Pennsylvania Townhalls

Conduct, Terms of Use, Privacy
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By Travis Mitchell
Forum rules
  1. All forum members must identify themselves with their real first and last name, date of birth, and political party affiliation by accurately filling out their user profile. You are forbidden from registering with a pseudonym, anonymously, or using another person's identity.
  2. Name and date of birth in the user profile can only be read by forum moderators. Members are welcome to use anonymous usernames to preserve their privacy.
  3. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).
  4. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
  5. Personal attacks or public threats against the safety or security of participants are not allowed.
  6. Forwarding private messages to a forum is not allowed without the express permission of the original author.
  7. Your posts must be accurate based on your full knowledge and never intentionally false. You must correct your previous expressions of "known" information via the forum that you later find to be false or substantially incorrect.
  8. Members are asked to not act as “back seat moderators”. If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of the Moderator Team. Please use the “post report” feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly “act” as moderators may be warned.
  9. Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
  10. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
  11. The forums encourage public and open use of the content generated through community exchange online. By posting an original message, the author agrees to allow to distribute the message, image, video, or file via the Internet and to include it in a publicly accessible online archive in perpetuity. Unless an author specifically claims and lists a more restrictive copyright on content they created or own all posts and content shared via the public forums are usable by others under the Creative Commons with Attribution License to encourage broad use and public dissemination.
  12. Members are asked only to post in English.
  13. Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed.
  14. Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or colored text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.
  15. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive subject when posting a new topic.
  16. Members are welcome to use the practice area forum for general "test purposes". These may include checking signatures, testing a link or image, etc. (subject to previous points on decency, warez, etc.).
  17. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed.
  18. The moderating, support and other teams reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Team Members and not users.
  19. The above forum rules where applicable also apply to forum private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.

  1. VoterVoices operates with a three strikes policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a temporary ban will be put in place.
  2. Arguing with team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place as above.
  3. Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant team leader, e.g. if warned by a moderator you should contact the Moderator team leader. If they feel you were treated badly they will remove a warning.
  4. Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban or other moderator action will lead to a permanent ban of your account(s). Circumvention includes re-registering or using an already registered account under a non-banned username. Other examples include changing IP addresses, using a new email account or other action that can be taken to evade moderator action to hide your identity as the owner of the sanctioned account.
  5. An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact team members personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.
  6. Another exception is if you are found to have used a fake identity. Such users will be subject to an immediate 5-year ban.
  7. Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them.

  1. Signatures may contain up to five lines of normal sized text OR a single image that is no more than 60px high, 468px wide, 10KiB (10240 bytes) in size and one line of small sized text. The font size of signatures should be normal or small only.
  2. Signatures containing an image of 30px in height may include up to two lines of normal sized text or three lines of small sized text. Images 15px or below in height may contain up to three lines of normal sized text or four lines of small sized text.
  3. Content in signatures should be consistent with normal writing and abide by the general forum etiquette. You may not include hidden text or links or information that suggests you offer official support for phpBB.
  4. Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of 5* links. You may not link to warez, pornographic, racist or other similar extremist sites. *phpBB Team members and users affiliated with the development and maintenance of phpBB are allowed further additional links to aid support of the product.
  5. Remote signature images must have a consistently high availability to ensure page load times are not affected. Animated images are not permitted.
  6. Users abusing these rules will be warned or have their signature privileges revoked.

  1. Avatars should be no larger than 100x100 pixels and should not exceed 10KiB (10240 bytes) in size.
  2. Avatars must not contain animation or include graphics which attempt to portray the ranks or avatars of phpBB Team Members. Users are permitted to utilise an avatar from the gallery or link externally to one of their own.
  3. Remote avatars must have a consistently high availability to ensure page load times are not affected.
  4. Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect to the general forum etiquette.
  5. Users abusing these rules will be warned or have their avatar privileges revoked.

If you have questions or suggestions about these rules, you can put them in a reply to this topic.


Last updated: 7/19/2016