Welcome to the Community Manifesto
Welcome to the Covers Community
Unfortunately we do live in a society, and all societies have basic rules.
Therefore, we will outline a few, very basic, rules, and then let's be done
with it so we can all co-exist in peace. We will be updating this Manifesto
from time to time as needs dictate.
Rules, Guidelines and General Manifesto:
We don’t like rules any more than you do, but believe it or not, these are
implemented to protect the forum and its users. Please follow these rules
so we don’t have to be the “bad guy” and kick you out.
1) Any images, avatars & URLs containing nudity, pornography, sexually explicit
bikinis and lingerie are banned from the forum. We don’t hate nudity; we just
don’t need it in the forum.
2) All custom avatars must go through our Avatar Approval Process before being used
on the site. This is to prevent inappropriate images from flooding throughout Covers.
If you want to look at that stuff, there are a lot of other websites for that.
3) Topics that are morally offensive will be under review by the community
moderators and possibly deleted. Offensive thread titles may also be edited.
4) Our forum will not be used as a place to do your personal business. Phone
numbers, home addresses and email addresses that are found in any forum other
then Web Site Promotions will be deleted. Your Covers space page is the place
for self promotion.
If you are promoting a service in any forum other than Website Promotions,
your account may be suspended or banned by our team of moderators.
5) If you have been previously banned from our forum and return under a new
alias username to intentionally disrupt other members, you will be banned immediately.
6) Obviously slanderous posts may have the thread topic censored, while the
body of the post will remain untouched. For instance, if somebody wants to
initiate a post entitled, "XYZ Sportsbook Run By Crooks!!!", then
that person had better include credible information regarding the status of XYZ
Sportsbook, otherwise the thread topic title will simply be edited to
"Slanderous post about XYZ Sportsbook" while the rest of the text
within that post will be left untouched. We think this policy represents a nice
compromise between freedom of speech rights and libelous mudslinging. Plus, we
hope it alleviates a lot of the legal implications.
7) Any picks posted will be assumed to be meant for the various Picks forums,
and will be relocated there if not deleted. Any obvious site promotions will be
assumed to be meant for the Promotions area, and will be relocated there if not
deleted. Any other off-topic threads will be relocated to the appropriate forum
and/or deleted accordingly. In short, no picks in the general discussion room,
no promos in the picks room, no service picks in any forum, etc.
8) Obviously repetitive topics may be locked, deleted
or consolidated. For instance, if someone starts a thread entitled, "Why
Sportsbook XYZ sucks," and then 10 minutes later starts another post entitled
"10 Reasons Why Sportsbook XYZ Sucks," then
we would probably lock or delete the second post and redirect readers to the
9) Threads in the various forums that go off topic and turn into nothing more
than a shouting match will be moved to the Penalty Box forum where posters can
settle their differences.
10) You must have something to offer our community. If it is deemed by our
moderators that you have nothing to offer other than insults, attacks and
emoticons, you will be warned, suspended and/or banned from the forum. Users
who are suspended can continue to post in the Penalty Box for a period until
moderators decide you should be banned or released from the Box.
11) If it is determined that you are posting several emoticons for the purpose
of increasing your post total, the moderators have the option of reducing your
post total and sending you to the Penalty Box for rehab.
12) Any racist, sexist or homophobic content will be deleted and the user will
face either a community suspension, time in penalty box or permanent banning at
the discretion of the moderators.
For obvious reasons, this kind of thing is only fun as long as people play
fair. We want this to be fun as well as informative. Therefore, we have come up
with a few basic guidelines that we are requesting users to respect. These
aren't rules, but were counting on you folks out there to do a lot of
self-policing. So here are some guidelines that will keep this place vibrant,
entertaining and enjoyable:
1) If you spot somebody out there who is obviously in direct violation of the
rules and spirit of the community, then let us know in the Covers Help forum.
If their attitude is ruining your experience, then consider ignoring this user.
2) Regarding slanderous posts/blogs/comments. As mentioned above, we will be
notifying readers if we think a particular post is nothing more than
unsubstantiated slanderous crap. Once a post has been marked as slanderous, the
post will either be deleted or moved to the Penalty Box forum.
3) Try to be civil. We know, we know. Sometimes it's hard to contain yourself
when someone is being a disruptive member. But we know from personal
experience that nobody wants to read a page full of flames either. It's no fun.
So at least try to maintain a sense of dignity - plus it shows a lot of class.
4) Try to be interesting. Nobody wants to read boring posts/blogs/comments.
5) Remember this motto: "Freedom of Speech may always be a right, but that
doesn't mean you are always right." In other words, if you don't know what
you are talking about, then shut the hell up because you look like a fool!
6) If you have a good idea to improve the community, let us know. We
participated in the creation of this software, and plan to add new features
from time to time.
7) Any uploaded images used for your community profile which have sexual or
violent content are not permitted. All inappropriate images will be removed and
your account may be locked if you continue to post inappropriate content.
8) The forum has disabled users from posting active links. This doesn’t mean
you can’t post a link, it just means the users will have to take the long way
of getting somewhere by manually copy and pasting the URL into their own browser.
This prevents Covers from promoting explicit links and prevents users from clicking
on links they know they probably shouldn’t.
Now, some final words that our moderators will try to live by:
We hereby promise to try to uphold a fun and
We promise to be consistent and fair in any disputes that arise inside the
community, and will try to keep any deletions and censorship occasions to an
We will not engage in any unfounded personal attacks on other people or
sites, although we cannot promise the same from other members.
We will not employ "ghost" members to artificially inflate the
appearance of the number of members in this community.
We will not allow ourselves to become involved in any pissing contests with
competing communities. If they want to slam us, they can - and I'm sure they
will. But we won't get into it. As well, we won't tolerate others using this
community to slam other competing sites either.
Remember that we’re always watching what you post. We reserve the right to
remove and ban any users we feel are not meeting the rules & guidelines posted
above. We don’t want to do it, so please don’t give us a reason to.
Finally, and most importantly, we are doing this for fun, not profit. Although
Covers.com has advertising on these pages, we will not be getting compensated
anything extra for being the host. We want this to be a fun and entertaining
source of information. Therefore, we are forced to include the following
paragraph in order to protect our self and make it worth the hassle:
All of the information contained inside this community represents the
personal thoughts and opinions of the individual members. Submissions to this
community are not reflective of the thoughts and opinions of Covers.com, nor
its employees. Covers.com and its employees do not endorse or represent any of
the opinions within the community, and shall not be held responsible in any
legal action resulting from any of the content contained within the community.
Furthermore, Covers.com shall not be responsible for keeping a permanent record
of the opinions within the community, and may occasionally delete or edit
submissions at its discretion.