Tom's Guide Official Community Rules

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Apr 1, 2019
Official Community Rules

Welcome to the Tom's Guide forums!

Thanks so much for taking the time to hang out with us today. It’s incredibly important to us to have the kind of community that works together to keep things on track. After all, we’re in this together. With your help and support we can build something truly incredible!

Using these forums means you’ve read the rules and have agreed to be held to these standards.

Click here to learn some helpful forum tips and best practices.
  • These forums are for the discussion of consumer technology. Posts that derail from this topic, or attempt to steer the conversation to matters of religion, politics, or other unrelated topics will be removed.
  • Do not harass, attack, or demean other forum users, including official staff. Disagreement is welcome, but different points of view can coexist without anyone resorting to personal attacks.
    • This includes accusations that staff are paid by third parties for their content. Any sponsored articles are clearly marked. All other content is the opinion of the author.
  • Hate speech is not permitted. Posting hate speech will result in an immediate permanent ban.
  • Manipulating forum features such as trophies, direct messages, quotes, time outs, bans, or any other aspects of the forum will result in a permanent ban.
  • Don’t derail any forum discussions using vulgarity, spamming, bumping your own posts, going off topic, or using other means.
  • Don’t use our forums as a tool to promote your own personal products or services. Trying to drive our readers to third party sites will result in such posts being edited or deleted.
    • Spam posts will result in an immediate and permanent ban.
  • Promoting or describing any illegal or illicit activity is prohibited. We will not allow the discussion of cracking encryption, piracy, or any other illegal conduct in our forums.
  • Do not impersonate others in these forums. This could be another user, an influencer, a staff member, or any other person/organization.
  • Linking to files which contain viruses or malware will result in a permanent ban.
  • Do not discuss moderator action, or attempt to re-open removed or locked threads. Removed or locked threads were removed for a reason; please do not attempt to re-open them by creating new threads.
    • Email if you wish to appeal a suspension, or if you have questions about the forum rules.
  • Don’t create multiple accounts for the forum. Using secondary accounts to bump your posts, or create the illusion of an ongoing discussion is not allowed.
  • If you post a problem and find the solution or an appropriate fix yourself it is appropriate to post the solution. However, you should not award yourself a Best Answer trophy.
  • Never publicly post personally identifying information, such as your email address or phone number, and do not ask others for their personal information.
  • Posts on these forums should be written in English. You are free to use Google Translate or any similar tool to make posts, as needed.
Appealing a Time-out or Ban

We will not allow public posts to discuss action taken by Moderators. If you wish to appeal any official warnings, time outs, or bans, please email

So we can handle your appeal as quickly as possible, please include the following info whenever you contact our team.
  • Username on the forums
  • Include the phrase "Tom's Guide Forum Appeal" in the email subject line for easier tracking.
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