Official Forum Rules

Briefly stated, our rules are based on common sense. The underlying theme is respect for other people, intellectual property, the law, and the site and its owners and staff. Our community is held together by a few guiding principles:

  • We maintain a welcoming, friendly community. This means that sometimes we’ll turn a blind eye to the inexperience of  ”newbies” and lend a helping hand. It also means that we aim to treat each other, the volunteer staff, and the site owners with respect and understanding.
  • We try to keep postings on-topic, courteous, and helpful. This means that we probably shouldn’t reply if we cannot give a helpful answer, if another user’s question or post has incited feelings of anger, or if we cannot contribute something related to the main topic of a discussion.
  • We support and protect the intellectual property rights of others. This means that there is zero tolerance for piracy or copyright infringement, or even the discussion of these activities.
  • We keep the site decent. By using common sense and refraining from obscenity, we create a welcoming environment for users of all ages.
  • We respect the law. This is not the place for discussions of illegal activities and substances.
  • We keep the site clean from spam. This means refraining from advertising outside of the designated forum sections, not misleading users by “astro-turfing”, and following the off-site linking rules.

Since the site has been around since 2007, we have had a lot of experiences and precedents that have allowed us to develop and perfect our rules. Our rules feature an enforcement system based on the concepts of “warnings,” which advise a user that they have overstepped a rule, and “infractions,” which result in temporary bans of increasing lengths to serve as a “cool-down” period for rule-breakers. Our rules are designed to allow people to learn from their mistakes, so we give users many chances to learn and change their behavior before resorting to permanent bans.

All infractions / warnings are posted publicly in the Crime and Punishment section. This is done both to keep the staff accountable to the members and to allow users to learn from others’ mistakes and avoid them. However, please note that some bans, such as those given for multiple accounts, automated spam bots, etc. will not show up in this section. Also note that warnings and infractions are fully at the discretion of the moderators and cannot be appealed.

Warning: A warning is a reminder that you are breaking the forum rules. Warnings are typically given out in less severe situations or to first-time offenders. Warnings are always worth 0 points and do not result in a ban.

Infraction: An infraction is given out to a user who is breaking the rules. So-called “aggravated” infractions have higher point values are typically given out those who are severely breaking the rules or are repeat offenders. An infraction results in an immediate ban from the forums, usually for 1 to 3 days depending on the point value of the infraction.

Please take a few moments to read the following list of actions that could lead to warnings or infractions being issued:

  • Double posting/thread bumping. Intentionally double posting for the purpose of “bumping” a thread, whether your own thread that hasn’t received enough attention, or frivolously reviving an extremely old thread, may result in disciplinary action. Such actions by “newbies” are forgivable and we strongly discourage experienced members from replying to and attacking newer members making this mistake.
  • Misleading help to users. Intentionally misleading other members is not a good way to contribute to the community. Giving “cookie-cutter” or irrelevant, unhelpful advice to users seeking help is also not advisable.
  • Off-topic posting. We allow off-topic chat in the appropriate sections, although certain discussions are prohibited everywhere:
    • Discussions or other-expression surrounding politics and/or religion.
    • Soliciting, asking for donations and/or begging for money.
    • Steering a thread significantly away from its original topic.
    • Adding no substantial content to the thread by posting “this” or “that” without further elaboration.
    • Discussing post count (it is irrelevant and should not concern you)
  • Advertisements or unapproved off-site links. In order to protect our members and keep the site free of product and “SEO” spam, in general, off-site links are not allowed to be posted without prior approval. Many popular sites, such as YouTube, Digg, Twitter, TUAW, DeviantArt etc. are already approved. What we are trying to avoid here is shameless promotion and spamming of other sites. Specifically, particular types of links will never be approved and are likely to result in a ban:
    • Referral links (for example, Free iPod offers, “points” sites, etc.)
    • iPod touch/iPhone/iPad related forums
    • iPod touch/iPhone/iPad related blogs
    • Other unofficial iPod touch/iPhone related websites
    • Irrelevant personal blogs, forums, etc.
    • Facebook, MySpace, or Bebo accounts.

    Note: Large/well-known iPod touch/iPhone websites are permitted such as TUAW, MacRumors, iLounge. Additionally, any website that is a part of the Vigorous Media network – including iPad IMO, iPhone Fanatics, Hack the iPod touch, and Touch Zune HD are permitted.

    Astroturfing: We prohibit reviews that do not disclose that a product was received for free or at a greatly reduced price. We consider this astroturfing. As a rule of thumb, if you are reviewing a product and the general public cannot get it for the same price you got it for, you should mention that to avoid misleading our users.

  • The posting of obscene/pornographic material This includes extremely obscene language. We trust our users to be tasteful, so we do not filter swearing, but we may warn/infract at our discretion.
  • The posting or discussion of illegal or pirated material First of all, to avoid any confusion: JAILBREAKING IS NOT ILLEGAL AND MAY BE DISCUSSED. That’s the point of this site! That being said, our forum has always been appreciative and supportive of the work of independent commercial developers and development firms, and copyright holders in general. As such, we do not allow the posting or discussion of any material which is illegal or pirated. This includes:
    • Posting or discussing about cracked applications (including patched MobileInstallation)
    • Posting or discussing links to websites facilitating the cracking or sharing of cracked applications
    • Posting serial numbers
    • Posting about/where to get ROMs / bios files. Emulators themselves are legal, but the actual ROMs and/or BIOS files are not.
    • Copyrighted code or other works. This includes modified IPSWs and paid firmware upgrades

NOTE: Just to be clear, even discussing piracy may result in disciplinary action. In addition, the usage of the graphic design elements of others without permission is the theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated. Like all other violations, this will result in an infraction.

  • Furthermore, anything that is illegal by United States and/or California law may not be discussed. This includes:
    • Illegal drugs
    • Fraud (for example, how to break your iPod so that you can return it for an exchange.)

Inciting unrest on the forums

Encouraging users to break the rules, registering multiple accounts to circumvent bans, and other such activities will be swiftly stopped.

Just to be clear, creating another account to avoid a ban will result in permanent bans of all accounts. If you are sharing a computer or internet connection with another user of this site, please be especially mindful of the rules, as any ban on your account may also affect the other user unfairly.

Flaming, trolling, insulting other members, excessive immaturity, etc.

At the full discretion of the moderator, anti-social behaviors will be disciplined. We want a pleasant environment for the majority of members that are here for help and enjoyment.

Warning: A warning is a reminder that you are breaking the forum rules. Warnings are typically given out in less severe situations or to first-time offenders.
Warnings are always worth 0 points and do not result in a ban.
Infraction: An infraction is given out to a user who is breaking the rules. There is also aggravated infractions, which have a higher point value and a longer ban period attached to them. Aggravated infractions are typically given out those who are severely breaking the rules or are repeat offenders.
An infraction results in an immediate ban from the forums, usually for 1 to 3 days depending on the point value of the infraction. Our short ban times for the first few infractions are designed to encourage members to learn from their mistakes and resume their participation on the forums quickly