A member said they used pirated software within the chat. Not the worst thing but perhaps not great. They then mentioned not seeing any rules explicitly saying you can't link to a Torrent file or assist in piracy within the chatroom, and asked if our chat is not like IRC.

As a community do we want such conversations to be allowed in the chat?

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Assisting piracy is explicitly forbidden. From the Stack Exchange Terms of Service:

4. Restrictions

Use of the Network or Services to violate the security of any computer network, crack passwords or security encryption codes, transfer or store illegal material including that are deemed threatening or obscene, or engage in any kind of illegal activity is expressly prohibited.

Linking to a website intended for unauthorized distribution of something is not okay. Admitting you use pirated software isn't breaking any rules, but it's not something I would encourage.

  • I'd suggest amending this to our meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/597/…
    – Ryan
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 19:50
  • @Ryan good suggestion, added
    – JohnB
    Commented May 20, 2014 at 11:24
  • Considering everything that is said in chat is logged, it's surprising that people would want to discuss this...increasing awareness in this sense could probably deter such conversations?
    – curious Mod
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 5:04

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