Our goal at Progressive Ears is to provide an enjoyable, enlightening experience for all of our members. We seek to transcend the mediocrity, chaos, bickering, and excess emotion that is so typical on other Internet forums. The rules listed below are intended to support this goal.

The owners and moderators of this web site will do what is necessary to protect the integrity and objectives of the site. This includes enforcing the rules in the spirit of our best ability and judgment. In this spirit we will delete messages, move threads to the appropriate forum, and ban offenders.

  1. Be respectful. The screen name you are talking to is a real person. Treat others as if they were sitting across the table from you.

  2. This is a music forum. It is not a forum for expressing your views on politics, religion, race, sexual orientation, or any other sensitive subjects. There are literally thousands of forums on the Internet for those topics - and this is not one of them.

  3. This is not a forum for trading illegal copies of copyrighted materials, unreleased live shows, promoting unlawful downloads, etc. The only trading that is allowed is trading of legal, original copies of released works.

  4. Be pertinent. Friendship and camaraderie are encouraged, but please avoid an excess of personal messages in the discussion forum. Use private messages and the chat room instead.

  5. Please enlighten us with your positive views. It is unnecessary and destructive to tell us about music you hate. Do not start threads about music you don't like and do not post confrontational messages to threads about music you don't like. Feel free to express negative opinions as long as they are enlightening and respectful of the tastes of others, and in the spirit of critical debate. The moderators will not mediate inter-personal arguments. If you feel that any member is bullying or being consistently confrontational, you must use the "ignore" feature.

  6. Please moderate your language. Expletives may occasionally add value in getting your point across but are generally unnecessary. Please avoid excess.

  7. Be honest. Multiple ID's and other forms of deception are not allowed at Progressive Ears..

  8. Do not use the forum exclusively to promote yourself or the artists you represent. Self-promotion is occasionally acceptable only by those who post regularly and on topic. Self-promotional messages may be moved to the Off-Topic forum at the moderators' discretion. Spam will be regulated at the moderators' discretion.

  9. The Main forum is for directly sharing information about progressive music and artists. The Off-Topic forum is for other music, and for occasional posts for community announcements and arts related subjects. Think of it as a progressive music magazine - in which the cover items are posted on the front cover (the main board), and other news, community items, and classified ads are relegated to the back of the magazine (the Off-Topic section). We will be fairly liberal about the content we allow in the Off-Topic forum, but w ill delete messages that add no value to the Progressive Ears community. Threads occasionally meander off their original subject - and in these cases, and when threads are posted in the incorrect location, they will be deleted, sent to the Private Messages forum, closed, or moved to the appropriate forum at the moderators’ discretion.

  10. Abuse of others in the chat room or in private messages, or using private messages specifically for blatant self promotion or spam, or using Progressive Ears to broadcast non-music-related spam of any sort, will not be tolerated and will lead to loss of privileges.

  11. Progressive Ears has provided the ability to post pictures and YouTube videos. If the picture has nothing to do with music, it should not be posted here. Pornographic, political, religious, or pictures that are offensive in any other way will not be permitted. In particular, pornographic pictures will be grounds for dismissal. Use this as your guideline: You should be able to view posted pictures in the average family or business environment without raising eyebrows. Do not include pictures in your signature, and please restrict the size of the pictures you post to a maximum of around 400 pixels across.

Legal Disclaimer

We make no representation about the suitability or accuracy of statements or data on this site. All content is provided "as is" without any warranty, expressed or implied. We shall not be liable for any damages caused by the use of content on this site or any of its affiliated sites. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or validity of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message and not necessarily the views of the owners of this web site.

We reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason at all. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this site with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your messages.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this site 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. You agree not to post any copyrighted material for which you are not the owner or authorized agent of the owner of the copyright.

You retain ownership of any of your own material you cause to be published at this web site, including, but not limited to, posts, images, lyrics, sound recordings, musical diagrams, news articles, reviews, and interviews, but you grant to the owners of this web site an unlimited license to use such material within this web site in any non-commercial manner they deem appropriate.

We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of legal action arising from any message posted by you. Please see the Privacy Policy for more information about your privacy.

Image Guidelines:
Please respect your fellow members by not uploading objectionable images. We will remove images we deem to be offensive (including off-topic advertising).
  1. Images must be in JPEG (.jpg) format. We cannot currently accept GIF images.
  2. There is no limitation on the file size of your image file, but we reserve the right to resize images largers than 125 KB.
Please Note:

Registration to this forum is free. We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. You have already agreed to the terms below when you checked the 'I agree' checkbox and pressed the 'Complete Registration' button when you first signed up:
    Although the administrators and moderators of Progressive Ears will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this site, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Progressive Ears, nor vBulletin Solutions, Inc. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

    When you agreed to these rules, you warranted that you would not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

    The owners of Progressive Ears reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any content item for any reason.


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