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Posted: 22 May 2008 - 06:36 PM                                    
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Welcome to MacGyver Online.

Our aim is to provide a safe and friendly community for fans of MacGyver to gather. In keeping with this aim, it is necessary to maintain certain rules and guidelines to ensure a basic structure exists so all members can enjoy our site equally.

You can read our Code of Conduct, Terms Of Service and Privacy policies at any time by clicking the rules link at the top of the page.

Below are some basic guidelines for posting. More in-depth information can be found in our Help section.

Post in the correct forum and thread
Please take note of the forum and thread descriptions before you post. If you can find a thread already discussing a topic or episode, post there instead of starting a new thread. Every episode already has its own thread in the Assignments forum.

If your topic doesn't already have a good thread and is worth a thread of its own, feel free to start it in the appropriate forum, but please don't create multiple copies of the same thread.

Try to stay on topic
While some deviation in a topic is all part of natural discussion dynamics, we shouldn’t let a discussion go too far off topic. If your post is drifting from the thread topic, feel free to start a new thread in the appropriate forum or simply move back on topic.

Getting notified of new posts and topics
You can opt to be notified via email of any new posts and/or threads in any or all of our forums by using the subscribe option at the bottom of a forum or email notification option in the reply windows.

Lower and UPPERCASE
Uppercase typing is the internet version of yelling. So you obviously shouldn’t use uppercase typing unless you are actually yelling.
If you want to draw attention, or highlight a word, please consider using alternatives such as bold or color text.

Quoting
When quoting a post, we ask that you only quote the text that you're replying to instead of the whole message. This helps keep the post size in check and also makes it easier for people to work out which part of the post you're actually responding to.

Double check your post
It's a good idea to always do a quick proof-read after you have made your post, to make sure it looks the way you intended it to. It's very easy to mistype things and doing a quick re-check of your post after posting it will quickly pickup any mistakes.

Respect your fellow users
Refrain from personal attacks and name-calling. Disagreements and debates are fine, but negative personal comments are not welcome. We want our forum to stay friendly! Stick to the issues and the arguments, and when the debate has concluded, agree to disagree.

Respecting other members means that they have as much right as you to post their opinion, positive or negative, within the boundaries of the forum topic. You do not have to respect the opinion, but you must respect that person's right to express it. (If you believe someone is violating the forum rules report the post. Don’t respond to the poster.)

Abbreviations
Here’s a list of some of the standard internet, as well as specific MacGyver abbreviations we use here.

LOL - Laugh Out Loud
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO - Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off
WTH – What The Hell?
IDK - I Don't Know
IMO - In My Opinion
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
FWIW - For What It's Worth
TPTB - The Powers That be
PM - Private Message (a forum feature)
Thunk - The sound made when one hits the ground due to a superb male/female specimen
Squee - A squeal of excitement.

RDA – Richard Dean Anderson
SAK – Swiss Army Knife
MDB – Michael Des Barres
LDZ - The creator of MacGyver and man responsible for our obsession. It's all his fault!
WWMD – What Would MacGyver Do?

No Copyrighted Material
Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted in the forums without the consent of the owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. MacGyver Online shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law.

You cannot legally post entire articles or news in the forum without permission from the copyright holder. Even if you attribute the article correctly it’s still copyright infringement. Copyright law does not care if you make any money off of the work or not, what matters is if you hurt the potential income of the copyright holder. In this case you would be depriving them of ad revenue and it is illegal. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article - or perhaps the opening paragraph. So if you want to post an article you should do this and include a link, or just post the link. The exception to this rule is press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed as much as you want. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material.

The right to leave
We respect our member’s right to leave our community at any time of their choosing. To this end we have provided a simple online form which you can fill out to request for your account to be deactivated.

Respect the administration team
Administrators and staff of this site are not paid for their work. They willingly give up their own time to ensure this community and site continues to run smoothly and has interesting features. Please show respect toward the admin team for the work they put in and follow any direction or ruling they may give with the understanding that they have the best interests of the community in mind. Please also remember that they have a much wider view of community happenings and may know about things going on which you're unaware of which could have influence on their decision making.


We hope you enjoy your time with us.

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