BetaArchive Wiki:Forum rules

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General rules

You MUST

  • Use correct grammar and spelling.
  • Post in the English language only.
  • Keep off-topic posts to the off-topic forum.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Keep double posting to a minimum.
  • Keep your signatures short and sensible. They may include images. Signatures must adhere to all other rules.
  • Upload all images used to our image uploader in order to preserve the image. Other image hosts go offline leaving a gap in our archive. This rule does not apply to animated GIF files.
  • Respect the moderators and their decisions.
  • Report any post or user that breaks the rules to a moderator.
  • Understand and acknowledge the FTP Fair Usage Policy and limit your download amount to reasonable amounts for personal use only.

You must NOT

  • Swear on the forum, this includes profanity filter evasion.
  • Spam the forum. This includes short posts such as “OK!”, “Thanks!”, “Great!”, etc.
  • Bump topics over 90 days old unless you add significant value. Start a new topic otherwise.
  • Bump topics unless your last post was over 3 days ago.
  • Post or request illegal material on the site, this includes but is not limited to: Warez, erotic content, shock material, illegal torrents, cracks, key generators, copy protection hacks, activation patches and abandonware licenses. This list is not exhaustive.
  • Discuss unleaked material that you possess unless you are willing to share it with the site.
  • Mirror the FTP except for personal use.
  • Share your login details with anyone.
  • Use a proxy to access the site. This is strictly forbidden and will result in a ban without warning. Further access to the site will not be permitted.
  • Have more than one account on the site. Multiple accounts will result in a ban and further access to the site will not be permitted.
  • Make requests without a minimum of 10 approved forum posts.

The rules are not exhaustive! Please use your common sense when it comes to posting.

Warning and banning system

  • We operate a warning system to alert users to their rule breaking before issuing bans.
  • Generally, 3 warnings are given before a ban, though this depends on the rule and the severity of the rule breaking.
  • The first ban is usually temporary (though not always). Future bans may be permanent. This depends on the severity of the rule breaking.
  • Permanently banned users will not be permitted further access to the site.
  • We reserve the right to temporarily or permanently ban users without warnings being issued.
  • You may appeal warnings and bans, but they are usually given for very good reason.
  • FTP access ban due to excessive usage is permanent, please review the FTP Fair Usage Policy.

FTP Fair Usage Policy

We have noticed that on some occasions a very small number of users (currently affecting less than 1%) are using excessive amounts of bandwidth on the FTP. By this we mean that they are using up their 50GB/day allowance every day for weeks on end.

The 50GB/day limit was put in place to protect our infrastructure from excessive load, and since bandwidth is expensive, to protect against excessive cost. It was not put in place to prevent users from downloading large amounts of data, which is still possible at the rate of around 1400GB/month if downloading 50GB daily.

However we have become aware that this is exactly what is happening with a small number of users choosing to use their maximum 50GB/day allowance every day for weeks, sometimes months on end. Therefore we have felt the need to put in place our fair usage policy because this kind of use is not sustainable when we operate for free and rely on our own pockets and donations to pay our costs.

We won't be changing our existing download limits at present, however we will be monitoring daily usage of all users. If we feel that any single user is adversely affecting our infrastructure, we will warn the user (unless we feel that immediate FTP access termination is necessary) and ask them to reduce their usage. If they don't comply with that request we reserve the right to limit speed and/or bandwidth, or terminate FTP access completely.

Obviously we would prefer not to do this, so we would ask that all users have a degree of self control and limit their use of the FTP to a reasonable amount. If excessive usage continues, we may choose to impose further restrictions to prevent it.