engage in healthy debate, we do not allow personal attacks. Ideas can be disputed or challenged, but attacks on a personal level are unacceptable. Do not "stalk" or otherwise harass other members.

  7. Be respectful and grown-up in your critiques. We are not interested in how attractive you find a model - keep it to yourself. Write only what would be acceptable at a public photography meeting: if it wouldn't be an appropriate thing to say at such a meeting it isn't appropriate at photoSIG either. Write your critiques as if you were speaking to someone across a table from you.

  8. If you know an answer to a user's question, either answer it or say nothing. Giving blunt answers like "Google it" is not allowed. Give a real answer or a link to one. Be kind to new users; you were new once and photoSIG needs them.

  9. Mind your own business. Information about another user's account status or removed submissions is private. Forum posts that ask "Where did that photo go?" or "Where did that user go?" are not permitted and will be removed. If you see someone breaking the rules, inform an administrator rather than taking them to task yourself.

  10. Do not use ratings for revenge. If you receive a negative rating on a photo, or an unhelpful rating on a critique which you feel is undeserved, the only permitted recourse is to report it to an administrator. If you go on to rate that user's photos or critiques negatively, we will remove those ratings, and if you continue, your account will be suspended.

  11. Do not rate critiques unhelpful because you disagree with them. We have specific guidelines on the use of the critique ratings. Helpful/Unhelpful. What does it mean?

  12. Do not use the forums to complain. If you have a complaint to make, or a question only an administrator can answer, address these privately with an administrator. If your complaint is about an administrator, you can make it to another administrator.

  13. Don't tell us you're leaving. If you post an announcement that you are leaving the site, it will be removed and your account will be suspended for 30 days. If you need to go, for whatever reason, just go. No need for a big show. That way, you will avoid embarrassment if you return.

  14. Only members who have participated for 30 days or more may advertise for free, and only in the User News/Ads forum. No ads should be posted anywhere else on the site. Your website URL or business name may only be used in your profile, not incorporated into your critiques, into your photo submissions, or in your photographer comments.

  15. Accept that we may remove your submissions. Submitted photos and other posted content may be removed because they are irrelevant, unclear, duplicate, or in violation of these rules or the TOS. If you are aware that your content has been removed, you must not deliberately resubmit the same content. We're not always going to email you when we remove something, so if you're not sure, email us rather than complaining in the forums or reposting the submission.

  16. Always follow instructions from administrators, including these rules. Repeatedly breaking these rules or the TOS, or refusing to follow administrator instructions will result in your account being suspended or terminated.