CGSociety Rules


CGTalk Forum Rules, Guidelines and Policy

In order to maintain a healthy and enjoyable atmosphere here at CGTalk, we appreciate it if users kindly co-operate with the following guidelines. These guidelines are in place to ensure that CGTalk remains a pleasant and informative site to visit, and to prevent unnecessary conflicts on the forums. Failure to comply with these rules and policies may result in your banishment from the site.

Should a user have any problems or issues regarding any subject on the forum or the acts of any other user, they should refer the matter to the Forum Leaders to deal with. It is not the place of users to moderate or in any way govern or judge others.

Any issues should be reported to one of the Forum Leaders, Forum Leaders for each forum are listed on the main page.

There are three main principal guidelines:

  1. Be courteous and polite. Show respect to the opinions and feelings of others. Use of the forums is a privilege, not a right.
  2. Engage your brain before your mouth. You are responsible for your own words and any harm they may cause.
  3. Don't dilute the forums with irrelevant and unnecessary crap. CGTalk is a professional, moderated forum. It's a place to talk about all things CG. It's NOT a free speech forum.

The owners of CGTalk reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread with or without reason or notice. Polite enquiries will be listened to. Any form of harassment will not be tolerated and is cause for instant banishment from the site.

By registering with CGTalk, you agree to the following guidelines and policies.

CGTalk Policy

All of the following guidelines have been formulated according to specific problems that we have encountered in the past, and wish to prevent in the future, in the interests of maintaining a level of professionalism and respect amongst users on CGTalk.

Because CGTalk is a computer graphics related community, and in the interests of keeping potentially offensive topics away from the forum, the Administrators and Forum Leaders of these forums do not tolerate posts that contain any of the following subjects or elements:

  • Politics or political propaganda in any form
    If you wish to discuss politics, kindly find an appropriate forum for such discussion. Topics of this nature resort in lengthy and unnecessary arguments that are nevertheless totally unrelated to the subject of computer graphics or visual effects.
  • Potentially inflammatory discussions or comments regarding social issues
    These include, but are not limited to, topics such as racism, sexism, religion, xenophobia or homosexuality.
  • Crude, derogatory, inappropriate, or disrespectful remarks aimed at any individual(s)
    Offensive or unnecessarily abrasive comments directed at any individual are not tolerated in any form. These include anything from personal vendettas to unnecessarily insulting comments directed at the work of any individual. Critiques of work displayed should not include unnecessarily derogatory remarks (whether aimed at the user or the work itself) in any form.
  • Spamming
    A healthy level of industry-related advertising is encouraged in the CG News and General Discussions forum. However, blatant spamming will be removed.
  • Hate speech
    Derogatory, anti-social or inflammatory remarks aimed at any group of people, with the intention to incite a mass response are not only a crime in most countries, but are also totally unacceptable here.
  • Any comments made with the sole intention of disruption or to cause distress to any individual(s)
    Whether made metaphorically, or otherwise, any personal defamatory remarks directed at any individual(s) are unacceptable.
  • Pornography
    This excludes the tasteful use of nudity in artwork. Images or animations depicting blatantly pornographic acts including intercourse, masturbation, bestiality or abuse, and links to pornographic sites are not tolerated under any circumstances.
  • Unnecessarily violent, crude, or obscene imagery
    Scenes depicting themes such as rape, or any other brutality will not be tolerated in any form.
  • Racial slurs
    No matter how amusing some people might find them, most users consider jokes, or underhanded comments, directed at any race or culture highly offensive.
  • Piracy
    Users requesting or advertising warez (or links to warez sites), serial numbers, cracks, or illegally copied software documentation, are not welcome on this forum. CGTalk does not tolerate any members that, in any way, aid or encourage the use of illegally acquired software.
  • Posts that are potentially in breach of any NDA Agreements
    This includes screenshots or any unlawfully acquired knowledge regarding beta versions of software that are not available to the general public. Even if you are not the one who signed the agreement, you are still not permitted to post such matter.
  • Totally ludicrous subjects
    While the actual definition of this one may be debatable, we prefer to keep totally ridiculous subject matter that is totally unrelated to the industry, away from the forums as much as possible. While we all do enjoy some manner of light hearted or amusing conversation, we ask that members rather use the CGTalk IRC channel for this. A certain level of such matter is tolerated, but if a thread is really of very little substantial merit, the author of that thread will have to accept that it might be closed or removed completely.
  • General Notes
    Posts containing subject matter as listed above will be removed in all cases, and should the author of such posts persist in posting such matter, that user will no longer be allowed to post on the forums.
  • The Administrators and Forum Leaders of CGTalk request that all users remain, at all times, respectful and courteous towards all other members of the forum.

    We believe that these guidelines are fair and acceptable, and that all users should respect our reasons for keeping them in place. The admins and mods are not there to police everyone, but rather to protect users from offensive or unlawful content.

    Should a user have any problems or issues regarding any subject on the forum or the acts of any other user, they are encouraged to contact the Administrators who will attend to the matter.

    Users are also encouraged to use the Report this post function within threads, should they feel that any comments posted on the forums have violated any of the guidelines stipulated here.

    We hope that you enjoy CGTalk!