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Musician's Forum Rules and Guidelines

Welcome to the Musician's forum! The Musician's forum is intended for musicians of all levels, from students to virtuosos, as well as people who want to pick up an instrument, equipment for your next gig, or your pathway to double-tonguing. Share your orchestra experiences and make a few friends! Discover an artist on their way to stardom. Welcome!

As a member, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the forum's rules before posting. Posting in this forum implies that you read and understand the rules and guidelines and that you accept responsibility for the appropriateness of your thread or post.

  1. Introduction
  2. General Posting Guidelines
  3. Rules & Guidelines for Posting in the Musician's Forum
  4. How to Report
General Posting Rules

Please be sure to follow the Terms of Service and Rules and Guidelines here, as in all forums.

Common violations to avoid:

  • Spamming: Spamming is posting anything which is nonsensical, has no discussion value or is unrelated to the topic at hand. This includes posts like "tl;dr," picture responses that contribute nothing to the topic at hand, and other irrelevance. Spam is only allowed in the Chatterbox, so please make sure that when you post, it has some relevance to the forum or thread.

  • Flaming: Abuse of other users on Gaia is forbidden by the Terms of Service. You should never post abusive or insulting messages on the forums - this includes phrases such as "GTFO" or "you fail," which are both irrelevant and insulting. Instead, offer constructive critique as requested by the original poster. Critique past the acceptable level will be considered flaming. See the critique guidelines in the third post for more information.

  • Trolling: Trolling is deliberately posting with the intention of disrupting other users enjoyment of the site, or provoking other users in to argument/response. Trolling is not acceptable conduct for the forum and may result in a ban.

Terms of Service violations may result in a warning or a ban on your account.

If you find Terms of Service violations, or threads that may need moved to a different forum, please use an appropriate report. The procedures for doing so can be found here.

You can find online moderators by following the "View Forum Moderators" link at the top of the forum.

Gaia Staff will NEVER ask for your password! If anyone asks you for your password, report it.
Rules & Guidelines for Posting in the Musician's Forum

What can I post here?
  • Discuss performance of:
    • School musical groups (please direct school musicals to the Performing arts forum )
    • Personal recitals
    • Your band

  • Instrument discussion, including:
    • Seeking advice for your instrument
    • Purchasing an instrument
    • Exceptions:
      • "What instrument do you play" or "Post pics of your instrument!" threads belong in the sticky at the top of the forum.
      • "All guitarists come here!" threads - These threads are considered spam and will be moved to the Chatterbox.

  • Your music, including:
    • Your compositions (can be audio/video or sheet music)
    • Your band's music, including covers. This may be a "Myspace" music page if you'd like.
(Please make sure that any sites hosting your music are safe and appropriate for you and your viewers! No torrents!)

  • Seeking help on music, including:
    • Help with music theory (NOT homework help!)
    • Help writing music
    • Searching for inspiration/ideas - Please add some specifics. Don't just post "I need ideas."

  • Tech discussion:
    • Recording hardware/software
    • Performance equipment
    • Exceptions:

What doesn't belong here?
  • Discussing your favorite/disliked bands/artists. Take that to the Music Forum
  • Posting lyrics? Take that to the Original Poetry/Lyrics Forum
  • Look on the first page or two before you post! See a post like yours? Don't repeat! Repeat threads will be moved to the Recycle Bin!
  • "What instrument do you play?" and "Post your pics!" threads are not allowed. Please use the sticky at the top of the forum.
  • "Funniest/dirtiest thing you've seen in the band/orchestra/chorus room/bus!" topics are not appropriate musical discussion, and therefore belong in the Chatterbox Forum
  • "The Clarinet/Guitar/etc. thread!" is not appropriate for the forum, as it becomes more of a hangout thread, which belongs in the Friends Chat Forum. You can also make a guild in the Guilds Forum. If you have a specific issue with the clarinet/guitar/etc., please make a singular thread for that.
  • Links to illegal downloads, including music, software, or other pirated material

Old topics: Please do not discuss these.These topics will be Recycled as spam.
  • Instrument A is not better/harder than instrument B.
  • Marching band is a sport to some people and not to others. It doesn't matter; do not let what someone else says diminish your accomplishments.
  • Instrument jokes: we've all heard them, and once is enough.
  • "I want Bleach/Naruto/Final Fantasy/Barney sheet music!" Please use a search engine to try to find the item you are looking for. If it exists, you'll most likely find it that way. Looking for a classical piece? Some is still under copyright laws, and cannot legally be distributed. Asking for such music breaks Gaia's Terms of Service.

Can I bump?
Limited bumping is allowed in this forum, but please refrain from bumping if your thread is still on the first page of the forum. Bumping excessively can result in your posts or your thread being removed and possibly a warning for spam. Please don't bump in other people's threads--if you don't have something relevant to add like a comment on what they are promoting, please don't post at all.

Critique Guidelines:
Not everyone is a professional musician in the Musician's Forum. When they post their work, they are looking for feedback and constructive criticism. Posts like "u suck" or "You make babies cry" is not appropriate or appreciated, and can be considered abuse. Remember that there are people behind the avatars, and please resist the urge to hurt their feelings. If you feel that you're in a place to judge a user's work, please act with the maturity that that position dictates. Thank you.

Technical aspects of music:
Technology is a part of music. For some people, a computer is their instrument. In that sense, technology is allowed to be discussed in the forum. If you want to know about music equipment or software (composing, recording, performing, etc.), this is a fine place to ask. If you have a problem with your software, please take the discussion to the Computers and Technology Forum.
How to Report

Abuse of the report system will result in a warning or ban of your account.

Report a Post

Use the User Image button when an individual post in a topic contains inappropriate content.

    Reasons to Report a Post:

    • The content of the post violates the Terms of Service or forum rules.

    • The content of the post is off-topic.

    • The member who made the post has a signature which violates the rules.

Report a Topic

Use the Report this Topic button at the bottom of the page when a topic is not appropriate for the forum.

    Reasons to Report a Topic:

    • The topic violates the Terms of Service or forum rules.

    • The topic is in the wrong forum and should be moved to a more appropriate forum.

If you need to contact a moderator via Private Message, please use the "View Forum Moderator" link at the top of this forum to find a moderator.

Report Hacking, Scamming or Abuse & Harassment?

The Hacking, Scamming and Abuse or Harassment report forms can be found at the bottom of the forum index. When submitting a report, ensure that you fill out all fields and include as much relevant information as possible.

    Report A Hacking
    Use this form to report a Hacking. Hacking, on Gaia Online, refers to the unauthorized access of an account by someone other than the account owner. In most typical hacking cases, an unauthorized person enters an account which does not belong to him or her and takes items or gold from the account, often changing the account information so that the original owner can no longer access his or her account.

    Report A Scamming
    Use this form to report a Scamming. Scamming is when another member of Gaia takes your gold or items, or tries to take your gold or items, by making false promises of giving you rare items, get-rich-quick schemes, or by any other deceptive means. Scamming generally involves a situation in which two members of Gaia make an arrangement to trade gold, items, or a Gaia approved service (e.g. avatar art commission) with each other and then one of the parties involved in the arrangement fails to live up to his or her promise of an exchange.

    Report Abuse or Harassment
    Use this form to report ongoing Abuse or Harassment. If you are reporting harassment or abuse that is occurring directly in a thread, please use the "Report This Post" button instead.

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