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Below are rules at, rules that apply throughout the entire site. It is very important that all users read and are familiar with these rules.

Although the administrators and moderators of will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

1. Be Civil, Be Respectful
Remember what your elementary school teachers have told you: "Do unto others as you'd have others do unto you." This is especially true in an online environment: all you have to communicate is words and words alone. As a result, you will be judged on the quality and content of your posts - spend some thought into posting.

Some guidelines for this forum:

a. No Flaming or Trolling:
Respect other users and try to contribute to a nice ambiance on the forum. No personal attacks, or provocation of other forum members. If you are being attacked or provoked, do not feel compelled to defend your honor here; report the offender to a moderator. See examples of Flaming/Trolling in the appendix section below.

b. Language and Content Expectations: is a family-friendly site. There is an automatic profanity censor; do not attempt to bypass the censor. Additionally, do not post content that is excessively vulgar, profane, graphic, or violent in nature. If you see such offensive content, report it.

c. Respect Others' Intellectual Property
Do not promote stolen/copied/knockoff products. Most puzzle makers have patents on their products, and it is against the law to steal or remake their idea as your own. Discussion about where to buy knockoffs is not allowed.

d. One Account per Person
You are prohibited from having more than one account; multiple ('alt') accounts may be banned without warning. Infractions issued to alt accounts will be reissued to the corresponding primary accounts, in addition to other punishments. Do not create a new account to get around a ban or other punishment; these punishments will be extended or made permanent.

e. Regarding Backseat Moderation
If you notice someone breaking the rules, kindly tell inform them of the rules, and do it tactfully. If someone has already informed them, do not point it out again. Report the offending post if you must, but do not flame the poster; remember that notes about pointing out etiquette and rule violations are usually etiquette and rule violations themselves. Try to help other members, not hurt them.

2. Stay on Topic
Before posting a new thread, make sure that you are posting in the correct sub-forum - check the descriptions. Within a thread, do not derail the thread off-topic. Additionally:

a. No Spam has a zero-tolerance policy on spam. As a general guideline, ask yourself, "Would I want to see a thread/post like this if I were someone else?" Report it if you see it. See the Appendix for examples.

b. No Cross-posting
A cross-post is the posting of an article/thought/idea to more than one sub-forum/topic at a time, typically by copying and pasting a post to duplicate it across the forum. Cross-posting is rude and almost always inappropriate. If you realize that your thread is in an inappropriate sub-forum, ask a moderator to move it; do not post the same thread twice.

c. Worthless Replying
Don't reply to a post unless you have something of value to add to it. Replying with "+1" or "go search for it" is not allowed, as it does no good for the topic creator or the community. If you see this behavior and would like to respond to it, see: 1e. "Regarding Backseat Moderation".

d. No bumping threads
Bumping your own topic for the sake of getting it to the top is not allowed. 'Bumping' your thread is allowed if you have something of value to add, however, consider editing the topic instead of adding a new post to it.

Please use the search function before making a new thread. If you find an older thread that is similar to the one you wanted to create, please use that thread instead of creating a new topic. However, please look at the date that the original thread was posted (it may be quite old). If you plan to add information to an existing topic, please make sure you are aware of the age of the thread, and only reply to it if you have something of value to add to it.

3. No Advertising
Blatant advertising is rude and inappropriate. Additionally, the advertising of commercial sites, goods, or services unrelated to speedsolving is prohibited (exception: Off-Topic Discussion). Accounts that are created solely for advertising will be permanently banned.

Puzzle sellers and buyers may post in the Buy/Sell/Trade ('BST') forum. Be sure to read the BST rules before posting.

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Rule Enforcement - Rule Infractions:

The rules are enforced by an infraction system. If you break a rule, a moderator may give you an infraction or a warning. An infraction is a notification that you broke a rule, and is accompanied by infraction points. In most cases, these infractions will expire after a certain amount of time, depending on the nature and severity of the rule that was broken. A warning is similar to an infraction but does not add any infraction points to your profile.

If you receive 5 active infraction points, you will be banned from the forums. Your ban will be lifted once your active infraction point total falls below 5 again (points expire after a set amount of time, up to the moderator that created the infraction).

If you receive an infraction and believe it was unfair or unwarranted, you should discuss the matter with the moderator who issued the infraction.

Additionally, users who repeatedly violate these rules or are particularly disruptive may be temporarily or permanently banned from the site, at the discretion of a moderator.

If you notice another user breaking the rules, the best way to help is to use the Report Post function (Report Button), available in each post. This will alert the appropriate moderators to the issue so they can respond. Please do not respond to spam posts/posts you report - the moderators will take care of it, and it does no good if members try to resolve the issue.



    Spam, minor - 1 point, 5 days
    Spam, major - 3 point, 14 days
    Spam, excessive - Permanent ban
    Multi-posting - 2 points, 7 days
    Thread-necro - 2 points, 7 days

Inappropriate forum behavior:

    Flaming, minor - 1 point, 5 days
    Flaming - 2 points, 10 days
    Trolling - 3 points, 14 days
    Harassment - Permanent ban, subject to administrator's discretion

Inappropriate content:

    Censor dodging - 1 point, 5 days
    Inappropriate content, mild - 1 point, 5 days
    Inappropriate content, major - 3 points, 14 days
    Explicit content or images - Permanent ban, subject to administrator's discretion
    Copyright Violation - 3 points, 14 days

Blatant Advertising:

    Advertising violation, minor - 2 points, 5 days
    Advertising violation, major - Permanent ban, subject to administrator's discretion

Examples of Spam Posts and Threads
  • "I'm new!" and "I'm leaving!" threads. "I'm new!" threads go here: Member Introductions
  • Threads with titles containing excessive characters/punctuation.
  • Posts with blatant disregard to spelling and grammar. This is a forum, not a chat room.
  • Threads that duplicate other, recent threads. Search for similar threads before posting.
  • Re-posts of posts/threads that were recently been closed or deleted; asking why they were closed or deleted. Direct these questions to the moderators via private message.
  • Posts such as "this thread is going to get closed" or "this thread is in the wrong forum"
  • Image macro posts. This is not a place for memes.
  • Posts with excessive usage of emoticons. Especially the facepalm emote.
  • Multiple posts in a row. To add/update content to one of your posts, edit the post.
  • Posts that bump old threads without contributing anything new; only reply to old threads if adding something worthwhile.
Examples of Flaming

  • Posts that only contain one of the following (or similar):
 "Use the serach function"
  • Posts that point out grammatical/spelling mistakes, usually in a hostile manner
  • Posts that insult another member or his/her background, religion, etc.
Also note that usage of profanity and/or the failure to turn off caps lock are fairly good indicators of flaming (in which case you should report the post anyway). 

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