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Forum Guidelines and Rules


   8BitRat Consoles was started in Aug 2014 and this forum was created for people who enjoy the great hunt as much as they enjoy learning about, repairing, and modifying classic game systems. This forum's purpose is to provide a trustworthy and secure place for anyone and to that purpose please take a moment to read the site rules below carefully before using this website.  All users of this site agree that access to and use of this site are subject to the following rules as well as the Terms and Conditions of Use found HERE and other applicable law.
Listen to the staff:

   The Moderators and Admins are in their positions because they know the rules and have been given the rights to enforce them.  If one of us ask you to do something, or stop doing something, it would be in your best interest to comply with the request.  We reserve the right to ban any member who violates our rules or disrupts the community.

   On a side note, if you’re not a moderator and see something that needs to be handled, send a message to one of the moderators or admin.  Do NOT impersonate a staff member to try and remedy the issue.



   Do not advertise your products, site, or forums on this site unless you have prior authorization from a Admin.  If you signed up just to advertise something, you will be banned on the spot.



   Spam bots will mostly be blocked from the start but when they are found to have made it in they will be banned.  Spamming of any kind is not permitted.  Spamming includes but are not limited to:

  • Using the forum to excessively promote your personal views. This includes religious, political, ethical, or even over posting your views on a certain games or systems.  It is great to be passionate about your favorite systems but do not allow your views to disrupt the forum.
  • Posting messages to promote a product or service that has no relevance to the forum.  If you want to promote your product contact a Admin and we usually will have no issue as long as it is in the realm of classic/retro electronics.
  • We understand that sometimes it takes time to get a response to a issue you may have but refrain from mass posting your issue to try and make someone respond…  Most likely you will get a response from a Moderator or Admin and you probably won’t like the response.


Trolling & Personal Attacks:

   Treat everyone here as if you are talking to them in person.  If you wouldn’t act or say something to them in person don’t try and act big and bad on here.  You won’t be impressing anyone and it’s an easy way to catch a Admin’s attention in a bad way.  Now if you’re a jerk in person try to tone it down here.

   Trolling and personal attacked will not be tolerated in the forums, blogs, articles, or personal messaging.  We know some discussions can become heated but we ask all our members to conduct themselves in a respectable manner.

   Trolling is easiest to defines as a member disrupting a thread by posting messages that are off-topic, rude, or inciting.  This is a very simplified version of what trolling is but it gives a general idea of what you should avoid posting.

   Personal attacks are simply defined as any posting or private message that is intended to discriminate or demean our members and can include but are not limited to racial, ethnic, or gender-based insults.

   If anyone feels as if they have been a victim of the above contact a Moderator or Admin and we will handle the situation appropriately.


Explicit and Offensive Imagery:

   Many of our members are younger visitors and as such one of our biggest rule is that all posts must remain 80's style PG-13.  This includes but isn’t limited to forum, blog, or article posts as well as your avatars, profile pictures, and signature image or text.  A simple rule for what you shouldn’t post would be “would I want my little girl or boy to see this”.


Pirated Software/Music/Movies/etc:

   At 8BitRat Consoles we do not condone the distribution or use of any pirated software, music, movies, or other copyrighted media.  If you are found to be posting downloads for pirated material of any kind you will be automatically banned without warning.

   You are not permitted to post copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or the ”Fair Use” rules are followed EXACTLY.  You will adhere to the “Fair Use” rules as well as the following for all copyrighted material posted:

  • The copyright notice appears in all copies you post.
  • Use of such material from this website is for informational and non-commercial use only.
  • No modifications of any material are made.

   Do not post the entire contents of a story or article from another website directly into a posting.  If you find a particularly good article or guide you may link to it and / or contact the original author to request authorization to post it to the site.


Multiple Accounts:

   Users found signing up for multiple accounts will have all their accounts banned.  If you have forgotten your password for an account, please let us know and we'll be glad to help restore access to that account.


Third party links:

   Third party links may be included on our site to provide you a better user experience.  These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by 8BitRat Consoles of the contents on such third-party websites.  These linked sites have separate and independent privacy policies.  8BitRat Consoles has no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of linked third-party sites and does not make any representations, either expressed or implied, regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such third-party websites.  Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these linked sites (including if a specific link does not work).


Changes to our Forum Guidelines and Rules:

   8BitRat Consoles may revise these Forum Guidelines and Rules at any time without notice.  You should visit this page periodically to review these Forum Guidelines and Rules.  If you violate any of these Forum Guidelines and Rules, your permission to use the materials contained in this website could be terminate.

   The Forum Guidelines and Rules were last modified on April 13, 2017.


Questions and feedback:

   If you require any more information or have any questions about our Terms and Conditions of Use, please contact us by email at 8BitRat@gmail.com.

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