Rules and Guidelines

Terms - The boring, but necessary stuff.

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Rules and Guidelines

It's impossible to keep everybody happy, but it's important there is balance. The Rules & Guidelines outlined below outlined below may be changed or altered as time goes on for purposes of clarity or addition.

  1. Respect. Respect of Mr Jackson, the site, its members and team members must be exercised at all times. It's ok to express your opinion and in turn please respect the opinions of others. Trolling, baiting and flaming is unacceptable. Please be polite and civil to your fellow members. We will not allow vilification or bashing of any sex, race, religion, group, creed or person on this forum. Personal attacks will not be tolerated. Attacks on other fan sites/fan forums will also not be tolerated.

    It's okay to have a different opinion to others. It's okay to feel you don't agree with others, or even think they're stupid - Don't be the stupid one and make it personal.
  2. We will not tolerate discussions or postings of a sexual nature which includes but is not limited to fan fiction, images, discussions of sexual relationships and such. If enough interested is warranted, we may allow a designated thread with a warning for others.
  3. Do not spam - This includes repeatedly posting the same topic, double posting, hogging threads with personal discussion, sales and promotion of personal sites.
  4. If you post news articles, then please accompany your content with a link to the original source. This is both respectful, and makes it easier for archive purposes.
  5. We do not endorse monetary based sales or swaps of any kind. Any post or thread posted in aid of selling or swapping goods will be removed. Please note - eBay, Amazon and other similar sites are allowed to be used.
  6. You must not use our forum to post and share commercially released material by Michael, or any other artist. This is for all forms of media.
  7.  Duplicate accounts are strictly not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to - Registering multiple accounts to circumvent a ban on your original account.

The Michael Jackson Estate - An open letter to all fans that fight for truth and injustice.

Since Michaels unfortunate demise - a lot has changed, both within the fan circles and within the industry. Whilst we, as a forum and fan site - will try to steer away from having a definite opinion, we appreciate others that do. The team here at Behind The Mask are entitled to hold their own personal opinions on such subjects, as are others. The one thing we can all agree on here, is that Michael deserves respect. It's as simple as that. Don't make it personal. Respect one another.

Forum Etiquette

  • If a member of team moves, edits, merges, closes or deletes one of your threads or posts and you feel this was in error - Then please contact us and we will respond to your question as soon as we possibly can. Do not post threads asking why this has been done, or to publicly ridicule a staff action which has been taken upon you or your content.
  • Please, before posting a thread - search for similar threads to check that the topic hasn't already been covered.
  • Please title threads appropriately, and make them clear.
  • Please prefix 'trashy' or 'tabloid' articles as 'Tabloid Junkie' upon creating a thread using the prefix options at the top.
  • If you see a post that actively goes against our Rules & Guidelines, please do not engage in an argument with the individual to make a point. Contact us and let us know.
  • This is an English speaking forum. We do however, respect and welcome all other nationalities. If you wish to post in your native tongue, then please use the forum entitled 'International'.
  • It should go without saying - Haters are not welcome. We operate a zero tolerance policy on hate. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there is a clear line between opinion and hate.
  • Please do not post anything that you think may cause stress or alarm to others. If in doubt, feel free to message us and ask the question. We don't bite! (Only sometimes)

  • It's highly likely there will be some structural changes to this page in the coming months and things may be added or removed as the forum matures to it's audience.
  • All of the Rules & Guidelines outlined above are intended to cover all areas of the 'Behind The Mask' domain. We respect you. Please respect us, and our decisions.
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