The forum rules encompass the basic guidelines of the forum. They are subject to change when need arises such as, but not limited to, when there are changes to the forum format or when new technology requires changes in order to account for it. You may also refer to the forum rules in the FAQ. Forum Rules General Forum and Forum Posting Rules All posts must be free of illegal or distasteful content, which includes pornography and nudity, hate speech, posting of copyrighted material, spamming the forum, bumping threads, or flaming/trolling. No advertisements, including in posts, blogs, articles, resources, forum signatures, profiles, or anywhere on the forum. This includes free products, recruitment for external projects, other websites, publishing opportunities, and writing services. When posting about such products or services, particularly in the writing resource section, we consider items where you personally benefit or are affiliated with to be advertising. 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