Forum Rules and Guidelines
TiVo Community Forum
Forum Rules & Guidelines
The TiVo Community Forum is for people with the common interest of TiVo to post information, questions, ideas, etc on the subject of TiVo PVR’s. TiVo employees even post here and help out on occasion. There are also off-topic areas that are available to help enrich the TiVoCommunity experience.
Here are some general guidelines to help give you and other community members the best experience at the TiVo Community Forum:
- Please remember that the vast majority of posters on the forum are not employees or affiliated in any way with manufacturers or the site itself - and are just unpaid "volunteers" who devote hours of their time to provide assistance and community support out of the goodness of their own heart.
- Treating others with respect will reap its rewards, also - remember that virtually all members have full time employment and other obligations that may prevent them from posting responses immediately.
- It also helps if you can follow up with a post stating that you appreciated someone's help, or that your problem was resolved.
- If you see a post that violates the guidelines or rules, please click on "Report Post" at the bottom left corner of the post. We will act on the report as quickly as we can.
- Finally, it's always great to check out the forums and FAQ before posting your question, as many topics have already been discussed. The community is a wealth of knowledge!
- You may not post material that is false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, discussion of race, sex, or politics, or material that would otherwise violate any law, including copyrighted material (unless that copyright is owned by you or this forum.)
- No links to any website that discusses anything that is not permitted on this forum.
- No Flaming - You may not assault, harass, or degrade other community members in your activities in the community.
- No use of obscene language or photos, or links to obscene language or photos.
- Avatars are small graphics that are displayed under your username whenever you post. You may use any cartoon or non-moving graphic. However, to enhance the community aspect of this board, we strongly encourage a photo of yourself. Avatar images of a political, rude, obscene, or sexual nature are not permitted. You also may not use animated images, or another member's personal photo. We reserve the right to remove such images or take further action (including but not limited to account suspension) as deemed necessary.
- You may not post to the site under multiple User ID's. If it is found that you are doing so, action will be taken including, but not limited to, account suspension or banning of all affected or applicable User ID's.
- No links to advertising or spam are permitted. No referral links are allowed. No linking to your own site for the sole purpose of driving traffic to it is allowed. No selling of products, including TiVos on the forum. Members may put a link to a "vote for me," personal site or blog, or favorite charity in their signature, as long as it is unobtrusive.
- Refrain from "yelling" – Remember, ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in print is considered yelling.
- Don’t post “flame-bait” – That is a post just to provoke a reaction from other members. Those type of posts will be removed. An example of this: "TiVo is a terrible product and everybody who buys it is a fool." A post such as "I'm having difficulty with my TiVo" would be acceptable.
- Using cryptic messages to "skirt" the rules is not permitted. Posts of this nature will be removed.
- Duplicate posts or "bumping" of threads is not permitted.
- Do your best to choose the appropriate forums when starting a thread. Moderators may move threads to the appropriate area as they deem fit and without notice.
- Since there is some confusion about the meets section, here is the appropriate use for it: All discussions about potential gatherings among members should be held in the "meets" section so as not to clutter up the Happy Hour, Coffee House or other sections of TiVoCommunity. The Meets section will include any threads intended to gauge interest in a gathering or gathering location, all planning related to any gathering, and any event discussion. This area will also be used for after meets discussions, such as photo sharing, thank you's, compliments, complaints, and general reminiscing. There is also a calendar function members are free to use for this purpose. Members may also put a small line in their signature about any upcoming meet or gathering that they will be attending.
Policy Enforcement and the Role of Forum Moderators
Moderators are volunteers that help out the forum for free. Please treat all moderators with respect in both public forums and in any private messages.
Moderators have the right to edit or remove posts that are in violation of any rule or ones that they consider offensive to the integrity of the community. Moderators may lock a thread because it is has gone as far as it could go, in their opinion, or is heading down a path that would violate the rules or guidelines (based on experience). Rules may be added or changed at any time.
If a moderator closes a thread, do not start another one on the same topic.
If you have a question for a moderator on a decision they have made, you can send a PM and discuss it privately, and the moderators will do the best they can to respond in a timely manner. Do not question moderators in public.
If there is someone in a thread or on the forum that bothers you, put them on the “ignore” list. Don’t respond back to something with another flame or inflammatory response; even if you were technically the initial victim, action may be taken against you as well. Rather, please message a moderator, who will address your issue in a timely manner.
Please remember that each moderator, being human with different life experiences, may see things through slightly different eyes and some variance is to be expected. However, moderators promise to base their decision making on content of threads rather than personal feelings about the person posting in them.
TiVoCommunity has implemented a "three strikes" rule for violations. Users will have two chances to follow the rules of the forum and on the third strike, the user's account will be banned.
The first and second strikes will result in temporary bans from the community. The duration of the ban will depend on the nature of the violation, to be determined by the site moderators. The third violation will result in the offending account being removed from TiVoCommunity.
Not every violation of the rules will result in the receipt of a "strike." Flaming, fighting with other members, and duplicate accounts are considered to be among the most serious of offenses.
As such, moderators will use their own discretion before issuing strikes, taking into account the motives and previous behavior(s) of the user. There are instances where the user will receive a warning or have their post(s) deleted without a strike being issued.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact one of the site moderators in a private message.
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Discussion that could be in potential violation of the DMCA.
Discussion of hacked TiVo software versions that allows Theft of Services. Even if the discussion is not about theft, since these hacked versions allow the possibility of theft, discussions about it is not permitted.
Discussion of hacks that remove ads from TiVo software.
Discussion of Video Extraction. Because of copyright issues, especially when talking about extracting digital video from a DirectTV/TiVo combo box, it has been decided that it is best to stay away from this discussion.
Discussion about file conversion or circumventing .tivo encryption.
Promoting companies or "stock talk."
Discussion of reverse engineering and/or materials analysis of audio and home theater components/accessories parts thereof, whether patented or not. You are free to discuss both objective test measurements, findings and opinions and subjective opinions. This does not include "Open Source" items.