While we fully embrace a wide variety of obsessions from people from all walks of life, we also like to consider ourselves something of a “safe haven” for the passionate types to share and geek out. So in order to keep it as safe as possible, we ask that all users follow these rules, which are subject to change at any time.
Please keep in mind that failure to uphold any of these rules may result in a warning from the Almost Epic moderators, rejection of your posts or other content from Almost Epic, or in the most severe cases, the deactivation of your account.
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RULES AND GUIDELINES
In addition to serving as a blog for @joe and any guest authors, Almost Epic is also a community and social network of like-minded individuals. While our users are very important to us and we encourage everyone to join us, we naturally have a few guidelines that we ask all users abide by when engaging in community activities around the site. We ask that you also observe the following rules and guidelines while utilizing blog comment sections, forum topics, user groups, activity streams, private and public chat messages, profile pages, docs, when writing guest posts for the blog, and any other areas where user comments, discussion, or authorship is encouraged.
Date of Last Revision: 3/12/2017
- While we encourage sharing and geeking out, we do not allow copying and outright plagiarism and will consider it grounds to delete your material from the site and deactivate your account.
- We ask that you please use proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and all the other skills that you should have learned in your high school or college English classes when creating guest blog posts. WordPress (the system that powers Almost Epic) features a native proofreading tool, but we also recommend using or installing tools such as Grammarly or Hemingway. Also note that our site editors and administrator may also proofread, edit, or take a pass at any guest author posts to ensure they meet our quality standards. Any community/social postings will not be monitored however.
- We do allow profanity to a mild extent when used in a creative or entertaining context, but going overboard with it or using it to attack someone or something else is deemed unnecessary. All other offensive and/or objectionable content should also be kept to a minimum. Your content may face rejection and your account may be deactivated if you post anything that is threatening, abusive, defamatory, indecent, menacing, harassing, offensive, impersonates anyone, misrepresents a person or company, infringes on copyright, or encourages others to commit unlawful acts.
- Will not allow users to engage in personal attacks, bullying, “trolling,” or any other kind of abuse of an individual or company. This includes post authors, site editors and administrators, your fellow users and subscribers, and even outside parties. Open debate is allowed and even encouraged, but any blatantly hateful behavior will result in immediate account deactivation!
- We do not tolerate spamming or solicitation. It is acceptable to write rave product or service reviews (even if you’re getting paid for it!) and you may link back to your own website or blog as credit, but using Almost Epic and its social elements simply as a means for advertisement is not allowed and any posts determined to be purely promotional may be removed.
- We do not allow users to provide files or downloads that contain harmful files, codes, or viruses that may damage another user’s computer or mobile device. Posting anything of this nature is grounds for your content to be removed from the site and your account being deactivated.
- We may retain any material shared, created, and/or posted to Almost Epic. While you will receive full credit for any original material that you ever post on the site, all posts made on Almost Epic may or may not remain on Almost Epic. This simply means that if you ever decide to part ways with us and/or your account is deactivated, we may choose to continue displaying your content, even if you do not specify another user to attribute your material to.
- We ask that users always remember the golden rule: While Almost Epic is an open community, it was built as an all-inclusive sharing and conversational community for everyone. We understand that not everyone can or will be friends, but we ask that you treat all others as you would wish to be treated. Be kind and respectful to our readers, to the administrators and moderators, to your fellow users, and to yourselves.
- We reserve the right to remove or completely reject any content whatsoever that may put you, a fellow user or reader, and/or Almost Epic in harm’s way or legal jeopardy.