Board rules

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on 556files.com. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.

  1. Don't take things personally, and stay off your high horse.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and you must accept this objectively, meaning you're not allowed to be insulted by someone else's views or talk down to them from your high horse. This is a tactic employed by trolls to win arguments, particularly those on the left, usually followed by a string of logical fallacies. For example, someone might say something like, "I can't believe you're against common-sense gun control; I personally find it insulting that you don't care at all about my childrens' safety." We take this rule very seriously, so just don't try it. #
  2. Don't resort to passive aggression.

    Keep your arguments objective and to the point. Passive aggressive, snide, or snarky remarks don't advance the conversation and lead to personal attacks. Such behavior, since it baits the other party into using ad hominems, will be considered a form of trolling. If you run out of constructive things to say, just move on to the next topic. An example of passive aggressive behavior would be something like "I was stupid to think I could explain this to you" or "This isn't even worth my time." #
  3. Don't brown nose or promote group think.

    This is commonly known as "white knighting" someone, and it's a form of trolling. We're here to promote intelligent, fact-based discussions, and nothing even remotely intelligent or factual has ever been produced by group think. "White knighting" is basically the act of arbitrarily backing someone up for the purposes of gaining popularity, putting down someone you don't like, or riding someone's coattails to make yourself look more knowledgeable; all while contributing nothing of substance to the conversation.

    A "white knight" is a type of troll who zeros in on popular opinion and espouses it as his own belief to make himself appear intelligent or morally superior to those in the minority, despite the fact that he really doesn't agree with it, or that he doesn't even really understand the subject in the first place. For example, people who espouse gun control rarely know much of anything about the issues, yet they vehemently support that position because they believe it makes them look progressive and morally superior. This is obviously a nuanced issue, so before chiming into an argument, ask yourself, What objective evidence or facts do I have to contribute to the conversation? #
  4. Don't appeal to the majority.

    Appealing to the majority is arguing that something must be true because it's a commonly held belief or is supported by the majority of the argument's participants. "White knighting" often leads to this illogical conclusion, where the person who has been "white knighted" will point to his "white knighters" as proof that his assertion is the correct one. For example, he might sarcastically say something like, "Okay, you're right and everyone else is wrong." Not only is this also an example of passive agression, but it is an illogical conclusion drawn from fallacious reasoning. Arguments are not won by democratic vote, but by objective demonstration of fact. #
  5. Don't appeal to your own authority to validate an argument.

    While you're welcome to express your opinion and give anecdotal advice, you may not appeal to your own authority as a means of validating your opinion as superior to someone else's. You may very well be an expert on the subject at hand, but no one here knows you from Adam. Long story short, let your superior knowledge of the facts validate your expert status, not some claimed title of authority that can't be verified as true or even applicable in the first place. #
  6. Ad hominems will not be tolerated in any form!

    "Ad hominem: a logical fallacy in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself."

    Translation: Attack the argument, not the person making it. #
  7. Every thread is an island.

    A new thread means everyone starts over with a clean slate. This means that arguments will not be carried over from one thread into another. This also means that a new thread will not be created for the purpose of continuing an argument that was locked. Most importantly, something a member says in one thread cannot be used as ammunition against them in another thread. #
  8. Keep it decent and in good taste.

    We can't provide a full list of what's allowed and what's not; if you have any doubts, ask before you post. In general, it's not a good idea to post anything you wouldn't want your wife and kids to see, with the one exception being graphic content posted for educational purposes. A prime example might be video footage of a self defense shooting, assuming there was something to be learned from it. Graphic content posted for entertainment or shock value won't be tolerated. Risque, pornographic, or vulgar content will result in an immediate ban. This includes scantily clad women, anything sexually suggestive, off color humor, and exploits from your fraternity days.

    As far as language is concerned, refer to George Carlin's 7 words you can't say on TV. You will find those disabled; please do not try to circumvent word replacement. While PG rated swearing is allowed, please keep it on the level of a southern gentlemen. Lastly, don't take the Lord's name in vane, regardless of your religious affiliation, or lack thereof. While we encourage people of all faiths (and non-faiths) to take part in the great American tradition of firearms ownership we also realize that most gun owners are from a Judeo-Christian background, and we want to make sure they feel comfortable here.

    It's completely okay to post videos or links with graphic material if the content is informative and/or newsworthy in nature. We simply ask that you label such content as "GRAPHIC," as a courtesy to other members who might have children in the room. #
  9. Red font is reserved for site staff.

    Only site staff may use red font, and only for official purposes. This ensures that everyone understands exactly what's happening so there's no discrepancy over who said what. If you see something in red pay close attention to it. #
  10. Industry professionals must identify themselves to the admin.

    If you work in the industry in any capacity please contact the administrator after you've registered. You will be given the rank of "Industry Professional," and you will still be allowed to post just like anyone else (but you may not promote your business without becoming a Site Sponsor). This goes for any type of business (even if it's just a small town LGS) and any position (even if you're just the janitor). This helps to keep everyone honest and prevents any misunderstandings. #
  11. You can't have more than one account, no exceptions.

    If you have trouble logging in or forgot your user information do not create another account, even if your account is years old! Contact the administrator by clicking the "Contact Us" button in the footer, and we will assist you. Users operating multiple accounts will have their IP addresses banned. Do not attempt to hide your IP address by using TOR or proxies, or your account will be assumed to be a troll account and summarily banned. #
  12. Don't post copyrighted material.

    Please make sure you're familiar with intellectual property laws and don't post anything that belongs to someone else unless you have their explicit permission to do so. Just because something isn't copyrighted doesn't mean it's in the public domain, so be careful about pulling photos from Google images etc. If you post content from sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube; be sure to share the content as intended by the site and in accordance with their policies. Be sure to embed the entire post/video, not just a picture or screen grab, thereby retaining all the links. By using this site, you agree to accept any and all liability for everything you post, including any damages incurred by the site, its staff, or its owners as a result of your actions here. #
  13. References to any illegal activity will result in an immediate ban.

    This obviously goes without being said, but we have to say it anyways. Do not discuss any illegal activity, including but not limited to: illegal weapons, explosives, illicit drugs, criminal activities, etc. That concludes this public service announcement, now back to your regularly scheduled programming... #