All About Hong Kong Forum welcomes all. The objective of All About Hong Kong Forum is to provide a platform for people to share traveling and living experience in Hong Kong. Following are some general guidelines to follow when making a post:
The moderating team has the final word on all interpretation and implementation of forum rules and guidelines. Questions about specific actions may be sent by private message or e-mail, but no public forum posts arguing these decisions should be made.
No posts in aid of virus or trojan creation or other malicious code. The offending post will be deleted and the poster may be banned.
No posts in aid of pirating intellectual property, pyramid scams, phone freaking or other illegal activities that are against the law. Since this site has an international following and since what is considered illegal can vary from country to country, the moderating team will decide if a post is acceptable or not.
No spam. Posting unconstructively, bumping topics unnecessarily and opening multiple threads are all considered as spamming. Furthermore, sending of unsolicited private messages constitutes spam. A single private message can constitute spam.
Register more than one account under the same IP Address is prohibited.
Advertising and promoting of websites or products is not allowed. If any, the moderating team has the authority to delete the post/entry.
Commercial-oriented posts, blatant commercial advertising, referral links and links in signatures for commercial purposes are not allowed.
No pornography or adult content, defined, but not limited to nudity, sexually explicit material or innuendo.
Keep it civil. Do not insult or disparage any people. If you have a problem with another member or moderator, send a private message to one of the administrators.
Posts should be posted in the proper forum. While the General forums get the most traffic, the specific forums are read by users best able to help you. If we feel that a post does not belong into the forum where it was posted, we will take the liberty and move it.
Search the whole forum before posting. The question may already have been answered. In that case, do not post unless you can add a different or better solution or a correction to the previous post. When answering a post, try to post accurate and complete information to the best of your ability. If you don't know, then don't post. If you have a suggestion but are unsure of its accuracy, please include a disclaimer.
Keep it on topic. Posts that have nothing to do with the topic discussed are discouraged. The occasional post may be tolerated, but repeated infringements may lead to being banned from the forums.
No duplicate threads. Post your question once, in one thread, in one board only. You will get a reply if you have observed guideline 9 and if someone knows the answer, but it may not happen straight away. Duplicating often dilutes the volume and quality of any responses you receive, and potential respondents may not reply to a duplicate knowing that a moderator will delete all but one of them. If you wish to clarify your question, do so in a reply to the original thread. This action will bump your thread to the top of the thread stack. Empty bumps are discouraged and threads bumped in this way, more than once in 48 hours, will be deleted.
Threads that have been inactive for one month or more should be considered archive-only and should be left alone, except by the thread starter. In some cases it may be acceptable to reopen a thread but the moderators have the final say. If your question is similar to another one add a link in your thread back to the older one and explain the relevance to yours.
If you have posted a question, and your problem has been solved either by another poster, or on your own, then please close the thread and saying that the issue has been resolved.
Keep it clear. It's very easy to misinterpret what people are saying via text because you can't see the body language or hear the inflections. Therefore, we should all ensure that our posts are as clear as possible. Do not use so called elite or 1337 speak as it makes your post harder to read and unreadable for some forum members. Do not use uncommon abbreviations as it can make it impossible for some forum members to understand what you wrote. Also, bear in mind that this forum has a global scope so we have to be tolerant with those for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Avatars and signatures are a privilege here, not a right. Use these guidelines in deciding whether or not you should use a particular avatar or signature or not. Appropriate avatars and signatures should avoid pornographic, graphically violent or disturbing subjects, insults to an ethnic, religious, or national group of people, an attempt to impersonate someone else or one of the official forum recognitions.
The moderating team has final judgement over any post, avatar or signature. Posts, avatars and signatures that violate the above guidelines may be moved, edited or deleted without notice. Most of the time, you will be notified by private message with an explanation of judgments or actions. You may privately request further explanation, but arguing with the decision will not be tolerated. Posters who violate the guidelines may be banned, depending upon the infraction and prior history. This can also happen without notice, but in most cases, a warning will be issued.
Violation of any of these rules will result in consequences determined on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for visiting All About Hong Kong Forum and we hope you enjoy your stay.