global.domains strives to approach and resolve every situation with professionalism, logic, and common sense. If you’re ever in doubt about how a particular situation will be handled, you can often arrive at the answer by employing those same principles.
There is not a specific rule for everything. In situations where a rule does not exist, we will rely on our fundamental standards and principles. This is necessary because it would be impractical to cover every possible scenario, and an exhaustive rule book would be intimidating, difficult to remember, and counterproductive. Instead, the rules highlight the things that have proven to be the most necessary to maintain a fair and balanced community environment.
Contact us if you have any questions about rules or anything else.
1. General (»)
1.1. Do not spam or engage in self-promotion outside of the designated promotional sections (e.g., you may share discounts in Domain Coupons) and permitted threads (i.e., discussions or reviews about an entity that you represent). Rule 1.15 applies. Exceptions are made for paid ads. Tip: Ads can be posted for free in the Promotional section.
1.2. Be professional, tactful, and constructive at all times, including with your username and profile picture. Do not intentionally disrespect, harass, threaten, attack, instigate, insult, antagonize, or be aggressive toward others.
1.3. Abstain from using excessive or aggressive profanity in your writing.
1.4. Do not post any unowned or improperly licensed intellectual property.
1.5. Do not post anything suggestive, inquisitive, or critical of global.domains (e.g., policy, staff, or moderator activity: infractions, content approval, edited/deleted posts, etc.) except in the designated Help Desk area (e.g., in the private support or public feedback sections).
1.7. Explicit adult content is prohibited in all public areas and must be in the designated area for Adult content.
1.8. Instructions from global.domains staff must be followed the same as specific rules.
1.9. Do not engage in or promote illegal, fraudulent, or deceptive activities, such as bait-and-switch or conning (e.g., requesting a paid appraisal before purchasing an item is not allowed).
1.10 Do not intentionally misrepresent information (e.g., lie), mislead others (e.g., post in the same thread using multiple accounts), or manipulate (e.g., refresh a page solely to increase views).
1.12. Duplicate content is forbidden unless quoted or made clear it is copied, used within reason, and applicable to where it’s posted. Duplicate content includes writing or sharing the same content in multiple places on global.domains, posting content that has been copied from other websites, etc. Rule 1.27 applies.
1.13. Consolidate your posts and threads on the same topic into a single open thread (or post) where possible. This is mandatory for most open marketplace listings. Tip: “Open” means that it can receive replies.
1.14. Do not make noncontributory posts/threads or artificially inflate your post count (“post pad”):
- Do not unnecessarily post multiple times in a single discussion in a short period of time, sometimes called instant messaging (instead, take your time before posting so that all relevant content can be grouped together within a minimum amount of posts). Exceptions are made where reasonable (e.g., edit time limits have passed or each reply is dedicated to a different member’s post).
- Only post comments and questions that are relevant to the topic and contribute to the discussion (e.g., posting a single word like “bump” is not contributory; instead, post a short question or unique comment to encourage new activity in a thread).
- Needlessly short and noncontributory posts are not allowed. Exceptions may be made in select sections like Domain Name Requests, Meet and Greet (Networking), Domain Industry News, global.domains Blog comments, Domain Chat, and Domain Name Sales unless the thread indicates that it’s not allowed in that particular thread.
- Exception: Only global.domains staff may post a noncontributory bump in someone else’s thread, such as when a new thread is hidden temporarily (e.g., awaiting approval) and experiences a decrease in visibility.
- Note: The topic of a page is determined primarily by its title (and sometimes secondarily or refined by its first post/message); subsequent posts (even by the topic’s creator) do not change the topic. If a topic’s creator changes the title or first post/message within the edit time limits, then previous posts/messages will be unaffected and the new topic will apply moving forward only.
><(((('>) in titles except where unavoidable (e.g., they’re necessary to write internationalized domain name/s and currency symbols in price/s). This rule does not apply to posts or messages. Example: “Let’s discuss the smiley face IDN: .com (punycode: xn--74h.com)” is an allowed title. An exception may be made if it’s a single character or two, at the end of the title, used infrequently, and relevant to the title (e.g., the golfer emoji at the end of a title about golfing ).
source's name“). Citation often includes a link back to the original page or the home page of the original source. An exception may be made if the user is the owner of the content (e.g., the author of the article).
insuranceand sold for $XX,XXX”) in the same thread (not limited to 1 showcase thread but rule 1.13 applies).