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Old 05-26-2010, 06:23 PM
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Welcome to AudioKarma!

To help AK be a safe, fun place for everyone, we reserve the right to restrict and edit content and to refuse service to anyone.

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  • Don’t try circumventing the rules.
Specific Rules:
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  3. 'Spamming' results in immediate and permanent banning.
  4. Post in the one best forum for your topic; one thread per topic, no duplicates.
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  7. 'Trolling' (inciting controversies) and 'Crusading' (aggressive proselytizing of anything) are not allowed.
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Everything above applies to every aspect of AK: your avatar, user title, signature, content of posts, the chat room, visitor and private messages, and emails sent via AK. PMs and AK-emails remain private unless we receive a copy in a complaint. Links in posts are also covered, so in general you can't link to an ad for a business, a porn site, offensive material, or for the purpose of getting around someone's copyright.

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All rules are applied with common sense. If it's really intended to generate business, it's an ad. If it's a link to a funny ad for something not offered for sale on the internet, it's not. If a topic is so controversial that it draws many political responses, it's political. On the other hand, asking for prayers for a loved one isn't a religious controversy.

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