In order to maintain a healthy and enjoyable atmosphere here at CGTalk, we appreciate it if users kindly co-operate with the following guidelines. These guidelines are in place to ensure that CGTalk remains a pleasant and informative site to visit, and to prevent unnecessary conflicts on the forums. Failure to comply with these rules and policies may result in your banishment from the site.
Should a user have any problems or issues regarding any subject on the forum or the acts of any other user, they should refer the matter to the Forum Leaders to deal with. It is not the place of users to moderate or in any way govern or judge others.
There are three main principal guidelines:
- Be courteous and polite. Show respect to the opinions and feelings of others. Use of the forums is a privilege, not a right.
- Engage your brain before your mouth. You are responsible for your own words and any harm they may cause.
- Don't dilute the forums with irrelevant and unnecessary crap. CGTalk is a professional, moderated forum. It's a place to talk about all things CG. It's NOT a free speech forum.
The owners of CGTalk reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread with or without reason or notice. Polite enquiries will be listened to. Any form of harassment will not be tolerated and is cause for banishment from the site.
By registering with CGTalk, you agree to the following guidelines and policies.
All of the following guidelines have been formulated according to specific problems that we have encountered in the past, and wish to prevent in the future, in the interests of maintaining a level of professionalism and respect amongst users on CGTalk.
Because CGTalk is a computer graphics related community, and in the interests of keeping potentially offensive topics away from the forum, the Administrators and Forum Leaders of these forums do not tolerate posts or links to sites which contain any of the following content:
- Politics or political propaganda in any form
If you wish to discuss politics, kindly find an appropriate forum or social media outlet elsewhere for such discussion. Topics of this nature resort in lengthy and unnecessary arguments that are nevertheless totally unrelated to the subject of computer graphics or art.
- Inflammatory artwork or comments regarding social issues
These include, but are not limited to, topics such as racism, sexism, religion, xenophobia, gender or sexual orientation.
- Crude, derogatory, inappropriate, or disrespectful remarks aimed at any individual(s)
Offensive or unnecessarily abrasive comments directed at any individual are not tolerated in any form. These include anything from personal vendettas to unnecessarily insulting comments directed at the work of any individual. Critiques of work displayed should not include unnecessarily derogatory remarks (whether aimed at the user or the work itself) in any form.
A healthy level of industry-related advertising is encouraged in the CG News forum. However, blatant spamming will be removed.
- Hate speech
Derogatory, anti-social or inflammatory remarks aimed at any specific demographic, with the intention to incite a negative mass response are not only a crime in some countries, but are also totally unacceptable here.
- Any comments made with the sole intention of disruption or to cause distress to any individual(s)
Whether made metaphorically, or otherwise, any personal defamatory remarks directed at any individual(s) are unacceptable.
This excludes the tasteful use of nudity in artwork. Images or animations depicting explicitly sexual acts including intercourse, masturbation, bestiality or abuse, and links to pornographic sites are not tolerated under any circumstances.
- Unnecessarily violent, crude, or obscene imagery
Scenes depicting themes such as rape, or any other brutality will not be tolerated in any form.
- Racial slurs, or "jokes" that are inherently sexist, homophobic or targeting any minority
No matter how amusing some people might find them, "jokes", or underhanded comments, directed at any race, culture, gender, sexual orientation or minority offensive.
Users requesting or advertising warez (or links to warez sites), serial numbers, cracks, or illegally copied software documentation, are not welcome on this forum. CGTalk does not tolerate any members that, in any way, aid or encourage the use of illegally acquired software or media; this includes discussions related to content-ripping, or tools which circumvent copy protection.
- Posts that are potentially in breach of any NDA Agreements
This includes screenshots or any unlawfully acquired knowledge regarding beta versions of software that are not available to the general public. Even if you are not the one who signed the agreement, you are still not permitted to post such matter.
- Totally ludicrous subjects
While the actual definition of this one may be debatable, we prefer to keep totally ridiculous subject matter that is totally unrelated to the industry, away from the forums as much as possible. While we all do enjoy some manner of light hearted or amusing conversation, we ask that members rather use social media for this. A certain level of such matter is tolerated, but if a thread is really of very little substantial merit, the author of that thread will have to accept that it might be closed or removed completely.
Please do not post threads advertising private sale items.
- Personal promotion and crowdsourcing
While users are welcome to place links in their forum signatures to their personal websites or to any crowdsourcing campaigns they're involved in (this can be done in your forum User Control Panel), posting threads solely for this purpose is not allowed in any of the forums.
Posts containing subject matter as listed above will be removed in all cases, and should the author of such posts persist in posting such matter, that user will no longer be allowed to post on the forums.
Please also note that certain forums may have additional specific guidelines related to that particular forum, posted in an appropriately titled sticky thread; members are asked to kindly pay attention to these notices.
The Administrators and Forum Leaders of CGTalk request that all users remain, at all times, respectful and courteous towards all other members of the forum.
We believe that these guidelines are fair and acceptable, and that all users should respect our reasons for keeping them in place. The admins and mods are not there to police everyone, but rather to protect users from offensive or unlawful content.
Should a user have any problems or issues regarding any subject on the forum or the acts of any other user, they are encouraged to contact the Administrators who will attend to the matter.
Users are also encouraged to use the Report this post function within threads, should they feel that any comments posted on the forums have violated any of the guidelines stipulated here.
Please also note that the use of multiple logins is not allowed. Furthermore, users who are banned who sign up again under another name may have that new account banned again, regardless of whether they break any rules again.