The Game Summit forums encompass a wide range of discussion, and it's necessary to have something of a charter to protect the forum and members in order to foster better discussion. I've created this list of very basic guidelines that should cover most of the questions that might arise, and we hope that they're simple and straightforward enough to remember. These guidelines are likely to evolve over time and change as the mods see best fit to serve the Game Summit community.
1. No illegal (i.e. illegal file sharing or links thereto, etc) or offensive activity (i.e. pornography, vulgar language or images, etc) can be permitted. Use your common sense and try to stay out of the "grey areas".
2. The activity of one forum member must not impinge unfairly upon any other members enjoyment of the forum. This means not only to have a good time yourself, but to let others have a good time, too. Therefore, no harassing, insulting, bullying or otherwise hassling other members will be permitted.
3. No advertising unless previously sanctioned by Game Summit forum admins/moderators.
4. Don't be That Guy™. You know... that guy you see on forums who's making it more of a drag, being annoying, bringing the mood down. Yeah, that guy. Don't be him.
Generally, any sanctions or punishments will come in the form of a warning first, a two-week ban second and then a permanent ban if the behavior continues. Mods reserve the right to adjust this process as they see fit, so don't consider it a "three strikes" system. Please just try to think about what's good for the community when you post and 99.9% of the problems will be averted without any issue.
In order to keep the drama to a minimum, I'll only issue one warning: If you're making the forum a lesser place by your presence and behavior here, I will stop you... even if you think you've found a cute way to get around the Rules As Written. This is not meant as a threat to any particular member but, hopefully, a protection for all members.
Have a nice day.