Level1Techs wants to welcome everyone to our forum, no matter who they are, what they believe in, or where they are from. Unfortunately due to the nature of the internet we have a set of rules we must follow to ensure our community is at its best. We also have a FAQ if you have any questions. If you have a question or concern that is not covered here, feel free to message the moderators via the @moderators group.

1. No NSFW Content

Although discussion and sharing of potentially sensitive content is allowed (e.g. news, history, et cetera), content that is Not Safe For Work is not allowed. This content includes, but is not limited to, nudity, graphic sexual content, gore, violence, and other potentially disturbing matter.

2. No Illegal Content

Posting, advocating for, or linking to content considered illegal in the United States is forbidden.

Examples are pirated material, copyrighted works for which the user does not have the rights to republish, instructions to create illegal substances, and similar.

3. No Impersonation or Doxing

Impersonation of any user or staff member is not tolerated. Likewise doxing of any user or staff member is not tolerated.

4. No Discrimination of Any Kind

Discrimination of any kind is not tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

5. No Spam, Advertising, or Self-Promotion

This forum is owned, managed, and maintained by Level1Techs. Spam, advertisements, and self-promotion with the intention of making revenue off of clicks, affiliate links, advertisements, or products will be removed unless posted with explicit permission by staff. Links to Patreon, Kofi, affiliate sites, or other varieties of revenue creation are limited to Trust Level 3 or above unless with explicit permission by staff and must be called out as having financial implications for the poster.

6. No Alternate Accounts

Alternate accounts cause more issues than they solve, as such “alts” are not allowed. Name changes may be allowed at staff discretion.

7. Keep Discussion Civil

We realize that there are passionate people in the world, but we must remember to attack problems, not people. Flaming, baiting, harassment, or trolling with intentional malice is not appropriate. Please see this page by the Charles Koch Institute for a good summation of civil discourse.

Promoting violence, abuse, rape, suicide, or other harmful acts is explicitly prohibited.

8. Mega Threads Need Focus

Things get lost, buried, and hidden in mega threads. If a user would like to start a mega thread they must ensure that it has a focused core topic, not an all-encompassing idea.

An example of the former would be a thread on a specific CPU architecture, whereas the latter would be a thread on all CPUs in general.

9. Hot Button Topics and Posts Must Be Relevant to Forum Topics

Topics that are considered hot button , such as politics and religion, are only allowed when it’s pertinent to other topics regularly discussed on the forum. An example of this would be tech privacy legislation.

Historically, a lot of hot button threads have resulted in antagonism between users. With that in mind, please try to present any such topic in as much of a balanced way as you can, and bring any aggressive behaviour to the attention of moderators using the flag button or via a PM. Discussion of these topics is typically heavily monitored, and anyone who forgets general decency will receive a warning/ban.

If you want to post a news story without giving it context, please add it to this thread.

Historically these threads and posts have pushed people away from Level1Techs, with that in mind it has been decided to designate a spot that will facilitate these discussions without interfering with those that want no part in them.

10. Off Topic/Low Effort Posts May Be Removed

As much fun as it is to drop a post with no meaning in a thread, these posts serve no real purpose and may be removed if they detract from the conversation at hand. If a user would like to relax and chat they should visit the forum Lounge or the official Discord.

11. Necroing Threads May Result In Thread Closure

Necros are considered posts bumping a thread older than 6 months. Unless the intended post is directly pertinent to the topic it is recommended to create a new thread.

12. Categories May Have Additional Rules

Certain categories may have additional rules that apply. These rules will be pinned to the top of the respective categories and users should understand them before posting.

[ Buy/Sell/Trade | Off Topic ]

13. Have Fun!

Or don’t, I’m not your boss.


Moderators and staff reserve the right to utilize their resources as necessary. Posts and threads may be moved, merged, or deleted when required. Accounts may be suspended, banned, or deleted when required.

First time offenders will receive a warning. Second time offenders will receive a temporary suspension. Third time offenders will be banned indefinitely. Depending on the severity of the situation steps may be skipped. Trying to skirt the rules may result in being treated as breaking the rules.

Moderators are people too, so when in doubt, just ask.

Rules last updated: 18 January 2021


If users have any questions or suggestions regarding rules, feel free to present them in separate thread in community category, or PMing Moderators about it. Thank you.