Backstage Community Guidelines


Backstage forums are for holding civil, evidence-based discussion. Do not post disingenuously or in an inflammatory manner for the sole purpose of upsetting others. Negative commentary and minority opinions are not frowned upon, but members are expected to be able to substantiate their positions. At the same time, do not derail threads around yourself or attempt to respond to every single reaction among dozens after posting a comment that is reacted to severely en masse.

A. Language

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use Backstage to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. Sexual, racial, or ethnic slurs will not be tolerated in any form and are ground for banning after the first offense. Although Backstage has members from all over the world, discussion is to be held in English unless otherwise designated.

B. Images

Images of a sexual or profane nature are discouraged. Outside of this, common sense and a "safe-for-work" rule should be the primary considerations. Do not spam meme images or any other image macro. Avatar images should be static and entirely "G-rated" and family-friendly.

C. Copyrighted Material

Full transcriptions of articles and whole or partially-scanned images (e.g. magazine scans) are prohibited. Standard fair-use policies apply, and sources should always be attributed.

D. Piracy

Linking to pirate download sites and directions on how to get pirated media are all strictly prohibited. Any violations of this policy will be grounds for banning after the first offense.

E. Self-Promotion and Spam

The creation of new threads promoting a product or service you have any involvement in, or paste PR materials for promotional purposes. If an existing discussion is taking place directly involving something you are associated with, you may participate in order to answer questions, clarify details, and otherwise engage with the community, but as a person, not an advertisement.

Moderation Policy

A. All decisions with regards to thread closure and movement, permanent and temporary bans, membership, and any other relevant issues are made by the Backstage administration alone and are final. That being said, constructive criticisms and suggestions are welcome, provided they are directed to Backstage administration via e-mail ( Do not dispute administrative policy or action within the forum itself.

B. Considering the real-time nature of Backstage, it is impossible for us to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Backstage LLC or any entity associated with it. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email ( We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

C. Although we cannot review every messages posted, and are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to edit or delete any message for any reason. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold Backstage LLC harmless with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

D. We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you), typically in (but not limited to) the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

These aforementioned Terms of Service are subject to change at any time without notification.