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Online-Sweepstakes.com Site and Message Board Rules
Online-Sweepstakes.com Site and Message Board Rules

The following are strictly prohibited:
  • Personal attacks; trolling; flaming; and any messages that are knowingly false, deceptive, inaccurate, defamatory, derogatory, abusive, inflammatory, disruptive, insulting, hateful, threatening or otherwise violative of any laws.

  • Obscene, profane, vulgar, or sexually explicit material or links to such material. If it's anything worse than what you might see on late-night network TV (Saturday Night Live for example) it probably should not be posted.

  • Affiliate and referral links through which you can earn any kind of monetary compensation.

  • Advertising and spamming. This includes the sending of unsolicited Private Messages, particularly to multiple members.

  • Personal solicitations. Solicitations for charitable and/or political causes are only permissible with prior approval of the owner or administrator (which is very rare).

  • The taking over or hijacking of threads or sweep notes with off-topic or inappropriate posts.

  • Duplicate, meaningless or nonsensical threads, posts or notes.

  • Abuse of the Report a Post, Chat, Email or Private Message features to purposely annoy or harass another member including the Online-Sweepstakes.com staff.

  • Impersonating or misrepresenting yourself as another person, company or entity.

  • Signing up and registering more than one OLS membership account or username per individual.

  • Sharing access to your membership account (username & password) to give another person access to features or sections of the Online-Sweepstakes.com web site that they would not normally have permission to access.

  • Copying any copyrighted material (including sweepstakes and posts) from Online-Sweepstakes.com and posting or submitting it to another web site, message board or newsletter.

  • Copying any copyrighted material from another web site, message board or newsletter and posting or submitting it to Online-Sweepstakes.com. Quoting news articles and other material is generally permissible for discussion purposes under the principle of fair use. Whenever possible, links to sources should be included in your post.

  • Publicly challenging the decisions of the owner, administrators, moderators or editors on the web site. This includes any speculation or discussion about why any notes, posts or threads were removed or edited and why specific members have been banned. Such questions, problems and concerns will only be addressed individually and privately through PMs (private messages) or email, only with the person(s) who are directly involved, and only as long as the person(s) involved conduct themselves in a reasonable manner. Continuing to break rules, further antagonizing the problem(s), making threats or false accusations, or any attempts or acts of any other form of retaliation will result in an immediate and indefinite banishment from the site, and without any notice. Respect and consideration will only be given when it is received.


These rules are not meant to be overly strict and rigid. They are not without some give and take. But we (the owner, administrators, moderators and editors) do reserve the right to take any action we feel is necessary to protect and maintain the well-being of our Online-Sweepstakes.com community, members, staff and web site. We do let our members speak more freely than a lot if not most other message boards and I think most of us like and appreciate that freedom. But just like any other public social situation (bars, restaurants, movie theaters, plays, sporting events), there has to be reasonable boundaries to maintain some semblance of civility.

Intentionally and willfully disturbing the peace, creating problems or otherwise disrupting anybody's peaceful use and enjoyment of Online-Sweepstakes.com must and will have consequences. Honest mistakes aren't normally a problem, we all make mistakes, but malicious intent to cause harm, whether it's directed towards the Online-Sweepstakes.com community, staff, web site or any of its members, will result in an immediate banishment for an indefinite period of time and without notice regardless of where any such activity occurs, on the Online-Sweepstakes.com web site or off. This includes the unauthorized use of Online-Sweepstakes.com content (e.g. sweepstakes and contest listings, posts, notes, etc.). OLS membership accounts and premium membership subscriptions may also be revoked without refund and without notice in any such cases at the sole discretion of the webmaster and owner of Online-Sweepstakes.com.

Although we do attempt to keep objectionable messages off this web site and message board, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither Online-Sweepstakes.com, nor the owner or any of the web site's representatives including administrators, moderators and editors will be held responsible for the content of any message.

We (the owner, administrators, moderators and editors) reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread, post, sweepstakes, contest or any other such message or submission for any reason.

Individual forums may have their own rules posted near the top of the forum as a Sticky that are unique to that forum and equally binding.

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Message Board Signatures
All registered OLS members have the ability to add a few lines of text and/or a graphic image or two to the bottom of their posts with a signature.

Edit Signature: http://www.online-sweepstakes.com/fo...=editsignature

All signatures must follow these guidelines:
  • A signature may contain a maximum of 2 images and/or smilies.

  • Images in signatures can be no larger than 420 pixels in width, 100 pixels in height and 12k in size. If your signature contains 2 graphics, their combined file size must be 12k or less and their combined screen size must be no greater than 420x100 pixels. Windows users can check both the file and screen size of any image by right-clicking over the image and selecting Properties.

  • Signatures should take up no more screen space than the equivalent of 5 lines of normal sized text (size=2) with a maximum of 90 characters per line. The screen space that your signature occupies includes all graphics and blank lines. Therefore, the bigger the graphic(s) in your signature, the less space you're going to have available for text. Use of a smaller font size (size=1) will allow you to squeeze in an extra line or two.

  • Font size should not exceed 3. Keep in mind, that the bigger font size will mean that your signature will take up more screen space which is still subject to the original space limitation of 5 lines of normal sized text (size=2).

  • You can provide a link to your web site and/or win page in your signature. However, affiliate and referral links through which you stand to gain monetarily are not allowed, this includes links to web pages that are mostly affiliate or referral links.

  • Referral links or vote for me requests for sweepstakes and contests are generally permissible (affiliate links and other links from which you stand to receive payment are generally not permissible), but the links must not be deceptive.

  • Signatures must also be in compliance with all other rules of the forums.

Signatures that take up more than 100 pixels in height will be clipped, meaning everything in your signature that runs over the first 100 pixels of height will not be displayed. Keep in mind that just because your whole signature appears to you doesn't necessarily mean that it will fully appear to everyone else. People with smaller screen resolutions may not see your whole signature if you have a lot of text that wraps. Text wraps when it's too long to fit on a single line and is continued on a new line. To see an example, adjust the width of your browser window while viewing this page. The smaller the width of your window, the more the text on this page wraps (resulting in the same text taking up more lines). To ensure that as many people as possible can see your full signature, keep it short and concise.

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Useful OLS Links
OLS FAQ - The first place to check when you have a question or problem on OLS.

OLS Premium Memberships - Here you can purchase or renew an OLS premium membership subscription through PayPal as well as find the instructions for making a snail-mail payment with a check or money order. If you currently have a premium membership, you can always find the details of your subscription on this page (e.g. your expiration date, individual transaction details, etc.)

User CP - This is the User Control Panel where you can view and change your OLS account's settings and preferences.

Common Problems and Questions - Answers to the most common questions and problems with the OLS web site.

MySweeps Instructions - An explanation of how MySweeps works. A little outdated, but a good overview nonetheless.

OLS Site Leaders - A list of OLS administrators, moderators and editors. A good place to go if you need to contact one of us.

Contact Form - A convenient way to send an email to OLS using a simple web form.



Retrieve a lost username or password - Requires only the email address with which you registered.

Change your registered email address and/or password - You must be logged in to do so. You will have to re-activate your OLS account when you change your email address.

Request a new activation email - All OLS member accounts must have a valid email address. When you initially register or change your registered email address, an activation email is automatically sent to you containing a link that must be clicked on to activate or re-activate your OLS account.

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Suggested Reading
Timothy Campbell's Internet Trolls; Wikipedia: Trolls (Internet) - A troll is a person who enters an established community such as an online discussion forum and intentionally tries to cause disruption, often in the form of posting messages that are inflammatory, insulting, or off-topic, with the intent of provoking a reaction from others. The best way to deal with trolls is to simply ignore them. Responding to trolls only gives them what they want and further encourages them.

Timothy Campbell's Flame Wars and Other Online Arguments; Wikipedia: Flaming (Internet) - Flaming is the act of sending or posting messages that are deliberately hostile and insulting, usually in the social context of a discussion board on the Internet.

Fastsilicon's Internet Survival Guide - Good advice about protecting yourself on the Internet. It helps dispel some of the myths that many people have. It's a good read especially for those who may not be technically savvy.

Wikipedia: List of Internet slang phrases - Definitions of commonly used Internet slang including abbreviations.

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All rules and guidelines are subject to change at anytime and without notice. It is strongly recommended that you regularly review this page to ensure that you are aware of any changes and updates to these rules and guidelines.

Last edited by kbsocial; November 24th, 2009 at 10:58pm. Reason: updated wiki internet slang link
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