|Engineers Edge Board Usage Policies
Engineers Edge is dedicated to developing and maintaining a friendly online
community, where members of all ages and technical backgrounds feel relaxed
and comfortable. Like any community, Engineers Edge has certain standards.
When members join our forums, they agree to abide by these rules. To remain a
part of the Engineers Edge community, members must be considerate to others.
Repeated violations of these standards may result in a member being barred
from entry or participation in community forums.
Member Names and Personal Information
While Engineers Edge does not prohibit the use of nicknames on our forums, we
strongly encourage members to include their real first and last names with
their registration information. Please refrain from using offensive names and
never post a message under another person's name or pretending to be another
person. When posting a message to a forum, your name is the only personal
information that is displayed. Your username and email address will never be
displayed publicly. However, you should always exercise judgment when
revealing personal information about yourself when you post messages in public
forums. For more information, please read Engineers Edge
Topics of Discussion
While these discussion, job and resume boards encourage a wide range of
opinions, please keep your posts focused on the topic of the forum in which
you are submitting your message. Each forum has a different topic (Job Board,
Resume Board, Design & Engineering forum), so what is appropriate in one forum
or thread may not be appropriate in another. All queries are answered in the
forums and not answered by email, so that everyone can benefit from the
replies and its content.
The use of inappropriate or offensive language is not permitted in these
boards. Inappropriate or offensive language includes, but is not limited to,
any language or content that is sexually oriented, sexually suggestive or
abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, profane, hateful, or that
contains racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable material of any kind.
We ask that you please be considerate to other members in the boards when
posting your messages.
Harassment and Flaming
Engineers Edge members are not permitted to harass or "flame" other members.
Please do not post or transmit any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive,
harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, profane, hateful, racially, ethnically
or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including, but not limited
to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal
offense, violate the rights of others, or otherwise violate any applicable
local, state, national or international law. Please note that this also
includes the posting of taunts on a forum solely for the purpose of deriding
that forum's topic and/or members.
Copyrighted or Trademarked Materials
It is illegal to post any content that is copyrighted or trademarked, unless
you hold the copyright or trademark. Any material protected by copyright may
not be posted in the message boards without the expressed permission of the
author or owner of the copyright on that material. This includes reproducing
the full text of news stories, articles, etc. It is acceptable to provide a
link to copyrighted material, to post brief excerpts, or to paraphrase other
works, though we do strongly encourage you to cite the original source
Piracy or Unlawful Activities
This community forum is a place for ideas and constructive participation, and
not a place to violate any laws or to discuss illegal activities. This type of
activity includes, but is not limited to, advocating or asking for information
regarding software piracy or unauthorized emulators of software or hardware,
sharing or distributing viruses, licenses, registration information, software
keys, "cracks," or other information designed to do harm to or allow unlawful
access to any computer hardware, software, networks, or any other systems.
Please refrain from posting this kind of message.
This is a forum of ideas, so advertisements are not allowed in this
venue. A member may answer another member's question about their
occupation or business, however, blatant advertising or solicitations of or
for business is prohibited. This includes, but not limited to, links to
products or services with which the poster is affiliated, whether or not a fee
is charged for the product or service. Spamming, in which a user posts the
same message repeatedly, is also prohibited. Pyramid schemes --chain letters
that involve money-- are not only prohibited by Engineers Edge standards, but
they're also illegal. It is permissible for members to mention services or
products that are provided by them, as long as the information is germane to
the topic, is not a blatant advertisement, and the members mention their
affiliation with the product in the content of the message.
Forum members are allowed to embed images in their messages by linking to an
image that exists on another site. In addition to the copyright restrictions
mentioned above, users should also refrain from embedding any images of a
sexual or offensive nature. If you are uncertain is an image is acceptable or
not, please just post a link to the image with a warning that it goes to a
page that some may find offensive. Any links to clearly offensive or
pornographic materials will be removed immediately at the moderator's
Currently, we do not allow hyperlinking to other web sites. We do allow posting of web addresses
in text format only.
The only type of text addresses (besides porn and spam, of course) that will not
be allowed on our site is when members solicit people to leave our site and
join a competing service. That's just common sense. We won't allow people to
use our site to promote a competing service any more than a brick-and-mortar
store would allow his competitor to paste flyers all over his walls. However,
people are always welcome to provide the web address to any online resource, whether it's on our
site or any other site, in order to share useful information with fellow
Other General Rules of Conduct
You shall not post on these forums any Content which (a) is libelous,
defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, harassing or threatening, (b)
contains viruses or other contaminating or destructive features, (c) violates
the rights of others, such as Content which infringes any copyright,
trademark, patent, trade secret or violates any right of privacy or publicity,
or (d) otherwise violates any applicable law. You may not post on these forums
any links to any external Internet sites that are obscene or pornographic. You
shall not use these forums for any commercial purpose, to distribute any
advertising or solicitation of funds or goods and services or to solicit users
to join competitive online services.
Engineers Edge reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict, suspend,
or terminate your access to any part of these forums, parts of or the entire
Engineers Edge network. If you violate any of the rules stated in this
document or any other service terms documents, a moderator will remove the
offending message and may or may not send you a note letting you know why the
message was removed and requesting that you adhere to the forum policies. It
is your responsibility to maintain a current, valid email address in your
registration information so that our moderators can contact you in the event
of a policy violation. Any member who violates our policies will be
denied access to these forums, whether or not they were able to receive a
message from a moderator stating the nature of the violation.
Managing User Content
Members of these forums are solely responsible for all Content that they post
on our site. Engineers Edge shall have the right, but not the obligation, to
correct any errors or omissions in any Content, as it may determine in its
sole discretion. Engineers Edge further reserve the right, in their sole
discretion, to delete or remove any user content from the site and to deny the
access of any member to all part of this site, at any time for any reason
without prior notice or liability. However, we obviously don't want to do
that, and this requires about a minute of the moderators time, so just
follow the rules, okay?