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Scioly.org Site Rules

The rules below apply to Scioly.org ("Science Olympiad Student Center" or the "Site") Site-wide, across the Forums, Wiki, Chat, the Test Exchange, any any other pages using the Scioly.org domain (https://scioly.org). Questions about these rules may be directed to the site administrators via private message in the Forums.

  1. No profanity or inappropriate language. This is a message board for a school activity that is meant for both high school and middle school students. Moreover, what you say on this site may be seen by parents, coaches, and/or tournament officials.
  2. Posts should have a legitimate purpose. Users should not post two word replies, personal attacks, malicious rumors, or advertisement for a paid service.
  3. We respect your right to disagree, but personal arguments should be conducted personally and not on a public forum.
  4. Use good judgment when deciding what content to leave in and take out. As a general rule of thumb: "When in doubt, leave it out."
  5. Signatures are a privilege, not a right. If people start using signatures that are too large, global restrictions will be put into effect.
  6. Please refrain from making your views (or another user's views) on religion or the lack thereof a point of discussion on the Site.
  7. Do not violate Science Olympiad Inc. copyrights. Scioly.org is not a place to get the rules, official rules changes, or FAQs; rather Scioly.org is a place to ask questions and share ideas.
  8. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in a warning and repeated misuse of the Forums, Wiki, Test Exchange, or other parts of the Site could result in a temporary or permanent ban.

Scioly.org Chat Rules

Scioly.org Chat ("Chat") is a service accessible through applications made available by Discord. Scioly.org Chat encompasses both actions within the Scioly.org Discord Server (Discord Server ID: 698306997287780363) and actions across Discord that affect user experiences within the Scioly.org Discord Server (e.g. changing an account status, which appears in any servers of which you are a member). By using Discord, you agree to the Discord Terms of Service, and by using Scioly.org Chat, you agree to the contents of this section, a portion of which may also be found within the #rules channel of the Scioly.org Discord Server.

This Scioly.org Discord Server ("Server") is an inclusive space for all people of Science Olympiad. To help create an environment that is welcoming for everyone, please review our Server rules below.

  1. Treat all users with respect.
  2. No profanity or inappropriate language, content, or links.
  3. Treat delicate subjects delicately. When discussing religion, politics, instruments, or other similar topics, please remain objective and avoid voicing strong opinions.
  4. Do not spam or flood (an excessive number of messages sent within a short timespan).
  5. Avoid intentional repeating pinging of other users (saying another user’s name).
  6. Avoid excessive use of caps, which constitutes yelling and is disruptive.
  7. Never name-drop (using a real name without permission) or dox another user.
  8. No witch-hunting (requests of kicks or bans for other users).
  9. While you are not required to use your Scioly.org username as your nickname for this Server, please avoid assuming the username of or otherwise impersonating another active user.
  10. Do not use multiple accounts within this Server, unless specifically permitted. A separate @Tournament account may be operated alongside a personal account.
  11. Do not violate Science Olympiad Inc. copyrights. In accordance with the Scioly.org Resource Policy, all sharing of tests on Scioly.org t occur in the designated Test Exchanges. Do not solicit test trades on this Server.
  12. Do not advertise other servers or paid services with which you have an affiliation.
  13. Use good judgment when deciding what content to leave in and take out. As a general rule of thumb: "When in doubt, leave it out."

Violations of these rules may result in warnings, kicks, or serious cases, bans, the length of which will be decided by the moderation team.

Scioly.org Resource Policy

Scioly.org ("Science Olympiad Student Center" or the "Site") supports the concept of freely and openly sharing resources so that users of the Site may benefit from their contents. In order to maintain an environment of collaboration without placing undue value on such resources, users are asked to follow these policies:

  1. All sharing of tests on Scioly.org must occur in designated areas ("Test Exchanges"). Currently, this is limited to the Test Exchange, the Wiki, and sponsored events such as Scioly Summer Study Session (SSSS).
  2. No solicitation for test trades on any part of the Site, including the Forums, Wiki, and Chat.
  3. Advertising of external sites or services primarily used for the trading of Science Olympiad resources is prohibited, and shall be treated as any other advertisement for a service per Scioly.org Site Rules: Section 2.
  4. Materials published by Science Olympiad, Inc. are under copyright and must not be uploaded to the site or submitted through any form of test sharing. Please see the Science Olympiad, Inc. Copyright Notice.
  5. Any full test sets from the current season (between the most recent release of rules and the end of the national tournament) to be posted on any of the Test Exchanges must have received approval for publishing by the tournament director of their respective tournament before sharing.
  6. All tests submitted to the various Test Exchanges are subject to takedown requests by the directors of the tournaments at which those tests were given.

By using rules and any materials published by Science Olympiad, Inc., you agree to their terms of use, which apply on Scioly.org ("Science Olympiad Student Center" or the "Site"). Scioly.org cannot be held responsible for your misuse of Science Olympiad, Inc. materials through this Site.

Scioly.org policy dictates that our users are not to violate Science Olympiad Inc. copyrights. As such, follow this general guide for all Science Olympiad rules, including both official and draft versions of Science Olympiad rules ("Science Olympiad Rules").

  1. No screenshots, partial/full scans, or pictures of national Science Olympiad rules (draft or final) may be posted, uploaded, or requested on Scioly.org under any circumstances. You cannot legally upload or republish the material here. However, rules may be linked from their original source (e.g. soinc.org) or quoted (with limitations, see below).
  2. When quoting rules, limit your posts to one line of rules, preferably paraphrased (but with attribution to Science Olympiad Rules). Direct quoting should be limited to issues regarding the phrasing or intent of Science Olympiad Rules.
  3. If you must refer to something larger than one line from Science Olympiad Rules, you should simply refer to the appropriate section number, subsection number, and/or line number (e.g. 2.a., 2.b., and 2.c.).
  4. Violations of these rules will result in bans or warnings assessed to your account, depending on how egregious the violation is.

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This page was last modified on October 5, 2020. Policies are effective immediately.