Forum Guidelines

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Forum Guidelines

Post #1by selden » 09.11.2004, 00:43

Here are some posting guidelines for the Celestia Forums.

Both guests and registrants are expected to follow these guidelines.

Down at the bottom, I've included a copy of the "Registration Agreement Terms" in case you haven't seen them or have forgotten what they include.


+1 Register with the Forum so you can login.

You don't have to provide any personal information, not even your real name. When you login, though, you'll be able to edit your posts and people who respond will know that they're answering the same person. See Note #1 below.

Clarification added 3-Oct-2006:
| Registration is required in order to post
| messages to the Celestia Forum.

+2 Discuss Celestia!

+3 Be polite to one another.

It's easy to misunderstand what people have written. The primary language used on the Celestia Web forum is English. However, many people who use the Forum do not read or write English very well, especially when it's not their native language.

If someone's posting upsets you, ask if they meant what you think they wrote. Usually, you'll find that they intended something quite different.

Clarification added 3-Oct-2006:
| See also -6 below.

+4 Give credit when you post someone else's artwork, Addon, or writings which you have modified.

+5 Have fun!


Please do not:

-1 Post messages with illegal content.
See Note #2 below.

-2 Post messages that people would find offensive or inflammatory.

Messages that include opinions about politics, religion, sex and similar controversial topics are inappropriate for this forum.

-3 Post "Adult" messages or pictures.
Pornography belongs elsewhere.

-4 Post advertisements for commercial products.
This includes SPAM.

-5 Post messages which invade people's privacy.

For example, if someone has not revealed to the Forum who they are, then you must not do so either. Just because information about them may be available somewhere on the Web does not mean that they would like you mentioning it here.

-6 Respond publicly to inappropriate postings.

If you think someone has posted something inappropriate, please discuss it with them privately or report it to a moderator. Do not reply to them in the Forum.

Clarification added (and clarified) 3-Oct-2006:
| Among other things, this means that you should not write on this Forum
| about the personal failings of people who post to the Forum.
| The Celestia Web Forum is for discussing Celestia.
| The Forum is not for arguing with or about people
| who do not meet with your approval.

Consequences for violating these guidelines:

-- Forum moderators may lock, edit or delete postings which violate these guidelines, usually with an explanation why.

-- People who persistently violate these guidelines may not be allowed to use the Forum again.

-- If illegal activities are involved, appropriate authorities may be notified.



The Celestia Web Forum is hosted in the Russian Federation.
As a result, it must comply with the laws of Russia.

The above no longer applies since the website was moved to Fosshost in mid-2020.

Note #1, a Privacy statement:

We want Celestia and discussions about it to be available to everyone who is interested, no matter what their age might be. As a result, no personally identifiable information is required when registering.

However, the forum software does log the IP address associated with your system, and it may store "cookies" on your computer so it can determine which postings belong to you.

Information which you have provided voluntarily will not intentionally be provided to others without your permission, except when required by law. There are several places on your Profile page where you provide this permission.

Note #2:

Illegal content includes, but is not limited to, threats; libel; copyrighted material that is not yours; passwords for "cracking" software; advocating criminal acts, and other items too numerous to mention here.

Note #3:

Don't forget that the Celestia Forum is a public discussion group. Its contents are not private. It is read by many more people than those who take the time to write. Your words may have more influence than you expect.


Registration Agreement Terms

These terms were changed on 10 August 2016, after the Forum was moved to
By accessing “Celestia: Forums” (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “Celestia: Forums”, “”), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use “Celestia: Forums”. We may change these at any time and we’ll do our utmost in informing you, though it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of “Celestia: Forums” after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.

Our forums are powered by phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “phpBB software”, “”, “phpBB Limited”, “phpBB Teams”) which is a bulletin board solution released under the “GNU General Public License v2” (hereinafter “GPL”) and can be downloaded from The phpBB software only facilitates internet based discussions; phpBB Limited is not responsible for what we allow and/or disallow as permissible content and/or conduct. For further information about phpBB, please see:

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where “Celestia: Forums” is hosted or International Law. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us. The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that “Celestia: Forums” have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should we see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered to being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, neither “Celestia: Forums” nor phpBB shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.


These guidelines were updated:
* December 5, 2004, to clarify some points and to add the registration agreement.
* March 26, 2008, to include the new registration agreement.
* April 20, 2009, to correct a typo in the number for Please do not: item #5 ( -4 --> -5)
* August 10, 2016, to correspond to the Forum's new location.
Last edited by Alexell on 10.08.2016, 11:10, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Forum Guidelines

Post #2by Guckytos » 25.10.2012, 19:24

Because of recent events there are a few additional rules that are now added to the forum:

1. No sockpuppets allowed, anyone suspected to use one or be one will be banned permanently after 1 warning.

2. Only posting of pictures allowed in the Subforum "Celestia Users" that meet the following criteria:
  • high polygon count and details of the model
  • pictures shall show more than a black background with the model
  • if they are low polygon models, they must be original models created by yourself and NOT be from any SciFi series
  • If a model or surface texture that you show is based on someone else's work, remember that they own the copyright to it, you do not. You must provide full attribution: who created the original design, picture or model, where you obtained the design, picture or model (the complete URL or other details), and that you have the creator's permission to use the design, picture or model and to display images of it.
  • If you created the model or surface texture, you must so state.

Forbidden pictures are:
  • pictures with low polygon models of any kind of SciFi series
  • a model before a black background only
  • models or surface textures without full attribution

Anyone found breaching the above rules a certain amount of times will face consequences.

The things listed under point 2 are only a rough guideline at the moment and can or will be changed if there is a good reason provided. Changes can be proposed by forum members.

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Post #3by Anthony_B_Russo10 » 06.04.2021, 03:12

Update as of 2021 due to this being a problem in the past and as a preventative measure, do not necromance posts unless you are the original poster. Only exception to this rule is if the post contains something "meaningful" that warrants then thread being revived.

pedro_jg wrote:Do not bump old topics (a.k.a. necromancing) if they didn't receive new replies for over a year [or whatever time period], unless:
1. You are the original poster of the topic;
2. You state clearly in your post its reason, showing why it wouldn't be better as a thread of its own
Anthony B. Russo, I like Pluto. Mod of the Celestia subreddit:
I have over 40 computers, trying to list them here would be a pain.
Responsible for the NEO catalog:
And mod of the Discord server.

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