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Terms of Service

Full Terms of Service can be found here.

Additional Community Rules are included with the TOS Summary below.

Terms of Service Summary and Community Rules

IMPORTANT: Detailed rules about forbidden adult content can be found here: https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/adult-content-forbidden-on-bigfooty.1217142/

The providers ("we", "us", "our") of the service provided by this web site ("Service") are not responsible for any user-generated content and accounts. Content submitted express the views of their author only.

This Service is only available to users who are at least 13 years old. If you are younger than this, please do not register for this Service. If you register for this Service, you represent that you are this age or older.

All content you submit, upload, or otherwise make available to the Service ("Content") may be reviewed by staff members. All Content you submit or upload may be sent to third-party verification services (including, but not limited to, spam prevention services). Security is never guaranteed - do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential.

You agree to not use the Service to submit or link to any Content which:

  • is dangerous to health, anti-vax, Covid denial etc,
  • is hateful, including sympathetic discussion of far-right/neo-Nazi tropes,
  • misinformation or disinformation,
  • defamatory,
  • threatening,
  • abusive,
  • bigotry,
  • likely to offend,
  • is spam or spam-like,
  • contains adult or objectionable content,
  • risks copyright infringement,
  • encourages unlawful activity (including illegal drug use, buying, selling etc),
  • or otherwise violates any laws,
  • or contains personal information of others,

You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content or your conduct, including any material posted under your account - Do not share your password with others.

We may remove or modify any Content submitted at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. We may terminate your access to all or any part of the Service at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. You retain copyright over the Content.

These terms may be changed at any time without notice.

If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register or use the Service. Use of the Service constitutes acceptance of these terms. If you wish to close your account, please contact us.

Specific BigFooty.com Rules

Updated May 2019 by Chief.

The Commandments of BigFooty

Breaking these rules can lead to anything from a warning with no other consequences, a ban from a single thread, a single board, or a temporary or permanent suspension of your account.

If you are not sure of a rule, please ask.

These rules are very flexible... in our favour. Don't invent new and interesting ways to get around them. If we think you are messing with the site, its users, their threads or moderators your account will be banned or suspended.

AFL Board: We like to keep it a bit more straight-laced on the main AFL board so everyone can have a go. Trolling and flame-baiting is treated less kindly by mods on this board. But don't be too sensitive about negative opinions of your team or players.

Bay 13: This board is for general trolling and good-natured banter with other footy supporters. Enjoy yourself but you can still get pulled up if you go over the top. Lots of memes and local etiquette to get your head around. Don't take anything seriously. Don't use it as a board to bully and harass other users.

  1. Chief loves you.
  2. Don't be a pest.
    • Remember these are real people you are talking to. Don't bait or provoke negative responses.
    • Likewise, don't feed trolls. Report posts instead of taking the bait.
    • Don't create new sock-puppet user accounts just to back yourself up in an argument or bully other people.
    • Publicly complaining about, ranting over and criticising moderators and their actions is not accepted. Take it up with the moderator privately, then with Admins if you still have a problem. Contact Admins on this form or via email directly.
    • Insults like retard, tard (and its many variations), mong and spastic are particularly repugnant to many moderators.
    • Club boards are places for club supporters to gather. Respect the team and its supporters when you visit. Reacting to posts is useful for users to rate posts without needing to post "good post" and "LOL" messages. But running rampant through opposing club boards liking and laugh-reacting to negative posts - on your own or as part of a group - is a form of trolling and disrespect of the club on their own board. Specially after a bad loss or at a sensitive time for that club.
    • Don't be a cyberstalker: Respect other people. Lifting social media content and posting it in threads, following people around from board to board to hassle them, contacting, mentioning, and @'ing them when they have made it clear they do not wish to engage with you, it's all just weird. Don't do that.
  3. Don't be a spammer.
    • Posts with the sole aim of directing traffic to other sites are not allowed, whether commercial or non-commercial.
    • This includes drumming up readers for your own blog or other online content - post the full content of your own stuff with a link, and only in a relevant thread.
    • Posting the same thread across multiple boards is also not allowed.
    • Our general test is to ask whether the user is here to partake in the community, which is good, or to get traffic for their own site or product, which is bad.
    • If in doubt, just ask.
  4. Don't be a stalker.
    • This includes tracking down and posting social media images, names, addresses and so on.
    • Exceptions will include information for contacting firms, government departments and politicians through their publicly listed details.
  5. No illegal content; respect copyright owners.
    • No hacks, torrents, file swapping, or requesting of same from us or other users.
    • No illegal match video or audio streams, or requesting of same from us or other users.
    • Articles from other sites should be limited to a relevant paragraph or two and a link to the source.
    • No drug use talk or similar. You might get away with contextual mentions or relevant discussion about laws or a scandal, but otherwise leave it out. Find more information about this rule here.
  6. No sexually suggestive content, swearing, bikini and lingerie images, racist material, gore and injuries etc.
    • We have readers from all walks of life, accessing the site from home and work. Be considerate.
    • Don't quote posts with this content in it. You are just making it worse. Report the content using the REPORT button.
    • We also have advertisers who apply rules about where their ads can be displayed. More details of forbidden content can be found here.
  7. Don't break the site or do anything that interferes with normal use of the site.
    • Using scripts or bots to scrape content or hammer our database, like posts and so on is forbidden.
    • Don't manipulate or beg for likes to get your post on the home page.
  8. Don't be a whinger.
    • Mods don't get everything right all the time. Different boards have some local policy and rule variations.
    • If you get a warning or a suspension don't fly off the handle. You'll only get yourself in deeper.
    • Open a Private Conversation with the board moderators, make your case clearly and respectfully, and you will be listened to. Chuck a tanty and you might get the flick.
    • Creating new user accounts to get around bans or restrictions WILL increase your suspension or get you booted off the site.
    • If you are not happy with your response from a moderator, contact Admin here.
  9. Keep in mind rules in regards to your avatars. Signatures are hard limited to a max of four lines of maximum Size 4 text. Don't make your sig overly big or bright, it interrupts the flow of discussion.
  10. For Premium Members: Your financial support is appreciated but does not entitle you to special treatment if you break the rules. Your membership fee is not refundable if your account is banned.

All warnings (also called 'infractions') attract points.

Infractions: Warning: 0 points; Minor: 1 point; Mid: 3 points; Serious: 5 points.

If you accumulate enough points in a 12 month period you will lose privileges:

5 points - 1 week account suspension.
10 points - 2 weeks account suspension
15 points - 3 weeks account suspension
20 points - Your time is up. Permanent ban.

You can see how many current Warning Points you have in the left column of Your Profile page.

Day Off: Mods can also suspend your account for a day if they think you just need a day off to cool down.

Thread Bans: You can be banned from a thread for a day up to permanently if you're making a nuisance of yourself, derailing the thread and so on.

How do moderators decide on infractions?

First up - a moderator considers whether your post caused any harm. If the moderator thinks it did, they look at:

  • Intent. Trolling? Simple annoyance? Attention seeking? Just a contrary position?
  • Severity of the action/content itself. A bit salty vs Porn pictures? General talk vs directed at an individual?
  • Trouble caused - Context? Was it reported or just spotted by a mod? Did it derail a thread? Is it generally toxic to the community? Inciting an immediate flame war vs long-term, incrementally bad for the board?
  • History of the poster. Known troll or flame-baiter? Known feuds with other members?

We think this is a fair process, but we know people have different views. Admin will try to mediate if there is a disagreement.

Board Rules Rule

Some boards have slight variations of these rules (e.g. allowing mild swear words in context). It is better to ask permission than seek forgiveness, because some moderators aren't all that forgiving.

Final Say

The administrators and moderators reserve the right to remove or alter your posts and threads at any time for any reason. We also reserve the right to suspend, restrict or completely block your user account at any time for any reason.

If you don't receive a reason or notification of an action please ask.

When you see something that isn't right.

To report an objectionable post to a moderator, use the "report post" link under each post.

Rule Changes

These rules are subject to change without notice. Please check this page on a regular basis for changes, additions and deletions.

By registering you agree to abide by these rules.