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Rules and Guildlines
« on: October 08, 2005, 10:16:34 AM »
Rules & Guidelines for the Having Fun Tread
I have received some Pm's as of late that shows this thread is necessary and needs to be made. Thanks for everyone's cooperation.

Rules
1. There are to be no personal attacks on anyone.  (i.e. no name calling, nobody is to degrade someone else)
2. This forum is devoted only to topics relating to Imperial Russia, Russian history and the topics, places and articles directly related to them.  There are many other places to discuss unrelated topics and we will delete any posting or topic we feel is not related to the general focus for the discussions on this site.  [Therefore, although we are having fun, coloured pictures, topics, and discussion will revolve around Russian History and nothing more.] (taken from FA's rules in "Welcome New Users! Read 1st please." thread)
3. Try to please use the standard spellings of names and places. In order for the search function to work best, we ask that standard spellings of Historical names and places be used. Read them here (taken from FA's rules in "Welcome New Users! Read 1st please." thread)
4. Do not recolour anyone else's coloured photograph. This is disrespect to yourself.
5. Use the search tool

Guidelines/Advice
1. A person's post count DOES NOT reflect their contribution to the forum.
2. There is no "silly" question, however, Remember that these boards are to be of ACADEMIC standing.
3. Please do not "bump" a thread unless you have something that will start a good conversation.
4. Please do not quote a previous thread unless your comment is vitally essential to that post. This also means not to quote a comment directly above your post.

I will probably add more and adjust this as time goes on. But let us all please use and incorporate these Rules and Guidelines in your postings and thoughts.

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(taken from Altlab.com)

WHAT IS HOTLINKING AND BANDWIDTH THEFT?
Bandwidth theft or "hotlinking" is direct linking to a website's files (images, video, etc.). An example would be using an <IMG> tag to display a JPEG image you found on someone else's web page so it will appear on your own site, journal, weblog, forum posting, etc.

Bandwidth refers to the amount of data transferred from a website to a user's computer. When you view a webpage, you are using that site's data transfer to display the files. Since web hosts charge based on the amount of data transferred, bandwidth is an issue. If a site is over it's monthly bandwidth, it's billed for the extra data or taken offline.

A simple analogy for bandwidth theft: Imagine a random stranger plugging into your electrical outlets, using your electricity without your consent, and you paying for it.


HOW DO I KNOW I'M HOTLINKING?
Think about how you display an image graphic in HTML on your web page:

<IMG src="image.jpg" height="350" width="200">

This tag tells the site to request the image.jpg file from the same server as the rest of the site. But if you were to hotlink an image from an outside server it might look like this:

<IMG src="http://notmysite.com/image.jpg" height="350" width="200">

Every time the page is loaded, the outside server has to use it's bandwidth to display the image. To avoid this problem, don't link to files on servers that don't belong to you. To share images and files on your own web page, upload them to your own server or to one of the many free website providers.


WHY SHOULD I STOP HOTLINKING?
Hotlinking can have a lot of undesirable consequences. One outcome is the so-called "switcheroo". If you've linked to an image on someone's server, what's to prevent them from changing the image you linked to? This can have humorous results. Since most sites, forums, etc. have strict policies about offensive images, it wouldn't take much for an aggravated webmaster you've been stealing bandwidth from to shut you down completely with an unwanted "switcheroo".

If anyone has any questions, or is confused or unsure of what any given rule/guideline is, please PM me.
« Last Edit: October 26, 2006, 08:09:01 AM by Laura Mabee »