• Forum Rules And Posting Guidelines

    Welcome

    Welcome to the Dark Blues Forum! The Dark Blues Forum is a community of Dundee Football fans, who share a love for the only Premier team in the City of Dundee. With that in mind, we ask that all members please follow these simple rules in order to create an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable.

    This article contain the Forum Rules and should be used as a resource for all users. These rules apply to sections of the forum, but some specific rules may be superseded by section specific guidelines. Please consult the 'pinned' topics in each forum for additional rules that may apply.

    Disclaimer

    Adherence to these guidelines shall be determined at the sole discretion of The Dark Blues staff and forum moderators. Keep in mind that your ability to use the forums is a privilege, not a right. Your rights to free speech do not extend to privately own forums such as this one.

    The Dark Blues staff and forum moderators reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any post for any reason.

    Any actions taken will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may result in more severe or lenient action depending on previous infractions. This determination is at the sole discretion of The Dark Blues staff and forum moderators, and is final. Warnings and/or Infractions may be issued for minor violations of these rules. Serious or repeated offences may result in a ban from the forums or even termination of your account.

    Please note that the information below are not exhaustive and any inappropriate conduct may result in content removal or loss of posting privileges. Your conduct should be guided by common sense and basic etiquette.

    The Dark Blues Forum reserves the right to modify the Forum Rules at any time.

    Dundee Football Club and Staff Members

    Topics or Posts discussing non-playing Dundee Football Club staff may be removed without prior warning - if deemed to be breaking our rules:

    • Any posts that share Dundee Football club staff personal information, such as telephone numbers, addresses etc will be removed without prior warning.
    • We will protect the rights of all Dundee Football Club Back-room staff and their privacy. Personal attacks or abuse of any kind will not be permitted and will result in a warning. In extreme cases, we may forward all information and posts to Scottish Police and Dundee Football Club.
    • Any unsettled (or settled grievances) should remain personal between Dundee Football Club and yourself, and should not be made public within the forum. We will remove any such posts.
    • We do not allow personal attacks against the players or managerial staff. These posts will be removed without warning.

    Posting the players social media accounts, tweets and post are allowed, expect when their social media accounts and posts are set to private. Any private tweets or posts will be removed without notice.

    Non-playing back-room staff are not in the public domain and are strictly out of bounds.

    Advertising/Self-promotion/Soliciting

    We are proud of the fact that we manage to keep this site up and running without the need of advertisements. This forum has no revenue apart from the donations from our members. We are not a company run website, nor are we in anyway directly or indirectly connected to the Official club website or Dundee Football club.

    1. Advertisements: We do not permit advertisements or referral links to other services on the forum of any kind. This includes in signatures, posts or member profiles. You may not make posts to promote commercial, personal, or for non profit website, products, or services. Topics and posts will be removed if their purpose is to advertise, announce, promote products, services, organizations, build traffic at other websites, carry out business activities, or for similar purposes that do not benefit our forum community.
    2. Self Promoting: Self promotional links to videos, blogs should be confined to forum signatures or your profile page.
    3. Soliciting. You may not use the forums to solicit donations, votes, or participants for surveys, contests, petitions, or product testing.

    The Dark Blues Posting Guidelines

    Participation in the The Dark Blues Forum website constitutes agreement to the following guidelines, which apply to posts, profile information, avatars, signatures, any other content on this site and participation in general. This includes private messages, which we have the ability to read, but only do so when a violation is reported to us or we have a legitimate reason (Request by the police or through a court order).

    Because of the live nature of the discussions on this community, it is not possible for us to review and/or confirm the accuracy or validity of any message before it is posted. If you believe that someone has violated our Forum Rules, please use the report button or send a private message to a member of staff with a link to the content and a brief description of what you believe is wrong.

    Notification is voluntary and anonymous, but in no case should a user respond to a situation personally, thereby aggravating the situation further. Responding to a violation in an inflammatory manner is a violation in itself and will result in appropriate action.

    For full details about reporting posts and what to do if your posts are moderated see

    • How do I report a post?
    • Moderation FAQ
    • How to contact the moderators and administrators

    Rule of thumb when posting on the Dark Blues:

    • Please treat all staff members, moderators and fellow community members with respect and consideration at all times. People will disagree with your opinions and suggestions. This is natural. That's how discussions work.
    • Personal attacks, name calling, flaming, taunting, baiting or just plain disrespect of fellow community members is strictly not allowed.  Please refrain from inflammatory and defamatory comments, calling out other members, stating that your posts are fact or demand other members produce facts to back up their posts.
    • We understand that discussions may become heated and we might not always agree with everyone, however, we will not allow our members to demean other members. Such posts such as 'I'm right your wrong', 'Embarrassing post!', 'What a load of crap' is not acceptable or wanted on our forums. If you wish to have an argument (heated or not) with another member, then be polite and respectful at all times.
    • Please do not make uninvited remarks regarding other members typo's, spelling, grammar or posting styles.
    • Do not present your argument as the 'factual' or 'You're right' unless you can back them up with solid evidence.

    Offences That Will Get You Banned or Warned

    The following offences can result in a written warning, warning points, post restrictions, temporary or permanent bans from the forum. We tend to only do this as a last resort and if you get a warning please take it seriously.

    1. Threats,
    2. Harassment,
    3. Insults and Insulting Behaviour,
    4. Illegal, Obscene, and Mature Content,
    5. Profanity & Inappropriate Language
    6. Registration Rules,
    7. Duplicate Accounts,
    8. Circumventing a Suspension,
    9. Warez & Illegal Software
    10. Discussing Moderator Based Actions,
    11. Trolling,
    12. Spamming,
    13. Signature Violations

    Threats

    Personal attacks or threats against other members will NOT be tolerated. Racist, sexist, Anti-Semitic remarks, or hate speech will not be allowed. Calling a member 'troll' or using 'troll' or similar emoticons is considered a personal attack. Abuse of the Personal Message (PM) privileges, harassment, stalking, etc... will not be tolerated.

    Harassment

    Purposely intimidating a particular member, harassing them, sending them rude or unwanted private messages, etc. This includes personal attacks on moderators for doing their jobs.

    Insults and Insulting Behaviour

    Writing hostile or insulting messages that are aimed at another member for any reason is strictly not allowed on this forum. You can disagree with someone’s views and still be polite and respectful at the same time.

    We do not tolerate members who make uninvited remarks about typos, spelling, punctuation, duplicate posts or posting styles. Members who continually berate other members will be given a warning.

    Illegal, Obscene, and Mature Content

    Do not post offensive posts, links or images. Any material that constitutes defamation, abuse or harassment is strictly forbidden. Material that is sexual in nature, obscene, racist, or discriminatory is not permitted on these forums. This includes user profile pictures, avatars, bio and signatures.

    When linking to material on other websites, you must ensure that the content of the link is appropriate and in line with the forum rules. Any post that contains a link to inappropriate material will be removed without warning.

    If your profile picture uses profanity or nudity of any kind, they must be removed/changed or we will remove them without warning.

    Profanity & Inappropriate Language

    Profanity (also referred to as swearing, cursing, foul speech, or cussing) is a showing of disrespect, a desecration of someone or something, or just the act of expressing intense negative emotion. Profanity can take the form of words, expressions, images, or other social behaviours that are socially constructed or interpreted as insulting, rude, vulgar, obscene, obnoxious, or foul.

    Please use proper language and keep your posts at a reasonable level of quality. Always use your best judgement regardless of medium. If you would not use a word in a room full of people you have never met, or in the workplace, do not use it on these forums. Breaking this rule will result in an infraction.

    Duplicate Accounts

    All members are limited to one account only. Anyone who creates alternative accounts will have that account either merged into their main account or that account/topics/posts removed. If the original account is already banned, the ban duration will be extended at the discretion of the moderators.

    Repeat offences will result in permanent and/or IP bans.

    Any member found creating alternative accounts to troll or harass other members will be banned instantly.

    Circumventing a Suspension

    Posting on another account or having someone else post in your behalf when your account has been suspended or banned is not allowed. As a result, a new suspension or ban will be issued.

    Warez & Illegal Software

    Please do not post links, upload or provide information to illegal software or copyrighted material that you do not have permission to reproduce.

    Discussion regarding warez, keygens, pirated material or illegal activity will be removed without notice.

    Links to websites that contain piracy, discuss piracy or links to websites that deal in piracy will be removed.

    Impersonating Staff or Moderators

    Impersonation of The Dark Blues Administrators or volunteer personnel (including, but not limited to: Moderators, and Support Volunteers) in an attempt to mislead another forum user.

    It is illegal to knowingly impersonate another actual person through or on the forums, for purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person. It is illegal, by Forum Rule, for a person to falsely assume or pretend to be a Dark Blues Forum member of staff. If you are found to be doing this, you will incur a permanent forum ban and your account name will be flagged for a nickname change where appropriate.

    Discussing Moderator Based Actions

    Actions taken against a member of the community are not to be discussed in public on the forums. Opinions about specific moderators or moderator actions are also not to be discussed in posts or threads. Please do not start any topics that pertain to moderation of your posts/threads being removed. For example: ‘Why was my post deleted?’ or ‘Why did you delete this topic?'.  These will be removed without notice.

    Continued questions regarding moderators or moderation actions could possibly result in a warnings, temp ban or even a ban.

    Content related to disciplinary actions of other members is considered private information between 'The Dark Blues Forum' and the affected party. This includes, but is not limited to, discussion of:

    • Infractions,
    • Forum suspensions or bans,
    • Appeals,
    • Deletion, closure or movement of posts or threads.

    If you have questions, remarks, suggestions or complaints about moderating in general or specific moderators, please contact our website admin through a private message.

    Trolling or Baiting

    Neither spamming or trolling is acceptable on the forums.

    Posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages on the forum, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. Posting in an unnecessarily argumentative or confrontational way may also be construed as trolling. For any given post, this can be a subjective call, but a pattern of such posting or an especially egregious case will get you banned.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

    • Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish,
    • Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the forums,
    • Causing disturbances in forum threads, such as picking fights, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters,
    • Making non-constructive posts,
    • Abusing the Reported Post feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages
    • Numbering a thread, IBTL, TLDR, or any other fad statements,
    • Thread-Necro: Reviving an old thread for no reason other than bumping it to the first page,
    • Posting meme or troll images, text, or videos; "cool story bro", "u mad", "10/10", captioned images, etc...,
    • Replying to a thread simply to call the author a troll (regardless of whether the poster is actually trolling).

    Users may report abuse for trolling, but the determination regarding trolling is made solely at the discretion of the moderation staff.

    Spamming

    Single sentence/phrase/line/image posts that do not add any value to the thread (referred to as "one liners") may also be construed as trolling.

    Spamming also includes posting messages for any purpose other than personal communication, including (without limitation):

    • Bandwagon complaints,
    • Advertising,
    • Promotional material related to 3rd party websites,
    • Referral links,
    • Website promotions,
    • Chain letters,
    • Pyramid schemes,
    • Or any other commercial use.

    Any repetitive, bulk message posted to the website, whether manually or via automated means, is also considered spamming.

    Note that one-line or appropriate single-image responses are acceptable in moderation.

    Signature Violations

    All Forum Rules apply in forum signatures and will be enforced. Users will incur infractions as normal for this type of violation.

    Examples of signature violations are as such:

    • Animated or otherwise overly distracting images, colouring, etc,
    • Images containing profanity, suggestive material, etc,
    • Intentionally misquoting users.

    To change your signature settings. Visit your profile and click on 'Account Settings' and click on the 'Signature' Tab.

    Your Signatures are allowed the following:

    • Users can use signatures after making 25 posts.
    • Maximum number of images in signature: 1
    • Maximum size of images in signature: 460x80 pixels
    • Maximum number of links in signature: 1
    • Maximum lines of text in signature: 5 lines

    Pornography and illicit Material

    Do not post offensive posts, links or images. Any material that constitutes defamation, abuse or harassment is strictly forbidden. Material that is sexual in nature, obscene, racist, or discriminatory is not permitted on these forums. This includes user profile pictures, avatars, bio and signatures.

    When linking to material on other websites, you must ensure that the content of the link is appropriate and in line with the forum rules. Any post that contains a link to inappropriate material will be removed without warning.

    If your profile picture uses profanity or nudity of any kind, they must be removed/changed or we will remove them without warning.

    Child Porn or Bestiality

    Anyone who posts child porn or Bestiality will have their account banned and all information pertaining to their account handed over to Police Scotland to aid them in bringing about criminal charges.

    Excessive Swearing and Profanity

    Posts or Topic Titles that contain excessive and pointless swearing, foul language that is directed at other members or members that post trying to circumvent the language filter will be removed. While we allow swearing in context. Example: 'That game was utterly sh*t to watch'. We don’t allow: 'You’re a sh*t for watching that game'.

    Reporting Abuse Or Inappropriate Content

    Our aim is to make The Dark Blues a safe and interesting place for everyone. We actively encourage you to engage in our forums, whether this is in a light hearted fun approach or heavy heated discussion.

    We promise to allow and afford our members to freedom of expression within reasonable confines of UK and Scottish law and decent and appropriate behaviour.

    Dark Blues Forum has strict policies regarding what content is and is not acceptable on our service. If you believe there has been a violation of one of our policies, we invite you to report this information to our Abuse Team for investigation.

    All users have the option to report abuse for posts containing one or more of the following:

    • Offensive or obscene language,
    • personal attacks,
    • racist characterizations,
    • ethnic slurs,
    • sexist commentary,
    • pornographic content,
    • commercial advertising,
    • stalking,
    • inappropriate slurs or impersonating another person or entity.

    Users can report abuse by clicking the 'Report Post'  link located at the top of each post. Please leave a reason why you believe the post broke the Forum Rules.

    Please do NOT report content because:

    • You feel you're right and they are wrong,
    • You don't like a member or their post,
    • You have the right to free speech or they're trampling on your free speech,
    • Because you want to give advise on spelling mistakes, typo's or poor grammar,
    • Because they're not accepting your argument and you are getting butt hurt about it.

     All reported abuse posts will be reviewed by the moderation staff.

    Back Seat Moderation

    Let the Forum Moderators do the moderating. Back-seat Moderating is when people who are not Moderators try to enforce the forum rules. Whenever you see a person breaking the rules, take advantage of the "Report" link. Or simply just IGNORE the offensive post(s) or thread.

    Forum Posting Guidelines

    • English Only: All content submitted to our forum or website must be written in English only. Submissions in any other language makes it difficult to moderate properly and we will remove such posts without any prior notice. Do not quote dictionary entries for the sake of arguing. Don't be the grammar police.
    • Cross Posting: Cross-posting is not allowed and will result in the removal of one or more posts. Cross-posting is defined as posting the same information in two or more locations. When posting your topic, please try to post it in the most appropriate place within the organizational structure of our community. Identical topics posted in the same or different forums will be removed.
    • Posting Real Life Information: Do not post personal, real-life information such as home addresses and home phone numbers.
    • The Right Forum: We provide many forums for different types of discussion – please try and use the correct forum for starting new topics. We don’t allow members to post the same topic in different forums. Moderators will move or remove topics as they see fit.
    • Post Count: While member post count has meaning, it should not be taken too seriously. Attempts to artificially increase your post count are prohibited. This includes the mass creation of short or meaningless posts. When participating in game threads such as "Word Association Game" or "What song are you listening to right now?" please do not post consecutive replies within a short period of time.
    • Friendly Atmosphere: We try to maintain a family friendly atmosphere whenever it is possible within the main subject matter of this community. Please keep this in mind when participating.
    • External Linking: When linking to outside websites, you must ensure that the content of the link is appropriate for our community, in line with the guidelines laid out here. This includes mentioning or referencing a site, even if the mention is not hyperlinked. If you post a link and that link is automatically censored, it is considered to be an inappropriate link and you should remove it from your post immediately. If left, all posts that feature inappropriate links will be removed.
    • Illegal Activities: Posts that discuss illegal activities, transactions, or websites such as warez, cracks, etc. will be removed. This includes the posting of information that you have obtained illegally.
    • Political and Religious Discussions: Political and religious discussions are not allowed on this website. If it is believed that the end result of a discussion will be political or religious, the post may be removed. Likewise, strong political and religious sentiments should be kept out of profiles, signatures, and other content.
    • Copyrighted Material: Do not post copyrighted materials (articles, videos, audio, etc.) that you do not have permission to reproduce or distribute. For text articles, most of the time you may quote a small portion of the article (usually no more than 1/5 or 1/6) and you must link to the source (if online) or provide the source (if offline). Posting the entire article, even with the source, constitutes copyright infringement. This is not the place to illegally trade or distribute copyrighted (or those with questionable copyright status) video or audio clips.
    • No Overrated Posts: We do not allow threads to be started to discuss who or what is the most overrated, who or what is your least favourite, etc.
    • Fun and Friendly: Whenever you are participating in this community, please keep in mind that we strive to create a fun, friendly and inviting atmosphere. So, please have fun and enjoy the forums!
    • Don't Post Private Information: Private messages, along with other private correspondence, are not to be posted on the open forum without the permission of their original authors. If someone is concerned about the content of a PM that they receive, they should report it to the moderators who will consider what action is to be taken.
    • Freedom Of Speech: Freedom of speech rights do not extend to privately owned websites, such as this one. These guidelines detail the types of behaviour and activities that are allowed here.
    • Mentions: Do not use the @mentions feature to harass other users or the moderators. There is a report post option if a post needs moderator attention,
    • Duplicate Topics Or Posts: Do not create duplicate threads in the same or multiple sections to attract more attention,
    • Bumping Topics: Please refrain from bumping topics
    • Correct Section: Not everything belongs under "Dundee FC Chat", try to find the best suited section for your thread,
    • The Right Forum: We provide many forums for different types of discussion – please try and use the correct forum for starting new topics. We don’t allow members to post the same topic in different forums. Moderators will move or remove topics as they see fit.
    • FAO Threads: Please do not start topics with title ‘FAO member’. If you wish to have a conversation with another member then please use the Private Message system. We will remove such posts as they are created.
    • Political Propaganda: We do not allow our members to use the forum to promote extreme political messages. In cases of very extreme threats, we will hand over your personal details and IP address to Police Scotland.
    • Lads Style Posting: This forum is read by both men and women. Please refrain from using crude sexist comments about other posters, profile pictures and in general. Comments like ‘Get back into the kitchen’ even in jest, will earn you a points warning without notice.
    • Private Information: Do not post private information on the forum that belongs to other members or staff without their consent first. This includes but not limited to emails, private messages or phone numbers. Anyone who posts a private message or email from a member of staff on this forum or anywhere else will receive an instant ban (regardless of the reason why).
    • Personal Discussion: The forums are not there for personal discussion between two friends. Please use the Private Message system instead. Topics or posts that seem to be personal in nature will be removed.
    • Cross Posting and Duplicate Topics/Posts: Do not cross post your topics/questions in different forums. Please use the most suitable forum for your topic. To keep the forum free of clutter and double posts, we will remove duplicate posts from the forum and leave the original intact. If we move a topic from one forum to another we will leave a link to the moved topic and this link will last for 30 days from the time the post is removed.
    • Power Posting: Power-posting is best described when using very short worthless messages. Normally this done to increase a person’s post count or to lend support as if it is a vote count. Examples are but not limited to: ‘+1, lol, me too, I agree or using a smiley such as : )’. These types of posts will be deleted.
    • Profanity Filter: The word filter is there to remove language that would be considered vulgar or sexual in nature.  Any member that circumvents the profanity filter may have their posts removed or issued a warning.
    • Arabs and Arab Names: We have a very strict policy on members calling other members ‘Arabs’ or insinuating that they’re Arabs visiting this forum on the wind-up. If you believe that any member is an Arab poster, we ask that you report this member to a moderator and let us deal with them. Usernames generally should not include a reference to any sports teams other than Dundee FC. We have a strict policy against members creating profile names to cause a wind-up on the forum. If it is deemed that any ‘nicknames’ have been created for this purpose, they will be removed without warning. We reserve the right to decide which profile names are not suitable for this website and forum.