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    VM Forum Rules. Please Read

    This forum is dedicated to discussions about Virgin Mobile. Whatever you do, stay on topic. Threads on a phone feature are not to drift off into examinations of Germany in World War Two. Threads that drift will be removed immediately.

    Please abide by a few simple guidlines. Flaming, excessive cursing, racism, homophobia, and sexism will not be tolerated. Insults of any kind will be frowned upon. All of the above are zero tolerance issues for Howard. Perpetrators will be immediately banned with no warning. Bans will range from 48 hours to permanent, depending on the seriousness of the offense. We expect a degree of mutual respect among the members here and we insist on courtesy.

    Have fun and use the forum for the reasons it was created.
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    Bump to remind people that there are rules and guidelines you agreed to when you signed up for this forum, and you are expected to follow them in here as well. These rules and guidelines can be found >>here<<.

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    Copied over from the Nextel section, then to Boost, and now to here....I haven't changed carrier names in this below, but the same rules apply here as to other sections of the forum.

    I edited this to what I think remains relevant for the Boost section, in some cases it still may say "Nextel", but the point remains the same. Following these rules is a requirement if you wish to retain your posting priveleges. Things like how helpful you are, how long you have been a member, etc will have no bearing on the reprecussions of breaking the rules. EVERYONE is expected to follow the rules.

    Boost Section Rules and FAQ’s
    written and edited by martin_j001 and YoDude. Last updated February, 2007




    Below you will find the General Rules of HowardForums. These are the rules that each of you, as users of these forums, agreed to when you signed up for the forums.

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    The General Posting Rules are:

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    Below are some rules that are not General forum rules, but rules which you are expected to follow while using the Nextel section of the forums.




    Posting in general Please don’t think that it is your right to post, or that your freedom of speech is protected here or anything like that. These are privately owned and run forums. Moderators, Super Moderators and Admin are in place to see that rules are followed—they are not paid, and they are not online 24/7. Before posting, take a look around the sub-forums that would apply to your topic and see if this has been discussed before. Use the search feature and see what you can find. Realize that you are probably not the only person that has asked this question.






    Bumping your own posts If you post a question, such as “How do I get ringtones on my phone” and don’t get a reply within two hours, DO NOT post “No one wants to help me” or “someones gotta know” as the next post in that thread. After the initial post, take the time to look around, you’ll probably see that the information isn’t hiding from you.




    Reporting posts If you see a post that is offensive or breaks a rule, please use the tools the forum has provided you to report the post to the moderators. Click on the or near the posters name, and a private message will be sent to the moderators of the section. There is no need to post “this is spam” or “this is against the rules”. Simply report the post, and move on. Moderators will get to it as soon as they can.



    Closed threads If a thread you started is closed, look at the advice that is already given (before the thread was closed), or that provided by the moderator. This is not an invitation to send a moderator a private message asking to be spoon fed the information you're looking for because you can't seem to figure out how to use the forums properly--as has been stated many times throughout this post, moderators are not paid, and it is not our job to provide you the answers to your questions.




    Searching This is one of the most valuable tools available to members of HowardForums. Using the Advanced Search form allows you specify a specific forum and/or sub-forum to search in using a posters name, keywords, within a date range, etc, etc, etc.




    Insurance Fraud Discussion of insurance fraud will simply not be tolerated. If your phone is not legitimately broken, lost or stolen, don’t even mention using insurance. Nextel does not provide insurance services to you as an “upgrade program”. If you can’t afford to upgrade without defrauding Nextel and its partners in business, then you don’t need to upgrade. This type of offense will result in bans from now on. This includes, but is not limited to those that start these threads, but those that participate and give advice on how to accomplish this. This type of behavior is why insurance prices continue to rise, and is blatantly illegal.




    Discussion of moderator actions This won’t be tolerated in the general forums. If you have an issue with a moderator, feel free to use the private messaging feature. If you expect a response, be respectful, explain yourself, and keep your cool. If you fly off the handle and act a fool, remember that the rules apply to private messages as well. Once again, Moderators, Super Moderators and Admin are not paid “employees” of HowardForums. We devote our own personal time to these forums, so we are not available 24/7. We are here to enforce the rules set forth for this community.








    Phone release threads If you have proof of a new phone release, feel free to create a new thread including this information. Please check the stickies first though, to be sure a thread has not already been created for what you are wanting to post about. Standard format for phone releases will be a closed sticky that moderators will add important information to, and a single discussion thread on the new phone. If there is a 20 page thread on a phone, don’t start a new thread to ask when the phone is coming out—read the 20 page thread, and feel free to ask in that thread. Once a new phone is released, obviously multiple threads on different issues will be acceptable, but general information (what size is the display, what ringtone format does it use, video format, what type of ringers does it support, etc) will still be found in the larger pre-release thread.




    Trolling the forums Posts that do nothing but further incite an argument, posts that provide for no real discussion, and posts that are made simply to bash the topic of the thread will not be tolerated. This is an enthusiasts forum. Threads whose purpose runs counter to that enthusiasm may be deleted. If you have factual information to post as a reason to say what you want to say, then by all means feel free to post what is on your mind along with your FACTS. “Nextel sucks ***” is not a worthwhile post, and adds nothing whatsoever to the discussion. If you see posts like this, don’t bother to respond, just report the post to the Moderators. Responding to this bait can get you in just as much trouble as posting it in the first place.
    Last edited by martin_j001; 11-14-2011 at 04:15 PM.

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