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Discussion in 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' started by Destiny, Mar 9, 2008.

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  1. Destiny

    Destiny Still Sanity Challenged! Premium Member

    Jun 10, 2004
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    Being new can be a bit overwhelming sometimes, here are some helpful Links, Tips, & Information to help you out and reference back to if you need it, though it maybe overwhelming try to getting familiar with it is all we are asking, Any New updates will be put into other posts on this thread. If you run into problems or questions do not hesitate to PM Smokey or DJRideout.

    FAQ, Annoucements, The QSF Board, The Csifile News, News Discussion Forum, Premium Memberships, Having More than One Account, More Then One Account Reminder!, Name Change Request, Picture Use, Solicitations, Just A Reminder Rule

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    Downloading Discussions: The "Intellectual Property" rule in which it states that you can not discuss, request or link to any material that is downloaded. If you have any Questions or would like further information on this please do not hesitate to ask in the "QSF" (Questions, Suggestions, Feedback) Forum. - As long as it is from a legal site (ie itunes, walmart, etc) being where you pay for the downloads is allowed to be discussed (we ask that you specify or we may think you are talking about a site that is considered illegal (kazaa, Fansites, MIRC, BitTorrent, Usenet, eDonkey or P2P, etc). As T'Bonz has said its evolving so we are taking it one step at a time.

    While there are many people from all around the country, please be aware that this is an English speaking board, a few words in your native language is fine (as long as we can interpret them easily) but otherwise please keep it in English, and if you are not fluent in English don't worry about it, no one is judging you on it, you're spelling or command of word, and if they are please feel free to report it to a moderator in that forum, just remember we all make mistakes sometimes.

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    Posting Discussions: Also adding substance to your responses, more then one line or one word, or alot of smilies, over drama of words or letter, its good to give opinions, other wise it might be considered spamming substance in a thread keeps a good conversation flow, adding in that everyone has the right to their opinions, we ask that you respect that and remember the rules state that you can disagree with someones opinion but you can not attack the poster.
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    As well remember to give URL links a name (not just re-put in the addy) a good descript of the pic will be helpful. Also please only "Showing" pictures from your own site (ie Photobucket, etc.) hotlinking is not allowed Pictures can not carry Adult Content, Swearing, Baiting, Trolling or Flaming in them. If you are new please note that you have to have 100 posts before you can post a picture, until you reach that mark you can use the "URL" link to the picture.

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    But when you dig deeper or speculate on what they have not spoken of or eluded to, that is a line that should not be crossed, because going further then what they have publicly stated is an intrusion of their privacy and not appropriate to discuss.
    Also lets keep discussion of body parts to a limit, there is a point in which you can go to far, this includes naming them as well.

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  2. Destiny

    Destiny Still Sanity Challenged! Premium Member

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    I am just adding this as a temp for those who need to know... for those who want to use the "Linkable URL" there are two ways to do this..

    Picture Posting Size Change:
    see above "Pictures Posting-Hotlinking-Copywriting" topic and you will see it. ;)

    URL Linkable Code by hand [ url=AddyOfPicHere]Name Of Pic Here[ /url]
    Or Click [​IMG] then follow the code to where you put in the name (it will show the addy again) erase the second addy and put in the name.

    How To Link Thumbnail pic to bigger pic, (Just remove the spaces)
    [ url=BigPicAddyHere][​IMG][/url]

    Also you might have noticed, this looks different then the last help guide, we re-did it all links workable, and alot of the info is now set for this board. If you have problems with the new board don't hesitate to PM us or go to the QSF (Questions, Suggestions, Feedback) board.
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  3. Destiny

    Destiny Still Sanity Challenged! Premium Member

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    Anyone looking to write the powers that be of the show, here is who and the address (Thanks to Wojo for the address).

    Carol Mendelsohn (or any other writer or producer)
    Executive Producer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    c/o CSI
    100 Universal City Plaza
    Bldg. 2128 Suite B
    Universal City, CA 91608

    If you don't want to use Snail mail you can go through the CBS website, though I can not Guarentee that they will see it this way, but here is the link. "Feedback"
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    Destiny Still Sanity Challenged! Premium Member

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    Putting this in each new thread can be time consuming so what we are doing is putting it in here and then linking this post in the first post of any new character/actor, etc thread.


    1. Lets remember NOT to post pictures of any kind of future episodes in non spoiler threads, any ep pics must be from those that have already aired, if its an ep night (Thursday) then you have to wait until the last airing (U.S. Time) which would be 1 am (thursday/friday) to discuss or post anything from any new eps. Keep this in mind for the future. Also if you have pics of future eps we have a thread Right Here to post them.

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