Fans Of Reality TV FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

Hotlinking and Posting of Online Articles

We don't allow "hot-linking" images from other sites. If you'd like to re-post a picture here, please save it and upload it to one of many free image hosting sites, such as Photobucket, Flickr or Imgur. Then link it from there, using the link that is wrapped around [img] tags. Hotlinking uses bandwidth from other sites that may have to pay for heavy use, and it's considered bad internet etiquette. You may end up seeing a strongly-worded placeholder image instead of your picture. And if you post a picture from FORT on another site, please do the same thing, and don't hot-link it directly from here.

Please do not post tagged/watermarked pictures that denote ownership by another reality TV forum or site. Please crop the picture to remove the tag or if that's not possible, please find an untagged version to post. Please do not give credit to the person or site who posted the original picture. An exception to the tagged picture rule is Dreamer who has kindly allowed us to post screen caps that she hosts.

Please do not include more than ten pictures or avatars in any one post. The system won’t accept your post with more than ten image links, so you will need to split the images among more than one post.

We allow informational articles to be posted from a variety of news and entertainment sites. This does not include other TV fan-sites, or other TV message boards. If you do post an article from a real source, please include a link to the original source. Please do not cut and paste posts from other reality sites or TV fan sites. If you read something at another site that you think will add to the discussion here, please paraphrase the post, do not cut and paste it here. The post will be removed and an infraction will likely be issued.

The FORT Basics

In case you need the basics, here they are:

1) We want intelligent, respectful discussion from members.

2) No flaming, no baiting, or personal insults directed toward anyone other than reality TV subjects/contestants or other public figures are allowed. Do not accuse other users of "hating", or call them or groups of anyone’s fans "haters". We consider it too strong a term to use on a recreational reality TV website.

3) No discussions advocating racism, sexism, ageism, or any other –ism meant to harm or offend others.

4) Please keep your language PG-13. That means that "damn", "ass", "bitch" and "bastard" are acceptable, but and the usual crop of four-letter words will cause your post to be hidden as a “Moderated Post” until a staff member sees it and edits out the offensive word before approving the post.

5) The moderators are the people whose names are in red. They are in charge of the site. People whose names are in gold or blue are also on staff, and have some moderating powers. If your name's not one of these colors, and you see something that violates our rules, you need to use the "Report Post" function (the little triangle sign under someone's avatar), or send a private message to a mod.

6) When you post, try to add something of value to the thread. Don't quote a whole post only to add "yeah that" or "I agree", or just a smiley. Post what’s on your mind!

7) Before starting a new thread, search the forum you’re in to see if another thread exists that can be used instead. Whenever you start a thread, make sure it's in the appropriate forum.

8) Part of Item 1 (intelligent, respectful discussion) includes your posting style. We have very little patience for people who post as if they are tweeting, don't use proper English, type in all-capital letters, type in all-bold characters, or use excessive smilies. There are style buttons in the reply area for stylizing your words, but please use restraint. The readability of your post may vary depending on which skin users have chosen to display the board.

9) For reality shows in the uppermost forum area, "Show Discussion" threads are started specifically for live discussions of that evening's shows. In many cases, the rest of the threads in that forum will be locked until the new episode has aired in all US time zones. Don't start new threads to discuss what happened on that night's show, and if you have something to share about a specific contestant/character, wait until the threads are reopened and use that character’s personal thread to post, if bio threads have been made for that particular show.

10) Our TV show recaps are written by our wonderful writers (whose names appear in blue). It is impolite to use the recap threads to discuss the show and not the recap -- use the Show Discussion threads for show discussion. While you are free to disagree with the sentiments of the recapper, just as with basic rules for posting courtesy, it is inappropriate to post rude or baiting comments about the recap. If you catch a mistake in a recap, please consider common courtesy and alert the writer privately, not in the recap thread. Our writers work extremely hard in a volunteer position, so rudeness to them or attempts to "show them up" will not be tolerated.

11) Read our other rules. We expect our members to be familiar with them, and follow them, and don't expect "ignorance of the rules" as an excuse. Some sites have rules and don't enforce them - we're not one of them. Play nice, be good, and have fun.

Flaming, Baiting, and Insults

We do not allow flaming, baiting, or insults of other members of our site. We enforce this rule strictly.

Contestants of a reality show, having voluntarily agreed to appear on our televisions, are fair game for strong criticism and praise, and everything in between, assuming it falls within the bounds of the rest of our rules.

You don't have to agree with another member's opinion, but you DO have to respect it, and realize that it IS just an opinion, which may differ greatly from your own. Do not use the term "haters", refer to dislike of something as "hate". Please do not take it upon yourself to direct the discussion of a thread away from a topic you don't consider relevant. As long as people remain within our other rules they are allowed to discuss almost anything about a contestant in their dedicated thread. If you think a post crosses a line of being too off-topic please report the post, do not take it upon yourself to tell people to "get back to discussing the show."

Along the same lines, comments like "you must be deaf if you don't hear what I hear", "anyone who doesn't agree is an idiot", and so on are not acceptable. Additionally, we don't like the term "haters", because everyone is allowed to like or dislike anyone they choose, for whatever reason they choose. Practice the golden rule, and treat others like you would want to be treated.

Our contestant threads are NOT specifically for "only good comments" regarding that contestant. They are for discussion of that contestant, both good and bad. We are not a fan-site for any one contestant, or any one show. If someone doesn’t like who you like, don’t take it personally and feel the need to “even the score.” Everyone gets a say here.

Members who continually flame, bait, or insult other members will be removed from the site. And a special note here: if you ARE a contestant on a reality show, and you choose to visit our site, then you will be required to obey these same rules, and not insult our members for commenting on the characters on a TV show. We expect everyone to play nice.

The Use of Internet Abbreviations and "Lingo"

We encourage members to post complete thoughts and sentences, as opposed to abbreviated word jumbles that you would find on Twitter. Please take a few extra moments to type out words such as "anyone" and "your/you’re". Excessive use of lingo may result in your posts being deleted or infracted. We've added an example "lingo list" HERE.

PG-13 Site Guidelines

We are, by choice, a PG-13 site. We do not allow foul language, graphic discussions, images with nudity, etc. Members are expected to self-moderate themselves within these guidelines. Moderators may edit your post if something is over the line.

Unacceptable member names will be removed as well.

Some forums, and some threads within other forums, may be of a more adult nature simply because of the content being discussed. Those forums will not have warnings attached, but should be fairly obvious

Even though we are a PG-13 site, our membership is geared toward adults. We take absolutely no responsibility for keeping tabs on your children, and what they may or may not be reading or posting

What is a "Spoiler"?

In our television show forums, each night a show is broadcast, we will create a "Show Discussion" thread, which is clearly marked with **Spoilers** in the thread title.

The term "spoiler" means ANYTHING that happens on that the show that might ruin it for others who haven't seen it yet. Anything from what the contestants are wearing, to who was eliminated, and everything in between.

On show nights, we ask our members not to post in any other threads but the live Show Discussion thread, until after that show has finished airing on the West Coast. In many cases, the staff will close threads in a forum during these hours. Posts in other threads, or new threads, will be removed without notice. Repeated attempts may result in infractions.

If you are posting "inside information" on a current show, please do not put that information in the thread title, and add **Spoilers** to your thread title line, to keep people who don't want to know out of your thread. If it is in a post in an existing thread, use spoiler tags around your information if needed.

We consider betting odds to be spoilers, even if they are for shows where the public votes for the winner. Please make sure to post betting odds in clearly marked spoiler threads or use spoiler tags.

Additionally, we will set up threads in some forums to discuss spoilers for future episodes. We expect people to make sure they post and discuss only spoilers in these threads. If you post in a contestant's marked spoiler thread to say you like that contestant, hope he/she wins etc. then your post is in the wrong thread and will be moved or removed without notice.

We consider information from sources other than the show itself to be spoilers. Events detailed in the preview at the end of the show would not be considered spoilers after the show has aired on both coasts.

Use The Correct Forum/Thread

We have many different forums - one for generally each show on TV, and then forums for Music, Movies, Books, Site Announcements, and General Discussion.

We ask that you keep discussions related to the forum you're posting in. Please don't post a "Hi, I'm New!" in an individual show forum - post it in the Introduce Yourself thread in the Announcements forum. And so on.

Before starting a new thread please do a search of the forum to make sure there isn't an existing thread that your comment should logically be posted in. In addition to this, please keep ongoing personal conversations (between 2 people, and of no concern to anyone else) confined to our Private Messaging system. To use it, just click the PM link under any member's post. It's like e-mail, but just on the site, and it's secure and private.

Posting the Same Message in Multiple Threads

Please do not post the same messages in multiple threads. Use the search facility to see if there is an existing thread in which your message should be posted, if not start a new thread, but please do not post the message more than once.

Black Text Only - Please.

Since we have introduced our new color schemes to allow members to pick their choice of backgrounds, it has become necessary to ask that people post their messages in black text only, and avoid using the color options in the style area. Most of you already do, so this will impact very few users. You may still complete your sig line in whatever color text you choose, as long as you are aware that people utilizing certain schemes may not be able to read your signature line if it is in a color other than black.

Signing Your Posts

We ask that you don’t sign your posts with your name or anything else. Posters will know who wrote the post because it’s next to your name. Signing your post just takes up space and is a bit annoying at best. You’re welcome to add a signature line to your profile, although we ask that it not be your name.

How do I become a Mod / Writer / Forum Assistant?

Our Moderators are hand-picked from the membership, and are usually based on our staffing needs, the member's posting style and length of time at the site. We choose our moderators carefully, since they will have authority over all of the forums at the site.

In addition to the Moderators, there are a number of members who are either Forum Assistants or Writers who are charged with the responsibility to monitor specific forums and assist the Moderators with posts and member issues in such forums. Forum Assistants and Writers with responsibility over a specific forum will have the ability to delete, edit, or merge posts or threads, under the supervision of the Moderators.

Members are always encouraged to use the "Report the Post" function if they see a problem post. Forum Assistants and Writers are volunteering their time to help facilitate the quality of discussion that we have all come to appreciate at the FORT by being in more places at more times than is possible for the Moderators given the size and popularity of the FORT.

Our Writers and Forum Assistants are also hand-picked from our members, using pretty much the same criteria and reviewing Reported Posts to see which members are helping us monitor the site. We don't accept offers to recap, and we definitely won't bring on anyone who we don't know for at least a little while, so we can get a feeling as to their writing style and level of participation at the site.

When we've identified both a need and a person who we think might fill that need, we will privately ask them if they're interested, and for potential writers to provide a sample work for moderator review.

Moderators will always appear with their name in red, bold-faced type. Writers will always appear with their name in blue, bold-faced type. Forum Assistants will always appear with their name in gold. You can see who moderates any given forum at the bottom of that forum’s index page, in the “Forum Information and Options” area. You can also view the entire staff list at the bottom of the FORT index page, by clicking the “View Staff Members” link.

Rules for User Signatures

The following rules apply to all user signatures:

1) The maximum font size allowed in signature lines is 3

2) NO IMAGES ALLOWED in signature lines, except for a maximum of 2 FORT smilies.

3) Sig line text should comply with our regular posting rules. PG-13, no all-caps, no alternating caps, etc.

4) Sig text that is too long or obtrusive will be removed.

5) Sig lines with just your name will be removed. User names are on the left of every post, there's no need to have it in your signature, too.

If your sig line is in violation of any of these new rules, the moderators will remove it, without notice. It will be your responsibility to choose another sig line that meets the rules, if you wish to have one.

If you have any questions as to whether something is acceptable, please PM one of the moderators.

Our Policy on Multiple Accounts

We do not allow multiple accounts for the same person.

If you are the owner of multiple accounts, we will remove duplicates, regardless of post count, and usually without consultation with you. We will evaluate the situation and may leave one account remaining or may decide to permanently ban all accounts.

If you are banned for a period of time, and you re-register to circumvent the ban, we will remove all accounts and ban your IP address. The time-period ban is a "cooling down" period, enforced by our staff, and if you can't take a day or two away from the site without re-registering, we don't want you here at all.

About Reality TV and Editing

Yes, we all know "reality TV" isn't reality. You aren't telling us anything new. The term "reality TV" refers specifically to unscripted, non-professional actors. And even "unscripted" doesn't mean the producers didn't suggest things.

We also realize the shows we see are heavily edited, for both entertainment purposes and to give a "storyline" to the shows and each person on it. On this site, we try to enjoy the show for the entertainment value. Although “behind the scenes” information is interesting, we aren’t looking to turn this into a massive conspiracy site. Take a breath before posting.

How can I get on a show?

Simple answer: we don't know, it’s not our department. If a show we are already covering publishes a casting call, feel free to post it for our members. If it's not on our site, we have no further information.

The staff of this site has no connection to any television shows or networks, other than being fans and the occasional interview. We cannot help you get on a show, send you applications, tell you what needs to be on your video for you to be picked, or help you in any way.

If a show is on TV, you can't get on it -- unless you own a time machine. We get a ton of e-mails asking "how I can I get on XXXX?" when the show is halfway over already. Casting was done months ago, and you can't get on it. Try again next season, and visit the show’s official website to find out how.

Can I change my username?

No. (Okay, maybe, under certain circumstances, but certainly not often, and not more than once per user. And the reason better be good.)

Can you please delete my account and all my posts?

NO. We don’t do that. If you have concerns about other people seeing your content on an innocent little site like this, then think long and hard before registering here.

Downloading TV Episodes and Online Content

Broadcast shows, believe it or not, are copyrighted material. We at Fans of Reality TV adhere to that reality, and, therefore, we do not condone or allow the discussion of illegal downloading of episodes off the internet, an FTP location, another site, or using one of the popular file-sharing utilities out there.

You may not use forum posts to direct someone to a location online where they may download the episode, and you may not sell copies for profit on our site, even privately.

If we receive reports that a member is soliciting profit for copyrighted material, we will take appropriate action, up to and including removal from our site. It's illegal, end of story.

Torrents of episodes are ILLEGAL, and you will get an infraction for asking for them or sharing information on them in any thread. Torrents of episodes are ILLEGAL, and you will get an infraction for asking for them or giving our members information on where to find them.

We allow links to videos on YouTube and other video sites. You must not link to non-PG-13 clips. Although we work hard to ensure the language at our site is PG-13, users who click links to video clips must bear in mind that they are leaving FORT for another site with its own set of rules. We cannot control what is posted there, so be forewarned you may come across content that might not fall within our rules. Although links to YouTube et al are now permitted, we trust that our members will not abuse the rule change by flooding threads with irrelevant clips. We don't wish to see intelligent and respectful discussion give way to incessant posting of images and video clips.

Links to Other Sites

We do not allow links to other reality TV fan-sites or blogs that contain a community forum area, except with the express permission of one of the FORT moderators in advance.

We work extremely hard to bring members and visitors here and be the best we can be, and it is "theft", not to mention extremely poor etiquette, to attempt to direct our members elsewhere.

We DO allow the posting of "official" media articles, from established news/entertainment media sources, but we require a link to the original content on that site.

Users who link to other sites are responsible for ensuring the content at the site, at the time of posting, meets our “PG=13” guidelines.

Posts with links to other fan-sites, or articles posted which were written by other fan-site authors, will be edited or removed without notice or explanation.

We also do not allow our articles to be posted on other sites. Our material is copyrighted by our authors, and re-publishing this material is strictly prohibited. If we discover our content on other sites without our permission, we will request that the administrator remove it. We may also take further action here against your account.

Links to Social Media Pages

We do allow links to social media pages of shows and/or contestants, but not to unauthorized fan pages.

You must post a clear warning to other users if the page you are linking to contains content (language or pictures) that does not meet our PG-13 guidelines.

Infractions

If you post a message that blatantly breaks any one or more of our rules, you will likely be issued with an infraction. Infractions carry differing point values; if you receive enough infraction points over a set period of time, you may find your account here is temporarily suspended.

The staff do not consider infractions to be a 'smack on the wrist', but rather an opportunity to refresh your memory about our rules. Infractions are not made public, so only you and the staff members know that one has been issued. If you get an infraction you are not put on a 'hit list' and your account is not marked to receive closer attention that anyone else’s.

Our "fine print" not covered elsewhere

We reserve the right to moderate our site for the "greater good" of the site. That means that, even if you're not technically breaking any of the previously-listed rules, you could still be subject to your content being edited or otherwise moderated, or your account removed from the site if we decide it's in the best interest of our members. As long as people remain within our other rules almost anything relating to a show, contestant or any established topic can be discussed in its dedicated thread. If you think a thread has veered far off-topic the mods always appreciate your assistance by reporting those posts.

Obviously, we try not to take any action not supported by an actual violation of our rules listed, but sometimes someone is disruptive to the other members of our site, and when that happens, we will take action. We enjoy and encourage all kinds of contributions from FORT members, and all we ask is that you use an adult’s common sense when posting.

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