[Sticky] MicroGrinder Forum Rules
Porn, sexism, racism, and anything else that may be offensive to a large group of people is not allowed on MicroGrinder.com. Posts of this nature should be deleted. Accounts posting such inappropriate content may be banned.
Do not post full-text copyrighted material on MicroGrinder.com. You can post the title, the first paragraph (or a select few sentences) and a link to the source. Any full-text work will be deleted.
Spam and Solicitation
Any promotional posts by users, specifically posts providing some sort of affiliate link or posts that mention other websites, are to be deleted right away. Requests to buy or sell goods are also not allowed. Another type of solicitation not allowed is a post asking people to contact you privately or creating a thread linking to your content on another site. Surveys that are external to MicroGrinder.com or direct our members elsewhere should be deleted as well.
If you are interested in hiring a private poker coach, you should consult the MicroGrinder.com forum Coaching thread. MicroGrinder.com has no involvement in private deals made between students and coaches. Any feedback on coaches will need to be posted in the forum Coaching thread.
Off Topic Replies/Trolling
Replying in a thread with something that is completely irrelevant or unhelpful is not allowed. "Level" posts or other replies that spread disinformation will be deleted, as the point of any forum is to encourage others to contribute, not to serve as a means for certain members to hoard attention at the expense of others. Trolls (those who post unhelpful, irrelevant replies) will be blocked from posting on the forums, as they have a direct negative impact on advancing the common goal shared by this site, the poker industry, and fellow poker players of attracting new players to the game.
Issues with Thread Titles
Don't post a thread title in ALL CAPS. Your post isn't more important than all the other threads in the forum (even if you think it is). Threads with titles in ALL CAPS will be deleted. In addition, when making your thread title, try to summarize the idea of your thread, so that people have some idea of what they're opening before clicking through.
Posts that fall into this category include "bump" posts, where a user replies to a thread in an effort to move it to the top of the forum. The life of a thread should be determined in large part by its natural popularity and any artificial means to keep a particular thread near the top of the boards should be removed. Another subset of this category is "scrolling," where a user posts several repeated threads in a short period of time (in one or more forums). Other forms of forum abuse include hyper-posting and post-count padding.
While we allow arguments on our forums that often become heated, replies that get personal will be removed. If a thread is started with the sole purpose of berating or attacking another person, it will be deleted.
Posting of Personal Information
PMs should remain private. Posting someone's private information (address, telephone number, etc.) is also prohibited.
We have a general policy of one account to person here at MicroGrinder.com. Creating a multiple account does a disservice to the community, and could result in you being blocked from posting on these boards.
Site Responsibility vs. Personal Entitlement
The staff and moderation team at MicroGrinder.com are NOT responsible for any individual comment or opinion expressed on these boards or in articles. Furthermore, individual members are NOT entitled to mandating public opinions to their liking. Specifically, it is not the forum's responsibility to provide readers and posters exclusively with opinions they agree with or even enjoy. Public forums promote the publication of a wide variety of personal views, which will result in an incrementally higher chance of encountering an opinion or comment that provokes disagreement in relation to the amount of time an individual spends in the forums.
Similarly, the staff and moderation team are NOT responsible for personal issues of an individual or group, regardless of whether they are poker related. This includes, but is not limited to: (a) bad beats, (b) personal ailments or conditions -- physical or mental, (c) personal projects, (d) poker results -- good or bad, (e) perceived popularity/importance within the community, (f) financial situation, and (g) personal circumstances or morals. Members are NOT entitled to preferential treatment on the boards due to their personal situation, views or values (even if they think they are). Attempts to persuade forum decisions by invoking any of the above-listed reasons will be ignored.
Furthermore, members are NOT entitled to a personal reply from a MicroGrinder.com Administrator regarding moderation issues covered in the Forum Rules. Private messages and emails sent to our staff that are covered in this thread will simply receive a reply linking to this page (or no reply at all). The responsibility of MicroGrinder.com Administrators to site and community-related tasks supersedes any member's desire to debate and/or need for attention.
Responsibility of Forum Moderators
Members who have earned MODERATOR status on MicroGrinder.com have done so due to their post history, activity on the site, and willingness to maintain the forums relevant and useful to the community as a whole. They are NOT formal employees of MicroGrinder.com, but rather VOLUNTEERS who ARE entitled to their opinions, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH THEM. MicroGrinder.com does NOT mandate the personal opinion of any forum moderator. The ONLY responsibility they have is to moderate forum content in accordance with the Forum Rules.
Along those same lines, opinions expressed by forum moderators DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT the opinions/views of MicroGrinder.com, the MicroGrinder.com brand, its staff or administrators. Fellow members ARE entitled to publicly disagree with the opinions of forum moderators just like all other members. Such criticism by any member should always focus on the opinions/topic of interest and NOT become personal. Furthermore, all posting members ARE entitled to criticize/disagree with opinions expressed by MicroGrinder.com Administrators, EXCEPT FOR MODERATION ISSUES.
Claims against other forums
If you have an issue with another forum (including being banned), you will need to take it up with the appropriate representatives OF THAT FORUM. Posts that bring up issues from other forums will be deleted.
Infinite Content Clause/Retroactive Situations
The content on MicroGrinder.com is constantly updating, and theoretically limitless in nature. Although several automated features exist on this site, the maintenance of public content is managed by humans. At any given time, the collective knowledge/memory of forum moderators will be LESS THAN the aggregate published material. Although a member may encounter an archived post that is questionable or even breaks the current forum rules, individual members are NOT entitled to use this as a means to influence forum content or justify breaking the forum rules in the present. If the archived content in question is less than a week old, the poster is encouraged to express his/her grievance by clicking the REPORT POST link (exclamation point icon) at the bottom of the corresponding post so it can be reviewed by our moderation team.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, you are encouraged to seek help. Some major sites offer "exclusion" services to poker players worldwide as a means to promote responsible gambling. In addition, the National Council on Problem Gambling offers a TOLL FREE, 24-HOUR CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE 1-800-522-4700 for United States poker players who would like to seek help.
This is not a complete list of everything possible that posters can do incorrectly on MicroGrinder.com. While this encompasses most of the common violations, MicroGrinder.com reserves the right to delete a post or suspend posting privileges at any time, and for any reason as we see fit. As a general rule, don't do anything you wouldn't want a user to do on a forum that you were running.