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Forum Rules and Guidelines - Thor - 05-09-2012
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.
Warning to Advertisers!
If you have an article or review that you feel would be of interest to our readers, contact email@example.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.
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.