Guidelines

Participation in the Scroll Saw Village website constitutes agreement to the following guidelines, which apply to posts, profile information, avatars, signatures, uploads, any other content on this site and participation in general. This includes private messages. Because of the live nature of the discussions on this community, it is not possible for us to review and/or confirm the accuracy or validity of a message before it is posted. If you believe that someone has violated our User Guidelines or you have spotted content that may otherwise require attention, please send a private message to the administrator or a staff member with a link to the content and a brief description of what you believe is wrong. You may also use the "Report This Post" option in the forum post, or "Report This File" option in the User Gallery and Pattern Library. Notification is voluntary and anonymous, but in no case should a user respond to a situation personally, thereby aggravating the situation further. Responding to a violation in an inflammatory manner is a violation in itself and will result in appropriate action. Any content that violates our User Guidelines will be removed. Interpretation of our guidelines is at the discretion of the staff.


Posting

We try to maintain a family friendly atmosphere whenever it is possible within the main subject matter of this community. Please keep this in mind when participating. When posting your topic, please try to post it in the most appropriate place within the organizational structure of our community. Do not post personal, real-life information such as home addresses and home phone numbers. This is an English-speaking community. We require that posted content be in the English language, so that it can be well received and properly monitored. Cross-posting is not allowed and will result in the removal of one or more posts. Cross-posting is defined as posting the same information in two or more locations. Identical topics posted in the same or different forums will be removed. Post count should not be taken too seriously. Attempts to artificially increase your post count are prohibited. This includes the mass creation of short or meaningless posts. When participating in game threads such as "Word Association Game" or "What song are you listening to right now?" please do not post consecutive replies within a short period of time. Vulgar language and inappropriate material is not allowed and will be removed. Abbreviations, self censoring, and attempts to circumvent the word censoring feature of the community software also violate this guideline. If your post contains a word that is censored by the software, you must remove that word or the post will be removed. If you feel that the censor is acting in error, please contact us. Respect is the name of the game. You must respect your fellow members. Please refrain from inflammatory and defamatory comments as well as flaming, taunting, and general disrespect. Do not simply put down the opinion or advice given by others. If you don't agree with it, say why - respectfully. Don't just tell them they're wrong. Do not make uninvited remarks about typos, duplicate posts, posting styles, etc. When an opinion-based discussion is being had, do not state things like "there is no argument" as if your opinion is the only one or the only one that matters. When someone has clearly stated their opinion, do not say things like "Are you serious?" and "Are you kidding me?" Remember, this is not a debate club. This is a friendly discussion community. Allow people to have their opinion. No one is to act as some sort of opinion judge, responding to each one to say whether they agree with it or not or whether or not it is a valid, well thought out opinion. We do not allow threads to be started to discuss who or what is the most overrated, who or what is your least favorite, etc. Political and religious discussions are not allowed on this website. If it is believed that the end result of a discussion will be political or religious, the post may be removed. Likewise, strong political and religious sentiments should be kept out of profiles, signatures, and other content. Racist, sexist, sexual orientation/identity intolerance, religious intolerance or other offensive comments will not be tolerated. Posts that discuss illegal activities, transactions, or websites such as warez, cracks, etc. will be removed. This includes the posting of information that you have obtained illegally.


Advertising & Linking

Posting advertisements are not allowed. Generally speaking, posts made specifically for the promotion of a website, product or service are considered advertising. Posts made that unnecessarily send people to a website that you are in some way affiliated with is also considered advertising. It does not matter if it is a commercial website, a personal website, a non profit website, etc. The Buy/Sell forum is the only exception to this rule. Please be sure to read the posting rules before posting in that forum. If you would like to advertise on this website, please contact the administrator for details. You may only post a link to your site/a site that you are in some way affiliated with if the link specifically answers the question that is being asked and the answer cannot be simply posted without the link. Even then, link directly to the page where the information can be found. General and unnecessary links will be tagged as advertising. If you are found to be excessively posting links to your site (or you appear to be seeking out threads where your link may be relevant, so that you can post it), you may lose the ability to post links to your site. You are not allowed to post an affiliate URL that leads to you earning cash, banner impressions, credits, points, etc. You may post a link to your website in your signature. All signature links must be kept in your signature in your profile. Anyone found to be posting excessive links to their websites or suspected of using "sneaky" advertising methods is in violation of this guideline. Signatures are limited to 5 lines of text. This includes blank lines. Images in the signature are not allowed. The text in the signature may be customized by the BBCode in use on the forums. It is recommended that you stick with readable fonts and colors and that the size is not too large. You may mention websites and ventures that you are in some way related to, as long as they are appropriate for this community. Focus on things that you like, not things that you don't.


Copyrights

Do not post copyrighted materials (articles, pictures, videos, audio, etc.) that you do not have permission to reproduce or distribute. For text articles, most of the time you may quote a small portion of the article (usually no more than 1/5 or 1/6) and you must link to the source (if online) or provide the source (if offline). Posting the entire article, even with the source, constitutes copyright infringement. This is not the place to illegally trade or distribute copyrighted (or those with questionable copyright status) pictures, video or audio clips. Do not post or request patterns that are copyrighted, licensed, trademarked, or derivative works of copyrighted material. Converting copyrighted photos, illustrations, logos, or other artworks into a scroll saw pattern is considered derivative work and violates copyright law. You may only share patterns that you have personally designed. Do not post patterns from other designers, even if credit is given. Instead, indicate where the requester can find the pattern for themselves. When posting and linking to images, videos, files, etc., please refrain from hot-linking. This is the direct linking to images (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, etc.), video (.avi, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .wmv, etc.), audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.), archives (.zip, .rar, etc.) or otherwise downloadable or streamable files, on servers that you do not have permission to link to, instead of linking to the page where the item can be found. This includes providing a direct link to the file, even if that file is not embedded into your post. This practice costs the server owner money and resources. Copyrights for patterns and other content submitted to this website remains with the author/designer. By submitting content to this website constitutes an agreement with Scroll Saw Village for perpetual electronic publishing rights of said content. The scroll saw patterns offered on this website is for personal use. Pattern usage for commercial purposes (ie craft shows, etc.) must be agreed on by the original designer and crafter. All agreements are made between the two parties and in no way affiliated with Scroll Saw Village.


Administration

Each user is allowed to create one account. If you would like to change your username, please contact us and, most likely, we can do it for you while you can keep all of your profile data, posts, and other content. We know that people will have to leave our community (of their own free will or otherwise) from time to time. To that end, we do not delete accounts, posts, or other content posted on our community. All content is granted to us with perpetual electronic publishing rights because any content posted on this community becomes a part of the community, even if you no longer are. You may request an item to be removed at any time, but we will decide when and if to remove content from our community. If you wish to no longer be identified with our community, we will be glad to close your account and alter your profile information to remove all identifying characteristics. After account closure, you will no longer be able to participate in this community and this action is not reversible. Administrators and moderators have the final say on anything. If you have a problem, you may make a complaint to them directly and not publicly on the website. Creating threads or posts that question or reference administrative decisions or potential administrative decisions, such as post removals and thread closures, is not permitted. If you feel that we have made a mistake, please privately contact a staff member and we will review the situation. If you would like a copy of your removed post so that you can adjust it and re-post, please contact us. As long as we wouldn't prefer you to simply start over, we'll be glad to send you a copy. If a user violates our guidelines and shows a disregard for them, our staff and our community, they run the risk of losing their account. We reserve the right to deactivate any account and to edit or remove any content without warning. Automated account creation, participation, and content scraping is not permitted. These guidelines are subject to change at any time without notice. If any changes are made, we will post an announcement in the forums noting the changes. It is your responsibility to keep up to date on any changes made to this document. Do you have a question about our User Guidelines or anything else? Do you have a suggestion? Do you want to offer some feedback? Or if you are experiencing some trouble with the site? No matter what it is, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to help in any way that we can. Whenever you are participating in this community, please keep in mind that we strive to create a fun, friendly and inviting atmosphere. So, please have fun and enjoy the website! Thank you for visiting Scroll Saw Village.