Very Few Rules, Revisited
Observant souls will note that the Terms of Service content at the bottom of the page has been replaced by a great deal of legalese. I'd encourage you to read said legalese, as it states that you agree to be bound by it by continuing to use the system, but in general I don't think it says anything unusual for sites run by large media companies, or anything to be unduly alarmed about. Expect more diligent inquiry by your mod into the copyright status of posted art, perhaps.
But anyway, these were the original TOS, and as far as I'm concerned they're still pretty much what we actually live by, so for the sake of archival maintenance:
Very Few Rules
1. You Own Your Own Words. In practical terms this means you own the copyright on your original postings, and also that you, and you alone, are responsible for their content. It also means that except for brief quotes for discussion purposes you should not post the work of others without their explicit permission.
2. The moderators and system operators reserve the right to remove postings as necessary for any reason, from general housekeeping to abusive content.
3. Be respectful and civil with your fellow participants. Over 40-odd years of Deadheaddom, experience, mileage and perspective vary a whole lot, and we want this to be a hospitable place.
4. Respect your fellow participants' time and attention. Think before you post, and post in the relevant topic.
5. As the old adage says, never say anything online that you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times. Rule #1 notwithstanding, as a practical matter there is no guarantee that anything you post here will not wind up on 600 blogs, Homeland Security's database, Digg, or your prospective employer's Google search. Post accordingly.
When this site first launched, it was a big question whether to allow tape trading. The earlier version of Dead.net, for example, did not, and I believe Dead Net Central, the continuation of that site, still does not. Several of us insisted pretty strongly that we should allow it, and prevailed.
Currently the Vineyard, launched in response to a request from one of the Heads back in the day, is a very popular and very active area on the site. It exists by grace, and by the fact that there's a pretty strong ethos and honor system of not trading commercially released material. When full shows come out as releases, those vines get retired.
This also goes for commercial releases that are out of print. Trading of, say, out-of-print Dick's Picks, Without a Net, etc., is not allowed here. Neither is copying and distribution of bonus discs when they run out. Every time someone gets on here and solicits a copy of one of those releases, or offers to copy and distribute it, it provides ammunition for those who fear the taping scene, and poses a very real threat to one of the most important and vibrant aspects of our little online village.
So please, just don't do it. Any posts with such offers or requests will be summarily deleted.
I explained in the topic in question. Defaming people is not okay, particularly when they are not here to defend themselves. In particular, announcing that you routinely purveyed illegal substances to said people in a world-readable forum is not acceptable. You want to talk about your own consumption, fine; speak for yourself. Keep others out of it. Thank you.
Marye, exactly what did you find offencive about my post?
And do you know why you found it offencive?