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Forum Announcement: Forum Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
Welcome to the CSN Forums! These forums have a reputation of providing a friendly environment to get help with CSN’s mission and allow members to discuss ideas, connect with other members and help each other grow as musicians, recording artists, songwriters and any other aspect of Christian music. Our members treat each other with respect and courtesy, and CSN dedicated to continuing this tradition.
 
We do have some general guidelines, which are designed to create a friendly and inviting forum environment.
 
Copyrighted Material
Please do not post any material that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right unless you have the written permission of their owner(s). 

If you are posting a recording for critique of a cover (a song owned by someone else), please post the mechanical license number in the initial thread post with the link to the song.  If you do not have a mechanical license number, please post some form of proof that you have a license to distribute copyrighted material which is not owned by you.
 
Racial, Sexual, Political and Religious Discussion
We welcome all kinds of people regardless of religious affiliation, gender or ethnicity. Please refrain from discussing racist, sexual prejudice, political intolerance, or religious prejudices. 

This is not to say we cannot discuss ethnicity, sexuality, politics or religion, but the purpose of this guideline is to make members aware that intolerances of others and any “hate” talk will not be tolerated on the forums.  This guideline is of course subjective to the interpretation of the Admin and the mods, but if we respect each other’s’ rights we shouldn’t have any problems!
NOTE:  We DO welcome all people on this forum – including those who are not followers of Christ.  We are charged by Matthew 28:16-20 to spread the Good News to all – not just to fellow believers!  So please be tolerant of those on the forum who might not believe or might not believe the way you do.  However, mod interaction will occur for either party not respecting the other.
 
Flaming, Bashing, and Trolling and All Personal Attacks
To retain the character of our forums, it is crucial to treat others with respect and dignity. Deciding what is or is not a personal attack is often a judgement call but, if in the opinion of a mod, a post or thread represents flaming, trolling, or personal attacks, it will be deleted. Those who repeatedly use these forums as a venue for personal vendettas or agendas will be banned.
 
Offensive Language and Adult Content
These forums are fortunate to include users of all age groups and are, by the very name “Christ-like.” There are no age limits on registration for these forums. Profanity and any other language considered offensive to our membership is not allowed. Please refrain from sexual references; any non-G rated images will be removed, and the user warned or banned.
 
Spam, Flooding and Advertising
Posting senseless, inane, or empty messages to increase your post count, or simply to aggravate, is not allowed. Posting repeated appeals for members to click on your links for advertising or simply for getting attention to your song is not acceptable. 

“Flooding” (continually posting the same topic on a particular board, posting the same question across several forums, or posting an unreasonable number of threads in one day) is also inappropriate and will likely result in those threads/posts being deleted and could result in a warning or banning.
 
These purpose of these forums are not for expanding your commercial empire. Advertising and promotions are not appropriate; however in some instances with the approval of mods or Admin the following are allowed in modest amounts.


1)   Links to commercial products pertaining to the subject as long as the member posting is not directly receiving financial gain from clicking on the link.
2)   It’s also allowed to post links to special deals or offers if they’re posted in the appropriate forum and is directly related to an appropriate topic or pertaining to songwriting, recording or other music industry subjects.
3)   Companies who offer appropriate services may provide links and information regarding their product if those links and “discussions” are not overly excessive and are done in taste and not coming across like a used car salesman. Big Grin Appropriate services to our cause would include items such as (but not necessarily limited to):
a.    Recording label
b.   Recording Company / Studio Services
c.    Mix engineering
d.   Mastering
e.   Promotions for music
f.    Producing music
g.   Publishing music
h.   Disc duplication/replication
i.     Music sales (i.e. iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon music, etc)
j.     Other services/goods as deemed appropriate by CSN mod team

Piracy and Warez
Linking or giving information about any site that distributes illegal software, seeking help in circumventing copyright laws, posting serial numbers or other registration keys, possessing or distributing illegal copyrighted material, or encouraging software or media piracy are all grounds for immediate account termination. If you believe infringements have occurred, including infringements of your own intellectual properly, please notify the forum’s mod team immediately.
 
Impersonating Other Users, Accessing Another User's Account, Holding Multiple Usernames
Your privacy is important to us. Anyone impersonating another member, attempting to access someone else’s account, or creating multiple accounts for the purpose of stalking, trolling, harassing or spamming will be banned. Also, CSN strongly discourages having multiple user names.  We are a community and we value getting to know each other by the user name associated with the person behind the computer!

Creating a user account solely for the purpose of peddling your wares and/or offering up spam without eggs or cheese is strictly verboten and will result in swift and unwavering justice by the mods who will wipe your account and posts from existence with their access to the Tantalus Field Generator (smile if you know the reference!).
 
Off-Topic Posts
There are many forums available for discussion, each with a specific focus. If necessary, we’ll move off-topic posts to the proper forum.

 
For any discussion which doesn’t seem to fit into any particular category or forum, post it in the GENERAL DISCUSSION forum which is for all…”general discussion.” J
 
Forum etiquette - a brief guide
When joining a conversation or starting a new topic please consider the following pro posting tips.

1)   We have lots of forums to keep the community organized. Posting in the appropriate forum makes it more likely questions will be answered, and make it easier for others to find helpful information.
2)   There are human beings with real feelings behind the pixels on your screen. When posting, don't say anything you wouldn't say to someone’s face in real life.
3)   Please, don't post in all capital letters—it's the internet equivalent of yelling.
4)   Constructive feedback takes conversations to a higher level. "Have you considered bringing it down a bit between 8kHz and 12kHz" is much more helpful than "My ears are bleeding, dude."
Or “have you considered using a different way to say “shake yer groove thang?”

5)   The drapes should match the curtains. If the content of your post is about a “recording,” the subject should reflect that. If the subject is "I CAN'T GET THIS THING TO WORK", community members will think you are yelling at them and the subject has nothing to do with what might be causing your issue.
Consider using a more specific subject like "How do I get audio playback?" or "How do I open write a “pre-chorus”?" The better and more descriptive the topic heading, the better the odds of getting helpful answers.

6)   Although the members of this forum love to be helpful, don’t take advantage of their good nature. Look for previous answers in the forums, in documentation, or in search engines as it’s very likely your question has already been answered and you can find a reply within seconds.
7)   When posting in the critique forums, please be respectful of others.  There are guidelines which will help you with appropriate etiquette for the critique forums and “how to critique” as well as “how to receive critiques” (basically don’t think someone is attacking your “baby” and please be open to changes).
Also, it is appropriate to comment on 3 other peoples’ songs/lyrics for every one thread you expect critiques on.  A 3:1 ratio helps the community grow and be able to support each other.

8)   Please do not post multiple posts or threads seeking attention to the same content as other posts.  This is considered spamming or flooding, as described above.  This is common courtesy to other readers who don’t want to read the same thing you’ve written over and over.
These guidelines are not meant to be legalistic rules.  CSN is a Christian organization and we have compassion on all of God’s children.  We love having an open and sharing community and are not likely to ban someone for violation of one of these guidelines above without discussion or leniency - Unless your sole purpose of being on the forum is to spam it – then…”no mercy” J Marlena will operate the Tantalus Field for the Captain.  ? Still don’t know…seriously!  Google it.  It’s not that hard. Big Grin


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