Rules of the Forum

[Last Updated July 1st, 2020]

The main purpose of this Forum is to promote the name and presence of our esteemed host, Sean Hannity. It is through his generosity, that the forums have been made available.

Whether you are new to politics or a seasoned veteran, it is the hope of the moderator staff that you not only enjoy your time here on the forums, but that you learn more about the foundation of our Republican form of government, as well as the day-to-day activities in Washington and the respective states. An informed citizenry is a citizenry that is better equipped to safeguard the freedom and liberty of the Republic.

THE RULES

Abuse of Honored Guest:

Harassing our honored guests, altering quotes or usernames in an abusive way, impersonations, giving out personal information of others, posting Call-Out threads of members, or otherwise making them feel unwelcome is forbidden. The personal mailbox system is not to be used to harass or threaten other guests and all TOS rules apply. The use of @ + user name may be used to invite members to a thread they may be interested in. It is not to be used to “call out”. If the person they invited flags it, it will be removed. If a poster abuses the feature (multiple flags from same poster they invite over and over, and they can’t get the hint after being warned) then they will receive sanction accordingly.

Heated political discussion is expected and it is recognized that feelings may be hurt. You agree that as a member of this board you do not have the right to not be offended.

Abuse of Forum:

Each member is to use his/her account for personal, non-commercial interests and discussions. Any other use requires prior approval and permission which may be requested via the Community Feedback Forum or PM a Moderator. Attempts to direct traffic away, flooding, or spamming will not be tolerated.

Each member is allowed one account each. Registering multiple screen names will result in all accounts being banned.

Do not deliver any posting that infringes or violates any intellectual property or other right of any entity or person, including, without limitation, copyrights, patents, trademarks, laws governing trade secrets, rights to privacy, or publicity.

An opening thread post must contain substantive commentary that not only briefly summarizes the subject at hand, but also specifically addresses any quoted material. Personal commentary must equal or exceed any use of quoted material. The moderator staff reserves the right to ask any member to edit the opening post, so as to conform to board policy. The moderator staff reserves the right to edit, modify or delete any opening thread post or thread title, so as to conform to board policy.

Links to other websites are permitted; however, a synopsis and discussion of content must be posted. This allows users to still participate in discussion without having to open a separate link. Exception to synopsis/discussion would be permitted for videos and pictures. A description for videos and pictures is required, but a brief, one sentence description is adequate. Meme’s are allowed as long as they are not themselves violations of other board policies (abuse of guests, hateful posting, flooding, etc…) Twitter links from prominent people conveying their message are acceptable. If a Twitter link with an embedded article link is used in place of the article, it will be deleted. Link the article itself along with a synopsis. This platform will not be used to promote Twitter handles. This is a discussion board. If you share someone’s opinion from twitter, share YOUR opinion, and leave theirs on twitter.

Anti-Semitism/Racism/Hateful Posting:

This creates a hostile environment contrary to the purposes of civil discourse and a welcoming forum environment. Do not use the forums to spread hate, incite violence, and suggest that innocents should die or that an innocent deserved to die, or otherwise fill our welcoming forums with hatred and malice.

Attacking the children or family of other users of the Forum, candidates, politicians or people in the news in order to smear is not allowed. Comparing the president, members of Congress, politicians in general, or members of this forum to Nazis is not permitted. Nazi references and comparisons are only allowed in strict historical discussions and usage.

Also, linking to or quoting from manifestos of deranged murderers is not permitted. This platform will not be used to spread their message of hate towards others.

Contempt of Host/Contempt of Friend/Contempt of Moderator:

You are welcome to disagree with Sean Hannity’s views and discuss differing opinion, but personal attacks against our host will not be tolerated. Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Oliver North are close, personal friends of Sean Hannity and they are afforded the same protection.

The Moderator Staff on this board work hard as volunteers to provide an enjoyable place for members and to enforce the Terms of Service. Deliberately attacking a Moderator for performing his/her duties or deliberately ignoring a ruling or request from a Moderator who is carrying out Moderator duties is considered Contempt of Moderator. Moderators involved in discussion will attempt to defer to another moderator if an issue arises in that discussion to avoid conflicts of interest. If the issue isn’t dealt with in a timely manner, moderator discretion applies.

Attempts to discuss, debate or complain about moderation within a discussion will result in moderator action up to and including suspension. Use the Community Feedback Forum or PM for concerns regarding sanction.

Filter Bypass/Obscenity:

A profanity filter is in place and any attempts to bypass it are forbidden. You MAY type words that are filtered, as long as they are not abusive towards other quests or violate any other rules; however, you must allow the filter to do its job. Do NOT try to filter the word yourself.

Posting images of videos of obscene gestures, linking to obscene web sites, posting obscene or graphic descriptions of a decidedly adult nature, and violating the standards of decent behavior found in the Sean Hannity show is not allowed.

Trolling:

A troll is a person that never offers anything of value or substance to the boards. The troll has no intention of taking part in discussions, save to try and ruin them for others. Poeing is not discussion, it is trolling. Any posts that are not conducive to debate, seek to derail a thread with trolling comments or off-topic discussion are subject to being edited or deleted with or without further sanctions at the discretion of the moderators.

Sanctions:

If any of the above rules are not followed, guests will receive sanction. This will serve as a guideline for moderators to follow, but if necessary, more or less severe measures may be taken depending on the severity of the infraction.

The mod staff will endeavor to first caution posters either within the thread or via pm before resorting to direct sanctions. You will know when an official moderator post is made in a thread by it’s yellow caution highlight. Please take this as a nudge towards adhering to the rules and adjust accordingly.

Initial Action - caution given to poster via private message or in the thread in question. In the thread, a Staff Color may be added or a Mod Note or both. This is to attract your attention and indicate the change from poster to Moderator.

Ensuing infractions:

1 = 24 hour sanction
2 = 48 hours
3 = 1 week
4 = 2 weeks
5 = 1 month
6 = 3 months
7 = 6 months
8 = 1 year
9 = Permanent Ban

We have two options, silence (unable to participate in public discussion) or suspension (unable to log in). These will be used at the ruling moderator’s discretion.

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Additional information for posting pictures.

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July 4th, 2020.

At the request of several members in good standing and after discussion by the moderator team, we have decided to make an exception to the filter bypass rule.

Given the standard acceptable use and in the spirit of accepting feedback, “BS” will be allowed from this point forward. This is the only current exception and abuse of it will result in removal of this exception. Under no circumstances should this be used to attempt to rationalize other violations.

Any use of the term “BS” must not violate any other rules of the forum.

Let freedom ring.

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