This forum has been created to discuss celebrity relationships. We want everyone to enjoy it, but we encourage you to have respect for each other, and the celebrities featured, across all sections of the forum. Please keep to the right threads for the right couples (e.g. Saula in the Saula forum, etc). If you cannot see a thread for the couple you want to talk about, please start one on the Favourite Couples forum.
Please do not copy anything from this site without requesting permission from either a member of the Admin team or (when applicable) the member concerned first. We will vigorously pursue anyone who copies or steals our ideas and/or creations, and/or attempts to take advantage of or abuse our memberlist.
If you have any problems or questions, please don't hesitate to contact either a Moderator or member of the Admin team. Have fun and enjoy posting on FOS!
Articles, scans, etc. which are posted here must have their source, the name of the author responsible (if provided) and the date of publication (if provided) clearly stated in the post. And please use the correct title for the article, rather than making up your own.
ADULT CONTENT AND RATINGS:
Please do not post adult content on the forums, as this may offend some members/guests and isn't suitable for our younger members. Adult content is fine in fanfics, as long as it is clearly rated as such in the title of the thread. Please note that Admin & Mods reserve the right to remove adult content if posted elsewhere on the forum without warning, and reserve the right to take further action if deemed necessary.
Please do not upload, ask other members to upload, or otherwise discuss the sharing of illegal files on this forum. Any such posts will be removed, and further action will be taken.
We are aware that everyone can drift a little off-topic at times, and that's not really a big problem. However, posting in thread after thread simply to boost your post count and/or to gain/regain access to forums such as Fan Fiction, Media, etc. is not at all acceptable. This creates unnecessary work for the Mods and Admin who have to tidy up afterwards, and it gives the wrong impression entirely to guests and new members, too. In such cases the post/s will be removed and your post count adjusted accordingly, so ultimately spamming will get you absolutely nowhere.
This covers the posting of articles, too. We are aware that genuine mistakes are possible, but it's really not too much to ask for members to check whether what they're about to post is already here or not first. The source may be different, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the content itself is different.
Finally, the posting of links/ads. We don't allow links to be posted anywhere on the forum, other than (once only) in the pinned Links thread in The Powder Room. Links to personal sites, blogs, charity sites, etc. are fine in your signature or member profile, as long as they do not contain content of an 'adult' or illegal nature or that others may deem offensive. However, unless by prior agreement with the Admin team, we do not permit links to other forums or message boards. Such links will be removed without notice, and further action may be taken if and when necessary to ensure this rule is adhered to.
Text speak is not acceptable here. It may be quicker for you to type, but it invariably takes 3 or 4 times longer for everyone else to decipher what you're saying. You will receive one final reminder linking you here if necessary, but from then on such posts will be edited or deleted as deemed appropriate by the Moderators / Admin of FOS.
Members have the option to Edit their posts for 5 minutes after they've been submitted. As such, there is absolutely no need whatsoever to double-post during that period. Members who double-post when they had the option to Edit instead will have 10 posts deducted from their counts.
The following methods of posting images are not permitted:
Thumbnails: there's absolutely no need to post images as thumbnails, unless they're wider than 700 pixels*.
Hotlinking: this is when you use the URL of the image at its original location. This is basically stealing, because someone else's bandwidth is being used without their permission. Such links generally expire very quickly too, leaving a blank post which then has to be deleted, along with any replies to it.
Twitter, Facebook, Photobucket and other account-based image hosts: links to images that have been uploaded to accounts from such hosts expire when the image is moved. Again, we have to delete the post and all replies to it when this happens.
WENN, Getty Images and Big Pictures: images watermarked as property of these agencies must not be posted anywhere on this forum.
All images posted as detailed above will be deleted without further warning. There are numerous free image hosts available, although ImageShack is recommended because it's reliable and easy to use. Please note however that this refers to the open and free ImageShack service. Links to images that have been uploaded to an ImageShack account are not permitted. You may use other image hosts, but please avoid those which use adult-oriented or otherwise offensive advertising.
*However, for images that are wider than 700 pixels, a thumbnail must be used.
Please embed videos, rather than merely linking to them. There are full instructions explaining how to do this posted here. The only exceptions are videos that can't be embedded, either because the person who uploaded them has blocked embedding (e.g. 'Embedding disabled by request') or because they appear on sites such as FOX News. Links to videos which could've been embedded will be removed without further warning.
SIGNATURES & BANNERS:
The maximum size of any one image allowed in members' signatures is 650x200 pixels:
Your image may be smaller or the same as these dimensions, but no bigger in either width or height.
You may use a maximum of two images (banners) in your signature.
If you want a signature that's text only with no images at all, then the maximum will be 5 lines of text.
If you want to use one image only, you may also include a maximum of 3 lines of text.
If you want to use 2 images, then you may also include one line of text.
All text used must be in a reasonably-sized font.
The use of images or text that may be in any way considered offensive is not permitted under any circumstances.
It's our policy here at FOS not to show false membership statistics, which are common elsewhere. Therefore, Admin periodically review unused and/or dormant accounts. Accounts for members that have made 0 posts after a period of 28 days or more at the time of such a review are therefore routinely removed. Similarly, accounts that have only a handful of posts and belong to members that have not logged-in for some considerable time may also be earmarked for removal.