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Exclamation Winner of the $50 prize from the last contest
Posted by: Thor - 06-07-2012, 12:19 PM - Forum: Announcement - Replies (8)

Lets congratulate Fishbone for being the winner of The Most Dedicated Member contest. Clap

As the contest rule stated, you only need to have average post count of 5 posts per day and over 30-day membership to be the winner in case of nobody else meet the requirement.


At the end of the contest, Fishbone wins the $50 prize with 5.66 posts per day with a membership of 47 days. Thumbsup

The $50 prize money will be sent through Paypal as soon as the winner accepts it.

The next contest will be announced soon.

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Thumbs Up Original User Agreement
Posted by: Thor - 05-10-2012, 03:16 AM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

In case you forgot - The Original User Agreement when you signed up.

Pets Keepers Guide Forums Rules :

Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, please press the Agree button at the end of the page.

Whilst we attempt to edit or remove any messages containing inappropriate, sexually orientated, abusive, hateful, slanderous, or threatening material that could be considered invasive of a person’s privacy, or which otherwise violate any kind of law, it is impossible for us to review every message posted on this discussion system. For this reason you acknowledge that all messages posted on this discussion system express the views and opinions of the original message author and not necessarily the views of this bulletin board. Therefore we take no responsibility and cannot be held liable for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy and completeness of every message. By registering on this discussion system you agree that you will not post any material which is knowingly false, inaccurate, abusive, hateful, harassing, sexually orientated, threatening or invasive of a person's privacy, or any other material which may violate any applicable laws. Any content you posted on the forum becomes a part of the forum, thus you give the forum free loyalty to anything you have posted. You may copy and paste your own posts else where, but you may not remove any of your own posts here once you have made them. You may edit your own posts up to 60 minutes after you posted them. If you found it is absolutely necessary to edit or remove some of your own content, you may send a request to a moderator. However, we reserve the right to decide whether or not to edit/remove the posts upon your request.


Failure to comply with these rules may result in the termination of your account, account suspension, or permanent ban of access to these forums. Your IP Address is recorded with each post you make on this discussion system and is retrievable by the forum staff if need-be. You agree that we have the ability and right to remove, edit, or lock any account or message at any time should it be seen fit. You also agree that any information you enter on this discussion system is stored in a database, and that "cookies" are stored on your computer to save your login information.


Any information you provide on these forums will not be disclosed to any third party without your complete consent, although the staff cannot be held liable for any hacking attempt in which your data is compromised.

By continuing with the sign up process you agree to the above rules and any others that the Administrator specifies.

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Exclamation Forum Rules and Guidelines
Posted by: Thor - 05-09-2012, 10:25 PM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

Ground Rules

We are especially concerned that EVERYONE who comes here finds a warm welcome and is well received.

To this end, we have established over time a few simple rules which allow for a broad diversity of opinions and points of view to express themselves, without creating disharmony and ill-will. They are as follows:

Absolutely NO personal attacks will be tolerated, no exceptions! Please report any flaming/flame-baiting to a moderator using the "report the post to a moderator" button. Don't feed the trolls.
No hard language is permitted. If you feel you absolutely must swear the use of Stars (*) can convey your feeling with out endangering your place in our forums. Saying "S***!" is allowed. Saying "YOU S***!" is never allowed, ever!!
We do not permit advertising OF ANY KIND! This includes posting your own URL, offering items for sale or trade or announcements of new sites. This applies equally to commercial and private ads.

This forum has a policy of tolerance and inclusion. Prejudicial language and behavior is absolutely forbidden and may result in loss of posting privileges. Racial, Sexist or religious slights of any kind are absolutely not tolerated, nor are slights against other groups based on sexual orientation, age, class, IQ, ethnicity or similar features.
Political and religious discussions have no place here therefore they are not allowed.
Discussion of the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, copying, or theft of copyrighted materials is forbidden.

Please observe our posting rules, which includes posting in the proper section for your topic. If you aren't sure where your question belongs, General Pet Discussion is good place to start if your question doesn't fit better elsewhere.
Multiple user accounts per member are not permitted. One person = one account. The only exception is when a staff member decide to have a separated normal member account for posting.

Moderators reserve the right to move, edit, delete, lock, (un)stick or otherwise augment any thread or post on these forums for any reason they see fit. These forums exist for the sharing of knowledge and experience and exceptional posts/threads may be incorporated into 'sticky' threads. Moderators may also edit, remove or otherwise augment any signature, avatar or rank for any reason they see fit.

Should it become necessary to ban someone from our forums, they are very rarely, if ever, given a second chance.


If you do not agree to any of these rules please log-off now, as your use of the forums is subject to understanding and agreeing to them.


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If you have an article or review that you feel would be of interest to our readers, contact support@petskeepersguide.com to make arrangements. We do not allow even our Seniors to advertise their sites. On occasion we will mention/recommend one or two of their sites at a time. This is in recognition of their contributions to this Forum and the writing they have done for our Front Page.

Only Senior members and VIP members of this forum are permitted to use their own sites' URL in their signature. (Only after the sites are reviewed and approved by the forum staff first)

We feel no obligation to provide space anywhere on our site for the free use of other sites.

We deal with encroachment by banning the offender from the forums if the message can reasonably be considered advertising or SPAM. Repeat offenders will be reported to their ISP and/or relevant authorities.



Illegal and Unethical Posts

Moderator staff may at their discretion choose to edit, remove or otherwise manipulate material they feel is not of a suitable ethical standard. This is entirely at the moderators' discretion. This is often difficult to establish in a concrete fashion within our framework of rules, however if we remove threads for such reasons we will often provide an explanation.


Avatars, Signatures and Post Quality

Guidelines for Avatars can be found here.
Guidelines for Signatures can be found here.
Guidelines for Post Quality can be found here, here and here.



Privacy Policy

Any information collected for the registration process is used solely by Pets Keepers Guide Forums to create your account and track Forum usage. Required information is a valid email address. Only the Pets keepers Guide Forums Staff has any access to this information. No information will ever be shared with outside parties.


Here is the Original User Agreement when you signed up.

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  Posts
Posted by: Thor - 05-09-2012, 07:27 PM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

Welcome to the forums!

This guide will share some ways to improve the quality of your posting by helping you increase the readability and usefulness of your posts.

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General Posting

While generally the length of your post is unimportant, we have set minimal character of 32 for each post. This should get rid of pointless spam such as "I agree", "Yes", etc. without further details, which contribute nothing to the thread or the forum.

It is the information conveyed by your post that is important. Develop your ideas before posting so that you include only relevant information. A good response should fully explain itself.

Never reply to any threads with "use the search button" or "Google it". This is rude and contributes nothing to the thread. Should you feel it necessary to inform a poster of an already existing similar thread, post a link to that existing thread with a reminder that use of the search function on the forum could have been beneficial.

Post Structure

The proper use of sentence and paragraph structure will make your posts easier to read. Don't be afraid of punctuation or the enter key, these give the reader a place to rest.

Proper usage of spelling and grammar also makes your posts easier to read. It also lends credibility to your posts, and gives your opinion more weight.


Swearing

Don't do it. There is nothing in the pet owners' world that cannot be expressed without the use of vulgar language. Using it only detracts from the point of the post. There are plenty of ways to indicate displeasure or intensity without the use of the small handful of words that are socially unacceptable.

Communicating Emotion

Emotions and moods are parts of what make us human, and are also something that can frequently affect the quality of a post. There is much that is lost in written word communication. Audio and visual clues that indicate humor or sarcasm are completely lost. Some of this can be regained by using emoticons, such as Smile Wink Big Grin. Although overuse of them will detract from your post more than it will add. Take this into consideration as you are both reading and writing posts.

This is especially important in heated discussions. It is expected that in these types of discussions there will frequently be argumentative and/or disagreeable members. Should you come across posts that you feel are inflammatory, contact a Moderator rather than respond in kind.

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These simple guidelines will improve not only the quality of your posts, but the quality of the forums. Hope this helps you out!

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  Signatures
Posted by: Thor - 05-09-2012, 07:13 PM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

To personalize your forum account, you may add a signature. It is under your User CP -> Change Signature.

(Minimal 10 post count is required in order to activate such feature in your User CP.)

There are certain things that are not allowed in signatures that are allowed in the rest of the forums. This is a list of what those are.

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First, we have set limit to the signature.
We restrict the size of your signature as it is meant to be an enhancement to the forums. When it becomes large, the signature actually detracts from the flow of the thread in which it is contained.

The limits are as following:
255 total characters.
No pictures.
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Links:

Outbound links in signatures are not allowed except for a very few exceptions. One of which is Senior members and VIP members are allowed a link to their own personal sites after being reviewed by a forum staff first.

Links to anywhere on this site are allowed:
That is, links to any page or thread within http://petskeepersguide.com are allowed.

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Forum management reserves the right to edit or remove any signature.
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