This is a partial list of behaviors that can result in your account being banned. You should be familiar with this. Note that this page is subject to revision, but punishments will not be backdated unless it is especially egregious behavior. All admin decisions are final.
1. Abusing Another User
This includes threatening another user (death threats will be taken seriously, so don't even joke about it). It also includes gratuitous insults and comments that consist of nothing but ad hominem.
Note that this covers behaviors directed toward a person. Abusive comments toward ideas--even expressions that may not be politically correct--are not inherently bannable, but will probably be subjected to intense community dislike.
Examples of bannable abusive behavior:
"You're an idiot." "You better watch your back because I'm going to get you for that." "Only an utter moron would believe that."
If your account is flagged for spam, your account may be banned (depending on the severity of the action and how long you've been a member). For the purposes of this website, spam is defined as any off-topic advertising. You can feel free to promote your own website (for example) as long as it is on topic. If you are selling a product, you should make sure that you are able to defend how it relates to the topic or expect to be called out as a spammer.
Don't do it, period. If you are in doubt, don't post it.
4. Impersonating Another User
If you try to impersonate another user by making a similar display name, your account is subject to banning.
5. Intentionally Falsely Reporting Another User
Intentionally falsely reporting another user in the attempt to get them banned will subject you to the ban instead.
6. Doxing Another User
"Doxing" is the practice of releasing private personal information about another user (typically their real name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc.) publicly. We want people to be free to comment on this site without fear of reprisals from their employers, friends, or family who may disagree with their views. Therefore, any attempt to undermine someone's anonymity will subject your account to banning.
Plagiarism is intentionally passing off someone else's work as your own. This is straight up theft. Always make sure to cite your sources, to the best of your ability. Fair use is always permitted, but never try to pass off as your own something that another person did.
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