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Nightly.net Mission Statement: Nightly.net provides an array of Internet-based forums to facilitate discussion and debate of pop culture, current events, and other specialized ephemera through an international collaboration among diverse mindsets and worldviews.

Basic common-sense foundation: You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this message board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. You agree not to post large portions of copyrighted material beyond the parameters of the American Fair Use doctrine unless the copyright is owned by you or by this message board. You agree not to belittle, put down, or personally attack any other member of this message board.

Monetary use and requirements: Nightly.net is operated and supervised solely by volunteers without intent of personal income or profit. Funding for our required technological support is derived from a single site-wide banner-ad provider, from voluntary member donations, and, to a negligible extent, from merchandise sales. Membership is 100% free. Donors are eligible for membership in the Community Supporter program -- see the "Supporter" link in the header for specifics. Nightly.net merchandise is available under the "Cafepress" link in the header. Donation to Nightly does not provide the donor with any perks beyond those specifically listed in the Supporter list.

Language: Nightly.net employs a filter of certain words deemed inappropriate by the Nightly Administration, based largely but not entirely on standard American perceptions of civility and vulgarity. Convey your thoughts using whatever words you wish (within reason), and all we ask in return is that you let the filter work as it is designed to -- i.e., don't work around the censor just to make certain that the word shows up as opposed to the asterisks. The use of appropriate words to construct inappropriate phrases is also discouraged and likewise subject to discipline. The use of programming tags to circumvent the censor is explicitly forbidden and subject to instant suspension. The use of punctuation and numbers as letter substitutions to circumvent the censor is also forbidden.

Pictures and photographs: The fundamental preference for the ambience is that of a "work-safe" environment. Posts of graphic depictions of nudity, near-nudity (as judged by the Administration on a situational basis), discomfiting violence, obvious ickiness, or written profanities are prohibited and subject to deletion without remorse. Any other visual content that would be deemed inappropriate by a stereotypical office supervisor, and that might thereby risk the employment status of any unwitting viewers, is vehemently discouraged and will be deleted.

Terms of endearment: Members shall address each other in terms of mutual respect ("Mr. President," "Senator," "Milord/Milady," "Grand Poobah," etc.). Use of endearing modifiers ("my distinguished opponent," "the honorable gentleman," "Pookie," "Diddums," etc.) is permitted. The following terms are specifically forbidden and may not be used until after each thread is formally concluded: "girlie-man," "draft dodger," "ignoramus," "Jesus freak," "frog," "bozo," "wimp," "lickspittle," "rat bastard," "polluting bastard," "lying bastard," "demon spawn," "archfiend," "Commie pinko," "bible-thumper," "poofter," and nouns ending in "-hole" or "-ucker" or beginning with body parts impolite to mention in mixed company.

Discrimination: The Administration would prefer not to evaluate content or actions solely on the basis of age, gender, skin tone, lineage, religion, interpersonal relation status, medically diagnosed disability, or other demographic standing. On the other hand, if you commit any serious violations of other guidelines, not one single sub categorization will grant you diplomatic immunity. If you're a troll who happens to be a lesbian left-handed midget albino, you'll end up a banned lesbian left-handed midget albino.

Impermanence of content: Although Nightly.net is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we do reserve the right to edit or delete any message for any reason. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless this message board, IPS, Inc. (the makers of the message board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

Flooding: Flooding is the act of posting in large quantities over short time periods at the expense of the contributions of other members and is expressly forbidden. This can take the form of replying to one thread too many times consecutively, replying to dozens of threads in a single forum in one sitting, or starting too many new threads in a single forum within too short a time span unless given express prior consent from the Moderator. No numeric boundaries have been set for you to approach precisely without surpassing. Simply put, we know what flooding looks like. Just don't.

Trolling/flaming: "Trolling" is defined in popular Internet usage as the intentional, disrespectful, and unethical provocation of other website participants for the purpose of self-amusement. "Flaming" is defined as the use of gratuitous or superfluous insults. Any type of trolling, flaming, or flame-baiting is not allowed in any facet here at Nightly.net. In most basic instances a flaming will result in a warning and editing of the offensive remarks. Secondary offenders are subject to banning at the Admin/Mod's discretion (see "Bans" below). Should offenses continue further even after the initial ban, the poster becomes subject to even longer periods of banishment, and possibly an indefinite IP ban. Please note that flaming and heated debates are not the same thing. We understand and encourage debate and strong opinions; we simply draw the line at personal attacks

Bans (use and duration): A ban is the suspension of a username due to violations of the Terms of Service, or for any other reasons justifiable to a majority of the active Nightly Administration. Should you receive a ban, you are also prohibited from posting with another username (or "alias") during the course of the ban. Doing so will only result in the banning of that any other aliases, and an increase of the original ban. The standard ban is three days in length, unless otherwise informed by the administrators/moderator. If you have any questions regarding a ban, again do not post your question with an alias, rather e-mail an administrator or moderator with your question and you will be gotten back to. Repeat offenders may be subject to an IP ban, the length of which can be indefinite. Posting privileges will be returned only at the discretion of the Admins or Moderators, to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For repeat offenders, we look at the severity and frequency of offenses in making this decision.

Privacy limitations: We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you. Member information is not collected en masse for any distributional purposes, nor do we buy, sell, trade, or divulge personal information to benefit commercial purposes for ourselves or for any other entity.

The standard "all views expressed are not necessarily those of this site or its employees" disclaimer: Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for us to review all messages or confirm the validity of all information posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Nightly.net or any entity associated with Nightly.net. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

On unforgiveness: For the long-term health of the community and its members, the Administration routinely declares hunting season on grudges, vendettas, backstabbers, and festering emotional wounds. Anyone who repeatedly undermines another member without due provocation simply because of a previous yet ultimately irrelevant disagreement will only serve to humiliate themselves. No actual punishment is really required from us, unless other violations result. But honestly now. Forgive and forget or sit down and shut up. It's just a less stressful way of life.

Cliques: While the Administration acknowledges their existence, we endorse no one particular clique over another, preferring instead to promote the welfare of the community as a whole. We cannot and will not prevent members with shared commonalities from having deeper conversations with each other. However, willful ostracism and feigned superiority in the name of clique preservation are bound to attract our attention, and not in a good way.

The Lando System: Originally conceived as a creative outlet for Star Wars fans with perceived "edgy" tendencies, the most unstable of our community forums has undergone numerous permutations -- often simultaneously -- from outlandish fanfic waystation to controversy-mongerhouse to delayed-response simplistic AIM-chats to troll refuge. As a concession to members who either need an outlet for indelicate expression or are unable to function within simple behavioral boundaries, the Administration has allowed Lando to perpetuate its manufactured outlaw ambience, partly as a member retention program, partly because sometimes Lando entertains us. Although outright porn and censor evasion both remain verboten, some community guidelines are infrequently enforced in Lando, and more sensitive members are advised they mingle there at their own risk. However, the Administration reserves the right to perform surprise inspections, enforce rules at random, and disrupt what passes for Lando harmony if it suits us. Caveat ascripticium.

Advertisements: Posts or topics regarding advertisements of other sites, merchandise, etc. is typically forbidden, especially for new members. If you have a site you wish to advertise, you are welcome to add a link to such a site in your custom signature, as long as the site does not contain inappropriate subject matter. The Administration reserves the right to grant longtime members the privilege of sharing their own endeavors.

Chain letters, pyramid schemes, and other forms of solicitation: are 100% inappropriate, destroyed on sight, and subject to permanent banning.

Username changes: If at some point during your stay at Nightly.net you become tired of your username and wish for a change, you may PM an administrator with a request for a username change. To avoid constant requests, this is something we will only do one time per handle, so if you wish your name changed be aware that your new selection will not be changed again. On the other hand, if the requested change is simply cosmetic, for example the removal of numbers or underscores, for that there is no limit. Be patient; however, if your request isn't fulfilled or a reason your request was denied has not been given within two days time, feel free to request again to the same or another admin. Also be aware that only Administrators have the ability to make these changes.

Appointment of Moderators and Administrators: Staff position cannot be requested, demanded, or bought with money, trades, or bribes. All such appointments are the province of the Administration, with input from the Moderators as needed. Cajoling, wheedling, begging, and selling out your friends for the chance will net you little more than our stern bemusement.

Community microevolution: As the membership ages, expands, or deteriorates, this document will be updated appropriately as the Administration deems necessary to maintain community integrity and turn loopholes into nooses. We appreciate your patience and trust, and ask that you choose your battles carefully and wisely should you decide to kibitz or nitpick any portion of this document. Just say to yourself, "It's a message board, I should really just relax."

Enjoyment of your stay: 100% voluntary, but fervently hoped and/or prayed.

-- The staff of Nightly.Net